Small Dogs Top Most Aggressive ListPublished October 29, 2008
We all are enchanted by those "get a long little doggie", the delightfully amusing Dachunds. They are those short-legged, elongated members found in the hound family of canines. The English translation for the name of the breed is "badger dog." But did you know that it was recently reported by the London (PTI) that the Dachshund is one of the most aggressive breeds in the world, interestingly followed closely behind by the Chihuahua, with the Jack Russell trailing in third place. When researchers released the study published by the "Applied Animal Behavior Science Journal", this news was not well received by owners of small breeds who were quite upset with the results of the study. The Dachshund After all, the Dachshund is famous for being a playful dog with a wonderful sense of humor, who delights in chasing balls, small animals and toys, with an enormous canine passion. Information included in the study revealed by researchers that one in five Dachunds have either attempted to bite a stranger, or have attacked other dogs and one in 12 have even snapped at their owners. Dr James Serpell, lead researcher of the University of Pennsylvania postulated that smaller breeds may behave more aggressively than larger dogs, due to a genetic predisposition toward aggression. He said ""Reported levels of aggression in some cases are concerning, with rates of bites or bite attempts rising as high as 20 per cent towards strangers and 30 per cent towards unfamiliar dogs." After analyzing behaviors of 33 breeds and interviewing over 6,000 canine owners, researchers came to this conclusion: Breeds scoring low for aggression included Basset hounds, golden retrievers, Labradors, Siberian huskies and greyhounds. The Rottweiler, pit bull and Rhodesian Ridgeback scored average or below average marks for hostility towards strangers, the study found. However, Chris Moore, Secretary of the Northern Dachshund Association in the United Kingdom remarked, "As far as breeders in the UK are concerned, this is rubbish. It is not in the dogs' nature. I have never been bitten in 25 years." I wonder if there is a Nature/nurture component in the personality and behavioral traits in the small breeds. Folks I know who own small breeds often describe them to me as big dogs stuck in tiny bodies, who don't recognize differences in size. Or perhaps some smaller dogs can become more intimidated than the bigger breeds, so resort to aggressive behavior, defensively? So, small dog owners out there, what are your thoughts? Please share with us and leave a comment.
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