17 Dog Breeds with the Strongest Bite

From their friendly nature to their loyalty, there are endless reasons why dogs are one of the world’s most beloved household pets. But behind all that affection and companionship, there is still something of a hunter inside most breeds of dog. This becomes very clear when you take a look at how much bite really lies behind your dog’s bark.

Most dogs are packing a pretty powerful bite that’s a lot stronger than you might expect. While it’s incredibly rare that dogs actually have to use one of their best defensive mechanisms, it’s still handy to know just what kind of power your dog can unleash. So, how exactly do you measure the bite behind the bark?

How Is a Dog’s Bite Strength Calculated?

Bite strength is measured in ‘pounds per square inch’, which is shortened to the unit of measurement ‘psi’. In a square inch of one pound, this is the amount of pressure that is applied. The measurement isn’t exclusive to dog bite strength, it’s used to measure everything from the pressure in a bike tire to the atmospheric sea level pressure.

As you would expect, for the most part, the larger the dog the bigger the bite. The strength of a bite comes from the size of a dog’s body, the size of their skull, and what kind of jaw shape they have. Depending on the type of material they’re biting, the pressure that a dog can exert can change considerably. However, what is really surprising to most, is just what kind of variance there is between the strength of bite in dogs of a relatively similar size.

It’s time to take a look at the fiercest dogs in the pack, those 15 with the strongest bite, ranked from lowest to highest:

Doberman – 228 psi

Doberman Pinscher on the background of autumn trees

First up, and lowest amongst the top 15, is the Doberman with a bite strength of 228 psi. This stunning dog is highly intelligent, incredibly affectionate, and makes for a wonderful family pet. They are very quick to learn new things but need considerable socialization to get used to other dogs and become comfortable around new people.

Dobermans are not the most energetic of dogs, but they do need regular exercise and adore playing, making them ideal companions in active homes. Despite their short coat, they are very prone to shedding and can be quite a sensitive dog breed.

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Boxer – 230 psi

red german boxer dog outdoors

Second on our list, with a bite strength of 230 psi, is the Boxer. While packing a considerable bite strength, Boxers can be one of the friendliest dog breeds with the right training. Despite being quite imposing in appearance, they are friendly, affectionate, and are wonderful additions to any household, being especially great with kids.

Boxers are a highly energetic dog breed, favoring very regular intense exercise with plenty of play included. Their playful nature, combined with their willingness to adjust to new people and dogs, makes them a great companion that is very easy to train.

Our guide on the best food for boxers might come in handy if you are thinking about getting one of these amazing dogs.

Pitbull – 235 psi

Terriers walk on the water at sunsetPitbulls are quite a notorious dog breed, well-known seemingly for all the wrong reasons. Despite the bad name the dog breed has picked up, they can be a friendly, loyal, and playful dog breed, making ideal companions for children and adults alike – but only when trained right!

With a bite strength of 235 psi, it’s not too surprising that they are commonly thought of, and bred as, fighting dogs. With the right training and socialization though, they make beautiful additions to the family, are very easy to train, and don’t need much grooming.

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German Shepherd – 238 psi

German ShepherdGerman Shepherds are the classic guard dog, a highly popular and beloved dog breed, and a staple part of most police forces. With a bite that comes in at 238 psi, they can make an intimidating adversary, especially since they’re very intelligent and easy to train. Their skills are utilized in the police, army, and as guide dogs, making them one of the top working dog breeds.

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Their affinity for an active life means that owning a German Shepherd comes with some hefty exercise requirements. They’re highly energetic, and incredibly playful, with energy that never seems to run out. The breed is friendly, affectionate, intelligent, and easy to train, though socialization is often needed to get them used to other dogs at an early age.

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American Bulldog – 305 psi

White dog american bulldog on a background of autumn park

Despite having a bite strength of 305 psi, the American Bulldog is a highly sensitive and very affectionate dog breed. They make for great family pets with young and old children alike and respond very well to training. A stocky build of dog, that is fairly agile, the American Bulldog has relatively low grooming requirements due to its short coat… but they’re known to drool!

To keep an American Bulldog entertained, plenty of exercise and play is required, preferably exercise that is highly intensive. The breed is wonderful around its family but needs significant socialization to fit in with other dogs and new people.

