“When the dog bites, when the bee stings. When I’m feeling sad. I simply remember my favorite things. And then I don’t feel so bad.” (“My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music) What happens when the dog bites? Depending on the breed, the dog may be feeling much more than sad or bad; the dog may be euthanized for his or her behavior. Certain breeds of dogs are maligned when in fact, all dogs have teeth and all dogs are capable of biting.
The circumstances under which most dog bites occur, regardless of breed, are when a dog and a child are interacting and no responsible adult is present, when a dog is not spayed or neutered, and when a dog or a human has not been well socialized around the other species. How guardians of dogs interact with their companions and how they socialize their companions around other dogs and humans affects the dog’s inclination to bite. The breed of the dog has nothing to do with the bite of the dog. So, when you think about it…dogs bite; breeds don’t.