Top 10 Dog Breeds that Bite the Most

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‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts was a book that instilled in me a deep fear of stray dogs. As it turns out, however, mongrels are not the only type of dogs that pose a threat to human safety. Dog bites and attacks have been a menace to society from the time humans domesticated dogs. Though they are generally friendly creatures, listed below are some breeds of dogs that bite viciously and at the slightest provocation, sometimes going so far as to cause fatalities. A 2009 report by DogsBite brought up some startling statistics- just 19 breeds of dogs are in totality responsible for 88 deaths that occurred in the three year period preceding the study. Read on to know more-

10. Dachshund

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They’re small and cute and even slightly ridiculous. Who would think that these adorable little sausage shaped dogs could transform into aggressive monsters at times. But studies have shown that one in twelve dachshunds have often snapped at or tried to bite their owners. One in five have bitten or attempted to bite other dogs or strangers. Dachshunds, in fact, have made it to the list of most aggressive dogs many times over. A study showed that 20.6% of dachshunds are aggressive towards strangers and often lash out at them, more than any other dog breed. They are a clear example of why small does not always equate to cute.

Real life incident- A lady in Illinois Linda Floyd suffered from an unpleasant experience when her dachshund Roscoe chewed off her big toe while she slept.

9. Alaskan Malamute

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Malamutes are also known as sled dogs. They are generally friendly with humans but may display aggression towards smaller animals. In one study, they were shown to be responsible for 12 deaths in a 20 year period due to their biting. Their size- around 25 inches- contributes towards making their bite more dangerous.

Real life incident- In 2005, an Alaskan Malamute named Bolt had to be euthanized after it bit two women in the face.

8. Chihuahua

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The smallest of all known dog breeds and right up there with the most vicious of them. These dogs generally grow up to only about ten to twelve inches but seem to try very hard to compensate for their small size by being extremely aggressive. They are, in fact, not recommended for households with small children because of how easily they are easily provoked. A 2009 study by The Coalition for Living Safely With Dogs and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association data shows that Chihuahuas are most likely to bite their vets, more so than any other breed. The shape of a Chihuahua’s teeth- fine and sharp- much like a cat’s ensure greater penetration, making the dog’s bite more painful.

Real life incident(s)- A man in Utah almost lost a finger when his neighbour’s Chihuahua bit him on his middle finger. In another incident, a teacup Chihuahua named Molly was designated as officially dangerous after she bit a mailman.

7. Chow Chow

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These dogs are originally from China, where they were used to guard houses, work, and as a source of fur. Their teddy bear-like appearance hides beneath it some primitive characteristics. Chow Chows are naturally unpredictable and often aggressive. In between 1979 and 1998, Chow Chows were responsible for eight human fatalities. They are especially aggressive towards strangers, and extremely protective of their owners. Their high rate of attacking owners and other animals is often a result of poor socialization in puppy-hood and incapable owners. Some insurance companies even consider them high-risk pets to own.

6. Great Dane

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As the name suggests, these dogs are great. They’re h.u.g.e. Great Danes hold the world record for being the tallest dogs, the biggest one measuring a shocking 44 inches from paw to head. The sheer size of these dogs makes their bite more hazardous. Thankfully, these dogs are not very aggressive and are often referred to as ‘gentle giants.’ They are still, however, ranked ninth on the CDC list of dangerous dogs, and account for nine fatalities in a time period of less than twenty years.

Real life incident- in a freak incident, a Great Dane bit a seventeen month old baby at a pet store in Wisconsin. In another rare show of aggression, a Great Dane grabbed a six month old baby girl from her mother’s arms and dropped her onto the street in 2010

5. Wolf Hybrids or Wolfdogs

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Since these dogs are hybrids of wolves and dogs, they inherit certain primitive, aggressive characteristics of their wolf ancestors. With fifteen fatalities in two decades attributed to them, wolfdogs are rated fifth in the list of most dangerous dogs according to CDC. Wolfdogs are also ‘teethy’ while playing with their owners, which means that they often end up biting people unintentionally. Mother dogs bite puppies in order to modify their behaviour. What makes wolfdogs bites even more dangerous is the fact that there is no approved rabies vaccine for wolves, so even a vaccinated wolfdog may transmit rabies if it bites you.

