To make a safer, healthier chew or treat for your dog, it's helpful to know the difference between jaw strength, bite force and chew strength.
Jaw strength is the amount of force a dog is capable of applying with its jaws. This is largely determined by the size, shape, and structure of their jaw bones and muscles. Smaller breeds typically have weaker jaw strength than larger breeds, due to their smaller skulls and less powerful muscles. Additionally, the breed of a dog can affect their jaw strength. Breeds that were bred for fighting or hunting, such as Pit Bulls and German Shepherds, tend to have stronger jaws than breeds that were bred for companionship, such as Chihuahuas and Pomeranians.
Bite force is the amount of pressure a dog can apply with a single bite. This can vary depending on the situation, as a dog’s jaw muscles can tense and relax to apply different amounts of pressure. Generally, larger breeds and breeds that were bred for fighting or hunting have greater bite force than smaller breeds. Additionally, a dog’s bite force can vary depending on their age and overall health.
Chew strength is a measure of a dog’s habit of biting, nibbling, and pulling on toys and treats. This is largely determined by their jaw strength and bite force, but it can also be affected by their breed and overall health. Some breeds, such as Labradors and Rottweilers, are known for their strong chew strength and are often used to help train police and military dogs.
Here's what we recommend when choosing what type of chew to choose for your fur-baby!
• Smaller Breeds
• Gentle Nibblers
• Dogs that chew slowly and lightly
• Rapid Chews - Typically under 5 minutes
• Medium-Large Size Breeds
• Average Chewers
• Dogs that enjoy a good chew session but won't destroy things too quickly
• Long Lasting Chews
• Large Breeds
• Aggressive Chew Style
• Dogs that can shred treats within minutes & need larger sized sticks for safety
•Longest Lasting Chews
Overall, a dog’s jaw strength, bite force, and chew strength are all factors that influence the way they interact with their environment. It is important to understand these factors in order to ensure that a dog is kept safe and healthy. Additionally, it is important to understand the differences between breeds in order to select a dog that is suitable for a particular lifestyle and environment.