Staffies are awesome! We all know that they are fabulous dogs who are kid-friendly, goofy and loving and will adore you unconditionally. They are playful and boisterous when they want to be, which includes chewing on stuff they probably shouldn’t! So it is important to keep them busy with an indestructible dog toy! We have listed the most tough and most durable dog toys on the market which are ideal toys for Staffies.
Staffordshire Bull terriers were originally bred to bait Bulls, so they love a bit of tug-of-war with their teeth, meaning that if they choose to use your slipper for a game of chew, expect to have cold feet for the foreseeable future. So if you are going to get a dog toy make sure it is a tough dog toy!
To prevent destructive chewing, it’s wise to invest in some durable, quality toys that will stand up to being slobbered over. Staffies have some pretty powerful teeth, meaning that a lot of the toys sold in pet shops just can’t take the pain and fall to bits in minutes. If a toy says it is ‘indestructible’, it’s almost an open invitation for a SBT to prove it wrong.
What Makes a Dog Toy Indestructible?
Dogs can fall foul of destructive chewing, where they destroy things not designed for chomping on. Think furniture, doors, clothes and sometimes other animals. For this reason, it is wise to invest in some durable, quality toys that will stand up to being slobbered over. Staffies have some pretty powerful teeth, meaning that a lot of the toys sold in pet shops just can’t take the pain and fall to bits in minutes. If a toy says it is ‘indestructible’, it’s almost an open invitation for a SBT to prove it wrong.
We’ve pulled together some advice on what to consider when buying chew dogs for your Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and have listed our top picks of toys for your furry friend.
Is There Such a Thing as an Indestructible Toy?
If you wanted to, you could describe a pogo-stick as a ‘means of transport’, but we all know that unless you have thighs made of steel, they really aren’t. Marketing campaigns have a lot to answer for, as they convince people that the words ‘indestructible’ and ‘everlasting’ are actually true about their products. They probably are if you have a little Chihuahua bapping it about half heartedly once a week. Chances are that your Staffie has a bit more ‘energy’ when it comes to chewing on an indestructible toy so don’t fall for the hype. Do your research before purchasing any toy that makes any such claim!
Why Toy Safety Is Important & What to Look Out For
It’s all meant to be fun and games when it comes to toys, but please remember the most important aspect of Staffie play time: that it is safe. Safety is incredibly important when it comes to choosing dog toys. A Staff that ingests broken pieces of toy can end up being a very poorly Staff indeed.
A safe toy is one that provides a balance between being tough enough to withstand gnawing jaws and being soft enough not to put too much pressure on your pup’s teeth and jaws.
Toy composition is super important too. You want non-toxic materials and coatings that won’t flake into your dog’s mouth. These toys ARE going to spend a lot of time in your dog’s mouth, after all!
Always supervise your Staffie when they are playing to ensure no damage is caused. A toy that seems to be shrinking in size or has parts breaking off of it should be swiftly consigned to the bin.
Tough Dog Toys
The following list presents the best of the best of tough dog toys. They have all been selected due to their durability, entertainment value and value for money.
Kong Tough Dog Toys
What do you do when you can’t find a toy tough enough for your Staffie not to rip it apart within minutes? You invent your own toy, of course! That is exactly what Kong’s founder did, establishing the premier tough dog toy across the world.
Kongs are super tough and come in a huge variety of styles, shapes and sizes. Lots can be stuffed with treats for added chewy fun. Here is our pick for the top 5 Kong branded toys:
The Kong Extreme is ultra-strong, ultra-durable and is advertised as the world’s strongest chew toy. Even the hardiest of chewing Staffies will have a hard time making dents in this toy.
It’s so highly regarded, it’s used by the police, drug enforcement and military K-9 teams, in addition to Schutzhund and AKC competition trainers.
If you needed a recommendation to buy one, there’s one right there.
The Extreme is made using Black Ultra-Flex™, and is puncture-resistant. This is as close to indestructible as you are going to get. It’s non-toxic, can be stuffed with treats and help dogs being crate trained in particular. Toys mixed with treats can be great distractions!
The Extreme is also a great toy for interactive play. It bounces unpredictably, making a game of fetch a LOT of fun with playful Staffies.
If you are looking or durable, then you can’t really go wrong with the KONG brand. The Kong Extreme Ball is puncture resistant and is great for using outdoors on walks with your Staffy. It will keep them entertained in two ways as not only is it great for chewing, but woah – do these bad boys bounce!
The Extreme Ball comes in a variety of sizes, and medium is probably best for your SBT. It also has a hole drilled through the centre, making it a safe option and reducing the chances of choking.
Guess what this toy does? Like other Kong toys, the Wobbler is tough as steel on the outside, but a little less sturdy in terms of balance. Your Staff will love trying to keep up with this toy as it wobbles, falls and rolls around.
Designed as a food dispenser, you can pop kibble or treats into the Wobbler and add a little mental stimulation to play time for your dog. If your Stafford tends to wolf his food down, the Wobbler can be a great tool in slowing dinnertime down a little!
This great toy provides both mental and physical exercises for your Staffordshire Bull terrier, meaning that destructive chewing is minimised and fun time is maximised.
