Do You Know Which Dog Breeds Are Most Likely to Attack a Person?

August 14, 2017 Dog Bite

According to the CDC there are roughly 4,500,000 dog bite attacks each year in the United States. This means that a dog will bite 1 out of every 72 people in 2017. As much as we love our furry friends, it is always important to be aware of the potential dangers around certain dogs, especially when children are involved.

Dogs can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries to both children and adults.

Top 5 Dog Breeds that attack the most:

  • Pit Bull
  • Chihuahua
  • Boxer
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Great Dane

It is important to know the risks when approaching an unfamiliar animal. According to 6,750 Postal employees reported being attacked by dogs while on the job last year.

Dog owners have a responsibility when it comes to their pets, and making sure that they are well trained around other dogs and people. Since many dog owners are aware of what agitates their pet, they can try to safeguard against a potential altercation.

Our pets become an extension of our families, but it is important we remember they are animals with unpredictable behavior at times.

Here are some common triggers that make dogs more aggressive:

  • Fast and erratic movement, this can trigger a hunting instinct or scare them into a defensive mode.
  • Getting close to a dog too quickly. If a dog is unfamiliar with someone that approaches them quickly they can find this threatening.
  • Restraining a dog. Being hugged and squeezed, although meant lovingly, can put a dog into distress.
  • Cornering a dog. Dogs have a fight or flight instinct when they are cornered. If they feel their only path of escape is blocked, they will want to fight their way out.
  • Yelling or hitting a dog to correct bad behavior. They can feel the aggression in that response and could feel the need to defend themselves.
  • Trying to play with a dog when they are eating or chewing on a bone. This can be very dangerous.

During the summer months, neighborhood streets, sidewalks, and parks are popular spots for pet owners to spend time with their animals. While you’re out and about this summer, be cautious when approaching an unfamiliar dog.

At Floyd Hunter Injury Law, we know there are both physical and emotional scars after a dog attack. If a dog or any animal seriously injures you or a loved one, call Floyd Hunter Injury Law at 334-452-4000 for help.

Our experienced Alabama Personal Injury lawyers will fight to protect your right to the full and fair compensation you deserve. We will investigate your situation, and explain your rights under the law. Let one of our experienced Alabama dog bite lawyers help you after a dog bite.

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