Pit Bull Fatal Attack Statistics


UPDATE: March 2014 (Added a video, and added new citations)

Think about the facts before you judge.  Pit Bull Statistics are what they are. It’s how you choose to interpret them, or listen to the biased interpretations.

  • According to the American Temperament Test Society, temperament evaluations of American Pit Bull Terriers shows that this breed has a very high passing rate of 82.6%.
  • The average passing rate for the other 121 breeds of dogs in the tests: 77%.

Look at the facts below.  Pit Bulls have gone through so much, yet they’re still less likely to attack you then a Rottweiler, German Shepherd, or a Chow.  Pit Bulls are facing bans across the United States and across the world, yet society is to blame, because they’re the ones tearing the breed apart.   For many people, Pit Bulls are nothing more then an asset, for making money.  These people mass produce Pit Bulls, force them to fight for their lives, and when they lose their fight, they’re killed.  Many situations occur where the Pit Bull will be hung, electrocuted, shot, etc., yet THEY ARE THE ONES TO BLAME?  I find that a little contradicting dont you?

Pit Bull Statistics

The Pit Bull breed makes up 5-9.6% of the United States dog population.  In 2007, there were above 72 million dogs in the United States provided by American Veterinary Medical Association.  That’s between 3,600,000 and 6,912,000 Pit Bull breed dogs in the United States.

So, for our example we’ll take the average percent between 5 and 9.6, and use 7.3 percent, which would give an average estimation of the Pit Bull population in the United States.  That leaves us with 5,256,000 Pit Bulls.

Other dog populations (United States):

(estimation) Pit Bulls: 5,256,000

(estimation) Rottweilers: 900,000

(estimation) German Shepherds: 780,000

(estimation) Chows: 240,000

Fatal attacks by these breeds of dogs (1979-1998):

Pit Bulls: 66

Rottweilers: 39

German Shepherds: 17

Chows: 8

When we divide the population by the fatal attacks, we can get a percentage based on the dogs probability of fatally attacking a human.

Pit Bulls: .00125 %

Rottweilers: .00433 %

German Shepherds: .00217%

Chow: .00333%

WELL, it would seem the Pit Bull is at the bottom of the list.  4 times as many Rottweilers, 2 times as many German Shepherds, and 3 times as many Chows are involved in Fatal Attacks based on the population percentage.  It is only logical that if there are more Pit Bulls there would be more attacks.    Lets take a little less blame on the breed and put a little more blame on the people.  Through all they’ve been through, the Pit Bull still triumphs.





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  2. OP is scewing the facts to fraudulently protect pit bulls.
    No surprise, since he is biased towards pit bulls.
    Fucking tell the truth, don’t scew it. Pit bulls are dangerous and the people who have them are irresponsible.

    • I could see if I had no sources. Which recently I didn’t because old links died. However, I’ve updated the sources, which are reputable. So please tell me how the facts are skewed. There is a different perspective, but nothing is fraudulent. If you recall I did say Pit Bulls have the capability to be dangerous, as do many animals and tasks in the world. And if you bothered to check many of the fatal attacks are from wild Pit Bulls packs in cities where they’re bred, multiplied and are homeless. Or they’re from neglectful owners, who don’t understand why the Pit Bull they’ve kept secluded his whole life just attacked someone. What do you think is going to happen? The reports are listed in order on wikipedia.


      Here’s a source. 50,000 stray dogs in Detroit. The animal shelters are reporting most of the dogs they find are Pits. So if 25,001 Pit Bulls are roaming the mean streets of Detroit and they’re so dangerous, why aren’t there dozens of killings a day? There should be if they’re as dangerous as you say, right?

  3. Pit bulls make up only about 6% of the total U.S. dog population yet in 2013 pit bulls contributed to 78% dog bite related deaths. Pit Bulls are beautiful and can be loving dogs for years and one day, something happens and they turn and attack. We’ve personally experienced it. Pit Bulls are a dangerous breed and should not be allowed in the general public.

    • Pit Bulls do not just turn and attack… If they were genetically inbred and you bought the dog from a criminal looking dude, then they might. But there is nothing genetically present in a Pit Bull to make them just turn one day. There are always signs before a dog attacks a person, it’s not just a sudden switch.

  4. Anyone who has been taught basic critical analysis skills will be struck right away by this site’s use a graph with no source. There’s no citation whatsoever for the data being presented as fact here. Second, one might notice that the headline is about “fatal attacks” but the graph is about “bites to population ratio.” Which means someone switched the measurement and hoped nobody would notice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_dog_attacks_in_the_United_States#Fatalities_reported_in_2013 lists ACTUAL data for fatal attacks in which breed is recorded, and pit bulls make up about 75%. Sorry, that’s not bias, that’s just how someone reads data properly.

