Retrievers, warriors, guardians, lap-sitters, poachers, trackers, and tricksters have been bred into dogs. Certain dogs have evolved, excelling in one category while falling short in others. While many dogs are gentle, sweet mates, some breeds are more aggressive and likely to attack people.
Thousands of Americans are wounded by dog bites daily, necessitating medical attention. According to the CDC, over 27,000 people had reconstructive surgery after being bitten by a dog in 2012.
The following are the top five most risky dog breeds.
1. Pit Bull Terrier
Almost every day, a story about a fatal or near-fatal episode involving a Pit Bull and a human is published. This breed evolved from a fighting line and is popular among those looking for a four-legged companion to act as a protector.
When it did come to reported bite fatalities, Pit Bulls far outnumber all other breeds. Due to the breed’s aggressive nature, they are likely to attack adults and children without provocation. In 2012, there were 38 fatal dog attacks in the United States, with Pit Bulls involved in 23 attacks. Pit Bull breeding is illegal in many states in certain jurisdictions in others. Some municipalities have outright prohibited the breed.
One of the earliest purebred boundaries is the Rottweiler. The Rottweiler once was bred solely for herd behavior, but it is commonly sold unlawfully for dogfighting today. A Rottweiler is responsible for approximately 40 human fatalities each year.
Rottweilers are significant for their size, and while they are primarily passive, they do not respond well to sharp words, assertive petting, or change in momentum. Children frequently sustain serious bite injury problems simply by approaching one of these dogs from behind.
3. Siberian Husky and Malamute
These closely related relatives are two of the world’s oldest bred dogs. They enjoy doing hard work and are generally very patient with children. However, their basic inclination to fight for self-preservation and food is well documented.
These animals are significant, not particularly lovable, and will bite if frightened. They must be handled gently and left alone when eating. They are, even so, very defensive of their shareholders, and the majority of biting incidents involve a stranger.
4. Wolf Hybrid
Domesticated dogs are descended from wolves. Wolves are native-born hunter-gatherers with a keen survival instinct based on food availability. Unsurprisingly, wolf hybrids could indeed carry out a strike on a small animal quickly and efficiently.
Wolf hybrids are risky around the children, despite not being known as killers. They dislike being petted and regard any body contact as an aggressive act. It has proven practically impossible to breed this instinct even after centuries of trying.
5. Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman pinscher is well-known as a guard dog, and its growling expression has deterred many a would-be thief. This breed is highly protective of its owners and is an excellent choice for families with young children.
On the other hand, Dobermans react negatively to strangers in their territory. Pet owners must take extra precautions to maintain their Dobermans away from strangers.
Individuals thinking about adding a furry friend to their family should research the statistics on their prospective pet’s likely habits. While the dogs in the preceding breeds still can make excellent pets, there is a greater risk of exposing others to a dog bite attack.