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bite force vs grip strength

Discussion in 'Sports & Activities' started by GK1, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. GK1

    GK1 Big Dog

    - Can a dog have a hard crushing bite yet ineffective hold/grip?
    - Is a dog which can suspend itself on the spring pole rattling away for 15 minutes necessarily a hard biter / hard mouthed dog?
    Probably no simple answers as there many variables. But maybe some discussion points based on experience with working and sport dogs.
  2. slim12

    slim12 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Posted on another thread....
    I took some bites/hits off a number of different dogs at a working weekend for Fila Brasileiros. It was my first experience in the suit and sleeve.

    The pit bull bit harder than the larger dogs. The Fila at 150 plus pounds bit hard but the force was more his weight pulling me back down for a re-bite. The American Bulldog brought a load rom a running start. The Malinois may have been the most inense.

    Some dogs bite down extremely hard and there is penetration with the teeth. Four, five six holes that go as deep as the teeth are long. Then others barley pierce their target but shake and tear so violently the damage looks twice as bad yet is all superficial. Then there are the dogs that penetrate deep and shake violently.

    I had a retarded female once that would hang on a hide for hours upon hours every day. She had so-so mouth. But her neck and core was so strong when she shook things move three feet in either direction. The holes were not deep but the tearing and ripping was tremendous. Her shake was so hard bones could be broken, not from mouth but with enough grip to hold on and the force from change in direction of body weight. Bones gave up.

    Tons of answers. Great topic.

    david63, Andre, Box Bulldog and 2 others like this.

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