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What dogs may attack in California that you’d least suspect?

To find out which dogs were the most dangerous, the American Veterinary Medical Association did a study to look at all of the fatalities that were linked to dog attacks. While some of the names on the list may not shock you, it is worth noting that there were some surprising inclusions.

For example, at number 10 on the list is the St. Bernard. This dog is largely famous because of the St. Bernard that played Beethoven in the film of the same name, and they are, for the most part, rather kind and friendly. However, they are also huge, which makes them potentially dangerous. The study found that they had caused seven fatalities.

Another dog on the list was the Malamute. This dog looks a lot like a husky or a sled dog, but it’s even bigger. These are seriously huge dogs that can weigh far more than a child, and, like the St. Bernard listed above, that is why they can be dangerous. They caused 12 fatalities.

Finally, the Great Dane made the list. The total number of fatalities was low, at just seven, but it still cracked the top ten.

As you can see, there is a definite trend here. Some dogs on the list — like the Pit Bull, at number one — are aggressive. These surprising entries, though, are less aggressive in nature, but they are just dangerous because they are huge. All three could be hard to control in the rare times when they grow angry enough to attack.

If you have been injured by a dog, please make sure that you know your legal options and speak with a dog bite attorney in Sacramento.

Source: Puppy Toob, “The 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Based on Biting and Fatality Statistics” Ali Waller, Jan. 08, 2015