Strongest Dog Breeds: Top 10 of The World’s Most Physically Gifted Canines

Who is stronger
Wyatt Robinson
Written by Wyatt Robinson

It is often difficult, when we look at our canine companions, to even imagine their physical capabilities. Apart from attempting to pull your arm out of your shoulder every time they tug on the leash, we cannot really see the power that they pack. In fact, there are some pretty strong dogs out there, and some breeds have been bred with strength in mind. From wrangling cattle to fighting bears, from bringing down raging bulls to chasing away entire packs of wolves, dogs have done it and have been doing it for a long time now.

Even though we have evolved and most of the old days are behind us, we count down the top 10 strongest dog breeds in the world and take a look at how they have evolved and how their heritage has been maintained. Of course if you’re interested in learning about other strong breeds, we recommend you a pleasant lecture: The Dog Encyclopedia. You’ll learn quite a lot about various breeds all over the world.

When looking at the strongest dog breeds we excluded extinct dog breeds and chose to dismiss Guinness world record holding dogs as being an exceptional individual of his or her breed and not a clear cut representative of that breed. We have also chosen to look for the dog breeds that manifest the biggest power / weight ratio and no simply stop at the breeds that rely on their body weight alone to give the illusion of strength.

That being said, let’s have a look at the dog breeds that stand out as being the stronger ones.

About the author
Wyatt Robinson
Wyatt Robinson

Wyatt Robinson had a great 25-years career as a veterinarian in United Kingdom. He used to be a member of British Veterinary Association and worked in 3 pet hospitals in London and Manchester. He is shining when he sees his pets healthy and full of energy and it is his duty to help other dog owners to keep their best friends full of life.

  • Matt Quinn

    The rottweiler does not have any temper problem. If it does then it is the fault of the owner. Not the dog. And if you have trained your dog to walk well on the lead, like you should regardless of the breed, then your lead arm need not be well worked out. An inaccurate article enforcing the already unnecessary bad reputation the breed has.

    • Hello Matt,
      The temper problem mentioned here is exactly that: if not trained correctly he/she will be difficult to keep on track as the dog is quite energetic and needs an authority figure in its life. No dog is born violent and we don’t even dare to think that. However, without proper training, some breeds tend to be more difficult than the others.

  • DeathFromTheShadows

    The Rottweiler does not nor never HAS had a temper issue. It didn’t surprise me in the LEAST when I found out this author was from the UK where this myth started. The truth was exposed when the Rottie became very popular in England Proper, and lead to eventual inbreeding for the purpose of unadulterated greed. ANY dog that was inbred can NOT be listed as characteristic of the breed, due to the known specific issues that it develops such as bipolar personality, excessive aggression, joint degeneration that results in excessive pain and as a result, irritability… But sadly pseudoscience reigned on this and reality was hidden from the world.

  • Megan

    I have two pit bulls, one boy, one girl, and each are very kind and friendly. It depends on how you train them, they weren’t originally used for fighting, people just saw that they were muscular and decided to train them to fight. Just like any other dog small or big it depends on how you train them. They can be the most kind and gentle breed you just have to train them right. I had neighbors who trained them to fight which was sad because I literally watched them die. I couldn’t do anything either, it was all the owners fault. It’s just like when we are at war and the enemy steals our people and brainwashes them. They didn’t want that and they can’t help it or do anything about it. They were never supposed to be fighting dogs we just made them that way, and by we I mean the bad people who torture dogs because training them to fight is torture. This is coming to you from a 15 year old. Thank you for your time.

    • We greatly appreciate your opinion, Megan! It is nice to know that even young girls like you are doing more than what they can, all for the sake of our beloved dogs.

      • Megan

        Thank you Mr.Robinson I appreciate it?

        • You are very welcome! You can learn more about dog health and care from other articles here at dogsaholic, and feel free to ask if you have any further questions. We are here to help!

    • Edina

      You could have done something actually about the neighbor’s dog, like calling animal control or a shelter for example…. :( Why turn a blind eye to animal cruelty?!?!

  • Sam Spencer

    No Bull Terrier? It’s basically all muscle and arguably the pound for pound strongest. What about English Mastiff’s & Bullmastiff’s?

    • Mastiffs and Bullmastiffs are strong, and they live the look. However, there are far more stronger dogs than them.

  • Luke Slawinski

    There are far more powerful dogs the top two should be boerboel an Caucasian orchava both can reach 100 kg while being athletic easily the two strongest dogs

    • While the list is non-exhaustive, your recommendations are indeed some of the strongest dogs we have right now.

  • She must’ve gotten scared, but I’m sure she’ll have this as a learning experience.

  • LordCheezus

    English bull terrier

    • Wyatt Robinson

      Definitely a strong breed in terms of looks and physical strength. However, there are a lot more stronger dogs before the English Bull Terrier.

  • Wayne

    Wondering why the Great Pyrenees isn’t in this list. I have 2 boys. My older boy(5yrs) tore a loose pitbull apart that tried to attack my son while they where on a walk. I heard the commotion, came running and had to pull my Pyr off the pit. By the time I got the pits neck out of my dogs mouth he was not in good shape. Also you should see my fence! My Pyr jumps and pushes on it and the metal beams have been bent beyond repair not to mention they have broke the gate latches so now there are 3 latches and 3 chains holding the gate closed. Last note… Throughout history they have been used to protect against wolves, bear, etc… Just saying. Otherwise great article. Thanks…

    • Wyatt Robinson

      This article is non-exhaustive, Wayne. Although I would have to agree that the Great Pyrenees is a very strong dog breed, and has enough stamina and mass to support its immense strength. It is also one of the solid colored dog breeds that are worth considering if you are looking for a powerful dog in your home.

  • Bruce O’Handley

    Not only should the Belgian Malinois made this list, but been at the absolute TOP of it. They absolutely bury the German Shepherd when it comes to raw athleticism. If there were one breed that was close to being the perfect athlete, it is the Malinois.

    • Wyatt Robinson

      It was a tough call, Bruce. But your points are duly noted and we do adore the Belgian Malinois. Its speed, wit, and heart are definitely unquestionable.