The issue of dog bites is highly nuanced. “Different breeds will be slightly more dangerous under different circumstances,” James told Express.co.uk, “with much coming down to a dog’s inherent genetic makeup.”
James explained that ninety percent of the claims we handle at Slee Blackwell involve single bites. They often feature dogs which are unwell, or are having a bad day. Very often the dogs will give signals that they should not be approached which the owners. ignore.
James, who has offered his services to the Government in an advisory capacity, has called for a wide ranging review of legislation in the UK. He points out that while the Dangerous Dogs Act bans certain breeds, people can still own a banned dog if they convince authorities they are a responsible owner, who will follow certain restrictions.
“We need to face up to the fact that all dogs can bite. But the Government is more comfortable bringing in legislation that deals with one specific breed which doesn’t impact the vast majority of dog owners. It’s so fundamentally flawed.”