Also, people who owned several dogs were three times more likely to have been bitten than those who didn't own dogs. Along with a standard personality assessment, they asked the respondents if they had ever been bitten by a dog in their lifetime; whether it led to any sort of medical treatment; and if they knew the canine in question beforehand.
Men with a more anxious disposition may be nearly twice as likely as women to be nipped and bitten by dogs, claimed a study.
The team also found that those who rated themselves as more calm or emotionally stable in the survey's questionnaire were less likely to report having been bitten by a dog.
The study also found dog owners were three times more likely to be bitten than non-dog owners.
But they also found it was more common for participants to have been bitten by dogs completely unknown to them than familiar dogs.
Dr Carri Westgarth, of the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health, at Liverpool University, said: "Reporting being less emotionally stable was associated with an increased frequency of dog bites".
"Hospital records show the rate of dog bites is 740 per 100,000 [people] of the population, but the survey responses indicate a rate of 1,873 per 100,000 - almost three times the official figure", the researchers wrote in the study. About 44 percent of bites occurred in childhood (when participants were younger than 16 years old), and 55 percent of bites were inflicted by dogs that the victim had never met before the incident.
'Much more research into the possible association with personality is now required, especially in order to understand if and how this knowledge could be used in dog bite prevention.
According to 2015 figures for England, hospital admissions for being bitten or struck by a dog ranged from 27 per 100,000 in Merseyside to 7.3 per 100,000 in Kent and Medway.
Hospital records show the rate of dog bites is 740 per 100,000 of the population, but the survey responses indicate a rate of 1873 per 100,000-nearly three times the official figure.
"It is essential that previously assumed risk factors are reassessed as this study has revealed that prior beliefs - such as bites typically being from familiar dogs - are contested", the study authors said in a journal news release.
Another suggestion may be that people with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - ADHD - provoke their dogs with their behaviour. Further research is required, Westgarth said - and for her, it's personal.
While dogs can't exactly smell fear, they do respond to anxious, fearful people more negatively than other, researchers at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom found.
Because showing anxiety significantly raises the risk of suffering a dog bite. "We have got no idea how many people are actually bitten by dogs, and how many bites require medical treatment".