Breed alone does not determine temperament. Nurture (training, socialization) and nature (genetics) both play an important part. However, some dogs are more likely to inflict harm than others. Let’s look at a few facts related to dog-inflicted injuries. Dog bites are the second most frequent cause of childhood emergency room visits, second only to playground accidents such as baseball and softball injuries. Approximately 77 percent of dog bites incurred by children are in the area of the head and neck.
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And don’t think that “strange” dogs are at fault; 80 to 90 percent of bites were inflicted by dogs known to the children. Injury rates are higher for children between the ages of five and nine. The likelihood of being bitten by a dog decreases as the age of the child increases. Boys are more likely to be the victim of a dog bite than are girls.
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