An increase number of dog bites across the country has led to increase number of lawsuits filed against dog owners. Some dog owners face specific penalties if their dog is considered a “dangerous” dog under local or state statute.
Dangerous or vicious dogs are sometimes identified by their breed. Dog breeds commonly considered by local and state lawmakers as dangerous or vicious breeds include pit bulls, rottweilers, wolf breed (husky), presa canarios, mastiff varieties, American bulldog, and doberman pinschers.
In other instances, such in Austin, Tx., a dog is labeled as “dangerous or vicious” not by its breed but instead by the individual dog’s history. In Austin, a dog that has attacked an animal or person without the dog being provoked could be labeled as a “dangerous dog.”