Dog Bites/Animal Attacks

Common Dangerous Dog Breeds

This page of the website lists and addresses the commonly recognized breeds of dangerous dogs.  It is important to understand and remember that no breed of dog is guaranteed to be 100% bite-free or attack-free.  Whiles these may have more history pertaining to biting, any dog can bite under certain circumstances.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that 25 breeds of dogs were involved in 238 fatal dog bites from 1979-1998. More than half of the deaths for which the breed was known and documented were caused by Pit Bull type dogs and Rottweilers.

Due to the exposure and cost of dog bite liability claims, some insurance companies have blacklisted certain breeds and are now refusing to provide homeowners insurance to those who own certain dog breeds. According to the Insurance Information Institute, liability claims have increased from $250 million in 1996 to $310 million in 2001.

"Blacklisted" or Breeds that have caused Concern include:

Pit Bulls

Rottweilers

Chow Chows

Doberman Pinschers

German Shepherds

Siberian Huskies

Alaskan Malamutes

Akitas

American Staffordshire

Terriers Boxers

Great Danes

Wolf-hybrids

Perro de Presa Canarios

AIREDALE TERRIER

AKBASH

ALAPAHA BLUE BLOOD BULLDOG

ALSATIAN SHEPHERD

AMERICAN BULLDOG

AMERICAN HUSKY

AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER

AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER

AMERICAN WOLFDOG

ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD

ARIKARA DOG

AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD

BELGIAN MALINOIS

BELGIAN SHEEPDOG

BELGIAN TURVUREN

BLUE HEELER

BOERBUL

BORZOI

BOSTON TERRIER

BOUVIER DES FLANDRES

BOXER

BULLDOG

BULL TERRIER

BULL MASTIFF

CANE CORSO

CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG

CAUCASIAN SHEPHERD

CHINESE SHAR PEI

CHOW-CHOW

COLORADO DOG

DOBERMAN PINSCHER

DOGO DE ARGENTINO

DOGUE DE BORDEAUX

ENGLISH MASTIFFS

ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL

ESKIMO DOG

ESTRELA MOUNTAIN DOG

FILA BRASILIERO

FOX TERRIER

FRENCH BULLDOG

GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG

GOLDEN RETRIEVER

GREENLAND HUSKY

GREAT DANE

GREAT PYRANEES

ITALIAN MASTIFF

KANGAL DOG

KEESHOND

KOMONDOR

KOTEZEBUE HUSKY

KUVAZ

LABRADOR RETRIEVER

LEONBERGER

MASTIFF

NEOPOLITAN MASTIFF

NEWFOUNDLAND

OTTERHOUND

PRESA DE CANARIO

PRESA DE MALLORQUIN

PUG

ROTTWEILER

SAARLOOS WOLFHOND

SAINT BERNARD

SAMOYED

SCOTTISH DEERHOUND

SIBERIAN HUSKY

SPANISH MASTIFF

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

TIMBER SHEPHERD

TOSA INU

TUNDRA SHEPHERD

WOLF SPITZ


*The Presa Canario breed came to the forefront when Diane Whipple was attacked and killed outside the door of her California apartment.

*Any dog that has any of the above breeds in their lineage, could at least in theory have issues.  It is also important to remember any dog or animal can have issues if the animal is being abused, mistreated or improperly cared for or handled.

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