The 20 Best Toys for Big Dogs of 2020: Chew Toys, Ropes, Balls & More

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When you have a large dog, shopping for big dog toys can be more difficult than it is for smaller dogs.

You need to find something that isn’t small enough for them to accidentally swallow, and you don’t want to spend much money on toys your large breed dog will destroy within minutes. 

Whether you have a gentle giant who likes to carry around plush dog toys, a tug fiend who loves rope toys, or an aggressive chewer who has destroyed every toy you’ve ever bought, we have something to fit your dog’s personality.

Read on below for our list of the 20 best dog toys for big dogs!

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Best Toys for Large 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 dog toys, this GoughNuts TuG large dog toy 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 dog 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 this dog toy for big dogs is 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 large breed dog that loves to fetch but destroys tennis balls, the Kong Rubber Ball Extreme big dog toy 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.

Kong Rubber Ball Extreme


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 big 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 dog 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 chew toy won’t hold up to the most extreme chewers, it’s a great big dog toy for most other canines. 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 Rope Dog Toys

If you’re looking for a rope dog 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 dog 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 large dogs.

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

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 dog 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 large 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 are hard to beat making it one of the best big dog toys.

#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. This durable dog toy is 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 for big dog breeds.

#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 dog 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. Large dog 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 dog 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 large breed dog toy for all but the most hardcore chewers. With the money-back guarantee, there’s no risk of seeing how long it takes your big 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.

Additional Best Toys for Big Dogs

#11 – M.C.works Pineapple Dog Chew Toy for Aggressive Chewers

In the world of indestructible dog toys, few toys are as adorable as this pineapple. The shock-absorbing design is made from industrial-strength rubber for a tough dog toy that can stand up to strong jaws. It’s hollow and stuffable, and the company offers lifetime replacement services if your dog manages to destroy it. 

Price: $$$

Color Options: n/a

Sizing Options: Large (6.7″), X-Large (7.5″), X-Large Squeaky (7.5″)

Pluses:

  • The company offers lifetimes replacement services
  • Unique shape
  • Bite Resistant
  • Very durable

Negatives:

  • The “leaves” on top can be a target for chewers and are easier to chew up than the rest of the toy

Bottom Line:

Some tough chewers are able to remove the top part of the toy pretty easily. Even then, the body of the pineapple is durable enough to withstand the chewing of just about any dog. It may not quite be “indestructible,” but MANY people report that this toy has outlasted any others they have given their super chewers. 

#12 – Chuckit! Kick Fetch Toy Ball for Dogs

Looking for a different way to play fetch with your dog? The Chuckit! Kick Fetch Toy Ball is big enough for you to kick, but its unique shape is easy for dogs to pick up and carry back to you. The bright colors make it easy to find indoors and out, and it even floats. The deep grooves that make it easy to grab also give the ball an exciting, unpredictable bounce. 
Price: $$

Color Options: n/a

Sizing Options: Small, Large

Pluses:

  • Floats
  • Easy to see
  • Durable enough for daily standard play
  • Easy for dogs to hold and carry with no risk of popping

Negatives:

  • Not intended to be a chew toy – can be easily destroyed when left with dogs unsupervised  

Bottom Line:

If you have a dog who likes to chew at all, they shouldn’t be left alone with this toy. However, most reviewers reported how much their dog LOVED playing with this ball. It’s a great interactive dog toy for fetching with your dog but shouldn’t be left out all day. 

#13 – Pacific Pups Products Dog Rope Toys – Set of 11

If your dog loves rope toys, you’ll love this collection of 11 rope toys of varying shapes and sizes. Not only will this assortment keep your pup busy for a while, but your purchase helps dogs in need. 

Price: $$$

Color Options: n/a

Sizing Options: n/a

Pluses:

  • Profits help save dogs from high-kill shelters
  • 11 toys in the package
  • Very sturdy
  • Includes bonus giraffe dog floss toy

Negatives:

  • Aggressive chewers can chew through these rope toys

Bottom Line:

These rope toys are good for large dogs who are average chewers. The good thing is that you get 11 toys for one price, which is a great value. Also, a portion of the proceeds goes to charity. 

#14 – IOKHEIRA Indestructible Dog Toy for Medium to Large Dogs

This hard rubber dumbbell dog toy is designed for intense chewers. But in addition to being sturdy, it also has two treat holes and tastes like pineapple. The unique texture around the ends of the dumbbell is great for helping to clean your dog’s teeth. 

Price: $$$$

Color Options: n/a

Sizing Options: n/a

Pluses:

  • Pineapple flavor encourages chewing
  • 2 openings to add kibble or small treats
  • Unique shape
  • Made of sturdy rubber

Negatives:

  • Aggressive chewers can destroy it in under 15 minutes

Bottom Line:

If you have a super aggressive chewer, this toy may not hold up. For most dogs, though, it’s a sturdy toy that’s well worth the money. 

