Dog Breed Info Center(R) DBIC

Top 10 Most and Least Dog Bites by Breed

A brown with white Boxer puppy and white with tan Cocker Spaniel puppy are sitting on a brick porch. The Cocker Spaniel puppy is looking to the left at the Boxer puppy.

These two lists are based on the Dog Breed Info Center(R)'s dog bite survey which ran from May 23rd 2013 to January 19th 2016, counting dog on human bites. We pulled the more popular breeds from the very long list and factored in the popularity ratio. Below are 10 breeds that bit the most and 10 breeds that bit the least.

10 Dog Breeds with the Most Bites

The left side of a tan with black German Shepherd that is laying on a couch with a black with brown Rottweiler puppy laying in front of it.

Based on our surveys these are the dog breeds that bit the most taking the popularity ratio into consideration. These are dog on human bites only. They do not include dog on dog.

Akita

American Cocker Spaniel

Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)

Chow Chow

Collie

Dalmatian

German Shepherd

Jack Russell Terrier

Lhasa Apso

Rottweiler

The likelihood of a dog becoming a biter has more to do with the type of owner and how that person treats the dog. Certain breeds appeal to people for different reasons. For example Lhasa Apso owners are more likely to be a type of owner that tends to baby a dog, whereas a large majority of K9 German Shepherd owners pick that breed expecting them to guard and protect. There are also factors such as Cattle Dog owners who often do not satisfy the dogs incredible drive to work, ending up with a dog who finds its own jobs.

10 Dog Breeds with the Least Bites

A brown with white and black Boxer sitting behind A white and tan English Bulldog. They are sitting on a big rock. The Boxer is looking to the right.

Based on our surveys these are the dog breeds that bit the least taking the popularity ratio into consideration. These are dog on human bites only. They do not include dog on dog.