Top 10 Dog Breeds that Bite the Most

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‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts was a book that instilled in me a deep fear of stray dogs. As it turns out, however, mongrels are not the only type of dogs that pose a threat to human safety. Dog bites and attacks have been a menace to society from the time humans domesticated dogs. Though they are generally friendly creatures, listed below are some breeds of dogs that bite viciously and at the slightest provocation, sometimes going so far as to cause fatalities. A 2009 report by DogsBite brought up some startling statistics- just 19 breeds of dogs are in totality responsible for 88 deaths that occurred in the three year period preceding the study. Read on to know more-

10. Dachshund


They’re small and cute and even slightly ridiculous. Who would think that these adorable little sausage shaped dogs could transform into aggressive monsters at times. But studies have shown that one in twelve dachshunds have often snapped at or tried to bite their owners. One in five have bitten or attempted to bite other dogs or strangers. Dachshunds, in fact, have made it to the list of most aggressive dogs many times over. A study showed that 20.6% of dachshunds are aggressive towards strangers and often lash out at them, more than any other dog breed. They are a clear example of why small does not always equate to cute.

Real life incident- A lady in Illinois Linda Floyd suffered from an unpleasant experience when her dachshund Roscoe chewed off her big toe while she slept.

9. Alaskan Malamute


Malamutes are also known as sled dogs. They are generally friendly with humans but may display aggression towards smaller animals. In one study, they were shown to be responsible for 12 deaths in a 20 year period due to their biting. Their size- around 25 inches- contributes towards making their bite more dangerous.

Real life incident- In 2005, an Alaskan Malamute named Bolt had to be euthanized after it bit two women in the face.

8. Chihuahua


The smallest of all known dog breeds and right up there with the most vicious of them. These dogs generally grow up to only about ten to twelve inches but seem to try very hard to compensate for their small size by being extremely aggressive. They are, in fact, not recommended for households with small children because of how easily they are easily provoked. A 2009 study by The Coalition for Living Safely With Dogs and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association data shows that Chihuahuas are most likely to bite their vets, more so than any other breed. The shape of a Chihuahua’s teeth- fine and sharp- much like a cat’s ensure greater penetration, making the dog’s bite more painful.

Real life incident(s)- A man in Utah almost lost a finger when his neighbour’s Chihuahua bit him on his middle finger. In another incident, a teacup Chihuahua named Molly was designated as officially dangerous after she bit a mailman.

7. Chow Chow


These dogs are originally from China, where they were used to guard houses, work, and as a source of fur. Their teddy bear-like appearance hides beneath it some primitive characteristics. Chow Chows are naturally unpredictable and often aggressive. In between 1979 and 1998, Chow Chows were responsible for eight human fatalities. They are especially aggressive towards strangers, and extremely protective of their owners. Their high rate of attacking owners and other animals is often a result of poor socialization in puppy-hood and incapable owners. Some insurance companies even consider them high-risk pets to own.

6. Great Dane


As the name suggests, these dogs are great. They’re h.u.g.e. Great Danes hold the world record for being the tallest dogs, the biggest one measuring a shocking 44 inches from paw to head. The sheer size of these dogs makes their bite more hazardous. Thankfully, these dogs are not very aggressive and are often referred to as ‘gentle giants.’ They are still, however, ranked ninth on the CDC list of dangerous dogs, and account for nine fatalities in a time period of less than twenty years.

Real life incident- in a freak incident, a Great Dane bit a seventeen month old baby at a pet store in Wisconsin. In another rare show of aggression, a Great Dane grabbed a six month old baby girl from her mother’s arms and dropped her onto the street in 2010

5. Wolf Hybrids or Wolfdogs


Since these dogs are hybrids of wolves and dogs, they inherit certain primitive, aggressive characteristics of their wolf ancestors. With fifteen fatalities in two decades attributed to them, wolfdogs are rated fifth in the list of most dangerous dogs according to CDC. Wolfdogs are also ‘teethy’ while playing with their owners, which means that they often end up biting people unintentionally. Mother dogs bite puppies in order to modify their behaviour. What makes wolfdogs bites even more dangerous is the fact that there is no approved rabies vaccine for wolves, so even a vaccinated wolfdog may transmit rabies if it bites you.

Real life incident- In a tragic incident in March this year, a wolfdog named Sassy bit off her eleven year old owner’s pinky finger and swallowed it up whole. Sassy was killed later in order to recover the finger.

4. Cocker Spaniels


A surprise entry on this list. Cocker Spaniels are fun-loving, playful and good natured pets. They’re one of the most popular dog breeds to keep as pets. However, these little dogs are also notorious for biting people a lot. A study by Cambridge University brought up surprising results- solid coloured cocker spaniels were likely to be more aggressive. English Cocker Spaniels also have a higher tendency towards owner and stranger directed aggression. In Palm Beach County in 1992, this breed accounted for 59 bites out of the 2,234 reported. Children were the likeliest target of these dogs, with 40% of the victims being under ten years of age.

Real life incident- a cocker spaniel in Wharton bit a 52 year old woman on the leg. She suffered from puncture wounds and had to be hospitalized.

3. German Shepherd


The German Shepherd is a large sized breed of dog that originated in (obviously) Germany. With 17 fatalities attributed to them, they are definitely a dangerous breed to have around. In fact, one source suggests that German Shepherds are responsible for more dog bites in the USA than any other breed. They are notorious for biting smaller dogs. The bite of a German Shepherd is the second strongest amongst dogs, right after a Rottweiler’s. It has a force of approximately 238 pounds force. Incorrect socializing of this breed from the very beginning can result in aggressive behaviour later on which consequently manifests itself in problems of biting others.

Real life incident- Cracker, a German Shepherd in Appleton, was deemed dangerous after it bit a mailman twice over a period of seven months. Cracker also bit and attacked a neighbour’s pet Chihuahua.

2. Rottweiler


Rottweilers are extremely powerful dogs. In the CDC study, they were proven to be responsible for an astounding number of 39 fatalities. In 2011, four deaths were reported to have been caused by this breed. Rottweilers are banned in Poland, Romania and Ireland, among other countries. The aggression they display often stems from their natural guarding instincts or is territorial aggression. Shocking statistics reveal that Rottweilers killed about one citizen every 87 days in the USA. The bite force of this breed is also significantly higher than most others at 328 pounds of force. In just four years (79-82) there were 24,195 reported cases of Rottweiler bites.

Real life incident- in 2010, Lesley Banks died due to septicaemia after her Rottweiler bit her. This was the same dog who had once saved Lesley from a fire in 2009

1. Pit Bull


Pit Bulls have truly earned their reputation for the most aggressive breed of dogs, as well as their number one spot on this list. The CDC research attributes 66 deaths to Pit Bull bites and attacks. A study shows that 94% of pit bull attacks are unprovoked, a fact that makes this breed all the more dangerous. This breed of dogs is responsible for one third of all dog bites in the USA. Pit Bulls are vicious and naturally aggressive, and are often bred for illegal dog fighting. They also tend to attack smaller animals and young children. It is because of this that many countries have banned this particular breed.

Real life incident- Pamela Devitt died after being bitten by a Pit Bull 150-200 times in California. The dog’s owner Alex Jackson was charged with murder. Jackson, according to the police, knew his dogs were vicious and had attacked people earlier as well.

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  • maythen78 .

    This is the biggest pile of garbage i’ve ever read. The top dog breed that has proven over and over to bite are labs/ lab mixes and golden golden mixes. “Pit Bulls are vicious and naturally aggressive” flat out lie. Any breed that is abused and or trained not to mention repeatedly bred without regard to weaknesses of the sire or dam is going to have physical, mental, and behavioral problems. Perhaps the author should actually do some work and become educated on a topic before writing about it.

    • stevlich

      It’s not bullshit. How can you say it is? Sweet pit bulls. Are you serious? How can you call a dog that ugly sweet? German Shepards, Rottweilers and pit bulls are vicious dogs. Only someone who likes to live dangerously would own one of those three.

