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The toughest soft dog toy out there is the Tuffy's Mega Ring. The company rates this particular dog toy 10 out of 10 on their "Tuff Scale" (for soft dog toys) and even gave it to a tiger to test it out. The tiger chewed, tugged and tossed it around, but barely did any damage. Why? Because Tuffy's Mega Ring is made with seven layers of stitching and four layers of fabric. It's covered in a layer of soft fleece, however, underneath there's 3 layers of industrial grade materials which make for an ultra-tough soft dog toy. It's no wonder it's known as the "World's Toughest Dog Toy". Tuffy's Dog Toys has a whole line of tough, yet soft dog toys shaped like a pig, scorpion, hippo, etc., They're tough too, just not as tough as the #10-rated Mega Ring. Here's the Tuffy's "Tuff Scale" for your reference:
Tuffy's Tuff Scale
1. The cheap plush toy
2. Usual cheap squeaking rubber toy
3. Fragile miniature Teacup Chihuahua strong
4. Fake knock-off sewn nylon toys that claim to be "rugged"
5. Small dog tuff
6. Created for interactive play
7. A really tough toy but still vulnerable
8. Long lasting and really tuff
9. Extremely Tuff - Extremely Durable
10. Mega Tuff - Without a doubt the Tuffest!
The same manufacturer of Tuffy's also has another line of soft toys called Mighty Dog Toys. They differ from the Tuffy's line because they look more like fluffy stuffed animals and have no hard edges at all. These are for dogs who truly prefer super-soft toys. Mighty Dog Toys are made with four layers of stitching and two layers of fabric, so they're not as tough as Tuffy's but they are still a great deal stronger than the average stuffed animal. Typically, Mighty Dog Toys rate between a 6 and an 8 on the "Tuff Scale". They come in all sorts of shapes like a rooster or cow.
In addition to Tuffy's and Mighty, there's also the Vibram K9 Brand which has a line of super-strong soft dog toys made out of the same durable fabrics found in high-end athletic shoes. They come in fun, silly shapes like Vibram Rabbit, or Vibram Worm.
Premier Busy Buddy also makes a durable soft dog toy called the Pogo Plush. Dog owners really like this one because it's stuffing free and even though it has a squeaker, it's protected inside rubber scaffolding (which provides the bounce-back action that dogs love). The outside is a fleece material sewn together with a durable lock stitch. All in all, it's one of the most thoughtful dog toys around.
Best-of-the-Best Toughest Soft Dog Toys
Tuffy's Mega Ring is the toughest of all soft dog toys. It's made with 7 layers of stitching and 4 layers of fabric. It also has 3 hidden squeakers for added fun! Retail price: $27.95.
Tuffy's T-Rex is one of their biggest soft dog toys measuring 19" high! Very cute and with a "Tuff Scale" rating of 7, this dino is sure to keep your chew-happy pooch plenty occupied. Just like all Tuffy's, T-Rex has 7 layers of stitching and 4 layers of fabric. Retail price: $29.95.
Tuffy's Lobster you can bet looks adorable dangling from your dog's mouth but you can rest assured that with an 8 out of 10 "Tuff Scale" rating, he's strong enough to stand up to heavy chewing. Retail price: $17.95
This fun-looking shark is rated a 7 on the "Tuff Scale" and is both durable and soft to chew. Measures 16" long. Retail price: $17.95
The Vibram K9 Sea Creature is made from the same durable nylon fabrics found in high-end sneakers. But, not only is it soft to chew it also has a head made from natural rubber - in case your dog wants something harder to chew on every once in a while. Plus, there's a squeaker inside! Retail price: $16.95
This is no ordinary chew toy! The Vibram K9 Worm is made from tough nylon fabrics and has an equally fun-to-chew natural rubber end piece. But, the fun doesn't end there...a squeaker's inside too! Retail price: $16.95.
The Vibram Gator is not only super cute, he's a favorite amongst dogs who love to chew soft dog toys. Why? Because he won't be torn to pieces anywhere near as easily as a regular stuffed toy! And...there's a hidden squeaker inside too! Retail price: $12.95.
This silly rabbit is a Vibram K9 favorite, made from strong nylon materials for a long-lasting soft chew toy. A hidden squeaker mades this an extra-fun dog toy! Retail price: $12.95.
Premier Pet's Pogo Plush is a real winner because it's stuffing free! It has a rubber scaffolding inside which provides that bounce-back action that they love. Kind of similar to how a tennis ball springs back when they chew on it - dogs love that feeling. There's a squeaker inside but it's safely hidden inside the rubber scaffolding. The outside is a nice soft fleece held together with a durable lock stitch. Retail price: $12.95.
From the Mighty Dog Toys collection, this is Fred McRuff. He rates an 8 on the "Tuff Scale" and is made with 4 layers of stitching and 2 layers of fabric. He's extra soft and doesn't have any hard corners - so you can bet he's a favorite with dogs who like to chew on soft, cuddly things. Retail price: $22.95.