Dog Breeds Prone to Aggression: A Fresno Lawyer’s Experience

As a personal injury lawyer in Fresno, I’ve had a fair share of cases involving dog bites. Over the years, I’ve noticed some patterns, especially regarding the breeds of dogs often involved in these unfortunate incidents. However, it’s important to remember that any dog, regardless of its breed, can be gentle or aggressive. It’s often a combination of the dog’s environment, upbringing, and health that truly define its temperament.

Understanding Dog Aggression

When we talk about dog aggression, we refer to a range of behaviors that typically begin with warnings and can culminate in an attack. Dogs may show aggression due to fear, to establish dominance, or because of a health issue. While breed may play a part, environment, training, and socialization, and health also have significant roles.

Top Breeds Seen in Aggression Cases

Through my years of practicing law, there are certain breeds that recurrently feature in aggression cases. Some of these breeds include Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Bullmastiffs. While these breeds are not inherently aggressive, they do have the capacity for aggression, especially when not properly socialized or trained, and their size and strength can make their attacks particularly dangerous.

Case Studies

Let me share a few case studies without disclosing any confidential information. I’ve handled a case where a Pit Bull, generally perceived as a ‘tough’ dog, attacked a mailman. In another, a child was bitten by a German Shepherd, traditionally trained as a police dog due to their intelligence and ability to follow orders. And then, there was a case where a Bullmastiff showed aggression due to improper training and harsh living conditions.

The Role of Breed in Legal Cases

In a legal sense, the breed of a dog can sometimes impact the case. Some jurisdictions have breed-specific laws, which hold owners more accountable if they own breeds known to have aggressive tendencies. In California, we don’t have breed-specific laws, but we do have a strict liability statute for dog bites. This means a dog owner can be held liable if their dog bites someone, regardless of the dog’s breed or history.

Responsible Pet Ownership

As a lawyer dealing with dog bite cases, I believe that it’s paramount for prospective dog owners to understand a breed’s traits, potential for aggression, and specific needs for training and socialization. Owning a dog, especially a breed that has the capacity for aggression, requires responsibility.


Understanding dog aggression and breed tendencies is a complex matter that often intertwines with the legal aspects of dog bite cases. Remember, the breed isn’t always the ‘bad guy’ – many factors can contribute to a dog’s aggressive behavior. As an owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure your pet is trained, socialized, and cared for in a way that promotes good behavior.

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