Owners who desire to have guard dogs may rationalize the purchase of one breed over another based on the degree to which they subjectively believe that the dog will be "mean" or "scary. FYI size doesn’t mean much. Does Banning Specific Dog Breeds Improve Public Safety? A dog with a rough and tough bark will be enough to make any potential intruder turn tail and run – even if the dog is deep down a big softy. Even if they don’t intend to, they can accidentally hurt small children. Alaskan Malamutes are highly energetic dogs and if their energy does not get positively used, they can turn into quite aggressive dogs! Rottweilers always appear on these types of lists, and it is easy to see why. It was a surprisingly nice dog. Personally, I feel that they’re just misunderstood. Nonetheless, there are some insurers that do not use a banned dog list and other companies that will allow a household to be insured simply by excluding coverage for liabilities due to damage caused by a dog. ALL dogs NEED TO BE SOCIALIZED -- to other dogs, to children, to people, and to anyone in their environment they might come across. He makes some people cross the street in fear when taking him for a walk. Thus, 71% of the deaths during that period were attributed to a type of dog that accounts for 1% of the US dog population...Most breeds do not repeatedly bite their victims; however, a pit bull attack has been compared to a shark attack and often results in multiple bites and extensive soft tissue loss (3,10). Lastly ask yourself why are you wanting this type of dog. In fact, this is one of the primary purposes for which the breed was developed – protecting nobles and other VIPs during the feudal period of Japan (they were also used to hunt large game, such as boar). Follow. It’s the only way they can learn to read normal behaviors of “the good guys.”. I expect that they have that data, but choose to just release their top ten list. But, if not properly trained they can turn out very aggressive attackers! A large and crazed dog roaming around your neighborhood is just asking for trouble. They were bred to hunt and this purpose is no longer needed in this day and age. These dogs are impatient and being teased by small children will probably not end well. This dog breed is loyal, independent-minded and quiet. The article is FACTUALLY inaccurate . I had a cousin who very nearly lost BOTH of her legs because her 3 Chihuahuas were under the covers at the bottom of the bed and absolutely BIT the crap out of her legs for disturbing them. I’ve… also seen pit bull terriers that were really inquisitive, smart sweet little angels… Historically, German Shepherds were one of the most common breeds to be used in military and police contexts (although they’ve largely been supplanted by Belgian Malinois in recent years). For example, i’ve been told that once a Pit Bull bites down, their jaws can lock with brute force. Let them have their space as they check you out. Charts were reviewed with analysis of patient demographics, injury site, operative intervention, and dog-specific data...57% of dogs were deemed to be of a dangerous breed (Pit Bull or Rottweiler).” http://aaps1921.org/abstracts/2008/P13.cgi, “Significantly more pit bull injuries (94% vs 43%) were the consequence of unprovoked attacks.” I thought we were a Christian Nation. Lack of training, lack of socialization, owner irresponsibility both times. They would protect the herds from bears, wolves, leopards and even tigers. Sable was quite nice...to people she KNEW. my american bulldog mix is a literal sweetheart and chihuahuas scare her. So, it’s not too surprising they don’t make this list that’s based on numbers of dog attacks. 9 – 10 years ave. Lifespan. I’m pretty comfortable with dogs, but I quickly learned to have a healthy respect for this breed. I have owned four German Shepherds, a Wolf hybrid, a Husky, a Malamute, a Golden Retriever, a Irish Setter and a Cocker Spaniel none have ever bitten any one. Can test you at times. sealyham terriers are the best, don’t shed, smart and delightful. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the US mortality rates related to dog bites.” http://journals.lww.com/annalsofsurgery/Abstract/2011/04000/Mortality,_Mauling,_and_Maiming_by_Vicious_Dogs.23.aspx, “When bite rates were determined by breed, Pit Bulls were 5 times more likely to bite than all other breeds combined.” http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA381425&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf, “More severe bites and injuries were observed in attacks from the pit-bull and Rottweiler breeds.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22235708, “More than 30 different offending breeds were documented in the medical records. Well, of course. Dogs generally get along well with humans, regardless of breed. The FACTS show that some dogs are more prone to bite and attack than others. Do the research with The Humane Society of the United States. Everyone who had to take care of this dog was shocked. I’m not. Although you can often find puppies of these breeds for sale, you’ll likely have to go to greater lengths (and pay more money) to do so. Here is MORE: ASCPA is not spending money on pets.. http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/14/us/animal-charity-investigation/ Pennies in the bucket out of millions go to pets. People have no right to judge other people no matter who they are. She went on to tell me that dog bites are a major financial burden for the insurance industry.