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Nearly every dog has the propensity to attack when provoked. However, there are specific dog breeds that are more likely than others to bite or attack humans and other animals without provocation. Not all breeds of vicious dogs are large in size. Even small dogs like Pomeranians have been known to kill, such as the one that took the life of an 18-month-old baby in 2000 when they were left together without supervision in the same room.

Dangerous Breeds

Many communities have enacted laws, policies and ordinances to restrict pet owners from maintaining the deadliest dog breeds known to be vicious and dangerous. In a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are eleven dog breeds and mixes that are the deadliest and most dangerous in the world.Many of these breeds of dogs are strong-willed and assertive and, without proper training and socialization, may exhibit unmanageable and ferocious tendencies that are difficult to overcome. These dangerous breeds include:

  1. Pitbull
  2. Rottweiler
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Husky
  5. Alaskan Malamute
  6. Wolf Dog hybrid
  7. Chowchow
  8. Doberman Pinscher
  9. Bernard
  10. Great Dane
  11. Labrador Retriever

In a 10-year study collecting data on dog bites in the United States between 2005 and 2014, two specific breeds of dogs accounted for nearly three-fourths of all fatal human attacks – Pit bulls and Rottweilers. However, pit bulls and pit bull mixes account for more than twice the number of attacks and dog bites compared to Rottweilers and Rottweiler mixes. Research has shown that pit bulls and mixes typically fail to communicate any of their intention prior to attacking. In addition, the breed possesses a lethal “hold and shake” biting style that is often fatal to children and adults.

Fighting Dog Breeds

There are specific pit bulls and pitbull mix varieties that have a natural propensity to fight. This is why many communities have banned pit bulls and pitbull mixes or any breed of dog that is derived from pitbull ancestors. These include dogo argentina, tosa inu, cane corso, presa mallorquin and fila brasileiro. Some countries including New Zealand and Spain have taken steps to regulate these breeds.

Dangerous Situations

Children and young adults often face dangerous situations involving high-risk dog breeds that often result in serious injuries or fatalities. These situations often involve a child visiting a friend or relative’s home who has a Rottweiler or Pitbull. However, a reverse situation of having the dog temporarily stay at the home of the child can be just as catastrophic. This is because the three key elements to the most dangerous situation to life-threatening dog attacks include #1 a high-risk dog breed, #2 children and #3 a temporary or new situation. There is no scenario were individuals or families should agree to provide temporary/permanent care of a dog or visit the home of a relative or friend where there is a dangerous breed dog.

File a Report of a Dangerous Dog

Many individuals are unaware that a report can be made prior to any threat or menace of an actual bite by a stray or loose dog. As a result, many individuals and other animals suffer serious injuries or death and attacks that could have been prevented. It is essential to always report a dangerous or problem dog in the community by contacting the local sheriff’s department or animal control agency within the county.

All dog bites need to be reported. A dog bite is defined as breaking of the skin caused by a dog bite or attack. It should be anticipated that pet owners will plead with the victims against making a report to avoid a recorded “first bite” document. Reporting the bite is important because dog bites can be serious and require extensive treatment. Without medical care, the victim has the potential of dying or developing a life altering complication.

Many courts in the United States have declared pit bulls and other dangerous breeds as lethal weapons. This means that law enforcement is given the right to protect its citizens by shooting and killing a Pitbull that is on the attack. This is because most of us, especially children, senior citizens and pregnant women lack the ability to stop an attacking dangerous dog from causing serious injury or death.