Last Updated on November 23, 2023 by Fumipets
How Strong Is Chihuahua Bite Force?
Chihuahua Bite Force
One of the tiniest dog breeds available and one of the most well-liked is the chihuahua. These dogs may be quite affectionate and have a variety of characteristics. However, they may also be fairly aggressive at times and have a strong will, which prompts many prospective owners to inquire about how powerful a Chihuahua’s bite is.
Continue reading as we examine this dog’s bite in further detail to see if it poses any risks to people.
Chihuahua Bite Force PSI
Surprisingly, it is more difficult to determine a Chihuahua’s precise biting power than it is for many other breeds. This little breed’s biting power has been reported to reach as high as 3,900 PSI (pounds per square inch), which is an astronomically high figure for such an animal. Despite the fact that there are no formal studies to support it, this theory seems to be little more than whispers despite how extensively it has been reported.
The majority of owners think it’s far less, more like 100–180 PSI. In a research that takes into account the size and structure of the skull as well as a number of other parameters to calculate an estimated biting force, experts based this lower value on some challenging arithmetic.
Although the Chihuahua breed was not directly measured by these specialists, they do note that the size and form of the head are crucial elements in determining biting power. The Chihuahua’s skull is too tiny, according to common measurements, to produce a biting power of much more than 100 to 200 pounds per square inch.
Why Do We Think a 3,900 PSI Bite Force Is Too High?
According to a research on canine bite force and head shape, the size and form of the Chihuahua’s head are completely inappropriate for weights more than 100 or 200 pounds, as we previously said. The easiest way to put this figure into context is by comparison:
The majority of specialists presently agree that the Kangal dog breed has the strongest bite. According to reports, the Kangal has a 743 PSI.
Because of its powerful bite, the American Pit Bull Terrier is a dog that many people are afraid of. According to experts’ studies, the breed’s bite measures at 235 PSI.
The Kangal is included among the top 10 dogs, although neither the Pit Bull nor the Chihuahua are. The American Bandogge, Cane Corso, English Mastiff, Dogo Argentino, Wolfdog, and other breeds of dogs are also included on the top 10 list.
All ten of the canines with the strongest bites had a biting force between 400 and 800 PSI, which is far less than the supposed bite power of the Chihuahua.
Other Interesting Bite Force Facts
A tiny crew tested the force of a Mako Shark’s bite in 2020; the strongest bite measured 3,000 pounds (about half the weight of an elephant).
The saltwater crocodile can bite with 3,700 pounds of power (about twice the weight of a Clydesdale horse).
A Grizzly Bear bites down with a force of almost 1,200 pounds.
Are Chihuahuas Dangerous?
Chihuahuas may not bite with the great power described online, but they are still capable of doing considerable harm if they so want. Because of their remarkable intelligence, chihuahuas can devise sophisticated plans and traps. Since some of their larger teeth are about half an inch long and they move pretty quickly and lightly, 100 pounds of pressure behind them will probably do some harm. Additionally, the fangs are razor-sharp, capable of ripping garments and even biting off fingers.
We wish to emphasize that chihuahuas are not dangerous, and many people will attest to the fact that they make wonderful pets and devoted friends that sometimes become opinionated and demanding but seldom violent. One complaint of a violent Chihuahua was found online, and it concerned stray canines that had not been neutered or spayed, which may make male dogs more aggressive.
What Can I Do to Prevent My Chihuahua From Becoming Aggressive?
As soon as possible, neuter or spay your pet. All dog breeds exhibit unusual behavior when they are in heat, and this behavior may include hostility, particularly when males are involved because they may engage in physical conflict over who gets to mate with the female. This may be avoided by having your pet spayed or neutered, which also offers your pet various other health advantages, such as a longer lifetime and a decreased chance of cancer.
More time should be spent with your pet. Chihuahuas want to always be beside their owner and enjoy being the center of attention. Since keeping your dog alone for too long may encourage all sorts of undesirable behavior, from destroying furniture to becoming aggressive toward humans, hopefully you gave this some serious thought before buying your dog.
As a pup, socialize it. While still a puppy, make sure your Chihuahua becomes used to all of your regular routines and the individuals you interact with. If you like socializing, make sure your dog is used to it; otherwise, it may become apprehensive of visitors and perhaps behave aggressively against them.
For such a little dog, the Chihuahua’s bite is surprisingly powerful, and his teeth are razor-sharp. The damage a bite does might startle the victim, making them think there was more power behind it than there really was. Despite widespread beliefs to the contrary, it is far more plausible that the Chihuahua’s biting power is closer to 100 PSI than 3,900 PSI.