Siberian Husky – 320 PSI

Winter photos of the dog.Looking like exceptionally fluffy wolves, the Siberian Husky has long been a favorite of many an American household. However, it should be noted that these pups have an impressive bite force of 320 PSI.

Better known for their ability to sing along, or become extremely vocal about how they’re feeling, these pups are always popular online. However, it’s clear that they need a good level of training, lest your happy family dog get carried away and cause damage!

Rottweiler – 328 psi

Portrait of purebred rottweiler dog in the garden.

Alongside the German Shepard, the Rottweiler is another dog breed recognizable as a guard dog, but with a significantly higher bite strength at 328 psi. They are utilized in the military and police force due to their high intelligence, ease of training, and calm manner. The good and laid-back nature also makes them well-attuned to family life, with or without children.

This stunning dog breed is well-suited to active families, where it can get plenty of exercises and unleash its very playful side. A Rottweiler loves company, and while friendly towards new people, can struggle with the presence of other dogs.

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Leonberger – 399 psi

adorable portrait of amazing healthy and happy young leonberger in the forest

A Leonberger is a gentle-giant, despite a registered bite strength at an impressive 399 psi. The breed is a mixture of Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland, and Saint Bernard, and is one of the largest breeds of dog. If you have the room in your home for this large friendly dog, then you’ll be surprised at just how sensitive and affectionate the breed can be. They do well with other dogs, but struggle with meeting new people.

The breed comes with intense exercise requirements, grooming needs, and requires a lot of training, but make for a fantastic loyal companion – especially in colder temperatures!

Akita Inu – 400 PSI

Portrait of beautiful red Shiba inu dog standing in the field at golden sunset in summer.

Better known as the “bonk” dog, or the “doge” meme, the Akita Inu has risen massively in popularity over the past few years. Unfortunately, this is usually down to their looks, rather than their personality, as the Akita Inu is a working breed. This means they constantly need to be physically and mentally stimulated to remain happy.

However, the innocent face of this dog breed belies its naturally strong bite. With a massive 400 PSI, this is one pup you’ll need to remain the master of, if you don’t want to be on the receiving end of its extremely strong jaws.

Wolf Dog – 406 PSI

Wolfdog in the meadow

Generally, you would expect nothing less from a dog who is the closest of the species to the wolf. Overall, these aren’t dogs that most family households keep, due to their stubborn, vocal and sometimes challenging behavior. While different variations of the wolf dog exist, their average PSI comes in at an incredible 406.

Dogo Argentino – 500 psi

argentinian dog walking on

The first of many Mastiffs to make the list, the Dogo Argentino registers a 500 psi bite strength. This is considerably higher than the Leonberger, but still a long way off the top dog spot. Known for its game hunting abilities, the Dogo Argentino has an exceptional prey drive, and a high energy level. However, it is not as playful as some other breeds.

The Dogo Argentino is not the easiest dog to train, despite being fairly intelligent, but can be very affectionate to family members. Socialization is crucial when raising a Dogo Argentino, both with other dogs and humans.

Dogo Canario – 540 psi

Dogo Canario

Another member of the Mastiff family, the Dogo Canario is an ancient breed of dog, once used to fight in wars. Despite a slightly aggressive nature, they can fit in well in active homes where they are given plenty of exercise.

Their strong bite strength of 540 psi is matched with a strong temperament, meaning that it takes an experienced dog owner to bring out the best in this dog breed. From an early age, a Dogo Canario needs socialization and can be friendly and affectionate when raised alongside children or other pets.

English Mastiff – 552 psi

Portrait of a Mastiff Dog in outdoors

The English Mastiff, with a bite strength of 552 psi, is another large but lovable breed of dog. An incredibly gentle dog breed, who takes well to children and adults alike, the English Mastiff is an affectionate but energetic breed.

Training an English Mastiff can be difficult, as the dog is exceptionally strong-willed; which coupled with its size, can be quite a challenge. Plenty of room is needed for the English Mastiff to run and play, and careful attention is required to ensure the dog doesn’t get bored, mentally, or physically.

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Dogue de Bordeaux – 556 psi

Puppy of Dogue de Bordeaux posing Outdoors

Strong and suspicious, Dogue de Bordeaux is an interesting dog breed, with a high bite strength of 556 psi. They’re highly affectionate but only with people they know, normally showing instant suspicion towards any other dog or human.

