Doberman Pinscher Attacks
Most owners describe Doberman Pinschers as loyal and gentle. Additionally, statistics show that they account for only 4.6% of all serious dog bites. However, studies by GITNUX have found that about 63% of Doberman Pinschers have been involved in bite incidents. Additionally, some sources report they have bite force strength 2-3x that of a human and comparable to that of a pit bull bite. So, while incidents are rarely serious, bites can happen, and owners need to be proactive in preventing them.
If you or someone you love is attacked or bitten by a dog, call a Houston dog bite lawyer about seeking compensation for your injuries from the negligent dog owner. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we have been helping dog bite victims recover from negligent dog owners since 1979. Call (800) 298-0111 for a free consultation.
Doberman Pinschers’ Background
Doberman Pinchers are medium-sized dogs highly recognized for their sleek appearance, physique, and stamina. The breed dates back to the 1890s when they were bred to be used as protector dogs for their owners. The breed has a history of working as guard dogs and police dogs and is known as the United States Marine Corps official war dog because of its loyalty and courage during World War II. Due to their protectiveness and fearlessness, Doberman Pinschers are often stereotyped as aggressive dogs. However, aggression is far more often determined by from how the dog is raised or socialized.
Although stereotyped as aggressive, Doberman Pinchers are popular household pets due to their intelligent, loyal, affectionate, and protective nature. When properly trained, Doberman Pinschers can be loyal and loving companions. They can be good with children if raised around them and often form a special bond with one member of the family. However, due to their extreme loyalty to their owner, when not properly trained, Doberman Pinschers can become highly aggressive toward strangers or anyone they believe poses a threat to their person. This loyalty can even become dangerous for other family members during arguments or playful interactions where the dog misguidedly believes their person is in danger and becomes aggressive in order to defend their owner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who do I report a Doberman Pinscher Bite Incident to?
In Texas, you are required to report dog bites to the local animal control by law. This is so that it can be verified that they are up to date with their shots and that there is no risk of the spread of rabies. You can find your local animal control numbers here:
- Houston area animal control phone numbers.
- Katy area animal control phone numbers.
- Galveston area animal control phone numbers.
- Montgomery County animal control numbers.
- Austin area animal control phone numbers.
- Dallas area animal control phone numbers.
- Fort Worth area animal control phone numbers.
- San Antonio area animal control phone numbers.
Are Doberman Pinscher’s Dangerous?
While they can make great pets, Doberman Pinschers can be dangerous in situations where they are improperly raised/socialized, when they feel threatened, or when their owner is threatened. This is why an owner needs to seek proper socialization and training for their Doberman Pinscher. Otherwise, an owner’s negligence can turn into a devastating incident.
Who is Responsible for a Doberman Pinscher Attack?
When you are injured as a result of an encounter with an aggressive and dangerous dog, the dog’s owner may be liable to you for your losses. Based upon the Restatement of Torts 518, if a dog owner is found to be negligent in failing to prevent harm by an animal that could be abnormally dangerous, they are subject to liability for harm done by the animal. Additionally, under some circumstances, the owner may be liable for the negligent handling of the animal.
An attorney who handles dog bite cases can help you understand what types of damages you may be entitled to claim and can assist you in taking steps to protect your rights.
How Long do I have to file a claim?
In Texas, an adult who is attacked by a dog has 2 years from the date of the attack to file a claim. Children have until their 20th birthday to file a claim. However, you need to understand that the right to claim medical bills up to the child is 18 belongs to the parent. Thus, the parent must claim bills before the child turns 20 within 2 years of the attack or the statute of limitations will bar those bills. Additionally, just because you have 2 years does not mean it is good for your case to wait. Prior bite records sometimes get purged from state systems. Witnesses can relocate and disappear. The best time to preserve evidence of a bite is right after it occurs not months or even years later.
Let Us Represent You After a Doberman Pinscher Attack
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have been seriously injured as a result of a dog bite. We know how much harm a dog bite can cause, and we will do everything possible to fight for the recovery you deserve. Our Texas dog bite attorneys have been representing dog bite victims for over three decades. Call us for a free consultation to discuss the next steps in your Doberman Pinscher attack case. Call us at (800) 298-0111 today.