Dog Bites By the Numbers
- Annually, roughly 585,000 bites require medical attention.
- More than 60% of severe injuries and 85% of fatalities occur in children under 12.
- In a 1992 study in Palm Beach, FL it was found that German Shepherds (13.5%), Labrador Retrievers (7.6%) , and Chow Chows -(7.2%) delivered the most bites.
- In the same study, Cocker Spaniels delivered 2.6% of all reported bites, but 23.6% of those bites were sever enough to require medical attention.
- Only 13.8% of German Shepherd bites were considered "severe".
- The same set of statistics from 1986 - 1989 showed that on average 25% of Golden Retriever bites were "severe".
- 50% - 70% of reported dog bites are delivered by dogs under 5 years of age.
- Male dogs inflict 70% - 76% of all reported bites, and 80% of "severe" bites.
- Intact male dogs account for the majority of dog bite fatalities. (No statistic cited)
- Biting dogs are 6.2 times more likely to be male and 2.6 times more likely to be intact (male or female).
- Of 1,480 observed dogs in California 44% were large, 30% were medium, and 26% were small.
- These rank orderings were the same for dogs who bit people and who were nonaggressive.
- Children age 5 - 9 account for 25% - 30% of all dog bites.
- In St. Louis, 5 - 9 year olds received 27.4% of all reported bites, but accounted for 8% of the total population.
- Infants until 10 years of age accounted for 72% of the 60 dog bite fatalities that occurred between 1990 and 1993.
- 65% of reported bites were inflicted on men.
- Men are 1.5 to 2.2 times more likely to be bitten than women.
- 37% of fatal dog bites (from 1990 to 1993) were delivered to boys age 5 and younger. 22% were delivered to girls of the same age.
- Approximately 76% of reported bites are delivered to extremities. 42.8% to the lower and 33.5 to the upper extremities.
- 15% of reported bites were facial.
- Owned dogs delivered 16% of facial bites, where strays delivered 5.9%.
- Bites from owned dogs account for 85% - 90% of reported bites.