Dog Breed Info Center(R) DBIC

Dog Bite Survey Results

A black and tan German Shepherd dog is barking in an aggressive stance on a dirt path

An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year. Nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical attention. The other 3.9 million bites are often never reported. The majority of dog bite stats are based on police, hospital or animal control reports. In reality most actual dog bites go unreported. Therefore those stats are a very inaccurate comparison. This survey shows dog bites reported by either the owner, the person who was bitten or from people who personally knew the person bitten or who knew the dog doing the biting. It is not based on official reported cases. Nor is it based on stories coming from a news source. These stats came from people who had personal ties to the dog or human involved in one way or another.

The stats are of dogs who have nipped, bitten or attacked a human, not dogs fighting with other dogs. If the bite happened while the person was breaking up a dog fight the report was not counted as the aggression was not towards the human but towards another dog. These stats also do not include puppy biting or accidental nips while playing. This is dog on human aggression only. If a dog was reported as a working protection dog and the bite occured while the dog was working the incident was not counted in the stats as it was a bite on command.

The results displayed on this page are not date or time sensitive. The survey counted 7522 people, bitten by 8801 different dogs. The people were asked what type of dog(s) had bit them. If the same dog bit more than once in it's life it was counted as one bite for that breed. The number of dogs listed exceeds the amount of people surveyed as a lot of people were bit by more than one dog in their lifetime.

A dog is listed as a "Mix Breed" when it is a mix and neither the mother or father's breeds were known. The mixed breeds are broken down by size. When one parent was known it is listed as a mix of the known parent. A lot of people who reported being bitten by a dog did not recognize the breed but knew the size. These dogs were counted under "mixed breeds or otherwise unknown", however the dog could have been a breed of dog the person just did not recognize and not a true mix.

One thing which was noted during the process of the survey is, when a dog who's breed has been labeled "dangerous" the dog was more often named by breed. When another type of dog bit it was often simply called a "dog", regardless of the severity of the bite.

According to the American Humane Association chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite and approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks were from chained dogs. Approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involve male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered.

Keep in mind the more popular dog breeds will have more reported cases because a higher percentage of people own them, while a rare type of dog would more likely have a lower number of bites recorded as less people come into contact with the breed.

  • The survey ran from May 23rd 2013 to January 19th 2016
  • Number of people bit = 7522
  • Total Bites = 8801
A graph showing the 5 most popuar dog breeds and where they rank in dog bites

This graph lists the 5 most popular dog breeds during the time this survey ran and shows where they stand in dog bites. Below are the full dog bite results including all breeds and types.

