Classifying a dog as dangerous involves more factors than just its breed. Though certain breeds may be more likely to show aggression, any dog can bite under the right set of circumstances. Here are just a few of the factors that contribute to making a dog dangerous:
- Breed. Some breeds of dogs were designed to be more territorial and have a higher drive for prey, making them excellent watchdogs or hunting dogs. However, in modern life, it also means that they are quick to show aggression toward anyone who threatens them.
- Neutering. According to one study, 80% of dog bite accidents involve male dogs who have not been neutered, as these dogs are notoriously more aggressive and territorial. Simply neutering a dog makes him much less likely to bite a human or another dog, and it also helps to control the pet population.
- Socialization. To become well-adjusted adult dogs, puppies must be exposed to diverse stimuli in their early lives, so they can learn to be calm around new people and experiences. Dogs that have not been socialized become easily overwhelmed and feel threatened by strangers, which can easily result in aggression and biting.
- Training. All puppies nip and bite people and objects—it is their way of getting to know the world. A good owner will provide the discipline to stop this behavior and show the dog that biting is unacceptable. With good training at an early age, any dog can learn that biting is not a behavior that will be tolerated.
- Energy Level. Dogs with high energy tend to get carried away when they play or meet new people, which can easily lead to aggressive behavior. Owners should always make sure that these dogs get plenty of exercise to burn off their excess energy.
Despite these factors, any dog can become aggressive. If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite as a result of an owner’s carelessness, call Shea Law Group at (773) 365-0040. We can help you evaluate your legal options and decide whether you would like to pursue a lawsuit to recover damages.