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The World's Strongest Dog Breeds

The most powerful dog breeds use their enormous strength in a variety of fascinating ways. Meet the canine companions whose bite is far more dangerous than their bark.

Every dog breed has a high cuddle factor and can make an excellent family pet, but some are stronger than others. It could be in their bite force (or PSI, pounds per square inch), weight, or a combination of the two.

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The Belgian shepherd, or Malinois, is a smart and hardworking canine that is not recommended for novice pet owners. Due to their potentially violent nature, this breed is not recommended for households with young children.


These large working canines, of the Swiss mountain dog breed, may appear affable, but don't be fooled by their disposition. They display formidable power that must be respected.

Bernese Mountain Dog

A bull is tied to a stake, and the English bulldog was initially bred for the purpose of bullbaiting. They were to grasp the animal's nose and hang on for dear life.

English Bulldog

Chows have a reputation for being unsociable and challenging to teach. But with some time and positive training, they can become wonderful household pets.

Chow Chow

The wolfhound may have a powerful bite, but he is not a vicious canine. Because they are so hospitable to new people, wolfhounds have earned the nickname "gentle giants," but this trait also makes them poor defense dogs.

Irish Wolfhound

The ridgeback has a commanding demeanor but gives the impression of being dangerous because he rarely barks. Because the hairs on his back stick up, people sometimes refer to him as a "ridgeback."

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The intelligence and physical power of Dutch shepherds make them useful in a variety of settings, including law enforcement, the military, counterterrorism, and search and rescue.

Dutch Shepherd

The Alano Espaol, or Spanish Bulldog, is a unique species that has a long history of service to humans. As a consequence of their history as bullbaiting dogs, they pack quite a punch when provoked.

Alano Español

The lab is a common pet because he or she is a friendly, obedient member of the family. Labs were originally developed to assist hunters by retrieving animals. They are lively and incredibly bright.

Labrador Retriever

Despite their reputation as big love bugs, these canines are formidable competitors. When mountaineers got stuck in the Swiss Alps, they were trained to rescue them.

Saint Bernard

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