There’s an old axiom that when a dog bites a man, it’s not news, but if a man bites a dog, well, that makes the front page.

Stop the presses – it’s happened in Brazil.

An 11-year-old boy is in the media spotlight after sinking his teeth into a four-legged assailant.

Gabriel Almeida, pictured, was playing in his uncle’s back yard in Belo Horizonte when a pit bull lunged at him and chomped on to his left arm.

Not willing to give up without a fight, Almeida grabbed Tita by the neck and bit back, losing a tooth in the process.

After a brief struggle, the pooch was chased away by a group of stonemasons, and the child was taken to hospital.

And the kicker? He lost an eye tooth, otherwise known as a canine.

File photo.