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You may have heard of the term bite force and a number of articles talking about the bite force that your pet dog has. Although bite force is a term that is used in relation to dogs, it has been exaggerated for some dog breeds to propagate their aggressiveness and build a certain image around these dog breeds. Here is a list of the dog breeds with the highest recorded bite forces among domesticated dogs:
- Cane Corso: This mastiff breed has a bite force measuring a staggering 700 psi, which beats the bite force of a lion. This breed has been used as a war dog and is a hardy breed that does not need much maintenance. It makes a great guard dog and should ideally be the only animal in the household or will require extensive socialization to live with other animals.
- English Mastiff: This gentle but large breed has a bite force measuring 552 psi, which is close to the bite force of a lion. They are very affectionate dogs and love to be around kids and play. They are highly energetic dogs that need constant exercise and activity. They make wonderful watch dogs and are very loyal.
- Dogo Argentino: This dog has a bite force measuring 500 psi, which is understandable considering this breed was created to hunt big game. It is a very energetic and agile dog that is very easy to maintain. This dog needs to be socialized early on if you plan to have other animals or very young kids around them.
- German Shepherd: This breed has a bite force of 238 psi, and makes for amazing working dogs. These dogs are easy to train and are extremely obedient and loyal. They are intelligent and sensitive dogs that make very good guide dogs as well. They usually do not like living with other animals but are great with kids. They love to chew and can be destructive if not exercised regularly.
Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, boxers, and bulldogs are some other breeds with strong jaws and high bite force numbers. Most of these dogs need pack leader training to ensure they follow orders and are obedient to your orders from early on.
How is bite force measured?
Foe force to be measured correctly, the animal being measured has to be sufficiently aggravated and angry. A device that can measure the bite force is placed on a pole or other object that can take the sudden excessive force, and this is jammed into the mouth of the dog being measured for it to bite down.
Thank to research, you can now predict the bite force for dogs based on certain physical factors—larger bodies, higher weights, and wider skulls and jaws lead to higher bite force numbers.