Although all dogs are different, there are particular breeds that have a strong bite force. This can be something important to consider when adopting a dog. If you have a family with young children, it may be a safety issue. But if you’re looking for a dog to go hunting with or who can protect your property, you may view a strong bite force as a positive aspect.
We have put together a comprehensive list of breeds with the strongest bite force. It is important to note that you should not let bite force be the determining factor of whether a dog is dangerous; their upbringing, environment, level of care, and own personal nature also matter. A dog’s bite force strength depends on the size of the dog’s head and body and the shape of their skull. It therefore tends to be true that bigger dogs have a stronger bite force than smaller dogs.
Here is a list (in no particular order) of the top 20 breeds with the strongest bite force measured by psi (pressure per square inch).
1. Kangal — 743 psi
Kangals are large, territorial dogs. They are protective of their space and family and do not necessarily do well living with other dogs. In order for them to thrive in a home environment, you will need to make sure to provide the proper training that allows you to be discerned as the leader of the house, so they know to follow you and do not become defensive.
2. Cane Corso — 700 psi
Cane Corsos are natural guard dogs. They were originally bred for battle due to their size, low maintenance, and easy training ability. They can be good house dogs if socialized early with children. Even with socialization, however, it is unlikely they will do well with other dogs or cats in the house.
3. Dogue de Bordeaux — 556 psi
Like other Mastiffs, the Dogue de Bordeaux are large, protective babies. They love to protect their families and homes, but these dogs are quite gentle. They are good with kids and other animals but still require training and socialization early on.
4. English Mastiff — 552 psi
The English Mastiff is probably the one Mastiff that is not naturally a guard dog. They love their families, but they need to be specially trained to be guard dog material. They are naturally protective, though. English Mastiffs are more playful than intimidating.
5. Dogo Canario — 540 psi
The Dogo Canario was a war dog at its conception. Even today, they still bear the same qualities that make for an aggressive attack dog. The key to socialization with kids and other animals is to start them young. Hire a professional trainer to give them the personalized approach that this breed requires in order to develop a healthy relationship with you.
6. Dogo Argentino — 500 psi
Hunters by nature, the Dogos Argentino is active and strong. They have a great deal of energy but do well with families. Similar to the Dogo Canario, the Dogo Argentino needs a strong hand early on in their life from someone professionally trained, who can socialize them with other dogs and kids and can give them proper pack leader training.
7. American Bulldog — 305 psi
American Bulldogs are like wrinkly babies that need a great deal of family time and play time. They are strong-willed, so they need good training early on. They also need fairly constant mental stimulation; otherwise, they can get bored and take out their boredom in a destructive way.
8. Pit Bull — 235 psi
Pit Bulls have a bad reputation as aggressive fighting dogs. But Pit Bulls are not natural fighters and usually have to be bred and trained to be aggressive. Pit Bulls are actually quite loving and gentle. Just make sure to adopt from a reputable breeder.
9. Alano Español — 227 psi
The “Spanish Bulldog” is not the best option for an indoor family pet, as they are difficult to housebreak and require specialized training in order to interact in non-dangerous ways with strangers. These dogs require a strong leader who can take charge. You might want to consider owning the Spanish Bulldog as an outdoor-only pet.
10. English Bulldog — 210 psi
English Bulldogs are low-maintenance pets, as they are gentle and loving and do not require much attention to be happy. They also don’t require a great deal of exercise because they’re just cuddly couch potatoes. Their main difficulty is their stubbornness, which can make it difficult to train them because they’re used to doing things on their own terms.
11. German Shepherd — 238 psi
Being part of the working class, German Shepherds take on roles like police dogs or guide dogs. They can grow up to have a steady head on their shoulders, not easily distracted by their surroundings and working well with their owner. As puppies, they like to chew, so they need toys that allow them to indulge that desire — otherwise, it may be your shoes that get the brunt of it.
12. Dutch Shepherd — 224 psi
One word to describe Dutch Shepherds is “ambitious.” They love having work to do, constantly learning, and performing. Teaching Dutch Shepherds that every human is a pack leader is important; otherwise, they can assume the role of “leader” in public, which can be dangerous.
13. Malinois — 195 psi
Malinois are low-maintenance pups, as they do not shed or drool much and love spending time with their family. They are quite intelligent and hard-working, like most Shepherds, and enjoy constant activity. They do well outdoors and can actually thrive out there. Despite being well-behaved dogs, they still need preliminary training to socialize and teach them who the boss is at a young age.
14. Bandog — 730 psi
Bred to be guard dogs, this large breed is a mix between the Bulldog and the Mastiff. They are brave and loyal when it comes to protecting those in their home and can be trusted to give their all if needed. The Bandog is distrustful of all strangers, so they need socialization and pack leader training to lay down the law at an early age.
15. Leonberger — 399 psi
Leonbergers are basically big kids; they love spending time with people of all ages and just want to be part of your daily life. They’re gentle and loving with children, but they don’t realize how big they are and could easily knock a small child down on accident. They need to be trained at a young age even though they aren’t necessarily a threat.
16. Doberman — 228 psi
Dobermans are strong, graceful creatures that will protect and love the family they’re with and guard them at all costs. They are strong-willed, so they need socialization and pack leader training in order to set boundaries for when to “guard” and when to relax. They can be good with kids, but they’re not known for being the most “kid-friendly” dog breed.
17. Chow Chow — 220 psi
This blue-tongued, lion-like creature is a great house dog because they do not require much interaction or exercise in order to thrive. They’re not always the friendliest with others, though, so they do need training in order to alleviate any threat of aggression toward strangers.
18. Rottweiler — 328 psi
Similar to the Pit Bull, Rottweilers have a reputation for being aggressive. This is a myth, however, because this breed tends to be quite gentle, friendly, and sociable. They like having activities to keep them busy, though, so they do need training in order to learn how to channel that energy without being destructive.
19. Tosa Inu — 556 psi
Because of their massive size, the Tosa Inu has the potential to break things around them and knock people over. They are quite friendly, though, and enjoy being with family. Socialization and training are required to keep them in check as they get older because they can be aggressive without it.
20. Boxer — 230 psi
Boxers are generally well-behaved and friendly. They do not go out of their way to hunt or be aggressive, but they do need to be trained not to hunt small backyard game like rabbits and squirrels. They like to spend time with family and have a hard time being alone for a long time. Boxers are low-maintenance in that they are easy to train and do not need much exercise.
Most of these breeds require training in order to know how to behave socially. Because they do have the potential to cause damage with their bite strength, it is important to heed any warnings about certain breeds that are known to be aggressive. Providing such training and the strong hand that they require is important, but as long as those are in place, there’s no reason that these dogs shouldn’t be viable options to have in your home or to accompany you for work or other activities.
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- 1. Kangal — 743 psi
- 2. Cane Corso — 700 psi
- 3. Dogue de Bordeaux — 556 psi
- 4. English Mastiff — 552 psi
- 5. Dogo Canario — 540 psi
- 6. Dogo Argentino — 500 psi
- 7. American Bulldog — 305 psi
- 8. Pit Bull — 235 psi
- 9. Alano Español — 227 psi
- 10. English Bulldog — 210 psi
- 11. German Shepherd — 238 psi
- 12. Dutch Shepherd — 224 psi
- 13. Malinois — 195 psi
- 14. Bandog — 730 psi
- 15. Leonberger — 399 psi
- 16. Doberman — 228 psi
- 17. Chow Chow — 220 psi
- 18. Rottweiler — 328 psi
- 19. Tosa Inu — 556 psi
- 20. Boxer — 230 psi