“Breed Is Not Enough To Predict And Prevent Bite Risk” indicates ANSES in a report published Monday February 8 on the evaluation of risk of bite in dogs. VSunlike what we think, “no scientific study has in fact shown a higher risk of bite by dogs of categories 1 and 2 called” dangerous “”, like Pitbulls and Rottweilers for example.
“The dangerousness of an animal must therefore be assessed individually”, insists” National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety, specifying that several factors must be considered to assess a dog’s dangerousness: its breed, its gender (males are more aggressive than females), whether or not it is castrated, its temperament but also its relations with human beings and the education received.
To reduce the risk of bites, ANSES also recommends “sensitization” children and adults, dog owners or not. For that you have to learn to spot “the needs and expectations of a dog (…) and the stress signals” like licking a nose, repeated yawning and looking away. Another recommendation: never leave a child alone with a dog, regardless of its size or breed.
According to a 2007 report, “around 10,000 bites per year were subject to health surveillance”, indicates ANSES. Old figures and undoubtedly lower than reality because the declaration in town hall of the bites, normally obligatory, is not always done. To this end, ANSES therefore proposes to create “an observatory of bites which would make it possible to enrich the available data, to feed research work but also to formulate more targeted advice adapted to the existing risk.” The Agency suggests the participation of professionals, but also citizen contributions.