Big Dog Aggressive to Small Dogs – Top 3 Reasons Why

Here are a few common reasons why a big dog might only attack or be aggressive towards small-sized dogs but act normal to similar-sized dogs. The pet community has even come up with an acronym for it, BDLD (big dog little dog), because it happens frequently.

1. Annoyed by the small dog’s behavior

According to some research, size may matter. Small dogs, for example, may be less obedient and more excitable than large dogs. The difference in personality might be too much for a big dog to handle. Hence, the large dog may start to show aggression to the small dog whenever the small dog approaches him.

2. Large dog breeds known for a high prey drive

Many breeds of dogs are known for having a high prey drive. This includes breeds like the Rhodesian Ridgeback, Greyhound, Huskies, and Airedale terrier. These dogs may fall under the category of large-sized dogs once they reach adulthood. Because of the high prey drive, some of these big dogs may start to chase after small-sized dogs because they see them as prey.

3. Nothing to do with size

Sometimes, the aggression might have nothing to do with size. The large-sized dog might attack smaller animals because he or she has behavioral issues like resource-guarding. The big dog could also be in pain. The small-sized dogs might just happen to keep sniffing, licking, or touching the painful area of the big dog’s body.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.

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