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Dog Bite Injury Data

Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, 1982 to 2012
BreedAttacks Doing
Bodily Harm
Child
Victims
Adult
Victims
DeathsMaimings
Akita 65 42 19 8 47
Akita mix (unspecific) 2 2 0 0 2
Akita/Chow Mix 3 3 0 0 3
Akita/Lab Mix 1 1 0 0 1
Akita/Terrier Mix 2 1 0 0 1
Airedale/Boxer Mix 1 1 0 1 0
Airedale 1 1 0 1 0
Australian Blue Heeler 13 4 2 1 5
Australian Shepherd 7 5 0 0 2
Australian Shepherd Mix
1 0 1 1 0
Basset/GSD Mix 1 1 0 1 0
Beagle 2 2 0 1 1
Belgian Shepherd (Malinois)
7 4 3 0 4
Black Mouth Cur
3 3 0 0 3
Blue Heeler 5 2 2 0 4
Border Collie 2 1 1 1 2
Boston Terrier
2 0 1 0 1
Boxer
50 15 16 6 21
Boxer/Boston Terrier Mix
1 1 0 0 1
Boxer/Bull Mastiff Mix
1 1 0 0 1
Boxer/German Shepherd Mix
1 1 0 1 0
Boxer Mix
4 2 2
1 3
Boxer/Sharpei Mix
1 1 0 0 1
Briard 2 0 1 1 0
Brittany Spaniel 4 1 0 0 1
Bulldog (American) 4 0 3 2 2
Bulldog (English) 20 12 4 1 14
Bull Mastiff (Presa Canario) 87 30 33 14 46
Bull Mastiff/German Shepherd 2 1 0 1 0
Bull Mastiff/Rottweiler 2 1 1 0 2
Bull Mastiff/Boxer
1 1 0 1 0
Bull Terrier (Not Pit)
3 1 1 0 1
Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
13 1 8 1 8
Cane Corso/Pit Bull Mix
1 1 0 1 1
Catahoula 3 0 1 0 1
Catahoula/Pit Bull Mix
1 0 1 1 0
Caucasian Shepherd
1 0 1 0 1
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
1 0 1 0 1
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
2 2 0 0 1
Chihuahua
1 1 0 1 1
Chow 55 36 16 7 37
Chow/German Shepherd Mix
1 0 1 0 1
Chow/Husky Mix 2 2 0 1 1
Chow/Lab Mix 4 4 0 0 3
Chow/Sharpei Mix
1 1 0 0 1
Chow Mix (Other) 6 5 1 1 5
Cocker Spaniel 1 1 0 0 1
Collie 4 4 0 1 3
Collie/Retriever Mix 1 1 0 0 1
Coonhound 2 1 1 1 0
Dalmatian 3 3 0 0 3
Dalmatian/Akita Mix 1 1 0 0 1
Dachschund 6 3 3 1 6
Doberman 15 8 7 7 7
Doberman/Great Dane Mix
1 1 0 0 1
Dogo Argentino
3 2 1 1 2
Doge de Bordeaux 2 1 0 0 1
East Highland Terrier 1 0 1 1 0
Fila Brasiero 1 1 0 0 1
German Shepherd 96 60 28 14 59
German Shepherd Mix 41 26 12 7 26
German Shepherd/Husky Mix 6 5 1 2 3
German Shepherd/Lab Mix 10 3 2 1 4
Golden Retriever 11 9 2 3 7
Golden Retriever Mix 1 0 1 1 0
Golden Retriever/Lab Mix 1 1 0 0 1
Great Dane 33 11 7 3 16
Great Pyrenees 3 0 2 1 1
Greyhound 1 1 0 0 1
Hound Mix
1 0 1 0 1
Husky 71 44 5 24 20
Husky/Malamute Mix 2 2 0 0 2
Husky/Lab Mix 1 0 1 0 1
Jack Russell Terrier 5 3 1 2 2
Jack Russell/English Bulldog
1 1 0 0 1
Karelian Bear Dog
1 0 1 0 1
Labrador 49 33 14 3 38
Labrador Mix 18 13 5 1 16
Labrador/Blue Heeler Mix 1 0 1 0 0
Labrador/Boxer Mix 1 0 1 0 0
Labrador/Doberman Mix 1 1 0 0 1
Labrador/St. Bernard Mix 1 1 0 0 1
Malamute 8 7 1 3 3
Labrador Mix 10 9 1 0 9
Mastiff 13 11 2 5 5
Mastiff/Rhodesian Ridgeback
1 1 0 1 0
Mini Pinscher
1 1 0 0 1
Norweigan Elkhound 1 0 1 0 1
Old English Sheep Dog 2 1 1 2 0
Old English Sheep Dog Mix 1 0 1 0 1
Pit Bull
2,235 911 806 233 1,268
Pit Bull/Akita Mix 3 0 3 0 3
Pit Bull/Boxer Mix 27 11 10 2 17
