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Why Dogs Bite

A dog bite injury can be a traumatic and devastating injury, leaving the victim wondering ---Why? While no one knows for certain why a dog may suddenly become vicious and aggressive, there are several reasons why dogs do bite. If you have been injured by a dog, it is important to contact a dog bite attorney immediately to begin investigating your dog bite case---so you can figure out WHY you were bitten.


Many dog experts believe that dogs that are inadequately socialized before 14 weeks may exhibit a greater fear towards others. This fear is often displayed by aggressive behavior and a dog that is afraid of others may attack and bite out of fear or aggressively attack a neighbor, mailman or unsuspecting child. It is important to notice the signs of fear in an animal so you can minimize your risk of getting a dog bite.


Un-neutered males are also considerably more aggressive than female dogs. Studies have shown that over 70% of all dog bite attacks were instigated by male dogs. Males are noticeably more territorial and may bite or nip at small children and other adults in an attempt to establish themselves as the “leader of the pack”. This behavior can be controlled by neutering your pets and through dog training.


Certain breeds of dogs are also more disposed to having aggressive tendencies. Rottweilers, Dobermans, Chows, and Pit Bull dogs have all exhibited a greater tendency towards aggression. Some communities have even begun to establish laws that prohibit owning certain breeds of aggressive dogs. Dog breed bans are just one of the ways lawmakers attempt to protect the public from serious and life threatening dog injuries.


Dog owner negligence can also contribute to aggressive behavior in dogs. Dogs that are not socialized, chained up or mistreated can begin to display many dangerous traits, including aggression. If your dog bite was the result of a dog owner's negligence, the dog owner is responsible for the dog's actions and for any injuries that occurred.

Dog experts believe that there are many other reasons that dogs bite people -- including protection, coming from overcrowded puppy mills, abuse and poor health. If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, it is important to contact a dog bite lawyer immediately to review all of your legal options. If your dog bite injuries are severe, you may need an attorney to negotiate a settlement on your behalf for medical expenses, rehabilitation and lost wages.


This website is not meant to serve as legal advice of any kind and is only intended for informational, educational, and entertainment purposes only. As Personal Injury Law varies from state to state we recommend you seek legal advice from an attorney or law firm in your state. The information used on this website is copyrighted and used with permission by Dallas Norton, Esq. Denver's Personal Injury Attorney serving personal injury victims in Denver Metro Area and all of Colorado