Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic just had a show on (Dangerous Encounters: Bite Force, 8pm est 8/18/2005) where he measured bite forces of many different creatures. Domestic dogs were included in the test.
Here are the results of all of the animals tested:
Humans: 120 pounds of bite pressure
Domestic dogs: 320 LBS of pressure (a GSD, APBT and Rott were tested using a bite sleeve with the computer intrument in it. The APBT had the LEAST amount of pressure of the 3 dogs!!)
Wild dogs: 310 lbs
Lions: 600 lbs
White sharks: 600 lbs
Hyenas: 1000 lbs
Snapping turtles: 1000 lbs
Crocadiles: 2500 lbs
Pit bulls DO NOT have 3500 lbs of pressure in their bite strength. The nice thing about the test is that the domestic dogs were the only animals that could give a repetitive accurate bite, vs a wild animal that had to be lured in. If a Pit bull had 3500 lbs of bite pressure, as many anti breed people contend, it would be able to snap a cows leg in half with a single chomp. A human's bones would be no match and they would NOT be able to do schutzhund with these dogs!
Thats some pretty cool stuff. Knew that snappers and hyenas had to be way up there but crocs at numero uno...that surprised me. Regardless of bite pressure anything that gives ya a death roll and stuffs ya under a log for a week or two to putrefy and rot before it eats someone gets my respect.
I'll ammend my opinion and offer unsubstantiated scientific facts.....that make sense??? Icyhound bites really hard...harder than my Dogue...who bites way harder than 500psi any time anywhere. Icy how's life? How's the house? How are you? Bite back..pleezzz. cheers. e