During 2021, dog-bite and other dog-related injury claims across the U.S. increased 2.2% compared with the year prior, according to a review of homeowners insurance data by the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) and State Farm.

In total, 2021 saw 17,989 dog-bite claims nationwide, Triple-I reported, with a total of $881 million paid out. Dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners liability claim dollars paid out last year.

Although the number of incidents ticked up, the average cost per claim saw a modest decrease (1.1%) during 2021, when the average claim for a dog bite was slightly more than $40,000. In 2020, the average claim paid out $50,245.

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Steve Hallo

Steve Hallo is managing editor of PropertyCasualty360.com. He can be reached at [email protected]