      • Audra

        Haha ^ Gosh do comments like this make me laugh. Obviously you’ve never actually 6 BEEN around a pit bull. I was raised with them. I am a parent, and I have always had one around my 6 year old son, they’re best friends. And fyi, that dog in the picture up there isn’t even a pit bull, so maybe do a little research of your own?

        • ScottZ

          His comments were based on the cited facts in the artcile, not your personal life expereince.

          • Audra

            Where are the citations to all of these “facts”? Apparently you’re unaware of the difference between facts and opinions; something taught in 1st grade where I come from.

          • ScottZ

            If you are like me, you knew how to count to five by 1st grade =) Read the 5th sentence in the article and you will find the reference. Here is a direct link to the report:

          • Audra

            You do realize, however, that most people, unless familiar with the breed, cannot identify a “pitbull”, right? The term “pitbull” gets thrown around to describe MANY different wrongly branded dog types so this report is rather ridiculous, not to mention extremely outdated.

          • ScottZ

            The study referenced stated that 59% of all fatal dog attacks 2006-2008 were from pit bulls. More that enough to justify their aggressive reputation.

          • Audra

            As much as I’d thoroughly enjoy arguing with someone who has no valid argument, I have a life to get back to. Thanks for the entertainment. :)

          • ScottZ

            The study has a great argument why pit bulls are the most aggressive. I am willing to learn if you have a counter to the stats, such as, they are wrong, or it is because the dogs get provoked. I read somewhere that said it is because pit bulls have a string bite and are less likely to let go.

          • tkdchick

            So true. Seen a reporter on live TV call a shepherd looking dog a pit bull. Story was later corrected to reflect their mistake. It happens all the time.

          • Audra
          • ScottZ

            I read the information you provided. It seems to me that if you don’t want to get bit by a dog stay away from Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, or Jack Russells. If you don’t want to die by a dog bite stay away from Pin Bulls, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds.

          • Dawn

            I have two GSD, they have never bit anyone. However, dogs are smart, if you are afraid of them, stay away. They sense fear and become defensive in their response to it.

          • Guest

            Good for you, GSD weren’t even a topic of discussion here. A Pit Bull is much more likely to cause death or serious injury than a GSD.

          • ScottZ

            I have been bit by GSD that had “never bit anyone” before. It wasn’t a bad bite and wasn’t even a big deal. Truth is, not all dogs are well trained.

            Some breads are simply more aggressive than others, some breeds can cause more damage than others. Pits, Rotts, and GSD are large powerful dogs that were breed to be aggressive, don’t be offended when people point out they are a large powerful aggressive breed.

          • Alice

            You saying this has no valid argument. Why? Because your speaking for all dog of that breed, WHICH NEVER WORKS OUT WELL. By you saying that Your only flaring up more of an argument in incorrectly speaking for EVERY SINGLE nice, sweet, and Lovable Pit bull, Rottweiler, and German shepard.

          • ScottZ

            I didn’t say it has no valid argument. I enjoy discussion and learn a lot from discussion and this discussion is not an exception. On the other hand, if you think Pit Bulls do not inflict more damage than most other breeds when they bite/attack, then we have a major disagreement.

          • Sarah Bailiff

            HER “cited fact” are WRONG. Look them up yourselves you’ll find that it is Labradors that are responsible for OVER one third of all dog bites and injuries! Just because someone cites something doesnt mean theyre being honest. See for yourself!!

          • Threercb

            Wrong? OK Know It All please explain the following:
            The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 3, Sunday 2014, Page A8

            GEORGIA “Boy says he loved dog that mauled him”

            A 10-year-old Athens boy says a pit bull terrier that mauled his face and attacked a police office before being shot had been one of his favorite pets.

            Jeremy Martinez required 30 stitches after the dog he had grown up with for four years unexpectedly attacked and tore off a piece of the boy’s face Tuesday. Jeremy said, “I loved him. He was my favorite because we had him since he was a baby.”

            After the attack, the dog bit a police officer who came to the scene. The officer shot the dog several times, killing it. Jeremy’s mother says once her son’s stitches are removed, a plastic surgeon will examine the boy to determine if he needs reconstructive surgery.

            Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Based on Bite Fatalities

            The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association conducted a twenty year study on the most dangerous dog breeds, and here are the top 10 most dangerous dog breeds based on the amount of fatalities they have caused.

            To anyone who knows dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier is no surprise at #1 on a list of deadliest dogs. In this study the Pit Bull stood far ahead of all the other breeds with 66 fatalities attributed to it. Known for their extremely
            aggressive nature, many states have legislation banning the breeding of pit

            Coming in at #2, the Rottweiler was responsible for 39 fatalities in this study.

            #3 German Shepard’s with 17 fatalities attributed to them, they are the third most dangerous dog breeds.

        • ScottZ

          This is all fine and dandy, however the study referenced stated that 59% of all fatal dog attacks 2006-2008 were from pit bulls. More that enough to justify their aggressive reputation. What is in the picture doesn’t change the facts =)

          • tkdchick

            DUDE that’s what the media reported on. Check the facts from police reports and emergency rooms.

          • ScottZ

            Done, and the reports came back similar. Thank you though for providing a hint of why I may be misinformed (looking for information not based on media reports). The information available on the Internet is overwhelming that Pit Bulls are the most dangerous breed for serious injury or death, if you can reference a source to the contrary I will be happy to read it.

            “Design: We reviewed the medical records of patients admitted to our level I trauma center with dog bites during a 15-year period. We determined the demographic characteristics of the patients, their outcomes, and the breed and characteristics of the dogs that caused the injuries.

            Results: Our Trauma and Emergency Surgery Services treated 228 patients with dog bite injuries; for 82 of those patients, the breed of dog involved was recorded (29 were injured by pit bulls). Compared with attacks by other breeds of dogs, attacks by pit bulls were associated with a higher median Injury Severity Scale score (4 vs. 1; P = 0.002), a higher risk of an admission Glasgow Coma Scale score of 8 or lower (17.2% vs. 0%; P = 0.006), higher median hospital charges ($10,500 vs. $7200; P = 0.003), and a higher risk of death (10.3% vs. 0%; P = 0.041).

            Conclusions: Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the US mortality rates related to dog bites.”


          • khanstruct

            Hey genius, “Pit Bull” isn’t a breed of dog. It’s a type that typically refers to 4 breeds of dog (often more). Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier. So yeah, if you lump 4 breeds together then compare them to a single breed, it will appear disproportionately high… cuz 4 is bigger than 1. So what were those “facts”?

      • Jessica Fedele

        Hey, I take offence to that. I have a purebred all white german shepard and if they are trained right that are not aggressive. It is in their nature to protect their owners. Especially female because of their maternal instinct to protect.

        • ScottZ

          You could say the same thing about training any breed. GSDs simply have more natural fight in them than most breeds, thus they bite more.

      • Lanie

        Stevlich you are ignorant.

        • ScottZ

          Nice job supporting your unfounded statement.

      • Ayngel Boshemia

        Our family just lost our best friend after nearly 12 years. Kane was a purebred Rottie that my children used to ride when they were little. He loved everybody, and everybody loved him. Kaners was the least aggressive dog ever. For almost 12 years he lived in our home, slept at the foot of our bed and loved us. I miss him so much…

        I’d take him over 90% of humans any day… he gave everybody a chance and all were FRIEND.

        • Nigel Ciappara

          Rotties are beautiful animals. Very intelligent, driven,loving and smart. Sorry for your loss.

      • warren sparling

        Dogs personality’s are due to their owners, there are some dickheads out there that like to feel hard by having a ‘mean’ looking dog but 95% of owners of the fore mentiond breeds would laugh at your ridiculous comment

        • Christine Mattson Carlson

          That is nonsense – personality is something that they dogs are bred and born with. I know because I have lived with dogs for over 40 years, have had over 9 dogs over that time span. They all have a different personality and temperament. The only thing that owners can do is train their dogs well as the pack leader to make sure they obey me well.

