Pit bulls were responsible for 66 mauling deaths of humans between 1979 and 1998 (fatal dog attacks that involved at least one pit bull according), but Rottweilers were recorded for 37 mauling deaths mostly during the 1990s. German shepherds followed with 17, Siberian Huskies at 15, Malamutes at 12, and Doberman pinschers with nine.(1)
By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts of fatal dog maulings between 1982 and 2010, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.(2)
1982-2010 Fatal Dog Attacks and Maimings
|Deaths||Maimings||% of dog population|
|Pit bull terrier||1,552||691||529||166||859||.041|
|Bullmastiff (Presa canario)||58||22||21||9||31||.013|
*Chart ordered by number of deaths; includes only a portion of breeds listed in report.(3)
(1) Kay Chirichigno, 2000. Inaccurate Rottweiler Statistics Reveal Solution: People & Dogs Need Training To Prevent Future Dog Attacks.