|Barked: Wed Aug 22, '12 8:38am PST |
|What I have personally experienced is tiffs between big and little dogs, and the little dog doesn't end up so well. This happened between two of my mom's dogs: There was a tiny Chihuahua and a larger possibly pit mix. The pit mix absolutely saw the Chihuahua as another dog and lived with her for years. This is something I have had to explain to my mother again and again, he attacked her dog to dog, not dog thinking the other was prey. I think they were both being possessive of my mother, the larger one bit at the little one, and cracked her skull. I don't think he intended to kill, but I also know that he was fearful, aggressive, and possessive (still is with certain people). There were strangers over and that probably made everything worse.
What I do think happens with big dogs and little dogs is that a lot of the little dogs posture like crazy. Sometimes it is just ridiculously subtle too, but other dogs see it and act on it. What would be a quick, harmless spat between two dogs of the same size turns deadly. Are there some larger dogs that see little dogs as prey? Sure. Is there more likely a lot more going on between a big dog and a little dog that most people don't see or notice or remember, especially after an attack? Absolutely.
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