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What?! Really? Uh, my housemate just got a mini dachshund. Should I be afraid??


I have been around pitty bull dogs, great danes, german shephards, chows, etc..and the only time I have ever been bitten by a dog was a chihuahua...they are vicious mean little bastids...

Kahshe Cottager aka Jen

I also think that the little guys can get stepped on rather easily and therefore are often in a more defensive mode than some of the bigger dogs - especially when feet get too close!

gus louie and callie

Darn those little wiener dogs.. Who would have thought.. Callie is our biter but she is just a puppy and I guess that is to be expected... We sure hope those little shark teeth fall out soon..

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Great post! Oh, I totally believe the results! One of my ex-boyfriends when I was in my early 20s had a Rottweiler and she was the most loving, gentle, docile doggy ever! My ex's best friend had a Pit Bull and he was a really sweet dog too. Everyone used to freak out every time they saw us walking the dogs and they'd try go walk as far away from us as possible. It's amazing what a bad rep Rotties and Pits have! :(

My Dad was given an adorable little Jack Russell two years ago and we had to give it back to its owner because the dog was really snippy and cranky...and used to snap at kids! One day, the Jack Russell was tearing up one of Chance's dog toys, so I took it away. The Jack Russell jumped up and bit me on the nose! I was gushing blood! I've never had any bad experiences with big dogs.


we had a chihuahua mix and he was such a nippy, hyper dog, who often tried to snap at people, so I'm not surprised it's on the list.


i know a chihuahua that is quite ferocious. i don't trust it one bit.


We had a Doxie for years when I was a kid..Very even tempered animal.
Still,this doesn't really surprise me.
I mean,how 'ornery do you gotta be to crawl head first into a Badger's hole!


The dog breed most likely to bite is the dog that someone has taught to bite.

Tom & Icy

That was interesting, and seems true to life: the little dogs seem more unfriendly. One strange thing: my dog, Icy, is always friendly with strangers, but once she got very vicious toward a teenage boy that one time, but was friendly with him all the other times. I realized it was the cologne he was wearing that set her off. He wore it only that one time the dog got hostile toward him.


I agree. Although I don't think we can pinpoint any one breed, I do think smaller dogs are more likely to bite. They are just more likely to be fearful, antisocial and used to being overprotected by their owners. Because of their size, their owners just let them get away with so much more.


The study was meant to study agressiveness towards humans, I presume. If it had been aggression towards cats or other small, moving animals, I'm sure certain sibe--- breeds would have scored a lot less well. Hehehehehehehe. Towards humans, though, I'm not surprised huskies did well. Louka's not as actively affectinate as our golden was towards strangers, but he'll let anyone touch him and he has the habit of crawling into friends laps.


Sorry I have missed your last couple of posts...the update thingie isn't working right I guess. This is interesting, but no so surprising to me. I worked for a vet for quite a few years and the little dogs always seemed snappier. Bites didn't hurt as much though.
I can tell you border collies sure like to bite.


I don't think these results are off the mark. My chihuahua bit my aunt on the ankle, and tried to bite others whom she couldn't stand, including my brother. My German shepherds are much more easy going around folks outside the nuclear family than my chihuahua ever was.

K9 Amiga

read this the other day
makes sense
but still, generalizations about dogs are just that, generalizations, nothing to base fear or prejudice on


Our Lhasa Goldberry was a biter....irritated me because no matter what we did to correct him, he was single minded...bite it, worry about the consequences later. Violet will try to nip when I brush her ears and clean her behind, but she thinks twice and makes the right decision.....good girl Violet.


We had a doxie before. But she has never bitten anyone before. But I suppose one can never tell with dogs.


Great post. The tipping point was when my neighbors started to complain about my dog's constant barking and growling at their kids. That was when I went on a personal mission, and spent hundreds of dollars and years reading tons of books and watching videos. I even took my dog to obedience school in my attempt to turn her into a better, more manageable pet. But the frustrating part was that some of the things I learned were useful, but most of it was WRONG--most of it simply didn't work when I tried it!

