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Are Huskies Dangerous? Important Facts & Recent Data

Written by: Kit Copson

Last Updated on April 10, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Are Huskies Dangerous? Important Facts & Recent Data

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog annually in the US, and around one in five bite victims need medical attention for their injuries.1 Concern about dog attacks is one of the reasons some are hesitant to bring certain breeds into their homes, but the truth is, any dog has the potential to attack no matter what breed they are.

In the case of Huskies specifically, they are only dangerous if they’ve been raised to be aggressive or have been poorly socialized and trained. The same goes for any other breed. Let’s look more closely at what official data shows about Huskies in terms of dog attacks.

What Does the Data Say?

According to CDC data, between the years of 1979 and 1998 (19 years), purebred Husky-type dogs were involved in 15 cases of fatal dog attacks.2 Crossbreed Husky-type dogs were involved in six cases, bringing the total to 21.

The total number of deaths of all the known breeds (the study also included Pit Bull types, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Malamutes among others) was 238 over this 19-year period.

Even the Great Dane and Saint Bernard—two breeds known for how gentle they are—were each linked to seven fatal dog bites over the 19-year period, which confirms what the American Veterinary Medical Association says—that dog bites are not breed-specific 3. Rather, it comes down to the individual dog’s behavior and history.

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Image Credit: ktphotography, Pixabay

Nevertheless, if you’re curious to know what breeds bite the most according to studies, the order is as follows:4

Dog breeds that bite the most:

Does a Dog’s Breed Make Them Dangerous?

No, a dog’s “dangerousness” can’t be determined by what breed they are. As the AVMA states, CDC data should not be taken to mean that dog breeds that top the list, like Pit Bull-types and Rottweilers, for example, are any more dangerous than any other breed because the exact numbers of each breed currently living in the US are unknown.

The AVMA also points out that the number of dogs of breeds linked to fatal attacks varies over time, so the data does not suggest and should not be used to suggest that any breed is inherently dangerous. Another thing the AVMA makes clear is that any dog has the potential to attack—including usually affectionate dogs if they’re provoked.

What Causes Dogs to Attack?

Dogs that bite typically do so when they’re frightened, unwell, protecting their territory or an object, or are provoked in some way. Irresponsible ownership is one of the major reasons behind aggressiveness in dogs.

If a dog is not socialized with people and/or is encouraged to be aggressive, for example, if the owner allows the dog to bite when engaging in rough play or uses the dog to intimidate others, this can have serious consequences for both attack victims and the dog.

It’s also important to teach children how to interact with dogs safely and sensibly, whether that dog is a Pit Bull or a Golden Retriever—especially since children are the most common dog bite victims.

siberian husky standing on leaves in autumn park
Image By: Maria Moroz, Shutterstock

What Are Huskies’ Personalities Like?

Well-socialized Huskies are a real joy to be around. They’re typically very extroverted, sociable, loving, and have a real sense of fun. They often get along very well with children and other dogs and are friendly with strangers.

This stems from their natural need to spend socializing with other dogs and people —they’re not usually the kind of dogs that do well being left alone for more than a few hours. For this reason, they may be best suited to people who work from home or spend at least some of the day at home. If you work long hours and there’s nobody to check in with your Husky, this isn’t the breed for you.

Summing Up

To recap, Huskies are not typically dangerous dogs as long as they’ve been properly socialized and are not mistreated or encouraged to be aggressive, though this goes for all dog breeds, big and small. On the contrary, Huskies are often loving, loyal, and goofy companions who never fail to put a smile on their humans’ faces.

It’s also important to bear in mind that Huskies are large and powerful dogs, so if they’re not socialized or taught good manners, they could certainly become quite a handful even if they don’t behave aggressively. This is why socialization and setting boundaries for your Husky from as early as possible is crucial to ensuring they become model canine citizens.

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