Many dog proponents argue that specific dog breeds are not predisposed to aggression and that the rearing and training of a dog is the most significant factor in determining a dog’s temperament. This may well be true, and it is certainly true that any given dog isn’t dangerous simply because of its breed. However, it can be clearly shown that certain dog breeds are more statistically likely to be involved in a dog biting incident than others. This, combined with an evaluation of the breed’s size and strength, allows for a perfectly valid method of identifying dog breeds that are more dangerous than others.
Regardless of the breed of the animal, dog owners have an obligation to be aware of their pet’s demeanor and tendencies and to take the necessary precautions to ensure that the dog is never put in a situation where it may be a danger to other people. If you have been injured by someone else’s dog, contact the Des Moines personal injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 705-0233.
Research by the Center for Disease Control, the Humane Society, and the American Veterinary Medical Association has identified the following breeds as the most dangerous:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- German Shepherd
- Siberian Husky
- Alaskan Malamute
- Doberman Pinscher
- Chow Chow
- Great Dane
- St Bernard
- Presa Canario
It is by no means a sure thing that a dog of one of the above breeds will be aggressive or violent, but it is best to use extra caution when interacting with these dogs. It should be remembered, however, that any dog can become aggressive or dangerous, regardless of its breed, size, or strength.
Dog owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their pets do not pose a danger to other animals or people, and the owner is almost always responsible for the actions of the animal. If you or someone you love has been bitten or otherwise injured in a dog attack, you may be eligible for compensation. Call the experienced and knowledgeable Des Moines personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233 today to discuss the details of your case.