There are several breeds of dog in the world and these dogs are bred for a specific task as well as being man’s best friend.
You have the smallest, the biggest and the smartest dogs, but which dogs are the toughest dog breeds in the world?
We put together a list of ten toughest dog breeds in the world and one of these is also one of the most destructive.
Toughest Dog Breeds
This dog is a very large, powerful and heavy big-boned animal. Kangal was bred in turkey as a guardian against predators such as wolves that endanger livestock. A Kangal is definitely big enough and vicious enough to defeat a wolf.
This dog is very alert, territorial and defensive. They are also recognised as one of the tallest dogs in existence, with male measuring 30 – 32 inches tall and weighing 110 – 145 pounds. With their size, a Kangal prefers to intimidate predators before attacking and if the other animal refuses to back down, a Kangal will attack.
A Kangal has been widely regarded as a family protection dog and it also sees human as its flock and will guard them with extreme devotion.
2. ST. BERNARD
ST. Bernard is one of the toughest dog breeds out there with massive weight and size. It is considered a working dog that was originally bred to help travellers in the icy areas such as Italy and Switzerland. Their enormous size prevents them from freezing while helping stranded travellers.
The average weight of full-grown male of ST. Bernard is 140 – 260 pounds or more. And the approximate height is 28 – 35 inches. St. Bernard has a really fast growth rate and because they are big and heavy, this can lead to serious deterioration of the bones if proper care is not given to them (which include proper food and exercise).
3. CARPATHIAN SHEPHERD
The Carpathian Shepherd is a large sheepdog bred in Romania to protect livestock and keep them safe from predators. The Carpathian Shepherd has been bred for centuries. This dog average full-grown male is about 25 – 29 inches in height and weighs 70 – 100 pounds. Though there isn’t any set weight for this dog because it all depends on how tall the dog is.
The temperament of this dog is a bit different from any other dog. The Carpathian Shepherd has some unique characteristics, it is fearless, daring, courageous and intelligent, these characteristics make them perfect for guarding other animals or even people. They are also called battle bear due to their ability to protect whatever its master wants protecting.
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4. ALASKAN MALAMUTE
The Alaskan Malamute is a big dog with lots of stamina and strength. And it’s one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.
The Alaska Malamute possess a lot of strength, energy, endurance, independent and they are also intelligent, which makes them perfect for training.
They are initially used to hunt polar bear 🐻, seals as well as to pull the heavy sledge over a long distance. It’s one of the oldest Arctic sledge dogs. A full-grown male can grow from 24 – 26 inches and usually weigh around 80 – 95 pounds.
This dog has a very playful temperament and should be kept outside. Isn’t the dog to keep in the house or they will destroy everything in the house due to their high energy.
Rottweilers are powerful dogs that are very muscular but only have two colours, brown and black. Their heads are round and they have strong jaws that can break a bone in two. They might not be the tallest dog but they are strong, with full-grown male measuring 24 – 27 inches in height and they weighing 95 – 130 pounds.
Many people don’t know they were bred to drive cattle in a cart to the market after the cattle has been butchered. Rottweilers were the earliest police dogs used by the police and military before German Shepherd.
6. DOGO ARGENTINO
Also known as the Argentine Mastiff, is bred in one colour only, white. The Dogo Argentino is a very muscular dog bred as a pack hunting dog for big game animals like wild boar 🐗 and Puma.
The Dogo Argentino is one of the toughest dog breeds out there because it possesses incredible strength and stamina, as well as quick intelligence and quick responsiveness. A full-grown male can measure around 24 – 27 inches in height and weigh around 80 – 200 pounds. They have been used in police protection work, however, they have an unstable temperament, so it’s advised that only trained professionals should handle this dog.
7. AMERICA PIT BULL TERRIER
This dog is a medium size solidly built dog. There are many different breeds of Pitbull. This dog was initially bred to fight other dogs (before the ban of dogfights sport), but they are also used as catch dogs to chase and drag life stock animals back to humans.
A full-grown pit bull can be 18 – 22 inches in height and weigh between 30 – 60 pounds. As much as they are seen as a very dangerous dog, they can be used as farm dogs as well as nanny dogs because they are so gentle around children.
They are a serious competitor in games that involve weight pulling, agility and obedience competition.
8. ENGLISH BULLDOG
English Bulldog was originally bred to drive cattle to the market and also to compete in a bloody sport called bull-baiting. This dog is full of lots of strength, vigour and stability, with an average height of 17 inches and weigh from 45 – 60 pounds.
9. SIBERIAN HUSKY
This dog is a medium-sized dog with so much resemblance with the Alaska Malamute but with some differences like the erect triangular ears, distinctive markings and is smaller than the Alaska Malamute.
The origin of this dog 🐕 is in Siberia. A full-grown male can get from 21 – 24 inches and weigh 45 – 60 pounds. The Siberian Husky is an active and energetic dog whose ancestors lived in the extremely cold and harsh environment of the Siberian arctic. And was used as a sledge dog for its ability to pull a load of the sledge.
10. GERMAN SHEPHERD
The German Shepherd is a breed of dog that originated in Germany. This dog is well known for its strength, intelligence, trainability and obedience. It is used by police forces all around the world as well as military forces due to its extreme intelligence. They were originally bred and developed to herd sheep 🐏 but due to their high intelligence, they have moved on to more important human support roles.
The German Shepherd is ranked third in terms of intelligence as compared to other breeds and this is due to its ability to learn simple task only after five repetition and obeying the first command given 95% of the time.
The German Shepherd is the second-most registered breed by the American Kennel Club. The height of a full-grown German Shepherd could be from 24 – 26 inches and it can weigh around 66 – 88 pounds.