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If you’re a pet parent on a quest to entertain a large-breed dog, you know that not just any dog toy will do. Large dogs can put a lot of force behind their teeth, and they’re capable of swallowing just about anything that fits. That’s why it’s important to find toys designed for larger breeds: you need something sturdy enough that it won’t break or chip under big jaw power and large enough that it won’t be a choking hazard for an enthusiastic pup.
Not all big dogs are committed chewers, but even the mildest-mannered behemoth needs some special consideration. Dogs like toys that they can hold between their paws and carry around in their mouth—which means something big and sturdy enough to be a good playmate. And if your dog gets bored, they probably need a toy that provides good mental stimulation. A bored dog can be destructive, and the larger the dog, the more destructive power!
The best toys for large dogs can be hard to find, but we’ve got a solid list of candidates that will keep your big friend entertained and safe. Remember to supervise play, especially with new toys, to ensure your pup’s play style is safe.
Not all large dogs are ferocious chewers. If you happen to have a gentle giant who needs a snuggle buddy, this 30-inch teddy bear makes a nice companion. Big dog toys are good for play and cuddles, after all. The size and squishy body make it great for napping on, while the rope arms and long legs are fun to whip around (though it’s worth noting that the rope can come out—but fortunately is easily replaced).Find Amazon
We hate to play favorites, but Kong toys are the gold standard for pet products. Made from Kong’s most durable rubber for power chewers, you can stuff this tough dog toy with kibble or peanut butter to simultaneously give your dog a treat and a challenge. Due to its unique shape and bouncy material, this classic-shaped Kong toy can serve for challenging games of fetch with your dog because it bounces erratically. This version is made specifically for extra large dogs.Find on Amazon Find on Chewy Find on Walmart Find on Petco Find on the Rover Store
No list of big dog toys would be complete without this durable treat-holding chew toy. Its surfaces stand up to determined chompers, and treat rings are loaded onto different ends (and you can buy refills). Plus the whole thing can be tossed onto the top rack of the dishwasher when it gets a little icky.Find on Amazon Find on Chewy
If you’ve got a large breed dog and an aggressive chewer, this rope toy may be right for you. It’s made from natural cotton and has held up to many a determined chewer. Best for large dogs, this rope is three feet long and good for both tug-of-war and the washing machine.Find on Amazon
With a handy pocket in the back for stuffing treats, the Tux is durable and dishwasher-safe—and even floats in water. This is a great option if you’ve got a larger dog who needs some mental stimulation. This toy comes in three bright, easy-to-spot colors and uses recyclable materials.Find on Amazon Find on Chewy Find on Walmart Find on Petco
If you’ve got a big pup at home who turns their nose up at chew toys, this plush pillow can be a great toy for comfort. This extra-big bone plush (measuring two feet long and one foot wide) doubles as a toy and a pillow for your pet’s head. The zippered cover is removable and washable. While this toy is extra cute, the manufacturer doesn’t recommend it for chewers.Find on Amazon Find on Walmart Find on Petco
This chew and squeak toy is a good option for moderate chewers. Stimulating and interactive, it has good texture to help keep teeth clean. The manufacturer uses safe, recyclable materials and designed a toy that is well-sized for large jaws. It’s also great for a good old-fashioned game of fetch.Find on Amazon
This long-lasting chew toy from Nylabone is crafted specifically for dogs over fifty pounds who are heavy chewers. Made from durable nylon, the micro bristles help clean your dog’s teeth.Find on Amazon Find on Chewy Find on Walmart
These odd chew toys are made specifically to withstand both large dogs and aggressive chewers. It fits into larger jaws and can still be carried around—or played with by two pups invested in a game of tug-of-war.Find on Amazon
Trying to avoid touching your dog’s slobbery “fetch ball” ? This big ball dog toy from our friends at Chuckit! makes it simple—just kick it into action. It’s big, brilliantly colored, and has big grooves. This makes it easy for your a large dog to pick up and carry around.Find on Amazon Find on Chewy Find on Walmart Find on Petco
This pineapple toy is pretty close to indestructible and could be a great choice for a committed chewer. Even better, it’s a treat dispenser to help keep your dog mentally occupied. These toys are great for large breeds (think German Shepherd, Great Dane, Doberman).Find on Amazon Find on Walmart
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