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Dog Bite Facts
Facts, Stats and Information Regarding Dog Bites


One of the most amazing dog bite facts is that some dogs are so fast that they can bite a person 10 times before that person has a chance to react.

Every year 4 and ½ million people in the U.S. report a dog bite; however there are many more that are not reported to the authorities.

Television shows and movies often depict a dog chasing after a mailman, but in real life this is not funny….each year roughly 3000 postal workers are bitten by dogs.

It is a dog bite facts that it is the 2nd leading cause of injury to young children.

Men are bitten much more often than women, approximately 2 times more often.

The majority of dog bite incidences happens with registered pets and not strays.

In 80 to 90% of all cases, the victim knew the dog.

It is a dog bite fact that canines that are between 1 and 5 years old are much more likely to bite than those older than 5 and each year that the dog ages, the less likely that it will happen.

Males bite people more often than females.

Which dog is bites the most?  You may be surprised to learn that the answer is mixed breeds.  When it comes to purebreds, many people assume that it is the Rottweiler; however the German Shepherd is number 1.   It should be noted that while the Shepherd is reported to bite the most often, it is the Rottweiler and the Pit Bull that cause the most deaths due to attack.

While certain breeds bite more than others, it is a dog bite fact that every breed has bitten at some point, to varying degrees of severity.

The statistics regarding this data do not include wolf hybrids, which are dogs who are bred with wolves….and their behavior can be unpredictable and aggressive.

In regard to serious bites, it is the Pit Bull that ranks #1.

Roughly 4 out of 10 households that have dogs, do so because they wish for their pet to provide protection….Unfortunately, those dogs will often bite someone who was not a threat or a danger.

A dog who is chained up outside is 3 times more likely to bite a person than a dog who is never chained up.  Part of the reason for this is that most breeds crave human companionship and when they are left alone the majority of the time, chained to a tree or other object,  this can cause very negative behavior.

In regard to children who are bitten, the largest percentage will be between 5 and 9 years old.  As a child ages, the chances of being bitten decreases.

Boys are bitten more often than girls.

Un-spayed or un-neutered dogs are 3 times more likely to bite someone that ones who are fixed.

Dog bite facts show that some bites are very serious… Out of the 4.5 million who received a bite in 1 year, 800 thousand of those saw their doctor….and 6 thousand of that number needed to be admitted into a hospital. 

For those who needed hospitalization, the average stay for treatment was 4 days.

Most bites to adult humans are to the legs or feet… most bites to children are to the head and face.

For home owners, 1/4th of claims were related to dog bites incidences that happened on their property.  The average monetary claim was 16 thousand.

It is hard to believe this dog bite fact; however it is true that 16 people, on average. die each year in the U.S. due to a dog attacks….and most of those victims are children.

The most likely time for a dog bite to occur is when a dog is not restrained and is on their own property.  The 2nd most likely time is when a dog is not restrained and is off their own property.

In cases of fatalities, 70% involved just one dog, 20% involve 2 and 10% involve 3 or more.

Choosing a Dog that Will Not Bite

Do not bring home a breed that is known to bite more than others.

Any dog with a history of biting should not be considered as a household pet.

If your child or children are fearful of a certain dog, this is a signal to not bring that pup or dog home.

Spend time with a dog before you commit to owning him or her.  Play and interact in a variety of settings to see how they react.


Facts About Preventing Dog Bites

Never approach a dog that you do not know.

If a dog seems to be posing a threat, do not run away…It is best to remain quiet and slowly back away without looking him or her in the eyes.

If a dog knocks you down, tuck your body into a ball and remain still.

It is a dog bite fact that a person should never stare directly into a dog’s eyes….They can often interpret this as a challenge to fight.

If you want to pat a strange dog, first allow him or her to sniff your arm. Usually the dog will then signal that he or she does not find you to be a threat and will enjoy a pat.

For known and unknown dog, it is best to not disturb one while they are sleeping, eating or when a dam is taking care of her pups.

Infants should not be left alone in a room with any pet.

Play wrestling and tug of war games can encourage a dog to become more aggressive, particularly if the dog wins….they will tend to interpret this as meaning that they are in charge.

If your puppy tends to nip you, do not allow this.  There are 2 approaches…. 1 is to jump back and say “Ouch!” very loudly and then ignore the dog. It is this method that mimics what their littermates did when they were bitten during play time…..The other method is to place the pup on his or her back and hold them down with your hand on their stomach. They will wiggle and try to get out of the position.  However, they will eventually give up and remain still. When they are still, this means that the pup has submitted to you and it is the same as if they said, “Okay, you win, you are the leader and are in charge”.

What to Do if Your Dog Bites Someone

Make sure your dog is not in a position to bite anyone else…If he or she does not follow you into the house or to a designated area and is acting wild it can help to cover the dog with a towel and then carry them.

Do not argue with the victim (they are most likely thinking about suing you or trying to have your dog put away by animal control officers).

Provide that person with proof that your dog has had his or her rabies shot(s).

Make sure that the person receives medical attention; you may even need to offer to give them a ride to the ER if needed.

The victim may be thinking about suing you, therefore it may help for you to offer to pay the medical bills.

It is best to not make any statements, as those can be used against you in a court of law.

If this happened on your property, you will want to contact your house insurance company.

Be aware that the person who was bitten by your dog may take actions that result in you defending yourself in civil court, criminal court or with animal control who can make decisions about your dog being too aggressive or not to remain in your possession.

If you hear from the police, if the bite was severe  or if the person demands money from you, it is suggested to contact an attorney who specializes in this.

Be aware that if it is a 1st incidence, the consequences are often less severe…However if your dog has a history of biting, serious steps may be taken to ensure that it does not happen again. 


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