Do certain dog breeds represent a greater danger than others?

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2020 | personal injury

There are many prevalent ideas about certain dog breeds being more dangerous than others. Specifically, the pit bull breed, which is not an actual recognized breed, gets a lot of bad press. 

There are just as many people who push the idea that there is not a bad breed, only bad owners. So, you may wonder what the truth is. The American Veterinary Medical Association explains that you should not use a dog’s breed to assess its temperament. Any dog can be aggressive and pose a risk to you. 

Understanding breeds

The first thing to understand is that identifying a dog’s breed by just looking at it is not always easy. Professionals sometimes have a difficult time identifying the breed. So, if you see a dog, you may assume it is a certain breed when it is not. If you only identify danger in certain breeds, a mistaken identity could lead to you getting bit or attacked. 

The difficulty in properly identifying a dog’s breed is one of the reasons why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer use breed data when releasing dog attack fatality information. 

Breed-specific laws

You may wonder why some areas have breed-specific laws that outlaw certain breeds or types of dogs. The main reason is that such laws provide a sense of security to people. They believe that by not having certain dog breeds in their city, they will be able to avoid issues with aggressive dogs, but that is not how it works. Any dog can be aggressive if it lacks proper training or an owner raises it to be aggressive.