          • warren sparling

            Okay dogs do have the different personality’s Maybe I should of said temperament which is down to a strong pack leader to control and influence. I was only commenting on the post as the fella slagged off Rotties and I own one ! Your story with the three year olds could have had a similar outcome with Rottweiler’s as they too were herding dogs. With regards to the pit bull comment I’ve often thought the same as they were breed to fight but having never owned one I wouldn’t be fit to comment. And Stevelich your still a dickhead

      • YeahRight

        I have owned nearly every breed on this list. Chihuahuas, I would have to say, are the most vicious here on this list. My Bella (Pit Bull) would rather lick you to death than bite or even bark at you. My Shiba Inu (Fonzie) is more aggressive than her. He puts her in her place all the time and on multiple occasions both dogs have protected us and our property. They are two of the best breeds that anyone could ever own including Rotts, German Shephards and Great Danes

      • John Zolis

        moron – 9 million pits in north america alone give your head a shake -

      • Nigel Ciappara

        Live dangerously? Really!? I have been around this horribly misunderstood breed for nearly 20 years….I have raised my children with 2 in our house at all times. Everyone of them has been a loyal companion willing to step into harms ways defending my children, wife or myself. Are my dogs aggressive…. Yes! They are also: vigilante, trustworthy, obedient and loyal. They have never attacked without command. They watch with suspicion whatever they see that is out of the norm. They are my best friends. Learn before you speak! What is a pitbull anyway….most people don’t have a clue. Look up the breed at akc or UKC websites. Clue: IT’S NOT WHAT YOU SEE OR HEAR ON THE NEWS!

        • ScottZ

          This is all fine and dandy, however the study referenced stated that 59% of all fatal dog attacks 2006-2008 were from pit bulls. More that enough to justify their aggressive reputation.

          • Alice

            You repeating your comment means your have no original statement to make for this person. WHICH is because the pit lover here have ALOT more facts to say than you.

          • ScottZ

            I thought my response was nicely customized to Nigel’s statements. Most of the Pit owners here, such as Nigel seem to be trumping existing statistics with their own experience. I have learned quite a bit here in the comments, such as some of the reports source media reports. Looking further into available medial documentation and municipal “dangerous dog” reports, I don’t see a change in statistical data that lead me to believe Pit Bulls are not the most dangerous breed out there when it comes to bites resulting in serious injury or death. Sure, saying Pit Bulls are among the most dangerous dogs when its comes to bites resulting in series injury or death is a generalization (not the case with every Pit), but it appears to be a factual generalization.

        • Threercb

          The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 3, Sunday 2014, Page A8

          GEORGIA “Boy says he loved dog that mauled him”

          A 10-year-old Athens boy says a pit bull terrier that mauled his face and attacked a police office before being shot had been one of his favorite pets.

          Jeremy Martinez required 30 stitches after the dog he had grown up with for four years unexpectedly attacked and tore off a piece of the boy’s face Tuesday. Jeremy said, “I loved him. He was my favorite because we had him since he was a baby.”

          After the attack, the dog bit a police officer who came to the scene. The officer shot the dog several times, killing it. Jeremy’s mother says once her son’s stitches are removed, a plastic surgeon will examine the boy to determine if he needs reconstructive surgery.

      • ryan

        misinformed and ignorant people make me laugh… i guess i should be dead considering i have 4 pit pups beside me on the couch right now as well as a year old rottweiller and a 4 year old rott mix. any article that gets its info from dogs bite is to me a satire article. that website should be shut down for spreading half truths and outright made up stats

        • ScottZ

          Wrong. The odds are still that you will survive. If you think pitbulls are the safest dog out there I believe you to be the misinformed and ignorant.

      • John Abousleiman

        It’s ignorant people like you that should never own a dog… a dogs have the potential to bite… The real American pitbull terrier is a great companion to humans but due to their original purpose they have a high fight drive ( which means the enjoy fighting other animals originally bulls) I have a pitbull and she will probably like you to death… so what is the difference between my pitbull and the “vicious” breed you are talking about? Mainly I’m a responsible owner.. I socialized her like any dog should be at a young age and she is well trained, is exercised on a daily bases and loved. Don’t discriminate… that’s like saying all black people are gangsters and all middle easterner are terrorist and all white people are ignorant rednecks… educate yourself and don’t judge anything blindly or what you’ve heard on TV.

      • Joel Amato

        I rescued a pitbull and he was the sweetest dog ever…raised my child beside him with no worries….any dog can be dangerous ITS ALL IN HOW YOU RAISE THEM. however….my friends dalmation ripped half his sisters face off.

        • ScottZ

          Pit Bull breads are widely known to be aggressive towards other dogs. They were bred to be fighting dogs afterall all.

        • Threercb

          The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 3, Sunday 2014, Page A8

          GEORGIA “Boy says he loved dog that mauled him”

          A 10-year-old Athens boy says a (“friendly”) pit bull terrier that mauled his face and attacked a police office before being shot had been one of his favorite pets.

          Jeremy Martinez required 30 stitches after the dog he had
          grown up with for four years unexpectedly attacked and tore off a piece of the boy’s face Tuesday. Jeremy said, “I loved him. He was my favorite because we had him since he was a baby.”

          After the attack, the dog bit a police officer who came to
          the scene. The officer shot the dog several times, killing it. Jeremy’s
          mother says once her son’s stitches are removed, a plastic surgeon will examine the boy to determine if he needs reconstructive surgery.

      • Christina

        Yea such a ferocious beast… Get a life. I have had 6 pit bulls, a german shepherd (the ravaging beast that is in the photo ripping my couch apart) and 2 gorgeous rotties. Not one but me. Had a dachshund and chihuahua, both bit me on numerous occasions. Had the latter two in my teens and early adulthood. The problem is that the only reason pits are so high on the list is because they are the highest to be reported. 72% of the dog bites go unreported. Of that 72% only 1.2% are pit bull related. The remaining is composed of labs or golden retrievers mostly, then other breeds. Seriously. Do some real research before opening your mouth, or in this case before you act big and tough through a keyboard.
        Resources? Personal experiences versus he said she said bull shit. I have lived in a world of them, and don’t base my opinions off of the media.

        • dangerdan

          70% of all statistics are made up on the spot. What is your source reporting on the unreported dog bites? I’m really in the middle of this discussion, all dog breeds can be aggressive, it is more than likely the owners, but it does seem that certain breeds are more likely to be aggressive.

          • ScottZ

            The more serious the bite the more likely it is to be reported. The reports; media based, hospital based, or municipal based, all bring me to the same conclusion. The conclusion that Pit Bull are among the most dangerous of not the most dangerous dog, when it comes to bites resulting in serious injury or death.

      • Christina

        Here’s the picture. Apparently it didn’t post the first time. Be careful she might jump out of the picture and eat you.

      • Jason Vickers

        Hey dumbfuck that isn’t a pitbull, it’s an American bully. Totally different idiot.

      • tkdchick

        Ignorant. Study cites media reports. Not police reports. Not Emergency room reports. You believe what the media tells you? Good luck then.

      • Alice

        The same way you can call the breed ugly actually.. Oh, so I live dangerously. DO you live in a house filled with Bubble wrap then?

      • Beliz Miller Cehreli

        Our German Shepherd is 11 years old and wouldn’t even attack a thief. He would ask the thief for a belly rub.

