Tens of millions of dogs live with companions in the United States, and people simply get used to seeing them on a daily basis. As such, there are certain norms that are basically accepted by people who live with or around dogs, and that is the case for just about anything that has become an integral part of our culture. For instance, most people understand that dogs are loyal to their owners and that when their tails are wagging that they are generally happy.
Unfortunately, there are also some false beliefs that have developed over time, and one of them involves the general notion that when it comes to dog bites, larger dogs inflict this type of harm on humans more often than smaller breeds. According to a study from a few years ago that can be found here, that is not the case. A link to an abstract to that study can be found here, but below are five reasons why people think that large dogs are more likely to attack humans than small ones.
One reason that people tend to think that larger dogs are more likely to bite people is because they simply tend to evoke a more fearful response in general. This is simply basic human nature.
People tend to think that larger dogs are generally more aggressive than smaller ones, and that’s because certain large breeds are known for their aggressiveness.
Several studies over the years have shown that many dog bites are not reported. However, larger dogs have larger bites, thereby inflicting more damage on a person.
Since bites from large dogs are more likely to inflict damage, they are also more likely to require medical attention and therefore be reported. That does not mean that they happen more often.
Large dogs simply tend to be noticed more by people. Their barks are louder, their presences are more commanding and people are more likely to know that they are around.
What the study linked above should tell people is that every dog should be treated with the same respect and one should never assume that an unfamiliar dog is friendly, regardless of its size. The three dog breeds mentioned in the study as most aggressive were the Dachshund, the Chihuahua and the Jack Russell Terrier, all of which are smaller breeds. They may not be able to inflict as much damage as larger dogs with a single bite, but parents should teach children to avoid approaching any dog without direct adult and owner supervision and permission.
As it stands now, more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. If you are one of them, contact the Las Vegas injury lawyers at the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.