There is no fully accurate way to measure the bite force of any breed of dog. It can vary from dog to dog even of the same breed.
Simply because a dog has a strong bite does not make them a dangerous breed. This has more to do with their temperament and training.
Generally, the broader a dog’s jaws are the more bite force they have. For example, a Rottweiler has a higher bite force than a Doberman. The size of the dog as a relatively small influence on bite force. Dogs of the same size with different jaw shapes can have a quite different bite force measurement.
How is bite force measured?
Bite force is measured in “pounds per square inch” or PSI for short. This measurement is a scientific measurement used for a wide variety of things including air pressure in a tire, atmospheric pressure and even the punching power of a boxer. One piece of equipment scientists use to measure PSI is a pressure pad that sends the data to a computer.
Here is a list of some of the top dog with high bite forces. I have excluded the African Wild Dog with a bite force of 317 PSI as it is a wild animal. This list focuses on dog breeds that live with humans.
Which dog has the strongest bite force? The hands-down winner is;
Kangal – Bite Force 743 PSI
Kangals are guard dogs originating from Sivas City in Turkey. They are the strongest dogs in the world and hold the crown for the top bite. While the Kangal is often referred to as a sheepdog, it is not a herding dog. Rather it is a flock guardian that lives with the flock of sheep to actively fend off predators of all sizes these dogs have been used as guard dogs to protect sheep and other flocks against bigger predators such as wolves, jackals, and bears.
Bandog – Bite Force 730 PSI
The Bandogs of old were strictly working dogs, often of various crosses and various sizes. The name “Bandog” was then not a breed It was a description of a duty or purpose. Usually, these dogs were coarse-haired hunters, fighters and property protectors without a strictly set type. They were developed from eastern shepherds and Mastiffs crossed with western Bullenbeissers and hounds
Cane Corso – Bite Force 700 PSI
Smart, trainable, and of noble bearing, the assertive and confident Cane Corso is a peerless protector. The Corso’s lineage goes back to ancient Roman times, and the breed’s name roughly translates from the Latin as bodyguard dog.
Dogue de Bordeaux – Bite Force 556 PSI
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a very powerful dog, with a very muscular body. This brawny breed has been put to work in many different capacities, from pulling carts and hauling heavy objects, to guarding flocks and, historically, the castles of the European elite. Also known as Bordeaux Mastiff or French Mastiff.
Tosa Inu – Bite Force 556 PSI
Tosa Inu is a breed of dog of Japanese origin that is considered rare. It was originally bred in Tosa (present day Kōchi) as a fighting dog and still is today.
English Mastiff -Bite Force 556 PSI
English Mastiffs are very calm and gentle dogs. Despite this dog being giant in size, they are an extremely gentle breed who will even watch over your children with caring and grace. They are the largest of the Mastiff breeds. Distinguished by its enormous size, massive head, short coat in a limited range of colors, but always displaying a black mask, the Mastiff is noted for its gentle and loving nature.
Dogo Canario – Bite Force 540 PSI
Dogo Canarios have killed people when they have not been properly trained. They are a large, headstrong and very powerful dog. But they are not a horrible dog. When properly trained and handled, the Dogo Canario can be docile, obedient and loving.
Dogo Argentino – Bite Force 500 PSI
The Dogo Argentino is a large, white, muscular dog that was developed in Argentina primarily for the purpose of big-game hunting, including wild boar.
Wolfdog – Bite Force 406 PSI
The Wolfdog is actually a mix between a wolf and a domestic dog. They are relatively rare due to the difficulty finding Wolves to mate with.
Leonberger – Bite Force 399 PSI
The Leonberger is a giant dog breed. The breed’s name derives from the city of Leonberg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Bred as a utility dog they are strong swimmers. they have docile and loving nature
Rottweiler – Bite Force 328 PSI
These dogs were known in German as Rottweiler Metzgerhund, meaning Rottweil butchers’ dogs. This is because their main use was to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat to market. They are commonly used as Police dogs and guard dogs today.
American Bull Dog – Bite Force 305 PSI
The American Bulldog is a breed of utility dog descended from the Old English Bulldog.
Doberman – Bite Force 245 PSI
Another breed that originates from Germany. Dobermanns are well known as intelligent, alert and tenaciously loyal companions and guard dogs. Personality varies a great deal between each individual, but if taken care of and trained properly they tend to be loving and devoted companions. The Dobermann is driven, strong and sometimes stubborn.
German Shepherd – Bite Force 238 PSI
German Shepherds are working dogs developed originally for herding sheep. Since that time, however, because of their strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience, German Shepherds around the world are often the preferred breed for many other types of work. This includes disability assistance, search-and-rescue, police and military roles.
The breed was once known as the Alsatian in Britain and Ireland. This is a reference to the area in Germany they originated from. This name was used due to anti-German sentiment during World War Two.
American Pit Bull – Bite Force 235 PSI
Like the name suggests the American Pit Bull is from America but has come from English Bull baiting breeds. Though they have a bad rap these animals are eager to please, loving and intelligent. The American Pit Bull is not for everyone but with good training, they can make good pets for adults
Boxer – Bite Force 230 PSI
An intelligent, loyal pet, the boxer has a high need for companionship and exercise. They are not happy when regularly left home alone.
Dutch Shepherd – Bite Force 224 PSI
The Dutch Shepherd is a herding dog of Dutch origin. They were used by shepherds and farmers who needed a versatile dog, with few demands, and a dog that was able to adapt to a harsh and meager existence.
Chow Chow – Bite Force 220 PSI
The Chow Chow is a dog breed originally from northern China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan, which means “puffy-lion dog”. The breed has also been called the Tang Quan, “Dog of the Tang Empire”.
Malinois – Bite Force 195 PSI
Also known as “Belgian Shepherds” they originated in the French city of Malines.