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Study: Dog bites not linked to breeds

Denver -- U.S. researchers say young children are most at risk for dog bites, usually from a family pet, and that if a dog bites once, it's likely to bite again.

The study by of the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that dogs usually target a child's face and eyes, and most often it's a breed considered `good' with children, such as a Labrador retriever, a university release said.

"People tend to think the family dog is harmless, but it's not," said Vikram Durairaj, associate professor of ophthalmology and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, said. "We have seen facial fractures around the eye, eye lids torn off, injury to the tear drainage system and the eyeball itself."

Study: Bog bites not linked to breeds

Denver -- U.S. researchers say young children are most at risk for dog bites, usually from a family pet, and that if a dog bites once, it's likely to bite again.

The study by of the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that dogs usually target a child's face and eyes, and most often it's a breed considered `good' with children, such as a Labrador retriever, a university release said.

"People tend to think the family dog is harmless, but it's not," said Vikram Durairaj, associate professor of ophthalmology and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, said. "We have seen facial fractures around the eye, eye lids torn off, injury to the tear drainage system and the eyeball itself."