  • La-Chon (Bichon Frise / Lhasa Apso mix) = 2
  • Leonberger = 2
  • Lhatese (Lhasa Apso / Maltese mix) = 2
  • Maremma Sheepdog = 2
  • Miniature Poodle mix = 2
  • Mountain Cur = 2
  • Mountain Feist = 2
  • Neapolitan Mastiff / Rottweiler mix = 2
  • Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever = 2
  • Northern Inuit = 2
  • Pekingese mix = 2
  • Pit Bull / Bullmastiff mix = 2
  • Pit Bull / Chow Chow mix = 2
  • Pit Bull / Shar Pei mix = 2
  • Pitsky (Pit Bull / Siberian Husky or Alaskan Husky mix) = 2
  • Plott Hound = 2
  • Pointer / Hound mix = 2
  • Pomimo (American Eskimo / Pomeranian mix) = 2
  • Rat Terrier (Feist) mix = 2
  • Rotterman (Doberman Pinscher / Rottweiler mix) = 2
  • Shiba Inu mix = 2
  • Shinese (Pekingese / Shih Tzu mix) = 2
  • Smooth Fox Terrier = 2
  • Spanador (Labrador Retriever / Cocker Spaniel mix) = 2
  • Sprocker Spaniel (English Springer Spaniel / Cocker Spaniel mix) = 2
  • Standard Schnauzer = 2
  • Tibetan Spaniel = 2
  • Toy Fox Terrier mix = 2
  • West Highland White Terrier mix = 2
  • Westiepoo (West Highland White Terrier / Poodle mix) = 2
  • Whippet = 2
  • Affenpinscher = 1
  • Airedale Shepherd (Airedale Terrier / German Shepherd mix) = 1
  • Akita (American) = 1
  • Akita (Japanese) = 1
  • Akita / American Bulldog mix = 1
  • Akita / Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) = 1
  • Akita / Bullmastiff / Fila Brasileiro mix = 1
  • Akita / Husky mix = 1
  • Akita / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • Akita Pit (Akita / Pit Bull mix) = 1
  • Alaskan Malamute / Boxer / German Shepherd mix = 1
  • Alaskan Malamute / Komondor mix = 1
  • Alaskan Malamute / Pit Bull mix = 1
  • Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog = 1
  • American Bandogge Mastiff (American Bulldog / Mastiff mix) = 1
  • American Bandogge Mastiff (American Bulldog / Bullmastiff mix) = 1
  • American Bullador (American Bulldog / Labrador Retriever mix) = 1
  • American Bulldog / Bluetick Coonhound mix = 1
  • American Bulldog / Dalmatian mix = 1
  • American Bulldog / Great Pyrenees mix = 1
  • American Bulldog / Pug mix = 1
  • American Bulldog / Shar Pei mix = 1
  • American Cocker Spaniel / Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier mix = 1
  • American Foxhound = 1
  • American Hairless Terrier = 1
  • American Pit Bull Terrier / Boxer / Mastiff mix = 1
  • American Pit Bull Terrier / Bull Arab / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix = 1
  • American Pit Bull Terrier / Bullmastiff mix = 1
  • American Pit Bull Terrier / Collie / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • American Pit Bull Terrier / Dalmatian mix = 1
  • American Pit Bull Terrier / Golden Retriever mix = 1
  • American Pit Bull Terrier / Hound mix = 1
  • American Staffordshire Terrier / Dogues de Bordeaux (French Mastiff) mix = 1
  • American Staffordshire Terrier / Labrador Retriever / Patterdale Terrier mix = 1
  • American Staffordshire Terrier / Vizsla mix = 1
  • Anatolian Shepherd mix = 1
  • Aspin (Filipino Stree Dog) = 1
  • Ausky (Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) / Husky mix) = 1
  • Aussie-Corgi (Australian Shepherd or Miniature Australian Shepherd / Welsh Corgi mix) = 1
  • Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepherd / Poodle mix) = 1
  • Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) / American Staffordshire Terrier mix = 1
  • Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) / Australian Shepherd / Bernese Mountain Dog mix = 1
  • Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) / Basenji mix = 1
  • Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) / Basset Hound mix = 1
  • Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) / Doberman Pinscher mix = 1
  • Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) / German Shepherd mix = 1
  • Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) / Labrador Retriever / Rottweiler mix = 1
  • Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) / Lancashire Heeler mix = 1
  • Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) / Rottweiler mix = 1
  • Australian Dingo = 1
  • Australian Kelpie / Border Collie mix = 1
  • Australian Kelpie / German Shepherd mix = 1
