Rawhide is a difficult product to buy for your dog because there are several different brands, and many of them have earned a bad reputation over the years for not being safe for pets. Rawhide is inherently a choking hazard to begin with, but often there is no other way to curb aggressive chewing.
We have several aggressive chewers and try out plenty of different rawhide chews. We’ve picked ten of the most popular brands to review and share the positive and negative qualities of each one with you. We have also included a short buyer’s guide where we talk about the dangers of rawhide as well as what to look for in a quality brand.
Keep reading for our detailed reviews of each rawhide for dogs, where we compare size, quality, safety, and chewing duration, to help you make informed decisions when shopping.
Let’s look at the ten brands of rawhide for dogs that we have chosen to review with you.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 10 Best Rawhides for Dogs
1. Cowdog Chews Retriever Roll – Best Overall
The Cowdog Chews 1231 Retriever Roll is our choice for the best overall rawhide for dogs. This brand uses a single sheet of rawhide to create the treat. There are no smaller pieces, and there are no filler ingredients, only pure rawhide. These rawhide chews promote dental health and can help curb destructive chewing.
Our dogs love these and get several hours of fun out of each one before its time to take it away. The only problem with them is that they roll them inconsistently. Some are much tighter than others, and this has an impact on the amount of time that it lasts.
2. Good Buddy Rawhide Braided Sticks – Best Value
The Good Buddy 07062 Rawhide Braided Sticks are our pick for the best value, and we think you will agree it is the best rawhide for dogs for the money. This brand uses 100% grass-fed beef to create their rawhide treats. There are no filler ingredients, and the treat is braided for more fun while chewing.
The biggest problem we had while reviewing this brand was keeping them fresh. These treats deteriorate very quickly, especially once opened.
The Brazilian Pet Wholegrain Rawhide Dog Chewing Treat is our premium choice rawhide for dogs. This brand is a little more expensive than many of the other ones on this list, but these use the top layer of skin, and as a result, some of the pieces can be quite thick, which will provide your pet with hours of chewing pleasure. This high-quality skin is also the only ingredient.
The only real downside to this brand besides the high cost is that every piece is different, and sometimes you can get a lot of thinner smaller pieces than other times. These thinner pieces don’t last long and can create a choking hazard.
4. Good’N’Fun P-94187 Rawhide Kabobs
The Good’N’Fun P-94187 Rawhide Kabobs come in several flavors that are sure to satisfy your pet. This brand features rawhide and pork hide to add a little variety to your pet’s chew toy, and they form a type of kabob stick on which pieces chick, duck, and chicken liver rest.
What we didn’t like about these threats is that they are tiny, and our dogs finished with them in a few minutes. The kabob pieces of chicken and duck look strange and artificial though our dogs did enjoy them. Lastly, these treats are made in China, which currently has a bad reputation among pet owners worldwide for the poor quality of their pet foods.
5. Buffalo Range Rawhide Dog Treats
The Buffalo Range 81003-4P Rawhide Dog Treats come from India, where they have the largest buffalo population in the world. These treats use 100% buffalo rawhide and jerky. There are no chemical preservatives or unnatural ingredients. Buffalo jerky has more protein and less fat than beef and will help your pet stay leaner while curbing its desire for destructive chewing.
What we didn’t like about this brand is that the treats don’t last very long. Our dogs were able to finish with one of these treats in under 30 minutes. You also need to watch with these treats because the rawhide can splinter and cut your pet’s gums, and we had a dog get diarrhea from one.
6. Ranch Rewards Rawhide Dog Twist
The downside to these treats is that they are from China, and they are extremely thin. Each rawhide twist is not much thicker than an ordinary drinking straw, and our dogs were able to finish them off in just a few minutes. One of the strangest things about this brand of rawhide for dogs is that it arrives at your house with no labeling on it at all. It’s just a bad with the treats inside.
7. Rawhide Brand Natural Chips
The Rawhide Brand 50061 Natural Chips contain no antibiotics, hormones, or preservatives. The chips come in a value pack containing plenty of square treats for your pet.
We thought these chips are a little on the smaller side and wouldn’t be suitable for larger dogs because they would go through them too quickly and increase the risk that they might choke on them. As we reviewed them, we found them to be a choking hazard even when used with smaller dogs.
