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.
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".