How long does it usually take for your pitty’s new toy to be shredded limb from limb, intestines (okay, fluff) spiling from its middle? Chances are it’s a matter of minutes before Teddy looks like Freddy Kruger’s gotten hold of it. For pit bulls, enthusiastically chewing and ripping their toys apart is not only their way of keeping themselves entertained, it’s also a way for them to let off some steam.
Replacing a new toy every second day can get costly, which is why you need to find indestructible toys and chew sticks or bones for your pup. Otherwise, shoes, sofas, and even car tires become fair game.
Why Are Pit Bulls ‘Chewsy’?
Certain breeds like chewing more than others. And then there are some dogs, regardless of what they are, who will chew through anything, like a Jack Russell, for example. But pit bulls, even if they don’t mean to, are almost naturally built to be ‘destroyers of toys’ and ‘stealers of hearts’, of course.
While they might look like vicious, blood-thirsty beasts with a penchant for killing as they rip into the Sunday newspaper, they’re not. Pit bulls are playful, friendly and highly intelligent but they’re a misunderstood breed with a bad rap. For example, their jaws don’t “lock”. It’s anatomically incorrect and totally illogical – how are they supposed to eat if their lock all the time?
What is true, however, is they have several unique traits that make them enthusiastic and powerful chewers.
- Pit bulls’ jaws are wide
A pit bull’s wide jaw plays a role in their chewing power, along with the somewhat larger proportions of their heads. Because of their wide jaws, they’re able to apply a lot more force and leverage on a toy or anything else they can get their paws on.
- They have large heads
Pit bulls have large heads which could contribute to their ‘chewy’ nature. Even a smaller pitty weighing around 40 or so pounds will have a head the size of a dog that weighs twice as much. A larger means a larger jaw, muscles, and teeth.
- The breed is known for their tenacity
Pit bulls are known for their “gameness”, a trait that makes them determined to complete any task they start. Sadly this is the same reason they were bred to fight. When it comes to a chew toy, a pit bull won’t stop until it’s annihilated.
What Kind of Toys Are Best?
Choosing durable, well-made toys for your pup should be a priority. The right toy will keep him active, help him release stress and is a fun way for the two of you to bond. In order for it to last, however, they need to be made of a quality material.
- Pit bulls aren’t cuddlers, at least not when it comes to toys. Plush toys won’t survive a day, so don’t even bother.
- Solid rubber toys are tough and most will handle rough play-time with your pooch.
- Rubber toys come in different shapes and sizes. Something as simple as a rubber stick will provide hours of entertainment for the both of you, or if you’re away and you want your pup to be kept busy, fill a rubber ball with treats.
- There’s a reason a thick rope knot is a classic toy. It’s strong and has a texture dogs like, they are also good for your pitty’s teeth. The fiber is almost like a floss and it removes any plaque as they chew it. Did you know because rope is softer than other materials, it absorbs different smells? Every time a dog bites into it, there’s an explosion of odors that gets him excited.
- Rubber chew toys with an enhanced smell or taste work well, especially if it has a different texture to it. Chew bones with grooves or nubs are very popular.
Different toys also serve different purposes. There are active toys, toys that can be used to distract your pup and comfort toys.
These are made to keep your furry friend active and running around, so think ropes (for tug of war), balls and rubber sticks. Anything that can be chased, thrown or pulled is an active toy.
This is a toy that takes your dog’s mind off other things for a while, like a ball filled with treats that can only be reached if he figures out how it “works”.
Toys for Comfort
We did say pit bulls don’t like to cuddle toys, but they might like a comfort toy for carrying around. There are soft toys that are hardy but try and avoid any with squeaks. Destroying the noise maker could prove too much of a temptation for your pup.
Toys that need Parental Guidance
There are some toys that need parental guidance and supervision, while others are just downright dangerous. Never ever give your dog:
- Toys that are too small for your pit bull that can be swallowed and are a potential choking hazard.
- Children’s toys with small parts that can come off, like googly eyes. These are a no-no, as are plastic toys that can be chewed and swallowed.
- Any toys that break into big or small chunks which can cause choking or block your dog’s intestines.
- Toys with sharp or jagged edges. These can injure your pet badly; they can cut lips and gums, which can become infected.
- Anything that can splinter. Cooked bones and sticks can splinter and get stuck in your dog’s throat.
There are loads of indestructible dog toys for pit bulls so finding one shouldn’t be difficult. We’ve put a list together of the best toys and you’re guaranteed to find something little pitty. They’re made of quality products and are well-priced, which means you can get a few to add some variety to his toy box.
8 Of The Best Pitbull Toys
KONG has been making dog toys for 40 years and is a well-known and reputable brand. The natural rubber, non-toxic KONG Classic dog toy is perfect for enthusiastic super-chewers and gets the stamp of approval from its toughest customers. The larger size is ideal for pit bulls and it can be stuffed with raw veggies, frozen yogurt, kibble, peanut butter or any other treats your fur baby enjoys.
The erratic bounce makes it the perfect activity toy, and if your pup is alone for an or hour two it’s a great distraction toy.
