When a dog bites your child, one of your primary concerns is likely whether the dog was known to be aggressive before the incident. It is important to understand some basic information about dog aggression so that you have a better idea of the facts if you opt to seek compensation.
Some dogs are more apt to be aggressive
DogsBite.org classifies pit bulls and Rottweilers as the two of the most aggressive dog breeds. This is based on information from a study that was done on information from 2005 through 2015. Together, these two breeds caused 76 percent of human fatalities from dog attacks.
Interestingly, it might not necessarily be the breed that is to blame but rather the size of the dog. The ASPCA notes that larger dogs are scarier and can cause more damage than smaller dogs. This could be a reason why these two large dog breeds are liable for most of the fatalities.
Another interesting point is that Rottweilers and pit bulls don’t top the list of dogs with the worst temperaments. Rottweilers come in sixth and pit bulls come in ninth, according to PetHelpful. Chihuahuas and Dachshunds topped the list for the worst temperaments.
Types of aggression
There are different types of aggression that dogs might suffer from. These include food aggression, stranger aggression, social aggression, and predatory aggression. Dogs can also be aggressive if they are in pain, are protecting their territory, or are guarding their humans or pack. Because of the vast number of causes of aggression, it is crucial that you always watch for signs of aggression and teach your children to do the same.
Signs of aggression
There are some behaviors that signal aggression. These include the dog barking, being stiff and rigid, lunging, snarling, snapping, jawing, and nipping. As the aggression moves forward, the dog will start to become more agitated and violent. Biting with pressure to bruise, biting with pressure that breaks the skin, and biting and shaking are how the aggression might progress in the worse stages.
Some parents will opt to seek compensation after a dog bites their child. In these cases, several points will come up in the case. One is what was occurring at the time of the attack. This might also bring up questions about previous attacks since a dog that bites once is more likely to bite again. Other questions include the temperament of the dog and whether the dog is up-to-date on vaccinations like rabies .