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Dogs are known to be man’s best friend. They provide companionship, promote a healthier lifestyle, and can help relieve stress and anxiety. However, it is important to remember that dogs are still animals and are capable of biting.  The strength of a dog bite doesn’t necessarily make an animal dangerous. In fact, some of the best-tempered animals on our list of dogs with the strongest bites. Pit bulls are commonly thought to be the dog with the strongest bite, but they don’t even come to close to cracking the top 10.

In a majority of dog bite cases, no medical treatment is needed. However, nearly one in five people bitten by dogs require medical attention.  

What dogs are most likely to bite?Determing a family pet may involve looking dog bites by breeds. It is important to remember that dogs are still animals and are capable of biting.

Before you make the decision to get a dog, it is important to do research to know what dog breed will fit best with your family and even your home. For example, a family with kids living in an apartment may not want to get a high-energy dog, such as a Jack Russell Terrier or a large dog that needs lots of room to stretch its legs. You want to know what breeds would get along with other pets, which require more exercise, and how much time you’ll need to invest in training. These are all important facets of being a responsible pet owner. The needs of your dog and how well you respond to them will affect how well your animal does around other people and animals.

When choosing a dog, it’s important to research what dogs are most likely to cause harm to humans. And if you choose a dog considered to be dangerous, then it’s important you understand the tools you’ll need to ensure they don’t hurt others or risk the possibility of a lawsuit.

According to, between 2005 and 2017,  the dog breeds most likely to be involved in a fatal attack on humans include the following: 

  • Pit bulls. Over a 12 year period, pit bulls were involved in 284 fatal attacks on humans in the United States. Rottweiler, the runner-up, was involved in 45.
  • Rottweiler
  • German shepherd
  • Mixed-breeds
  • American bulldogs
  • Mastiff/bullmastiff
  • Husky
  • Labrador retriever
  • Boxer
  • Doberman Pinscher

Obviously, not all dogs from the above breeds will be inclined to attack. In fact, studies show that overall pit bulls are far less aggressive than chihuahuas. While the above animals cause the most devastating damage, smaller dogs like chihuahuas and Jack Russell Terriers are known to bite far more often. But, naturally, smaller dogs inflict far less damage. It’s important to remember that no matter the size of the dog, whether or not an animal is aggressive is entirely dependent on the pet owner. A responsible dog owner will know their pet’s limitations, triggers and have properly maintained enclosures to ensure their pets stay within the confines of their home.

Which dogs are least likely to attack?

Another aspect of dog ownership you should consider is what kind of dog is least likely to attack. This doesn’t mean that these animals won’t attack, but it may give you peace of mind when choosing a family pet.

  • Dalmation
  • Pointer
  • Great Danes
  • Pekingese
  • Spitz

What dog has the strongest bite?

Bites are measured in pounds per square inch, which is shortened to “psi”. In other words, psi means pressure that is applied. Below, we have listed dogs with the largest psi strength. When looking over the list, remember that the average tire pressure is around 32 psi or pounds per inch square. 

10. Rottweiler (328 PSI)

Known to be a guard dog, Rottweilers are intelligent, calm matter, and easy to train. This is a good family dog that would do well in a very active household but can keep a calm matter.  Although they are really good with new people, they might struggle to interact with other dogs.

9. Wolfdog hybrid (406 psi)

The Wolfdog hybrid is seen as more dangerous than your average dog. These dogs have the pack mentality and are extremely loyal to their human family.

8. Dogo Argentino (500 PSI)

Known for its game hunting abilities, Dogo Argentino has high energy and an intense prey drive. Although they aren’t as playful as other breeds and are hard to train, they are very lovable with family members. It is crucial for a Dogo Argentino social with other dogs and humans. 

7. Dogo Canario (540 PSI)

Another member of the Mastiff family, the Dogo Canario is an ancient dog that was once used during war times. Due to their slightly aggressive nature, their ideal household would be in a well-active home that will give them enough exercise.

6. English Mastiff (552 PSI)

This is a large breed of dog that tends to be calm but powerful when needed. Their ancestors, known as “Molossus” were noted to be talented war dogs. Today, we see them as very calm and gentle dogs that can be lazy partners at times. With a psi of 552, an English Mastiff can easily break any bone in your body. 

5. Tosa Inu (556 PSI)

This breed is the product of crossbreeding European dogs to purposefully create an insane gladiator out of the breed with a breeding peak between 1924 and 1933. Their bite strength is at 556 PSI, but these dogs are the most loyal, honest, and dignified. However, due to their dark history of being portrayed as aggressive dogs, some countries have banned the ownership of this breed.

4. Dogue de Bordeaux (556 PSI)

Dogue de Bordeaux is also known as the French Mastiff and Bordeaux Mastiff and has been around the 14th century. In the past, these dogs were assigned to pull carts, watch over the mansions of their nobles, haul heavy objects, and guard livestock. Dogue de Bordeaux’s are now known for all the drool they release, being quiet and calm as inside dogs. As long as you don’t hurt them, there will be no reason for this dog to use its bite strength of 556 PSI. 

3. Cane Corso (700 PSI)

The Cane Corso is Italy’s most valued canine served to catch dogs in rural areas. These dogs have a strong bite and were used as attack dogs by carters, tax collectors, and night watchmen. However, they are very obedient and lovable towards their family members. Cane Corso’s are intelligent and easy to train due to their eagerness to learn. However, please be careful if you have frequent guests over as they can be overprotective.

2. Bandog Dog (730 PSI)

This breed of dog has diverse ancestry. It is a cross of bulldog and mastiff. Their breed’s purpose is to be protective. They fit well with families that understand their needs to play, routines, and work with constant affection. 

1. Kangal (743 PSI)

The Kangal dog is a national treasure in Turkey. Although Kangals have the strongest bite they have a less aggressive demeanor. These dogs are great for a family watchdog and are very friendly with their owners and kids. They are used to protect sheep and other flocks from their predators. However, it is important to note that Kangalsare, not the best breed when it comes to strangers.

The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

If someone has been bitten by a dog, they know that some statutes and ordinances regulate dangerous dogs to protect people from dog bites. There are two reasons why this is helpful. The first is that the enforcement of these regulations will help reduce the number of dog attacks. The second is that there can be a sense of liability against the dog owner if someone has been bitten by a dangerous dog. 

To understand what statues you would be able to use, we need to understand what would classify a dog to be dangerous. 

If you or someone you love was hurt by someone else’s dog or if you’re the animal’s owner, consider reaching out to The Carlson Law Firm to speak to one of our personal injury attorneys. We can help by applying local laws and figure out the best solution to your situation. 

During our 40-year history, The Carlson Law Firm has never advocated for the destruction of any animal. 

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