Real life incident- In a tragic incident in March this year, a wolfdog named Sassy bit off her eleven year old owner’s pinky finger and swallowed it up whole. Sassy was killed later in order to recover the finger.

4. Cocker Spaniels

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A surprise entry on this list. Cocker Spaniels are fun-loving, playful and good natured pets. They’re one of the most popular dog breeds to keep as pets. However, these little dogs are also notorious for biting people a lot. A study by Cambridge University brought up surprising results- solid coloured cocker spaniels were likely to be more aggressive. English Cocker Spaniels also have a higher tendency towards owner and stranger directed aggression. In Palm Beach County in 1992, this breed accounted for 59 bites out of the 2,234 reported. Children were the likeliest target of these dogs, with 40% of the victims being under ten years of age.

Real life incident- a cocker spaniel in Wharton bit a 52 year old woman on the leg. She suffered from puncture wounds and had to be hospitalized.

3. German Shepherd

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The German Shepherd is a large sized breed of dog that originated in (obviously) Germany. With 17 fatalities attributed to them, they are definitely a dangerous breed to have around. In fact, one source suggests that German Shepherds are responsible for more dog bites in the USA than any other breed. They are notorious for biting smaller dogs. The bite of a German Shepherd is the second strongest amongst dogs, right after a Rottweiler’s. It has a force of approximately 238 pounds force. Incorrect socializing of this breed from the very beginning can result in aggressive behaviour later on which consequently manifests itself in problems of biting others.

Real life incident- Cracker, a German Shepherd in Appleton, was deemed dangerous after it bit a mailman twice over a period of seven months. Cracker also bit and attacked a neighbour’s pet Chihuahua.

2. Rottweiler

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Rottweilers are extremely powerful dogs. In the CDC study, they were proven to be responsible for an astounding number of 39 fatalities. In 2011, four deaths were reported to have been caused by this breed. Rottweilers are banned in Poland, Romania and Ireland, among other countries. The aggression they display often stems from their natural guarding instincts or is territorial aggression. Shocking statistics reveal that Rottweilers killed about one citizen every 87 days in the USA. The bite force of this breed is also significantly higher than most others at 328 pounds of force. In just four years (79-82) there were 24,195 reported cases of Rottweiler bites.

Real life incident- in 2010, Lesley Banks died due to septicaemia after her Rottweiler bit her. This was the same dog who had once saved Lesley from a fire in 2009

1. Pit Bull

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Pit Bulls have truly earned their reputation for the most aggressive breed of dogs, as well as their number one spot on this list. The CDC research attributes 66 deaths to Pit Bull bites and attacks. A study shows that 94% of pit bull attacks are unprovoked, a fact that makes this breed all the more dangerous. This breed of dogs is responsible for one third of all dog bites in the USA. Pit Bulls are vicious and naturally aggressive, and are often bred for illegal dog fighting. They also tend to attack smaller animals and young children. It is because of this that many countries have banned this particular breed.

Real life incident- Pamela Devitt died after being bitten by a Pit Bull 150-200 times in California. The dog’s owner Alex Jackson was charged with murder. Jackson, according to the police, knew his dogs were vicious and had attacked people earlier as well.

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  • kelli

    DONT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ HERE!. I personally own a pit bull, and prior to owning, I believed stuff like this that I read. My dog, a 4 year old staffy, is not only a therapy dog around older people and young children but rarely even barks. I understand why they are I this list, because irresponsible owners teach them to fight and it is a fact that these dogs are one of the most loyal dogs, so loyal they will do anything to please their owner, even fight. She has been poked, pulled, punched,pinched and anythingyou can imagine, she hadhas never so much as made a noise, let alone attack. If your going to come out and write that they attack young children with no actual fact to base that on, why can’t you include this information? Reading this is going to continue the bad reputation that they have and honestly, they are the best dog you can have. Loyal, obviously to a fault, loving (she adores children and loves going to hospitals and nursing homes), smart, easily trained, and the best behaved dog I have ever seen. Like any other dog, if you raise and train this dog well they will be the best dog you could ever ask for,I will never ever own a different dog again.and they are one of the top EASIEST REHABILITATED dogs in the world. THESE ARE AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL DOGS,DON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ!!! She goes everywhere with me, my best friend, she’s prefect and a RESCUE dog too. You won’t be disappointed if you adopt one. PUT BULLS ARE ONE OF THE.BEST DOGS YOU WILL EVER OWN!!

