Rather than hijjack Muffy's thread more than it has been so far *grin*, I thought I'd create a new thread to discuss something I noticed in one of Beloz's posts.
Beloz- I'm not picking on you, I promise...
IMHO, we cannot be shouting the line that any dog can be totally safe. That plays right into the BSL conundrum. That is, if it looks like this, or the owner does that, it is safe. This is where BSL fails our community in the worst way.
I would put it to you that it is not possible to predict that any dog out there is perfectly safe.
We know that well handled and well managed dogs with responsible and knowledgeable owners are of significantly less risk to the community. But to suggest any dog is perfectly safe is to create more risk as less knowledgeable, less responsible people get dogs that they think they need make little to no effort for and it will still be ok.
The line we need to scream is that any dog can bite, it does not matter what the dog looks like AND that the way to ensure community safety is to educate, promote responsible dog ownership practices, enforce local laws and support new dog owners/ less knowledgeable folk in learning about how to be responsible!
As for little dog versus big dog bites, I'd have to agree with Nek, Choppa and others- I dont think it matters what size the jaws and teeth- given circumstances, a wee dogs' bite has every bit the potential to cause as much harm as a larger dog if applied with intent. And the intent remains the same no matter the sixze of the dog. The intent is to bite and the brain chemistry does not discriminate based on size.