Dog bite studies ::
A collection of recent retrospective studies examining dog bite injuries in level 1 trauma centers, U.S. fatal dog bite studies and breed-specific law studies. View more in our Studies Index.
Special Report: Level 1 Trauma Center Dog Bite Studies in All U.S. Geographical Regions Report Pit Bulls Highest Prevalence (2009 to 2016)
Level 1 trauma studies
Characteristics of 1616 Consecutive Dog Bite Injuries at a Single Institution
A retrospective review of 1616 dog bite victims over a 4-year period from a pediatric level 1 trauma center in the Southeast. Pit bull bites were implicated in half of all surgeries performed.
Ocular Trauma From Dog Bites: Characterization, Associations, and Treatment Patterns at a Regional Level I Trauma Center Over 11 Years
A retrospective review of 342 dog bite victims from 2003 to 2013 from Harborview Medical Center, a regional level 1 trauma center in the Northwest. Pit bulls accounted for more than 1 in 4 injuries.
Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs
A retrospective review of 228 dog bite victims from 1994 to 2009 from a regional level 1 trauma center in South Texas. When breed was known (82), pit bulls accounted for 35% of injuries.
Dog bite fatality studies
April 22, 2009
Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008
A 2009 report issued by DogsBite.org shows that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 deaths in the 3-year period of 2006 to 2008. Pit bulls accounted for 59% followed by rottweilers with 14%.
September 15, 2000
Breeds of Dogs Involved in Fatal Human Attacks in the United States Between 1979 and 1998
A 2000 report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)1 reviewed a 20-year period to determine the types of dog breeds most responsible for U.S. dog bite fatalities.
Breed-specific law studies
June 30, 2012
Effectiveness of Breed-Specific Legislation in Decreasing the Incidence of Dog-Bite Injury Hospitalisations in People in the Canadian Province of Manitoba
A study analyzing dog bite injury hospitalizations over a 23-year period (1984 to 2006) in Manitoba showed a significant reduction at the provincial level after implementing breed-specific laws.
Decline in Hospitalisations Due to Dog Bite Injuries in Catalonia, 1997–2008. An Effect of Government Regulation?
A study analyzing hospitalizations for dog bite injuries over a 12-year period in Catalonia, Spain after changes in legal regulations, including breed-specific regulations, showed a 38% decrease.