An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year and nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care. There is considerable debate on whether or not certain breeds of dogs are inherently more prone to commit attacks causing serious injury. The Boxer breed of dog has been known to bite.
Boxers were bred in Germany. They are a breed of stocky, medium-sized, short-haired dog. The coat is smooth and fawn, white or brindled, with or without white markings. Boxers have broad short skulls, a square muzzle, an underbite, very strong jaws and a powerful bite ideal for hanging on to large play. The Boxer was bred from the Old English Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser and is part of the Molosser group.
Developed in Germany in the 19th century, Boxers were originally used for dog fighting and to run down and hold large game such as wild boar and bison until the hunter could arrive. The breed is known for standing up on its hind legs and batting at its opponent, appearing to box with its front paws. Imported to America after World War I, they began to grow in popularity in the late 1930’s.
A dog bite is a traumatic event, especially for a child bitten by a dog. Each year, multiple deaths are reported as a result of vicious dog attacks. Boxers and boxer mixes often make the “Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs” due to their attacks on children. The breed is not necessarily considered aggressive by nature, but because of its high energy level and desire to hunt can become aggressive. Poorly bred or untrained boxers are capable of inflicting tremendous damage to humans because of their speed and powerful bites.
Dog bites from Boxers can cause serious harm and possibly disfigurement, especially if the victim is bitten in the face. Dog bite injuries may involve:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Eye injuries
- Facial disfigurement
- Finger injuries
- Neck injuries
- Nose injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Vision loss
How to act around a dog that you think may be dangerous
- Don’t treat a dog unkindly.
- Never hit, kick, slap or bite a dog or pull on his ears, tail or paws.
- Never bother dogs with puppies or dogs that are playing with or guarding toys, eating or sleeping. Always leave service dogs alone while they are working.
- Never approach a dog you don’t know.
- If you find an animal, call the police or animal control for help.
- Always ask the owner for permission first before you meet a dog. If the owner says it’s okay, hold out your hand in a fist for the dog to sniff.
- Be calm and always talk in a quiet voice or whisper (no shouting) and take a “time out” if you are angry.
- If a loose dog approaches you, stand still like a tree. Keep your hands at your sides, and stay quiet and calm. Look away from the dog.
- If you are on the ground, curl up into a ball, like a rock. Keep your knees to your chest and your hands over your ears. Stay quiet and calm.
- Always make slow movements, set things down carefully and don’t run when you’re around dogs, as this gets them excited and they may accidentally hurt you.
Dog bite injuries can often cause many frustrations. Medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses pile up quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, please contact the Liljegren Law Group today at 866-613-9906 to speak with an experienced California dog bite attorney and to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Call us today for a free legal consultation. We serve all of California and have offices conveniently located in Escondido, Oceanside, Temecula, San Marcos, La Mesa, Huntington Beach, Palm Desert, and Big Bear.