Understanding the breed characteristics and energy level of your dog are important factors when determining the right choice of toy for your dog. The Pit Bull is one of the most demanding breeds of dog out there and they are incredible tough on toys. Keeping them entertained is the best way of keeping your Pit Bull out of trouble, so that’s why we have created a list of the most indestructible dog toys for Pit Bulls.
Three different types of toys
There are three main types of toys that you will find on the market, active, distraction and comfort. Depending on what they are for and what they will do, a toy can be placed in one or more of these categories. We’ve briefly explained that below.
- Active toys are toys that keep your Pit Bull active and busy. Think of things like balls, ropes, tug toys and bones. These all fit into this class because they can easily be tossed, thrown, chased or used for a game of tug of war.
- Distraction toys are any variety of toy that will captivate their senses, like a KONG toy that is filled with treats or other goodies. The dog will be focused on getting the treats out of the toy, making it perfect for keeping them entertained for an extended duration of time.
- Comfort toys can be anything from soft toys, to a rope or even squeaker toys. A comfort toy is a toy that your dog loves to carry around and makes them feel comfortable.
Toys to avoid for your Pit Bull
Pit Bulls are serious toy testers, so any soft toys with stuffing in them are probably going to be gone in seconds and could be dangerous to your dog if any material is ingested. These toys may also come with things like squeakers that can lead to a trip to your vets if they are swallowed.
Tennis balls and small foam rubber balls should also be avoided unless your dog is under supervision. Pit Bulls have a tendency to absolutely destroy these toys and once again the materials they are constructed from can be dangerous to your dog.
Rope toys are excellent for a game of tug, but the threads of the toy can be swallowed and get caught up in your dog’s stomach and bowels. This can can lead to a rushed trip to the vets (as we have experienced) and the resultant expensive bills. If you are going to give your Pit Bull a rope toy, make sure you supervise your dog and replace it when it starts to show signs of wear. Another tip is to take the toy away from them when you can’t supervise your dog, this will prevent your Pit Bull from pulling out the threads while you are away.
Safety is the best policy
Don’t underestimate your Pit Bull’s ability to absolutely destroy any toy you put in front of it. Pit Bulls are determined animals and given the time they will chew through even the best toys. Always supervise your canine companion when possible and replace any toy that is starting to look worse for wear.
Why are Pit Balls so hard on toys?
Pit Bulls are known for their destructive power, but why is this? One of the reasons for their extreme chewing ability is the size of their head. Compared to other dogs, a Pit Bulls head and skull is relatively large when compared to a different breed of a similar weight. A Larger head means bigger teeth, jaws and muscles, which usually spells doom for weak toys.
While the larger proportions of a Pit Bull’s head provide increased biting power, the mechanical advantage of a wider jaw also plays a part in their famed chewing ability. Wider jaws create more leverage and torque, which can let them make short work of even the toughest toys on the market.
The final reason is that Pit Bulls are remarkably persistent when it comes to tearing toys apart. This tenacity has sadly made them the target of people who want to use them to fight. Pit Bulls will keep on going even when they have suffered an injury and that spirit makes them incredible toy testers.
Eight Indestructible Dog Toys for Pitbulls
We’ve learned what types of toys there are and what type of toys to avoid, now it’s time to show you what we believe are the best indestructible toys are for your Pit Bull. The toys below should be ideal for your Pit Bull.
Goughnuts are known to be the go to brand when it comes to tough dog toys. They have a range of different products and make their toys from seriously strong rubber. One of their products is the Goughnuts Tug toy that is ideal for those Pit Bulls that love to play a bit of tug and is about as durable and tough as you can get.
The Tug is designed for larger dogs and is 11 inches in length, by 6 inches wide and 1.5 inches high. The Goughnuts Tug uses the same rubber compound as is used to manufacture their rings and sticks, but the company has marked the outside of the toy with a red colour to show that there is no safety indicator. According to Goughnuts, the Tug is meant to be an interactive toy that is taken away from the dog after game time has finished, unlike their other toys.
Reviews of the Tug are very positive and the majority of dog owners claim that it is one of the most durable products in their toy arsenal. KONG makes an almost identical product called the Tug Toy, but it seems that the Goughnuts Tug is the stronger and more durable dog toy.
What dog doesn’t like a bone? The Nylabone Power Chew Wishbone provides double the chewing and is ideal for those Pit Bulls that love to bite down on something. The Wishbone is designed to withstand hours of enjoyment and it comes highly recommended.
The bone is offered in a number of different sizes from small to large, depending on the size of your dog. It has raised bristles that will help clean your Pit Bulls teeth and will control plaque and tarter. Dental care is important to prevent tooth decay or loss, especially when your Pit Bull gets older. Nylabone has infused natural flavours into the Wishbone, which will keep your dog chewing all day long.
Nylabone’s Wishbone is a hit with dog owners worldwide and seems to be one of the most durable dog toys on the market. The Wishbone shape is a little bit more interesting than the standard bone shape and seems to be ideal for chewers. It is recommended that you replace the toy if you do see any chips or wear on the Wishbone.
The Rubber Ball Extreme is one of our favourite products from KONG and is one of the most durable and tough toys on the market. KONG has manufactured the Extreme Ball in various sizes and it is constructed from KONG’s ultra-strong black rubber material. The ball has been made with a hole in it to hide treats and it is manufactured in the United States.