#15 – Benebone Real Flavor Wishbone Dog Chew Toy

Looking for a dog chew toy that your dog will love? Benebone chew toys come in three exciting flavors: bacon, chicken, and peanut. They’re made of tough nylon, and the giant size is appropriate for dogs up to 120 pounds. 

Price: $$$

Flavor Options: Bacon, Chicken, Peanut

Sizing Options: Small, Medium, Large, Giant

Pluses:

  • Made with 100% USA-sourced real flavor
  • Made in the USA
  • Dog-friendly design is easy for dogs to hold onto while they chew
  • Durable enough for aggressive chewers

Negatives:

  • It’s so hard and durable that some dogs may fracture their teeth chewing on it

Bottom Line:

If you have a dog who destroys every toy you’ve ever given them, this one is likely to stand up to the test. However, it’s so tough and durable that there is a risk your dog could crack a tooth. 

#16 – XiaZ Retractable Interactive Dog Toy

Do you have a dog that LOVES to tug? This toy attaches to a tree or deck railing so your dog can tug to their heart’s content. This system can hold up to 260 pounds, so it’s sturdy enough for even the largest dog breeds. Just make sure the tree you attach this tug of war toy to is plenty sturdy enough!

Price: $$$$

Color Options: n/a

Sizing Options: n/a

Pluses: 

  • Now your dog can play tug by themselves
  • Includes a rope ball toy
  • Any toy can be attached
  • You can hang the toy high enough to prevent constant chewing

Negatives:

  • If it’s low enough for your dog to reach the tether, it’s easy to chew through
  • Some dogs aren’t interested in playing with it by themselves

Bottom Line:

Hung right, this is an excellent, sturdy tug toy that can last a long time. Hang it too low, and it’s just another thing for your dog to chew on. Also, some dogs just aren’t interested in playing with it alone. Still, many dogs LOVE this tug toy and will wear themselves out playing with it. 

#17 – Walter The Wabbit Tuff Dog Toy

This plush toy is sturdier than most, and the eyes are embroidered, so they don’t pose a choking risk like glass eyes. At 12″ long, it’s a good size for large breed dogs. Made with non-toxic polyfill.

Price: $$$

Color Options: n/a

Sizing Options: n/a

Pluses:

  • Sturdier than most other plush toys
  • Embroidered eyes
  • Non-toxic polyfill
  • Ultra-plush outer fabric

Negatives:

  • Like any plushie, it isn’t indestructible

Bottom Line:

This is one of the sturdiest plush toys you can buy. It isn’t indestructible, but it lasts much longer than cheaper stuffed toys. 

#18 – GUCHO Updated Ultra Durable Dog Chew Toys for Aggressive Chewers

This toy is made of a new material that’s softer than nylon chew toys and tougher than previous rubber toys. It also comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee and comes in two sizes and two colors. 


Price: $$$

Color Options: Blue, Green

Sizing Options: 4.9″, 6.5″

Pluses:

  • Sturdy
  • Lifetime replacement guarantee
  • Nubs and other textures help clean teeth
  • Good for chewing, tugging, and fetching

Negatives:

  • Not indestructible

Bottom Line:

This toy is sturdy enough for most dogs, but it isn’t indestructible. It has a shape that dogs love and comes in blue or green – colors that aren’t common in tough toys like this. 

#19 – Bully Max Long Lasting Dog Chew Toy for Aggressive Chewers

Does your dog love chewing balls as much as they do fetching them? If so, you need this Bully Max rubber ball. It floats, it’s easy to see, and you can toss it in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Price: $$$

Color Options: n/a

Size Options: n/a

Pluses:

  • Non-toxic
  • Durable
  • Can be washed in the dishwasher
  • Lifetime replacement guarantee

Negatives:

  • Really determined dogs can still destroy it

Bottom Line: 

Most reviewers said this was this first ball their dog hadn’t managed to chew up. A couple of dogs still managed to destroy it. No toy is indestructible, but this ball comes close and comes with one free replacement if your dog chews it up. 

#20 – Petstages Dogwood Wooden Dog Chew Toy

Some dogs LOVE sticks, but real sticks can be dangerous for dogs. They can easily splinter and hurt your dog. These chew toys have real wood flavoring in a stick shape that dogs love.

Price: $

Flavor Options: Original, Mesquite

Sizing Options: Petite, Small, Medium, Large

Pluses:

  • Tough, safe, and non-toxic
  • Looks and tastes like wood
  • No splintering
  • Mess-free

Negatives:

  • Pieces may be harmful if ingested

Bottom Line:

If your dog swallows the pieces they chew off toys like this, you might want to pass on this one. If your dog spits out the pieces, this is a great option for dogs who love to chew on sticks. 

What to Look for in the Best Big Dog Toys

When you’re shopping for dog 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 similarly sized dog toys, so make sure you buy dog 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 dog 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 our recommended dog 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 dog 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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