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Which Dog Breeds Are Most Likely to Bite?

At least 25 different dog breeds have been responsible for dog-bite-related fatalities, although more than half have been caused by pit bulls and rottweilers. German Shepherds and Huskies are also responsible for a large percentage of dog bites. Though these dogs are commonly involved in attacks, they are not at all exclusive offenders. The following list provides the names of additional breeds that have often been linked to aggressive behavior:

Potentially Aggressive Breeds:

  • Llasa Apso: can be cranky with kids
  • Toy poodles: bite out of self defense
  • Dachsunds: not very patient
  • Rhodesian Ridgebacks: very dominant breed
  • Miniature Pinschers: "big dog" mindset in little body
  • Pekinese: intolerant
  • Chihuahuas: prefer adults, not tolerant of kids
  • Chow Chow: one-person dogs, bite without warning
  • Giant Schnauzers: very dominant breed, will even challenge adults
  • Old English Sheep Dog: very protective of owner
  • Cocker Spaniel: very protective of owner
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What to Do if You're Attacked

  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Take photographs of the wounds
  • Call 911 or animal control to report the incident
  • Take photographs of the dog (if it's safe to do so)
  • Gather information about the dog owner (name, address, phone number, insurance info)
  • Contact an experienced dog bite attorney

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