When you say the term dangerous dog breeds, most people will automatically imagine a pit bull. In truth, no single breed of dog is inherently vicious – yet certain breeds are more statistically likely to be involved in serious bites and attacks.
Issues like poor training, animal abuse, animal neglect, and genetic defects can all increase the likelihood that an individual dog will “snap” and attack somebody. In some instances, owners will even deliberately allow their dogs to be aggressive. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), some dog breeds most likely to bite humans or be involved in attacks include the following:
- Chow Chows
- German Shepherds
- Jack Russell Terriers
- Labrador Retrievers
- Mutts (Mixed-Breed)
- Saint Bernards
While large dogs are a greater cause for concern due to their power and bite force, even tiny toy dogs can still inflict serious damage with their sharp fangs. This is especially true with regard to children and elderly individuals, whose slower reflexes, reduced muscle density, and fragile immune systems make them more susceptible to sustaining catastrophic injuries.
That is why, if you have been injured as the result of a canine attack, it is important to get in contact with a dog bite lawyer.