Despite their size and high prey drive, Dogue de Bordeaux are generally considered pretty lazy dogs, neither being overly playful or requiring much in the way of exercise. One big thing to watch out for with this unique dog breed is drooling. What the Dogue de Bordeaux lacks in energy, it makes up for in drool!

Tosa Inu – 556 psi

Tosa Inu

Matching the Dogue de Bordeaux at 556 psi, is the Tosu Inu, a Japanese dog breed. The Tosu Inu is a mixture of Bulldog, Great Dane, and Mastiff, and is quite considerable in size, as you would expect it to be to match the bite strength.

Careful training is needed to integrate a Tosu Inu into family life, and if they aren’t socialized early, there is the risk that they will become aggressive. When trained properly, they are wonderful with children and adults alike, showing affection to those they care about.

Cane Corso – 700 psi

Cane Corso

The first of our top 3 strongest dogs, and with a substantial jump in bite strength to 700 psi, is the Cane Corso. An old breed of dog, the Cane Corso was originally used as a hunting dog for larger animals… forget pheasants and think boars! The very large dog breed can be surprisingly affectionate, both to humans and dogs, but does need training to get used to strangers.

The Cane Corso is highly intelligent, easy to train, and has a high energy level. They need plenty of exercise to stay entertained, but aren’t prone to much playfulness, making long walks essential to keeping this breed of dog happy.

Kangal – 743 psi

Kangal shepherd dog sitting on grass grassland in village background guardian dog white coat black nose and ears Anatolian shepherd Sivas Kangal turkey country outdoors

Coming in at the number one spot is the Kangal, with an outstanding bite strength of 743 psi, more than 3x stronger than the Doberman! The Kangal is a Turkish dog breed that, as you would imagine, are very protective and defensive of the people they consider their family. You need to have a very strong will to take on the challenge of raising a Kangal, as becoming the pack leader is essential.

Surprisingly, with the right training, a Kangal does make a good family pet, and is great around children. If you can curve the territorial nature of a Kangal with the right training and socialization, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful, and incredibly strong, companion.

What Other Dogs Rank Highly for Bite Strength?

From common and highly popular family pets, to some of the most notorious and least well-known dog breeds, there is an exceptional mix of dogs amongst the list of top 15 dog breeds with the strongest bite. However, there are some very notable runners-up, such as one of the army and police top dogs, the Belgium Malinois with a bite strength of 195 psi, and the incredibly furry Chow Chow with a psi of 220.

Each of the dogs that made our list may have a substantial bite, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t make wonderful loving, loyal, and affectionate family pets. While some dogs may have a bigger bite than bark, proper training should still be a vital part of raising any dog breed.

Sources:

  1. Tony McReynolds, New Study Identifies Most Damaging Dog Bites By Breed, American Animal Hospital Association
Wendy Young

A freelance writer and word nerd, Wendy is a content writer with a knack for getting into the nitty-gritty of pet ownership. For the past three years, she’s been researching and writing a huge range of different topics – but always comes back to her beloved pet articles. Lover of all things four-legged and owner of Harley, Pepper and Rush, Wendy is currently completing her MNSW at Edge Hill University.

  1. Eric
    Oct 25, 2021

    What about a St. Bernard? Aren’t they related to mastiffs?

  2. Greg Filley
    Oct 24, 2021

    I have owned Great Danes and trained them. They are the real gentle giant dog. I understand they have a psi of 950 pounds. Is this correct? Plus you left out the Irish wolf hound. These Are the largest of all dogs. Shouldn’t you have included them in your report ? Please reply thank you.

  3. Chris
    Oct 05, 2021

    I had a purebred Gran Mah that that had a bite force of over 1300 lbs. Once I tried snatching away her almond biscotti as she was about to dunk it into her cup of Earl Gray tea and paid the price!!
    With her false teeth out it’s no problem whisking away the occasional cookie from her, but otherwise she makes a mastiff look like a kitty!

  4. Wendy
    Sep 09, 2021

    Thank you for the informative well written list!

  5. Adolfo
    Sep 04, 2021

    The bandog info is false, bam dog is not a specific breed but any combination of molosser breed along with any other dog for specific traits for specific jobs. A banding is a working dog be it guarding, hunting, or just working. IT IS NOT BREED SPECIFIC .

