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Are some dog breeds really more dangerous than others?

Some dog breeds are stereotyped as dangerous, thought of as far more likely to attack, and generally feared by people more than other breeds. Is this just a stereotype, or are there stats to show that some breeds really are more dangerous than others?

While opinions do differ, the stats show that certain breeds are responsible for the majority of attacks and injuries. The editor of Animals 24-7 looked at data from 1982 to 2014. What he found was that the dogs responsible for most attacks were molosser breeds, and the list included pit bulls, presa canarios, rottweilers, cane corsos, dogo argentinos, mastiffs, fila brasieros, boxers, sharpeis and the various mixes of those breeds. When looked at all together, they were linked to:

-- 86 percent of all attacks that resulted in injury.-- 89 percent of the attacks in which adults were the victims.-- 81 percent of the attacks that targeted children.-- 76 percent of all deadly attacks.-- 86 percent of attacks in which the victim survived but was maimed.

This is significant, not just because those percentages were so high, but because these breeds make up a mere 9.2 percent of the full dog population. High percentages would be expected if the majority of dogs fell into this category, but, with the population at under 10 percent, it is very clear that they are highly disproportionately involved in attacks.

No matter what breed you were attacked by, if you've been injured, you may have a right to compensation. This can help to cover your medical bills and related costs, which could be significant if your injuries are serious, perhaps even resulting in permanent disability.

Source: Dogs Bite, "Dog bite statistics," accessed Nov. 08, 2016

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