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Are larger dogs more likely to bite?

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2023 | Dog Bites

When you talk about dogs that are most likely to bite, people often refer to larger breeds. Pit bulls and German shepherds are often mentioned, for example, along with Rottweilers. There are even people who refuse to buy these different breeds of dogs, believing them to be too dangerous.

However, studies have found that smaller dogs are actually more likely to bite than larger dogs. Chihuahuas are one of the most aggressive breeds of dogs that exist. So why is it that people tend to focus on the larger breeds?

They are much stronger

A big reason is simply that a bite from one of these larger breeds is more likely to cause serious damage. A pit bull is vastly stronger than a Chihuahua. It is larger, it is faster, and it can cause far more harm – especially to a child. Even if the Chihuahua is technically more aggressive, it is still less likely to cause harm. A pit bull may be statistically much less likely to bite, but the ramifications are much worse if it does.

Similarly, some have speculated that bites from smaller dogs are less likely to be reported. They may not require extensive medical treatment. The bites are much less likely to be fatal. A serious bite from a larger dog is far more likely to be reported, making it appear even more common than it truly is.

That being said, if you’ve been bitten by any dog, it could lead to scarring, infections, disfigurement and much more. Be sure you are well aware of all of the legal options at your disposal to seek compensation.