10 Most Powerful Dog Breeds In The World And What They Eat

10 Most Powerful Dog Breeds In The World And What They Eat

Doberman Pinschers

 

 

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Originally from Germany, the powerful Doberman has long been considered the ideal guard dog, and they’re often used in law enforcement. Super fast and powerful, these dogs have an elegance that has earned them respect in the canine kingdom.

But don’t underestimate them just because they’re beautiful—their tough nature sets them apart as one of the strongest dog breeds in the world. If you’re looking for a loyal dog to help you feel secure in your home, a Doberman may be for you.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #17

2017: #16

2016: #15

2015: #14

Name: Doberman Pinscher

Other names: Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman

Origin: Germany

Breed Group: Working (AKC:1908)

Guardian Dogs (UKC)

Size: Large

Type: Purebred

Life span: 10-12 years

Temperament: Alert, Energetic, Fearless, Intelligent, Loyal, Obedient

Height: Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm)

Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)

WeightMale: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg)

Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg)

Colors: Black, Black and Tan, Blue, Brown, Red, White.

German Shepherds

 

 

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It’s really no wonder that this breed is often preferred by law enforcement, security agents, and other organizations where strength and power are key—the German Shepherd has that in spades. Considered the second most popular purebred dog breed in the United States, these canines (who, duh, originated in Germany) are celebrated for their brains, beauty, and courage.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #2

2017: #2

2016: #2

2015: #2

Name: German Shepherd

Other names: Alsatian (UK), Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Berger Allemand, Deutscher Schäferhund, SchäferhundOrigin Germany

Breed Group: Herding (AKC:1908, UKC)

Size: Large

Type: Purebred

Life span: 10-13 years

Temperament: Alert, Confident, Courageous, Curious, Intelligent, Loyal, Obedient, Watchful.

Height: Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm)

Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm)

Weight: Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg)

Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg)

Colors: Black, Blackand Tan, Black& Silver, Black& Red

Litter Size: 6-10 puppies

Tibetan Mastiff

 

 

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This breed is so old that it’s said that Caesar described Mastiffs in his account of invading Britain in 55 BC—but they still haven’t lost their charm. Bred to be guardians, hunters, and war dogs, they are thickly muscled and weigh more than most full-grown men.

But aside from their incredible strength, this breed is patient, lovable, and kind, and they respond well to gentle, positive training. Just know that when you decide to add one of these dogs to your family, you’re making a commitment to training the dog that should be taken seriously.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #131

2017: #153

2016: #135

2015: #133

Name: Tibetan Mastiff

Other names: Dok-Khyi, Tsang-khyi

Origin: China

Breed Group: working (AKC:2007)

Guardian Dogs (UKC)

Size: Giant

Type: Purebred

Life span: 10-14 years

Temperament: Aloof, Protective, Strong Willed, Stubborn, Courageous, Loyal

Height: 25-28 inches (61-71 cm)

Weight: 140-170 pounds (64-78 kg)

Colors: Black, Black& Tan, Blue, Brown, Gray, Red

Litter Size: 5-12 puppies

Rottweilers

 

 

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Bred for centuries to be working dogs, Rottweilers have been helping herd and guard livestock since the ancient Roman empire. Though many still herd, they also are used as police and guard dogs since most intruders wouldn’t dare mess with such a powerful and tough-looking canine.

It can be hard to picture them being playful, but if you’re in a Rottie’s inner circle, you may get to see that side of them. Just make sure to begin training them early as they respond best to confident and experienced owners.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #8

2017: #8

2016: #8

2015: #9

Name: Rottweiler

Other names: Rottie, Rott

Origin: Germany

Breed Group: Working (AKC:1931)

Guardian Dog (UKC)

Size: Large to Giant

Type: Purebred

Life span: 8-11 years

Temperament: Alert, Courageous, Fearless, Good-natured, Independent, Intelligent, Loyal, Protective

Height: Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm)

Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm)

Weight: Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg)

Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg)

Colors: Black & Mahogany, Black & Rust, Black & Tan

Litter Size: 8-12 puppies

Great Danes

 

 

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Though they tend to tower over other breeds, Great Dane truly are the gentle giants of the canine world. Originally used to hunt animals like boar, deer, and bear, these dogs are now content to hang out with their family and lounge around on the sofa. This doesn’t mean they aren’t still strong though—this breed is all muscle and weighs in at a maximum of 175 pounds.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #16

2017: #14

2016: #14

2015: #15

Name: Great Dane

Other names: Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff

Origin: Germany

Breed Group: Working (AKC:1887)

Guardian Dogs (UKC)

Size: Giant

Type: Purebred

Life span: 7-10 years

Temperament: Friendly, Confident, Devoted, Intelligent, Gentle, Loving, Reserved

Height: Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm)

Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm)

Weight: Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg)

Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)

Colors: Black, Black& White, Blue, Brindle, Fawn, Harlequin, Mantle, Merle, White

Litter Size: 10-15 puppies

Newfoundland

 

 

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It’s amazing that Newfoundlands are such masterful long-distance swimmers considering their big-boned, muscular build—though I’m sure their partially webbed feet come in handy. Good-natured and friendly, this breed is devoted to their family (especially kids).

