Jack Russells Among Top Breed to Bite Humans

Which Breed Of Dog Is Most Likely To Bite Humans? The Answer May Surprise You

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Jack Russells are more likely to bite their owners than any other breed of dog, according to police.

Data from the city of Liverpool – the second worst area in the UK for dog attacks – ranked the small terrier as the most likely to bite humans.

A total of 71 dog attacking incidents were reported to police over the last 12 months in the city, which ranks only second to Oxford.

Officers were able compile data on the most aggressive dogs based on reports, with Jack Russell coming out on top.

The terrier, which has its origins in fox hunting, is a popular dog, but is known for its high energy and considered mainly suitable for experienced owners.

It topped a list that includes Rottweilers and Staffordshire bull terriers.

In Liverpool in 2015, Jack Russells were responsible for six attacks where police could definitely say what the dog was. 

Pitbull and Staffordshire bull terrier-type dogs accounted for five recorded incidents during the year, with German Shepherds accounting for three.

Elsewhere on the list is the rather surprising addition of the Daschund.

A recent YouGov study put the worst city in the country for dog attacks as Oxford, with Liverpool, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Hull, Leeds and Wakefield also on the list.

However, Phillip Gower, of solicitors Simpson Millar, which commissioned the study, said argued breeds have nothing to do with attacks.

He said: “In 20 years working on dog attack cases I haven’t spotted a trend in the breed of dog that attacks. It’s usually down to the owner.”

The full list is as follows:

  1. Jack Russell
  2. Staffordshire bull terrier
  3. Pitbull terrier
  4. German shepherd
  5. Rottweiler 
  6. Daschund
  7. Boxer
  8. Great Dane
  9. Doberman pinscher
  10. Husky 

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