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Are larger dogs actually more dangerous?

People often worry about larger dogs more than smaller breeds. These dogs look much more like the wolves they’re descended from, and it can be frightening.

But are they actually more dangerous? If you’re worried about getting bitten, is your fear in the right place?

The role of size and strength

First off, many animal experts actually claim that a lot of large breeds tend to be “big softies” and that they’re not more aggressive than smaller breeds. They may look threatening, but a high-strung little dog may be far more aggressive.

That being said, there could be a greater danger from large dogs. Even if most of them are not aggressive, an encounter with one that is, could be more dangerous. Size and strength come into play. Larger breeds are more capable of causing serious injuries. A smaller dog may be hyper and aggressive but have very little ability to cause real harm.

That’s a big part of the reason that pit bulls are by far the most dangerous breed when looking at the number of fatal attacks they are involved in. They’re just such powerful dogs that, while many are not aggressive, those that are aggressive are capable of causing severe damage very quickly.

Have you been injured by an aggressive dog?

If you have been attacked by an aggressive dog and suffered serious injuries, you need to know about all of your legal options. You very well may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills from the dog’s owner, especially if they were negligent and allowed the attack to happen.