Debunking the bias: Did you know that a recent (2013) peer-reviewed study that analyzed 10-years of dog bite incidents concluded that preventable factors related to irresponsible ownership are the primary cause for the majority of dog bite-related fatalities and that breed is not a factor? This study was published by the American Veterinary Medical Association and explicitly concluded that:
Most DBRFs (Dog Bite-Related Fatalities) were characterized by coincident, preventable factors; breed was not one of these
So, we have yet another tool for combating bias and misinformation -- facts based on scientific studies: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24299544. Dog bite "statistics" claiming that some breeds are "more dangerous" than other breeds are not sourced from credible, scientific peer-reviewed sources. Instead, they are obtained from websites, organizations, and bloggers that conduct their own "independent research" which is by definition not scientific or peer-reviewed and is therefore subject to bias and error. In order to make a positive impact on the important public safety issues of dog bite prevention and dog bite-related fatalities, any solution must come from credible scientific studies -- and not from biased and error-prone "independent research".
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