    • blinblinsa2k

      I hate pitbull apologists.

      • kelli

        Well,that was very well stated, I’ll play like a five year old….. They hate you too, thanks for playing and thanks for the ignorant comment.

  • Amy Liell

    That picture that you have of a Pit Bull is actually an American Bulldog.The only dog that should be referred to as a Pitbull is an American Pit Bull Terrier. They’re known to attack small animals and children? Thats odd. My pitbull loves cats and children. They should be known to attack other dogs., since basically thats what they were bred to do. This list is all around flawed. One breed of dog is not more likely to bite than any other breed. And ugh. I hope no one believes this ish,

    • Lauren

      they’re terriers, so they do have prey drive and are more likely to attack small animals in general. that’s not distinct to the american pit bull terrier – many terriers are like this, and it’s not a bad thing by any means. it’s just what they instinctually do.

      • Amy Liell

        Its true, they have the drive and determination of a Terrier, however. Pit Bulls are not typically aggressive towards humans. When they are, there must be underlying problems with the dog itself. They are definitely driven.

  • Denise Lytle

    The author of this “article” is misinformed & uneducated to say the least! Like many, he/she believes the hype that the media shows!

  • Jason Starek

    There is nothing scientific or objective about the ‘findings’ of this article. The title implies a list of the top 10 breeds by frequency of bites — not a commentary on the severity of the bite, historical (and irrelevant) legislation, or personal input.

  • Sanya Jain

    Dear people criticizing the article-
    I assure you that the article has stuck to facts, by and large. I am sorry if I have failed to take into account exceptions to the norms that all your lovely pets seem to be :)
    Moreover, there are no ‘personal inputs’ in here. I have stuck to scientific records and data that is freely available for anyone who wants to check.

    • Lauren

      maybe if you listed your sources we could. ever heard of footnotes?

      • Tara Suggs

        “No personal input”??? It sounds pretty personal. Im curious of what legit research says that pits are visious and naturally agressive. I agree with Lauren. Any good author would site their research.

    • Karl

      The main issue I have with your article is .. Pitt-Bulls are very frequently identified wrongly.. In other words ppl see a short coat, muscles, a square jaw and immediately cry pitt-bull. Mix a boxer and a rhodeshian ridge back and voila.. Pittbull… Here is a list of dogs that are commonly mistaken for pittbulls..Boxer, the Presa Canario, the Cane Corso, the Dogo Argentino, the Tosa Inu, the Bullmastiff, the Dogue de Bordeaux, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog and the Olde English Bulldogge… It seems to me you researched what you wanted to find.

    • Adam Drago

      I have checked on your resources and most have what you sited, you twisted and rearranged, at best. You fail to mention that the CDC report about the Pit Bulls is over a 20 year period and they actually say that these are from pit bull TYPE dogs. And I would really like to know where the report that 94 percent of pit bites are unprovoked. If I had to guess, I would say you just made that one up. It’s so ridiculous that I can’t believe somebody who is capable of rational thought would not only believe that but put it in an article. PLEASE tell me where to find that survey info if you didn’t make it up. A link or something because your assurance that you “stuck to scientific records and data that is freely available for anyone who wants to check” conveniently does not give info as to where we can check.

      • Sanya Jain
        • Cristal Thompson

          I attempted to reply to this once before, but there was some issue. If I reply twice (and with variances), my apologies. I should have typed this up in word before trying to post.

