I was watching an item on dog bites a couple of weeks ago.
The story was that 8,000 dog bites requiring hospital treatment occurred in 2018, MOST of them from small dogs.
The person being interviewed worked for the Dogs Trust. She made some great points:
Small dogs are “babied” and their owners cannot believe that their dog will ever hurt another member of the family (Even if that person knew the danger signals they would be likely to ignore them).
Children are too touchy feely with dogs and do not respond to a dog’s warning signals (but then neither do their parents)
She also said that training is an essential part of owning a dog and that many people do not bother to attend proper training classes…leading to dog to dog problems once the dog matures.
All in all, a very interesting interview.