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Here's the video
http://animal.discovery.com/videos/dogs-101-golden-retriever.html

In the video clip about Golden Retrievers on Dog 101, they said that Goldens are the 3rd most biting dog. I could not find the Golden Ret. on any list of dog bites after an extensive search. In fact just the opposite.

http://findarticles.com/p/arti...25_v145/ai_15533224/
“Breeds less likely to be violent include Chihuahua, golden retriever, Labrador retriever, poodle, Scottish terrier, and Shetland sheepdog, the study shows.”



Here are some Dog bite links.
http://www.psychologytoday.com...and-dangerous-breeds
http://www.dogbitelaw.com/PAGES/danger.htm#statistics
http://www.dogbitelaw.com/PAGES/statistics.html
http://www.petsdo.com/blog/top...dangerous-dog-breeds
http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecr...ages/dogbreeds-a.pdf
http://virtualimpax.com/klhh/28931.htm
http://www.trivia-library.com/...at-bite-the-most.htm
 

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Maybe they mean... like... mouthy as puppies or something? "Always needing something in their mouths" kind of a thing?
 

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HAHAHA...chihuahuas less likely to be violent?? I know it's not true with all, but I have NEVER met a pleasant chi! Ever.
 

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DH and I watched that episode about a year ago. I would like to know where they got that information. I remember them mentioning aggression being a problem in some lines. According to them, I own 2 out of the 3 top biting dogs, the Golden and the GSD. Of course, neither my GSD or Golden have ever bitten anybody.
 

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I have encountered many aggressive Goldens working with dogs, and this forum is full of posts about aggressive Golden Retrievers.

However, I have no idea where they fall on bite lists.
 

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Yeah that bothered me because they mentioned aggression as they moved into the biting aspect. I have had someone tell this to me before and it didn't surprise me at the time but I was equating it to aggression, just mouthiness.

I have seen aggressive goldens, but IMO they are not the norm.
 

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Cool video actually. I think you can play with stats to make something that isn't. Goldens are extremely popular...perhaps their numbers and the fact that people aren't wary of them make them...number wise....high in bite....any nips and bites.

If you look at INJUROUS bites, deaths and maulings...of course this isn't the breed inclined to do that.

And then the announcer got the mouthiness mixed up with "biting". Play biting is NOT an aggressive biting but the announcer seemed to mix things up and consider mouthy playbiting as a sign of aggressive biting...which it is not.
 

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Although, I don't remember where I've seen it, I've heard/read it's because there are SO many Goldens out there that Goldens are high on the list by numbers, not by proportions. So if there are 100 Goldens out there, and 10 bite people that gives us 10 bites from a golden. If there are 15 westies, and 9 bite people, that gives westies 9 bites. Thus, Goldens bite more than westies, although if you look at percentages, the westies clearly bite more. Make sense?

Disclaimer-numbers are made up.
 

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maybe % wise there are more biters because there are just a lot more Goldens then some other breeds. Cody has always been mouthy but he has a soft bite. But when he mouths a stranger at the dog park the person only sees that as a bite and nothing else, even if it didn't hurt or break skin.
As for actual biting and breaking skin because of agression I would be shocked if Golden's are on the top 10 list of agressive dogs.
 

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I saw that show and have heard that about Goldens somewhere else as well. I agree with Lucky's Mom. Since Golden's are popular dogs, the sheer volume would make it more likely to get bit by one. I am sure though, that in the show they were referring to aggressive biting and not mouthiness.
 

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And then the announcer got the mouthiness mixed up with "biting". Play biting is NOT an aggressive biting but the announcer seemed to mix things up and consider mouthy playbiting as a sign of aggressive biting...which it is not.
This is such an important point with goldens. I've trained Rookie not to mouth people, but it took some time. When Rookie was younger and the neighborhood kids wanted to pet him or play with him, before allowing it, I explained that he might mouth them but would not bite them. I thought it was important for them to understand the difference between the two so they didn't go home and tell their parents that my puppy bit them!
 

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I actually do believe it, but I don't think they are "attacks", but yes bites.

I am guilty of this too. I see a golden and I MUST get down and love on the dog. Not all dogs want this. So the dog bites the stranger in defense. Goldens are NOT seen as threats parents do not stop their children from running to pet the golden. They do the pit, GSD, doberman etc. The result of people being less careful around a golden is more goldens bite. I also agree it is a numbers thing. I think goldens that are biting are protecting their space.

Of course I grew up with the anti-golden. She was 14 when she died. She bit every member of OUR family at least once, and did get locked up for biting a neighbor kid. Knowing now what I do about dogs, she should probably never been allowed to live. She was VICIOUS!!!!! I saw her attack and try to tear apart a poodle too. That incident was unprovoked, BUT she had a beef with poodles who antagonized her in our yard when she was tied up. The poodle lived, my mother paid for the surgery.

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I remember someone saying that because there are soooo very many more of them verses a lot of other breeds in the US that skews stats like that. for example, if there are 10 million of x breed and there are 500,000 bite incidents verses, say 1 million of y breed and there are 100,000 bite incidents, well then it seems like breed x is much more dangerous if you look only at the numbers. However, by percentage, it's clear that y breed is the more dangerous of the two.
 

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The thing that annoys me most in those programs is that they always show the Golden Retriever to be the perfect dog! I mean, when you watch these shows, you get the idea of when you go and get your Golden, he's gonna be all perfect and sweet and well behaved like you see on T.V... But like any other breed, you have to raise them and train them. And they are alot of work as pups! :p:

I guess what I'm trying to say is, too many people think that by getting a Golden as a pet, they're sure that it won't be aggressive or anything so maybe they spend less time raising them properly. Maybe that's why so many Goldens become 'aggressive'... People think that by getting a golden, they're sure to have the perfect dog and without any training...

Okay, did that make any sense...? Not so good with expressing my thoughts in english... :p:
 

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HAHAHA...chihuahuas less likely to be violent?? I know it's not true with all, but I have NEVER met a pleasant chi! Ever.
I was told by a vet that their experince was the chihuahas bit the most. They just do less damage.
 

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A lot of times these stats are not pure bred goldens. I know for house insurance reasons, when they list dangerous dogs, the list says "of that breed, or any mix of that breed".

Goldens are not on that list.
 

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I watched this episode about a year ago on TV, I remember thinking it was odd because I had never before heard of Goldens ranking on a bite list. I tried for awhile to find this “bite list” in which Goldens were ranked number 3 and I never found it. Has anyone else found this list?
 
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