White German Shepherds are great for active, playful people. They love a great game of fetch, to run, and to play games.
They are also very expensive playmates. Why? Their teeth and chew power. German Shepherds have some powerful jaws. In a study conducted by National Geographic’s Dr. Brady Barr, the bite force of a German Shepherd, a Rottweiler, and a Pit Bull were all put to the test. For the Pit Lovers out there (including myself) you can tell people who constantly say that pits are dangerous because of their bite to shame–They didn’t have the strongest bite force! The three dogs averaged at a bite force of 320 lbs, and the German Shepherd and Rotty passed up the Pit in the power department.
These bite facts aren’t to scare you, or to reinforce the stereotype that these sweet babies are aggressive. It’s to let you know how much we have to spend on chew toys.
Arie can chew through toys in a heartbeat–So called “durable” chews have been destroyed in a matter of minutes. Over time, we’ve found a few tried and true toys to stand up to her play time, and have established the 3 day test: If a toy can make it through 3 days, it’s a fairly stable toy. If it makes it through longer, It’s a winner and a staple in our home.
So far, the stuffing-less animal toys, the traditional Kong, and the Holey Roller have made it into our hearts. Now, we’re adding the Kong Tug Dog Toy.
We discovered this lovely treasure in an order from PetFlow, a great online website that allows you to get your pets toys, food, and treats delivered right to your door. (Shameless and honest plug: If you start using PetFlow, use this link to sign up! I can earn perks if you do!)
Arie immediately fell in love with the Kong Tug Dog Toy. She carried it around with her everywhere, and if you sat down, it was immediately in your lap for a game of tug o’ war. I wasn’t able to get a picture, but she even cuddled with it to take naps the first few days we had it.
As you can see, this toy is both mom and Arie approved for fun and durability. What are your dogs favorite toys? Any suggestions for powerful chewers?
**WOW! Arie’s love for durable toys caught the eye of Kong on Pinterest! Check out their recent repin of Arie going to town on her toy, and follow our dog-centric pin boards for the latest images of doggy goodness.