8. Pet Magasin Rawhide Chips
Pet Magasin PMRAWHIDECHIP Rawhide Chips are another brand of rawhide chips that come in a value bag. There are no additives or preservatives, and this brand has a shelf life of up to three years.
These chips suffer from the same problems the other chips face, mainly that if they are too thin or small for your dog, they can get lodged in your pet’s throat. With this brand, we noticed a lot of inconsistencies between bags, and some chips in one bag even had a black residue.
Lucky Premium Treats Rawhide Dog Treats are single-ingredient chews that have no harsh chemicals or preservatives. Only 100% rolled beef skin. This brand also comes in several sizes to accommodate most dogs.
We found these treats to be thin, and our dogs were able to chew them up quickly. At most, we were able to get about 20-minutes chew time per treat. Also, a few of our dogs did not like them and refused to eat them.
10. Baxter Boy Rawhide Dog Bone
The Baxter Boy Rawhide Chew Dog Bone is the last brand of rawhide for dogs that we are going to review. These bones are hand-rolled and contain no harmful chemicals.
When we reviewed these bones, what we didn’t like was that they are too large for small and many medium-sized dogs. Though they are hand-rolled, we found a lot of inconsistency between purchases. We also found that some of the bones use more than one sheet of rawhide rolled into one bone, and that is something you will need to watch out for with this brand. It could lead to a choking hazard as your dog rips it apart faster than usual.
Let’s take a closer look at rawhide for dogs and see what we need to know before making a purchase. Rawhide chews are a time-tested way to prevent your dog from chewing up the furniture, and it helps them get out aggression that may later present itself as barking or other generally bad behavior. Rawhide is also one of the best ways to clean your dog’s teeth as the constant chewing rubs away plaque and particles, while simultaneously polishing the tooth.
The primary thing to worry about when it comes to rawhide chew toys is that they present a significant choking hazard to your pet. In fact, rawhide chews are a leading cause of choking death and bowel obstructions in dogs. If you give your dog rawhide treats, you must watch for when they get small enough to present a choking hazard and take them away from your pet. Never allow them to eat a rawhide chew unsupervised and don’t let them hide, or bury them for later.
We recommend single-piece rawhides that are too large to get stuck in your dog’s throat, but not so big they can’t carry it. As the dog chews, the rawhide will become soft and may start to unravel. If you see that your pet has torn off any large pieces, take them off your pet immediately and discard them.
We recommend using only 100% rawhide. Many brands feature flavored rawhide, but these additives can bother many pets and can even lead to diarrhea. If your pet has tried a brand of flavored rawhide and enjoys it, there’s nothing wrong with continuing to use it.
If you do use flavored rawhide, we recommend watching for chemical preservatives like BHA and BHT.
When applied to rawhide, durability is how long it will take your pet to consume the bone. You want to get as much time as possible obviously, and we found single-ply rolled bones to last the longest. Some of our dogs can get several days from this type of rawhide.
If you like to give your pet a fresh treat after dinner each night, the chips work perfectly for this purpose. Chips resemble pis ears but last quite a bit longer and are much better at cleaning teeth.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading. We recommend our choice for the best overall rawhide for dogs. The Cowdog Chews 1231 Retriever Roll is 100% pure rolled rawhide that will give your pet hours of chewing pleasure. The Good Buddy 07062 Rawhide Braided Sticks are our pick for the best value, and these treats use a braided design to help increase their tooth-cleaning ability. If you continue to shop, remember to look for single piece rawhide that’s large enough to give your pet some time to chew and never leave your pet alone with rawhide.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Rawhides for Dogs
- 1. Cowdog Chews Retriever Roll – Best Overall
- 2. Good Buddy Rawhide Braided Sticks – Best Value
- 3. Brazilian Pet Wholegrain Rawhide – Premium Choice
- 4. Good’N’Fun P-94187 Rawhide Kabobs
- 5. Buffalo Range Rawhide Dog Treats
- 6. Ranch Rewards Rawhide Dog Twist
- 7. Rawhide Brand Natural Chips
- 8. Pet Magasin Rawhide Chips
- 9. Lucky Premium Rawhide Dog Treats
- 10. Baxter Boy Rawhide Dog Bone
- Buyer’s Guide