As “a man’s best friend” dogs are some of our closest companions. However, dog attacks on humans occur every day. In the United States approximately 1,000 people require emergency care for dog bite injuries daily.
Before you go ahead and adopt a dog, it’s important to educate yourself on the breeds that have attacked the most people – Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and German Shepherds are some of the most dangerous dogs.
With the help of research and statistics from DogsBite.org, I have compiled a list of dog breeds that have attacked the most people.
Commonly spotted walking alongside the military and police, the Doberman Pinscher is one of the most vicious dogs on this list. It is not very friendly with other dogs and has a hard time tolerating being alone, according to dogtime.com. They can weigh 60 to 80 pounds and live 10-13 years.
Also another extremely dangerous dog breed, the Rottweiler. Dogtime.com explains that although they are all-around friendly dogs they do not adapt well to apartment living, they do not tolerate being alone well and they have a high potential for weight gain. According to research from 2005 to 2015 this breed has been responsible for 41 deaths.
This breed was originally created mainly for dogfighting – it has a willingness to fight to the death and is known for its extremely high pain tolerance, according to research. They are a high-energy, aggressive breed, that makes excellent guard dogs, but caution should be taken when introducing them to unfamiliar people; an attack will likely occur.
According to research, dog bite attacks by this breed have increased dramatically. They are large, muscular dogs that have a very high pain tolerance. In July 2014 two Cane Corso dogs escaped from the property where they were being kept and attacked a 46-year-old male while he was jogging. The victim died and second-degree murder charges were filed against the owners.
This lovable and loyal dog breed is full of energy. They guard the home with everything that they have, but generally do not do well in households or with any other smaller animals (unless they are other dogs), according to BeaglePro. They are very brave for their size and they are very hard to train because they have a tendency to bite.
This breed is well-known for its hunting capabilities. They are very energetic dogs that need a lot of exercise. Jack Russel Terriers can live to be 13-15 years old. From September 1982 to December 31, 2014 this dog breed has been responsible for five attacks doing bodily harm and two deaths, according to research.
Stubborn, scrappiness towards strange dogs, excessive barking and notorious housebreaking difficulties are some of the things you have to deal with if you own a Dachshund, according to your pure bread puppy. This breed was responsible for six attacks doing bodily harm and one death from September 1982 to December 31, 2014.
St. Bernard's are typically loveable and friendly dogs. So what makes them so dangerous? Their size. Fatalities have often occurred while someone was playing with them. Simply bumping into the dog and playing with them too aggressively can lead to serious injuries.
Great Danes are usually affectionate and friendly dogs, however they are a another dog breed that causes fatalities due to their size. They are responsible for 37 attacks doing bodily harm and three deaths between September 1982 and Dec. 31, 2014.
This dog is a very popular family pet. They have one of the highest registered ownerships of any breed of dog and are usually great around children. However, they are known to be extremely loyal and attack. They do whatever it takes to protect their territory and their owners – biting other humans is common.
This is the smallest of all dog breeds, however they definitely make up for their size. Chihuahuas have high-strung personalities and are known for their bad tempers. Studies have shown they are unsuitable for homes with children because they tend to lash out viciously on anyone who is not their owner.
The Pit Bull takes the cake – they are known for getting extremely angry and attacking without any warning. From September 1982 to Dec. 31, 2014 this breed has been responsible for 3,397 attacks doing bodily harm and 295 deaths.