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Surprising dog breeds that carry increased risks of aggression

| Aug 6, 2020 | Dog Bites/Attacks |

Certain dog breeds are more dangerous than others when it comes to the risk of them biting or attacking a human. Some dangerous dog breeds are well-known, while others might surprise you.

Most people know that the pit bull, also called Staffordshire bull terrier, can be a dangerous breed. It is often subject to landlord restrictions for those who rent their homes and even insurance restrictions from companies who provide liability insurance for homeowners and renters. Beyond pit bulls, there are other breeds that are also likely to bite humans and that may be subject to similar restrictions.

Knowing the breeds of dogs that pose the most risk of a dangerous dog bite attack can help you keep yourself and your family a little bit safer.

Some of the most popular and trendy dog breeds are also dangerous

The pit bull is responsible for many times more deaths than the other top dog breeds combined according to a statistical analysis of fatal dog bites. The Rottweiler takes second place in this ignoble list. German Shepherds, a breed often used by law enforcement agencies or as a guard dog, are the third most likely breed to be involved in fatal dog attacks.

The American Bulldog, the Mastiff, the boxer and the Doberman Pinscher are also all on this list. Most of these breeds will not surprise people because they are popular breeds for guard dogs. However, many people will feel surprised to hear that mixed-breed dogs, Huskies and Labrador retrievers are also on the list of the most dangerous dog breeds. Many people keep these dogs as pets without realizing the potential danger. 

The breed of the dog could impact your compensation options

In some situations, a person who suffers a dog bite attack or who has to care for a child who has been viciously mauled by a dog can file an insurance claim against the homeowner’s policy or renter’s policy held by the animal’s owner.

Unfortunately, if the owner did not advise their insurance company of the animal’s presence or if they lied about its breed so that their premium would not go up, the insurance company may not approve a claim. In that unfortunate situation, you may have no choice except to take legal action against the animal’s owner, even if they are a friend of the family or a relative.