  6. Ernie
    Jul 02, 2021

    Ever hear of a Great Pyrenees? 900 psi

  7. Tisen
    May 15, 2021

    Great pyrenees :- 900 psi Borboel :- 800 psi Weimaraner & Kangal :- 743 psi

  8. Unnamed
    May 08, 2021

    Chihuahua bite force is 3900.

  9. Mike Valkis
    May 06, 2021

    Obviously someone is in left field owning 2 Mastifs …..and many Pitt bulls ……80 lbs Pitts can crack a 2×4 in half …..some Pitts in the 90 lbs range have a docile bite psi in the 1000 pound range …….Pitt bulls are very nice dogs if you are a alpha in their pack if not they are potentially a White shark in your presence ?

    • B Chitt
      Oct 18, 2021

      Pitts have a bite force of around 220-250 PSI. Not even a hyena has a bite force of 1000 PSI, they’re roughly 950. The Siberian Tiger is about 1100 PSI, and there’s no way a pitt is anywhere close to that.

  10. Kenny
    Apr 29, 2021

    Siberian Huskies actually have a bite force of 320 PSI

  11. Leannda
    Mar 21, 2021

    You forgot about the South African Boerboel. Psi of 800

  12. Albert Gutu
    Mar 05, 2021

    700 pound per is not a joke so much more than a lion

    • B Chitt
      Oct 18, 2021

      A lion is 650 psi, so not much more.

  13. Steven C Gross
    Feb 20, 2021

    Where would you rank a Grest Pyrenees, with bite pressure of 900 lbs per square?

  14. Szandra
    Feb 09, 2021

    how to find a good trainor for mastiff dogs

  15. Ryan Resico
    Jan 27, 2021

    The Caucasian Shepherd is loyal and is protective over its owners and is a good family dog but must be trained correctly starting at a young age and are very large.

  16. Ryan Resico
    Jan 27, 2021

    The dog with the highest bite force is the Caucasian Shepherd with a bite force of up to 700psi, also known as the “Russian Bear Dog”.

  17. Debby
    Jan 23, 2021

    What about Great Pyrenees they have a 900 psi bite which would make them number one.

    • Debby
      Jan 23, 2021

      Never mind they have a 200 and something bite force

  18. John
    Dec 21, 2020

    Wheres the caucasian shepherd ?

  19. James
    Dec 18, 2020

    Wow, I thought German Rottweilers had the biggest bite at 328 PSI. I trained.the I ndianapols police K9 for two years and I personally had two full blood German Shepherd and a German Rottweiler full blooded he was 165 lbs of pure muscle he was very gentle dog but could take down me and just about any man Good doggy lol.

  20. Tracy Lifer
    Dec 13, 2020

    Hi! I have a 9mo old Cane Corso. She is very loving and very well behaved. I would like to get her properly trained for protection. I live in Madera, Ca and need your insight to a trainer. What should I look for and I appreciate any feedback you have! Thank you in advance!

  21. Private
    Nov 11, 2020

    A Boerboel has 800 psi

  22. Mohit
    Nov 02, 2020

    Kangal bite fore maximum

  23. Mohit
    Nov 02, 2020

    Kangal very most Power full dog

  24. paige archer
    Oct 21, 2020

    what about the King shepherd

  25. Chriztopher Brian Erz
    Oct 02, 2020

    Your excluding the alabai or Ovchakra which has bit force of 734PSI and the bandage is only in the 680’s. CC can put up to 730psi depending on size of jaw and bite work.

  26. Peter
    Sep 28, 2020

    Surprised you didn’t list the Weimaraner with a surprising bite force of 743 PSI.

  27. Kurt Cooper
    Sep 18, 2020

    I find it interesting that Akita us not mentioned. With a very closely related bite & crossbreed wolf common in Florida & Montana the bite force is 400psi.

  28. Jessica Specter
    Sep 15, 2020

    I am wondering why Tibetan Mastiff are not featured on your list…

  29. Scottish
    Aug 31, 2020

    Yeah, Pitbull is cat killer and Kangal is the wolf killer

  30. Angela Sauermann
    Aug 23, 2020

    Thank you!

