Tough Toy Pros Review
The Kong® Squeezz Ball is the gold standard of indestructible dog toy balls. I spend a lot of my own energy trying to find ways for Willie to burn off his excess of energy. These balls are a great aid with that. Wille and I can play toss and fetch for 20 minutes with plain old tennis balls, but when I bring out his Squeezz Ball afterward, it’s a whole new ball game, literally. He’s amped and eager to begin another play session.
Willie will also play with this ball on his own more often than with any other ball. It has a lot of bounce, and he enjoys throwing it up in the air and chasing it down himself. You and I know what this means – a little bit of rare time where I get watch him enjoy himself with no effort on my part.
One of the best things about these Kong balls are that they are relatively inexpensive (around $3) so you can buy quite a few. They are great toys to take on the road, and you won’t be set back too painfully if one gets lost.
Willie’s Kong ball is size large, a perfect fit for his mouth at 3 inches in diameter. The balls also come in medium (2.5 inches) and extra-large (3.5 inches).
The squeaker inside is recessed and I have seen the claim made that it will retain its squeak even after being punctured. Ours is not punctured yet, even after four months of vigorous play. I will let you know if the squeak remains after it is punctured.
I don’t expect that to be any time soon. They are made of non-toxic plastic rubber that admirably withstands being chomped over and over. They come in fancy colors of ruby, sapphire, emerald and amethyst.
This ball is much like the Kong® Squeezz Jel animal family, except it’s smoother and rounder. It doesn’t have little ears and noses that may be nibbled off like the Jel family does. For this reason, it may be a better choice for some. We own and enjoy both.
BALLLL! Somebody said ball! I got my ball, this is my ball, I got my ball, wanna play ball? I got it I got it I got it I got it I got it I got it . . . I love this ball. I can squeak it myself! I want ten of these so I can run around chasing them endlessly.
I come across this ball all the time. I find this ball under the couch, in the laundry, on the steps, under the bed. This ball is everywhere! I love this ball! All mom has to do is squeak this ball once and I come running.
Amazon: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 1,911 reviewers.
Chewy: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 308 reviewers.
Petco: 3.8 out of 5 stars with 73 reviewers.
Entirely Pets: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 16 reviewers.
This ball has been destroyed by dogs in five minutes, 20 minutes, less than a day, 24 hours and three days. By far the biggest complaint is that the ball will lose its squeak after a short period of use. A few customers purchased several of these balls but for them, every ball they received lost its squeak. At least three dogs got the ball stuck on their nose after the center popped out of the ball. You are not able to choose the color you want. Breeds who tore up this ball were: German shepherd, malamute husky, golden retriever, boxer mix, westie, and doberman.
58% of Amazon reviewers gave this ball five stars. A lot of other reviewers praised the ball as I did because their dog will play with it by themselves. Many reviews describe how much their dogs love the ball and how they throw it, chase it and run through the house squeaking it in their mouths. The ball is described as a must have, easy to wash, inexpensive, durable, exciting, resistant and safe. This ball lasted eight months with a boxer and six months with a German shepherd. Some of the types of dogs who enjoyed this ball are: Labrador, lab mix, Boykin spaniel, Irish setter, corgi, beagle, Aussie shepherd, blue healer, pit bull, Manchester terrier, and border collie.
Everyone with an active, high energy dog should get several of these balls. You will lose them, or they won’t squeak, or one might fall apart. But by and large, these are great toys that often perform well through a lot of use.
From online product descriptions:
- Recessed, protected squeaker induces play
- Fun, erratic bounce
- Durable, non-toxic material
- Sold in four colors: ruby, emerald, sapphire and amethyst (color ships at random)
Medium: 2.5 inches
Large: 3 inches
X-Large: 3.5 inches
Large is $3.52 at Amazon and Chewy and $3.99 at Entirely Pets.
X-Large is is $7.49 at Amazon $5.69 at Chewy and $7.49 at Petco.
Medium is $3.19 at Amazon and $2.89 at Chewy.
Best Bargain: Buying the medium size at Amazon or Chewy is your best bet to get a ball that is slightly larger than the average tennis ball.
I hope you enjoyed this review of the Kong Squeezz Ball. If you have any questions or would like to leave a review of your own, please do so in the comments section below.
Do you have a Kong Squeezz Ball? What do you think of it?