Rottweilers and Pit Bulls are Not Deadly Dogs


Elizabeth Stumpf, Contributor

It is just recently that Pit Bulls are second on the list of most deadly dogs. Rottweilers have taken a leap into the first slot on that list.  

Rottweilers are responsible for 33 fatal attacks against humans, whereas Pit Bulls are responsible for 21 between 1991 to 1998. 

Are the attacks caused by the breed or by owners who trained them? 

Veterinary surgeon, Seanna Swayne, said: “Some dogs get overly excited when kids are excited and screaming and playing. If the dog hasn’t been exposed to that before, and no one knows what type of reaction is going to happen, that’s when we’ll hear of dog bites accruing. Sometimes they don’t want certain part of their body touched, either, like feet or ears. Its reaction is going to be that it wants to bite or at least warn you.” 

It’s the dog’s owner fault. Dogs need to be socialized at a young age, 6 to 12 weeks.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no breed that instinctually attacks humans. However, some breeds need to be socialized or their instinctive need to protect their pack could possibly lead to violent behavior.  

Rottweilers and Pit Bulls tend to be very loyal and attached to their owners and family, so the natural instinct is to protect from threats. Whether the threat be known by the owner or not, dogs can sense how the people around them are reacting and how they feel. This causes them to react either negatively or positively. 

Owners are also at fault by teaching their dogs to attack on command. No dog breed is specifically going to attack you without sensing their trainer’s que or feeling danger.