Owning a puppy is a lot like having a new human baby. She’s adorable, needs a ton of care, and you’ll be inundated with conflicting information about what’s good for her.
Whether or not to use rawhide as a treat (for the puppy, not the baby) is one issue that you may get conflicting information on. Some people argue against giving them to dogs at all, saying they’re full of chemicals and could cause digestive issues. Others say they provide a safe and healthy alternative to gnawing on your shoes.
The fact of the matter is, both sides have a point. Rawhides can be a wonderful diversion for your pup — but only if you give her a high-quality one.
In the reviews below, we’ll show you which ones can be trusted, so that you can entertain your new dog without sacrificing peace of mind in the process.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 10 Best Rawhides for Puppies
1. MON2SUN Dog Rawhide Rolls – Best Overall
At 6.5 inches long, MON2SUN Rolls are long enough to keep your dog entertained for hours, without being so large as to overwhelm her. They aren’t especially thick, either, allowing your pooch to get her mouth around the whole thing rather easily.
Even better than the size, however, is the fact that they don’t contain any artificial colors or preservatives to upset her developing stomach. They can be helpful for scraping tartar and plaque off her teeth while developing jaw muscles as well.
You get quite a few rolls in each package, which should keep your dog occupied for a long time. Our only issue is the fact that they’re not made in America, but the quality is high enough that it shouldn’t be an issue.
All in all, MON2SUN Rolls are high-quality chews that provide plenty of value for the price, which is why they earned the top spot in our rankings.
2. Goody Buddy Rawhide Sticks – Best Value
If you want to see if your puppy will eat rawhides at all, a package of Goody Buddy 7060 gives you an inexpensive way to test the waters. There are five sticks in each bag, each of which should provide your dog with plenty of quality entertainment.
The sticks themselves are made from grass-fed beef, so they should be tender and free of an abundance of pesticides. They’re also basted in natural chicken flavor, which should keep her coming back for more.
We also like that they’re made in the USA, so you can be confident that there weren’t any shady manufacturing practices used to make them. We only have two quibbles: they’re a little rough, which can irritate the gums, and the flavor might be too enticing, causing your dog to over-indulge. As long as you monitor your pup while she eats and take them away when you feel she’s had enough, everything should be fine, though.
While you don’t get as many in a single package as you do with the MON2SUN brand, these are inexpensive enough that you can reorder often without breaking the bank, making them the best rawhide for puppies for the money, in our opinion.
Cowdog Chews Retriever Rolls bill themselves as “extra thick,” and they’re not lying — each stick is over an inch thick, which should keep your dog preoccupied for quite some time. That makes them a good choice for large-breed puppies as well, although smaller dogs will struggle to get their jaws around them.
One of our favorite things about these chews is the ingredient list; namely, the fact that it’s not much of a list. The only thing that’s in them is beef hide, so your pup won’t get any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. They’re also low in fat.
Each individual rawhide is made of a single sheet of beef hide, so there aren’t any small pieces in each roll for your dog to choke on (although you’ll still need to monitor her chewing, of course).
As you might expect, a high-quality treat like Cowdog Chews is going to be more expensive than many of the other options on the market, but they’re well worth the added expense. Still, the MON2SUN and Goody Buddy rawhides tend to be just as good for a lower price, which is why they (barely) outpace these for the time being.
4. Raw Paws Compressed Rawhide Sticks
These chews have been tightly compressed, making them small enough for most dogs to gnaw on with ease. That also helps pack the flavor in, ensuring they stay interesting to your dog until each one is completely gone.
Raw Paws aren’t just tasty, either — they’re also high in glucosamine and chondroitin, which can help promote healthy joints. There’s a fair amount of protein inside as well, which your pup can use to build lean, strong muscles.
However, the fact that they’re so tightly compressed means they’re rather small, so if your dog is bigger than 50 pounds or so, they might not last long. You may also notice a few sharp shards break off as your dog crunches away, so be sure to snatch those up immediately to ensure she doesn’t injure herself.
All in all, Raw Paws are high-quality, healthy treats, but you may be frustrated at how quickly they disappear, which is why they’re stuck at #4 on this list.
5. Chef Toby Rawhide Rolls
These chews from Chef Toby are made from grass-fed South American beef, which helps ensure that they’re high in protein and low in fat. That’s good, because they’re on the thin side, so your dog will likely finish them sooner rather than later.
These rawhides are good at eliminating foul doggy breath, but that’s in large part due to the fact that they have a strong odor themselves, which some owners may find off-putting.
Each roll is between 9 and 11 inches, so one rawhide should last about an hour unless you have an extremely determined chewer on your hands. Dogs seem to enjoy the flavor, and they aren’t as dry as some other rawhides on the market.
Overall, Chef Toby is a nice middle-of-the-road chew, as it’s not quite up to the same standard as the ones we have listed above it here, but still quite a bit better than many other options you’ll find on the market.
6. Better Belly DN-20029 Rawhides
Better Belly rawhides come in an assortment of sizes and flavors, so you should be able to satisfy the pickiest of pooches (or a whole house full of them). You can feed your dog chicken liver, pork, or even water buffalo.
These chews are made of extremely thin strips of rawhide, with the collagen fibers inside already broken down to a certain extent. That allows your dog to digest these quickly, with less risk of causing a blockage in the intestinal tract.
