When you’re around dogs, you usually expect to pet them or interact with them in positive ways. Man’s best friend isn’t always a good companion, though, and there are times when dogs do bite people.
Every breed has the potential to bite and cause injuries, but there are some that seem more prone than others. Here are some interesting statistics on dog bites and the breeds that have been found most likely to cause them.
Rottweilers were once bred as cattle dogs, so they are nippy by nature. They have protective instincts and strong jaws, so they are more likely to bite than others. However, studies have shown that despite the likeliness to nip and bite, they aren’t necessarily the most aggressive breed.
Small dogs often get a pass because their nips and bites aren’t particularly dangerous to adults, but they can be hazardous anyway. Even a small puncture has the potential to get infected. Chihuahuas are known as one of the most aggressive dog breeds. In a 2008 study, Chihuahuas were the second-most likely to bite out of all dogs studied, following closely behind the dachshund.
- Cocker Spaniels
These dogs are cute with their curly fury and floppy ears, but they are relatively aggressive. As working dogs, they have a lot of energy and may become upset and attack if they feel threatened. The American Cocker Spaniel ranks 13th for the most snaps, bites or attempts to bite on the 2008 study.
If you’re going to be around dogs, know the signs of an impending bite
When you have to be around dogs regularly, it’s important to be able to tell when a dog is stressed, upset or unwell. By recognizing signs of distress, like lowered tails or ears, you may be able to avoid bites by recognizing when you need to back away from a dog.
The majority of dogs won’t attack unless provoked, but if one does and you’re injured, seek medical care right away. There is a risk of infection, as well as disfigurement and other injuries, with any dog bite.