Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Labradors cited in a majority of biting incidents

When people think of aggressive dogs, many think of pit bulls. While it is true that this breed can be particularly aggressive, new statistics show that one unexpected type of dog is leading the pack in bites: Labradors.

Recently, the Nebraska Humane Society released statistics that showed that Labradors were at the top of the list of bites with 35 in the first six months of 2011. Pit bulls were second with 23 bites, while German Shepherds were close behind with 19 incidents, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

In an effort to prevent bites, the region has a law in place that requires pit bull owners to place a muzzle on their pets while taking them out for a walk unless they are six months old or younger. Some breeds also require liability insurance up to $100,000.

The Humane Society says that regardless of the breed, most dogs can be trained to be welcoming and accepting of the people in their lives, as well as those they encounter on the street.

Individuals who want to increase their personal safety against neighborhood dogs might want to buy pepper spray. When used, it can temporarily blind an animal and give a person time to flee to safety. 

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