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The best dog chew toys: Give them something to get their teeth into

A bulldog enjoying one of the best dog chew toys
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Most dogs like to have a good chew and buying the best dog chew toys will provide something for them to take out all that energy on – after all it’s much better that they chew up a toy than chew up your shoes or your sofa. Plus, they'll be a great addition to any of the best dog toys found in our overall guide.

Chewing is a behavior that is perfectly natural and normal for all dogs. Puppies will often chew to relieve the pain and stress of their adult teeth coming in, while older dogs use it as a way to keep their jaws strong, their teeth clean and to stave off boredom. 

Some dogs will enjoy chewing more than others, but it’s a good idea to encourage healthy chewing since it can promote good oral health, and ultimately could prevent a costly dental bill later in life. 

Provide your dog with plenty of chew toys from a young age, and make sure to rotate them often so they don’t get bored either. You’ll know how strong a chewer your dog is after a while, and which kinds of toys work best for them. 

It’s best to supervise them while chewing a new toy or when you’re learning about how strong a chewer they are to make sure that bits of toys don’t break up and present a choking hazard. 

In this piece we’ve rounded up some of the best dog chew toys you can buy right now, at a variety of price points. Get shopping – your pup will thank you later. 

PetsRadar's pick of the best dog chew toys

  • Best overall dog chew toy: Kong Extreme Dog Toy
  • Best for value: Umi Essential By Amazon 2 Toy Value Pack
  • Best for hot days: PetSafe Chilly Penguin
  • Best for extreme chewers: Antos Antler Chew
  • Best for throwing: ChuckIt Ultra Ball
  • Best for healthy teeth: Rosewood Mint Bone

Best dog chew toys: Kong Extreme Dog Toy product shot

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Kong Extreme Dog Toy

Best overall dog chew toy

Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: Yes | Size options: S, M, L, XL, XXL | Flavoured?: No

Dishwasher safe
Can be filled with treats
Super durable
The larger models can be quite expensive

Are you even a dog owner if you don’t have at least one classic Kong lying around your home? Kong is pretty much the go-to brand when it comes to tough dog toys and they have built up a well-earned reputation for being a high-quality brand. 

If you’ve got a dog that absolutely loves to chew, then the Extreme version of the “Classic” Kong toy is the one to get. It’s been specifically designed with ultra-chewers in mind with a black rubber formula that can withstand even the most powerful jaws. 

Just like the other Kong toys, you can fill the Kong with treats, or even with special Kong Stuffing treats. It will keep your dog interested in the toy for longer – especially if you pop it in the freezer first. 

If you’ve got a dog with separation anxiety, a frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter can help take their mind off the fact that you’ve left them alone. The excellent news is that Kongs are dishwasher safe, so you don’t need to worry about cleaning it after your dog’s done with it for the day. 

There are plenty of Kong-like imitations on the market, so if perhaps your dog isn’t a super-chewer, you might be tempted to go for a cheaper version (just don’t expect the same level of quality). The variety of sizes available in the Kong Extreme is great news if you have a very large dog, but be aware that the super large model is highly priced.

Best dog chew toys: Umi Essential By Amazon 2 Toy Value Pack product shot

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Umi Essential By Amazon 2 Toy Value Pack

Best for value

Material: Rubber, Cotton | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: One size | Flavoured: No

Good price
Plenty of choice
Lots of textures
Can leave mess behind
Less suited to extreme chewers

Amazon’s own brand ‘Umi’ has created a number of different two packs of chew toys which offer excellent value and helps build up a variety of toys to prevent boredom in your dog. 

With each two pack you get two different toys which are specifically designed for chewing and provide a number of textures to provide a range of sensory experiences. The more you get to know your dog, the more you’ll be aware of what kind of textures they like – for example you might be tempted towards the pack which features a rubber bone, or you may think that they’d prefer the rope design. 

The toys aren’t super cheap, but offer good value as they’re designed to be sturdy and withstand a good amount of chewing. Some users have reported that small bits of rope and so on can be left behind from extreme chewers – so you might want to make sure you supervise your dog when playing with these toys – and have the vacuum cleaner on standby too.

Many of the toys featured in the gift packs can double up for other types of play – including tugging, fetching and tossing, so again, they can be considered excellent value for money. They’d also make a lovely gift for anyone who has recently got a new dog in their lives. 

The toys are wipe clean so if you find that they’re getting a little grimy after a solid chewing session, be sure to give them a sponge down to keep your house smelling fresh.

Best dog chew toys: PetSafe Chilly Penguin product shot

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PetSafe Chilly Penguin

Best for hot days

Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: Yes | Size options: S, M/L | Flavoured?: Vanilla

Great value
Easy to clean
Strong chewers may destroy it

There’s a lot to like about this great value dog toy, which has been specifically designed to be filled and frozen with your dogs favourite treats. You can simply fill it with water to provide a soothing a safe toy to help when your puppy is teething, or to cool down your dog on a scorching hot day. 

The toy features a rounded base that wobbles as part of the fun, but since it lies with the treat compartment facing up, there’s less likely to be mess created from treats falling out of the side of the toy. 

The design also makes it easy to stack multiple Chilly penguins in the freezer to make sure you always have a supply ready to go – as they’re available at a low price it makes sense to stock up. 

Helpfully, the Chilly Penguin is easy to clean and can even be popped in the dishwasher to make sure it’s perfectly sanitized before putting it back in the freezer again. 

Some users have reported that extreme chewers may make light work of the Chilly Penguin, so it’s always best to supervise any dog, especially the first time it has been presented with a toy like this. It’s a lot cheaper than similar equivalents from Kong, so if you have a dog that is particularly destructive it’s something to bear in mind.

