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The Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

There currently are 83.3 million dogs in the U.S. which are kept by 56.7 million households, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Dog bites are considered fairly common, but fatalities are not. The following list, ranked in no particular order, is based on several studies covering various periods of time – one study relies on data from the U.S. and Canada between 1982 and 2014, another is based on research conducted in 2016 in the U.S., and a third study covers the years between 2005 and 2016.

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Pit bull terriers

A total of 31 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2016, according to DogsBite.org, a public education website about dangerous dog breeds.  Despite being regulated in military housing facilities and over 900 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 71 percent (22) of these deaths. According to another report, covering a period between 1982 and 2014 in the U.S. and Canada, pit bulls attacked 3,397 people, killing 295 of them.

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Rottweilers

They are the second most lethal dog breed in the U.S. Rottweilers and pit bull terriers accounted for 76 percent of all fatal attacks during the 12-year period from 2005 to 2016, according to research. Rottweilers alone were responsible for 43 cases, or 11 percent of all deaths.  This dog breed is also prone to obesity since they are a large breed that is prone to hypothyroidism.

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Wolf hybrids

Dogs of this breed, a cross between a domestic dog and wild wolf, attacked 85 people, 70 of whom were children, between 1981 and 2014. Nineteen of them died. This puts wolf hybrids in the Top 5 of the “most attacks by dogs” category. During the same period of time, there were 49 maimings for which wolf hybrids were responsible.

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Dobermans

Dobermans are considered a family-friendly dog to own, as they are very loyal. The only time they are not friendly is when they feel a threat to their owners. According to a report covering dog attack deaths and maimings in U.S. and Canada in the period between 1982 and 2014, there have been 23 Doberman attacks (12 of them against children) that resulted in bodily harm and eight deaths, ranking this dog breed 14th most dangerous.

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German Shepherd

According to the 12-Year U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Chart, German Shepherds ranked third in terms of most deaths caused – a total of 15, or 3.8 percent. It also ranked third in the 1982-2014 report with 113 attacks and 15 deaths. Being active is innate to the German Shepherd. This dog is known for its keen mind and a brave, confident and assertive demeanor.

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Presa Canario, aka the Canary Mastiff

The Dogo Canario ranked fourth in the 1982-2014 report with 111 attacks – 46 against children, 41 against adults – with 18 resulting in deaths and 63 in permanent bodily injuries. This is a complex, powerful dog with special needs when it comes to ownership, according to VetStreet. The Presa is used as a “catch dog,” running off or killing strange dogs. In countries with breed bans, this breed is often among those outlawed.

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Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are very similar to their wolf ancestors and are among the fittest dog breeds in the world. According to the AKC, they were the original breed used in the 408-mile long All-Alaskan Sweepstakes race. But this lupine ancestry also makes them fairly dangerous – the breed was responsible for 26 mauling deaths in the U.S. and Canada between 1982 and 2014. The report covering the period between 2005 and 2016 puts them at 7th place with 12 fatalities.

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Labrador

In 2016 alone, Labradors and their mixes contributed to three deaths. They attacked 56 people in the U.S. and Canada between 1982 and 2014, 37 of whom were children, resulting in three deaths and 45 maimings. Labradors are among the most popular dogs in the country. They are very protective; this is possibly why they are often used as service dogs. They love to be active outside in the yard and to swim.

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Akita

Akitas are a wolf-like breed. Akita attacks have mostly occurred in home situations. There have been 70 attacks, eight deaths and 52 maimings, according to the report covering the period between 1982 and 2014. According to the American Kennel Club, the breed originated from the snowy, rural, mountainous regions of Japan, where they were used to hunt boar, elk, and the small Yezo bear.

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English Mastiff

These are strong and loyal dogs. This powerhouse of a dog weighs about 200 pounds; it is rarely afraid of anything. The English Mastiff is also very territorial, according to VetStreet.  The report analyzing the years between 1982 and 2014 says there were 28 attacks by mastiffs, 23 of them against children, resulting in five deaths.

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Boxer

Boxers are powerful, muscular dogs. They are very energetic, intelligent and fiercely loyal to their families. From September 1982 to Dec. 31, 2014, Boxers were responsible for 62 attacks doing bodily harm and seven deaths; 19 victims where children and 23 were adults.

The Most Dangerous Dog Breeds