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Old 11-14-2011, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Interesting fact.
I didn't know this.

The German Shepherd can have a bite force of 240-800 lbs all depneds on the age and size and Temperament of the dog .compared to other breeds like

Rottweiler 265-350 lbs
Dobermann 245lbs
Pit bull 165-240 lbs
American bull dog 305lbs
Tosa inu 556-650 lbs
Dutch shepherd 235 lbs
Belgian malinois 136lbs
Karelian Bear Dog 235lbs
Staffordshire bull terrier 135-200lbs
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Very interesting... also a bit strange that the Belgian Malinois bite pressure is a huge amount lower than the reported GSD pressure considering they are fairly similar dogs.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Interesting. The numbers range quite a bit!

Here's a video showing some of the bite pressure testing nat geo did.

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Not a good test. Only 3 dogs, 1 of each breed. You would need hundreds from each breed to get a decent representation.
It also depends on what they are biting. The sleeve is a certain size (large). It is possible that certain breeds have more
leverage depending on what they are biting.

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I totally agree, I posted the video as additional info, interesting to watch.

Also... That's why there's a wide range on the OPs post, it's going to vary.

Having said that, if a dog were latched onto my (bare!) arm, somehow I think 230 PSI is going to hurt just as much as 350!

BTW- I recall reading that hyena's have a 1000 PSI bite!

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Not a good test. Only 3 dogs, 1 of each breed. You would need hundreds from each breed to get a decent representation.
It also depends on what they are biting. The sleeve is a certain size (large). It is possible that certain breeds have more
leverage depending on what they are biting.
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I totally agree, I posted the video as additional info, interesting to watch.

Also... That's why there's a wide range on the OPs post, it's going to vary.

Having said that, if a dog were latched onto my arm, somehow I think 230 PSI is going to hurt just as much as 350!

BTW- I recall reading that hyena's have a 1000 PSI bite!
I've also read that the wolves PSI is around 1000 as well
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That's pull down a water buffalo/bison kind of bite for sure!

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I've also read that the wolves PSI is around 1000 as well
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I suppose that a crushed arm is a crushed arm is a crushed arm.
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Old 11-15-2011, 07:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Many reports of The Massiff and The Turkish Kangel being around 700+ P.S.I.
Also, I've read some articles about the Ovcharka Shepherd far exceeding that number. I've heard in some cases....a PSI well over 1000.

I've also read a few articles where the military says they have measured their GSD's with a PSI of well over 700 also.
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I would think the intent of the bite dog is enough pressure to hang on for dear life and not bone crushing force --- I have seen Malinois hit--maybe not much in the way of relative bite pressure but if they can knock a person off their feet.......
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