Ann Arbor Dog Bite Lawyer Discusses National Dog Bite Statistics

Our Michigan dog bite lawyers handle dog bite injuries and attacks everday. United States dog bite statistics show there are 68 million dogs kept as pets. Out of these 68 million dogs there are 1 million dog bites reported every year. It is also estimated that an equal or greater number of bites go unreported every year. Some level of medical attention is required for 800,000 of those who suffer a dog bite.


Statistics do prove that certain breeds of dogs are more dangerous than others; however that doesn’t necessarily mean that every dog of that breed is dangerous. Part of a dog’s behavior is their breed but the other half has to do with the dog owner. The most dangerous dog breeds are listed below.


  • Malamute
  • Pit bull
  • Rottweiler’s
  • German Shepherd
  • Husky

Between 1982-2007 pit bulls, Rottweiler’s, and wolf-hybrids made up 77% of dog bite cases resulting in bodily harm. Also, it may come as a shock to many, but a chained dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite someone than an unchained dog.


The most common dog bite injuries include:


  • Rabies
  • Bone fractures
  • Disfigurement resulting from scars
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Pain and Suffering

Over 60% of dog bites occur in the home of the owner. 77% of dog bite victims are friends of the dog’s owner, or a member of the owners’ family. Therefore, these victims were familiar with the dog prior to the dog bite attack. Surpassing playground injury, dog bites rank second in causes for childhood injury.


According to Insurance Information Institute, “dog bites accounted for about 25% of all claims on homeowner’s insurance, costing more than $321 million in 2003.” The limits for insurance coverage are different in every case, but most homeowner’s usually have a minimum of $100,000.00 in liability coverage. This means that the insurance company will pay the dog bite victim up to that amount if the injuries are severe enough.

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If you would like more information about your legal rights after a dog bite injury or attack, you can order our FREE book, “The Ultimate Michigan Dog Bite and Animal Attack Handbook” by Michigan dog bite attorney Lawrence J. Buckfire.

Contact Your Ann Arbor Dog Bite Lawyer

Our experienced Michigan dog bite lawyers will hire specialized investigators to document the incident, supplementing any evidence you have been able to collect.  For more information on your legal rights after an accident, call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers about your case.

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