Why are small dogs likely to bite?

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2020 | Dog Bites

When it comes to animal bites, all bites can be dangerous. Dog bites can lead to several different complications. When you think about a dog bite, you may think about larger dogs or more aggressive looking dogs. While these dogs may be capable of the most damage, they may not necessarily be the ones more likely to bite. 

Should you be worried about bites from small dogs? If you have ever been around small dogs, you may notice that their behavior tends to be different from that of larger dogs. Larger dogs may be calmer, whereas smaller dogs are hyper and yappy. The AKC explains why this might be the case and why smaller dogs may have more aggressive and fearful reactions. 

Small dogs experience more anxiety 

When it comes to small dogs, they tend to be more on the excitable and skittish side. They may be more afraid of loud noises and more prone to bark and growl at strangers. This is commonly perceived as a small dog attitude. Often, the attitude comes from inconsistent training. There are not fixed rules for these dogs and hence they tend to be more unstable and may be more apt to bite. 

Small dogs have less training 

Often, dog owners will be stricter with larger dogs. Since larger dogs are harder to control and can cause more damage with their strength and size, owners tend to pay more attention to training. Whereas with small dogs, they may be laxer. This means that when a small dog does attack someone, it may be more difficult for the owner to control it.