A Seattle dog bite lawyer explains why small dogs can be just as dangerous and aggressive as large dogs, despite their size and appearance.

Seattle Dog Bite Lawyer Warns About Small Dog Bites and Small Dog Attorneys

Last spring, a loose Chihuahua in Lincoln Park in Wenatchee attacked nearby two children: an eight-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl. Both kids were bitten in the face and required stitches. It is unclear if either will later require further surgery to reduce scarring.

While many people associate serious dog bites and dog attacks with Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and other large dogs, it is vital for parents—and all people—to understand that of the millions of animal attacks that take place each year, a significant portion involve smaller dogs.

Here is a list of some of the most aggressive small dog breeds:

  • Chihuahua
  • Bull Terrier
  • Dachshund
  • Chow Chow
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Pekingese
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Shar Pei
  • Beagle

Why are small dogs dangerous despite their size? Many small dogs were bred to hunt; their instinct for aggressive behavior still remains after hundreds of years. Other small dogs will compensate for their size with their aggressive personality, or they react more easily when they feel threatened by being near larger beings.

Small dogs are also dangerous because in many cases people do not see them as a serious threat. Parents will sometimes leave their infants in the same room as a small dog, or allow their children to play with a small dog without supervision. Others might approach a stray small dog without worry or ignore the red flags of a small aggressive dog. These mistakes can often lead to serious dog bite injuries.

Seattle dog bite attorney

At the Andrew Kim Law Firm, we are committed to helping the victims of dog bites in Washington State. We understand that dog bite claims have nothing to do with the size of the dog, and everything to do with the seriousness of the bite. To learn more about your potential case, and to get your questions about dog bite law answered, call our office today at 1.800.636.3676. We offer free, confidential case evaluations to injury victims.