Fatal Dog Attacks


This pie chart shows the number of fatal dog attacks from

1979 to 1998. The number of attacks, by breed, is in red;

the percentage of the total number is in black.

Other breeds       55 (23%)

Malamute           15 (6.3%)

Husky type         21 (8.8%)

German shepherd    27 (11.4%)

Rottweiler         44 (18.5%)

Pit bull           76 (32%)

Number of fatal dog attacks from 1979 to 1988: 238

Note: Table made from pie chart.

Source: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association,

USA Today

Study the pie chart. Then complete the exercise below by writing A, B, or C in each blank.

–1. What percentage of attacks involved pit bulls and rottweilers? (A) 40.5 percent, (B) 50.5 percent, (C) 60.5 percent

–2. How many more attacks involved German shepherds than malamutes? (A) 5, (B) 8, (C) 12

–3. Which breed accounted for 20.6 percent fewer attacks than pit bulls? (A) husky type, (B) German shepherds, (C) rottweilers

–4. What percentage of attacks did not involve pit bulls or German shepherds? (A) 49.6 percent, (B) 56.6 percent, (C) 60.6 percent

–5. Which of these breeds committed the fewest attacks? (A) malamute, (B) husky type, (C) pit bull


  1. B, 2. C, 3. B, 4. B, 5. A

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