Every dog can bite but some dogs bite harder than others. Depending on a dog’s jaws, teeth and character, it’s bite can be more powerful than another dog’s. In this article, we will look to understand what bite force is, discuss the Dalmatian Dog bite force measure, and what it looks like in comparison to common animals.
What does bite force mean?
Bite force is defined as the force that masticatory muscles exert upon occlusal surfaces of teeth. Sounds gibberish? It does actually. In simple terms, bite force usually refers to the strength or force of a bite – this is the most elementary I can explain it. It is measured in PSI which stands for “pounds per square inch”. It represents the pound of force per square inch.
Every animal has some form of bite force. When the animal bites on food or prey, the force exerted during this bite is what bite force is.
How much is a Dalmatian Dog bite force?
A Dalmatian Dog’s bite force has been measured to be 170-200 PSI. Dalmatian Dogs measure about 19–23 inches in height, with weight ranging between 45–70 pounds (lbs).
Want to see how the dalmatian dog bite force compares to other common animals? Here you go:
- Human bite force: 162 PSI
- Crocodile bite force: 3700 PSI
- Rattlesnake bite force: 150 PSI
- Kangal bite force: 150 PSI
Compare the Dalmatian Dog’s bite force to the bite force of a human being, a crocodile, rattle snake and a Kangal to get the idea of what you are dealing with in terms of strength and power of the bite. What interesting view did you pick from this comparison? Would you rather a snake bite or the Dalmatian Dog? Let us know in the comments.
What are the chances of a Dalmatian Dog biting you?
With a bite force of 170-200 PSI, a Dalmatian Dog’s bite can be relatively powerful. While there is no correlation between a dog’s bite force and it’s intelligence or obedience, there is a lot of correlation between how people use dogs versus what their bite force is measured to be.
According to a study by renowned dog expert Stanley Coren PhD., a Dalmatian Dog is classified among the Above Average Working Dogs. Comparatively, it has an obedience rating of 70%. If a Dalmatian Dog is charging at you, the owner of the dog might need between 16-25 shouts at it to stop it from biting you.
The lower the obedience rating of a dog, and the higher the number of prompts it needs to hear before deciding to stop a potential bite; and therefore the higher the chance that it will actually bite you with it’s bite force if it is aggravated or triggered.
How does this compare to other dogs?
A Chihuahua is classified as a fair working/obedience intelligence. It has an obedience rating of 30%. If a Chihuahua was charging at you, the owner of the dog might need between 41-80 shouts at it to stop if from biting you.
An Akita is classified as Average Working/Obedience Intelligence. It has an obedience rating of 50%. If an Akita was charging at you, the owner of the dog might need between 26-40 shouts at it to stop if from biting you.
The two examples above apply when a dog has not been well trained.
We have seen what the Dalmatian Dog’s bite force of 170-200 PSI can mean in dangerous situations. In addition, we have compared that bite force with other animals to gauge it’s power. Hopefully this helps you to get the right understanding around the bite force of a Dalmatian Dog and what it means for you as a dog parent.