|Pitbulls are known to be natural fighters, with the enthusiasm to go after a task until completed to the end. They have powerful jaws, a powerful bite, and a hold that won’t let go easily / Photo by: Stacy via Wikimedia Commons|
Dogs may have been dubbed as “man's best friend,” but we must take this with just a grain of salt. This cannot be taken literally and does not apply to every single kind of dog. This is because over the years, fatal interactions between canines and humans have been the cause of much controversy. We must always be cautious when dealing with any kind of animal because in certain circumstances their true nature resurfaces despite generations of domestication and training. Almost all dogs are capable of dealing harm, with certain breeds even causing fatalities or irreparable injury.
Dangerous Dog Breeds
Aggressive traits are in the nature of all dogs, with certain breeds more prone to displaying this compared to others. Depending on the animal’s upbringing, temperament, current situation, any dog can be considered a threat despite the size of the animal. For instance, chihuahuas are known to bite veterinarians more than any other kind of dog.
In a survey presented by Statista, an online portal for statistics, the list of breeds and types of dogs involved in fatal attacks on humans in the United States from the year of 2005 to 2017 shows the Pitbull as the top dog breed that caused 284 deaths or 66% of total recorded fatalities. They are known to be natural fighters, with the enthusiasm to go after a task until completed to the end. They have powerful jaws, a powerful bite, and a hold that won’t let go easily. They can cause serious injuries and, as the records showed, even death.
The Rottweiler comes in at second with 45 deaths. They have one of the worst tempers among most dog breeds. They are considered unsuitable family dogs as they need to be continuously trained.
Next in the list are German Shepherds that have caused 20 deaths during the same period. These dogs are known to react with speed and focus, with aggression that can be toned down with proper training.
|The Mastiff/Bullmastiff is at number six after it caused 15 deaths. This breed is the original guard dog. They have a naturally aggressive temperament and can cause serious harm / Photo by: Radovan Rohovsky via Wikimedia Commons|
Fourth in the list are mixed breed dogs that caused 17 deaths. Mixed breed dogs have attributes of any and all kinds of dogs. Mixed breeds also tend to roam the streets and are without families and homes. These dogs are often untamed and are not raised in a domestic situation such as in a home so that interacting with them should be with caution.
The American bulldog comes in next with 15 deaths attributed to it. Bulldogs were originally bred for farm work, guarding, and fighting. Their bodies are muscular and are built for hard work. Messing with a bulldog can prove dangerous to anyone, especially children.
The Mastiff/Bullmastiff is at number six after it caused 15 deaths. This breed is the original guard dog. They have a naturally aggressive temperament and can cause serious harm.
The Huskies, probably the most photogenic of the bunch, are next with 13 deaths. These dogs are loaded with energy and are always ready for playtime. With roots tracing back to Siberia and Nomadic tribes, this dog has high endurance and is capable of hunting. They are also a stubborn dog breed unless exposed to proper training.
Consistently the most popular of pet dogs in the US, the labrador retriever caused nine deaths, believe it or not, which landed this breed in the list. While they are generally well-natured, unusual reactivity, fearfulness, frustration, and certain medical conditions can cause them to bite humans.
The Boxer caused seven deaths between 2005 and 2017. They are bred specifically as attack and guard dogs. They also have powerful jaws and bite, which is perfect for protection but can also inflict injury in people. Harsh treatment and punishment are factors that can make situations with boxers worse.
Doberman pinscher comes in next with six deaths. They are intelligent, strong, and sensitive to sound. They are able to sense danger and react on their own. Doberman pinschers are aggressive toward strangers, with their size making them more dangerous.
|The Boxer caused seven deaths between 2005 and 2017. They are bred specifically as attack and guard dogs. They also have powerful jaws and bite, which is perfect for protection but can also inflict injury in people / Photo by: Moires via Wikimedia Commons|
Nurture Over Nature
Certain breeds cause greater harm simply because of the size or force of their jaws. More than this, according to Niall McCarthy, a data journalist from Forbes online, there is some evidence that suggests owners of vicious dogs are far more likely to have criminal convictions for violent crime. DogsBite.org, a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims of dog bites by promoting breed-specific legislation as a means to reduce serious dog attacks, shared statistics on the damage that dangerous dogs cause. According to the group, injuries caused by canines accounted for more than a third of all homeowner’s liability claim paid out in the previous year, totaling almost $700 million. Apart from fatalities, 28,000 people in the United States underwent reconstructive surgery after being attacked, with canine-related hospitalization stays increasing to 86% between 1993 and 2008. The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay is $18,200.
Dogs are indeed capable of inflicting extreme damage, injuries, and pain in humans. While the trait is in the nature of most dog breeds, proper nurture can play a huge role in turning dogs into more loving and loyal companions, even the most dangerous kind.