      • Danielle

        You are beyond infuriatingly small-minded. Any dog can become aggressive. But when a chihuahua bites, it doesn’t cause enough damage to warrant a hospital visit, so therefore it isn’t reported. I have a scar on my face from being attacked by a shih tzu when I was 4. I was asleep on the floor when it happened. But damn, if all my family dogs growing up didn’t just want to snuggle and play (I grew up with labs and a Spitz.) If ALL dog bites were recorded, I would bet both my lungs that small dogs would outnumber large dogs 100:1. I own a German Shepherd. She’s never bitten anything, human or otherwise. But I can’t even count how many small breed dogs have gone after and made her bleed on more than one occasion at the park or just out on walks. Know how many times I’ve seen that happen to not only my dog, but many large dogs? Countless. Know how many times I’ve seen the large “aggressive” dog retaliate? Zero. You have to socialize ALL dogs and train them properly in order to produce a temperamentally balanced dog. The problem is people think that because a small dog isn’t “dangerous” they don’t need to be wary of the fact that they are still instinctual predators. You’re an idiot, and I hope your Jack Russel castrates you to prove it.

    • Lanie

      I agree! This is bullshit with absolutely no factual content at all !!

      • ScottZ

        I guess you don’t consider their source and facts factual.

        • Jessica

          94% of attacks were unprovoked? Do your research on those attacks, NONE of them were unprovoked, most of them were from chained up “resident” dogs, = to feral dogs. I can’t even begin to address the amount of false information in this article.

          • Threercb

            Explain this Jessica and Lanie
            The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 3, Sunday 2014, Page A8
            GEORGIA “Boy says he loved dog that mauled him”

            A 10-year-old Athens boy says a pit bull terrier that mauled his face and attacked a police office
            before being shot had been one of his favorite pets.

            Jeremy Martinez required 30 stitches after the dog he had
            grown up with for four years unexpectedly attacked and tore off a piece of the boy’s face Tuesday. Jeremy said, “I loved him. He was my favorite because we had him since he was a baby.”

            After the attack, the dog bit a police officer who came to the scene. The officer shot the dog several times, killing it. Jeremy’s mother says once her son’s stitches are removed, a plastic surgeon will examine the boy to determine if he needs reconstructive surgery.

            Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Based on Bite Fatalities

            The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association conducted a twenty year study on the most dangerous dog breeds, and here are the top 10 most dangerous dog breeds based on the amount of fatalities they have caused.

            To anyone who knows dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier is no surprise at #1 on a list of deadliest dogs. In this study the Pit Bull stood far ahead of all the other breeds with 66 fatalities attributed to it. Known for their extremely
            quick aggressive nature, many states have serious legislation banning the breeding of pit bulls.

            Coming in at #2, the Rottweiler was responsible for 39 fatalities in this twenty year study. Sixty percent less deaths to human beings by this breed than with the Pits. (Is this clear enough facts about who is the number one?)

            #3 German Shepard’s with 17 fatalities attributed to them, they are the third most dangerous dog breeds.

          • Joel Amato

            And what is your point? Im sure i can find a multitude of articles about dalmations german shepards and a bunch of other breeds….any dog has the ability to turn and cause damage…pitbulls have gotten a bad rap and its not fair. I can do nothing but scoff at your article.

          • Jessica

            I DO know dogs, I have been working with them for over 15 years. and I can tell you that without being there and talking to the people involved, it is impossible to know exactly what happened. What I can tell you is this- many times, these “loving pets” that have never shown any sign of aggression, show signs of fear and warning all the time. Dogs bite children the most, with the Golden retriever being #1 at biting children. Parents are the ones to blame, thinking its “cute” to let the kid sit on the dog or pull its ears, all the while the dog is giving clear warning signs that it is about to bite. I will not argue that pit bulls DO cause damage when they bite, being a large dog, they will without question cause a lot of damage. But, parents, don’t expect me to cry you a river when your dog does what ANY animal does in a situation where a dog has no recourse except to bite. Oh, and I am a veterinary professional, and that JAVMA study was SERIOUSLY misquoted. The AVMA stance on BSL is that there is no breed that is “More dangerous” than any other, and BSL does not in any way prevent dog bites or fatalities. There’s YOUR answer, and do some ACTUAL research please, maybe go back to college and figure out what the words critical thinking mean.

          • Beliz Miller Cehreli

            Agreed on people failing to read dog’s warning signs maybe even for years. I also believe that all dogs are equally aggressive depending on their upbringing. But, the bites of the bull family differ in quality. It’s impossible to unlock their chin and teeth from whatever they bite. Really psycho. That’s what I witnessed.

          • Jessica

            Their jaws don’t lock. That’s a myth. End of story. Not even a possibility. However, I will agree that Bully breeds have powerful muscles in their masseters, leading to more damage than, say, a Shih Tzu would cause. But I have seen many different breeds of dogs, including Shih Tzus, and Pit Bulls, attack things/toys/animals, occasionally people (never witnessed a Pit Bull attacking a person in this manner) and grab hold with a firm grip and make every attempt not to let go. This is predatory behavior, but no dog has “locking” jaws. C’mon, not even an alligator has that. Be realistic.

          • Beliz Miller Cehreli

            I’m afraid that’s what I witnessed. There was that little Bull Terrier who needed some 20 – 30 Minutes before he could unlock his jaws from whatever he bit. His owner usually made him bite the leash. Besides that I was bitten by a Rottweiler but it wasn’t anything like a Bull bite and she let go immediately.

          • Jessica

            Ok, well, that’s a difference in types of bites. But no dog has locking jaws. Like I said before, even effing alligators don’t have locking jaws, and you think a dog would have them? How would that even work? Do their masseters have an Everlast label on them? jeez. seriously, though, if you do some basic research, you WILL seriously find that that, actually, can’t even be a thing, and it’s not possible. As previously stated, some dogs grab hold and refuse to let go, but that’s a personality thing, not a breed thing.

    • Learning64

      I think you should cite your source…

    • ScottZ

      It appears this article also took inter consideration the strength of the bite and the potential damage as a result.

    • genomevirus

      Agreed, this is not about which breed bites the most, but which breed when they do bite, does the most damage…. i am looking for real statistics on dog bites/attacks and have found nothing but BS…. none talk about what breed bit the most people per year, they just focus on what breed killed the most…. well my fucking coconut tree kills 100 people per year… more than a pit bull…. whomever wrote this list better take this shit down!

    • hulseygirl03

      well said!

    • Heather

      Those are just facts. Grow up and stop pretending that they are not a dog that was bred to fight. Some people are just so damn stupid. So blame the owner for the pit bull murders but blame a gun for crazy people that kill others. Stupid

      • Alice

        Pit bulls where bred for three Reasons 1) Pitting a bull 2) Aggressive games and sports. 3) Families. Isn’t it funny how i can make a point without insulting people?
        Besides their is a method to our madness on blaming the owners. If it were all pit bulls they wouldn’t be known as the nanny dog in the 1800′s. Plus I know many Pit bulls who are SUPER friendly, Yet i know of aggressive ones who aren’t friendly and i wonder why that is? I mean Obviously it cant be the owner Cause you said it wasn’t but, the only difference between the two dogs is that one has a good owner. But i must be wrong because you said it wasn’t the owner. So Oh well.

        • ScottZ

          The data collected and readilly available indicate Pit Bulls are by far, the most dangerous breeds when it comes to dog bites resulting in serious injury or death. I think the problem is most people don’t care if it is a result of size, strength, breeding history, or owners. People just care about the results, and the results are damning to the breed. Alice, what do you think about data such as this and how it reflects upon the Pit Bull breeds?

          • Rob Brown

            Doesn’t take into account the way the dogs were trained/treated. So many people breed these dogs and treat them irresponsibly. Like most dogs, they need a good deal of socialization. Also, how many people were attacked because they act scared of the dog and scream and run away – this could cause any dog to attack! Not buying it – I’ll agree that by the numbers they kill more people these days, but a deeper analysis is required to get to the real issue.

          • Jessica

            Did you even go to college? are you aware that wikipedia is not a valid source? Are you aware that the American Temperament Test Society tests Pit Bulls every year, and they rank as the 4th highest in stability of temperament, well above other popular breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, and Cocker Spaniels? Are you aware that most human fatalities from purebred dogs come from the Rottweiler, not the Pit Bull?

