If you're hoping that restricting dogs by breed will lead to fewer dog bites, well, you're barking up the wrong tree, according to the author of a study published last month in The Veterinary Journal.
Páraic Ó Súilleabháin -- a doctoral candidate in psychology at National University of Ireland, Galway, who focuses on human/canine interactions -- looked at government-collected hospitalization records to see if dog bites had gone up or down since Ireland imposed breed-based dog regulations in 1998.
It seem that those who want to make it about counting "bites" apparently don't see the difference between a warning nip, and losing your arms in a 45 minute mauling. These folks count both of these things as a "bite".
That is a good article. Breed specific legislation has proven time and again that it does not work to address the problem with "misbehaving dogs" as it is usually attributed to the owner.