The 10 strongest dog breeds in the world and their characteristics

Some dog breeds are very particular, both for aesthetic and character reasons. Today we discover the top ten of the most muscular dogs in the world.

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Among the many animals in the world, some are associated with force: we can think of the lion, the gorilla, the bear, and who knows how many other animals come to mind. But if we look closely, even in the small of our house, there could be a real thug: our four-legged friend, Fido, could be a great strongman. Let’s find out which are the ten healthiest dog breeds globally, with some more information on their character and physical characteristics. 

The strongest dog breeds

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized dog with thick fur; this dog breed has a lot of strength to be a working dog and has high endurance. Huskies can work in packs. They can even move loads at moderate speeds on ice. These sturdy dogs are friendly and graceful and have almond-shaped blue or black eyes. 

This little furry dog ​​has great energy, which helps him participate in high impact activities and jump to around 180cm in height. Huskies are initially from Siberia and love the company of their owners very much. These sled dogs have many features that help them withstand colder temperatures: their fur is long and water-resistant at the top, they use their tails to cover their bodies up to their faces.

  • Personality: loyal, outgoing, naughty
  • Height: 53-60cm (male), 50-56cm (female)
  • Weight: 20-27kg (male), 16-22kg (female)
  • Life expectancy: 12-14 years

Rhodesian ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog suitable for all, with high resistance, with the characteristic lock of hair that grows backward in its body, a unique feature of these dogs. The place of origin of this powerful breed is Rhodesia, from which they take their name. They have a great ability to track and capture other animals, and in fact, were used in the past for lion hunting. Ridgebacks are speedy and influential athletes, they can weigh around 31 to 38 kg, and their primary coat color is a shade of wheat color, and they have a black or brown nose.

These dogs have a strong character and are independent. This dog is more suited to living indoors and guarding; they are very suitable dogs to prevent intruders from entering. These dogs are famous for their stamina and strength as well as being fearless in appearance too. They have a deep chest, thanks to which they can gain more endurance. Long legs and tapered tails are also their particularity. 

  • Character: affectionate, dignified, quite temperate
  • Height: 63-68cm (male), 61-66cm (female)
  • Weight: 38 kg (male), 31 kg (female)
  • Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Irish Greyhound

Here is another strong dog breed, the Irish Wolfhound (or Irish Wolfhound). Aside from this trait, this is also the tallest dog breed in the world. These great playful dogs are muscular. They are able to run at very high speed at a gallop. Their coats come in many colors, such as white, gray, red, and black, and their appearance can be frightening to intruders, although they are usually very patient with children. However, as they are quite large in size, they supervised around small children. 

They are a very adaptable family companion; sometimes, they even adapt to cats. This ancient dog breed originated in Ireland, and these dogs played a significant role in hunting and warfare. But this brave quadruped isn’t always that aggressive, even if these dogs aren’t the best suited to apartment living. They need a large enough area to run a lot – they need about 40 minutes of daily exercise. This strong dog needs proper training.

  • Character: courageous, dignified, calm
  • Height: minimum 81 cm (male), minimum 76 cm (female)
  • Weight: 54 kg (male), 47 kg (female)
  • Life expectancy: 6-8 years

Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard is useful in several ways: they were initially guards in the Colle di San Bernardo, hence the name, but they also often helped lost and injured travelers. These days they enjoy family life as cute pets, but they also participate in weightlifting competitions. Strength and power make them very suitable for all the most challenging tasks. 

Saint Bernard has dark eyes, a short muzzle, and wrinkled eyebrows. They look like ferocious dogs with their giant size but are relatively calm. This dog takes a long time to grow mentally, in fact, it stays like a giant puppy for a few years, and it doesn’t bark for no reason. Although they have thick fur, they are not suitable for living outside the family, and at the same time, they cannot handle too much heat. 

  • Character: playful, charming, curious
  • Height: 70-90cm (male), 65-80cm (female)
  • Weight: 75-100kg (male), 55-65kg (female)
  • Life expectancy: 8-10 years


The Rottweiler is medium to large, and this sturdy working dog is a gentle playmate, but within the family circle, they act as protectors. This strong dog breed has a short black coat with beautiful markings, and from the appearance, it looks relatively calm and confident. They initially helped in the shepherd town of Rottweil. Their work included moving objects from place to market and protecting the property from intruders. Hence their name. Later, he became the police and personal guard dog.

