Illustration of wolves from the Biodiversity Heritage Library, The Animal Kingdom, 1829.
An introduction to wolf-dog hybrids by animal behaviorist and author Alexandra Semyonova.
Jump to the Fatal Wolf-Dog Hybrid Attacks Archival Record from 1980 to present day.Introduction by Alexandra SemyonovaThe wolf-dog hybrid, also called ‘wolfdog’, is an emotional trap people walk into all too often. Sometimes it's about the latest macho fashion -- a rottweiler or a pit… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 39 fatal dog attacks in 2017. Pit bulls contributed to 74% (29) of these deaths, the highest death count on record for pit bulls and seven times more than the next closest breed. German shepherds followed, inflicting 4 deaths. 13 different dog breeds contributed to lethal attacks in 2017. The last time the CDC collected "breed" data about dogs involved in fatal human attacks was 1998. Since this time, pit bulls have mauled to… [Read full blog post]
By Kory NelsonA special guest post by Kory Nelson as the City of Castle Rock, Colorado discusses repealing its 1992 pit bull ban. January 31 was the first public hearing for the proposed ordinance changes.
While the Editorial Board of the Denver Post had recently declared “Pit Bull bans are still justified” (1/29/2018), former local Denver KNUS radio show personality Krista Kafer was granted the privilege of having her opposing published by the Denver Post (“Castle… [Read full blog post]
The Media Should Ignore Them. Instead, They Often Flock to Them.2017 photographs of the year focus on young, self-appointed canine "experts."
DogsBite.org - This year we chose a series of images that portray young, self-appointed canine "experts" who drew attention to themselves due to their lack of understanding canine behavior. All three were part of a Tweet we sent out January 1. Tori Trent who runs Tori's K9 Adventures, a day school and boarding facility in Virginia, i… [Read full blog post]
Delta Tightens Reins on Untrained 'Support' Dogs in CabinDelta creates stronger screening process for in-cabin service and emotional support animals.
Delta's News Release
Atlanta, GA - Delta Air Lines has introduced "enhanced requirements" for passengers flying with service and emotional support animals. The policy change comes after a support dog repeatedly attacked a passenger in the face just before take off last June. The dog's owner could not stop his dog from at… [Read full blog post]
Photographs from Social Media Have Quadrupled Since 2013Photographs of six fatally attacking dogs in 2017 obtained from multiple sources.Jump down to view all 2017 breed identification photographs or read our analysis first.DogsBite.org - In 2013, we began the tradition of publishing breed identification photographs of fatally attacking dogs when available through news reports, social media websites and law enforcement agencies. Of the 39 U.S. dog bite-related f… [Read full blog post]