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What documented bite incidents say about dog breed safety

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2021 | Animal Bites

If you’re a dog owner living in New Haven County, Connecticut, it’s probably a good idea to familiarize yourself with which breeds are the most dangerous and which are the safest. Of course, many factors contribute to inducing a dog to bite, but certain breeds have documented tendencies toward either aggressive or docile dispositions.

The notorious breeds

It’s no secret that pit bulls are the most notorious breed of dog. That reputation is based in reality because these canines account for over 50% of dog bite-related deaths in America each year. Pit bulls also happen to be a widely owned breed, giving them an unfair amount of biting opportunity compared to an equally large, powerful breed like a mastiff.

The rottweiler is a distant second to the pit bull in terms of danger, especially when it comes to fatalities, but this breed does demonstrate a much readier capacity to bite than the next most aggressive type. Much like the pit bull, rottweilers have a following among dog owners and get ample opportunity to be involved in biting incidents. It’s important to remember that dog bites are serious matters and often mandate the involvement of experienced lawyers.

The safer breeds

Statistically speaking, golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers are some of the safest dog breeds and don’t demonstrate much capacity for aggression. Other dogs that rank very low in documented biting incidents are St. Bernards and Alaskan malamutes. Size is another factor to consider when it comes to safety. Small dogs may be overly aggressive at times, but their sizes often prevent them from inflicting severe harm to people or other dogs.

The reality of dog bites

According to Connecticut’s dog bite statute, owners are almost always liable for injuries or damages caused by their dogs. Therefore, if you or your dog are involved in any type of biting incident, it may be a good idea to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney.

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