Tough Toy Pros Review
This is a really great toy. The Tuffy Ultimate Ring is super strong. When you grab the Tuffy Ring for the first time, you know you’re in for a whole new game. It feels tough, durable and well-built. Because it is all those things and more.
It squeaks! We’d be disappointed if they went to all the trouble to sew their seams seven times and use four layers of material but then not put at least one squeaker in there. Tuffy exceeded our expectations and sewed four squeakers inside. The ring is so strongly made, however, that it’s not very flexible. Because of this, the squeakers are fairly hard to squeak. It’s not impossible, but it does take a good push to get some noise out of this thing.
Willie chooses to play with this ring quite often and it holds his interest pretty well. He was able to rip off a chunk of the outside fabric. It wasn’t even a faulty seam that caused the problem. Willie just used his itty, bitty front teeth to dig in and rip off some felt because that’s what he does. The damage has no effect on the the toy’s use or fun factor whatsoever. Having made his mark, Willie seems content to let the toy remain at peace for now.
Nothing is truly indestructible. This toy, though, is pretty close. I mean, you couldn’t call Tuffy and have them build a shelter out of the same stuff to shield you from nuclear weapons or anything. It’s going to wear and tear. But it’s one of the toughest dog toys on the market.
Tuffy says the ring is designed to be an interactive dog toy, not a chew toy. Overall, I’m really impressed with its toughness. It’s lightweight and its shape makes it an easy choice as a tug toy. But, I can’t give it the full five stars because Willie was able to tear a piece of the cloth off. Sorry Tuffy! If I knew what toys were Tuffy’s absolute toughest dog toys, I’d buy one of those. It’s hard to know with this brand, though.
I’m really unclear on Tuffy’s labeling. When I collect toy reviews from around the internet, I make certain I am gathering information about the exact same size, shape, model, type, make, brand of the toy. It has to be the same throughout. It’s the only fair way to be about it. The ring we have is described as a Tuffy “Ultimate” toy. On an internet search, by far the easier toy to find is a ring described as a Tuffy “Jr.” toy, which is something different. It is smaller, for one thing. Even among the “ultimate” ring toys I find online, some toys have stitching that says “Ult” and some say “Ultimate.”
The only label that is clear to me is the one that came attached to the toy. It lists Tuffy’s rating system on a scale of 1 to 10 from “Weakest” to “Tuffest” as follows:
1 – The cheap plush toy
2 – Usual cheap squeaking rubber toy
3 – Fragile miniature teacup chihuahua strong
4 – Sewn nylon toys that claim to be “rugged”
5 – Small dog durable
6 – Created for interactive play
7 – A really tough toy, but still vulnerable
8 – Long lasting and really durable
9 – Extremely strong, extremely durable
10 – Mega strong – the Tuffest!
It’s a groovy scale, as far as scales go. It’s about as scientific as we like to get here, so I can get behind it. The “Ult” Tuffy Ring we have is rated a 9, according to the label. I don’t know if that means all “Ult” toys are nines or what. That’s another thing I’m left wondering about.
I headed over to “mydogtoy.com,” the website stitched on the Tuffy toys, hoping for some clarity and insight into their labeling system. Alas, all I found there are the words “We care about your pets as much as you do” and pages and pages of dog toys and supplies for sale. A page about Tuffy toys say they “can” have up to 7 rows of stitching and “can” have up to 4 layers of materials, depending on shape and size. It does say the “ultimate” series toys have an additional layer of webbing to cover the seams “whenever possible.” It also says the “ultimate” series “can” be made with two layers of luggage-grade material.
But “can” isn’t always, and “whenever possible” isn’t all the time. I do want to clarify that I am criticizing their labeling methods BUT not the Tuffy Ult Ring toy we have. It’s an awesome toy. I’m glad we found it and we will buy more Tuffy toys. I just wish they’d make it easier for me to know which ones to buy.
To make it even more difficult, sometimes toys are described as “yellow bone” while others are “red paw,” Sometimes, the rings are a solid circle and sometimes they have the jagged edges like ours. It appears that Tuffy just throws together whatever they want that day, slaps a label on it and sends it to market.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But sheesh, Tuffy. Get your labels together. You’re making my job difficult. The summary of reviews I collected below are from listings of Tuffy “Ultimate” Ring Red Paw toys. However, I will clarify and say many reviews are about other Tuffy toys such as bones, bars, circles, Y shapes and all sorts of shapes, many of which I am certain are “Jr.” toys as well as “Ultimate” toys.
Try to give me something cloth that squeaks and I’ll show you! I won’t tolerate it! I won’t! I took it easy on this ring because I like it a lot. But, I had to tear a patch off its outside layer for no other reason than I could. Because I’m a dog, that’s why.
Amazon: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 1,572 reviewers.
Chewy: 4 out of 5 stars with 18 reviewers.
Petco: 2.2 out of 5 stars with 13 reviewers.
Many of the low reviews have complaints for issues that are similar to what Willie did to his ring. A rip here, a tear there, a bit of the seam coming apart. Rarely is the toy rendered completely useless. But, it does happen on occasion that a really determined dog will just sit and shred this. I must restate here that because Amazon puts all the reviews for all the Tuffy toys together, it is not always clear what toy a particular review is about. A review describing a completely destroyed toy may be about a toy rated 4 according to Tuffy’s scale, so of course it would be as durable as cotton candy with a pit bull.
I do collect reviews from sites other than Amazon and on those sites I know they are reviewing the ring. It is particularly unpopular over at Petco. One reviewer points out that the star-like points on this ring are enticing corners that are the perfect size for dogs to focus on gnawing.
I have to put here the same disclaimer as everywhere else regarding not being sure what type of Tuffy toy the Amazon reviews were about. But I also read reviews on other sites.
The ring finds a lot of its fans at Amazon and Chewy. 65% of Amazon reviewers give it four or more stars and 72% of Chewy reviewers recommend it. It often lasts a long time even when used as a tug toy. It can be used as a Frisbee as well.
People recognize that it is cloth so it is destructible, but they like this toy because their dogs, like Willie, like cloth toys so much and it stands up to the abuse better than other toys.
Tuffy puts a lot of care and quality into their work and it shows! This is a fantastic toy well worth the money if you can find it under $10.
From online product descriptions:
- 1 layer soft fleece on the outside.
- 1 to 2 layers of industrial grade luggage material on the inside.
- 1 layer of plastic coating on the inside.
- World’s Tuffest soft dog toy on the market!
- Up to 4 Layers of material, bonded and sewn multiple times to make one “Tuff” layer
- Squeakers are sewn inside protective pouches for your dog’s safety
- Floats in water and machine washable (air dry)
- Tuffy toys are designed to be interactive play toys and not chew toys
Size: 1.5 x 12 x 12
Tuffy’s “Jr.” ring is 8 x 8.
Amazon and Chewy: $9.44
Amazon and Chewy are even able to beat out the maker on this toy.
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