A pit bull type dog is a combination of dog breeds that includes the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog, and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs. Weight and shape can vary significantly amongst pit bull type dogs, from 35 to 100 plus pounds.
The pit bull is on the list of one of the top 10 most aggressive dogs in the United States. The pit bull and rottweiler are responsible for 77% of fatal dog attacks in this country. These dogs were originally bred to bait bulls, fight bears and do pit fighting, therefore, they are very powerful and aggressive dogs. Pit bulls have an underlying aggressive manner, and if not properly trained pit bulls can be very dangerous.
Studies have shown that approximately 89 percent of all off-property dog bite/attack cases involve pit bulls. Additionally almost 60 percent of all deaths from dog attacks involve a pit bull or pit bull mix. While some other breeds of dog are considered more prone to bite or more generally aggressive, pit bulls mix their sometimes aggressive behavior with a powerful jaw and heavily muscled frame. This mix of strength and attitude sometimes add up to a dog bite incident or dog attack.
The combination of aggressive behavior and powerful jaws make the pit bull much more dangerous than other aggressive breeds. Pit bulls often lock their jaw (locked jaw) when they bite. Pit bull dogs and pit bull type dogs exhibit “bite, hold, and shake” behavior and at times refuse to release when biting.
Many believe that the pit bull breed isn’t the problem but rather the pit bull owners are to blame. Pit bulls are more likely to be owned by those seeking an aggressive dog. In addition, pit bull owners are significantly less likely to fix their pets, creating even more aggressive intact male pit bulls. Pit bull owners will claim that any responsible owner who properly trains their pit bull will not have dog bite issues, however, the facts speak for themselves and when it comes to dog attacks and fatal dog bite injuries, pit bulls are responsible for the majority of the damage.
Studies have been performed on the number of human deaths caused by dog bite trauma. One 9-year review of fatal dog attacks showed results that 101 attacks where breed was recorded, pit bulls were implicated in 42 of those attacks. A 1991 study found that 94% of attacks on children by pit bulls were unprovoked, compared to 43% for other breeds. One 5-year review of fatal dog attacks in the United States determined that pit bulls and pit bull mixed breeds were implicated in 24 of the 84 deaths where breed was recorded.
Unfortunately, it is children that are more likely to attempt to pet a stray pit bull and are the least able to protect themselves. Additionally, because of the height of children, sensitive areas like their head, face and neck are easier for the dog to grab.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, the California dog bite attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group can help recover the damages you need to move forward. Our law firm is devoted to helping both seriously injured people and grieving families pursue accountability and fair compensation. We will help you work through the complexities of your dog bite case and help you focus on what is important, getting better. Contact our office today at 866-613-9906 for a free legal consultation. Our attorneys have been helping dog bite victims in Escondido, Oceanside, Temecula, La Mesa, Palm Desert, Huntington Beach, Big Bear, and all over California to obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.