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Can a lion mix with a dog?

Which Breed Of Dogs Can Kill A Lion?

Lions are surely ferocious and powerful animals. They are the king of the jungle after all. What you might not know is that there are certain breeds of dogs that can actually kill a lion. Well, they can’t win a one-on-one battle against a full-grown lion, but if several dogs work together, they may stand a chance.

The breeds of dogs that can kill a lion are mostly large and powerful ones. Some dog breeds that are capable of killing a lion are the Mastiff, the Cane Corso, and the Boerboel. These dogs are incredibly strong and have powerful jaws that can crush bone. They also have a very high pain tolerance, which means they can keep fighting even when they are injured.

Here are some dog breeds that can potentially kill a lion:

1. Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is a large dog breed that looks similar to a Boxer. Despite their appearance, Cane Corsos have much stronger bites than both Boxers and lions. But this breed is quite smaller than the lion, and a lion would tower over this breed. If a group of Cane Corsos were to attack a lion, they could potentially overpower the lion and kill it. But this scenario is unlikely since Cane Corsos are not known for being aggressive towards lions.

2. Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a widely known type of dog. Their front body’s immense power, their ability to both protect and attack quickly, as well as their hunting skills makes them capable of defeating a lion if they were able to avoid being hit by its claws.

3. Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback has several similarities to lions when it comes to their territorial and hunting instincts. They are known for being able to herd and tire out various animals that they have been assigned to hunt successfully. This breed of dog was useful in tiring out lions and driving them away, but it is doubtful that they actually killed any lions.

4. Boerboel

The Boerboel is a large, muscular dog breed known for being very alert and protective. They are one of the few breeds that could potentially survive a fight with an adult lion due to their size and strength. With proper training, they can also be taught to attack prey on command.

5. American Bandogge Mastiff

In this hypothetical scenario, the American Bandogge Mastiff would be interesting because its bite force is about 100 PSI stronger than a lion’s. However, lions are too quick and powerful with their legs and claws for the American Bandogge to land a fatal blow. If the American Bandogge came in a group, however, they could potentially take down a lion.

Final Thoughts

While there are several breeds of dogs that could possibly kill a lion, it is highly unlikely that any of them would be able to do so on their own. If a group of dogs were to attack a lion together, they might stand a chance, but even then, the odds are not in their favor. Lions are simply too big and too powerful for a single dog to take down on its own.

The Purebred Löwchen

A small breed gray thick coated dog with her back end shaved short and thicker hair on the paws with her hair pulled back in a top knot band standing on a blacktop while on a rainbow leash.

The words Dog Breed Info with the letter D inside of a black paw print

The Löwchen, also called the Little Lion, is a small dog whose coat is often cut to resemble the look of a lion. The head is short with a broad skull. The muzzle is the same length or slightly shorter than the back skull and is relatively broad. The nose is dark, usually black. The eyes are round, dark and set well into the skull. The ears are pendant in shape and moderate in length with feathering. The short body is well proportioned. The tail is set high and of medium length. The coat is long and wavy, but not curly. The most popular colors are white, black and lemon but it can also come in a speckled coloring. When clipped to look like a lion, the hindquarters, the section of the tail closest to the body and part of the front legs are closely clipped. When the coat is not clipped, it is long, rather dense and moderately soft in texture.


The Löwchen is a cheerful, lively, affectionate dog. Sociable and intelligent, it is eager to learn. These dogs are fearless, but gentle and sensitive. Löwchen usually learn quickly and present little difficulty in their training. Playful, they are good with children and usually will do okay with other dogs as well as non-canine pets. Its lion-cut coat makes it look fragile and rather undignified, although this is definitely not the case. The Löwchen is a robust, even tough, dog that can be strong-willed and arrogant if the owner does not display proper leadership toward the dog. Without this leadership, males, in particular, are quite willing to challenge other large household dogs for leadership. A lot of times they will usually be «top dog» even though they are not the biggest dog in the house. If necessary it will defend its house with intense barking. They are not hyperactive, but some may bark or dig a lot. Make sure you are this dog’s firm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behavior problems. Always remember, dogs are canines, not humans. Be sure to meet their natural instincts as animals.

Height, Weight

Height: 10 — 13 inches (25 — 33 cm)
Weight: 9 — 18 pounds (4 — 8 kg)

Health Problems

This is a generally healthy breed, although some lines are prone to patellar luxation.

Living Conditions

The Löwchen is good for apartment life. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.


The Löwchen needs a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of its exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe, open area off lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.

Life Expectancy

About 12-14 years

Litter Size

About 3 to 6 puppies


To prevent tangles from forming, the coat should be combed and brushed regularly. The Löwchen is usually clipped in the hindquarters, the section of the tail closest to the body, and front leg areas are close-clipped, regardless of whether they are shown or not, giving them the name «Little Lion Dog,» although some owners prefer to give it a puppy clip. This breed sheds little to no hair. Dead hair should be brushed out. This breed is good for allergy sufferers.


The Löwchen originated in Europe around 400 years ago; most likely in Germany as the name Löwchen means «little lion» in German. It was groomed to look like a little lion and its exposed skin was often used as a foot warmer for the ladies. The breed was popular in Germany, Spain, France and Italy in the 1500s and continued throughout the 1800s. Like a lot of breeds, the numbers dwindled after the two world wars. It was named the «rarest breed» in the Guinness Book of World records in the early 1960s. Numbers have risen enough to take that title away from it, however it is still considered rare. The Löwchen was recognized by the AKC in 1996.

  • ACA = American Canine Association Inc.
  • ACR = American Canine Registry
  • AKC = American Kennel Club
  • ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
  • APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.
  • CKC = Continental Kennel Club
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale
  • KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
  • NAPR = North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
  • NKC = National Kennel Club
  • NZKC = New Zealand Kennel Club

A composited image of a Lowchen running across a purple background. The front half of the Löwchen has hair and the back half only has hair at the ankles and top of the tail. The rest of the dog is shaved.

Australian Champion Elguarda China Doll, owned by China Road, photo courtesy of Chinese Crested Dogs & Löwchen, Perth, Western Australia

A white Lowchen is standing in grass and its front paws are in the air.

Guinness the Löwchen

Close up - A white Lowchen is laying on a human

Guinness the Löwchen

Upper body shot - A white with tan Lowchen is sitting on a porch and its mouth is open and tongue is out.

Australian Champion Elguarda China Doll, owned by China Road, photo courtesy of Chinese Crested Dogs & Löwchen, Perth, Western Australia

Close up - A white Lowchen is standing on its back legs in a begging pose on a hardwood floor and its mouth is open and it looks like it is smiling.

Guinness the Löwchen

See more examples of the Lowchen

  • Löwchen Pictures 1
  • Small Dogs vs. Medium and Large Dogs
  • Understanding Dog Behavior


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