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Tough, Durable Dog Toys for Dogs Who Can Destroy a Toy in Minutes

At first it was funny.

Then it became a challenge.

Now it just annoys the heck out of me as I think of all the other things I could have spent that money on.


Sydney’s not the problem.  She’s great with toys, mostly taking one to the sofa and sleeping with it.  But Rodrigo and Blue are beasts with their toys?  Is it the Border Collie?  Is it the Cattle Dog?  Whatever it is, they destroy toys in under 10 minutes.

I have found a few toys that last a lot longer in our homes; there’s something about certain brands (Kong, JW Cuz) that make them last a lot longer in our home.  Durable dog toys are important for us, because…

  • they give our dogs an outlet for their need to chew, rip and tear
  • they keep our dogs from being bored
  • they’ve been wonderful in helping us train our dogs on what to chew and what not to chew
  • they make our dogs happy
  • durable dog toys give us a much appreciated peace in our home

With the holiday season approaching, Keep the Tail Wagging (which is me) will be posting lots of holiday gift ideas and I thought I would get it cracking with something that we need for our dogs.  Tough, Durable Dog Toys.

Need tough, durable dog toys?

I reached out to dog owners and asked them to share more toys that are great for dogs who are extreme chewers like our Rodrigo and this is what I got back…

Kong Dog Toys ~ Kimberly, Fur Parent to Rodrigo, Sydney and Blue

JW Cuz Dog Toys ~ Kimberly, Fur Parent to Rodrigo, Sydney and Blue

West Paw Design Jive Ball ~ Lindsey, Fur Parent to Rudy

Sqwuggie by Katie’s Bumpers ~ Teresa, Fur Parent to Mugwhy (gotta love that name)

Nylabone Big Chews for Big Dogs ~ Nicole, Fur Parent to Kostas

Hear Doggy! and goDog products ~ Ashley, Fur Parent to Murray

Alleged tough, durable dog toys…

Whenever I seek input from the pet community, a few businesses will share their products.  I call these “alleged tough, durable dog toys,” because I haven’t tried these before, so I can’t guarantee that our dogs won’t destroy these, but I don’t see any harm in giving them a shot.

Kyjen Bottles Buddies Squeaker

Kyjen Hard Boiled Softies

Kyjen Invincibles

Kyjen Dog Games Seamsters Weave Bone


Now it’s Your turn!  Please share your favorite tough, durable dog toys.  I need some Christmas gift ideas!


  1. I second GoDogFun toys, especially the cute dragons. They are very sturdy, no parts that can be chewed off and the best part is that the company will replace the toy free of charge if the dog does manage to destroy it. You can get them at Def high quality toys!

    • Thanks, Diane!!!

  2. My 90 pound beasty dog likes the Tuffy dog toys – and we’ve had good luck with several of them. We’ve had four – the mouse, pig, shark and ring. Just replaced “Miss Piggy” as that was his favorite. It lasted about 6 months before becoming unstuffed. Not bad for this doggy. They also float which is good since he loves to chase them into the pool. Happy dog toy shopping!

    • Thanks so much, Carol – I’ll check in to these!

  3. I’ll second the Tuffy toys. I have a ring that has survived over 6 years with my ruff on stuff Jack Russells. The soft toys without stuffing also last longer than the average stuffed toy here.

    • Thanks, Dawn – I really need to check out these toys!

  4. Thanks, Kimberly, for a great (and timely) post. My new fur baby rescue loves her toys but boy, is she a persistent little chewer when it comes to little ears, legs, or any part that sticks out on a toy. So I’m always on the lookout for recommendations for sturdy toys. I’ll be stopping by Petco today to pick up a few of these that were recommended.

  5. In the dog daycare/cagefree boarding business I founded 15 years ago, the only toys we have found to stand up to the test of time (and 20 plus dogs playing/chewing per day) are the black Kongs (tougher than the red) and the Galileo bones (also by Nylabone, like your other suggestion). These are also the ones I recommend to my training clients.

    We have tried everything from the ‘tires’ to every type of ball or rubber-type toy there is, and all end up in pieces before the first day is done… except the ones I listed.

    Even the companies that offer to replace them, will usually only do so ‘once’… so although they are often great ‘guarantees’… not for the super, duper, heavy chewers we get.

    Hope this helps.

    • Thanks for sharing. I purchased one of those toys made out of tires and it lasted a day and Rodrigo was still a puppy at the time. His Kong is still in tact and we’ve had it for over 2 years.

      Thanks again for the list!


  6. Frozen stuffed Kongs rock. And antlers. Available at pet stores and all over the Internet. Google “antlers for dogs”. These are awesome for teething puppies. Thanks for another great post, Kimberly.

    • Thanks, Dee!

  7. I too have a toy destroying dog! It is so frustrating and can get very expensive. After working in the veterinary field for 20 yrs and seeing a number of chewed up toys removed from the stomach of too many dogs, I decided to get serious and research some interesting and indestructible toys. I have found that West Paw Design has several toys that have held up the test of time! They are available from Amazon and are not going to break the bank.
    A bone shaped toy that is shaped great for holding between the paws. Not hard like some.
    A ball that bunces in all directions-perfect for the crazy dig!
    A odd shaped fun toy that again bounces, but also allows for holding between paws. Has a secret spot to add a cookie, some fat free cream cheese or peanut butter
    I hope this info helps…I know it has sure worked for my dog and my sons.

    • Thanks for sharing, Kim! This rocks!!!


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