Jan Dettmann

I have a jack russell and a pitt bull, guess who starts fights and wont back down? And guess who crouches down when someone walks by and then stalks their ankles when they are walking away. Not the pitt bull.


My Dachshund is named Sid, after Sid Vicious. He's bit me on a few occassions...food aggressive issues mostly. Tried to take him to training, after he bit the trainer twice, I was refunded my money and told that their puppy school was not equipt to deal with his aggression. I've made a little progress on my own, but not much. I try to watch the Dog Whisperer. But most of the time my boyfriend repremands him by putting him on his back and holding him down. Supposedly thats how to show dominance. He usually cowers for a few days and runs and hides when he sees him. I can't do this because he manages to squirm out of it. Usually followed by a bite to my hand. So I invested in a mussle. After knowing a few doxies, I found almost all of them can be a little nasty. Face it, they are hunting dogs bred to kill badgers...also a very nasty animal.


I have loved many a small dog but I am also one of the first to admit that these little guys and gals can be a tad aggressive. I sometimes wonder if we (humans that is) are much to blame as we let them get away with more just because of their smaller stature.


Oh dear, my Rosie is labeled a chihuahua, but I think she has some dachsund blood running through her veins too, so she's got the double whammy bite-wise. She doesn't show any biting tendencies toward people, but she has bitten my dog Abby over a food issue. I agree the smaller dogs are more apt to bite. From our insurance background, I can tell you the reason Pits, Chows, and Rottweilers are so scorned by the homeowners insurance industry is not that they bite most often - it's the way their jaw is formed. When they do bite, it's not just a puncture; they tear the skin and do more damage. Not the breed's fault for sure - it's just reality. So medical bills from those dog's bites will be higher and thus companies tend to ban people who have them. At least the cocker spaniel wasn't mentioned as a top biter. I'd hate to have both of my dogs on the top list. Great post Jan


Mixed breeds and not pure bred dogs are the type of dog most often involved in inflicting bites to people.

Ben E. Brady

We have 3 dachshunds and one of them, our 4 year old male Kramer, has bitten me 5 or 6 times. On at least 2 occaisions there was little or no warning. He's bitten me completely through the fingers twice. I think part of his problem is that he was not properly socialized and taken from his mother too soon as a product of a 'puppy factory'. I've spent a great deal of time working with him and he has made a lot of progress. He still tries to snap if he's frightened or surprised while sleeping and isn't expecting to be touched. He's also very stubborn but the solution to that problem was a collar that delivers a small shock to his neck. There are times when I also have to put a muzzle on him (and he knows exactly what it means when I say the word, or tell him "I'm going to get the collar".

Dachsies have a very courageous nature and they typically do not back down from any kind of situation where they feel threatened or the need to defend themselves. They are very territorial and very possessive of their owners. Our 7 year old male, Woody has bitten me twice for interfering with him while eating.

Our 17 year old female, Dusty, doesn't have a mean bone in her body. She'll go up to anyone and quickly roll over and want her tummy rubbed and petted. We trust her implicitly with anyone, including small kids. She's never displayed any kind of aggressive behavior.

All 3 have been 'rescue' dogs from people who didn't want them any more or from the dachshund rescue in the area. All in all, even though we have to be watchful of their courageous nature, we love them.


My chihuahua cross is a biter it has been very distressing as i have tried lots of different methods of training and calming him but none seemed to work or seemed right for him. Just got a great book out of the library - Scaredy Dog by Ali Brown. I highly recommend it for anyone with a 'reactive' dog. The training techniques are already calming him down and allowing me to understand him better.


I have a 2year old male Rottweiler and 2 "French Jacks" (French Bulldogs+Jack Russell terriers) a male and a female that are a year old. The female French Jack is by far the boss of the pack. She's very aggressive towards strangers, towards her family, and towards other dogs, including the rottie and her twin. She will go right into the Rottie's food bowl and eat his food while he watches, and if he looks at her too long, she will jump and snap at him...She's definately the nastier one of the pack...


Ahaha!!! I KNEW there was a reason I love these feisty little wienerdogs.. Dachshunds have stolen my heart, and I want one. Now I know why. ;-)


I've had three Dachshunds in my lifetime and every one of them are sweet natured and friendly. The thing is that might make them bite more often is that the Dachshund can be territorial.