  • Australian Kelpie / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • Australian Kelpie / Whippet mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Beagle mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Beagle / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Bernese Mountain Dog mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Border Collie / Blue Tick Coonhound mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Brittany Spaniel mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Dalmatian mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Collie mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Golden Retriever / Shar Pei mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Jack Russell Terrier mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Mountain Feist mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Mountain Cur mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Norwegian Elkhound mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Rottweiler mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Rottweiler / Shar Pei mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Weimaraner mix = 1
  • Australian Shepherd / Keeshond / Schipperke mix = 1
  • Australian Terrier / Chihuahua / Shih Tzu mix = 1
  • Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher mix = 1
  • Basenji / Jack Russell Terrier mix = 1
  • Bassador (Basset Hound / Labrador Retriever mix) = 1
  • Basschshund (Basset Hound / Dachshund mix) = 1
  • Basset Hound mix = 1
  • Basset Hound / Catahoula Leopard Dog mix = 1
  • Basset Hound / English Springer Spaniel mix = 1
  • Basset Hound / Great Dane mix = 1
  • Basset Hound / Pointer mix = 1
  • Beagi (Beagle / Pembroke or Cardigan Welsh Corgi mix) = 1
  • Beagle / English Springer Spaniel mix = 1
  • Beagle / Fox Terrier mix = 1
  • Beagle / German Shepherd mix = 1
  • Beagle / German Shepherd / Vizsla mix = 1
  • Beagle / Husky mix = 1
  • Beagle / Miniature Pinscher / Jack Russell Terrier mix = 1
  • Beagle / Whippet mix = 1
  • Beagle / Yorkshire Terrier mix = 1
  • Beagleman (Beagle / Doberman Pinscher mix) = 1
  • Bearded Collie / Labrador mix = 1
  • Beauceron = 1
  • Beauceron / Rottweiler mix = 1
  • Belgian Malinois / Golden Retriever mix = 1
  • Belgian Shepheard = 1
  • Bernese Mountain Dog / English Setter mix = 1
  • Bichon-A-Ranian (Bichon Frise / Pomeranian mix) = 1
  • Biewer = 1
  • Bloodhound mix = 1
  • Bloodhound / Chow Chow / Golden Retriever mix = 1
  • Bloodhound / German Shepherd mix = 1
  • Blue Spaniel (Australian Cattle Dog / Cocker Spaniel mix) = 1
  • Bluetick Coonhound mix = 1
  • Bluetick Coonhound / Golden Retriever mix = 1
  • Bluetick Coonhound / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • Boerboel / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix = 1
  • Boerboel / Bullmastiff / Labrador Retriever / Mastiff mix =1
  • Boglen Terrier (Beagle / Boston Terrier mix) = 1
  • Bo-Jack (Boston Terrier / Jack Russell mix) = 1
  • Border Beagle (Border Collie / Beagle mix) = 1
  • Border Collie / Boxer mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Boxer / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Bullmastiff mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Cairn Terrier mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Cocker Spaniel / Fox Terrier mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Collie mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Doberman mix = 1
  • Border Collie / English Toy Spaniel mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Fox Terrier mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Husky mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Greyhound / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Husky / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Irish Setter mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Jack Russell Terrier / Patterdale Terrier mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Kelpie mix = 1
  • Border Collie / Patterdale Terrier mix = 1
  • Border Collie Pyrenees (Border Collie / Great Pyrenees mix) = 1
  • Border Collie / Weimaraner mix = 1
  • Bordernese (Border Collie / Bernese Mountain Dog mix) = 1
  • Border Point (Border Collie / Pointer mix) = 1
  • Boston Huahua (Boston Terrier / Chihuahua mix) = 1
  • Bouvier des Flandres / Golden Retriever mix = 1
  • Bouvier des Flandres / Great Pyrenees mix = 1
  • Boxer / Bullmastiff mix = 1
  • Boxer / Cane Corso Italiano mix = 1
  • Boxer / Dalmatian mix = 1
  • Boxer / Great Pyrenees mix = 1
  • Boxer / Rat Terrier mix = 1
  • Boxer / Redbone Coonhound mix = 1
  • Boxer / Victorian Bulldog mix = 1
  • Boxsky (Boxer / Siberian Husky mix) = 1
  • Brittany Spaniel / Schnauzer mix = 1