          The “facts” presented in this article are highly suspect. As Karl and others have pointed out, pit bulls are frequently misidentified. The picture above proves that. There have been also been problems found with the CDCs 20 some odd year study which seems to be the go-to for those wishing to stigmatize several breeds. It does not present a clear or an accurate picture. http://www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dogbites/the-problems-with-dog-bite-studies/

          Specifically, the source given in the comments by the author is not an academic or unbiased source. The Dog Bite Law Center clearly states its agenda to outlaw pit bulls. They themselves do not list a variety of sources to support their spurious claims, but rather rely on misrepresented statistics and anecdotal “evidence”. They even request, very specifically, stories from victims and law enforcement officials *that support their claims*.

          http://www.dog-bite-law-center.com/pit_bull_attacks.html

          If you are unbiased, your sources CLEARLY are not, and should never have been used. I suggest that in the future you carefully research your sources, you seek a variety of SCHOLARLY sources, and do not simply regurgitate opinions that are obviously biased and not well-researched themselves.

          Whether intended or not, this is an editorial piece masquerading as objective reporting.

          Like the DBLW, you misrepresent the numbers. Worse than that, you use the numbers to prove a conclusion that you have already drawn, not the actuality. Correlation does not equal causation. I would suggest brushing up on the use of statistics. http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/statistics/

        • storm

          that is NOT A reliable statistics or dog breed expert site.. lol, its an advert for a law firm written by an advertising monkey who also clearly has not done their homework attempting to pass fiction off as fact

    • storm

      lol, “scientific records and data”.. after reading this rubbish, and a look at the advertisement page you post later as your source I doubt that you would know how to use such credible tools.

    • kelli

      Really? Facts? They tend to attack small animals and children?what facts was this based upon? This is the most ridiculous thing I have read yet on the breed so if this is based on fact I want to know where you got that fact from.

  • Lauren

    this article is complete bullshit, sorry. and that isn’t a pitbull, that’s an american bully whose name is mr. miagi. if you had done any research you would know that, as well as the fact that american bullies are a mix of american pit bull terriers as well as other “bully breeds,” which in general makes them less likely to be dog aggressive than purebred american pit bull terriers. also, pit bulls (which is an all encompassing term for many different breeds and explains why so many dog bites are attributed to them) are not “naturally vicious,” at least not to humans. human aggression and dog/animal aggression are two COMPLETELY different animals (no pun intended) and pitbulls are extremely human friendly. they can be dog/animal aggressive due to their dog fighting history, but even so, making such sweeping generalizations without listing any of your sources is irresponsible and downright foolish. in fact, a recent study done by the university of pennsylvania suggests that the three most aggressive breeds of dogs were dachshunds, chihuahuas, and jack russells (source: http://www.annarbor.com/pets/top-three-aggressive-dog-breeds-study-behavior-jack-russell-dachshund-chihuahua-pets-bites/) – so please stop with your shitty anecdotal reporting. thanks.

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  • Adam Drago

    How come you don’t mention that the cdc report which says 66 fatalities are linked to pit bulls ACTUALLY says pit bull type breeds and the 66 fatalities is over a 20 year period? The author of this article has no business writing ANY articles. And the statement that 94% of pit attacks are unprovoked is so ridiculous I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. In fact your facts either have a slight resemblance of truth or are flat out bs. This web site should be ashamed to allow an article be placed here that is so full of misleads and have truths.

  • Carol

    Actually, had you done true research, you would have found the Pit breed is actually people friendly by nature. ANY breed of dog can be made agressive by low life or ignorant people. They were popular family dogs way back when and you never heard stories of attacks and such. It wasn’t until Sports Illustrated used one on it’s cover that they became popular with the Thug and ignorant crowd. Such a shame this beautiful, loving breed of dog has been abused and misused.

    • audria carlton

      Actually the pit breed was used by the Molossi tribe in Greece to attack and kill their enemies, and to hunt and kill large game, had you done any research you would have know that the origins and purpose that these dogs were designed and bred to do for hundreds of years is to kill, not to guard or herd or protect, to kill. They were used as weapons from day one.

