I almost got bit by a chihuahua. It seemed to be a friendly dog, and I put the back of my hand out to it. It smelled my hand, growled, and snapped at it. Fortunately, I saw it coming and quickly pulled my hand away.
Small dogs and I do not get along. I’ve been bitten by dogs only two or three times in my life. Each bite was from a small dog. I particularly remember visiting a client who also had a chihuahua. As I was leaving her house, that darn dog reached over and bit me on the shoulder.
Maybe that’s because I’ve kept my distance of unfamiliar big dogs. Also, maybe that’s because I never consider a small dog to be a threat. Worthless, yes, but not a threat.
I should point out that both my wife and I have experienced more serious bites from a cat.
Each bite resulted in puncture wounds that required a trip to urgent care.
Animal bites should be taken seriously. Infection can easily result. I have heard horror stories of people losing their hands or arms because the bite was not promptly treated.
Be careful out there.