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Why Children are More Likely to be the Victim of a Dog Bite

While it may seem obvious, children are more often victims of a dog bite injury than adults. The surprising fact about it, however, is that the attacker is usually the family pet. According to a study conducted by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, unsupervised children are the most likely victims of dog bite injuries from their family pet. The study found that dogs target children's face and eyes, and are most often a breed that is "good with children." The study looked at 537 children treated for facial dog bites at the children's hospital on the university's campus between 2003 and 2008. In the majority of the cases the children knew the dog through a family, friend, or neighbor.