By Rachele Baker, DVM – I have a Golden Retriever named Savanna who is the love of my life. Savanna weighs about 90 pounds. She has been known to totally shred stuffed dog toys, rope dog toys, and tennis balls. Other pet parents have expressed to me their frustrations with trying to find durable dog toys that their dogs are not able to quickly destroy.
So I decided to reach out to some pet bloggers that own large breed dogs and ask them for their recommendations. I asked them for recommendations for toys that are safe as well as long lasting. I specified that the toy they recommend should not be so hard that a dog could fracture or break their teeth on it and, additionally, should not be able to be chewed into chunks which could be swallowed and potentially cause intestinal obstruction.
I received some great recommendations from these pet parents. You can read each of their recommendations and personal experiences with these dog toys in my post entitled Durable Dog Toys – Dog Toys Recommended By Owners Of Large Breed Dogs.
While the dog toys recommended here have been found to be very durable by the pet bloggers in this post, you should be aware that it is possible that a dog could destroy any one of these toys. It is always recommended that you supervise your dog when he or she is playing with toys and take away any toy that sustains damage before your dog has a chance to ingest pieces of it.
Here is a little more information about each toy and links to purchase the toys:
Jolly Ball Romp-N-Roll
Available in three sizes: 4.5 inch, 6 inch, and 8 inch.
Available in a choice of colors: Blue, Purple, or Red.
This toy is designed for active dogs and has both a rope and a ball. This is a great toy for playing fetch. The ball floats and is made of durable, non-toxic, polyethylene plastic that is puncture resistant. The ball will not deflate and will continue to float even if it is punctured.
Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug
Available in three sizes: Extra Small, Small, and Medium/Large.
The Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug rewards and challenges your dog at the same time. You fill the jug with treats or kibble and then your dog has to pull on the rope to get the treats out. Providing your dog with a puzzle toy such as the Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug prevents boredom. The interactive nature of this dog toy keeps dogs entertained. The plastic jug is made of durable, non-toxic plastic that withstands chewing and prolonged play.
Tizzi Dog Toy
Available in two sizes: Mini 4.5 inch and Large 6.5 inch.
Available in a choice of colors including Granny Smith Green, Cherry Blossom Pink, Aqua Blue, and Tangerine.
The Tizzi Dog Toy is in West Paw Designs’ Zogoflex line of toys. Zogoflex is West Paw’s exclusive bendable, stretchable, bouncy material that is durable yet easy on dogs’ mouths. The Tizzi Dog Toy floats for water play and spirals through the air for a fun and unique game of fetch. This toy has a secret compartment to hide dog treats inside. The Tizzi Dog Toy is made of non-toxic material and is 100% recyclable.
Tuffy Alligator (Gary Gator Sea Creature)
Tuff-Scale 5 out of 10 (small dog tough)
Each Sea Creature toy is made with four layers: two layers of industrial grade luggage material, one layer of plastic coating, and one layer of soft fleece on the outside. Each toy is sewn together with two layers of cross-stitching and then two layers of linear stitching. After the toy is sewn together, a piece of black trim is added to cover the four rows of stitching. This toy has three squeakers which are sewn into pouches as an added layer of safety. The Tuffy Alligator floats and is machine washable.
The Tuffy line of toys are rated on a Tuff-Scale to help you purchase a toy suitable for your dog’s needs. Tuff-Scale 5 is small dog tough, Tuff-Scale 6 is good for interactive play, Tuff-Scale 7 is really tough but still vulnerable, Tuff-Scale 8 is long-lasting and really tough, Tuff-Scale 9 is extremely tough and durable, and Tuff-Scale 10 is mega tough.
Kong Classic Toy
Available in six sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL.
Kong founder, Joe Markham, loved his trained police dog Fritz. Unfortunately, Fritz loved to chew on rocks, sticks, and other harmful items which resulted in Fritz’s teeth wearing down. One day while Joe was working on a car, he threw Fritz a rubber suspension part to lure him away from the rocks he loved to chew. Fritz was immediately taken with the rubber part and dropped it in Joe’s lap to play. The erratic bounce and toughness of the rubber inspired Joe to create the Kong.
The Kong Classic Toy natural rubber compound is perfect for dogs that like to chew and has an unpredictable bounce for games of fetch. It has a soft mouth feel and is very durable. The Kong Classic Toy is hollow inside and can be used as a food puzzle and treat dispensing toy.
Ava Rope Toy
The Ava Rope Toy is a handmade 100% cotton rope toy which incorporates traditional knot tying techniques into a toy that is both interactive and rugged. The toy is about twelve inches long and is made of half inch rope with a three and a half inch monkey fist knot as a handle. The monkey fist knot contains close to ten feet of cotton rope which makes this toy a durable chew item. The handle makes it really easy to use the toy for fetch or tug. Click here for a link to purchase the Ava Rope Toy at Etsy.com.