Aggressive Behavior of Small Dog Breeds; Many people believe that the larger the dog the more aggressive the behavior however this is not always the case. Many times small dog breeds can show more aggression than the largest dog. There are many different breeds that fall within the small category however some of these are more aggressive than others. The most important thing to remember is that aggression – like many other undesired behaviors – can be controlled. The key is to get the behavior under control at the earliest possible moment once it is noticed. This is an essential step to dealing with the aggression of any dog but most especially the smaller ones.
Aggression should never be tolerated regardless of who it is directed towards. Whether it is directed toward the owner, strangers, children or other dogs never just simply let it go. Doing so is the worst mistake that you can make and the consequences can be devastating. This is particularly true if your dog causes serious injury to someone and they sue you as a result. This is only one of the possibilities that you may face if your aggressive dog happens to bite someone.
Small dog breeds that are or become aggressive are not always easy to control. In many cases you may even need to seek professional help from a licensed dog trainer to get such behavior under control. This is a common step regardless of the type of dog that you are dealing with. Remember that the most important thing is to get this behavior under control as quickly and painlessly as possible for all those that are affected by it.
Aggression Towards Children
Many dog owners have children. In a large number of cases the children may even be the reason the dog was adopted into the family in the first place. The problem is that a huge majority of dogs – especially the smaller ones – see children as a danger to them. For example, it is natural instinct for a child to see a cute little dog and want to pick them up and hug and squeeze them. For children this is done as an act of love. Unfortunately for most dogs this is perceived as the child attempting to hurt the dog. This perceived threat from the child often ends in the dog becoming aggressive towards the child. While the child meant no harm the dog doesn’t know that and so the two must learn to interact with each other in acceptable ways. This means proper supervision from the parent for both the safety of the child and the dog.
Aggression Towards Strangers
It is not uncommon for small dog breeds – or any dog for that matter – to show aggression when strangers are encountered. This is true whether they are away from home or the strangers come into their own home. Just because these people are friends or family to you does not necessarily mean that your dog will respond in kind. Generally speaking, any person that is not a full-time resident of the home may be seen as a stranger by a dog. This is where proper training will come into play so that your dog can learn the proper way to act in such situations.
Aggression Towards Other Dogs
Almost any dog will become aggressive towards another dog when encountered. This is even true of dogs that live in the same home. The best way to counter this behavior is to ensure that your dog is properly socialized with other dogs of different breeds from an early age. By taking the time to do this it helps the dog to be more tolerant of other dogs. This in turn prevents fighting among dogs that live together as well as dogs that may be encountered away from home.
Studies have been conducted as a way of helping people to determine which small dog breeds are the most aggressive. While these studies cannot name exactly which dogs are more aggressive than others they can at least narrow it down a little. Some of the most common breeds that have been seen fairly high on lists of most aggressive little dogs include the Chihuahua, the Lhasa Apso, the Pekinese, the Daschund, the Shi Tzu and various types of Terriers including the Bull, Manchester and Jack Russell. Also on such lists is the Cocker Spaniel, the Beagle and the Papillon. Even though these dogs may be known for somewhat aggressive behavior at times, this does not mean that they cannot be trained to control that behavior and be less aggressive. It is important to remember that any dog can be trained. All it takes is a little time and attention to teach a dog a better and more acceptable way.