        • Stephanie Rhymes

          Great job, and point ALICE. Pit bulls were bred for just those three things, they were not bred to fight. Actually, before very ignorant individuals began fighting pit bulls, they were nicknamed “the nanny dog” because of their patience and tolerance for children. If the dog is aggressive it is because the owner has made them that way. Do not judge all because of the actions of few, and it is few when you account for how many pit bulls call the U.S. their home. Mean and bad people make mean and bad dogs, period!!!!

    • tkdchick

      If you go to the study is based on media reports. can you believe it?!

    • Stephanie Rhymes

      You are correct maythen78 the top breed for bites is labs/lab mixes. Actually, there is an incident in the media right now about a lab killing a 2 month old baby that was in a swing, and finished by ripping her body apart. Here is a link

  • Florin

    The lies spit here are worse than crap. Pit Bulls “vicious” dogs yes, they are. They are a killing machine. That’s why there are so many stories of Pit Bulls beeing heroes, saving their owners and other people aswell.. This whole article is full of shit lol

    Pit Bull is a dog like any other dog, it all depends on what you want your dog to be. A Pit Bull would do anything to make his owner happy. You want a guard and aggresive dog, with no sociable skills, just throw him in the back of the yard. That’s what most assholes do when they get bored of this dog. They are a special breed and do not deserve bad owners, otherwise they can turn like them. Train your Pit Bull since he is 4 months old and take him out with other pets to avoid aggresion at maturity. The stories you hear of Pit Bulls just suddently attacking people are just false. I somewhat believe they were not trully trained and never learned discipline. There was something that triggered their aggresion. For exemple, Pit Bulls scored higher than most “family” dogs on a test which included temperament. That says many, they are intelligent. Too bad every little scumbag can get a Pit Bull poorly bred and unhealthy(I’m talking about those stocky bully looking ones) and act like he is tough.

    • Lanie

      Thank You Florin for this factual comment. I agree with you!

    • dangerdan

      That’s a decent opinion, and I agree with a lot of it. Disregarding all attack stories because it doesn’t fit you vision of the world is a bit ignorant, but I see your point. Pit Bulls are aggressive, Collies are herders, it seems like its just in them. You can train and suppress their urges and that’s wonderful but it’s still there. I see this argument bad/good all the time. If you don’t like pit bulls stay away from them. Done.

  • kbor

    This is just a sensationalist article.. They just want to get everyone worked up for no reason.

  • Audra

    That is not even a pit bull in that picture, haha, silly, uneducated poster, you.

    • YeahRight

      lol…yeah, that is only part of what was used to make a Pit Bull “Terrier”…

  • Angela Thomson

    I have been bitten by 6 dogs in my 51 years. Only one was a large dog and it was a German Shepherd. Small dogs bite! They just do not do as much damage as a larger dog with a bigger stronger jaw. Chihuahuas are biters! I think that it is “little dog syndrome!” Maybe they get tired of being stepped on? I have a Pomeranian and a Papillion myself and the Papillion is the sweetest, kindest, most Loving dog ever unless you are walking up to my house then she is full blown protecting Mommy and her Castle mode! My Pom… he is Schizophrenic! He hates everyone unless he has known them for at least 6 months and then it is still iffy sometimes. He is the one that I have to watch because he has been “nippy” and I refuse to tolerate that behavior. They were both “shelter/rescue” dogs and my Pom was more seriously abused so he is not trusting and has Crazy separation anxiety. A lot of a dog’s behavior is owner and background based.

  • Chris Wilkinson

    Always a sticky subject. Many people who own these dogs might beg to differ.
    Looking for more information? Here are the top 5 dog breeds with a description about why you should consider one of the top 5 in the future. Perhaps your dog is on the list.

  • JennsAQueenFit41King

    This post is utterly disgusting! Im a responsible American Staffordshire Terrier owner, with 4 children 15-5yrs old and i wouldnt have it any other way! My dogs arent just a pet their our family! Ciroc is actually an ESA that i personally trained to meet the needs of my disabled child! He has visited Childrens Hospitals, public schools and walks freely in the grocery store! These breeds score higher by far on any and all temperament test then the common household dogs (goldens, labs, cockers and Chihuahuas)!

    a ‘pit bull’ is slang lingo and there’s really no such sole breed! The loose term pitbull basically refers to any terrier showing aggression and thrown in the bad dog category. Its not the true breed/s theres several terriers that fall under that pitbull umbrella! But are the specific actual breed mentioned? Nope!

    Naturally aggressive and vicious? Lol of course its easy to blame the breed but never the owner right? And no where in this report does it state a proven fact that of those vicious attacks on ppl 50% or more were on their own owners…hmm i wonder why? But their lifestyle or living conditions not part of the statistics documented either! Shyt if i was constantly log chained, treated like crap, being abused beaten starved and thrown in a fighting ring id get fed up eventually as well!

    Im a proud ‘PITBULL’ owner and not afraid to say it! Ashamed to own this animal? Never! My family wouldnt have it any other way NOW OR EVER!



    • YeahRight

      I wish there were more educated people like you in the world!!!

      • JennsAQueenFit41King

        Unless u educate urself you are only left to learn and believe by example! This is why my dogs are stereotyped by society’s finest…morons that are uneducated and instead of discovery for ones self they follow the leader!

    • Lisa Fox

      Hate it when people say “any breed of dog has the potential to bite”
      This is true but not every breed can kill! I think if you’ve got small children u shouldn’t own a dog that could potentially kill them!
      And to the people who say that their dog would never do that, I’m pretty sure that’s what most dog owners think before they get bitten!

      • JennsAQueenFit41King

        Then i guess no family should own any dog @lisa because all dogs have the potential to bite! Smdh uneducated nieve outsiders that have no clue looking in! Its sterotypical judgemental prejudice individuals like urself that keep giving these animals a bad rap! Its the owners that have destroyed these animals reputation!

        Golden retrievers the family dogs, yea, are actually one of the most dangerous dogs that show more signs of aggression and temperment issues then a am staff terrier!

    • chasfjord

      I agree with those who say it depends on the owner. For all animals. The only reason pitbulls are at the top is because they are the most misused and mistreated breed. Therefore, the statistics will be leaned to the pitbull or other breeds used for violent jobs. Sure they have guarding/aggressive tendencies but all dogs do, some more than others in temperament not breed. Its to protect themselves or what is there family/pack. All breeds can have a tendency to snap. Something snapped with this particular dog. Not the paticular breed.

  • marie

    This article is nothing but huge pile of shit. It’s written by someone who’s, not only highly ignorant about dogs in general, but simply follows sensationalized media stories to get their quick and easy “information.” The so-called author is simply afraid of dogs and has made it their mission to trash several large breeds by spreading misinformation. Get educated, for starters.

    Dogs from the toy group consistently top the lists in categories of “most aggressive” as well as “most likely to bite.” What breed tops the list as a frequent biter? The Jack Russell Terrior. Toy Poodles, Min Pins and Chihuahuas join that list as well. From personal experience, I’ve been bitten three times…once, by a Jack Russell Terrier and twice by a Miniature Schnauzer….yep, all little dogs.

    Pitbulls were called “nanny dogs” because of their gentle disposition around children, which is still true today. They are not “naturally aggressive”….this is a flat-out lie. I challenge you to find ANY breed of dog that cannot be made vicious by abuse and mistreatment.

    I’ve owned and raised three pitbulls and they are the epitome of everything you could ever want in a dog….love, loyalty and one of the best friends you’ll ever have in life.

    • JennsAQueenFit41King

      Your right centuries ago they were nanny dogs! Wow another educated pitbull enthusiast here! Yes we need more ppl like us!

