Dangerous Dog Breeds

Every dog can be dangerous and violent, even dogs that do not appear to be dangerous or violent can quickly become dangerous and violent.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) gathered data regarding dog attack fatalities in the U.S. over an 18 year period. The CDC’s data tracked the number of fatalities by dog breed. While the number of fatalities per dog breed alone is not conclusive proof that one dog breed is more dangerous than another, it can indicate that attacks by some dog breeds are more ferocious and cause more severe injuries than other dog breeds. The CDC data reflects that the following are the most dangerous dog breeds in the United States according to the number of fatalities caused by dog breeds.

#1 - Pit Bull

#1 - Pit Bull

The most dangerous dog in America according to CDC data is the Pit Bull. The Pit Bull has been involved in numerous severe maulings and deaths including 60 fatalities in the 18 year period covered by the CDC data. The 60 fatalities caused by Pit Bulls is twice as many deaths as caused by any other dog breed.

#2 - Rottweiler

#2 - Rottweiler

The second most dangerous dog in America according to the CDC data, is the Rottweiler. The Rottweiler has been involved in severe maulings and deaths including 29 fatalities in the 18 year period covered by the CDC data.

#3 - German Shepherd

#3 - German Shepherd

The third most dangerous dog in America according to the CDC data is the German Shephard. The German Shephard is used by both law enforcement and the military. German Shephards caused 19 fatalities in the 18 year period covered by the CDC data.

#4 - Husky

#4 - Husky

The fourth most dangerous dog in America according to the CDC data, is the Husky. Huskies caused 14 fatalities in the 18 year period covered by the CDC data.

#5 - Alaskan Malamute

#5 - Alaskan Malamute

The fifth most dangerous dog in America according to the CDC data is the Alaskan Malamute. Malamutes caused 12 fatalities in the 18 year period covered by the CDC data.

#6 - Doberman Pinscher

#6 - Doberman Pinscher

The sixth most dangerous dog in America according to the CDC data is the Doberman Pinscher. Doberman Pinschers caused 12 fatalities in the 18 year period covered by the CDC data.

#7 - Chow Chow

#7 - Chow Chow

The seventh most dangerous dog in America according to the CDC data is the Chow Chow. Chow Chows caused 8 fatalities in the 18 year period covered by the CDC data.

#8 - Great Dane

#8 - Great Dane

The eighth most dangerous dog in America according to the CDC data is the Great Dane. Great Danes caused 6 fatalities in the 18 year period covered by the CDC data.

#9 - St. Bernard

#9 - St. Bernard

The ninth most dangerous dog in America according to the CDC data is the St. Bernard. St. Bernards caused 4 fatalities in the 18 year period covered by the CDC data.

#10 - Akita

#10 - Akita

The tenth most dangerous dog in America according to the CDC data is the Akita. Akitas caused 4 fatalities in the 18 year period covered by the CDC data.

 

In 2014 Denver's 9News and PBS' I-News reviewed the available information regarding Dog Bites along the Colorado Front Range and compiled a Report.

According to the 9News Report there were about 6,500 reported dog bites in 2012 and 2013 along the Colorado Front Range with five breeds (many of which could be mixed breed) responsible for most of the reported bites:

  • Labrador Retrievers
  • German Shepherds
  • Pit Bulls
  • Chihuahuas
  • Bull Dogs

For more information go to: http://www.9news.com/news/investigations/dog-breeds-that-bite-the-most-along-the-front-range/249937513.

On November 13, 2014 - Westword ran an article about the most euthanized dog breeds along the Colorado Front Range listing the top five euthanized dog breeds:

  • Pit Bulls
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Chihuahuas
  • German Shepherds
  • Bull Dogs

About half of the euthanizations were for bites or aggresive behavior and more than a quarter were for medical conditions.

For more information go to: http://www.westword.com/news/pit-bulls-most-euthanized-dog-breed-on-front-range-6050819.

Attorney David M. Larson represents clients who have been the victims of dog bites. To discuss your dog bite claim contact him today at 303-799-6895.