I just read a 2005 German study regarding "dangerous dogs" (the German lÃ¤nder have laws severely restricting ownership, and outlawing breeding and import, of certain breeds). In 2005, there were an estimated 5.3 million dogs here, and the breed registering the most bites was the German Shepherd, which is not subject to any restrictions. From 1968 to 2005, there were 58 cases of people being killed by dogs. That's 1.53 cases a year. Too many, for sure, but too few to explain the hysteria.