    • I’ve seen a few of these comments over time, and you’re absolutely right about the citations. I’m surprised this page hasn’t been called out on it more. There were citations when I made the page like 5 years ago, but I have a video I’ll be posting on this page that explains the lack of citations. Hint: the links died a few years ago. However I’m posting new links when I have time to update the page. Hopefully some time in the next few days. I will also tackle the wikipedia page you listed. I don’t disagree with the stats, but I do have an opinion on them that might be better put into a page of its own.

  5. umm… this dog needs more respect then it gets. never, ever blame a dog for the way it acts! If you’ve ever watched pitbulls and parolees you would know that even after everything its been through it’s still the most loving dog in the world. if anything, the human that raised the pitbull is to blam. clearly their head was up their butt when they thought it was okay to raise a pitbull like that! the whole pitbull’s are bad thing has just become a sterotype. they make it much more graphic then it actually is. that’s sad. makes me wanna puke.

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  7. I would really like to use this as a source in my research paper. Could you please email me your name?? I have a pit bull at home and she is the sweetest dog ever.

  8. Michael Maughan on

    I have a Pit Bull mix, Toby, who was a stray which I got from the Humane Society along with my other dog, Meko, who is a Boxer/Border Collie mix. They are best friends. They whine when they miss each other. I have had both of them since April of 2013. I have not had Toby attack me ONCE! He does play bite, but nothing to indicate that he is going to kill me. I will lay on the floor and he WANTS to cuddle with me! I think the only way he is going to kill me is to smother me with love.

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    • concerned mother on

      this is total BS the national study has proven that over 90 of fatal animal bites so far in 2014 have been pits. and last year was over 60% of the total pit bulls are dangerous! i am 5 months pregnant and was bitten trying to pet one

  10. Yes that is my actual e-mail i want to use this website to help me with a paper i am doing for journalism but i need the actual authors name not admin. Any chance i can get a name? Please
    thank you

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  12. I would love to use this page as a reference in a paper I am writing, the only way I can use this as a reference, is if I have an actual name, not admin for writing this page. is there any way I could have a name?

  13. I was just on dogbites.org and boy are they Misconstrued, they don’t know what they are really reporting. on their site it states that pit bulls have the highest fatality rate. Give me a break. I have two pit bulls that are the most loving and carefree dog I’ve ever had the pleasure to be around. They would rather lick you and play, than to be mean towards another human or animal. I really wish something would be published about how to raise an animal. Think about a human baby, if that baby knows nothing but the hurt people that is what is going to be that baby’s future. Now think of how a dog is raised, SAME THING!! teach the dog as a responsible dog owner to be kind, caring, and loving, and that is the kind of animal you will have. I have stopped watching the news because of the false reports toward the pit bull breed and I’m tired of strangers treating my dogs like they are the plaque. Animals, all breeds, are not born to be negative, they are taught that by their owners. Now, THINK ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!

  14. People who have putbulls as pets are in reality a bunch of sissys who need a this shit animal to look tough! You are a little sissy!

    • do you know why i have MY pitbull? because some loser drug dealer left him outside to die in 2 degree weather when he was 5 weeks old…not even long enough to be away from its mother..hes 7 now and hes been a great loving dog ever since…i dont think im a sissy like you say…i think i saved this pups life that night. most of my friends that have them rescued them as well from abusive owners…they are heros not sissys

  15. There’s a lot of things all these anti-bully people aren’t taking into consideration when they advocate these dog bans. First of all, “Pitbull” isn’t actually a breed. It’s a label that refers to a whole class of dogs that share similar characteristics. These dogs include Boxers, Bull Terriers, and the English bulldog. When you say Pitbull you could be referring to over forty – some existing breeds of dogs, and all cross breeds of those dogs as well.Are we just going to ban ALL of them? If so what happens to all the existing dogs that aren’t allowed in these places anymore? Pitbull type dogs are appallingly overbred and even if you think the information on this site is incorrect, they ARE being euthanized by the hundreds as it is. Are we going to start some crusade for their extinction? People never cease to amaze me with their need to single other creatures out when tragedy happens.

