While many dogs fit the stereotype that they are “man’s best friend,” some dogs are naturally more aggressive than others. Even if aggressive tendencies are not bred into dogs, they can be raised to be more aggressive as well. It is an owner’s responsibility to control his or her dog, and its behaviors, at all times. If an owner cannot control the behavior of a dog and the dog attacks someone, that dog owner might have to pay the person who was attacked financial compensation.
Dogs can attack people or other animals for many reasons. In some cases, they get scared, or they become angry or feel threatened. However, in some cases, certain dog breeds are known to be more aggressive than others. In these cases, it is still up to an owner to know about its dog’s tendencies and to anticipate if it may become more aggressive.
Breeds to Watch Out For
According to the website of Ravid & Associates, P.C., not every dog will attack a person or another animal, but some dogs are bred to be more aggressive. Several dog breeds that might be more aggressive, and have a higher chance of attacking than others, include:
- German Shepherds
- Chow Chows
These dogs can be much more aggressive than other dog breeds, and they might be more likely to hurt a person or another dog or animal. When he or she purchases a dog, every dog owner assumes a legal responsibility over that dog’s behavior. So if his or her dog attacks a person, a dog owner should be ready to meet the financial obligations that might come of a dog attack.
If you or someone you love has been hurt by an aggressive dog and you want to know more about your legal options, contact a qualified personal injury lawyer today.