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Are some dogs really more dangerous than others?

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Personal Injury |

When it comes to dogs, the debate over whether certain breeds are more dangerous than others is ongoing. 

Many people believe that specific breeds are inherently aggressive or unsafe, while others argue that no breed is born bad, but rather individual behavior is shaped by environment, training and socialization. 

The truth may lie somewhere in the middle. While no dog breed is inherently bad, some factors can make some dogs more capable of causing harm than others.

The role breed characteristics can play

Certain breeds have been developed for specific tasks, such as guarding, herding, or hunting, which can influence their behavior. 

For example, breeds like German Shepherds and Rottweilers were bred for protection and may have strong guarding instincts. Terriers, on the other hand, were bred to hunt and may have a high prey drive. These characteristics do not make them inherently dangerous –  but they can contribute to problem behaviors if not properly managed.

How size and strength come into the picture

While no breed is inherently bad, some dogs can simply inflict more physical damage than others due to their sheer size and strength. 

Larger breeds with powerful jaws, such as Pit Bulls, Mastiffs and Rottweilers, have the potential to cause more serious injuries in the event of a bite compared to smaller breeds, like Shi Tzus and Chihuahuas. This does not mean that these big breeds are more aggressive; it simply means that a bite from one can inherently be more destructive purely because of their jaw capacity.

The risk of infection may largely be the same

Finally, even a small dog can do some serious damage if their bite becomes infected. Dogs carry a lot of bacteria that can cause humans serious infections and canine teeth cause deep puncture wounds that make it hard for infection to clear someone’s system. 

If you suffer a dog bite injury, it’s very important to get medical attention right away, especially because of the risk of infection. Legal guidance can also help you understand more about your right to fair compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, scars and other losses.