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Bare Bones: Tuffie's

Bare Bones: Tuffie's

Sometimes I think North has box cutters for teeth. The rate at which he destroys toys surely must put him within the top five percentile of pups. Because of his "habit," I'm always looking for gear that will stand up to his chompers. Trust me, these toys are called Tuffie's for good reason! Most of the products are on the larger size (some even rivaling his size), but North still likes to drag them around with him. They don't come cheap but they last with tough chewers and even float, too.

For those squeak lovers, mine doesn't include one . . . but that's just because it's too sturdy to squeak. Tuffie's are made with two layers of industrial grade nylon, covered with a soft fleece outside for snuggling. Those layers are each sewed together, then the toy is sealed shut with two more layers of stitching and then an additional piece of trim covers it, with three more linear stitches on top. Count 'em – that's seven seams in all! Check out their barnyard animals, sea life, plus dinosaurs when you


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clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
My boyfriend and I bought our pitbull the tuffies rated 9....we thought it would be good enough but that thing is destroyed!!! We went back and got him the 10 (it is used for tigers) and he hasn't even made a tear in the thing!!! It was $40 but it was well worth the price...not only does he lOVe it but the pet store we bought it from guarantees it so if your pup does destroy it and you still have the receipt they will send it back to manufacturer and replace it for free!!! I LOVE TUFFIES!!!! Ours is a big ring though...the only one that comes in a 10
scootiepants scootiepants 9 years
Our pup (1 1/2 yr old German Shorthaired Pointer) is a destroyer. She will get a new toy and in 10 minutes the stuffing will be out and she'll have an empty shell of a toy. Most of her toys have had surgery and I have to keep a sewing kit readily available. We now have 3 tuffies toys for her. We initially got Gary the Gator, which is a 6 on the Tuffies scale. In 20 minutes, Kona already chewed 2 feet off. She still plays with it and the rest of the body has held up. We got her a Tuffies ring - 9 on the scale and the large octopus which is a 7. The octopus has so far held up well and the ring is in perfect condition. Highly recommend these products if your pup destructs all other toys.
CanadianInVA CanadianInVA 9 years
These are so cute. I think they are worth the price if they do hold up. Pet stuff can really get expensive.
Buttercupz Buttercupz 9 years
Thanks for the tip scorpstar77. I just bought some Tuffies "10" on Amazon for a reasonable price. That sheep one is so cute that I'm tempted to buy it for myself!
backfat backfat 9 years
We have a nearly 9 month old Boxer and that thing wouldn't stand a chance. For a while she could have stuffed squeakers, but the last month or two she pins it in her paws and just shreds everything.
lixystix lixystix 9 years
I worked in a pet shop all year and we were always nearly sold out of these. I will not tell you that they are indestructible, because if your dog chews forever than he will chew this. HOWEVER, usually what will happen is the stuffing will come out completely, but the shape of the toy will remain in tact. they are worth the price, believe me. also, a tip i have is that if you do purchase any chew toy like this PLEASE cut the tags would be amazed at the extended life that provides hope that helped!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Basil will destroy a toy in five minutes sometimes. If these are really that tough, it's worth the price.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
B-Bop doesn't just destroy things, he methodically and slowly rips out seams one by one to get to the stuffing. He's crazy. Most of his toys have had serious "Surgery" (me sewing them up) If you do dew up toys, try dental floss, it's pretty sturdy. B-BOp fave new toy is the Snugga Wubba. He too does not like hard rubber things, he likes snugglies so this works. Hasn't been taken apart yet
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
oooh this would be perfect for Raja the puppy destroyer!
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 9 years
I have a 30-lb terrier with giant teeth, and he destroyed every plush toy we brought home with the exception of his "comfort toy", a giraffe that, the one time he accidentally tore a seam on it, he brought to me and dropped in my lap to sew it up. Anyway, he really likes plush things and not rubber things like Kongs, and he destroys an average plush toy in about 5-10 minutes, tops. The Tuffies, he has not successfully destroyed yet. I would suggest that if you have a larger dog or a really intense chewer, you visit the Tuffies website ( and invest in one of the toys that they rate a 10 for chewers (the toughest they make). They rate each toy on a "Tuff Scale" for how well it holds up, and most of the animals shapes, while cute, aren't the toughest. A 7 isn't likely to cut it for a pittie or a rottie or any really intense chewer; you've got to get a 10.
sfmastiffmom sfmastiffmom 9 years
These aren't worth it if your pup is a major chewer. I got Marley the alligator, & it was destroyed within 10 minutes. I admit that the pieces he chewed it into provided some additional supervised playtime, but I basically gave him $20 to chew. :)
wakeupandora wakeupandora 9 years
i've had a lot of luck with the extreme kong! thats about the only thing Linus cannot tear into shreds!
millarci millarci 9 years
I'll have to try this on our office puppy, a rat terrier. He is a serious chewer. Regular stuffed toys only last seconds with him.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
A bit to pricey for me. My new Aussie puppy has amazing jaw power and I'm sure within minutes he'd have all the legs on the octopus chewed in half - one little chew per tentacle.
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 9 years
My lab tears up everything EVERYTHING that I give him to chew. I am afraid to try anything expensive like this because it is likely to be gone in five minutes or less.
marthalilian126 marthalilian126 9 years
I can not wait to get the Octopus for Maximus. It's about time they made something that my puggle couldn't rip apart!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I have tried everything for my friends Pittie! But she rips everythign up in the end. Even if it says it is "un-destructable" she'll find a way!
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