“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”—Mark Twain. Dogs come in all sizes, from the Great Dane to the Chihuahua. When it comes to a canine companion, we all have our preferences. While some of us might like a lap dog, others would rather have one that is large. True, smaller dogs don’t require much space or exercise and hence is perfect for apartment dwellers. However, larger dogs are admired for their strength, agility and their protective instincts.
When we talk about strength, it is good to take into account not only a dog’s size, but also their bite force and speed. The canine need not be aggressive to be called a strong. Sometimes, the most powerful of all dogs can be the gentlest. Being ferocious doesn’t really count as a measure of a dog’s strength. More than the sharpness of their teeth, it the size and weight that acts as a determining factor for labelling them as strong.
One such strong breed is the Boerboel, which is bred primarily as a guard dog. They are aggressive no doubt, but are extremely loyal, often attacking strangers without a warning. The Rottweiler is another such breed that is known, not just for its loyalty, but also its courage. Though with proper socialization, they can even be trained to show affection towards the entire family, these dogs are instinctively protective of their owners, and aren’t too friendly with strangers. Siberian Huskies also feature in this list, since they were bred to pull sledges in the harshest of weather conditions, thus making them, one of the strongest dogs ever. Another canine breed that isn’t as large as the others, but is still believed to be considerably powerful, is the German Shepherd, with a bite force of 238 pounds. Despite their strength, they can be trained to shed their aggressive behavior, and become family pets. The strongest is said to be the Kangal with a bite force of 700 pounds. However, quite contrary to their size and strength, they are quite friendly towards humans.
These dogs may be some of the largest and the strongest, but don’t get fooled by their overpowering stature. Depending on the environment you provide them when they are growing up, they can be your lifelong friend, as either a pet at home or a guard dog. Do you own one of the strongest dogs in the world? If this was interesting, share it with all dog lovers.