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Are pit bulls actually the most dangerous breed of dog?

The pit bull breed has a troubling reputation. Many regard these as dangerous dogs that are a high risk to own.

Others counter this, naturally, by saying that the way a dog is raised plays a huge role. Any dog can be safe if it's raised properly, just as any dog can be dangerous.

There is some truth to this, but one way to get to the heart of the matter is simply to look at the statistics. Numbers paint a problematic picture. When looking at fatalities caused by dog bites, one study found that pit bulls were No. 1 on the list by a long shot. They caused more deaths than any other breed.

Does this mean all pit bulls are deadly? Of course not. But one can't argue that they show up at the top of the list for a reason. In the study, pit bulls were linked to 66 fatal attacks.

For the sake of comparison, the next dog on the list was the Rottweiler. It was connected to a mere 39 fatal attacks. That shows that the pit bull is the leader by a wide margin.

That said, the gap was also very wide between the No. 2 and No. 3 dogs on the list. In third place was the German Shepard, which was only linked to 17 fatalities.

Again, it's important not to stereotype different breeds and there are many opinions about the dangerous nature of certain dogs. However, it's also important to simply be aware of the statistics so that you can be careful. If you are attacked or if a loved one is killed, be sure you know your legal options.

Source: Puppy Toob, The 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Based on Biting and Fatality Statistics," Ali Waller, accessed Oct. 20, 2017

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