I have a 3 year old pit and she is the most loving and gentle dog I've ever known.
She would lick you to death before ever growl or bark.
My neighbors have two Dachshunds and those things are little snappy sharks!
They won't even let us in the door on occasions.


I have a 3 year old pit and she is the most loving and gentle dog I've ever known.
She would lick you to death before ever growl or bark.
My neighbors have two Dachshunds and those things are little snappy sharks!
They won't even let us in the door on occasions.


think of this your dog might just be old

Michael Dennis



I had a dachsund when I little, she was one snippy little thing. Would sleep in the bed with you and bite you if you moved. My Belgian Malinois (who looks like a german shepherd, for those who don't know the breed) at worst has bruised me while playing.

Personally though, go for a mix. They have a more broad genetic base and are less likely to be unstable, unlike purebreds who have a tendency to be inbred. Sorry, I love them, but it's true.


Yeh, but the problem is "dog fatalities". That's where the pit bulls and rottweilers are the top 2. If I get bit by a dachshund or chihuahua, I probably won't "die". But check out the statistics for the "most fatal dog attacks" and you'll see it's not the dachshunds, etc. It is definitely the bigger, tougher dogs. Akita, chows, dobermans, and of course the #1 and #2 killers--pit bulls and rottweilers.


Hello again! This is a great link to see some facts: http://www.dogsbite.org/bite-statistics.htm

If a dachshund attacks me, I can kick him or push him away with a big stick, pole, rake, etc. But if a pit bull or other large dog attacks me, seriously, what chance do I have to defend myself?
Please read the statistics in the link above.


And finally here is an excerpt:
According to the Clifton study, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes are responsible for 74% of attacks that were included in the study, 68% of the attacks upon children, 82% of the attacks upon adults, 65% of the deaths, and 68% of the maimings. In more than two-thirds of the cases included in the study, the life-threatening or fatal attack was apparently the first known dangerous behavior by the animal in question. Clifton states:

If almost any other dog has a bad moment, someone may get bitten, but will not be maimed for life or killed, and the actuarial risk is accordingly reasonable. If a pit bull terrier or a Rottweiler has a bad moment, often someone is maimed or killed--and that has now created off-the-chart actuarial risk, for which the dogs as well as their victims are paying the price.


No micheal dennis. You don't know what your talking about. They're talking about likeliness of biting not killing read. Now me sister has pitbull and the most he's done is get hyper and try to hump me. My golden retriever about 3-4 years ago was a hunter (maybe younger) he was 100-110 lbs looked awesome and built nicely he killed 4 deer 3 babys and one buck. I saw him kill the buck he tore out the deers throut and vocal right behind cheek bone. Then he dragged it up to my house he did that with one of the fawns. He now is 9 and has arthritis but still kills. He has biten me and drawn lots of blood over time and do it hurt like a bitch. Me parents don't know cause they'd put him down and if he was put down I'd hate my parents and piss them off forever. I don't believe in putting an animal down unless they are suffering like no other.my mom had a mini poodle that would kill a lion or tiger and scare a bear to hell he was a fun dog though. From what I know the top 3 of likely to bite1. Chow chow (used to hunt bear I believe) 2. The German shepard ( they are loyal dogs but need training to prevent bite issues and they will love you if you love them). 3. Golden retriever( no one will tell me other wise you heard my story above they will bite if you don't stop them they may have a soft mouth but they can lose that. My Goldie would take a bullet for me sadly. I don't want him to. It is in every line of there breed I know more of how the golden brain works then who breeds them ive had three. I had first was my sister but he liked me better thank god second one hated my sister and came to me and carried live birds in his mouth for fun he was a fun dude.) do not tell me how retrievers work I've gotten these dogs to hunt deer for me I wanna see any of you do that.


I had a mini dachshund from the time I was 6 to the time I was 18, and he was the most well mannered, calm dog in the world. The only times I remember him being aggressive was when my brother was attacking me, and then he just tried to pull him off by his shirt and grazed the skin - and he always growled at my niece when she was little because she'd pull his tail and ears incessantly. That being said, I've heard a LOT of horror stories about the breed. I just had an amazing one that I still miss to this day, 14 years later.


