While it may be a surprise to some, studies have proven that small dogs are more aggressive than larger ones (in most cases).
Understanding this fact may help you stay safe and avoid an attack or bite. Believe it or not, even small dogs can cause injuries and harm, especially if the victim is a child. Learn more about why small dogs are more aggressive and what rights you have when a dog attacks or bites you.
Factors that lead to more aggressive dogs
It’s been proven that small dogs are more likely to be aggressive than large dogs; however, two factors also impact aggressiveness:
- The dog’s sex
- The number of dogs in the home
Male dogs are usually more aggressive than females. This is true for all dogs, not just small breeds. Also, the more dogs in a house, the less likely one will be aggressive. That’s because dogs “teach” each other good manners.
Reasons for aggressive behavior in dogs
Several factors lead to smaller dogs being more aggressive than large ones. These include:
- Age: Aggression tends to increase with age, with the worst cases being seen after age 10. Larger dog breeds only live eight to 10 years, while smaller ones can live much longer, which is one reason they tend to be more aggressive.
- Fear: Smaller dogs are more susceptible to predators and being aggressive is their method of self-preservation.
- Breed: Breeds that tend to be the most aggressive include rough collie, miniature schnauzer and miniature poodle.
Your rights after a dog attack or bite
While smaller dogs are more likely to be aggressive, any dog can attack or bite an unsuspecting victim. If you are in this situation, you have legal rights. One may be to hold the dog’s owner responsible for your injuries.