Ranging from 120-150 pounds, they’re the kind of family member you’d be lucky to have. Just make sure to give them plenty of exercise, attention, and affection—they deserve it.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #40

2017: #36

2016: #35

2015: #37

Name: Newfoundland

Other names: Newf, Newfie, The Gentle Giant, Blackbear

Origin:  United Kingdom, Canada

Breed Group: Working (AKC:1886)

Guardian Dog (UKC)

Size: Giant

Type: Purebred

Life span: 9-12 years

Temperament: Cheerful, Courageous, Intelligent, Loyal, Social, Sweet, Gentle

Height: Male: 27-29 inches (69-74 cm)

Female: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm)

WeightMale: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg)

Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg)

Colors: Black, Brown, Gray, White& Black

Litter Size: 4-12 puppies

Saint Bernard

 

 

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The St. Bernard is a Swiss dog trained to rescue and save travelers lost in avalanches by digging out massive amounts of snow and guiding (or dragging them) them to safety. That perfectly sums up this unique and powerful dog—incredibly strong and undeniably loyal.

Saint Bernards are responsible for saving thousands of lives. They’re tough as nails in the harshest conditions, but these dogs are also affectionate and adore cuddle time with family.

Breed Information

Popularity2018: #48

2017: #48

2016: #49

2015: #50

Name: St. Bernard (Saint Bernard)

Other names: St. Hubert Hound, Chien St. Hubert, Sleuth Hound

Origin:  Italy, Switzerland

Breed Group: Working (AKC:1885)

Guardian Dog (UKC)

Size: Large to Giant

Type:Purebred

Life span: 8-10 years

Temperament: Friendly, Gentle, Independent, Intelligent, Out-Going, Quiet, Social

Height: 25.5-27.5 inches (61-70 cm)

Weight: 110-200 pounds (50-91 kg)

Colors: Black, Brindle, Brown, Red, Red-Brown, Tricolor, White

Litter Size: 6-8 puppies

Rhodesian Ridgeback

 

 

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This strong, muscular dog was bred to guard livestock and homes—something that perfectly complements its ultra-protective instincts. Originally from Rhodesia in Africa (now Zimbabwe and Zambia), this breed can be a handful for an inexperienced owner but will make a nice pet with plenty of training, socialization, and love.

You can’t be too surprised about the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s tough nature, seeing as how they used to hunt lions in Africa.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #41

2017: #41

2016: #42

2015: #40

Name: Rhodesian Ridge back

Other names: African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound

Origin: Zimbabwe

Breed Group: Hound (AKC:1955)

Sighthounds & pariahs (UKC)

Size: Large

Type: Purebred

Life span: 10-12 years

Temperament: Dignified, Intelligent, Loyal, Mischievous, Sensitive, Strong Willed

Height: Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm)

Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)

Weight: Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg)

Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg)

Colors: Golden, Gray, Red, Wheaten, White

Litter Size: 6-8 puppies

Kangal

 

 

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Originating in an isolated region of Turkey, the Kangal is considered one of the oldest livestock-guarding dog breeds. Kangals can weigh up to 140 pounds, and have a high tolerance for pain—they’ve spent generations fighting off dangerous animals, after all.

Incredibly loyal to the ones they love, you’ll just have to make sure you take the time to train and socialize them properly. Owning such a large, strong animal is a big responsibility, especially considering their bite force of 743 PSI.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #

2017: #

2016: #

2015: #

Name: Kangal Dog

Other names: Sivas Kangal, Turkish Kangal

Origin: Turkey

Breed Group: Working

Guardian Dog (UKC)

Size: Giant

Type: Purebred

Life span: 12-15 years

Temperament: Alert, Calm, Independent, Protective, Self-Controlled, Sensitive

Height: Male: 30-32 inches (77-86 cm)

Female: 28-30 inches (72-77 cm)

Weight: Male: 110-145 pounds (50-66 kg)

Female: 90-120 pounds (41-54 kg)

Colors: Black, Cream, Gray

Litter Size: 5-10 puppies

Dogo Argentino

 

 

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This big, white, powerful dog was bred in Argentina to hunt big game like wild boar. Muscular and short-coated, these dogs can weigh up to 100 pounds, and are often used for police work and search and rescue. Because it’s known to be stubborn (and has a natural protective instinct), the Dogo Argentino should have an experienced, confident owner.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #

