Ever wonder what breed of dog has the strongest bite? According to PSI ratings, we’ve identified the top 10 dogs with the strongest chompers.
A dog’s mouth can be described as the Swiss Army Knife for pooch tools. He grabs his toys, chews on them, opens the garbage lid, takes out the treat bag, and then drools and barks. He can bite it when he is distressed, threatened, or concerned about a pack member. Some dogs will bark, lick, and nip others to warn them off. PSI (pounds-force per square inch) is the measurement of a dog’s bite force. To give you some context, humans have a PSI between 120 and 140, Grey Wolf around 406, and Grizzly bear in the 1,250 range. Which canine friend has the strongest bite, and where does it fall?
What Dog has the Strongest Bite Force
Kangal – 743 PSI
This large boy is from Turkey, where he was originally bred to guard livestock against wolves and bears. He has a bite force of 743 PSI and is a dog predators would be proud to have as their pet. He’s a tough dog, but he’s also very gentle with children and the other members of his human family.
Cane Corso – 700 PSI
This pooch hails from Italy and is another guard dog. This “protector”, a 700 PSI bit, can crush down to 691 PSI. They are loyal, affectionate, and docile when properly trained. This makes them great companion dogs.
Dogue de Bordeaux – 556 PSI
Remember the movie, Turner and Hooch. The slobbering pooch Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux. He lands 3 rd on the list of chomp down champions with a bite force 556 PSI. This gentle giant is loyal and affectionate to his pack… but can also step in if they feel threatened.
Rottweiler – 328 PSI
The friendly, easy-going Rottweiler is more than just a charming smile. The big boy can eat with purpose, whether grabbing a treat in mid-air or wrestling with a tug-rope to take on an intruder. This handsome dog can serve as a guard dog or a family pet, packing a total of 328 PSI.
American Bulldog – 305 PSI
This muscular, strong dog is loyal and affectionate to his family. It’s not surprising that he is a determined, stocky dog with a strong bite. He will play fetch with any tennis ball, so it’s no surprise that he can be quite aggressive. His 305 PSI places him in the same league as a Leopard (300-310 PSI) in bite strength. (Photo credit to Little Moon/Shutterstock).
Doberman – 245 PSI
The American Kennel Club ranked this handsome boy among the top 15 most loved dog breeds in North America. He is a beloved family pet with his sweet disposition and dramatic looks. His 245 PSI bite force makes him an effective guard dog.
German Shepherd Dog – 238 PSI
We have all seen the videos of this dog being trained to hold on to his padded legs and arms until his handler arrives. It’s no surprise that this legendary search and rescue dog has 238 PSI, which means he can grab hold of his handler for the long term.
American Pitbull – 235 PSI
You would expect this dog to have the highest PSI rating of any dog, given all of the negative publicity he has received. He isn’t even close. He reacts to stress or threats, just like all animals. However, with early socialization, he is no more dangerous than any other dog.
Chow Chow – 220 PSI
With his plushy smile and purple tongue, this cheerful-looking boy is well-known for being a bit sarcastic when it comes to other dogs. He was originally bred to hunt, so he has some bite. It would help if you socialized him as soon as possible. He has a bite force 220 PSI to learn how to play nicely with other dogs.
Malinois – 195 PSI
This German Shepherd-like lookalike hails from Belgium. He was bred to herd, so you know that chasing and nipping are part of the package. This beautiful dog, despite his stubborn streak, is intelligent and quick to learn. With a bite force of 195 PSI, you will want to make his desire to herd a thing of the past.