      • Carol

        Actually NO audria. There wasn’t such a thing as the Pit Bull breed back then. You are speaking of Bull Dogs. You know, the Bull dogs that you see as family dogs that slobber alot. The breeding of a Bull Dog with a Terrior came later. Used as weapons? Actually, they were used for herding. If they killed the cattle or whatever they wouldn’t have been allowed to be herders. ANYTHING, anyone can be misused and abused!!! There are always jerks in the world that will do it. http://www.cesarsway.com/dogbehavior/basics/How-Did-Pit-Bulls-Get-a-Bad-Rap Just was talking with a lady (Dee), who rescued a Pit 4 months ago. This Reb nose Pit had been owned by someone who partook in dog fighting. He refused to fight so the owner used him as a bait dog. The dog didn’t die so the owner poured a couple bottles of Pesticide (I think ant killer) all over the dog in an effort to kill it once and for all. Dee’s friend was able to take Pit away from this man and called Dee to foster it. By now, the Pit was blind and very sick from the pesticide and all it’s skin looked as if it was burned. Dee and her kids fell in love with this sweet, sweet dog and I met it about 2 weeks before it died. Apparently the pecticides did internal damage. Now tell me what you think the problem is in this story. Do you think its the man who abuses the dogs or the dogs and their natural nature? Make me sick.

  • audria carlton

    I too, had a pit with a wonderful temperament and friendly disposition, I found a great home for another pit that was loving lazy and friendly. this being said, I believe all dogs have their own personality, and pit bulls need owners that are firm and attentive to their body language. In my experience I have found only a very small percentage of pit bulls that were suitable for family pets. They are a breed that is comparable to a loaded gun, handle with caution by experienced and competent owners. Owning one pit bull that turned out to be a loving as Old Yeller does not make you a qualified advocate for the breed. Your statements are based solely from your experience with one dog. Yes, the breed has a terrible image, I know that not all of them are bad. However, a huge percent of pit bulls are unpredictable, aggressive, and some of them just can’t learn that biting is wrong. You can train and teach but too many of the pit bulls I have dealt with just don’t seem to understand that biting and growling is wrong…now these exact same pits know that peeing in the floor was wrong and they knew that eating food off the table was wrong, but for some reason, they did not-could not- learn that aggression was wrong! Now, before all of you pit bull lovers start to defend the breed, are you defending the breed or are you defending your own pet? Owning a pit bull and teaching it to sit is very different than experience in obedience training, aggression reduction and extreme socializing of pit bulls, along with helping new owners to learn how to read their dogs body language and how to recongnize subtle hints that can lead to danger and stopping it immediately. That is a part of ownership that nobody talks about, how everyday for the rest of that dogs life you must be on top of subtle, cues from your dog-most people wouldn’t even notice. the change in behavior is so tiny- to consistently keep them out of the predatory aggressive state of mind. If you pit stopped and stared at your feet or legs without moving his body for more than 5 seconds, would you be concerned, should you be concerned, and what should you do???? Only true experience can answer that, and if you personally cannot please don’t try to sing the praises of the pit bull because you obviously don’t have a clue. When it comes to pit bulls, and you decide to get one, and he is perfect please remember DEFEND YOUR OWN DOG. DONT DEFEND THE BREED!

    • audria carlton

      Also, FIY, I have bull mastiff-often mistaken for a pitbull- and she stays in the house with the entire family, I love the large dogs, I love the rottweilers I think they are mostly good natured and loyal dogs with the proper training and attentive owners. I’m sorry to say that most of you are not the right person to own a pit bull. Owning one should be mandated like owning a firearm or obtaining a concealed deadly weapons permit. CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION

      • kelli

        When my loving sweet pitbull that is a therapy dog and visits sick kids and old people turns and tears my fing face off then I’ll believe you but until that happens I am gonna say again THEY ARE ALL NOT THE SAME AS EVERY PERSON IS DIFFERENT SO ARE THEY. Nobody speaksdog so who knows why shit Happens with them but if this happened with any other dog we dog see shit about it. Anyway I just don’t think they are loaded guns I have had mine for many years and never ever has she even shown the slightest bit of aggression. But then again of I don’t like you I might bite you in the ass its not the dog its the bitch walking her that you should watch! !!

  • Bianca Arlette

    Hmm, so you say that the Pitbull is a “naturally aggressive breed” when temperament tests have proven them to be more balanced than Labradors and Golden Retrievers? Your list is nonsense and goes against more or less every scientific study and professionally conducted research I have ever read. Just fyi, the dachshund is actually the number 1 biter in bite statistics. The pitbull does not even feature in the the top 10.