    I have a 3 year old, Male Wide Jawed PitBull, with possibly Some Australian Cattle mix. He is roughly 81-85lbs.
    I am his sole owner and he is my only dog. I adopted this dog…. so darling,
    Just like as his name…Schatzel or Schatzie.

    I aim to not only train him as much as possible…With the Goal of eventually to be, what I understand as an expert
    ‘Stress Agility Dog.’ This is not the same as a ‘Sport Agility Dog,’ as I imagine you already know.

    I live on the West side of the San Francisco Peninsula… 20 minutes from SF and 20 minutes from Stanford University.

    If you can give me any tips regarding Excellent Training Facilities for us, I would greatly appreciate this.

    I have recently decided that on our journey, I aim to become a Professional Dog Trainer, specifically for
    Bully Breeds, of all mixes.

    Again, I would be truly grateful for any information you may have regarding any organization in which I can enroll… once he has completed his basic Companion Dog series of classes.

    Thank you, again.

    Sincerely,

    Angela Sauermann
    & Herr Schatzel.

  31. Nicolas Avila
    Aug 10, 2020

    I believe you got the Doberman bite force wrong.

    Top 23 Dogs with the Strongest Bite
    by Casey Bradford

    Doberman
    Bite Force – 245 PSI

  32. Pieter
    Jun 25, 2020

    You ever heard of the South Afican boerboel, do your research.

  33. Willie miller
    Jun 01, 2020

    The list failed to mention the boerboel, why isn’t this breed on the list?

  34. SEAN MORAN
    May 30, 2020

    Boerboel’s have a bite force of 800-850 psi. They should be in your list!

  35. Taliep
    May 23, 2020

    What about the south African boerbull?

  36. Shaka Zulu
    May 11, 2020

    The South African Boerboel has a bite force of 800psi according to wikipedia.

  37. George
    Apr 26, 2020

    Hello hope alls well in these dreadful times , I have just been looking at the dogs in the psi study above, I have had dogs since I was growing up (LIVERPOOL),and a dog I have never come across before is the Cane Corso and it really fascinated me in a way where i would like to learn about the breed.I wonderer if you any knowledge of breeders or anyone connected to the breed, that could advance my knowledge thanks for taking up your time yours faithfully George

  38. Kevin
    Apr 25, 2020

    You Obviously forgot to include the Boerbel in your list. It has a bite strength of over 800 psi

    The Wolf comes in with an amazing 1200 psi

  39. www.ourcaninecave.com
    Apr 07, 2020

    Great information you have here. Thanyou!

  40. Klay Poppe
    Mar 24, 2020

    This list is incorrect, There should be a Great Pyrenees on there, they have a bite strength of at least 500 PSI, and there is a woman who said that they could even have a bite force of 900 PSI, I doubt this personally but it would be nice to see it on this list since it is a dog that has one of the most powerful bites.

  41. B
    Mar 10, 2020

    Siberian huskies are in the 320 range yet they are left off of alot of these lists

  42. irakli
    Feb 17, 2020

    and where is Caucasian sheperd dog with it’s bite force-700 PSI ???

  43. Hovanes
    Jan 29, 2020

    The Armenian shepard’s dog, aka gampr, aka wolf-killer, is a purebred livestock herding dog which outperforms all of these dogs having a bit psi exceeding 750. These dogs were traditionally used for herding sheep. They would take the herd up mountains for grazing and defend against all attackers, including wolves. The dog is also extremely family friendly, great with kids, extremely protecting and recognizes one lead owner primarily (the lead male in the family as long as he feels the male’s dominance). This dog stays up most nights, guarding and alarming the owners in the event of intrusion (regardless of how minor or major the intrusion).

  44. Christopher Conrad
    Dec 24, 2019

    A Boerboel has a bite force up to 800 psi

  45. Jacqueline Balistreri
    Dec 15, 2019

    What about the Great Pyrenees at 900?????

  46. Kyle Kashner
    Dec 05, 2019

    What about saint bernard?

  47. Debbie Mcgriff
    Nov 12, 2019

    Very informative I enjoyed reading this. I hope to be able to read more in the future I own a German Shepherd and would like to get educated on the breed.

  48. Carol Douglass
    Nov 03, 2019

    I wonder why the various collies and herding dogs, and terriers and spaniels, are not listed? Are their bites so negligible?

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