  16. There’s a lot of things all these anti-bully people aren’t taking into consideration when they advocate these dog bans. First of all, “Pitbull” isn’t actually a breed. It’s a label that refers to a whole class of dogs that share similar characteristics. These dogs include Boxers, Bull Terriers, and the English bulldog. When you say Pitbull you could be referring to over forty – some existing breeds of dogs, and all cross breeds of those dogs as well.Are we just going to ban ALL of them? If so what happens to all the existing dogs that aren’t allowed in these places anymore? Pitbull type dogs are appallingly overbred and even if you think the information on this site is incorrect, they ARE

  17. My name is Hanna Bumb. I adore my Pit Bull. He is five and a half months old and definitely a lover. I also have a pekingese puppy. He cuddles her, cleans her, and takes a bath with her. He’s not neutered yet either and is a WONDERFUL dog. He’s black and white, and he is a healthy, calm, lovely dog. I couldn’t ask for a better dog. Really. We also have two cats. He CUDDLES and CLEANS them too. They love it. He was RAISED right. Don’t band, or kill a pit bull JUST BECAUSE SOME PIT OWNERS DON’T KNOW HOW TO RAISE A DOG RIGHT. They’re perfect dogs, and they need a perfect family, and most importantly, a perfect owner. c:

  18. its not the pitbull breed. its the way they are raised… I have owned 3 pitbulls and they are nothing but big babies. You should blame the owners and not the breed when it comes to attacks and dog fights because if they wouldn’t have raised them to be fighter or been mean to them they wouldn’t have turned mean and they wouldn’t have to be put to sleep at a young age….

  19. megan norris on

    I have been around pit bulls most my life I love the breed I have found theyh are big babys they want what any dog wants they want to be loved like any animal wants..

  20. None of the statistics listed above are even remotely accurate. The fatal attack number between the years of 1979-1998 listed as, what? 66?, is about 1/3 of the fatal attack from pit-bulls just last year ALONE. If the dogs are safe, then why do you have outright lie about the stats? Whoever put this garbage out knows it too. Unless they just made the stats up. You should be ashamed of yourself. Go look at the real stats, from a non-partial organization. This is just ridiculous, I’m wasting my time even saying this. You know the truth, pretending what’s posted here is accurate…well it just shows that even Pitt-bull advocates know better. Ass hole

    • Luke, YOU’RE only asshole here. The poster gave an actual organization to back up their statistal evidence. Have you? Nope…instead, you’ve offered nothing more than “go look at the REAL statistics for a ‘non-partial organization.’”

      I can just imagine the conversation:

      “Hey, dude, where did you get your statistics from?”

      :Oh, just some group called non partial organization.”

      What a dick you are.

    • i have 5 pit bulls full blooded pit bulss and never once have they attacked any one you must train them to be agressive this means actually take the time to torture them to become a monster this is the same for any dog breed i have a pit bull since i was a baby i even rode on their backs its not the dog its the person get off of pitbulls and get on the owner.!!!!thank you kindly.

  21. Also I remember reading someone saying “why take the chance?”
    Ummm hello, you take a chance when you buy any breed of dog or pretty much any pet for that matter.
    Stop blaming everything on the dogs and acknowledge the fact that the owners are mostly to blame. Stop saying pitbulls are so dangerous when any dog no matter the breed is dangerous. Yes the dog may be the one that attacks someone but where the hell is the owner? In most cases if the owner was handling their dog correctly an attack would of never happened. It’s because of the ignorance and fear of all these people that pitbulls have a bad rep and also because people fail to educate themselves properly and accurately. You choose to focus only on the bad things you hear instead of any of the good.

    Dakota is a pit bull search and rescue who searched for the remains of the astronauts who lost their lives in explosion of the space shuttle Columbia.
    Popsicle, who received his name after police found him in a freezer during a drug raid, is famous for sniffing out drugs for the US Customs. (incidentally, she is the US Customs’ #1 drug sniffing dog)
    A pit bull rescued in South Los Angeles by County Fire Station 14 during 1985 was the station’s mascot for years.
    The Pit Bull was so respected in the early 1900′s that the US Military chose an image of a Pit Bull to represent our country on war posters. Of course we can’t forget Sergeant Stubby (Sergeant being his actual military rank, not his name) – After capturing a German spy on his own, the commander of the 102d used this act of bravery to put Stubby in for a promotion to the ranks of the Noncommissioned Officers by awarding him the rank of Sergeant. He became the first dog to be given rank in the U.S. Armed Forces. After the war ended, Stubby was awarded many medals for his heroism, including a medal from the Humane Society which was presented by General John Pershing, the Commanding General of the United States Armies. Stubby was also awarded membership in the American Legion and the Y.M.C.A.
    Pit Bulls serve as therapy/service dogs. The Chako Rescue Association has Pit Bull therapy dogs in Texas, Utah and California. Helen Keller even had a Pit Bull as her canine companion and helper. Cheyenne and Dakota are a team of hard-working Search-and-Rescue Pit Bulls in Sacramento, California. They play an important role in their community by locating missing people in conjunction with the local Sheriff. In their off-duty hours, they do charity work as therapy dogs.
    The Ken-L-Ration dog hero of 1993 was a Pit Bull named Weela. She saved 30 people, 29 dogs, 13 horses and a cat during a flood in Southern California. (Interestingly enough, Reader’s Digest did a story on Weela right after this but REFUSED to print her breed.) A Pit Bull named Bogart saved a four-year-old child from drowning in a swimming pool in Florida. Dixie, the Pit Bull, was inducted into the Georgia Animal Hall of Fame after she saved some children from a Cottonmouth snake. The list of pits who have saved their owners or other people goes on and on.

