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Q: " dog attack stats " ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: " dog attack stats "
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: wetinterests-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 08 Jan 2003 21:31 PST
Expires: 07 Feb 2003 21:31 PST
Question ID: 139659
I am interested in acquiring as many relatively current North
American, European stats for the following:

1) municipal, state/province, national incidence stats of dog attacks
2) dog breed breakdowns (purebred type if known or cross mix involved)
for such attacks
3) aggression rankings for large breeds

Thank you

Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 08 Jan 2003 22:34 PST
Please clarify if you require dog attack statistics for each U.S.
State and each Canadian Province or would nationwide stats be

Do the European statistics need to be broken down by country?

Clarification of Question by wetinterests-ga on 08 Jan 2003 23:07 PST
As my objective is to arrive at a supportable determination of "most
aggressive breed(s)" , I will be most happy with whatever demographic
information you can comphrehensively provide that justifies accurately
such a conclusion.

I am curious if breed attack data is markedly different in different
national jurisdictions.

Hope that helps to clarify matters.

Request for Question Clarification by knowledge_seeker-ga on 09 Jan 2003 11:19 PST
Hi wetinterests,

When you say "dog attacks" are you looking for something more severe
than "dog bites"?

For example, I have found a chart of dog bite incidences broken down
by breed for one US county. Is that the kind of thing you're looking
for? Or do mean outright attacks?

Let me know --


Clarification of Question by wetinterests-ga on 09 Jan 2003 12:06 PST
nauster-ga's CDC reference was ideal for 1979-1996 in U.S.  Is there
any other such references in other jurisdictions (Canada, Europe)
which provide for breed-specific (purebred & crossbred) dog attacks
which lead to fatalities?

New jurisdictional finds would provide me with the confidence to
arrive at a conclusion on what is a difficult determination (as
elucidated in the CDC paper).

Nauster-ga should attempt to complete the effort since I'm most
pleased with such a good science-based result -- Apologies to others
who have commented, and were possibly keen to answer.
Subject: Re: " dog attack stats "
Answered By: nauster-ga on 29 Jan 2003 10:08 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

My apologies for not noticing your directed request to me for
clarification. I had intended my original comment as a "fire and
forget" assistance to other researchers, and so completely forgot
about this question. I am glad my comment sufficed to answer your

I was unable to track down thorough data for Canada or Europe,
although there is a mention in passing on this page from the web site
of Canada's Safety Council:

It says:
"In the Netherlands, the breeds responsible for the most bites were
Rottweiler (20 per cent), and Golden and Labrador Retriever (15 per
cent). CHIRPP [Canadian study] ranked the most common breeds causing a
bite injury as German Shepherds, Cocker Spaniels, Rottweilers and
Golden Retrievers.

Golden and Labrador Retrievers have a reputation for being friendly
and good-natured. The high number of bites is because they are very
common. The Dutch survey found that for Rottweilers and Bull Terriers,
the chances of biting are seven and six times higher respectively than
for other pedigree breeds."

This is entirely consistant with the CDC study.

wetinterests-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Much thanks!

Subject: Re: " dog attack stats "
From: nauster-ga on 08 Jan 2003 23:41 PST
This is a paper that appeared in a peer-reviewed journal and is posted
on the CDC homepage. It mentions "pit bull-type dogs" and Rottweilers
as particularly over-represented in fatal dog bite reports.
Subject: Re: " dog attack stats "
From: wetinterests-ga on 28 Jan 2003 18:07 PST
This paper is adequate in hindsight. How do close the question and
direct payment/rating to nauster-ga?
Subject: Re: " dog attack stats "
From: sublime1-ga on 28 Jan 2003 20:28 PST

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