      Im a multiple pitbull owner and guess what all 3 of them cohabitate under the same roof, share the same bowls of food, play tug a war together and are aggression free. I Also got these dogs at different stages in their lives! My Female was a 3 yr old rescue from being dumped at a park, Rocko was almost 4 mos from a slum breeder and Ciroc was 6 wks old! Hmmm with a little love trust discipline and dedication we share our home peacefully

      • marie

        That’s awesome, Jenns! And, yes, we have to stick together with others like us to eliminate ignorant BSL and demand long prison terms for animal abusers!
        My Zoey (profile pic) is also a rescue from three years ago. Someone dumped her on the side of a road, apparently. To this day, she still looks inside cars that look and sound familiar to her, which is sad. I’m just glad she’s ours now where she’s safe and can be spoiled rotten lol.
        I’m so happy that you made it a point to adopt pitbull rescues…they certainly do need us! Your pitties sound absolutely wonderful and are very lucky to have you. Pittie love is the best there is!

        • JennsAQueenFit41King

          I didnt get her from a rescue i literally saved her from being dumped at a park by a young man who didnt want her anymore! He said do u want her? Here you go! Smdh! I couldnt imagine my life without my fur babies

    • Tawnya Rice

      Hey I have owned several min pin’s, its the same with them. My little ones have never bitten me or anyone coming into my house or the dog park or anywhere. It is how you raise any dog, the more you socialize them and are the pack leader is to determine their behavior. Don’t blame the dog in any breed, it is the owner. I have also owned, a bull mastiff /Akita mix, a German Shepard / Saint Bernard mix. All good dogs and very protective, well trained and socialized.

  • msbdenning

    That woman in CA was not killed by a pit bull. Sloppy with the facts there.

  • YeahRight

    This is as knowledgeable as my big toe. Every Chihuahua I have ever known was aggressive, but not one Pit Bull. My Bella would lick you to insanity if you let her though…lol

  • John Zolis

    The biggest pile of cow dung I’ve ever read try substantiating some of these preposterous claims – morons making biased claims further perpetuating dog myths enjoy your check from since obviously you are associated with them – check the CDC if you want some actual facts

  • Nicolina Marie Giunta

    Pit Bull is not a breed — but how many different breeds are commonly considered as “Pit Bulls”?
    Correct Answer: 20
    There is no AKC recognized Pit Bull breed. Breeds that are commonly referred to as Pit Bulls include: American Pit Bull terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, American Bulldog, Bull Mastiff, Boxer, Dogo Argentino, and Olde English Bulldogge.
    Is this dog a Pit Bull?

    Correct Answer: No
    Statistically speaking, which is more dangerous: SUVs or Pit Bulls?
    Correct Answer: SUVs
    Stastically fatal dog bites, and Pit Bull bites, are insignificant. SUVs injure and kill exponentially more people annually than dogs.
    The UK banned a variety of dog breeds including Pit Bulls. What happened to the number of dog bites reported in the UK after the ban took place?
    Correct Answer: Stayed the same.
    After a group of dogs, including Pit Bulls and other “bully breeds” were outlawed in the UK the number of dog bites did not decrease — they stayed exactly the same.
    What is a “resident dog”?
    Correct Answer: A dog that is always kept outside with little human interaction or socialization; frequently they are chained.
    These dogs are undersocialized and are far more likely to bite than a dog that is integrated into a family.
    97% of dogs that bite people are….
    Correct Answer: Intact (not neutered/spayed).
    This is just another reason to have your pet spayed/neutered. There are a number of factors that increase inatact animals chances of biting, but for example, a female dog that has just given birth may bite to protect her litter. So remember — spay/neuter your pets!
    What three factors are almost always present when a dog bites…
    Correct Answer: The dog is a resident dog, is intact, and has reckless owners.
    Spayed/neutered, family-oriented dogs with responsible owners almost never attack unless they are in a pack, and this is still very rare and usually follows some type of aggrevation/teasing and is always preceded with warning.
    What breed of dog has NOT had a reputation as “the most dangerous dogs” at some point in American history?
    Correct Answer: Mastiff
    At one time or another each of these dogs has been labeled as the most dangerous dog breed in the country. Public opinion on this subject changes according to media coverage, the popularity of the breed, and what the breed is used for. For example, in Alaska during the Gold Rush northern breed dogs were used to pull sleds, but were set loose in the summers with no food. The dogs formed into packs, and attacked locals out of starvation. Bloodhounds were used during Civil War times to track down and often attack runaway slaves, so they were considered vicious. Today we do not consider these dogs as “bully breeds” — it makes you wonder which poor breed will be the next to receive the unlucky stereotype.
    True or False: Pit Bulls have locking jaws.
    Correct Answer: False.
    Pit Bulls jaws are no different than any other dog — no dog has locking jaws.
    True or False: Pit Bulls have stronger bites than any other dog.
    Correct Answer: False.
    Both German Shephereds and Rottweilers have stronger jaws than a Pit Bull.
    True or False: Dogs attack without warning.
    Correct Answer: False.
    Dogs provide warning when they are getting ready to attack, however many people overlook these signs. Signs of an impending attack include: dog becomes stiff, dog curls lips over teeth, dog lowers head, hair on the back of the dogs neck and spine stand up, and many more. If you are in a situation where a dog is preparing to bite then stop, do not look the dog in the eye, and back slowly away.
    As a whole, Pit Bulls temperments were rated higher (more tolerant) than all of these dogs, EXCEPT…
    Correct Answer: Boxer
    Pit Bulls received an 82% tolerance rating — which is higher than the average dog which received only 77%. They actually received a rating similar to popular breeds such as Australian Shepherd, Dalmation, Italian Greyhound, and Yorkshire Terriers.
    True or False: Several of Michael Vick’s dogs are now therapy dogs?
    Correct Answer: True.
    How many documented cases of dog bite fatalities involve a spayed/nuetered, family-socialized American Pit Bull?
    Correct Answer: 0
    There is not one documented case of an Americal Pit Bull that was spayed/neutered, family-socialized and not in a pack causing a human death.
    Pit Bulls used to be referred to by what nickname?
    Correct Answer: Nursemaids
    In the past, Pit Bulls were reffered to as “nursemaids” or “nurse dogs” because of their gentle, friendly and reliable demeanor with children.
    True or False: Pit Bulls score worse than the average dog on temperment tests?
    Correct Answer: False
    The average dog only scored 77% while Pit Bulls scored 82%.
    The facts state that this article is bull.

    • T Gentry

      You’re a demented liar. German Shepherds have a stronger bite than a Pit Bull? Ha.

      • Nicolina Marie Giunta

        Actually, I’m not. And before you accuse me of being a liar you should do your research first. While it is pretty hard to accurately test for a dog’s bite pressure there was one instance when testing was done. During that test a Rottweiler and German Shepard both had a higher bite pressure than the pitbull. I can’t link you directly to the articles because it won’t allow me to post links but a simple google search will find them for you. I will however quote the articles for you.

        “”Pit Bulls have more bite pressure per square inch (PSI) than any other breed.” This is pure speculation at best, damaging myth at worse. There have been no exhaustive studies conducted to prove that Pit Bulls have the strongest jaws of any breed. There likely could not be any truly conclusive testing done to measure something like strongest breed PSI. A reason for this lies in the fact that dogs bite with varying pressure depending upon the situation, and what factors are driving the bite at that particular point in time. A dog cannot be instructed to bite down on a measuring device as hard as possible, so a tester could have no way of knowing whether or not a particular dog being tested is actually using its jaws to capacity in any given testing phase. There is also large size variation in any breed, and one must assume strength varies as well. A very large (but not typical or standard) Pit Bull may bite harder than a small Rottweiler, German Shepherd, or other breed, while a standard sized Pit Bull may not have as much jaw power as a larger, typical sized Rottweiler, etc. Also, if one breed is to claim “highest bite pressure”, all breeds would have to be compared. All 500+ of them.

