My dog is part coyote and chews through EVERYTHING.
Or at least she used to…before I scoured forums, friends, and every Facebook dog group I could find to determine the toughest dog chew toys on Earth.
Okay, so it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but I did a TON of research and testing, talked to literally hundreds of dog owners who rip through things.
Elk Antlers by Jim Hodge
Chuckit! Ultra Ball
I also reached out to the website Indestructible Dog, and they recommending splitting the toys up into “toys you can chew” and “toys you can chase.”
So, that’s what we’ve done below!
5 Toughest Chewable Dog Toys
After researching and testing most of the chews on this list, it’s my opinion that most of them will work for any breed you have. However, I ordered the list based on my opinion on what the absolute toughest are.
Note, the toughest may not be the ones your dog likes the most, but they’re the ones least likely to be destroyed.
1. Antlers and Horns
There’s really 4 types of antlers or horns that your dog can chew on:
- Elk antlers
- Moose antlers
- Deer antlers
- Water buffalo horns
My dogs seem to prefer elk antlers over the others, but which antler you go with will depend on where you live.
My personal recommendation is to check with your vet or local boarders. When we lived in Bend, Oregon our vet sold elk antlers from local elk (when they would shed their antlers each year).
Unfortunately we’ve since moved to Florida, and there are definitely no elk here. However, we’ve heard good things about Heartland Antlers and Jim Hodges Antlers.
Natural shed moose antlers are another option. We spoke with a lot of pit bull owners who highly recommended Acadia Antlers.
What’s nice about the Acadia Antlers is they can be flavored. Our dogs like the antlers, but they prefer anything that’s flavored.
At this time we’re not recommending deer antlers, as we don’t have any recommended vendors. But, we wanted you to know this is still a good option just as long as you can find a reputable supplier.
Water buffalo horns
To be honest, I didn’t know this was an option until I did research. However, the horns last almost as long as the antlers and are typically a little cheaper.
2. Kong Toys
It was a toss up between Kong and Goughnuts, but given the longer reputation I gave Kong the go ahead.
You can try using the larger size red Kongs (i.e. if your dog would normally chew a medium, try to size up to a large), but for tougher chewers the black Kongs are going to be your best bet.
The Black Extreme is for the power chewers. The extreme rubber is the same for all Extreme toys, the only difference is the size and shapes.
Kong also makes a few other chew toys that your dog may like. The tire, ball and bone are rated for dogs weighing between 35lbs and 65lbs and these do not come in a larger size. The KONG Extreme, shaped like a snowman comes in all sizes up to XX-Large.
Goughnuts have become very popular in the recent years.
One feature that most people love is the different colored center so you know when to throw the toy out.
The ring typically lasts longer than the stick because a tough chewer will get good leverage on the stick and chew off the ends.
Similar to Kong they’ve extended their line of products to a double tug of war ring, a ball, and a few other options. You can see them all here.
4. West Paw Dog Toys
West Paw is a small eco-friendly Montana company that makes tough dog toys made from recycled materials (and the products themself are recyclable).
They are also non-toxic, PBA-free, etc.
They have a category of toys called “Zogoflex” that’s essentically a bounce-back, flexible rubber toy.
Our favorites are the Bumi and Qwizl, but really they’re all great. Just whatever your dog likes.
Check out all their toys here.
5. Himalayan chews
If you have a tough chewer you’ve probably heard of nylabones.
Himalayan chews are similar but all natural and even more durable.
The toughest chaseable dog toys
1. Chuck-it Balls
Chuck it balls…my dog has yet to destroy one
2. West Paw Design Jive Zogoflex
You may notice West Paw Design from our top chewable picks above. They also make our top chase toys with their Jive ball.
It’s extremely bouncy and super tough; perfect as an outside fetch toy. The divot design gives the ball a quirky bounce, adding even more fun to your dog’s chase.
It also floats, making it pool safe. And if it gets dirty you can always toss it in the dishwasher.
Also it’s “100% Guaranteed against dog damage by Manufacturer.”
3. Diamond Plate Ball by Planet Dog
Super tough, bouncy ball. Made of pliable Orbee material; hollow inside, so there’s some give. Holes on either side whistle in the air when thrown. Great for the lake or pool too!
4. Indestructible Ball
One of the toughest balls around. Period.
Great as a chase toy. A lot of dogs love to bite at it, it goes shooting out of their mouth and the chase ensues. Others love to herd it around the yard with their noses.
There are no large holes for your pup to sink its teeth into.
5. Unbreakoball Ball
One of the toughest balls around. Great as a chase toy. Because the ball is a little larger than traditional balls (6″ or 12″ dogs try to bite at it or herd it around the yard.
The walls of the ball are about 1/4 inch thick.
6. Bionic Ball by Outward Hound
Extremely tough, and floats in water. Depending on how it lands, it may have an erratic bounce from the irregular shape. But it’s that same shape that keeps it so durable.
Dog Subscription Boxes for Tough Chewers
Bark Box – I have a bark box subscription box and opted for the heavy chewers one and I get durable toys and treats every month that my dog that destroys all toys has yet to destroy!
Bullymake is a great subscription box. Diesel is a hard chewer and he has not been able to chew up the toys. Diesel would tear up kongs, plus they guarantee the toys
The shape of the toy matters
One last bit of advice…the shape of the toy matters.
We’ve narrowed ours down to various shapes of nylabones and the extreme kong balls (any other shape allows her to hold it while she chews and thus tear it apart).
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