  • Paige Marie Harkema

    I dont like the fact this article claims pitbulls are naturally dangerous and aggressive dogs. Um, do you know they were the ONLY dog breed specifically BRED to be a family dog/ a dog that is good with kids?
    Its the people who raise them around abuse, neglect, and pure violence that turn them into an aggressive DOG. The breed itself isnt dangerous and I know for a fact that you have to go FAR into evil to turn a pit dangerous. Pits easily forgive and were bred to be docile, so thats why its the completely EVIL people who are to blame when pits get aggressive!!!!!

    • Debbie Bell

      Paige, I can see you WANT to believe that pits are normal dogs, but please become pit bull aware.

      Read the books written by the men who created pit bulls, any pit bull book from before the propaganda began in the 1980s. Stratton and Colby books. Good pits mature to be dog aggressive. This is abnormal social animal behavior. Since “good” pits attack their own kind, for no reason, no other species is safe. No, not all pits are “good” pits, but you won’t know a pit is becoming a good pit until it is too late, since good pits do not give warning.

      Those pits who failed to reach their heritage, to attack and maim, were themselves killed, worthless embarrassments to their sadistic breeders.

      Spend some time on pit bull forums, or check out youtube videos “game dog” “sporting dog yards” and read the comments. “My pups start killing each other a six months!” brags one pit breeder. “Pits do not need training to fight” posts another. On youtube “bullsyes hang time” one comment is “True apbt god couldn’t even created. It took men!” I agree. God had nothing to do with the creation of THE fighting dogs.

  • Guest

    Some less jaundiced information about the problems with dog bite studies. http://www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dogbites/the-problems-with-dog-bite-studies/

    • Debbie Bell

      You do realize that, although they have a nice name, this BUSINESS, LLC, is simply a pro-dog breeder site. What do they suggest to reduce the pit crisis? Nothing, as they do not care about dog welfare.

  • Tara Suggs

    WOW!! I would love for the author the site his/her sources. It is ignorance like this that keeps the stereotype about pits alive. They are not “naturally agressive”. It has actually been proven that they are wonderful family dogs and great with kids. I personally own two. Dachshund’s and Chihuahuas porbably bite more often but are cute, small, and easily forgiven. I worked for a vet hospital for 7 years. We were not afraid of the pits, rotties, and german sheps (they were actually some of the most well behaved dogs). It was the chiuahuas that scared the crap out of everyone. This actical makes me question the integrity (spelling?) of this whole website. Do other research people. Do not let this be the only site you visit when doing research if you are looking for a dog to adopt.

  • Eric

    Dogsbite.org is one of the most skewed websites ever founded. Their “studies” are based in anecdotal collection of information and the site was founded by a woman who doesn’t understand the mannerisms of dogs and, as a result, was attacked when she ignored multiple warnings given by a pitbull. She claims that greater than 90% of pitbull attacks are unprovoked….yet her own attack does not fall into that category. Followers of that site claim unrealistic attack numbers like “61% of all fatal dog attacks involve pitbulls” when even a cursory search of real statistics from legitimate organizations will show that the highest number was 52% in one year……and that was a total of 15 fatalities for the year with more than one million pit bulls owned across the nation. The most likely dogs to bite are small breeds (attacking people more than ten times more often than any large breed)….but they rarely result in anything more than embarrassment for the owner. More dangerous when they bite? Yes. More likely to bite? Not a chance!

    • Debbie Bell

      To compare the bites of small dogs to the amputations and dismemberment that “good” pits can accomplish is like comparing rabies vaccinations to euthanasia injections. Yes they both involve a needle but the outcomes are very different.

      More humans are bitten by toddlers than by dogs. Normal, thinking humans understand that damage and danger matters. Pit bites result in more damage and danger, that’s why a country that cares would STOP BREEDING MORE PIT BULLS.

      More pits are put down at pounds, killed because pit owners breed and refuse to spay/neuter, than have been killed because of BSL, or died from gun shots. So if someone starts drive-by shooting pits in your community, can we make you happy when we remind you that millions of pits are not shot?

      Your stance that it should be acceptable to continue to breed pits, since only mere dozens of neighbors have been dismembered by pits, is consistent from what I have learned: most bully people are consistently selfish and/or sociopathic.