  • Brittany Spaniel / Irish Setter mix = 1
  • Bulldog / Cur mix = 1
  • Bull Arab = 1
  • Bull Terrier / Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix =1
  • Bullmasador (Bullmastiff / Labrador Retriever mix) = 1
  • Bullmastiff / Cane Corso Italiano mix = 1
  • Bullmastiff / Great Dane mix = 1
  • Bullmastiff / Shar Pei mix = 1
  • Bullmatian (Bulldog / Dalmatian mix) = 1
  • Cadoodle (Collie / Poodle mix) = 1
  • Cairanian (Cairn Terrier / Pomeranian mix) = 1
  • Cairn Terrier / Dachshund mix = 1
  • Cambodian Razorback = 1
  • Canaan Dog mix = 1
  • Canaan Dog / Caucasian Shepherd mix = 1
  • Cane Corso Italiano mix = 1
  • Cane Corso Italiano / English Mastiff mix = 1
  • Cane Corso Italiano / Rottweiler mix = 1
  • Catahoula Bulldog (Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog / American Bulldog mix) = 1
  • Catahoula Leopard Dog / German Shepherd mix = 1
  • Caucasian Shepherd mix = 1
  • Caucasian Shepherd / Kangal Dog mix = 1
  • Caucasian Shepherd / Tibetan Mastiff mix = 1
  • Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel / Bichon Frise mix) = 1
  • Cavador (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel / Labrador Retriever mix) = 1
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix = 1
  • Central Asian Ovtcharka = 1
  • Chigi (Chihuahua / Corgi mix) = 1
  • Chihuahua / Dachshund / Beagle mix = 1
  • Chihuahua / Dachshund / Miniature Pinscher mix = 1
  • Chihuahua / Japanese Chin / Samoyed mix = 1
  • Chihuahua / Manchester Terrier mix = 1
  • Chihuahua / Poodle / Shih Tzu mix = 1
  • Chion (Chihuahua / Papillon mix) = 1
  • Chipit (Chihuahua / American Pit Bull Terrier mix) = 1
  • Chizer (Chihuahua / Miniature Schnauzer mix) = 1
  • Chow Chow / Corgi mix = 1
  • Chow Chow / German Shepherd/ Poodle mix = 1
  • Chow Chow / Labrador Retriever / Husky mix = 1
  • Chow Chow / Labrador Retriever / Rottweiler mix = 1
  • Chow Chow / Pit Bull / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix = 1
  • Chow Chow / Poodle mix = 1
  • Chow Chow / Rottweiler mix = 1
  • Clumber Spaniel = 1
  • Chussel (Brussels Griffon / Chihuahua) mix = 1
  • Cock-A-Chon (Bichon Frise / Cocker Spaniel mix) = 1
  • Cocker-Pei (Cocker Spaniel / Chinese Shar-Pei mix) = 1
  • Cocker Spaniel mix = 1
  • Collie / Cocker Spaniel mix = 1
  • Collie / Husky mix = 1
  • Collie / Labrador Retriever / Pit Bull mix = 1
  • Collie / Labrador Retriever / Rottweiler mix = 1
  • Collie / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix = 1
  • Coonhound mix = 1
  • Corgi Basset (Welsh Corgi / Basset Hound mix) = 1
  • Corkie (Cocker Spaniel / Yorkshire Terrier mix) = 1
  • Coydog (Coyote / German Shepherd mix) = 1
  • Coydog (Coyote / Corgi mix) = 1
  • Crested Malt (Chinese Crested / Maltese mix) = 1
  • Czechoslovak Wolfdog = 1
  • Daisy Dog (Bichon Frise / Poodle / Shih-Tzu mix) = 1
  • Dalmatian mix - 1
  • Dalmatian / Great Dane mix = 1
  • Dalmatian / Pit Bull mix = 1
  • Dalmatian / Pointer mix = 1
  • Daniff (Great Dane / Mastiff) = 1
  • Deutsch Drahthaar = 1
  • Doberman Pinscher / Husky mix = 1
  • Docker (Dachshund / Cocker Spaniel mix) = 1
  • Dogues de Bordeaux (French Mastiff) mix = 1
  • Dogues de Bordeaux (French Mastiff) / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix = 1
  • Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge / Victorian Bulldog mix = 1
  • Double Doodle (Goldendoodle / Labradoode mix) = 1
  • Doxie-Pin (Dachshund / Miniature Pinscher mix) = 1
  • Drentse Patrijshond = 1
  • Dutch Shepherd mix = 1
  • Englian Mastiff (English Mastiff / Neapolitan Mastiff mix) = 1
  • English Cocker Spaniel mix = 1
  • English Sheepdog / Cockapoo (Poodle / Cocker Spaniel) mix = 1
  • English Mastiff / English Springer Spaniel mix = 1
  • English Setter mix = 1
  • English Setter / Brittany mix = 1
  • English Springer Spaniel / Rottweiler mix = 1
  • English Springer Spaniel / Vizsla mix = 1
  • Eskijack (American Eskimo / Jack Russell Terrier mix) = 1
  • Eskland (American Eskimo / Shetland Sheepdog mix) = 1
  • Fila Brasileiro / English Mastiff mix = 1
  • Finnish Spitz = 1
  • Flat-Coated Retriever = 1
  • Fourche Terrier (Yorkshire Terrier / West Highland White Terrier mix) = 1
  • Foodle (Toy Fox Terrier / Poodle mix) = 1
  • Foxhound = 1
  • Foxhound / Boerboel mix = 1
  • Fox Terrier / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • French Brittany = 1
  • German Pinscher = 1
  • German Shepherd / Dalmatian mix = 1
  • German Shepherd / Dingo mix = 1
  • German Shepherd / Greyhound mix = 1
