Are Some Breeds of Dogs More Dangerous Than Others?

The question of whether or not there are more dangerous dog breeds is a complex one, and there is no easy answer. Some people believe that certain breeds are inherently dangerous, while others believe that all dogs are capable of aggression, regardless of their breed.

It’s easy to see why people become so emotionally charged in this debate, as well. Anyone who’s gained the special liking or favor of a giant, scary-looking dog that could by any means ravage another mammal of similar size and weight will swear that folks just aren’t giving the sweet, massive beasts a chance. And yet others won’t dare venture out that far to give a dog an opportunity to reveal is true nature.

I don’t blame either one for feeling that way, but let’s check out the data and talk about the greatest teacher of all– experience.

Are There Really Dangerous Dog Breeds?

Culture and your country of origin shapes your perception of how dangerous dogs are as well, as does experience. Typically, domesticated North American pet dogs at a dog park behave quiet differently than a pack of 15 dogs angrily chasing you down a dark alley in Thailand at 1:00 a.m. on a motor scooter and you’re the only human in sight for some distance.

Most Americans might not think that a dog would eat their kid, but in places like India, something exactly like that does happen from time to time. Packs of large dogs that live on the outskirts of villages may prey on very small children in vulnerable situations.

And while it might be a little irrational to fear your kid being eaten by a pack of stray semi-feral dogs in most American towns, it is a rational concern for people living in rural areas like India with reduced public services and viewpoints on the sanctity of life of animals.

Dog Bite Statistics by Breed in Los Angeles County from 2000 to 2020

For the sake of our purposes here in the U.S., there is some evidence to suggest that certain breeds are more likely to be involved in dog bites than others. For example, the American Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, and German Shepherd are all breeds that are frequently cited in dog bite statistics.

| Breed | Number of Bites | Percentage |
|---|---|---|
| Pit Bull Terrier | 2,525 | 44.1% |
| German Shepherd Dog | 596 | 10.3% |
| Rottweiler | 444 | 7.6% |
| American Bulldog | 321 | 5.5% |
| Chihuahua | 288 | 4.9% |
| Doberman Pinscher | 267 | 4.6% |
| Husky | 253 | 4.4% |
| Labrador Retriever | 228 | 3.9% |
| Chow Chow | 200 | 3.4% |
| Boxer | 189 | 3.2% |

As you can see, Pit Bull Terriers are responsible for the majority of dog bites in Los Angeles County. This is a controversial statistic, as some people believe that Pit Bulls are inherently aggressive dogs.

However, other experts believe that the high number of Pit Bull bites is due to a number of factors, including the breed’s popularity and the fact that they are often owned by people who are not prepared to handle them properly.

In other words, they’ve been neglected by breed by the very people who want to have them most, and often as a status symbol.

From personal, anecdotal experience, I’ve only been bitten by a few dogs in my life and one was a pit bull at a shelter. The other was a doberman pinscher at a dog park who wouldn’t leave my dog alone with an inconsiderate, aggressive owner.

My opinion on pit bulls is that they are highly competitive, and they often err on the side of “fight” during any fight/flight scenario, something under which all mammals behave similarly, though certain breeds are simply more vicious and are not fighting for self-defense reasons.

Additionally, I had a pit bull mix once and he was mixed with labrador and dalmatian. He was sweet as pie but he had his limits of what he would put up with, especially in the realm of discipline or me getting out of line with him.

Finally, we can’t forget: mammals in nature comprise both predators and prey.

Dogs are often acting on their instincts. This is why some cities have laws against allowing your dog to hang their heads out of your car window. It’s because they might instinctively jump out into traffic and give chase if they were to spot a rabbit or other woodland creature on the side of the highway.

Are all dog bites even reported?

It is also important to note that these statistics only reflect dog bites that were reported to the authorities. It is estimated that many dog bites go unreported, so the actual number of bites may be much higher.

People might not report a minor injury from a small dog bite, for instance. And it’s interesting to note that chihuahuas and daschunds, both very small and adorable looking, actually score as the most aggressive dogs on temperament tests.

However, it is important to note that these statistics do not necessarily mean that these breeds are always more dangerous than others. It is also important to consider the fact that these breeds are very popular, so they are more likely to be owned by people who are not prepared to properly train and socialize their dogs.

Ultimately, the risk of being bitten by a dog is more likely to be influenced by the individual dog’s personality, upbringing, and training than by its breed. A well-trained, cared-for, and socialized dog, regardless of breed, is less likely to bite than an untrained or poorly socialized dog.

How Dog Walkers Can Avoid Getting Bit by Stray or Loose Dogs

That being said, there are some things that dog walkers/sitters and animal shelter workers can do to minimize the risk of being bitten by a dog, regardless of its breed.

These include:

  • Always meeting the dog and its owner before accepting a job.
  • Being aware of the dog’s body language and being prepared to react if the dog shows signs of aggression.
  • Never forcing a dog to do something it does not want to do.
  • Being patient and understanding with the dog.
  • Using positive reinforcement training methods.

By following these tips, dog walkers/sitters and animal shelter workers can help to ensure their safety and the safety of the dogs they work with.

Avoiding Aggressive Dog Bites When Walking Your Dog

It is also important to remember that dog bites can be serious, even if the dog is not a traditionally “dangerous” breed, both for you and your dog. If you are bitten by a dog, it is important to seek medical or vet attention immediately.

Here are some tips for preventing dog bites:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid approaching unfamiliar dogs.
  • Do not pet a dog without asking its owner first.
  • Do not try to break up a dog fight.
  • Teach children how to interact safely with dogs.
  • Neuter or spay your dog.
  • Properly train and socialize your dog.

If you are bitten by a dog, seek medical attention immediately. You should also report the bite to the authorities.

Should Kids Even Be Dog Walkers or Dog Sitters?

That, of course, brings us to the ethical and practical question of whether or not children should volunteer their services as dog walkers, even among family, friends, and neighbors.

totally After all, the child could be very responsible, but if an irresponsible neighbor allowed their dog to get loose, there could be a life-threatening situation on everyone’s hands.

And all totally preventable.

And, it’s important to consider whether or no year old is mature enough to handle the responsibility of a dog walking business in general. Dog walking or pet sitting can be a physically and mentally demanding job, and it is important to be able to handle large dogs and unexpected situations.

Tips for Kids Who Love Dog Sitting and Walking Dogs

If you are a 12, 13, or 14 year old who is interested in starting a dog walking business, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of success:

  • Get experience with dogs. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or pet store to get experience working with dogs of different sizes and temperaments.
  • Get certified. There are many different dog walking and dog sitting certifications available. Getting certified can show potential clients that you are qualified and experienced.
  • Be reliable and trustworthy. Make sure you always show up on time and that you take good care of the dogs you are responsible for.
  • Be flexible. Be prepared to work different hours and days, and to travel to different locations.
  • Love animals! This is probably the most important tip of all. If you don’t love animals, you probably won’t enjoy being a dog walker or dog sitter.

If you are willing to put in the time and effort, a dog walking business can be a great way to make money and gain experience working with animals. Just be sure to do your research and make sure you are legally allowed to start a business in your state.

Here are some additional things to consider when starting a dog walking business as a minor:

  • Get permission from your parents or guardians.
  • Have a parent or guardian supervise you when you are walking dogs.
  • Carry insurance to cover any accidents or injuries that may occur.
  • Be aware of your local laws and regulations regarding dog walking businesses.

By following these tips, you can increase your chances of success in starting a dog walking business as a teenager or kid.


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