The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a report about facts and statistics between 1979 and 1998. Based on dog bite fatalities during the report period, according to an article in PropertyCasualty360.com, the CDC claims the following are:
- Pit bulls - 66 fatalities;
- Rottweilers - 39 fatalities (Pit bulls and Rotties accounted for 60% of the fatalities);
- German Shepherds - 17 fatalities;
- Husky-type - 15 fatalities;
- Malamutes - 12 fatalities;
- Doberman Pinschers - 9 fatalities; and
- Chow Chows - 7 fatalities.
On the other hand, all the dogs on the list are large dogs - I've seen studies that show Cocker Spaniels bite more than any other breed of dog, however, given their size, they're less apt to cause fatalities than the larger dogs. More than half the states have enacted legislation concerning dogs and dog bites; many of them make dog owners strictly liable for dogs that are defined as vicious.
I don't suppose we can argue with the fact that over 4,700,000 people received dog bites in 2010. What's your take on the situation?