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Dogs are known to be man’s best friend. They can provide companionship, help promote a healthier lifestyle, and relieve stress and anxiety. However, it is important to remember that dogs are still animals and are capable of biting. While the majority of dog bite cases require no medical treatment, some instances of dog bites can cause serious injuries, as nearly one in five people bitten by dogs require medical attention.  

Determing a family pet may involve looking dog bites by breeds. It is important to remember that dogs are still animals and are capable of biting.

What Breed of Dogs Are Most Likely to Bite?

Before you make the decision to get a dog, it is important to research what dog breed will fit best with your family and your home. For example, a family with kids living in an apartment may not want to get a high-energy dog or a large dog that needs lots of room to stretch its legs.

Additionally, research can tell you what breeds get along with other pets, require more exercise, and need lots of time invested in training. It’s important to know the needs of your dog, as how well you respond to them will affect how your animal acts around other people and animals.

When choosing a dog, it’s also important to research which dog breeds are most likely to cause harm to humans. If you choose a dog that’s considered dangerous, then you’ll need to understand what you can do to ensure they don’t hurt others and risk the possibility of a lawsuit.

Dog Bites by Breed: Which Dogs Attack the Most?

A study by showed that between 2005 and 2017, at least 433 Americans were fatally attacked by dogs. The top ten dog breeds most likely to be involved in a fatal attack on humans included the following:

  1. Pit bulls. Over a 13 year period, Pit bulls were involved in 284 fatal attacks on humans in the United States. Pit bulls accounted for almost 66% of the deaths recorded.
  2. Rottweilers. As the runner-up, Rottweilers contributed to only 45 deaths, about 10% of the total number of fatal attacks.
  3. German Shepherds. Taking the third spot, German Shepherds were responsible for 20 deaths, around 5%.
  4. Mixed-breeds. Ranking fourth, mixed breeds contributed to 17 deaths, about 4%.
  5. American bulldogs. American bulldogs were involved in 15 fatal attacks, about 3.5%.
  6. Mastiff/Bullmastiff. The Mastiff/Bullmastiff group was responsible for 14 deaths, about 3.2%.
  7. Husky. Huskies contributed to 13 fatal attacks, about 3%.
  8. Labrador retriever. Labs were involved in 9 fatal attacks, about 2%.
  9. Boxer. Boxers accounted for 7 deaths, about 1.6%.
  10. Doberman Pinscher. Dobermans contributed to 6 fatal attacks, about 1.4%.


Obviously, not all dogs from these breeds will be inclined to attack. In fact, studies show that overall, Pit bulls are far less aggressive than Chihuahuas. While the dog breeds listed above cause the most devastating damage, smaller dog breeds like Chihuahuas and Jack Russell Terriers are known to bite far more often. But, naturally, smaller dogs inflict far less damage.

It’s important to remember that no matter the size of the dog, whether or not an animal is aggressive is often dependent on the pet owner. A responsible dog owner will know their pet’s limitations and triggers, and they will have properly maintained enclosures to ensure their pets stay within their property.

Which Dogs Are Least Likely to Attack?

Another aspect of dog ownership you should consider is what kind of dog is least likely to attack. This doesn’t mean that these animals will never attack, but it may give you more peace of mind when choosing a family pet.

  • Dalmatian
  • Pointer
  • Great Danes
  • Pekingese
  • Spitz

Dog Bites by Breed: Which Dog Has the Strongest Bite?

The strength of a dog bite doesn’t necessarily make an animal dangerous. In fact, some of the best-tempered dogs on our list have the strongest bites. Many people think that Pit bulls have the strongest bite, but they don’t even come to close to cracking the top 10.

Bites are measured in pounds per square inch (psi). Below, we have listed the top ten dogs with the largest psi bite-strength. 

10. Rottweiler (328 PSI)

Known to be a guard dog, Rottweilers are intelligent, calm, and easy to train. They make good family dogs, as they do well in a very active household but can also keep calm. As long as they’re socialized and trained from a young age, they get along well with people and other animals.


9. Wolfdog hybrid (406 psi)

The Wolfdog hybrid is seen as more dangerous than your average dog. In addition to their strong prey drive, these dogs are less likely to feel comfortable around strangers and usually aren’t as eager to please as other dog breeds. Experts warn that these animals don’t usually make good family pets.


8. Dogo Argentino (500 PSI)

Known for its game hunting abilities, Dogo Argentino has high energy and an intense prey drive. Although they aren’t as playful as other breeds and require lots of training, they are very lovable with family members. Experts note that it is crucial for a Dogo Argentino to socialize with other dogs and humans. 


7. Dogo Canario (540 PSI)

The Dogo Canario is also known as the Canadian Mastiff. These large, muscular dogs are calm, patient, and good-natured. While other Mastiffs tend to have a lazy streak, the Dogo Canario loves to move, making their ideal household an active home that would give them plenty of exercise.


6. English Mastiff (552 PSI)

This is a very large breed of dog that tends to be calm but powerful when needed. Their ancestors, known as “Molossus,” were noted to be talented war dogs. Today, they are very calm and gentle dogs that can be lazy partners at times. Their only drawback? The “excessive” drooling.


5. Tosa Inu (556 PSI)

This breed is the product of crossbreeding to purposefully create the “sumo wrestler of the canine world.” These gentle giants are loyal, honest, and dignified. While they’re usually reserved around strangers, they can be outgoing and playful with their families.


4. Dogue de Bordeaux (556 PSI)

Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as the French Mastiff, has been around since the 14th century. Like the English Mastiff, this breed of dogs is very large, very calm, and very affectionate. With the right training and socialization, they can make great family dogs, as long as you don’t mind the drool.


3. Cane Corso (700 PSI)

The Cane Corso is Italy’s most-valued working dog. Large, dignified, and loyal, they are very obedient and lovable towards their family members. Cane Corsos are intelligent and easy to train, goods trait considering these dogs aren’t couch potatoes and love activities.


2. Bandogge (730 PSI)

This breed of dog is a cross of an American Bulldog and Mastiff. As such, they are powerful and very loyal, as well as protective and intelligent. They fit in well with owners who can give them plenty of exercise, training, and leadership.


1. Kangal (743 PSI)

The Kangal dog is a national treasure in Turkey. Although Kangals have the strongest bite, they have a less aggressive demeanor. These dogs are great for a family watchdog and are very friendly with their owners and kids. Kangals will do best in a home where they get lots of exercise and mental stimulation.


The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

If you or someone you love was hurt by someone else’s dog, or if you’re the animal’s owner, consider reaching out to The Carlson Law Firm to speak to one of our personal injury attorneys. We can help you figure out the best solution to your situation. 

During our 40-year history, The Carlson Law Firm has never advocated for the destruction of any animal. 

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