However, that also reduces the amount of time each one will last, and the exotic flavors give some pooches stomach issues. They’re not the cheapest treats on the market, either, so you might be upset to see one disappear in fifteen minutes.
We still like the Better Belly rawhides, but we feel they should be used more as a treat to be quickly devoured rather than as a way to occupy your dog for hours on end.
7. Pet Factory Beefhide Roll
Pet Factory Beefhide Rolls are made almost exclusively of protein and fiber, so feeding them to your dog shouldn’t cause her to pack on the pounds.
While they’re made of beef, they’re actually peanut butter-flavored. Most dogs go crazy for anything that tastes like peanut butter, so you should have little difficulty convincing your pup to give it a try. Unfortunately, that also means that they use artificial flavoring, which isn’t the best for your dog’s health.
Still, Pet Factory Beefhide Rolls are made of 99% digestible material, so your mutt should be able to break them down easily. Their size is in kind of a no-man’s-land, though, as smaller dogs will likely have trouble getting their jaws around them while larger breeds will tear them up in just a few minutes.
Like the Better Belly above, these are best viewed as a quickly-vanishing reward rather than a long-term activity.
8. Pet Cuisine Wrapped Rawhide Stix
Your pooch will likely flip for these “rawhide stix” from Pet Cuisine, as the rawhide is wrapped in chicken. This makes them ideal for introducing the concept of rawhide to your pup, as the chicken will encourage her to gnaw on the roll itself.
Be advised, however, that these things are tiny, and even miniature dogs will tear through them in a matter of minutes. That makes them excellent for use as rewards when training, but not so much for occupying your dog long-term.
The container is only 12 oz., so you don’t get a whole lot for your money. Also, the chicken wrapping may cause overly enthusiastic dogs to swallow the rawhide whole, which increases the risk of choking or intestinal blockages.
Pet Cuisine Rawhide Stix have their place as a tasty treat, but they barely qualify as rawhides, and full-grown dogs will destroy them in no time flat. Still, this is a list for puppies, and these sticks can be useful for teaching little dogs to gnaw on something other than the furniture.
9. Pawant Puppy Wrapped Rawhide Sticks
Like the Pet Cuisine Rawhide Stix above, these Pawant Wrapped Sticks are extremely small and wrapped in dried chicken. They’re also low in fat, with a respectable amount of protein, but they have their fair share of problems, too.
The most glaring issue is the use of sorbitol. Sorbitol is a sugar substitute that also functions as a laxative, so don’t be surprised if you have a few house-breaking accidents after feeding one of these to your pup. You’ll find more salt and crude ash in the ingredients list than we’d like, too.
They’re also not intended for dogs less than three months old, so there’s a relatively short window in which you can feed these to your mutt. After all, once they get to a certain size, each stick will disappear in just a few chomps, making them hardly worth the effort.
Still, your dog is likely to enjoy every bite of these Pawant Wrapped Sticks; we just can’t find any way to recommend them over some of the healthier alternatives listed here.
10. Hotspot Pets Rawhide Dog Chew
Each bag of rawhide chews from Hotspot Pets has quite a few treats in it, each of which is fairly big and thick. However, the size is a bit misleading, as they don’t last as long as you’d expect from the looks of them.
The knots on the end are especially weak points. Most pups can gnaw them off in a few minutes, and you’ll need to monitor them to make sure they don’t swallow the knot whole.
The rawhide itself is very thin, and while we like that they don’t have any artificial flavors, dogs don’t seem to find these as tasty as some of the other options listed above. While it may seem like that may cause each one to last longer, that doesn’t do you much good if the reason why they’re lasting longer is because your dog won’t touch them.
There aren’t very many red flags on these chews from Hotspot Pets — no questionable ingredients or glaring dangers that we can point to — but they’re just not quite up to the standard set by the treats ranked above them.
If you want to keep your new puppy entertained for hours without putting her health at risk, MON2SUN Rolls are your best bet. They’re made using natural ingredients, and they’re ideal for building strong, healthy teeth and jaws (not to mention keeping your couches safe from those same teeth and jaws).
For owners who are not sure if their dogs will take to rawhides at all, Goody Buddy 7060s offer an inexpensive way to test the waters. Despite their low price point, they’re made from grass-fed beef, and most dogs find them absolutely delicious.
Rawhides are simple treats, yet finding high-quality options can be confusing and needlessly complicated. We hope these reviews have made it easier for you to find an option you can trust, so you and your puppy can both enjoy the peace and quiet that a nice, tough piece of cowhide can provide.
Featured image credit: Cowdog Chews Retriever Roll, Amazon
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Rawhides for Puppies
- 1. MON2SUN Dog Rawhide Rolls – Best Overall
- 2. Goody Buddy Rawhide Sticks – Best Value
- 3. Cowdog Chews Retriever Roll – Premium Choice
- 4. Raw Paws Compressed Rawhide Sticks
- 5. Chef Toby Rawhide Rolls
- 6. Better Belly DN-20029 Rawhides
- 7. Pet Factory Beefhide Roll
- 8. Pet Cuisine Wrapped Rawhide Stix
- 9. Pawant Puppy Wrapped Rawhide Sticks
- 10. Hotspot Pets Rawhide Dog Chew