For the most part, the canine’s reputation as man’s best friend is well deserved. By and large, most pet dogs are well socialized and very friendly. 
 
However, given the right circumstances, even the most well-trained and docile dog can bite. It is also important to be aware of Statistics surrounding dog bite incidents. According to Forbes Magazine, the pit bull is statistically the most common breed of dog involved with human fatalities. 
 
What other dogs are most likely to bite? 
 
Statistically, between the years of 2005 and 2017, the three most dangerous breeds of dog were the pit bull, the Rottweiler, and the German Shepherd. Of these three varieties of Dog, the pit bull was by far the most involved in deadly dog bite incidents. Data shows that pit bulls caused 284 human deaths, compared to 45 for Rottweilers and 24 German Shepherds. 
 
Why are pit bulls so dangerous? 
 
Data related to dangerous dog breeds is controversial for several reasons. Alongside the deaths credited to pit bulls is the fact that many persons who own pit bulls are likely to have criminal records. While correlation is not causation, it does follow that the two statistics probably enforce each other to each other to a certain extent. That is, pit bulls are more likely to be around crime than other varieties of dog breed. Plus, pit bulls are very common in illegal dogfighting circuits. 
 
The statistics reflected also do not track dogs of unknown breed. Additionally, these statistics only track human fatalities. There are thousands of dog bites across the United States each year where the victim does not end up dead.