Another important fact is that they were the first guide dogs for blind people. They are used in search and rescue operations. For example, cities like Oklahoma City and the World Trade Center have contributed to these calamities. One thing is for sure; their muscular bodies make them suitable for all these tasks.

  • Character: loyal, loving, confident guardian
  • Height: 61-69cm (male), 56-63cm (female)
  • Weight: 43-61kg (male), 36-45kg (female)
  • Life expectancy: 9-10 years

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

The C ring of the Caucasian shepherd is another race among the strongest dogs in the world. They are muscular dogs from the Caucasus’ mountainous regions, and their strong bones and very short coat give them a unique appearance. These dogs are relatively large in size, and their breed developed from the old Caucasian dog variety. In the mountains, they took the dogs’ role, saving the sheep from predators such as bears and jackals.

This breed is brilliant and reacts to unfamiliar people. They are used as guard dogs in the western regions. This dog requires good training in an organized way, or it won’t be easy to socialize. His coat is waterproof, and he has acute hearing. Furthermore, this hard-working giant’s advantage is adapting to all climatic conditions, even the harshest. To release his energy, he needs outdoor activities and exercises. However, it needs optimal training, as it quickly gets out of control.

  • Character: fearless, bold, kind
  • Height: 58-76 cm
  • Weight: 45-77 kg
  • Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Dogo Argentino

The Dogo Argentino is a large white dog, originally from Argentina. In the past, they were used for big game hunting, including boars and pumas. This dog is brave enough to protect his companions, and the powerful and athletic body makes them more rigid. The thick head and elegant neck are mighty, and they have a muscular body, good nose, and large lung capacity.

This dog is very versatile in his functions, he is also suitable for search and rescue operations, and even in military work, this Argentine hero had a chance to stand out. The role of police service and assistance dogs is also suitable for them, so much so that the Dogo makes any hard work possible thanks to its enormous strength.

  • Character : friendly, cheerful, humble
  • Height: 61-68cm (male), 60-66cm (female)
  • Weight: 36-45 kg
  • Life expectancy: 9-15 years

American Pit Bull Terrier

The pit bulls were bred to incite the bulls, then they have become a kind of family dog, are very gentle with children, and have courage and tenacity. In weightlifting sports, these dogs have been used due to their enormous strength, but they also participate in obedience competitions and agility games. The pit bull needs proper training to socialize, and it’s best not to choose this dog if we don’t have enough time to prepare them. 

They can be an excellent companion for children, but they can stand up for people to death if needed. These dogs are quite intelligent, and they learn commands quickly. They like to participate in every activity around them

  • Character : confident, intelligent, good-natured
  • Height: 45-48cm (male), 43-46 (female)
  • Weight: 25-32kg (male), 18-25kg (female)
  • Life expectancy: 12-16 years


The runner-up in our top ten is the Kangal – they are sturdy dogs with a large body and massive bones. Native to Turkey, they used as guardians against predators due to their strength. The head is relatively more massive, and the ears are generally large; they are quite long, with a typically curled tail. This dog has a thick short fur over the skin, gray in color, while the ears are colored and black velvet’s texture. 

They are usually kept in pairs or groups, are kind to children and other animals, but are aggressive towards predators. They can protect goats, sheep, and cattle: on farms and outdoor properties, this dog plays an active role. This breed has the speed, courage, and strength to overwhelm any intruder, even with incredible bite power.

  • Temperament : calm, loyal, bold, courageous, independent behavior
  • Height: 76-81cm (males), 71-76cm (females)
  • Weight: 50-66 kg (males), 40-55 kg (females)
  • Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years

Tibetan Mastiff

At the top of our top ten strongest dogs globally, we have the Tibetan Mastiff, formerly used in Tibet as a guard dog. These dogs are alert and imposing in character. So much so that families kept these dense-coated dogs precisely because of this breed’s various characteristics: they are sweet and calm towards the family but very aggressive towards strangers. Their appearance includes V-shaped ears, brown eyes, and a broadhead. This dog’s enormous size makes it impossible to keep them indoors, and they are most active in the morning and evening when they need a lot of exercises to stay healthy.

This dog breed can exercise with its human family, and due to this protective nature, they should be kept on a leash while walking or become very aggressive. They need adequate training and early socialization. They can be very friendly to children, but they can confuse their own with yelling and become aggressive, so they are not ideal for small children.

  • Character: independent, reserved, intelligent
  • Height: minimum 66 cm (male), minimum 60 cm (female)
  • Weight: 40-70 kg (male), 30-55 kg (female)
  • Life expectancy: 10-12 years