In Canada, dogs classified as "sled dogs" were responsible for the most dog bite-related fatalities over an 18 year period between 1990-2007. Just like the term "pit bull" is not a breed but instead a term used to describe a "type" of dog that includes multiple unique breeds, a "sled dog" is also not a breed but a term used to describe a "type" of dog that includes multiple unique breeds such as huskies, malamutes, chinooks, and other "sled-type" breeds. So based on these statistics that count the number of incidents, are sled-type dogs such as huskies more dangerous than other breeds just because they are responsible for the most dog bite-related fatalities in Canada? Of course not, sled-type dogs are responsible for the most fatalities simply because they are the most popular "strong breed" dogs in Canada - just like pitbull-type dogs are the most popular "strong breed" dogs in the U.S. (by a wide margin).
Sled-type dogs in Canada are similar to pitbull-type dogs in the U.S. because:
In order to be mathematically accurate and scientifically valid, any breed-specific risk must be calculated using a risk rate that takes into account breed population sizes - simply counting incidents by breed (or by "type") to determine risk without factoring in population sizes is scientifically insignificant and results in inaccurate statistics and misleading conclusions. Sled-type dogs are not more dangerous than other breeds in Canada - they are simply the most popular "strong breed" dogs in Canada just like pitbull-type dogs are the most popular "strong breed" dogs in the U.S. Any breed-specific legislation (BSL) targeting "sled-type" dogs in Canada would be just as misguided as BSL that targets "pitbull-type" dogs in the U.S. since the BSL is not based on scientific evidence or actual breed risk rates. Learn more about dog bite-related scientific studies and breed risk rates on our Scientific Studies and Statistics pages.
The fact that BSL ignores breed risk rates (and therefore doesn't account for breed population sizes) is yet another reason why BSL is ineffective for reducing serious dog bite-related incidents and fatalities. In addition, this serves as more evidence that breed stereotypes based on statistics that simply count incidents are entirely false and not representative of any inherent breed-specific risk. The bottom line is that the most popular "strong breed" dogs in a geographic area will also most likely be responsible for the most incidents - not because any specific strong breed or strong dog "type" is more dangerous than other strong breeds - but simply because it is more popular.
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