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Dog bite statistics Netherlands

Dog bite statistics Netherlands

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Analysis of dog bite incidents on the Dutch internet.
Analysis of dog bite incidents on the Dutch internet.

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Published by: Tegenpitjes on Dec 23, 2008
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Analysis of reports of dog bites on the internet
About the research:
This research is about reports on the internet of dogs attacking or biting people and/or dogs that took place inHolland and Belgium. Most of the reports are from the regular press and internet newspapers, but it alsoincludes reports from internet forums if they contained enough detail. The reports date from 03-2000 till09-2008. A separate analysis is made of the period 01-2007 till 09-2008 because a lot of the older reports canno longer be found on the internet.
reports that were not included in this research:
-reports about police canines on the job biting;-reports about biting during training for police canines;-reports about dogs in rescue centers, because they don't describe an incident and it is often unclear to whatextent this information is correct;-reports about attacks on wild life, sheep, horses, chickens, cats and other pets besides dogs because thereason for these attacks is often not aggressiveness, and to limit the scope of the research;-reports from pit bull owners ; ”I was bitten by a poodle, labrador and chihuahua but never by a pit bull”, because these reports are propaganda;-reports without a date: "last year my dog was bit", to make sure reports were only included once, and thatno reports outside the 2000-2008 period were included;-reports in the form of questions and answers because it is used as a way to present information ( by vets or dog trainers, rescue centers) and it is difficult to determine if they describe real incidents: "Question: my dogwas attacked by a Stafford last week and now he is scared of other dogs. What can I do? Answer:...”;-reports that lacked detail.
A search was done on these breeds:
Golden Retriever, Labrador (Retriever), Teckel, Tekkel, Berner Sennen, St. Bernard, Bouvier, pitbull,Amerikaanse Staffordshire Terrrier, Amerikaanse Bulldog, Bulldog, Kangal, Mastino, Mastiff, Bullmastiff,Cocker Spaniel, Border Collie, Presa Canario, Poedel, vechthond, Bordeaux Dog, Duitse Herder, Herder,Mechelaar, Chowchow, Mopshond, Dobermann, Boerboel, Rottweiler, Jacky Russel, JR, Dog, Bandog,Kooiker, Chihuahua, Shitzu, Pekinees, Corgie, Beagle, Greyhound, Podenco, pincher, Whippet, Westie,Airedale terrier, Akita Inu, Sharpei, wolfhond, wolfshond, Poolhond, Husky, Malamut, Tatra, guard dog,mut, and dog ofcourse!Combined with one or more of these words(in Dutch): bit, biting, attacking, killing, was attacked, fighting.
pit bulls
For this research American and English Staffordshire Terriers, American Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, pit bulltype and stafford type of dog were all classified as pit bulls because only breeding papers can prove withcertainty which one of these breeds it is.
General impression after wading through hundreds of pages of search results:
-There are literally hundreds of messages on the internet from pit bull owners that have been attacked usually by several dogs of different breeds. The messages are usually more or less the same and they look like theyhave been placed by a small group of people. Because there were so many it was hard to find any report thathad any details about the incident.-Only one report about an attacking Poodle was found, apparently it killed another dog but the report didn'tcontain enough details(from hearsay) to be included;-A lot of dog owners feel their dog has become aggressive to other dogs after it was attacked by another dog:"since he's been attacked by the neighbors' dog he hates all other dogs".
 
 
Analysis of the 115 reports on the internet
 Incidents by breed:
* In the 65 reports about pit bulls 18 were about American Staffordshire Terriers(attacked a child 6 times), in2 reports the dog was an English Staffordshire Terrier(killed one dog), the American Bulldog was in 9 reportsthe attacker(killed 4 dogs), in one report the Bull Terrier was mentioned as the attacker(killed one dog).**
 No breed was mentioned in the report.
'Other' includes reports where it was not clear who was in control of the dog, or where there was more thanone owner with the dog, or where the dog was at home with his family.
period: 03-2000 till 09-2008 01-2007 till 09-2008
attacker incidents% incidents %
Pit bull *65
56,5
40
59,7
Dogs **9
7,8
5
7,5
Shepherd6
5,2
3
4,5
Rottweiler 6
5,2
5
7,5
Dobermann pincher4
3,5
1
1,5
German Shepherd(GSD)4
3,5
3
4,5
Mastiff3
2,6
1
1,5
Husky2
1,7
Boxer x2
1,7
2
3,0
Mastino 2
1,7
1
1,5
Afr.Boerboel1
0,9
1
1,5
Dogo Argentino1
0,9
Berner Sennen1
0,9
1
1,5
Bouvier1
0,9
Great Dane ?1
0,9
1
1,5
German Terrier1
0,9
1
1,5
Golden Retriever1
0,9
Jack Russell1
0,9
Labrador1
0,9
Old English Bulldog1
0,9
1
1,5
Tosa Inu1
0,9
1
1,5
greyhound type of dog1
0,9total incidents 115 100 67 100
Handler of the dog at time of incident
neighbours 3child 4man 33woman 22off leash 25other 28
total
115
 
*It's possible that more attackers were destroyed after they were confiscated. The same is true of the victims,some of them must have succumbed to their injures after the report was published. Note: Only one report of human fatality was found. It was about a baby taken from it's crib by the familyHusky.
Other victims with serious injuries:datedescription of injuriesattacker
11/22/00a small girl needs operation to save her legpit bull06/09/01owner of killed victim looses digit of fingerpit bull10/19/01arm of a woman is severely mauled Husky07/27/02owner of killed victim suffers from heart problemspit bull07/30/02child's face seriously wounded pit bull05/19/04small dog's front leg amputatedpit bull08/11/04owner attacked victim looses digit of finger pit bull11/16/04small dog seriously woundedpit bull04/21/05man suffers life threatening injuries to his neckpit bull04/18/05girl's hip seriously woundedpit bull05/15/05owner of attacking dog may loose armpit bull08/03/05man has serious bite woundspit bull08/19/05part of boy's ear amputatedGolden Retrieve01/10/06child is torn out of buggy, needs 120 stitchespit bull
Victims:
totalBy PBTchildren2416humans186dog and owner139dogs5222owner attacking dog52neighbourhood3attackers(destroyed)2415 Percentage of children attacked by pit bulls
67Victims killed(dogs):
BreedtotalBy PBTBeagle11Boerenfox1Chihuahua32Miniature Kees11Foxterrier 11dogs44small dog42Maltheser 52Norwich terrier 11Dachshund1total
22 14
Percentage of deadly attacks by pit bulls:
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