        “The damage that a dog does when it bites depends on the location of the bite, the victim’s behavior while being bitten (twisting away will cause more damage than holding still), and the size ratio between dog and victim, among other factors. Breed has very little to do with bite strength or level of damage. You can look at a dog bite and guess the dog’s size, the victim’s behavior, but you cannot guess the breed of dog that bit a person by looking at the dog bite.

        Many numbers are floating around that claim to be the PSI (pounds per square inch) of pit bulls’ jaw strength. The numbers range wildly, from 800 PSI to 2000 PSI. These numbers are completely unfounded; there are no scientific studies to back any of these numbers up. In fact, bite force cannot even be accurately measured in PSI; the proper term is “pounds of force” or “Newtons” (metric system).

        One study conducted by Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic showed that the average domestic canine has an average bite of 320 pounds of force. In one portion of the documented study, Dr. Barr tested three dog breeds, a German Shepherd Dog, a Rottweiler and an American Pit Bull Terrier. The Rottweiler bit with 328 pounds of force, the highest pounds of force ever recorded from a domestic dog. The German Shepherd bit with 238 pounds of force, and the an American Pit Bull Terrier bit with 235 pounds of force.”

        Dr. I. Lerh Brisbin of the University of Georgia states, To the best of our knowledge, there are no published scientific studies that would allow any meaningful comparison to be made of the biting power of various breeds of dogs. There are, moreover, compelling technical reasons why such data describing biting power in terms of ‘pounds per square inch’ can never be collected in a meaningful way. All figures describing biting power in such terms can be traced to either unfounded rumor or, in some cases, to newspaper articles with no foundation in factual data. (From the ADBA booklet, “Discover the American Pit Bull Terrier.)

    • JennsAQueenFit41King

      Thank u 4 stating more FACTS Nicolina

    • dangerdan

      Your making a lot of sense, but what report would tell us “How many documented cases of dog bite fatalities involve a spayed/nuetered, family-socialized American Pit Bull?”

      I just glanced and a saw a few reported “family pets” on wikipedia’s list of Fatal dog attacks in the US.

    • ScottZ

      I have yet to read about a SUV biting anyone.

  • John Ashore

    This is a recent published study using real statistics. You judge before trashing. The fact that you have a sweet dog at home, does not mean there are many of their kind that are not so sweet (likely due to owners and not to the dog itself).
    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 31, 2013

    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013,1 Merritt Clifton, editor ofAnimal People, shows the dog breeds most responsible for serious injuries and deaths.

    Download Study

    View 31-Year Summary of Pit Bull Trends

    Study highlights

    The combination of molosser breeds, including pit bulls, curs, rottweilers, presa canarios, cane corsos, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, sharpeis, boxers, and their mixes, inflict:

    81% of attacks that induce bodily harm

    76% of attacks to children

    87% of attack to adults

    72% of attacks that result in fatalities

    81% that result in maiming

    Embody 9.2%+ of the total dog population

    Discussion notes:

    Even if the pit bull category was “split four ways,” attacks by pit bulls and their closest relatives would still outnumber attacks by any other breed.

    Pit bulls are noteworthy for attacking adults almost as frequently as children. This is a very rare pattern, only seen elsewhere in the bullmastiff/presa canario line.

    If a pit bull or rottweiler has a bad moment, instead of being bitten, often someone is maimed or killed; that has now created off-the-chart actuarial risk.1982-2013 chartBreedBodily harmChild VictimsAdult VictimsDeathsMaimings% of total dog populationPit bull27921114104726316776.0%Rottweiler514290136812942%Husky794952524.07%Wolf hybrid857051949 Bullmastiff (Presa canario)10542391561.02%German shepherd102633015632.1%Pit bull-mix191754512102 Akita6843218501%Boxer6219217291.4%Chow583717739.009%German shepherd-mix432812728 Doberman18997101.4%

    *Chart ordered by number of deaths; includes only a portion of breeds listed in report.

    Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 31, 2013, by Merritt Clifton,Animal People, December 31, 2013.

    This report is ongoing. New attacks are recorded as they occur. Older reports showing fewer attacks include: 2012, 2011,2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.

    • ryan

      sorry dude, but stats pulled from media statistics are flawed as they don’t usually report on a dog bite unless its a headline grabbing breed. you don’t see the reports of retriever bites or lab bites because they don’t make grabber headlines

    • amylou1238

      AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE IS AN IDIOT !!! Probably just copied and pasted from some other propaganda source. Had the author taken the time to do some careful unbiased research, this would be a credible article. LAAAAAZZZZZYYYYY. BOOOOOOOO !!!!

    • nasesaer

      Also (scroll down)

      Look who has been topping the lists lately?

    • Wiliam Prince

      pit bull is not a breed

  • Ray Vegter

    Where are the facts? Watch the documentary “Beyond the Myth” if you want facts backed up by true statistics and a heck of a lot more research than this stupid article. By the way, did anybody else notice that isn’t a Pit in the picture? Good research done for this article. NOT.

  • Janice Whitney

    ive been grooming for 14 years, ive worked at protection centers, and daycares, ive seen it all..ive had, chi chis bite me, french bulldog. cocker has giving me shit for nails and ect. ive never ever said no to grooming a pitbull.ive never had a problem with them.huskys, are horible to groom, shepards same.never had a pit turn on me. just thought id share, coming from a person whos had her hands on every breed of dog there is.

  • Boltfromtheblue

    As to your comment about German Shepherds and Rottweilers having the strongest bites I beg to differ. Having owned both those breeds and a Doberman and Elkhounds I found the Elkhound has the most powerful jaw by far. They were, after all, bred to control or bring down elk. Regardless, no bite is pleasant. A few years ago a Canadian study showed that one of the breeds that made it into the top 5 for bites was the Golden Retriever but few want to acknowledge that. I live in an area where there are a lot of dogs running free. The only 2 I worry about are the Goldens. They are very aggressive. But who wants to admit they are afraid of an innocuous Golden? It sounds much more manly if you say you were bitten by a German Shepherd.

  • F441

    My personal opinion is that Dogs ARE a direct reflection of their owner in the sense of bad/mean, neglectful, or any types of their of, also the dogs behavior is product their owners education/knowledge of how to be a responsible owner, trainer, handler, etc… Most people who get these ” viscous & unpredictable breeds” Ie.. Pitt ‘s, Doberman’s, Rott’s & so on, that are Racistly pigeon holed because of ignorance. These people are wanna be bad asses that use/train/treat/over breed, inbreed their dog improperly & to them its more of an accessory or money maker than living creature. Fact is that any animal or human for that matter is a product of upbringing which includes but not limited to above said items along with socialization, time spent, proper care & love, routinely exercising, & much more. To create a healthily well balanced dog. Also their is no excuse Racism, stereo typing or discrimination & ignorance & if u read this & think its B.s. that you more than likely are one those people & should look up definitions of those words, you would than at least be an informed racist & not an ignorant one. Also think about what reflections u want in your kids, dogs, whatever cause you are instilling & promoting the continuance of being a. ……

  • Tier

    This article is ridiculous! I’ve never owned a pit but have friends who own them and never once have I seen them attack or be aggressive. Also cocker spaniels?? Seriously? It all falls back on the owner, if you raise your pet right they will not be aggressive. Owners need to take responsibility. Of course any abused animal is going to snap eventually, so don’t abuse them!

  • Wiliam Prince

    i own a 90 pound pit, he is the most loving gentle dog i have ever seen. my girlfriend owns a 180 pound Anatolian Shepard. he will take your face off. he didnt make your list.

  • Jakesplace

    Did anyone else notice how cute the first 8 were but the last two were looking so mean and aggresive can some one say bias!!! I was raised with a German Shepard police trained dog and he was the best pet in the World very well behaved and obedient, However when it csme to work time the only one he listened to was the alpha, my Dad. Know dogs know how to act around g hem and for human sake teach your child how to as well.

