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Which Breed of Dog is Responsible for the Majority of Dog Bites?

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According to most statistics, pit bulls and pit bull mixes account for more than half of all dog bites each year According to most statistics, pit bulls and pit bull mixes account for more than half of all dog bites each year
4.5 million people get attacked by dogs per year, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Nearly 250 people get treated annually for dog bites at the University of Mississippi Medical Center .

And the CDC reports, roughly 31 of those 4.5 million dog bites are fatal.

But can one breed really be to blame more frequently than other types of dogs for bites and attacks?

"All dogs of course can bite they all have teeth and all dogs bite all dogs can attack. However, recently most of the reports have been about pit bull breeds or mix breeds with pit bulls," says Sgt. Ken Sullivan, Rankin County Animal Control.  

According to a study by Merritt Clifton, editor of “Animal People” newspaper, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes are accountable for more than 70% of dog bites.

"The reality is they have the propensity or the capability for severe injury or killing and that's why people are focusing on them," says Doll Stanley, In Defense of Animals.  

Even though other breeds are responsible for bites, pit bulls are getting the most attention.

"I think typical of our society we need something to put the blame on rather than say this is our fault we did this we say we didn't have anything to do with it, it's these dogs," says Leah Thomson, pit bull advocate. 

When this breed of dog does bite Stanley believes there is a good reason why.

"In Mississippi they are being over bred and they are being bred recklessly; don't think that every pit bull is a wonderful dog if it is properly raised,” says Stanley.  

Other people we spoke with say it is the owner of the dog that causes the aggression.

"Pit bulls are very loyal dogs they will do anything for their owner, if their owner trains them to fight and it pleases their owner when they fight. They will fight for their owner," says Sgt. Sullivan.

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