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Which breeds of dogs are the most dangerous to humans?

Data collected during the 20-year period, 1979 to 1998, reported 238 dog-bite related fatalities. The breeds most associated with fatalities in this study were:

Breed Known Fatal Attacks
Pit bull 66
Rottweiler 39
German shepherd 17
Husky 15
Malamute 12
Doberman pinscher 9
Chow chow 8
Great Dane 7
St. Bernard 7
Akita 4

A more recent study for the three-year period of January 2006 to December 2008 continues to show similar results.

Breed Known Fatal Attacks Percentage of Total Fatal Attacks
Pit bull 52 59
Rottweiler 12 14
American bulldog 4 5
Husky 4 5
German shepherd 3 3
Doberman pinscher 2 2
Chow chow 2 2
Wolf hybrid 2 2
Labrador 2 2


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