When a dog barks and snaps at someone, that person’s reaction may largely depend on the size of the dog. It’s very frightening when a massive, powerful-looking dog is acting aggressively. If it’s a smaller dog, they may just laugh it off.
This can lead to the mistaken idea that bigger dogs are more aggressive or generally more hostile around humans. Some people who are very comfortable around small and mid-sized dogs quickly get uncomfortable around German Shepherds and other large breeds. But is this fair?
Aggression is more common in smaller breeds
Regardless of the concern people often feel around large dogs, the truth is that small breeds tend to exhibit more aggression. Studies have found that these smaller dogs are more intense when attacking and that they do so sooner.
The true difference in the way people view dogs is not because of the level of aggression, but because of the ramifications of a bite. Larger dogs may bite much less often, but they can cause severe injuries when they do. Some attacks are even fatal, especially for children who may be smaller than the dog itself.
So there is reason to be wary. The odds that a large breed is going to bite you are far lower, but, if it does happen, you could need much more extensive medical treatment. You could even be left with scars and permanent disfigurements that are never going to completely heal.
Seeking compensation after a dog bite
If you have been bitten by a dog of any size, you should know how to seek compensation for your medical bills and the other costs that you’re facing.