Dog Breeds Most Likely to Bite

Oct 19, 2021 Dog Bite

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, nearly five million people suffer dog bites each year, and many victims are children.

Although any dog may bite, the dog breeds most likely to attack include:

  • Pitbull – sometimes known as a Staffordshire terrier
  • Mixed breed
  • German shepherd
  • Terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • Dalmatian
  • Pointer
  • Great Dane
  • Pekingese
  • Spitz

Why Dogs Bite

Dogs bite for many reasons:

  • Being startled
  • Feeling trapped
  • Being teased
  • Having ears or paws pulled
  • Instinctual need to capture prey

The prey drive in some dogs is quite strong. This instinct is triggered when a person runs or makes a sudden movement. Even well-trained, well-socialized dogs might nip for some unknown reason. Learning what to do to minimize your risk of a dog bite is smart.

How to Reduce Your Risk of Dog Bite

If you are visiting someone who has a dog, remember you are in the dog’s territory. A wagging tail while barking is a sign that this dog wants to let you into their territory but is unsure.

Let the dog initiate contact with you. More helpful hints:

  • Do not give the dog direct eye contact.
  • The dog may come to sniff you, but don’t reach toward the dog.
  • You can lower your hand for the dog to sniff.
  • Dogs that behave in this manner will usually calm down if you avoid eye contact, which dogs consider threatening behavior.

When a dog on a leash approaches you, act with caution, even if the owner assures you that the dog is friendly. Slowly lower your hand for the dog to sniff. Stand sideways to minimize yourself as a target should the dog attack and avoid direct eye contact with the dog.

Runners, Bikers, and Aggressive Dogs

Runners and bikers are vulnerable to dog bites. The movement of these activities triggers the prey drive in a dog. Often a dog will bark to warn you as you are moving toward their territory. Dogs chase you to keep you from advancing into their territory.

What To Do When Dogs Attack

Although your first instinct might be running or pedaling as fast as possible, this only worsens the situation. Instead, stay calm, avoid direct eye contact, and stand slightly sideways. If you have anything in your hands like a stick or water bottle, put it between you and the dog to increase your space and make yourself appear larger. Some dogs will sniff the air and walk away.

If an aggressive dog knocks you down, roll into a ball, cover your head, ears, and neck with your arms and hands in a fist to protect your fingers. If the dog is tugging at your shirt or shoes, remove the item. Sometimes dogs stop attacking if they successfully “capture” something with your scent.

What To Do After a Dog Bite or Attack

Dog bites could transmit diseases through blood or saliva, especially if you have a deep puncture wound.

After any dog bite or attack, the Mayo Clinic recommends that victims:

  • Thoroughly wash the wound with soap and warm water.
  • Apply pressure to stop the bleeding.
  • See your doctor, urgent care, or emergency room as soon as possible.
  • Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions on keeping the area clean and taking any prescriptions.

Ohio’s Dog Bite Laws & Liability

Ohio is a strict liability state for dog bites. Owners and keepers are liable for your injuries so long as you were not trespassing, committing a crime, teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog. Some owners, if sued, will try to use one or more of these as a defense.

Compensation for Dog Bites

If you are bitten or injured, you can sue the owner. However, your first and easier option is to file an insurance claim against the owner’s property or liability insurance.

Your compensation might cover:

If you can’t collect damages from the owner’s insurance, you can file a personal injury lawsuit. Ohio has a statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits of two years from the date of injury.

Call a Dog Bite Lawyer in Ohio

Dog bites can leave victims with severe injuries that require compensation to recover. If you or a loved one experienced a dog bite, contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick today. We’ll investigate your case and fight for max compensation to cover the damages you suffered. Call 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free consultation.

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