  • German Shepherd / Husky / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix =1
  • German Shepherd / Plott Hound mix = 1
  • German Shepherd / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix =1
  • German Shepherd / Rottweiler / Hound mix = 1
  • German Shepherd / Saint Bernard mix = 1
  • German Shepherd / Shiba Inu mix = 1
  • German Shepherd / Weimaraner mix = 1
  • German Shorthaired Lab (German Shorthaired Pointer / Labrador Retriever mix) = 1
  • German Shorthaired Pointer / Beagle mix = 1
  • German Shorthaired Pointer / Collie = 1
  • German Spitz Small = 1
  • German Wirehaired Pointer = 1
  • German Wirehaired Pointer mix = 1
  • Goberian (Golden Retriever / Siberian Husky mix) = 1
  • Golden Border Retriever (Border Collie / Golden Retriever mix) = 1
  • Golden Boxer (Boxer / Golden Retriever mix) = 1
  • Golden Cocker Retriever (Cocker Spaniel / Golden Retriever mix) = 1
  • Golden Dox (Golden Retriever / Dachshund mix) = 1
  • Golden Pei (Chinese Shar-Pei / Golden Retriever mix) = 1
  • Golden Retriever / Hound mix = 1
  • Golden Retriever / English Setter mix = 1
  • Golden Retriever / Jack Russell Terrier mix = 1
  • Golden Retriever / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix = 1
  • Golden Saint (Golden Retriever / Saint Bernard mix) = 1
  • Gordon Setter = 1
  • Great Dane / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix = 1
  • Great Pyrenees / Husky mix = 1
  • Great Pyrenees / King Shepherd mix = 1
  • Harrier = 1
  • Hava-Apso (Havanese / Lhasa Apso mix) = 1
  • Havamalt (Havanese / Maltese mix) = 1
  • Hellenikos Ichnilatis (Greek Harehound) = 1
  • Hound / Pit Bull mix = 1
  • Hovawart = 1
  • Husky / Labrador Retriever / Rottweiler mix = 1
  • Husky / Newfoundland mix = 1
  • Husky / Shetland Sheepdog mix = 1
  • Indian Spitz = 1
  • Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier = 1
  • Irish Doodle (Irish Setter / Poodle mix) = 1
  • Irish Setter / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • Italian Greyhound mix = 1
  • Italian Greyhound / Jack Russell Terrier mix = 1
  • Italian Spinone = 1
  • Kerry Beagle = 1
  • King Shepherd = 1
  • Kromfohrlander = 1
  • Jack-A-Poo (Jack Russell Terrier / Poodle mix) = 1
  • Jack Russell Terrier / Basenji mix = 1
  • Jack Russell Terrier / Labrador Retriever mix = 1
  • Jack Russell Terrier / Miniature Schnauzer mix = 1
  • Jack Russell Terrier / Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen mix = 1
  • Jack Russell Terrier / Pointer mix = 1
  • Jack Russell Terrier / Shetland Sheepdog mix = 1
  • Jackie-Bichon (Jack Russell Terrier / Bichon Frise mix) = 1
  • Jackshund (Jack Russell Terrier / Dachshund mix) = 1
  • Japanese Spitz = 1
  • Jarkie (Japanese Chin / Yorkshire Terrier mix) = 1
  • Jatese (Japanese Chin / Maltese mix) = 1
  • Jatzu (Japanese Chin / Shih Tzu mix) = 1
  • Komondor = 1
  • Labrador Retriever / German Shepherd / Shar Pei mix = 1
  • Labrador Retriever / Hound mix = 1
  • Labrador Retriever / Newfoundland mix = 1
  • Labrador Retriever / Pug mix = 1
  • Labrador Retriever / Redbone Coonhound mix = 1
  • Labrador Retriever / Shetland Sheepdog mix = 1
  • Lakeland Terrier = 1
  • Lakeland Terrier / Parson Russell Terrier mix = 1
  • Lancashire Heeler = 1
  • Large Münsterländer = 1
  • Lhasa Apso / Tibetan Terrier mix = 1
  • Lhasa Apso / Rat Terrier mix = 1
  • Llewellin Setter = 1
  • Lurcher (Greyhound / Labrador mix) = 1
  • Lurcher (Airedale Terrier / Greyhound / Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix) = 1
  • Malchi (Chihuahua / Maltese mix) = 1
  • Malinois X (German Shepherd / Belgian Malinois mix) = 1
  • Maltese / Poodle / Yorkshire Terrier mix = 1
  • Manchester Terrier = 1
  • Mastiff / Husky mix = 1
  • Mastiff / Pointer mix = 1
  • Mastiff / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix = 1
  • Miniature Bulldog (English Bulldog / Pug mix) = 1
  • Miniature Fox Terrier = 1
  • Miniature Schnauzer / Rat Terrier mix = 1
  • Miniature Schnauzer / Yorkiepoo mix = 1
  • Mountain Cur mix = 1
  • Muggin (Pug / Miniature Pinscher mix) = 1
  • Newfoundland / Weimaraner mix = 1
  • Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever mix = 1
  • Norfolk Terrier = 1
  • Norwegian Elkhound mix = 1
  • Otterhound = 1
  • Pakistani Bull Dog = 1
  • Papijack (Papillon / Jack Russell Terrier mix) = 1
  • Papillon / Miniature Pincher mix = 1
  • Patterdale Shepherd (German Shepherd / Patterdale Terrier mix) = 1
  • Patterdale Terrier mix = 1