Watch Kaino the pit bull review the popular KONG toy
A ball is a ball is a ball, unless it’s a KONG Extreme Ball. Made in the USA, KONG products are known for being extremely durable, so much so they’re used in K9 training. About the size of a tennis ball, the extreme ball is bouncy and perfect for a game of fetch and it’s puncture-resistant.
Like the classic cone-shaped KONG toy, it can be filled with your dog’s favorite treats including kibble, raw veggies, frozen yogurt, or cooked meat and the small hole that runs through the center provides your pooch with a surface for his teeth to grip. It’s made of a natural rubber, is very easy to keep clean and it’s 100% safe for your pup. The long-lasting ball is very well-priced and the ideal pit bull chew toy.
If you’re tired of being witness to mutt crime scenes then this is the ideal chew toy. Your pit bull will love the Dura Chew textured chew toy because of the ridges and grooves. Nylabone has been making dog chew toys since the 1950s, which means it’s a brand you can trust.
Made for dogs that weigh more than 50 pounds, the bone has a delicious taste throughout so your pooch won’t lose interest and they’re available in yummy flavors including bacon, chicken, liver, and peanut butter. The nubs on the bone keep your dog’s teeth healthy and clean too. Dura Chews come highly recommended by vets and dog behaviorists and will help with the most destructive of chewers. Made to last, they keep a dog busy so there’s no chance of getting bored or getting up to attention-seeking mischief.
We love the Nylabone – It’s the perfect toy for a pit bull’s chewing instinct.
Zogoflex Durable Ball Dog Chew Toy is super tough and made of recyclable environmentally friendly material; it’s also non-toxic, BPA and Phthalate free. The unpredictable bounce and roll of the ball means hours of non-stop fun for the two of you. If you want to give your pet a really good workout, it fits into a standard sized ball thrower.
The Zogoflex is available in a wide range of bright colors so it’s easy to find in the snow, on grass and in water. Did we mention it floats too?
Another product from West Paw’s is the Zogoflex Tux Interactive Treat Dispensing chew toy. It’s is a great choice for interactive play, whether you’re throwing or bouncing it, and unlike some of the solid rubber balls, this one can float. They’re available in granny smith green, black, tangerine orange and aqua blue.
The hollow middle means you can stuff it with your pup’s favorite treats. They’re dishwasher safe, Phthalate and BPA free and as close to pit bull proof as possible. Perfect for pups and adult dogs, it curbs boredom and stops your pit bull chewing through your entire home.
The Benebone Bacon Flavored Wishbone Chew Toy has a unique shape that pit bulls and other power-chewers enjoy. The wishbone design allows your pup to ‘hold’ it in his paws one end while chomping on the other, while the grooved design allows him to get stuck in. The folks over at Benebone have created a treat that’s all about smell, taste, and durability, and dogs can’t seem to get enough.
The flavors include peanut butter, rotisserie chicken, and bacon and they’re available in small, medium and large. As tasty as they are, it’s important to keep in mind the Benebone isn’t edible and at the first sign of wear and tear, it must be replaced. They’re 100% chemical-free, which means your dog can chew, and chew and chew.
These bones are larger than most other chew toys, they last longer and the price is perfect. The wishbone gets a big thumbs up from us, and a furry high-five from pit bulls.
Every pit bull goes nuts for GoughNuts and the stick-shaped Maxx is no different. The design is simple, it’s literally a rubber stock and weighs around one and a half pounds. The toy is very well-priced and extremely durable, so much so it has a lifetime warranty.
You can toss it, play fetch, tug of war and it floats for maximum water fun. The design might be straightforward but the diameter of the Maxx makes it hard for your pit bull to break while still being a good size for him to catch and carry. All their products have an outer layer and a red safety layer underneath. Should the red layer show through, GoughNuts will replace it.
Pit bulls love them, and we love a company that puts their money where their mouth is.
Made for the aggressive chewer, the Hurley Durable Dog Bone by Zogoflex is a huge hit with owners and their pit bulls. It’s a one-of-a-kind ball-bone-stick chew toy that’s as tough as it is light. It’s soft enough for your pup to chew, but not break; has a bit of a bounce to it and it floats.
The Hurley is made in the USA and is latex-free, recyclable and FDA compliant. It’s safer than a traditional rawhide chew bone and keeps your dog entertained for hours, whether he’s chewing or chasing after it. It’s a great product and one we would ‘chews’ time and again.
There you have it. Any dog, no matter how well trained, will start chewing things when they’re bored. As a responsible pet owner, it’s up to you to make sure your pit pup has toys to keep her active, both physically and mentally. Pit bulls also need to get rid of excess energy and stress and if she hasn’t got a solid rubber toy or two to chew, we can almost guarantee it’s going to be your favorite sneakers or the leg of your brand new table.
Never leave your pet alone for hours on end and make sure the toys you do ‘chews’ are suitable for larger breeds. Always check toys for any damage, and replace them when necessary. A great tip is to change your dog’s toy every now and then so he doesn’t get bored and lose interest. A new toy will stimulate him as will one an ‘old’ that he hasn’t seen or played with for a week or two.
Remember, a well-exercised pup that plays every day and is kept stimulated is a happy pup, and happy pups don’t chew your possessions.