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.
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!
6 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bonus Pick: Go Dog
Go Dog is a pretty durable product (it’s NOT indestructible by any means but the company will replace ONE during a dogs lifetime.
The toughest chaseable dog toys
Chuck it balls…my dog has yet to destroy one
Indestructible Ball (http://www.indestructibledog.com/products/indestructible-ball)
The toughest ball 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.
Made of a hard plastic
Unbreakoball Ball (http://www.indestructibledog.com/products/unbreakoball)
One of the toughest balls around
Great as a chase toy; dogs try to bite at it or herd it around the yard
Holes all over allow dogs to pick them up
The walls are about 1/4 inch thick. Made of a hard plastic
Indestructible Bowling Ball (https://www.indestructibledog.com/collections/chase-toys/products/dogify-indestructible-bowling-ball?variant=30818988557)
A tough toy for your pup to chase and herd!
Super light weight to keep the playtime going strong (medium weighs only 0.75 lbs and large weighs only 1.8 lbs).
There are holes so you can pick up the ball without all the mess. Great to roll around with your dog like a real bowling ball.
Made of a hard plastic
Can be used as a food (kibble) dispenser
The Indestructible Bowling Ball is proudly made in the USA.
Extremely bouncy and super tough
Perfect as an outside type fetch toy
Floats, dishwasher safe and slightly erratic bounce
Bionic Ball (http://www.indestructibledog.com/products/bionic-ball)
Floats on the water
Depending on how it lands, it may have an erratic bounce from the irregular shape
Diamond Plate Ball (http://www.indestructibledog.com/products/orbee-diamond-plate-ball)
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; floats on the water
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).