For ages, man has found a loyal friend in dogs. Humans and dogs have a mutual affection towards each other. That is why there are about 89.7 million pet dogs in the United States of America, only in the year 2017.

Having said that, let’s not forget that a canine has all the potential to cause a fatal injury to you or to your loved ones. So, before bringing a dog into your household, it is essential to know more about it and its breed. Basically, you should explore all the resources out there and answer the question ‘’which dog breed bites the most’’ before buying a dog.


Fatal Injuries Caused By Dogs

In a span of 13 years, i.e., from 2005 to 2017, 433 US citizens lost their lives due to the dog bite. According to statistics, in America, dogs have bitten around 4.5 – 4.6 million people.

Just to give a rough estimate, out of every 5 dog bites 1 is always a fatal injury and requires medical attention. According to the reports, infants are the primary victims of such life-threatening injuries.


Dogs That Bite The Most

It is true that all dogs bite. But it is also true that dogs of some breed bite comparatively more.
Here are the enlisted dogs which are more likely to bite you.

  1. Pitbull
  2. Rottweiler
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Mixed Breed
  5. American Bulldog
  6. Mastiff / Bullmastiff
  7. Husky
  8. Australian Shepherd
  9. Cocker Spaniel
  10. Bull Terrier
  11. Pekingese
  12. Chihuahua
  13. Bull Dog
  14. Papillon
  15. Lhasa Apso
  16. Jack Russell Terrier

So, again if we talk about the stats (2005 – 2017) then out of 433 Americans who lost their lives, 66% of them were attacked by Pit Bull. Rottweilers contributed 10% of these attacks that again resulted in a death.

4.6% deaths were caused by German Shepherd. Mixed Breed caused 3.9% of the deaths, American Bulldog did 3.5% of the killings, 3.2% by Mastiff and Bullmastiff and 3% by Husky.

The significant deaths were happened because of Pitbull and Rottweilers breed.


Who Are The Victims Of Dog Attacks?

Again, if we take 2005 – 2017 as our base data then we can classify the victims based on their age and gender. From the data, it is clear that there are more male victims than female.

The male gender victims are 223 whereas the female gender victims are 210 in number. And if we talk about children, then mostly the victims are of age 0-2 years.


Under What Condition(S) Do Dogs Bite?

There is no doubt that dogs are the most loyal companions. For dogs, biting is the natural instinct. They use this as their reflex, or you can say as their defense mechanism.

They bite only when they are scared or suspicious of something or of someone. Dogs love their owners, and if they see you as a threat to them, then they will definitely bite you. They may bite you playfully or if you irritate them.


What To Do If Your Dog Bites You?

Mostly, dogs bite their owners when they are teething or during play. There is no need to get panicked when your dog bites you. Just take the following steps:

  1. Try to take out some blood out from your wound by pressing it gently, as along with the blood the bacteria will flush out.
  2. After that, use regular water and soap to wash your wound.
  3. Soak the area with a clean cloth.
  4. Apply any antibiotic cream over it. You don’t have to buy any special antibiotic cream.
  5. Apply bandage on your wound.
  6. Make an appointment with your doctor.

It’s important to change your bandage regularly and keep an eye on any sign of infection. These include fever, swelling, pain or redness.


How To Prevent Yourself From A Dog Bites

By not doing some basic things, you can prevent yourself from a dog bite. Firstly, it’s always better to stay away from wild or feral dogs. Dogs can read your body language like a pro, and if they become suspicious of you, then they will definitely attack you. So, never panic, or make loud noises or try not to run away from an unknown dog.

Female dogs are very protective of their babies, and if she sees you as a threat, she’ll definitely bite you. Like humans, dogs also don’t take disturbance lightly while they are sleeping or eating. So, better not to disturb them during those times. Lastly, invest proper time in training your pet dogs.


Vaccinate Your Dog

Yes, if you have a canine pet, then it is critical to vaccinate your little friend regularly. Through vaccination, you can protect your dog from lethal diseases like rabies, parvovirus, hepatitis, distemper, Bordetella, feline, leukemia, etc.

Better be safe than sorry. Remember, if you do not vaccinate your dog against rabies and it bites you then your chances of getting this disease become high. So, maintain your and your pet’s well being by vaccinating them.


Things To Ponder Before Getting A Dog

I can understand the excitement of getting a new member in the family. But before doing that, it is essential to consider a few things like;

  1. What breed of dog is right for you and for your family. Pay more attention while selecting a breed if you have kids and infants at home. If you think you cannot make this decision, then it’s always better to seek professional advice (from a trainer or from a vet).
  2. It is essential to train your dog correctly – Invest good time in training your new friend and socialize more. This way, you two can get the chance to know each other better.
  3. Before buying, spend some time with your “soon to be pet.” This will enable you to notice any aggressive instincts in advance.



Once you own a pet, only then you realize how much joy they bring to you. As you know, dogs will be your companion in your weal and woe. But, the critical question is, are you really ready to have a pet? Have you selected your prospective pet by doing proper research on its breed?

If not, then do proper homework before getting a pet. So, that when your furry friend bites you, it doesn’t hurt much.


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Source: https://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-multi-year-fatality-report-2005-2017.php