The number of people hospitalised for dog attacks has risen by almost 50 per cent in the past decade.
A new report commissioned by pet insurer LV= says incidents involving children account for a fifth of all attacks. According to vets, the German Shepherd is the most common breed of dog in Britain that is inclined to be aggressive.
Vets have also seen an increase in the number of pet owners coming to their practice over the past three years because their dog or other pet has been attacked by a dog.
Emma Holyer, Spokesperson for LV= General Insurance, said: “The fact that so many people are reporting an increase in aggressive dogs is worrying for responsible dog owners . This research shows that it’s important to have pet insurance so that if one of these dogs attacks your pet, you can ensure your animal has the best treatment and you are not left with expensive vet bills .”