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phonix asked in PetsDogs · 1 month ago

Why does a small dog disbehaves and attacks?

This might sound ironic but my friend owns

a calm, stable pitbull. The one with the barking and going after others problem is her neighbor's Jack Russell Terrier.

That small dog has gone after and lunged (biting too) at her pitbull several times. The pittie does nothing but walks away. What causes a small dog to behave like that?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It needs love... ...and its scalp jiggled

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  • Jojo
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Small dogs often suffer from small dog syndrome and go on the defense when they encounter a larger dog, because they are scared and think a show of bravado will scare the big dog off. 

    Some larger dog do not consider a very small dog much of a threat and not really worth bothering with and will try and just ignore them, even when the smaller dog snaps and tries to bite.

    But other large dogs can take offence and will put the small in in its place, often with such force that the small dog may get hurt. 

    Owners of small dog should never allow them to run up aggressively to larger dogs that they do not know.

    You can`t blame a big dog for taking action if a small dog is lunging and snapping at it. Dogs do not possess a conscience about hurting a dog smaller than themselves if the small dog is over stepping the mark. 

    Trouble is though, the BIG dog always gets the blame for any aggressiveness between it and a small dog, as everyone feels sorry for the dear `little` dog, who in reality was the instigator in the first place. 

    Source(s): GSD owner for 57 years.
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  • 1 month ago

    Not all small dogs behave like this, especially if they have owners who do not allow this.   However, small dogs think they are big dogs.   Plus attack, for some, is often seen as the 'best form of defence'.   Sadly this situation will end up in this dog being seriously injured one day, if he happens to pick on the wrong dog to attack!  

    Terriers especially are known to be like this - they were bred to kill vermin after all.   We lived in a boarding kennel for a couple of years, and they bred Jackies.  Actually they were the sweetest nicest ones I've ever known, BUT their sole male wouldn't let ANY other male near 'his girls'.   And we had to make sure our hounds kept well away from him.

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  • patty
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    small dogs use aggression to scare off bigger dogs

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    That guy's an idiot for letting an aggressive dog near a pitbull.

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  • 1 month ago

    Terriers can be VERY aggressive. It's in their blood as they were bred to hunt vermin.

    But your "friend" is an idiot to allow the smaller dog to do this. Just because that bully breed mutt doesn't react doesn't mean it WON'T. And ONE attack from a dog like that would likely KILL that little terrier.

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