If you think just a chihuahua is bad try having a chihuahua- jack-russel mix.He is very protective of me and if someone tries to take him from me he'll snap at them and he actually bit my sister but no blood was drawn.

Rachel Stoneham

That is surprising. And what's more dangerous is that people still hold a stigma with regards to ferocity and size. People find smaller dogs cuter, hence they are more likely to approach them without guaging the latter's capacity to bite.


Worked with all breeds at the animal shelter where I volunteer. Have rescued dozens of dachshunds & a variety of other breeds. Never been bitten by any dog! Owners have to know the breed & how to handle it:)


The best abject lesson for dog owners is to expect to get bit. Unless, that is, you bite them first. Biting your dog first has been shown to establish early dominance patterns in your relationship with dogs. Go ahead have a nip. Have fun and try not to draw blood.


I volunteer at an animal shelter and handle all kinds of dogs, too. Vet techs, groomers, and shelter workers alike will not find this surprising--the smaller dogs just don't seem to respond to calming signals and careful body language the way larger dogs will. When asked to pull both a small dog and pit bull I always crate the small dog and let the pit bull ride loose up front with me. I've been bitten many times and had more near-misses than I can count from Cockers, Schnauzers, Dachshunds, small terriers and Poodles. But NEVER, ever, ever have I had even a moment's concern with a Rottie or a pit bull. I have seven dogs in my home, six of them bull terriers or pit bulls and they are no trouble at all for anyone and in fact one of the bull terriers was attacked twice by a Maltese and a Yorkie tried to attack one of the pit bulls. Both times the owners thought it was hilarious, not realizing their little dogs are alive and unharmed solely because my dogs have better temperaments and training, although it's MY dog's breeds that are banned and slaughtered for supposed inherent viciousness and aggression in unenlightened parts of the world.

Some of it is probably the tendency to allow small dogs to behave in a way that is not tolerated from larger dogs, or smile at aggression as "cute", whether directed at other dogs or humans. People forget that dachshunds may be small but they have RAZOR teeth and even a nip can require sutures. You do need to be aware of canine body language and calming signals and be respectful of the dog, no matter what the size. Doing alpha rolls and the idiotic suggestion to bite your dog first are not helpful.


not aggression. self preservation. when you're that small you gotta let 'em know you're there.

Akram Ahmad

I love it when people use biased statistics to further an agenda. I had a chihuahua 17 years. She bit "everything" only because she only weighed 3 1/2 lbs, everybody would just giggle. I now have a 9 month old 65 lb pit. She's awsome. Will probably eat anything stupid enough to gef clise to me uninvited. Funny, its the same temperament my Chihuahua had, only its cute when its a toy dog. I socialise Sashah (btw most visious female dig name on recird) we train together and she even sleeps in my bed. She loves children and elderly and women. She was abused and now is a well socialised extremely posessive and protective "Gentile". Always eager to please and always lookin fir a "good" or "good girl" from her daddy. I can stick my arm down her throught while she's eatint bloody beef joints. Only backs up to let daddy do what ever he needs to do. Of course a pits bite is worse than a toy dog. My chihuahua couldn't break skin. But the real diff, Sashah's kin is removed from the gene pool when they bite a person, has been that way over 1000 years. Its not tolerated and is generaly only a problem of the ignorant. Yet responsible pet owners like me get called baby kilker.


everyone wants to make pits look bad but there not i have one of my own and she is sweet as can be its how you raise them its not there fault that people has used them for fighting dogs and made them mmean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


An addition here, one less-known breed, Pekingese. When eating, if I walk by, he'd start to growl, and if I got too close he'd bite. I was a kid back then. While playing he'd also get aggresive to the point of biting. I still loved him loads tho ^^. But I agree that Chihuahua and Dachsund are biters. Some of my neighbors have them, and they sure show alot of pointy teeth with matching growl at anyone passing by. I sure won't want to stick my hands anywhere near them. I've also owned 2 yorkies, they're the sweetest thing ever.

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