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Old 06-24-2008, 11:23 AM   #1
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Default 10 Dog Breeds Most likely to bite

This really surprised me:


The Centers for Disease Control studies dog bite incidents, including the types of dogs most likely to bite. I don't believe in putting labels on dogs. I think each dog is unique and that the owner can play a big role in making the breed more or less aggressive. However, this is a government study based on actual bite incidents so I feel a responsibility to share it with my readers.

1. Pit Bulls
2. Rottweilers
3. German Shepherds
4. Huskies
5. Alaskan Malamutes
6. Doberman pinschers
7. Chows
8. Great Danes
9. Saint Bernards
10. Akitas


I've never heard of a St Bernard being aggressive or a Great Dane - just goes to show

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Old 06-24-2008, 11:29 AM   #2
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Oh good grief. What a shame that there are sites like "The Pet Place" that propagate misinformation. I would have expected better from them.

It's useful to read the actual report which is available online. The database is flawed, as the authors of the report freely admit in the text of the original article. What unfortunately happens is that many people don't bother to read the article. They just look at the table, ignore the disclaimers, and draw false conclusions. I've taken that CDC report apart many times and I'll find the time to do it again so that this list doens't have a chance to become engrived in anyone's mind as being true.
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Excellent Skunky - thanks for saving me the time doing the research - I somehow got onto their mailing list and I've just recently been getting daily emails from some Dr Jon.

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After reading Skunkstripes post it's very disheartening to think that unknowing people may actually get a misrepresentation of these breeds

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Yeah well if small dog bites were reported then I can guarantee these top 10 spots would be filled with small dog breeds.
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St Bernards and Great Danes are not breeds that tend to be associated with aggression but I think I've only ever met one Great Dane, they don't seem to be a popular breed in the South West so I can't really be a judge of that.


Oh heck, one of my daughter's has a Great Dane (its her 4th now) he's such a gentle giant. He plays well with children too and has the time of his life on the beach with them.

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I found it and I'll repost it here:
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The much cited CDC report on dog bite fatalities by breed
http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/dogbreeds.pdf
has a basic flaw, and the authors of the article are aware of it and even say so in the report.

Most people skim it and look at the table and way 'wow, Pits and Rotties'. But if you dig around you find that the authors used media reports to develop their database.

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Our search strategy involved scanning the text of newspapers and periodicals for certain words and word combinations likely to represent human DBRF followed by a review of articles containing those terms.
And look at what they say in the discussion:

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Considering only bites that resulted in fatalities, because they are more easily ascertained than nonfatal bites, the numerator of a dog breed-specific human DBRF rate requires a complete accounting of human DBRF as well as an accurate determination of the breeds involved. Numerator data may be biased for 4 reasons. First, the human DBRF reported here are likely underestimated; prior work suggests the approach we used identifies only 74% of actual cases.1,2 Second, to the extent that attacks by 1 breed are more newsworthy than those by other breeds, our methods may have resulted in differential ascertainment of fatalities by breed. Third, because identification of a dog’s breed may be subjective (even experts may disagree on the breed of a particular dog), DBRF may be differentially ascribed to breeds with a reputation for aggression. Fourth, it is not clear how to count attacks by crossbred dogs. Ignoring these data underestimates breed involvement (29% of attacking dogs were crossbred dogs), whereas including them permits a single dog to be counted more than once.
In other words, since bites by certain breeds are more likely to be reported, the data in the table are skewed towards those breeds. Also, they admit that people are lousy at correctly identifying breeds and say that the reputation alone may increase the reporting tendency. Since there is a tendency for the press to misreport dog bites as far as breed, the raw data are biased and frankly, without good data you can't really develop any reliable conclusions. So IMO the whole thing has a basic flaw.
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Continuing on, there was a more recent study done where vets actually saw dogs that had bitten children. The Title was "Behavioral assessment of child-directed canine aggression" published in Injury Prevention Unfortunately the full-text version is no longer available online, but there are excerpts.

http://www.livescience.com/animals/071002-dog-bite.html
http://www.huliq.com/36585/behaviora...ine-aggression

And this is what I had found in there about breeds:
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A total of 103 dogs had bitten a child under the age of 18 years. ...
Forty one breeds were represented. English Springer Spaniels and German Shepherd Dogs each comprised 9% of pure-bred dogs (7% of all dogs), followed by 5% each of Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and American Cocker Spaniels (4% of all dogs)
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I recently read a similar article that was critically flawed, they only talk about recorded dog bite incidents, most people don't bother reporting when they get bitten by a chi or a yorkie!

I'll look for an article I found recently on dogs most likely to be rehomed due to behavioural problems, it was fascinating reading and I think the Maltese was highest on the list for aggressive behaviour!
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http://www.stopdogattacks.co.uk/

This is an interesting site and has loads of links to articles on both sides about dog bite stats etc
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I've met three aggressive Great Danes. Two of them were owned by the some person. When I was a kid a friend of mine was attacked by his own Saint Bernard.

At a National Specialty show I met a woman who's arm looked like my daughters did after her dialysis shunt collapsed, only hers was worse.

Naively I commented on it assuming it was the same thing. Her wounds had nothing to do with dialysis. She'd got caught in the middle of two shorthair bitches that were fighting.

As we all keep repeating; it can happen with any breed if the circumstances are there.
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