Are Certain Breeds of Dogs More Dangerous than Others?

Pit bull and Rottweiler activists often claim that it is not the breed of the dog but the quality of the owner that determines whether a dog is dangerous or not. While an attentive owner can keep a dog calm and well behaved, it doesn’t change the fact that some dogs are simply capable of doing more harm than others.

New Jersey Dog Bite, a national advocacy group for dog bite victims, recently released dog attack statistics for the United States in the year 2011. While not all pit bulls are dangerous, the numbers do not lie. Despite only making up five percent of the U.S. dog population, pit bulls were involved in 71 percent of the 31 fatal dog attacks reported last year. Pit bulls are as dangerous to their owners as they are to others. In fact, 88 percent of the dog owners who were fatally injured by their own pets were killed by a pit bull. They are not, however, the only dangerous breed.

The Rottweiler is the other breed most often involved in fatal attacks. Between the years 2005 and 2011, pit bulls and Rottweilers together accounted for a combined 73 percent of all dog bite-related deaths. In other words, a pit bull or a Rottweiler was involved in 156 of the 213 fatal dog attacks over the past seven years.

Anyone injured by a dog, regardless of the breed, would be well advised to seek out medical attention and a consultation from a skilled dog bite attorney. The Princeton dog attack injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of getting dog bite victims the compensation they need for medical bills, time away from work and other related damages. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to discuss your case at absolutely no cost.