Dog attacks happen all the time. You could be going about your day when suddenly a dog comes up to you and takes a chunk out of your hand.
There are many rumors about spotting aggressive dogs, however, the truth may be startling. Here’s what you should know:
Myth #1: Some breeds are more dangerous than others
Truth: If the dog has teeth, then it can bite, it doesn’t matter what breed of dog it is. Reportedly, pit bulls and larger breeds have been known to be the most aggressive breeds. However, there are many contradicting studies and long-held biases. Any dog of any size can turn aggressive in a matter of seconds.
Myth #2: “Good dogs” that are well-trained won’t bite
Truth: Many dogs are disciplined to be well-behaved, but that doesn’t negate the fact that anything can trigger an attack. A dog may have unknown triggers that cause it to suddenly lash out. No matter how much an owner says their dog is well-behaved, something could set the animal off unexpectedly.
Myth #3: Dogs always show signs of aggression before they bite
Truth: There can be clear signs that a dog is ready to attack: raised hair, revealed teeth, growling, snarling or constant eye contact. However, dog attacks can be swift and unexpected. There may be no clear signs that a dog has any intention to bite before it’s too late.
If you were recently bitten by a dog, whether that animal belongs to a neighbor or a stranger, you may need to reach out for legal help to know your options.