DogsBite.org, compiles statistics about dog bite injuries in the United States.
According to research accumulated between 2005 and 2016, the Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers are the two most deadly dog breeds in America. The German Shepard, American Bulldog, Mixed Breed, Mastiff, Husky, Unknown and Combination round out the top 9.
The term “Pit Bull” is a universal term that describes similar but different dog breeds. Some of the dogs typically referred to as “Pit Bulls” are the Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. These breeds share many physical traits such as a flattened skull, muscular body, wide shoulders and slightly bowed legs. The shared personality traits fluctuate from being intelligent and loyal to unpredictable and aggressive.
Between 2005 and 2016, 392 people in America were mauled to death by a dog. 254 of those killed (64.8%), were killed by Pit Bulls and 43 of those killed (11%), were killed by Rottweilers.
In fact, each year a person has a 1 in 50 chance of being bitten by a dog in the United States. These are not insignificant injuries either. Out of the 4.5 million dog bites, 1 in 5 will become infected requiring additional medical care.
In 2016, dog bites and other dog related injuries accounted for more than 1/3 of the homeowner insurance claims and cost over $600 million in settlements. These figures could be higher because sometimes people do not report dog bites because they either know the dog owner or do not want any harm to come to the dog.
Following are additional dog bite injury facts:
- There is a dog bite injury every 75 seconds in the United States;
- The average cost for a dog bite related hospital stay is $18,200;
- Homes with multiple dogs are 5 times more likely to have dog bite incidents;
- In 2016, 42%, of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the attack occurred;
- In 2015, there were 28,000 reconstructive surgeries as a result of dog bites;
- In 2016, Pit Bulls accounted for 71% of all deaths, 7 times more than the next closest dog breed;
- In 2015, the combination of Pit Bulls and Rottweilers contributed to 91% of all dog bite-related fatalities.
This goes without saying, if you have a dog, make sure that you have sufficient home insurance coverage so you are not personally exposed.