    The American Temperament Test Society has a standardized test aimed at determining the temperament of any breed of dog. They have been testing dogs since 1977. 25,655 dogs were tested between December 2003 and December 2005.

    American Pit Bull Terrier: 83.5%
    American Staffordshire Terrier: 83.3%
    American Bulldog: 82.3%
    Cocker Spaniel: 81.7%
    German Shepherd: 83.1%
    Golden Retriever: 83.7%
    Rottweiler: 82.5%
    Staffordshire Bull Terrier: 84.7%
    Standard Poodle: 85.8%

    These scores have changed very little in the present.

    • Calliegh Grace on

      There is only one thing I find more disturbing than a pitt bull…a pit bull apologist. In 2012 61% of all fatal dog attacks in the United States were perpetrated by pitts. 8% Rotts,5% mixed breed, 5% German Shepard, 3% (1 per 9 different breeds. These are only fatalities and do not include attacks resulting in injury only.
      The problem isn’t that it’s not just pits that bite…most any dog is capable of it, even if loved and cared for from a pup onward in a wonderful home. The problem is that when a pit attacks, it’s to kill, and because of the strength, it usually manages to do so, or at least severely maim and maul the victim.
      When a gun kills, it’s the guns fault…let’s ban them. A pit kills, it’s the owners fault and the government continues to allow this DANGEROUS breed to exist in our communities. Why don’t you really enlighten John Q. Public and advise them of dog bite/fatality statistics instead of temperament statistics. Draw a complete picture instead of the one that sways the argument in your direction.


      • Calliegh….you couldn’t be more wrong. And the fact that you note dogsbite.org…well, enough said. Colleen Lynn who is the admin of the site hates pit bulls and admits she lies about them. If a dog attack is reported and the dog breed is not listed, she will just say it was a pit bull. She even admits she does this. I wouldn’t believe anything from that site.

      • Rina Javenson on

        I just have to comment on the ignorance of your statementaabout when guns kill people. They don’t just randomly shoot people. The person holding the gun is responsible, just like when a dog kills a person. People need to stop putting the blame on something else and start taking responsibility for their actions.

      • Grace… I’m sorry but you lost ALL credibility when you posted the link to DOGSBITE.ORG!! The lady that runs that site CLAIMING to be an expert is a radical!! Seriously do a little research, she has banned ‘bite victims’ that show ANY sympathy or don’t blame the dogs from her supposed “SUPPORT” sections, she posts inaccurate ‘facts’ and is simply posing as an expert and using the DOT ORG to do it hoping that when someone Google’s PIT BULLS and sees the .org they will assume it’s some government funded agency that “knows the facts”!! I hate to tell you this, but ANYONE can get a .org site hun… don’t believe everything you read as truth on the WWW – have enough sense to do more research before opening your mouth and inserting your foot!!

        And No… guns don’t kill people any more than the CARS do when people drive drunk!! Your an idiot for even saying that!! WOW!!

        Bottom line is Pit Bulls ARE like your car or your gun… YOU should have complete control over them or NOT OWN ONE!!! PERIOD!!! Get a clue!!! It’s just a DOG!!! Merely a reflection of it’s owner like any other!!! >.<

      • Grace your comments are ridiculous. If you dont like pits ,so be it. It is too bad you will never know real love a dog can give. Read ” The Pitbull Placebo” so you can educate yourself. You will see how politicians disregarded trained professionals, vets and shelter staff so they can get public favor for their other causes. Do pits bite more? I’d say yes bc they are the most populous breed in the US. they are bred to fight and protect drug dealers and other low lifes. If you teased a dog that has been chained in the yard for years than you will get bitten. Look at the facts behind the attacks. They dont have locking jaws, their brains dont swell. There is a reason they were the first war hero dog and considered a nanny dog. I dont argue with anyone about pitbulls, I educate so please stop listening to the media. As I am typing this my Pitbull is sleeping on my lap.

      • And FYI Grace dogbites.com is an anti pitbull site so if you for one minute believe the statistics are above board than I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. Do yourself a favor and volunteer at the humane society and walk some pits. You will be surprised how vicious their wet tongue can be on your face.

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