Dog Bite Statistics

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Each day, about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for dog bite injuries. The following study examines injury occurrence and the dog breeds that are most likely to bite.

Between 1982 and 2011, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows that the combination of pit bulls, Rottweiler’s, their close mixes and wolf hybrids are the most responsible for serious injury and death:

• 77% of attacks that induce bodily harm • 73% of attacks to children • 81% of attack to adults • 68% of attacks that result in fatalities • 76% that result in maiming

The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, approximately 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay. There are 4 times as many dog bite-related emergency visits and 3 times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas.

In 2001, an estimated 368,245 persons were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for nonfatal dog bite-related injuries. 42% of dog bites in 2001 occurred among children aged 14 years and younger. Injury rates were highest among children aged 5-9 years and significantly higher for boys than girls.

Which Dogs Bite?

In 1994, researchers released a study of “which dogs bite” based on 1991 Denver County dog bite data. (Please note, pit bulls are not included in this study).

• Biters are 6.2 times as likely to be male than female • Biters are 2.6 times as likely to be intact than neutered • Biters are 2.8 times as likely to be chained as unchained

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