According to the latest studies from the national health security agency (ANSES), the risk of being bitten does not depend on the breed of the dog, but on a multitude of factors. Among them, “the dog, its development, (or) its age“, details Matthieu Schuler, director of risk assessment at ANSES, but also his education and “the person likely to be bitten“, which can despite itself emit signals. As well, With its plush look and tender eyes, the Cocker Spaniel is one of the dogs that bite the most, like the Jack Russell. “When I got bitten, it was by something like that, (…) very often small dogs are worse than big ones“, told a letter carrier to France Télévisions teams in June 2019.
Several tens of thousands of bites are declared each year in France. Both male and adult dogs often have it. Canine trainer, Laurent Botiuk receives around forty calls from owners a day, most of them bitten, sometimes by apparently docile dogs. “It is very rare that it is American Staff, Rotweiller, first or second category dogs, explains the latter. There are a lot of Malinois at the moment, Australian Shepherds, Labradors, so-called nice dogs.“In France, the regulations are based on breed to classify so-called dangerous dogs. This method has already been abandoned by several countries, including Italy.
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