Feedback from survey takers:

"I have been a vet's assistant for over 10 years and a licensed foster for 3 years. As a vets assistant I have been bitten quite a few times. The common thread with all of the bites seem to be that the owners were nervous and treated their dogs as if they were little people (didn't know dog psychology). I do think there is some genetic tendency for dogs to bite, because some breeds are known to be more sensitive. Most bites, however, are due to human error. I worked at a vet for 3 years when there was breed specific legislation (BSL). Animal control would bring in any Pitbill type dog to have its breed confirmed by a doctor so that the owner would have to follow the BSL. Because of this, I have met literally thousands of pits and can say I have NEVER been bitten by one. This could be due simply to the fact that its a favorite breed of mine and the animals were just picking up on my positive energy towards them. I do think its a combination though, because Pits were actually bred to not bite humans so the humans could break up dog fights unharmed."

Close Up - A Dog bite Above the knee with teeth marks bruising and stitches

Dog bite from a Dalmatian who had previously shown aggression towards humans. This person was left with 9 stitches and permanent muscle damage.

Close Up - Dog bite marks Above the Knee with puncture wounds, bruises and stitches and dried blood

Dog bite from a Dalmatian who had previously shown aggression towards humans. This person was left with 9 stitches and permanent muscle damage.

Close Up - Dog bite marks on an armClose Up - Dog bite teeth marks on a leg with bruisingClose Up - Dog bite marks on a childs legClose Up - Dog bite puncture wounds above a persons kneeClose Up - Bloody dog bite on the index finger with flapping skinClose Up - Dog bite mark on the index finger with 4 teeth marks, blood and bruisingClose Up - Dog bite mark on a person's leg with small puncture woundsClose Up - Dog bite mark on a middle finger with blood and cut skinClose Up - Dog Bite mark on a thumb with a little bloodClose Up - Blood on a persons hand from a dog bite