The Boerboel, or South African Mastiff, is a giant dog breed with a lot of power. Weighing as much as 200 pounds, this breed has a bite force equivalent to 450 pounds of pressure per square inch (PSI). This may fall some way short of the wolf, with a staggering bite pressure of 1,500 PSI but is one of the most forceful dog bites and getting close to the pressure of a lion’s bite, which has approximately 600 PSI.
Fortunately, although originally bred as a guardian dog, the Boerboel is considered a friendly dog that makes a good family pet and is naturally gentle around children. It is also intelligent and relatively easy to train.
About the Boerboel
The Boerboel is a mastiff-type dog, which means that it is large and powerful. It was bred, in South Africa, to protect farms and homes. It can grow to nearly 200 pounds in weight, with the male typically outgrowing the female. Because of the large size of the dog, it won’t reach full maturity until at least 18 months of age and has an average lifespan of around 10 years.
Although it was bred as a guardian dog, the Boerboel also makes a great family pet that will form a close bond with all family members. It is known to be gentle with children.
The Boerboel can be a lazy dog, so owners need to ensure that the breed gets enough exercise and does not put on too much weight. Although there are rarely any problems with aggression when this dog is kept as a family pet, early socialization, effective training, and love and affection can further ensure a sociable and caring pet.
Boerboel Bite Force
One characteristic of mastiff breeds is that they are very powerful. As well as being able to pull, push, and carry heavy loads, this power extends to their jaws and mouths. They have a ferocious bite force equivalent to 450 pounds per inch (PSI). That sounds a lot when you consider that a lion’s bite force is only 600 PSI, and it is enough to chomp through bones and other hard materials.
How Does the Boerboel Compare to Other Animals?
However, it is nothing compared to wild animals like the crocodile or great white shark, which have bite forces equivalent to 3,700 PSI and 4,000 PSI respectively. Below are some of the bite forces of wild animals including the most powerful as well as some that are comparable to that of the Boerboel.
What Is the Dog With the Strongest Bite Force?
450 PSI is an impressive amount of bite force, but it isn’t the most powerful of dog bites. The Kangal has a bite force of nearly 750 PSI, more than that of a lion, while the Bandog and Cane Corso also have bite forces registering 700 PSI or above. All of the five most powerful dog bites are from mastiff breeds, and as follows:
How Strong Is a Boerboel’s Bite Force?
A dog’s bite force is not an indicator of aggression and does not mean that a dog of that breed will pose a threat to its owners or strangers. However, it does mean that if the dog is not trained and socialized properly or, worse still, is trained to be aggressive, it can cause serious damage if it does bite.
The Boerboel, or South African Mastiff, is one of several mastiff breeds that has a powerful jaw and the bite force to match, with 450 PSI of pressure. It compares to that of other large breeds but is still some way short of the Kangal breed’s massive 743 PSI bite force pressure figure.
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