GOVERNOR Chris Patten's terrible terriers Whisky and Soda might be small, but they could still be classified as dangerous, a trainer with 40 years' experience said yesterday. The dogs were of a breed made for hunting and would bite rather than step back from a confrontation, said Kennel van Dego owner Don Smith. The Agriculture and Fisheries Department (AFD) said on Monday that both dogs' bites of workmen at Government House this year had been 'warning' nips, so they would not come under new laws requiring vicious dogs to be muzzled and neutered. 'Category two of dangerous dogs covers biter dogs that have caused serious injuries such as fractures and wounds requiring suture [stitches]. Hence the Governor's dogs are not considered dangerous dogs,' the department said. Government House spokesman Tse Cheung-hing said Whisky and Soda were 'too small' to be dangerous. 'If the law applied to the dogs belonging to the Governor we would obey. We are not above the law,' he said. But trainer Mr Smith said size was irrelevant: terriers were known for their courage, and 'biting and courage are pretty close'. 'These are small animals hunting small prey. If they meet big prey it's not in their code to back off.' He attacked the measures as 'hogwash'. Classifications would not work, he said. For instance, a study in the UK had found that the most frequent biters were cocker spaniels and golden retrievers. Under Monday's draft rules, dogs would be classified into three categories: Breeds of known aggressive types, such as pit bull terriers, which were banned for import but of which a few might still be left; Other aggressive breeds such as Dobermans or dangerous biters; Breeds such as German shepherds that were not necessarily aggressive but potentially dangerous. Category three might escape the neutering and insurance requirements but would have to be muzzled, said an AFD spokesman.