We have the KONG Rubber Ball Extreme and find that our two dogs love it. The ball is one of the few toys that has not been destroyed by them. They also love it when we put treats in the KONG Ball and they love to play games of fetch with it. The only problems we find with the Ball is that it won’t float (this is because it is so heavy) and it is not as interactive as some of the other toys on this list.
Goughnut’s Chew Toy is perhaps the ultimate when it comes to tough toys and the MAXX version is the strongest version of it. There are two options of the MAXX Chew Toy, the MAXX Power version and the MAXX 50. The 50 is the strongest version and is the one we would recommended for those with Pit Bulls. It’s a little bit priceyer, but we think it’s worth it.
As we said above, Goughnuts products feature a safety indicator system that tells you when the toy is not safe to play with anymore. On the MAXX toys yellow means keep chewing and red means it’s time to stop. We think this is excellent, especially for Pit Bulls who love to destroy and eat toys. Goughnuts are so confident in their product, they will even replace it if your Pit Bull chews it down to the red!
The Goughnuts Chew Toy isn’t just for chewing however, both versions of the MAXX toy will float in the water and are great for games of fetch.
We think that the Goughnuts Chew Toy MAXX is undoubtedly one of the best toys on the market. It will be great when your Pit Bull wants to sink its teeth into something and will be excellent for games of fetch. If you’re looking for something to distract your dog for an extended period of time, something like the KONG toy with treats in it is probably better.
Reviews are excellent for the Goughnuts MAXX toys and the Chew Toy is even used by Police K9 units around the world. If you want the toughest, the Goughnut MAXX 50 is almost certainly your best bet.
The Benebone Wishbone is much the same as the Nylabone Wishbone that was featured earlier in this piece. We can certainly attest to the toughness and durability of the Wishbone, as both out dogs have failed to destroy it yet. The Wishbone has been cleverly designed so that your Pit Bull can get a good chew on, which will keep your dog entertained for hours.
Manufactured in the United States, the Benebone Wishbone is available in a number of different sizes, from small to large. Benebone have also infused 100% real food ingredients throughout the Wishbone and it comes in three different flavours, REAL Bacon, REAL Chicken and REAL Peanut.
The Benebone is priced pretty comparatively when compared to its competitors and the company has an excellent customer service department. This is a big plus, especially if your dog is a tough chewer.
Reviews from around the world, including our own are incredibly positive. It is one of the most popular dog toys on Amazon and should definitely be in your dog toy arsenal.
West Paw’s Zogoflex Tux is another great option for those who are looking for a tough dog toy that you can put treats in. It’s an excellent alternative to the likes of KONG’s products and will keep your Pit Bull entertained for hours. West Paw are so confident in the design and strength of the Tux that they are prepared to 100% guarantee it against dog damage. The Tux is made in the United States from non-toxic materials and is dishwasher friendly.
The Tux is not only a tough treat dispenser but it will also survive even the toughest chewing dog, and that’s important if you have a Pit Bull. Treats can be frozen inside the Tux for even more fun and it can be used as a fetch toy as well. West Paw have designed the Tux so that it can float and they have put it through rigorous testing to make sure it is tough enough.
On Amazon and throughout the internet, the West Paw Tux has some of the best reviews of any dog toy on the market. We think your Pit Bull will love it!
The Unbreakoball Dog Toy is one of the toughest ball toys on the market for strong chewing breeds like the Pit Bull. It is extremely durable and thick, and it will withstand the destructive play of any large dog.
The Unbreakoball comes in various sizes from 6 inches to 10 inches and has a perforated design that lets your dog get a tooth in the holes to pick it up. It is made of super hard plastic rather than the softer plastic or rubber that most balls are made from. This means that it will withstand tough chewing, but won’t wear your dog’s teeth down.
Reviews are overall very positive for the Unbreakoball with the only real complaints being from smaller dog owners who have found that the ball is too hard for their pup. If you have a Pit Bull or other large breed of dog this is the ideal toy for you.
Finally, the last toy on this list is the classic KONG. Nobody is equipped to deal with their dog’s boredom unless they have a KONG, and the Extreme black rubber version is the ultimate toy for tough chewing dogs. The KONG comes in various sizes and is made from the company’s own ultra-tough durable black rubber formula (like on the ball earlier in this article).
The KONG is an excellent distraction toy that can hold all sorts of treats and food in it. Treats can also be frozen inside the KONG for even more fun and it is great for those dogs who suffer from separation anxiety or boredom. The KONG is also recommended for those who are about to start crate training with their dog.
Both our dogs love their KONG and it has proven to be one of the most durable toys we have ever bought. The KONG is one of the toughest toys on the market and reviews are overall excellent. If your dog is particularly aggressive when getting its treats from toys we can imagine that this will shorten the life of the product. Still, we have had no problems ourselves yet.
Buying toys online is probably the best bet if you are looking for good deals and the best selection, however physical pet shops will generally let you bring your dog in to help assist with the toy selection. Taking your dog to the pet store can also be a great way to socialise your dog as well.
The toys on this list are just a selection of some of the excellent indestructible dog toys for Pit bulls. We’ve covered off a number of different toys from active to distraction toys and explained what a safe dog toy is. Just remember that no toy is completely indestructible and a determined dog can wreak havoc on any toy given the time to do so. Make sure you try to supervise your dog when they are playing with toys and replace them when it is necessary.