Pit Bull/Chow Mix 10 2 4 1 4
Pit Bull/Doberman Mix 1 0 1 0 1
Pit Bull/Doberman/GSD/Lab 2 2 0 0 2
Pit Bull/GSD Mix 12 7 2 1 10
Pit Bull/Lab Mix 25 20 6 5 18
Pit Bull/Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix 2 2 0 0 2
Pit Bull/Rottweiler Mix 49 10 8 2 14
Pit Bull/Sharpei Mix 1 1 0 0 1
Pit Bull/Sheltie Mix 7 4 0 0 4
Pit Bull/Weimaraner Mix 1 0 1 0 1
Pit Bull/Wolf Hybrid Mix 1 1 1 0 2
Pit Bull Mix (Unknown) 7 3 1 1 4
Pointer Mix 1 0 1 0 0
Pomeranian 1 1 0 1 0
Poodle 4 2 1 0 1
Poodle/Terrier Mix 1 1 0 0 1
Pug 1 1 0 0 1
Pug/Rottweiler Mix 2 1 0 1 0
Queensland Heeler 4 0 2 0 2
Rottweiler 495 278 131 81 277
Rottweiler/Chow Mix 2 2 0 0 2
Rottweiler/GSD Mix 18 9 8 3 14
Rottweiler/Lab Mix 7 6 1 0 7
Rottweiler/Mastiff Mix 1 1 0 0 1
Russian Terrier 1 0 1 0 1
Saint Bernard 6 3 0 1 1
Schnauzer 1 0 1 1 0
Sharpei 5 5 0 0 5
Sharpei/Rottweiler Mix 2 1 0 0 1
Sharpei Mix (Unknown) 1 1 0 0 1
Sharpei/Lab Mix 1 1 0 0 1
Shiba Inu
1 0 1 0 1
Shih Tzu
1 0 1 0 1
Springer Spaniel 3 4 0 0 4
Terrier Mix (Not Pit Bull)
2 0 2 0 2
Tosa 1 1 0 0 1
Unidentified 17 4 3 3 4
Weimaraner 2 2 0 1 1
West Highland Terrier
2 0 2 1 1
Wheaten Terrier 3 1 1 0 2
Wolf Hybrid 84 69 5 19 48
Total 3,887 1,823 1,216 513 2,213
Breeds of dogs involved in human dog bite-related fatalities (DBRF) in the United States, by 2-year period, between 1983 and 1998. Death-based approach of counting most frequent purebreds and crossbreds involved in 7 or more human DBRF.
Breed 1983- 1984 1985- 1986 1987- 1988 1989- 1990 1991- 1992 1993- 1994 1995- 1996 1997- 1998
Purebred                
Pit bull-type 10 9 11* 8 6 5 4* 6
Rottweiler 1 1 3 1 3 10 10 10
German Shepard Dog 4* 1 1 4* 2 0 2 0
Husky-type 2 2 0 2 2 1 2 1
Malamute 3 1 0 2 3 1 0 0
Doberman Pinscher 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 1
Chow Chow 0 0 0 2 3 0 2 0
Great Dane 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Saint Bernard 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Crossbred                
Wolf-dog hybrid 1 2 1 4 1 2 2 0
Mixed-breed 1 2 1 2 0 1 1 1
German Shepard Dog 0 2 2 2† 0 1 2 0
Pit bull-type 0 3 2† 3 1 1 0 0
Husky-type 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
Rottweiler 0 0 1† 1 0 1 1 2
Alaskan Malamute 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
Chow Chow 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
Doberman Pinscher 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Saint Bernard 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Great Dane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1†
No. deaths for which breed was known 26* 24 22 34* 24 25 26* 27

* Numbers differ from previous reports because police/guard dogs “at work” were excluded, and 1 new DBRF was identified as occurring in 1996. A purebred dog and a crossbred dog of this breed were involved in a single fatality; therefore, that breed is counted only once in the total column.


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