Monday, June 14, 2010

The Top Nine Biting Dogs



According to a 27-year study of dogs in the New York City area made by Dr. Robert Oleson, of the U.S. Public Health Service, these are the 9 dogs most apt to take a nibble out of a human being. They are, in the order of their aggressiveness:





1. German shepherd

2. Chow chow

3. Poodle

4. Italian bulldog

5. Fox terrier

6. Mixed chow chow

7. Airedale

8. Pekingese

9. Mixed German shepherd

I know many people will disagree with this study however owning a spoilt poodle I would not argue with the number three placing....ha!!
Photo is of a german shepherd puppy

18 comments:

jinjindgy said...

What? No Pit Bull? Hmmmm.

Anonymous said...

I have 3 Shepherds and not 1 of them would hurt anybody without being told to. They sleep with me and love my 9 month old grandson.

Anonymous said...

I have 2 German shep's and have had many though out my 60 yrs.
U could not ask for a better Dog!
I'd have to blame this on the OWNERS! training/socializing are a must!!! for any breed

Anonymous said...

My daughter almost had her face ripped off by a german shepard. They said it was a gentle family pet just kind of shy. All my daughter did was try to pet it.

Anonymous said...

jinjindgy: No pit bull? Are you serious? Of course they're not on there. They were bred to love people not bite them. Read your facts dumbass. I agree with most of them except Pekingese. They are usually pretty laid back. I've had a few of them in my grooming shop (maybe 10-15) and none of them tried to snap or anything.

Anonymous said...

I've had a pitbull that was bigger than me at 6 months of age. He was gentle and loving with all 3 of my children. They could jump on him and pull his ears and all he would do is walk away or lick them. My son's eye was almost ripped out by TWO of my neighbors' German Shep's when the owner of the dogs gave my son food. His back was to them and he never saw it coming. People actually had to pull them off of my son and get him out of the neighbor's yard. According to the neighbor, those dogs have been trained and kept up with for the last 8 years.

Anonymous said...

Shephers are some of the most skittish dogs out there. I used to work at a kennel and had to be more weary of handling the shepherds than the pit bull. I think it's important to remember that these are animals, thus if they can and may bite. I'm not saying anything bad about dogs, I'm a avid dog lover and currently have a small terrier mix that I adore. I also used to have a St. Bernard (rest her soul) that was so protective of us she would try to attack anyone who came near us that she didnt know. Dogs are dogs. They can be our best friends but at the end of the day, they're still dogs. Training and socializing is also a must but it's not a certain way to get your dog not to bite.

Anonymous said...

i had a 3 month old pitbull puppy and the neighbors german shepards killed him bit him he died in my arms.. they also killed multiple other dogs and bit some of the neighbors and children

Anonymous said...

I agree with German shepherds it is one of the few dogs I wouldn't consider taking into my home.

Meau18 said...

Pit Bulls are not on here because they are more known to bite other dogs, not people. They are actually very loyal dogs....if you have the time. Any dog is capable of biting it's the owners responsibility to take the time that is needed.

Meau18 said...

You know what breed is really missing on here....Chihuaha's

Anonymous said...

ive been a groomer for 8 years and small dogs tend to bite more. I think alot has to do with how there trained and how social they are. And pits are not in there because they normally dont bite but when they do its bad thats why its the only time you hear them on the news. And that sports star that was fighting dogs most of those were rescued and are now in family homes some with other dogs even. I think the ones most to bite is a chow of cocker but every dog is different. People get mad when we stero type people why do we do it to dogs pits and other dogs with bad wraps are put down and outlawed in many citys around the us.

Anonymous said...

german sheperds,don't believe it.Unless you are counting the ones trained for police and guard dogs. Which i am sure is the case.and as far as little dogs i believe alot of them do bite.Can you blame them? People are way bigger even the children.People have NO RIGHT to touch or handle a dog that isn't theres.You just watch people! They are always grabbing at the small dogs.Like they have a right to.

Anonymous said...

I have a pit bull. She is an awesome ambassador to the public, great with everything she meets and people still act surprised when they see how well trained she is. I'm more shocked that chow's didnt make #1. And where are the husky/malamute breeds? The collies? The retrievers? Awareness is a beautiful thing!

Anonymous said...

List makes sense to me. German Shepard's are notoriously protective so the #1 spot is a no brainer. As for the questions of where is Pit Bull keep in mind the list is a list of breeds who are most likely to bite. Pit Bulls are sweet hearts and not prone to bit however if the list were a list of breeds who's bite causes the most damage then you'd see the Pit Bull on that list. They are not prone to bite but if they do God help you.

Anonymous said...

Here's why there's no pit bull: The study ended 40 years ago. Pit bulls barely existed as a breed then.

Use up to date statistics.

Anonymous said...

I have a 2 yr old pit and she's the sweetest thing ever towards people. Never harmed a hair on anyone or even shown any aggression. She's had her foot stepped on accidentally and all she did was lick their hand. No yelp nothing. She came from a home where she was beaten because she wasn't mean and they couldn't make her mean. I've seen more german shepherds and lab bites then pit bull bites.

kyle said...

pit bulls have been around for over a hundred years-"In the late 1800s to early 1900s, two clubs were formed for the specific purpose of registering APBTs: the United Kennel Club and the American Dog Breeders Association. The United Kennel Club was founded in 1898, and was the first registry to recognize the breed, with the owner assigning the first number to his own APBT"-- so even if this study did take place in the 1930's, which i seriously doubt, apbt's would surely have been a dog breed that COULD have made the list. but they didnt, because they are NOT a naturally aggressive breed. ask anyone who has ever owned one, or known somebody who owned one.. "mans best friend" doesnt even begin to describe these dogs. for the most part they dont even make good gaurd dogs, which some of you may find supprising. the most a properly trained pit bull will do is bark at the doorbell.