Chilly Penguins come in two sizes – one which is small, ideal for small to medium dogs, and another which is Medium / Large and better suited to larger dogs or those with larger appetites. The larger toy will also take longer to defrost, too.

Best dog chew toys: Antos Antler Chew product shot

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Antos Antler Chew

Best for extreme chewers

Material: Deer antler | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: S, M, L | Flavoured?: No

Natural materials
Variety of sizes
Long lasting
Can leave bits behind

Instead of adding to the mountain of plastic and rubber toys, you could go down the natural route as an alternative. 

Antler chews are exactly what they say on the tin – chews which are made from deer antlers. This brand in particular uses antlers from red deer and fallow deer, much of which is from Scottish highland herds. The antlers are cleaned (without chemicals) and cut to various sizes. 

You can buy Antos in a number of different sizes depending on the size of your dog, encompassing small, medium and large. 

The idea is that over time, your dog will naturally grind the antler bone down until it has completely disappeared. Depending on what kind of chewer your dog is, you might find very little mess left behind – but some users reported that bits can break off from time to time. 

As the toy is made from natural materials, no two bones are the same. They can be a variety of colours and lots of different shapes and sizes – this should also help keep your dog interested since each one should be slightly different from the last. 

Designed for extreme chewers, many find that antler toys last much longer than other toys which are designed for chewing, while also holding your dog’s attention more. Since they are natural, you’ll also be less worried about your dog ingesting small parts of the toy and causing a potential problem – it’s still worth supervising your dog while they are chewing a toy like this, especially for the first time.

Best dog chew toys: ChuckIt Ultra Ball pack shot

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ChuckIt Ultra Ball

Best for throwing

Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: S, M, L, XL, XXL, | Flavoured?: No

Good value
Very durable
Multipurpose toy
No squeaker
High price for a dog ball

ChuckIt is another go-to brand when it comes to reliable and dependable dog balls. If you’ve got a dog that has chewed up no end of ordinary (cheaper) dog balls, then ChuckIt is worthy of your attention. 

The balls come in a variety of sizes, making them suitable for pretty much every breed. If you’ve got a small dog that might otherwise struggle or be overwhelmed by standard tennis ball sized dog balls, then the small is the one to go for. Equally, if you’ve got a very large dog, you can match them to an XL Chuckit. 

Being made from a lightweight rubber material, these balls can float in water and also bounce erratically and highly, making them ideal as chase and fetch toys. When your dog catches it, you can feel confident that even if they spend the next hour chewing it, they’re unlikely to do too much damage to the ball. 

We also like the bright orange colour of the ball, not only is it fun to look at – they’re easy to spot among grass, on the beach and in water, or even among our dog’s other toys. If you don’t fancy touching the ChuckIt when it’s covered in dog slobber, further good news is that it’s compatible with a ChuckIt launcher. 

The only major downside of ChuckIt balls is their high price compared to standard dog balls. However, if you’ve got a dog that loves to chew, we can’t recommend these highly enough. There’s no squeakers in the Ultra Ball, so if you’ve got a squeaker lover, look out for the ChuckIt Ultra Squeaker Ball instead.

Best dog chew toys: Best for dental

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Rosewood Mint Bone

An ideal toy to help reduce plaque and tartar build up

Material: Nylon | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: S/L | Flavoured?: Yes

Great value
Good for gums
Nicely scented
Some dogs uninterested

Rosewood makes an array of tough and durable toys which are designed to meet the needs of extreme chewers. This cute mint bone is a classic toy that should resist even the toughest of jaws. 

The textured surface of the bone, as well as the ultra-strong and ultra-hard Nylon material are good for massaging gums and helping to prevent tartare build up. This is a bone which isn’t pliable at all so it withstands strong chewing - the down side is that some dogs simply find it hard to engage with and may ignore it – you could try smearing some peanut butter on it to get their attention at first. 

Available in two sizes, the small size is ideal for puppies and small dogs, while the large version should suit adult dogs and larger breeds. 

You can wash the bone super easily, being wipe clean for a surface clean, or you can even boil or put the bone in the dishwasher to give it a really deep clean. The bone has a mint flavouring cooked into it to help keep your dog’s breath a little fresher than it might otherwise be. 

This is a bone which has been designed to be ultra-tough, and as such, it shouldn’t splinter and present choking hazards. No toy is completely indestructible though, and it’s still worth supervising your dog when it is left with this toy – especially when the toy is new, or the dog is very young. 

How to choose the best dog chew toy

There’s a wide variety of different chew toys on the market, all designed to meet slightly different needs. It’s hard to go too far wrong when picking up a chew toy, but it’s worth paying attention to exactly how destructive your dog is to help you choose the right toy. 

If you have a dog that likes to chew but isn’t overly destructive, you can probably get away with the cheaper options, or those which haven’t been labelled as tough. If you have an extreme chewer that really likes to go to town on a toy, look out for those which have been marked as durable or designed for extreme chewing.

You might also want to look out for chew toys which have a flavouring, whether that’s something that humans are likely to find appealing – such as mint or vanilla, or something which is more in line with your dog’s tastes, like bacon. 

Look for chew toys which include a variety of textures to keep your dog from getting bored. Rope, raised surfaces, rubber, soft and hard surfaces can all be stimulating for your dog, especially highly intelligent ones that tend to get easily fed up.

Lastly, be wary of very cheap chew toys. It might seem prudent to stock up on low-cost toys, but if your dog chews them up in just a few minutes, they won’t seem like such good value for money after all.

Amy Davies

Amy Davies is a writer and photographer with more than ten years’ experience working in the media. She lives with her miniature dachshund, Lola, a rescue dog who is very much the boss.