  • Britney Presnell

    BIGGEST LIE AND LOAD OF CRAP! They put pit bulls at the top because people THINK they are the most aggressive. There is a reason they were called “NANNY DOGS” before this whole dog fighting fiasco started to take off. The writers of this article should be ashamed of themselves. I have owned many pit bulls, most of them strays from off of the street, and the ONLY dog I have ever been bitten by was a CHOW CHOW

  • Sarah Bailiff

    This is absolute bullshit! the person who wrote this article did ZERO research!! I’m a pet behavioral specialist and my WORST biting clients are LABRADORS. Sanya Jain youre a MORON.

  • PitOwner91

    This is so mutch bullshit i shat myself…

  • tkdchick

    Wow what a bunch of misinformation!!! Did you know that the data used at is from media reports??? Not ER’s not doctors or police reports, but media. We all know the media reports negatively on pitbulls. Ive seen them show the dog responsible for biting, ID it as a pitbull, and have it look like a shepherd. Don’t buy into the ignorance.

  • Alice

    The problem with this is that it is not concrete. Before the pit it was a doberman and before the Doberman it was Rottweilers Before them, German Shepard. The “Most hated Breed” IS always changing, all we ave to do is wait an then EVERYONE will love pits and No one will like Dachshunds, Or Chihuahuas Or i don’t know some kinda of poodle mix.

  • usvietnamvet

    Why do these stats disagree totally with the stats from every other reputable site? Where id you get theses stats? Did you know that pit bulls were known as the Nanny Dog during the 30′s – 70′s? This story needs to be removed.

  • Allen Pankovich

    Pitbulls are naturally aggressive? Where did you get this bullshit? Stupid lol…

  • Allen Pankovich

    Even if the dog is a mut and has the slightest part of pitbull in it the media still call it a pitbull.

  • Ryan Cooney

    You are all saying that it is bs but yet none of you are producing any studies that say otherwise. No matter how many times you state something it won’t make it so.

  • Laura Fine

    Youre an idiot. Please do NOT listen to this as its NOT factual.

  • Shortkut232

    This list is crap..

  • khanstruct

    “Pit bull” is not a breed. Crack a book sometime.

  • ToothyGrinn

    A lot of factual inconstancies on this list, a Chihuahua for example bites many more people simply out of habit. A Pit Bull has to be trained and taught to do this.
    Anyone ever heard of a Borboel or a Bull Mastiff ?

  • Jessica

    HOLY SHIT lady, I hope the men in white coats are coming for you soon. If I had free time to spare, I would sue you for libel and defamation, if someone hasn’t done it already. Go straight to hell.

  • Threercb

    Explain this you Pit lovers.

    TheAtlanta Journal-Constitution, August 3, Sunday 2014, Page A8
    GEORGIA “Boy says he loved dog that mauled him”

    A 10-year-old Athens boy says a pit bull terrier that mauled his face and then also attacked a police office before being shot had been one of his favorite pets.

    Jeremy Martinez required 30 stitches after the dog he had grown up with for four years unexpectedly attacked and tore off a piece of the boy’s face Tuesday. Jeremy said, “I
    loved him. He was my favorite because we had him since he was a baby.” (Is this CLEAR enough to you Pit defenders?)

    After the attack, the dog also bit a police officer who came to the scene. The officer shot the dog several times, killing it. Jeremy’s mother says once her son’s stitches are removed, a plastic surgeon will examine the boy to determine if he needs reconstructive surgery.

    Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Based on Bite Fatalities Over 20 Years.

    FACT: The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association conducted a twenty year study on the most dangerous dog breeds, and here are the top 10 most dangerous dog breeds based on the amount of fatalities they have caused.

    To anyone really who knows dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier is no surprise at #1 on a list of
    deadliest dogs. In this study the Pit Bull stood far ahead of all the other breeds with 66 fatalities of humans attributed to it. Known for their extremely aggressive nature, many states have legislation banning the breeding of pit bulls.

    Coming in at #2, the Rottweiler was responsible for 39 fatalities in this twenty year study.

    #3 German Shepard’s with 17 fatalities attributed to them, they are the third most dangerous dog breeds.

    #4 Huskies are one of the oldest breeds of dogs thought to exist in the world with a total
    of 15 fatalities linked to Huskies in the recent twenty year study conducted.

  • David Wolfe

    National Geographic
    did several tests of bite force with numerous animals, including dogs
    and wolves, to see which had the strongest jaws and the worst bite. Not
    surprisingly, the wolf was the canine with the most powerful bite,
    measuring 406 pounds of pressure. A wolf can, when it is protecting
    itself, inflict a bite that carries up to 1,200 pounds of pressure.

    The top five domesticated breeds thought to have the strongest jaw
    are all large dogs known for their bite. They are generally the same
    breeds attributed with the highest rate of attacks on people, and they
    are often listed as dangerous dogs.

    Pit Bull

    The Pitbull
    has become a breed synonymous with strong jaws, biting and danger.
    While this dog does not have the highest bite force of the dogs National
    Geographic tested, it is one of the top four. The Pitbull bite was
    measured at 235 pounds of pressure. It is the most highly recognized
    breed for jaw and bite strength.

    German Shepherd

    Although the German Shepherd
    was originally bred as a herding dog, it has been used as a guard and
    police dog with good reason. This is a powerful and intelligent breed.
    The German Shepherd’s bite measured 238 bite force, just slightly above
    the Pitbull.


    The Rottweiler, or Rottie as it is often called, has a huge head and
    large jaws. This breed bit with 328 pounds of pressure. The Rottweiler
    is considered the second most dangerous breed of dog; the Pitbull is
    number one.


    The Doberman is a highly energetic dog that can be very aggressive.
    The bite force is reputed to be 600 pounds of pressure; however that
    seems to be largely unsubstantiated.


    Many breeders say that the Mastiff has the strongest jaw. Reportedly,
    the Mastiff has a bite force of 552 pounds. If true, this would make it
    stronger than any other domesticated dog on record.

    Strongest Jaw

    To answer the question regarding which dog breed has the strongest
    jaw is difficult because there are so many variables. Of the dogs that
    have been scientifically tested and recorded, the Rottweiler appears to
    have the strongest jaw. Remember, this will vary from bite to bite and
    animal to animal.

    If the rumors are true, however, the Doberman has the strongest jaw of all of the domesticated breeds.

    • David Wolfe

      Now if you can read the Pitbull has one of the weakest bites out of the bigger breeds of dogs and no they do not have a locking jaw. That was a myth started by the media and if you do more research on dogs you will actually find that small breed dogs are usually more aggressive then large dog just to small to cause much damage. With any dog the owner needs to show that they are the alpha aka pack leader or the dog will. When that happens the dog will become more aggressive to matinee that status and if allowed to roam freely with no guidance to do as they please problems will occur. The biggest problem is dog owners do not take the time to learn and understand the steps required in raising different breeds of dogs before getting them. Every breed requires different training different amounts of attention different amounts of so many things and if you don’t understand that it leads to a dog that is more prone to behavioral problems like aggression. No study is accurate when it comes to dog’s because you have to factor in how many of each breed there is in the world, how many are mixed breeds, the variations of breeds within breeds, the number of reported and non-reported attacks because most attacks go unreported and the list can go on and on. I’ve owned the American Pit Bull Terrier’s and have grew up around them my whole life are they the safest maybe not but would I trust them over other breeds you can bet your bottom dollar I will. In 35 years I have yet to see one of them become aggressive well maybe with their affection, licking, and tail. I have one now she is 3 yrs old 95 lbs I can fight with her slap here around the kids drag her around by the ears try to ride her and anything you can think of when she bites on you she lays her teeth against your skin like she was handling a egg no matter how worked up she is. That’s the way all of them I have ever been around. Now have I seen some that was aggressive and unpredictable sure have but that was because the owners had no clue on hoe to raise, train, or control them. The most aggressive dogs I have ever been around are the Chihuahua’s. Now on command a pit can be aggressive if trained to be a protector of the family. In short not hate and punish the breed but the uneducated owners.