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10 Best Toys for Big Dogs This Christmas

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Christmas shopping can get overwhelming but here we’ve got you covered for Christmas gifts for dogs. Dog presents are one of the most fun things you can shop for this holiday season!

Dogs are excitable every day of the year, but making your fur baby extra excited this Christmas can bring joy to all with a special new toy!

Here are our 10 best toys for big dogs for this holiday season:

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Best Toys for Big Dogs

#1 – GoughNuts – TuG Interactive Large Dog Toy – MaXX Black

If you have a dog who loves to tug but also has a tendency to destroy their toys, this GoughNuts TuG may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. It’s nearly indestructible for all but the most extreme chewers while also functioning as a tug toy.

Price: $$$$$

Color Options: Black

Sizing Options: Large

Pluses:

  • Durable
  • Multipurpose
  • Most dogs love it

Negatives:

  • Has a strong rubber smell some dogs dislike
  • Fairly expensive

Bottom Line:

The GoughNuts TuG is a great multipurpose toy for large dogs. You can tug with it, it’s strong enough for most hardcore chewers to enjoy for several months, and it has a unique bounce for dogs that like to fetch. While it’s more expensive than many other toys, it should pay for itself with its longevity. Some dogs dislike the rubber smell, but most dogs don’t seem to be bothered by it.

#2 – HDP Kong Rubber Ball Extreme

If you have a dog that loves to fetch but destroys tennis balls, the Kong Rubber Ball Extreme may be just what you’ve been looking for. It’s durable enough for occasional chewing for most dogs and regular chewing by all but the most powerful and obsessive chewers. While it isn’t quite indestructible, it will last longer than just about any other ball.

Price: $$

Color Options: Black

Sizing Options: Small, Medium/Large

Pluses:

  • Durable
  • Has a hole to add treats
  • Fits in throwing toys

Negatives:

  • Very heavy – not great for indoor fetch
  • Heavy chewers can destroy it fairly quickly

Bottom Line:

The Kong Rubber Ball Extreme is a great ball for dogs who like to chew. It isn’t indestructible, and it’s quite heavy, but it lasts longer than just about any other ball, making it a good choice for heavy chewers who love to fetch.

#3 – West Paw Zogoflex Tux Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Chew Toy for Aggressive Chewers

The West Paw Zogoflex Tux functions as a chew toy, a fetch toy, and a treat-dispensing toy all in one. It even floats for dogs who love the water. Additionally, all West Paw toys are made in America, BPA-and-Phthalate-free, non-toxic, dishwasher safe, and even recyclable.

Price: $$$$

Color Options: Tangerine, Granny Smith, Aqua

Sizing Options: Small, Large

Pluses:

  • Durable
  • Multipurpose
  • Dogs love the unique way it bounces

Negatives:

  • Extreme chewers can destroy it pretty quickly
  • The opening for treats is a large, unusual size for treats

Bottom Line:

While the West Paw Zogoflex Tux won’t hold up to the most extreme chewers, it’s a great toy for most other dogs. It comes in 3 fun colors, has a unique bounce for dogs that love to fetch, and is durable enough for most dogs to enjoy for a long time.

#4 – The Natural Pet Company Two Fantastic Quality Dog Toys in Beautiful Gift Box

If you’re looking for a rope toy that will stand up to some serious chewing, the Natural Company Rope Toys may be just what you’re looking for. They are sturdier than many other rope toys and come in neutral colors.

Price: $$$

Color Options: Neutral

Sizing Options: One Size

Pluses:

  • More durable than many other rope toys
  • Comes in a sturdy gift box that can be reused for other purposes
  • Made with high-quality materials

Negatives:

  • Aggressive chewers may destroy it quickly

Bottom Line:

The Natural Company Rope Toys are sturdier than most other rope toys and can stand up to most big dogs who love to tug. They may not hold up to endless chewing from aggressive chewers, but they’re a good choice for most dogs.

#5 – ZippyPaws – Squeakie Pup No-Stuffing Plush Dog Toy, 11 Squeakers

If your large dog loves plush toys but also loves taking out the stuffing, the ZippyPaws Squeakie Pup No-Stuffing Plush Dog Toy may keep your dog happy longer than the average plush toy. It has 11 squeakers individually sewn in to keep your dog interested, even as he gradually destroys or removes squeakers. There are up to 10 dog breed designs to choose from, so you can get a toy that looks like your dog if you have one of the lucky breeds.

Price: $$

Color Options: Comes in 10 different dog breeds, but many are listed as “unavailable” as of the time of writing

Sizing Options: Varies slightly by dog breed

Pluses:

  • Very cute
  • No stuffing
  • 11 squeakers
  • More durable than many other plush toys

Negatives:

  • Won’t stand up to intense chewing
  • Some dogs don’t like how flat it is

Bottom Line:

If your dog is a moderate chewer that usually de-stuffs plush toys, the ZippyPaws Squeakie Pup No-Stuffing Plush Dog Toy may be just what you’re looking for. The price is also reasonable, even if it only lasts your dog a few hours or days.

#6 – KONG Extreme Dog Toy, Black

KONG toys have been a go-to choice for many years, and the KONG Extreme Dog Toy is no exception to the quality you can expect from KONG. It’s treat-stuffable, can be frozen with peanut butter inside, and has a unique bounce that fetching dogs love. The black extreme KONG can stand up to the most aggressive chewers.

