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Features October 2018 Issue

When a Little Dog Attacks a Big Dog

Geri Durka-Pelok’s 135-pound dog, Bumper, was bitten on the belly several times by a Chihuahua who had run off a townhouse stoop to attack him before she could get the small dog off. “The owner came running out of the house,” she says, “and I got an earful about my dangerous Rottweiler. Bumper never once tried to bite.”   

When a Little Dog Attacks a Big Dog

Little dogs, just like big ones, can wreak dangerous havoc.

In response to our lead article on big dog-little dog attacks in the August issue, which stated that “it is never your fault if a larger dog attacks your littler one,” Janette Hankins of Maynardville, Tennessee, wrote, “I very seldom comment but feel that I must jump in. One day we were walking our two Great Danes. Both were on leash. A small dog ran out from his yard, crossed the street, and attacked one of our dogs. Our Dane was bitten badly enough that he subsequently needed veterinary care, but he did nothing — until the small dog turned on my husband and began to attack him. (He, too, then required medical attention.) That is when our dog picked up the little dog in his mouth and tossed the dog away. We rushed both dogs to the vet, and she stitched up our dog without any issues. The little dog died later that night.

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