Your question: Are big dogs more aggressive?

A fear of large dogs is very common. We bet that you (or someone you know) are more afraid of big dogs than smaller breeds. And although we understand how their stature alone can be intimidating, it’s generally not true that large dogs are more aggressive than their smaller counterparts.

Are big dogs more aggressive than small dogs?

However, according to a recent study performed by the University of Helsinki, small dogs are 49% more likely to show aggressive behavior than large dogs and 38% more likely to be aggressive than medium-sized dogs. (There was no difference in the likelihood of aggression between medium and large dogs.)

Are big dogs less aggressive than small dogs?

A study from the University of Helsinki using more than 9,000 Finnish pets has found that smaller dogs have higher odds of behaving aggressively than large and medium-sized ones.

Why are small dogs more aggressive than big ones?

Small size may make dogs more fearful, and they may lash out in self-defense, Serpell said. Tiny breeds may be more likely to react defensively because they have more to be afraid of. Alternatively, small dogs’ reactivity could be a result of their owners’ behavior.

What is the most aggressive big dog?

20 Most Aggressive Dog Breeds

  • Alaskan Malamute.
  • Rottweiler.
  • German Shepherd.
  • Boxer.
  • Great Dane.
  • Bull Mastiff.
  • Siberian Husky.
  • Pit Bulls.
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Are big dogs friendlier?

Big dogs bark less, are child-friendly, and are easier to train than most small dogs. These dogs make excellent pets for families.

Are big dogs more calm?

Overall the researchers’ analysis showed that the smaller dogs were significantly less obedient than the larger ones. The second behavior component that they analyzed was called aggression and excitability.