Kong

Price: $$$$

Color Options: Black

Sizing Options: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large

Pluses:

  • Made in the USA
  • Durable
  • Can be stuffed with treats

Negatives:

  • On the expensive side
  • Not indestructible
  • Too heavy to float

Bottom Line:

The KONG Extreme Dog Toy stands up to all but the most aggressive chewers. Fill it with treats or peanut butter to keep your dog occupied or use it as a fetch toy with an unpredictable bounce your dog will go nuts for. There’s a good reason KONG is one of the biggest names in dog toys – the quality and durability is hard to beat.

#7 – West Paw Design Jive Zogoflex Durable Ball Dog Chew Toy

The West Paw Jive Zogoflex Ball is durable, made in America, floats, and has a unique bounce. It even fits in standard ball throwers. The bright color options are easy to see even in grass, snow, or water.

Price: $$$

Color options: Aqua Blue, Granny Smith, Tangerine

Size Options: 2”, 2.6”, 3 ¼”

Pluses:

  • Durable
  • Several colors to choose from
  • Fits in a ball thrower

Negatives:

  • Heavy
  • Not indestructible

Bottom Line:

If you have a ball-crazy dog who also loves to chew, the West Paw Jive Zogoflex Ball may be just what you’re looking for. It’s sturdy enough for all but the most aggressive chewers and the bright colors make it easy to see, even outside. It may be a little heavy for indoor play, but it’s an ideal outdoor ball.

#8 – CNMGBB No Stuffing Dog Toys with Squeakers

The CNMGBB 5-Pack No Stuffing Dog Toys are a great value for dogs who tend to destroy plush toys. These toys have no stuffing for your dog to pick out and potentially eat, are more durable than standard plush toys, and only have one or two squeakers. Since there are 5 toys, you can always keep one on hand to reward your dog with.

Price: $$$

Color Options: n/a

Sizing Options: 24”

Pluses:

  • Great value
  • No stuffing
  • Sturdier than many plush toys

Negatives:

  • Not good for aggressive chewers

Bottom Line:

Whether you have a gentle giant or you like to let your dog tear apart a plush toy now and then, the CNMGBB 5-Pack No Stuffing Dog Toys is a great value. With this 5-pack, you’ll always have at least one spare toy on hand to reward your dog with, and since there’s no stuffing for your dog to eat, it’s safer than most other plush toys.

#9 – Goughnuts – Indestructible Chew Toy MAXX

The makers of the Goughnuts – Indestructible Chew Toy MAXX not only claim the toy is virtually indestructible, they back it up with a replacement if your dog is able to chew through the black outer layer to reach the red inner layer. The toys are made in the United States and float for dogs who love to swim.

Price: $$$$$

Color Options: Black

Sizing Options: n/a

Pluses:

  • Very durable
  • Made in the USA
  • Floats

Negatives:

  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Rubber Smell
  • Some dogs still destroy it quickly

Bottom Line:

While the Goughnuts – Indestructible Chew Toy MAXX is very pricey, nearly all dogs will have a hard time destroying it. Owners report that their toy-destroying dogs have gnawed on this toy for weeks or months without destroying it. Some dogs may find it unpleasantly heavy or stinky, but most dogs greatly enjoy it.

#10 – West Paw Zogoflex Hurley Durable Dog Bone Chew Toy for Aggressive Chewers

There’s a reason West Paw found 3 spots on our list – In addition to offering very durable toys, they offer a 100% money-back guarantee if your dog destroys one of their toys, meaning it’s essentially risk-free to see whether or not your dog can destroy it. The West Paw Zogoflex Hurley is one of their most popular models. It doubles as a chew toy and a fetch toy, and it even floats for fun in the water.

Price: $$$

Color Options: Aqua, Granny Smith, Ruby, Tangerine

Sizing Options: Mini, Small, Large

Pluses:

  • Durable
  • Floats
  • Fun colors
  • Money-back guarantee

Negatives:

  • Not good for aggressive chewers

Bottom Line:

The West Paw Zogoflex Hurley is a great choice for all but the most hardcore chewers. With the money-back guarantee, there’s no risk of seeing how long it takes your dog to destroy it. It’s a great toy for outside play due to its bright colors and ability to float. The toy is made in the USA, BPA-and-Phthalate-free, non-toxic, and dishwasher safe.

What to Look for in Big Dog Toys

When you’re shopping for toys for a large dog, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Size: Is the toy an appropriate size for your dog? Large dogs can swallow or choke on small balls or toys, so make sure you buy toys designed and sized for large dogs.
  • Durability: Most dogs have a strong instinct to chew, and toys that are easily chewed up are not only a waste of money but can cause blockages in your dog’s intestinal tract. In extreme cases, that may require emergency surgery.
  • Value: A more expensive toy may be worth the money if it lasts longer than cheap toys, while cheap toys may be worth a try if you’re okay with your dog destroying them.

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Final Word

While we can’t guarantee your dog won’t destroy these toys, owners consistently rate them amongst the best toys for big dogs and are the most likely to stand up to your large dog’s play style. Only you can decide which toys are the best option for your dog, but we’ve at least tried to narrow down your selection.

Let us know in the comments below if you’ve tried any of these big dog toys and how they’ve worked out for you. Would you recommend them to other readers or not, and why?

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