2017: #

2016: #

2015: #

Name: Dogo Argentino

Other names: Argentine Dogo, Argentine Mastiff, Dogo

Origin: Argentina

Breed Group: Working

Guardian Dog (UKC)

Size: Large

Type: Purebred

Life span: 10-12 years

Temperament: Affectionate, Cheerful, Friendly, Loyal, Protective, Tolerant, Social

Height: Male: 24–27 inches (60–68 cm)

Female: 24–26 inches (60–65 cm)

Weight: Male: 88–99 pounds (40–45 kg)

Female: 77–88 pounds (35–40 kg)

Colors: White

Litter Size: 4-8 puppies

Cane Corso

 

 

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With a lineage that goes back to ancient Roman times, this giant dog breed is known for their excellence as guardians. Always alert and confident, Cane Corsos are very loyal to their humans. And the fact that they weigh over 100 pounds and have lots of muscles makes them intimidating to any would-be intruders.

The Cane Corso is not ideal for first-time dog owners, as it requires strong, consistent training and in-depth socialization.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #32

2017: #37

2016: #40

2015: #35

Name: Cane Corso

Other names: Cane Corz, Italian Mastiff, Cane Di Macellaio

Origin: Italy

Breed Group: Working (AKC:2010)

Guardian Dogs (UKC)

Size: Large

Type: Purebred

Life span: 10-11 years

Temperament: Cheerful, Courageous, Loyal, Quiet, Social

Height: Male: 24-27 inches (64-68 cm)

Female: 23-25 inches (60-64 cm)

Weight: Male: 99-110 pounds (45-50 kg)

Female: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg)

Colors: Black, BlackBrindle, Chestnut Brindle, Fawn, Gray, GrayBrindle, Red

Litter Size: 4-6 puppies

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

 

 

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Bulldogs are one of the most recognizable breeds, with their stocky build, striking underbite, floppy lips, and wrinkled faces. The bulldog hails from the U.K., where they’re considered a mascot of sorts. Many compared British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the bulldog for his unwavering persistence and gruff charm.

Bulldogs range in size from 40 to 50 pounds—they’re short but hefty. Despite their brusque look, they’re incredibly loving towards owners and family members, particularly children.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #

2017: #

2016: #

2015: #

Name: Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

Other names: Otto Bulldog, Catahoula Bulldog

Origin: United States

Breed Group: Working

Size: Large

Type: Purebred

Life span: 12-15 years

Temperament: Dutiful, Loving, Protective, Responsible, Trainable

Height: 24 inches (61 cm)

Weight: Male: 100 pounds (47 kg)

Female: 78 pounds (34 kg)

Colors: Black, Brindle, Fawn, Grey, Red, White

Litter Size: 4-8 puppies

Siberian Husky

 

 

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Their bravery and ability to cover huge distances in harsh conditions is part of the Siberian Husky DNA, along with their friendliness and love of family. Another plus—these dogs are naturally clean and don’t have the same “dog odor” you’ll find in other breeds. Huskies, like malamutes, are renowned for their weight pulling ability.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #14

2017: #12

2016: #12

2015: #12

Name: Siberian Husky

Other names: Chukcha, Chuksha, Husky, Icee, Sibe

Origin: Russia

Breed Group: Working (AKC:1930)

Northern Breeds (UKC)

Size: Medium

Type: Purebred

Life span: 12-14 years

Temperament: Alert, Friendly, Gentle, Intelligent, Outgoing

Height: Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm)

Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm)

Weight: Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg)

Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg)

Colors: Agouti & White, Black& White, Gray& White, Red& White, Sable& White, White

Litter Size: 4-8 puppies

Belgian Malinois

 

 

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Also known as the Belgian shepherd, the Malinois is a graceful, powerful working dog bred for herding. They’re active, smart, and require a great deal of exercise, so they’re not well-suited to life in the city unless given plenty of daily walks and opportunities to play. These dogs excel at protection and police work as well as drug and bomb detection (though not always as service dogs.

Breed Information

Popularity:

2018: #43

2017: #44

2016: #47

2015: #51

Name: Belgian Malinois

Other names: Malinois, Chien De Berger Belge, Mechelaar, Mechelse Herder, Mechelse Scheper, Pastor Belga Malinois

Origin: Belgium

Breed Group: Herding (AKC:1959)(UKC)

Size: Large

Type: Purebred

Life span: 12-14 years

Temperament: Active, Alert, Confident, Friendly, Hard-working, Protective, Stubborn, Watchful

Height: Male: 61–66 cm (24–26 in)

Female: 56–61 cm (22–24 in)

Weight: Male: 25–30 kg (55–66 lb)

Female: 20–25 kg (44–55 lb)

Colors: Fawn, FawnSable, Mahogany, Red, Red Sable

Litter Size: 6-10 puppies

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