I'm about to launch a massive research project into dog bites in Ireland, and amidst my research I came across a really interesting study.
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We all know that certain dogs always get the blame when it comes to dog bites.... but counting the number of bite incidents doesn't reflect the true likelihood of that dog biting.
For example, in the USA more often than not Golden Retrievers are responsible for the most number of dog bites, but as the population of Retrievers is massive, that's no surprise and not a fair reflection on the breed.
A study done by Edmond O'Sullivan on dog bites in Ireland (Characteristics of 234 dog bite incidents in Ireland during 2004 and 2005) found that the six breeds of dogs with the highest bite rate (based on the number of reported incidents by a breed that took place in Cork County divided by the population of that breed in Cork County), in descending order were.....
Kerry blue terrier,
The six breeds with the lowest bite rate were the
Cavalier King Charles,
Staffordshire bull terrier,
and Pyrenean mountain dog.
Of course the data pool was minimal, but it makes for such interesting reading, and gives an interesting, more accurate, reflection on who's biting, and who's not!