There’s no doubt that dogs are one of the most adorable yet fierce and loyal creations of Mother Nature. Dogs have shared a codependent relationship with humans for ages. They make great pets and even better friends. They’re known to sacrifice their lives for their owners, showing how much they love humans and how loyal they are.

With around 340 different species in the world, dogs come in different sizes, colors and strengths. We have compiled a list of the strongest dogs from around the world in case you wanted to get one as your next pet or as a guard dog.

English Mastiff

Traced back to the 19th century, English Mastiffs are enormous in size with a big head and a great body to go with it. If needed, these dogs can be furious and extremely protective of their master, ensuring complete safety, although normally they are known to have a cool, friendly temperament. Males in this species have a minimum height of 30 inches (76 cm), while females have a minimum height of 27.5 inches (70 cm).

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are one of the most common breeds of dogs in the world. Known for their beauty, brains and immense power and strength, these dogs are widely used by different law enforcement agencies all over the world. They require active owners due to their need for exercise, so if you like to work out, you should consider having one of these brawny creatures.


Rotties are the perfect example of ‘size doesn’t matter’ when it comes to dogs. These mid-sized dogs are as powerful as they are playful and as caring as they are ferocious. These incredibly strong dogs also become the cutest little pets who play with their plush toys all day. Rottweilers, like most dogs, are really protective of their masters and are used commonly as guard and police dogs.

Great Dane

Great Danes are giant, powerful dogs, weighing around 175 pounds. Their body consists of hard muscles, and their bulky size gives them a strong, muscular look. Despite their appearance, Great Danes are extremely friendly and run on low energy levels. However, that doesn’t make them suitable for every family because they can only be handled by experienced handlers due to their size and strength.

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This powerful breed of dog originated from Turkey, where it was used as a livestock guardian dog to protect the sheep from wolves and bears. Its protective, guarding instinct is what gives it power and strength, but there’s no need to be intimidated as these dogs are very calm and gentle when it comes to humans. They’re very well-socialized as well with high intelligence levels. Thanks to their intelligence, they are extra calm and careful when they’re playing with kids. Although they’re not as giant as a Great Dane, they can still go up to a height of 31 inches (78 cm) with a minimum height of 26 inches (65 cm).

Siberian Huskies

Bravery and the ability to cover long distances in harsh conditions along with high power and strength run in the DNA of Siberian Huskies. This breed is a friendly one and is perfect as a family pet. Huskies are also very clean, and you will find that they don’t have the typical smell that most dogs have. Due to their strength, they are also very popular for pulling weight and often compete in sled dog competitions.

Doberman Pinschers

These powerful German dogs are considered to be one of the best guard dogs and are widely used by different law enforcement agencies due to their intelligence, strength and speed. Never underestimate Dobermans because of their beauty because they are one of the strongest breeds of dogs in the world. If you are looking for a pet that will also keep your house and surroundings secure, this courageous dog might be the one for you.

Bull Dogs

This medium-sized breed of family dog is very popular in England and is often called an English or a British Bull Dog. In older times, these dogs were used to chase and fight bulls in a sport called “bull-baiting,” which is the perfect showcase of their short yet powerful bodies. Their aggressive nature can be put to rest with proper guidance and training, and they tend to be really friendly and careful with kids, which makes them a great family dog.

American Pit Bull Terrier

Pit Bull Terriers are famous for their aggressive nature, but their temper can be controlled with proper training. This breed is short-haired with a medium size and heights reaching up to a mere 19 inches (48 cm). It requires appropriate training in order to be gentle and calm toward other people. It is also very loyal to its masters and playful with kids. There is a common misconception about Pit Bull Terriers being bad and dangerous dogs, but it’s not true. In fact, they are very obedient and loving, like most dogs.

Irish Wolfhound

As the name suggests, this beautiful breed of dog originated from Ireland. Its huge size can be intimidating, but it is very gentle, although it can be very protective about its owner in front of strangers. These dogs, like many others, are very intelligent and can be very friendly and calm with the proper training.

Final Thoughts

All these dogs are beautiful and lovable animals. However, strong dogs come with a great deal of responsibility if you want a friendly relationship with them. With proper training, care and support, they can all make great additions to your family. You can always hire a professional trainer to do the job for you if you are having a hard time controlling them.
No matter what, you should never force a dog to act a certain way. It only learns to be well-mannered when it is treated as a family member, just like your own children.