Certain large, powerful breeds of dogs are often stereotyped as aggressive. The truth is that the majority of these animals make good household pets. Smaller dogs are more commonly viewed as being friendly and less dangerous. Is this really the case?
The truth is that all dogs are capable of biting under certain circumstances, and this includes even the smallest breeds. Outlined below are a few things to consider.
Being taken by surprise
It’s important not to be complacent when it comes to any dog, particularly a dog you do not know. It might be more tempting to approach a chihuahua and say hello than it would be to approach a Rottweiler and do the same, but you could still startle the dog. A dog is more likely to bite out of fear than pure aggression.
Are these bites still dangerous?
Smaller dogs may not pack the same punch as larger breeds, but their jaws are still more powerful than a human’s. They may also be quicker than a larger breed, inflicting multiple puncture wounds within a short span of time.
Wounds suffered from bites can be painful and debilitating. However, it’s also important to keep in mind possible complications. Something you want to look out for is infections. If your wound isn’t healing, has become puffy, red and warm, then it might be infected. It’s vital that you seek medical treatment in these circumstances.
If you have been bitten by a dog, then the owner bears some responsibility if they were negligent. Seeking legal guidance will give you a clearer indication of your options for seeking compensation for your medical costs and other expenses.