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This page is a collection of dog bite statistics that are located on DogsBite.org or can reached by a web link. Notably, each year, an American has a one in 50 chance of being bitten by a dog.1

Dog bite statistics

Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. Nearly 1 out of 5 bites becomes infected.

Preventing Dog Bites, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2015

Dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2015, costing more than $570 million.

Dog Bite Liability by Insurance Information Institute, 2016

In 2015, more than 28,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.

2015 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2015

A 2010 study showed that the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.

Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008 by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 2010

A study published in 2010 showed there were 4 times as many dog bite-related ED visits and 3 times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas.

Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008 by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 2010

There was an 86% increase in dog bite-related hospitalization stays between 1993 and 2008 in the United States.

Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008 by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 2010

Adults with two or more dogs in the household are five times more likely to be bitten than those living without dogs in the home.

Dog bites: still a problem?, by Gilchrist J, Sacks JJ, White D, Kresnow MJ, Injury Prevention, 2008

Dog bites occur every 75 seconds in the United States. Each day, over 1,000 citizens need emergency medical care to treat these injuries.

Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments - United States, 2001 by the CDC, 2003

Dog attack victims suffer over $1 billion in monetary losses annually. JAMA reports this estimate to be as high as $2 billion.

Dog Bites Recognized as Public Health Problem by R. Voelker, JAMA, 1997

Dog bite-related fatality statistics

In 2015, Pit bulls contributed to 82% (28) of the total recorded deaths, the highest fatality count on record for the breed.

2015 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2016

In 2015, the combination of pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 91% of all dog bite-related fatalities.

2015 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2016

In 2015, 9% of the attacks resulting in death were inflicted by dogs rehomed by county operated shelters or rescues.

2015 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2016

In the 11-year period from 2005 to 2015, pit bulls killed 232 Americans, about one citizen every 17 days.

11-Year U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Chart (2005 to 2015) by DogsBite.org, 2016

In the 11-year period from 2005 to 2015, two dog breeds accounted for 76% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and rottweilers.

11-Year U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Chart (2005 to 2015) by DogsBite.org, 2016

During the same 11-year period, children ages 0 to 2 years old made up 28% of all fatal dog bite victims, nearly twice the number as the second highest age group.

11-Year U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Chart (2005 to 2015) - Victims by Age Groups by DogsBite.org, 2016

By 2018, pit bulls are projected to maul 338 Americans to death since 1998, the year the CDC stopped tracking fatal dog attacks by breed.

Fatalpitbullattacks.com, 2016, Nonprofits Urge CDC to Resume Tracking Richer Data Set for Children and Adults Disfigured, Maimed and Killed by Dogs, DogsBite.org, 2014

In 2014, loose dogs off their owner's property inflicted 40% of all fatal attacks, a sharp rise from the 10-year average of 24% (2005 to 2014).

2014 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2015

In 2013, over one-third, 38%, of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog's owner when the fatal attack occurred.

2013 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2014

In the 3-year period of 2006 to 2008, 18% of all fatal dog attacks occurred off the owner's property. Pit bulls accounted for 81% of these deaths.

Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008 by DogsBite.org, 2009

In the first eight months of 2011, nearly half of the persons killed by a pit bull was the dog's owner and primary caretaker.

2011 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2011

In 2011, adult victims of fatal pit bull maulings more than doubled the number of child victims.

2011 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2012

Breed-specific law statistics

Over 900 U.S. cities have adopted breed-specific laws since the mid 1980s, just after pit bulls (fighting dogs) began leaking into the general population.

Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2016

Over 290 U.S. military bases governed by the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and Navy regulate dangerous dog breeds.

Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2016

Over 40 countries across the world -- or parts within these countries -- regulate dangerous dog breeds with breed-specific laws.

Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2016

  1. Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments - United States, 2001, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 2003; 52(26): 605-610.