Dogs Attack Statistics by Breed
An estimated 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year and 850,000 people require medical attention each year due to dog bites. The following seven breeds are believed to be the most aggressive and biting breeds:
- Pit bulls,
- German Shepherds,
- American Bulldogs,
- Siberian Huskies, and
- Presa Canarios.
Each breed has a different number of attacks and fatalities, depending on the source. Numerous dog assaults go unreported. However, the majority of statistics concur that these are the most dangerous breeds.
Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada 1982 Sep – 31 Dec 2022
|American Pit Bull Terrier||8056||2884||3798||845||5331|
|Belgian shepherd – Malinois||7||4||3||0||4|
|Jack Russell Terrier||5||3||1||2||2|
|Black Mouth Cur||4||3||1||0||4|
|Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier||3||1||1||0||2|
|Chesapeake Bay Retriever||3||3||0||0||2|
|Bull Terrier (English)||3||1||1||0||1|
|West Highland White Terrier||2||0||2||1||1|
|Old English Sheepdog (Bobtail)||2||1||1||2||0|
|Doge de Bordeaux||2||1||0||0||1|
|Russian Black Terrier||1||0||1||0||1|
|Miniature pinscher (Zwergpinscher)||1||1||0||0||1|
|Maremma and the Abruzzes Sheepdog||1||0||1||0||1|
|Karelian Bear Dog||1||0||1||0||1|
|East Highland Terrier||1||0||1||1||0|
|Coton de Tulear||1||0||1||0||1|
|Cavalier King Charles Spaniel||1||0||1||0||1|
|Bernese Mountain Dog||1||0||1||0||1|
Dog attack statistics in Germany
|In Germany||Dog Attacs in Berlin|
|American Staffordshire terrier||65||32|
|Staffordshire Bull Terrier||169||0||5|
Some dogs attack statistics by breed 2023
- Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year.
- About 800,000 people seek medical attention for dog bites each year.
- Children are the most common victims of dog bites, accounting for about 50% of all victims.
- Postal workers are also at a high risk of being bitten by dogs, with over 5,000 attacks reported each year.
The top five most frequently involved breeds in fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2023 are:
- Pit Bulls (56%)
- Rottweilers (15%)
- German Shepherds (8%)
- American Bulldogs (5%)
- Presa Canarios (3%)
It is important to note that this list is based on fatal attacks only, and that all dog breeds can be dangerous if they are not properly trained and socialized. It is also important to remember that fatal dog attacks are relatively rare, and that the vast majority of dogs are loving and loyal companions.
Pit bulls are the most likely breed of dog to bite, followed by German shepherds and Rottweilers.
Other breeds that are commonly involved in dog bite incidents include Labrador retrievers, American bulldogs, and mixed breeds.
- Most dog bites are minor and do not require medical attention.
- However, about 1% of dog bites result in serious injuries, such as broken bones, nerve damage, or infection.
- Fatal dog attacks are rare, but they do occur, especially among children.
- Male dogs are more likely to bite than female dogs.
- Unaltered dogs are more likely to bite than neutered or spayed dogs.
- Dogs that are chained or confined are more likely to bite than dogs that have free roam of a yard.
- The best way to prevent dog bites is to teach children how to interact safely with dogs and to supervise them closely when they are around dogs.
- It is also important to train your dog to obey basic commands and to socialize it to other people and animals from a young age.