      Even if bully people actually cared about pit welfare, they would want to reduce the pit crisis. Tragically, the current bully people are the same as those who fight dogs. Their primary concern is themselves, and what makes them happy. Bully people accept suffering and dead dogs and people, since they have little compassion for others.

      Show me I’m wrong, by accepting or suggesting some ways to reduce pit overpopulation and to reduce these attacks, instead of excusing them.

  • guest

    I was bitten on the thigh two weeks ago (still healing), in an unprovoked attack from a pitbull. I was simply standing there. The dog charged straight at me. The owner of the dog was present and completely in shock that his dog has done this. She is always a “sweetheart” and had never done this before. Nice family man who loved his dog and took good care of her but the point is that pitbulls, no matter how well treated, are unpredictable.

    • blinblinsa2k

      That’s what’s expected of moronic pitbull apologists.

      • kelli

        Again, thank you for very educated response.Maybe you should try actually using your words for an actual argument or a basis for your ridiculous remarks.

      • kelli

        God your ignorant, I read your other posts your racist, have the balls to insult white women and apparently think Indian people are
        Dirty, you are THEE definition of ignorant. I refuse to continue this argument with someone like you. I enjoy a good debate but the white women are like that post, just confirmed everything I assumed. Good day to you.

    • kelli

      I don’t know why that pit attacked you but that’s one pit bull out of millions, if that was a lab would you think thesame of the breed? I am sorry and that’s horrible that you got bit but this is the point I am trying to make. If one dog does wrong they all pay for it it’s not fair. All dogs are unpredictable they are dogs but that dog was no more likely to attack you then any other dog on the street.

      • Debbie Bell

        Attacking for no reason, attacking without first trying to avoid a conflict/without warning, these are essential for fighting dogs and pits are THE dog fighter’s choice. Continuing the attack even when the victim submits, screams, yelps, all these mutant behaviors, which are not normally in social animals, were intentionally created using selective breeding for these traits.

        When that pit bit her on the thigh, it was being a “good” pit bull. Yes all dogs can bite, but heritage/breed matters. I know you want to believe that pits are “just dogs” but those who created pits and who need fighting dogs KNOW that pits are the best.

        • kelli

          do you know why that they are the choice for fighting dogs? It is because they are boiled to a fault. Pit bulls will do anything that you tell them to do because of their loyalty I realize it i to a fault buit is not their fault that they are so loyal

  • blinblinsa2k

    pit bull apologists, check out a pitbull eating the limb off its owner on live leak. lol. she must also have said ‘my pitbull was so loving…won’t hurt a fly’…then voila! no matter how much you deny, statistics won’t lie. I have had many instances of friends being attacked unprovoked by pitbulls. they are savage.

  • Sarah Freeman

    Why is no one arguing that German Shepherds or Rotts are second and third.

  • JBird

    Who wrote this article? The point of journalism is to be unbiased and to report based on evidence.

    Shame on you Sanya Jain, you are perpetuating fear mongering.

    Get your facts straight.

    http://www.thedogpress.com/Columns/Dog-BiteStatisics-09_Jade.asp

  • timpaulger@gmail.com

    This article is total bullcrap. Get your facts straight you idiot. This article is a joke!!!

  • Lee

    All this proves is that stupid people should not be allowed dogs. This list shows that it is either people going ‘oh look at the adorable little dog’ and fussing over it with out bothering to teach it how to behave. Or even bigger idiots going and getting ‘many’ dogs to show off with and encouraging aggressive behavior; surprise, surprise it bites someone. No dog, except perhaps the wolf hybrid, is naturally dangerous. Dogs only become dangerous if people make them that way

  • lili56

    This article is obviously flawed. It names Pit Bulls as naturally aggressive especially towards children when they are actually called the “Nanny breed” because they are most often docile towards children and are fiercely loyal towards their owners. They tend to earn the top spot on most lists because they are a widely popular breed, on of the most misidentified, and are particularly subject to irresponsible ownership. I personally own pit bulls which have never bitten anyone or myself. And, mind you, these dogs have had to deal with toddlers whom ride on their backs and put their fingers in their eyes and ears as well as try to take their food from them. Just to inform you they also received no official training other than sit, stay, and heel, and they’ve only retained ‘sit.’