By Dr. Mallika Marshall

BOSTON (CBS) – Nearly five million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. every year. Many are children. So researchers at Ohio State University set out to determine which dog breeds pose the greatest risk, important information for parents who may be choosing a dog for their family.

Many kids suffer dog bites, often from their own family dog, and those bites can cause significant damage, especially to the face, which may require reconstructive surgery.

So researchers combed through decades of data on dog bites to the face and found, not surprisingly, that pit bulls have the highest risk of biting and cause the most damage, but so do mixed breed dogs and dogs weighing 66-100 pounds with wide, short heads.

But remember, any dog can bite, so tell your child not to approach an animal when it’s eating or sleeping, and if you’re not directly supervising an interaction between a small child and a dog, keep a barrier between them or put the dog in a crate.

Dr. Mallika Marshall

Comments (2)
  1. Where’s link to the report?

  2. William Linington says:

    It is sadly all too common for a pit bull you have loved to turn on you out of the blue for no reason. Pit bulls betray the love and loyalty of so many owners. It’s just their genetics coming out, and while the love you give the animal can mask the genetics in the fog of your mind, it never actually changes the animal in reality. It’s like how people burned sage to ward off the plague: it was just all in their minds and never actually changed reality one d*mn bit.

    No amount of looking for pre-attack signs are worth a hill of beans with pit bulls, as they were genetically selected over hundreds of years to attack without giving any warning.

    1 in 40 pit bulls will grievously injure or kill another animal or human, compared to 1 in 50,000 of all other dog breeds combined.

    Last year, pit bulls killed a person every 9 days in the US and Canada, 30,000 other family pet dogs, 14,000 farm animals, and 17,000 cats.

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