German Shepherd Bite Force

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While it is important to know how to tame a dog, it is also vital for lovers and breeders of this kind of animal to understand the other side of what we considered man’s best friend. This is particularly of course not about its friendly licking or leaping but of its bite force.

This article will specifically discuss about “how strong is German Shepherd bite force?”

Bite Force of the German Shepherd in PSI

The bite force of a German Shepherd  in psi is 238 or 108 kg compared to humans with 86 psi or 39 kg. The German Shepherd bite force is so strong which can break a bone of a human. The German Shepherd belongs to the top five breeds with the strongest jaw.

It is also one of the breeds of dogs which has been reported to be dangerous through fatal attacks on humans mostly because they were uncontrolled by their owners. More articles about German Shepherd bite mentioned that German Shepherds are listed as one of the most deadly and dangerous when it comes to dog bites and attacks.

German shepherds was second highest which had caused deaths in 2017, particularly, inflicting 4 deaths. The German Shepherd bite  can be so brutal and can cause its victim serious injuries which will require extensive medical intervention and surgeries. Some of these injuries include tendon, muscle and nerve damages, disfigurement, scars and puncture wounds and lacerations.

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Understanding Dog’s Bite Force

Meaning of Dog Bite Force

Dog bite force refers to the level of pressure in a dog’s bite. It is the strength inflicted by a dog to its victim. Of course the more pressure it has, the more damage or injury it will cause to someone or something. It is one of the important characteristics of the German Shepherd bite.

Measures of Dog Bite Force

The most common measurement of dog bite force is psi (pound per sq. inch) or in kg (kilograms). The use of psi is for the calculation of the pressure exerted upon a given point. It is the method used to determine the force that a dog can put forth through its bites and it is a measured outcome of all the pressure released over a square inch of a pound. The next topic of this article will particularly discuss the bite force of German Shepherd in psi or in kg.

A dog bite force can be classified into 6 levels which are:

  1. First Level, where the dog’s teeth penetrate not on the skin and just to frighten;
  2. Second Level is when the dog’s teeth penetrate on the skin but did not cause any puncture on it;
  3. Third Level: There are approximately 1-4 tooth punctures from just a different bite;
  4. Fourth Level, where there is at least 1 puncture where half of the teeth thrusted. It possibly will leave bruises around wounds caused by the wagging of dog’s head during encounter;
  5. Fifth Level, consists of diverse 4 bites and incursions; and Sixth Level which is very uncommon but it can cause the death of its victim.
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What dog has the strongest bite?

German Shepherd bite force ranked 12th in the top 20 dogs with the Strongest Bite while Kangal ranked 1st with 743 psi. However, it was also reported that German Shepherd is 3rd out of 10 most dangerous and aggressive dog breeds. In the United States, most of the fatal attacks were reported to be coming from German Shepherds which is third rank among the most dangerous dogs.

The most common bite encounters from a German Shepherd can come from two reasons: first,  is due to natural aggression which happens when there is no right training conducted and aggression by order where the attack was done because of the owner’s command.

Some of the high-profile attacks by a German Shepherd reported were: the German Shepherd’s attack to a police officer in Oakland, United States last February 2018; teenager bitten by a German Shepherd in Birmingham, United Kingdom on 2011; and when a sleeping baby killed by a German Shepherd in Georgia, United States also in 2018.


German Shepherd Bite Force is a dangerous characteristic of this breed. Although this may be useful for military and law enforcement operations but owners and breeders must be so cautious in handling this kind of dog.

The best way to prevent possible harmful encounters with a German Shepherd natural aggression is to have proper training, be knowledgeable about dog etiquettes and awareness about the causes and effects of the German Shepherd bite.

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