Dangerous Breeds

While any dog can attack a person, some breeds are generally more dangerous than others.  Most insurance carriers maintain lists of restricted breeds; meaning breeds the carriers would not place homeowners’ coverage on due to perceived aggressive tendencies.  Or, breeds that the the homeowners insurance will not cover and are excluded from the policy.

Below are the top 7 breeds that the CDC listed as most dangerous based on fatal human attacks caused.

  • Pitbulls – The Pitbull was at the top of the CDC’s list of dangerous breeds, with 66 dog bite-related deaths from 1979-1988.
  • Rottweiler – The CDC says Rottweilers ranked second in dog bite-related fatalities with 39 deaths from 1979-1988.  When combined, Rottweiler and Pitbull breeds were involved in approximately 60 percent of human deaths in the CDC’s study.
  • German Shepherd – German Shepherds may be targeted for “banning” in certain areas, or refused coverage on some homeowners’ insurance policies because of their tendency to become territorial and protective, which can result in aggressive behavior.  The CDC says German Shepherds were involved in 17 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
  • Husky-type – This breed was responsible for 15 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988 according to the CDC.
  • Malamute – Although similar looking to husky-type dog breeds, the Malamute is its own unique breed. The CDC reports that the breed was still involved in 12 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
  • Doberman Pinscher – These dogs were once common as guard and police dogs giving them a reputation of being intimidating and aggressive, especially towards strangers.  The CDC reported this breed to be involved in nine dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
  • Chow Chow – These dogs are known as an aggressive breed, fiercely protective of their people and property.  The CDC reported this breed to be involved in eight dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.

Some states, counties and cities have enacted breed-specific legislation.  These laws identify and restrict certain dog breeds because of their history of, or propensity for, violence.  Some laws ban such breeds outright; others mandate that owners of dangerous dogs spay or neuter their pets or keep them muzzled in public.  Many dog owners argue that it is the owner, rather than the breed of the dog, that determines the dog’s behavior, and proper training, discipline and lifestyle are the most important influences.  Others, however, believe that certain kinds of dogs, especially those that are bred to fight, must be banned to protect the public.

Regardless of the dog’s breed, all responsible dog owners should have an adequate insurance policy providing coverage for the victim and asset protection for the pet owner in the event the dog bites or attacks another animal or person.  Even the most docile and even-tempered animal can bite and attack.

Because any dog can bite and cause injury, states have made it possible for any dog to be listed as dangerous purely because of its behavior, and not because of its breed.  Some insurers are now excluding certain dogs based on their behavioral qualities such as past incidents of aggressive tendencies or behavior.

California’s dog bite law, clearly states who is at fault in a dog bite attack.  The owner of the offending dog is responsible for the dog’s conduct at all times.  The owner is responsible for damages claimed by a victim, should his animal inflict wounds upon that victim.  Regardless of whether you were on your property, on the dog owners property, on public property or private property, a dog owner is liable for any and all injuries resulting from the dogs actions.

The California dog bite attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group have the resources and experience in dog bite law to represent your case aggressively and effectively.  We seek to get you the maximum compensation allowable by law for your pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of wages, and loss of lifestyle.  Call us today at 866-613-9906 for a free consultation.  We serve all of Southern California.

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