Some dogs like it ruff and tear through normal toys like they’re nothing. But even rough and tough dogs deserve some solid toys in their lives (and you certainly don’t want to let your dog get bored, unless you’re totally fine with your dog tearing through your house and wreaking havoc!)
You want dog toys for your tough chewer, but the wrong type of dog toys won’t last a single hour. Even worse, when tough dogs chew through some dog toys, they risk seriously harming themselves. Just as owners of rough dogs often need to purchase chew-proof dog beds, you’ll need chew-proof toys as well!
In this guide, we’ll show you how to find dog toys built specifically with tough chewers in mind, plus we’ll share our top picks when it comes to rough and tough dog toys.
|Quick Picks: Our Top Choices For Tough Dog Toys||Our Rating|
|#1 Pick: West Paw Hurley Tough Dog Bone|
|#2 Pick: West Paw Tux Stuffable Treat Toy|
|#3 Pick: Kong Extreme Rubber Ball|
|#4 Pick: Mammoth Flossy 3-Knot Tug Rope|
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When it comes to toys for tough canines, here are the materials that you want to seek out, and that materials you want to make sure to avoid.
Rubber. The vast majority of dog toys created specifically with aggressive chewers in mind are made of rubber. Rubber is durable and virtually indestructible, so this material should be your first pick in a dog toy. Look for soft, malleable edges that are smooth and not sharp. Soft rubber toys are also great for puppies who are teething!
Thick rope material. Rope toys are another popular dog toy for tough chewers. Rope toys are durable, easy to clean (just throw them in the wash), and relatively safe. Even if your dog ends up eating a few strands of cotton rope, it probably won’t send them to the emergency room. Even better, most rope toys can double as tug-of-war toys, providing fun for canines and their owners! Rope also makes a great leash material for tough dogs that might bust or chew through traditional leads.
Squeaker toys. Squeaker toys are tons of fun for dogs, but the risks are just too high for tough chewers. Rough dogs can easily tear through most squeaky toys on their mission to find the squeaker. Once they find that squeaker, they usually eat it, and that’s no good.
Plush or fleece toys. Plush and fleece toys are usually absolutely adorable. After all, who doesn’t want to see their dog chewing on a Darth Vader doll? However, these toys just aren’t an option for our tough boys and girls. They’ll tear right through these toys like butter and eat up the insides, causing digestive issues, discomfort, and potentially even more serious medical issues.
Latex or vinyl toys. Again, these toys are often cute and fun, but they just aren’t durable enough for tough dogs. When dogs bite through toys like these, they can also create sharp edges that will destroy your dog’s mouth and cause extreme discomfort (as well as potentially lead to an infection).
When it comes to getting the right dog toys for your aggressive chewer, it’s important to keep size in mind.
Toys that are too small can easily be choked on by larger dogs. Use the same discretion with dog toys as you would use with a baby – if it could potentially cause a choking hazard, avoid it at all costs.
Make sure your dog toys are always too large to swallow!
Many dog toy companies market their toys as tough, but few stand up to the test. These manufacturers are proven pros when it comes to creating tough, durable dog toys that can withstand the powerful jaws of your chewer!
Kong. Most famously known for their Kong ball, Kong creates some of the most durable dog toys on the market. They also have a pretty decent variety, providing balls, toys, snacks, and more.
Many Kong toys also have a hole that can be filled with treats or goodies that will keep your dog occupied while you’re away (if you’ve got a Kong, make sure to check out our list of the best recipes to insert in your Kong ball!)
West Paw Design. West Paw Design is another dog toy brand that does a really fantastic job at creating great dog toys for tough chewers. All their toys are made in the USA (Bozeman, Montana to be specific), safe, and 100% tough chewer guaranteed (which means you can send back any destroyed toy and get a new one for free). All their toys are also FDA-compliant and recyclable. See the full variety of West Paw Design’s great toys!
Nylabone. Nylabone specialized in dental dog chews that help promote good canine hygiene. With chews and toys in a variety of sizes and designs, Nylabone is a favorite of veterinarians. Check out the full collection of Nylabone offerings!
Here are our choice picks when it comes to the best dog toys for tough chewers. While no dog toy is 100% guaranteed to be indestructible, these dog toys come as close as it gets.
About: This dinosaur dental chew toy is a Nylabone favorite, featuring a kick-ass t-rex design. Watch your pup wrestle with a t-rex, all while cleaning his teeth!
About: This West Paw Hurley Tough Dog Bone is a rough and tough dog toy for aggressive chewers – a bone-a-fide win, great for playing fetch or chew time.
About: The West Paw Tux Stuffable Treat Toy, designed for aggressive chewers, adds in the option to insert treats and goodies, which are dispensed as your dog plays.
About: The Bumi Tog-o-War is yet another West Paw product, this time with a funky tug-of-war tough toy that aggressive chewers and humans will both enjoy!
About: The Tuffy Mega Boomerang is one of the few dog toys for aggressive chewers made of fabric that can withstand those tough teeth!
About: The Kong Flyer is a great durable dog toy from the Kong collection, fit for throwing with your furry friend.
About: The Kong Extreme Rubber Ball is another highly-rated Kong product, tough enough to withstand aggressive chewers and their relentless teeth. Considered by many an indestructable dog ball, this is an excellent choice for pooches that demolish your run-of-the-mill tennis balls!
The Mammoth Flossy 3-Knot Tug Rope is a durable rope toy with double benefits, cleaning your dog’s teeth while you play!
That concludes our list of the best, most durable dog toys for aggressive chewers! Do you have more toys to add to the list? Share your favorite rough and tough dog toys in the comments below!
Last update on 2018-11-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Meg Marrs is the Founder and Senior Editor at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!