To make things even easier, the Wobbler is dishwasher safe and has an easy twist off cap, making it easy to get treats in, but difficult to get them out!
If your Staffie loves a game of fetch, or tug-of-war, then the Wubba is the ideal toy for you. You toss it, your pup fetches it, then you get to have a game of tug.
The toy has a squeaky ball and a tennis ball covered in tough nylon and has fabric legs attached fro pulling on. The whole toy is super heavy duty and will withstand many hours of being thrown about. There is a whole array of colours, sizes and finishes available, meaning that boredom need never be a factor with a few of these around the house.
As this toy has balls inside, it’s best to supervise your Staff when playing with it – the temptation to retrieve the ball from their pesky nylon wrapping may be too hard to resist for some!
The sister product to the Kong Extreme, the Extreme Goodie Bone is very durable and made of natural rubber. You can stuff the Extreme Goodie Bone with treats and give your Stafford hours of fun trying to get at them, whilst reducing the chances of separation anxiety and destructive chewing. The toy even has the patented ‘Goodie Grippers’ at each end, making it trickier for your pup to retrieve food.
It’s puncture resistant and made of non-toxic materials and is one of our top recommendations for play time for your Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
6. West Paw Design Zogoflex Tux
Wow. Just wow. This toy is the bee’s knees when it comes to durable toys for Staffordshire Bull Terriers. In fact, they are so tough that the manufacturer offers a 100% guarantee against damage by your dog!
The Zogoflex Tux enables you to stuff or freeze treats inside it, to keep your Stafford both mentally stimulated and entertained. It gives both their brain and their jaw a workout! It is supremely safe for your dog too as it is non-toxic and BPA-and-Phthalate-free. The manufacturers are environmentally conscious and is a certified B corporation, recognized as using business to resolve social and environmental issues.
The Tux is brightly coloured, dishwasher safe, recyclable and can be floated, bounced, flung and chewed and is tougher than tough – perfect for your gnawing and playful SBT.
7. Big Nylabone
Watch any old cartoon and you can guarantee that at some point, there will be a dog chewing a bone in it. Unfortunately, real bones, whilst great to chew, can prove pretty dangerous for dogs. They can splinter easily and cause choking and can also damage your dog’s teeth. Thankfully, the Big Nylabone is here to save the day!
Shaped like a bone, but good for your Staffy’s teeth and posing no risk of splintering, the Big Nylabone keeps your Stafford entertained whilst giving his oral health a workout too thanks to the bristles raised whilst chewing. It’s made of extra-tough nylon and discourages destructive chewing. What more could you want from a bone that isn’t a bone?
8. Multipet Nuts for Knots Heavy Duty Rope Dog Toy
Ahoy mateys! This nautically inspired toy is made of strong fibres and is intensely durable. The Nuts for Knots toy is one substantial ball toy and offers superior toughness compared to other rope ball toys out there. The handle is well integrated, making tug-of-war games a serious affair!
The toy is around the size of a shot putt, so suits the bigger Staffies out there, or littler ones who think they can take on anything!
9. Jolly Pets Romp-n-Roll 8 Inch Ball With Rope
The Jolly brand was initially created to provide ball toys for horses. If you are looking for a ball toy that will withstand even the strongest Stafford jaws, the Romp-n-Roll Jolly Ball is the one you want. The balls were developed to be a little more in tune with the anatomy of a dog’s jaw and ‘boom’ a classic toy was born.
The rope attachment means the ball can be thrown, kicked, tugged, tossed, carried and launched into the stratosphere, meaning that your dog will be entertained on many levels. The Jolly Ball floats on water and is puncture proof, meaning fun on dry land and in the water.
The toy is also safe for both you and your dog, being made from non-toxic Polyethylene plastic and a very sturdy cotton rope pull. Once again, this toy is available in multiple sizes and colours, so you will be sure to find the perfect ball for your Stafford.
10. West Paw Design Jive Zogoflex Durable Ball Dog Chew Toy
Catchy name, huh? Just don’t try asking for it in the shop with your mouth full. As its name suggests, the Jive Zogoflex Durable Ball is a tough toy and the closest to indestructible you are likely to get with this type of play thing.
It’s made in the USA by ‘West Paw Design’ and features non-toxic, environmentally friendly and recyclable material. The toy even comes with a 100% guarantee; the makers are so convinced of its durability.
It’s great for interactive throwing and rolling games as it has an unpredictable bounce, and it can also be used in conjunction with the Chuckit Ball Thrower for extra fun.
A toy that is brightly coloured, will last for ages and fun to play with – what’s not to love?
Hopefully, the information above will help in your decision making when purchasing a durable and tough toy for your Staffy. Try to avoid soft toys or those made from vinyl and latex. They aren’t durable and could pose a choking hazard thanks to small pieces that can become detached.
A nylon, hard rubber or rope toy are all good choices for your dog when it comes to value for money, safety and durability. If in doubt, Kong and Nylabone brands are both excellent for giving your dog an awesome chew toy that will prevent destructive chewing elsewhere.
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