What Are The Best Treats For Large Dogs?

Written by: Deanna deBara

January 22, 2019

Big dogs are great. They have big paws, big smiles, big hearts, and big personalities. When you’re the owner of a large dog, you know their size means there’s just more of them to love—and who doesn’t want more pup to love?!

But owning a large dog does pose some size-specific challenges. You need to make sure they have plenty of food (big dogs = big appetites!), plenty of space, and plenty of extra-large treats on hand to keep them happy.

But what kind of treats are going to get your big dog’s tail wagging? What are the best treats for large dogs?

Freeze Dried Treats

big dog with treats

A big dog needs big flavor in their treats. And a great way to get that big flavor your dog craves? Freeze dried treats.

Freeze dried treats, like Stink, Steak, Stunk!, pack a flavorful punch that’s big enough to satisfy the largest of breeds—but they’re compact enough to throw in your bag and give to your pup on the go.

Jerky Treats

Lab with jerky

Big dogs can get through most treats quicker than you can say “want a bone?” So, if you want your treats to last, you should look for something with a tougher texture for your pup to munch on. And the treats with the perfect texture for large dogs? Jerky treats.

Jerky treats, like the Roasted Duck NYC Jerky Chews, are nice and tough. The tougher texture plays into a large dog’s chew instinct, making these treats a favorite for bigger breeds.

Soft Baked Treats

dog with soft treat

Tough treats, like jerky treats, are a great pick for large dogs. But not all large dogs want a tough texture! Some large dogs want a soft, easy-to-chew treat. And the perfect solution? Soft baked treats.

Soft baked treats, like Chew On This Pork or Duck Duck Feast, have a soft texture (hence the name!) that makes it easy for dogs to chomp on. But they’re also packed with flavor, so your big dog won’t feel like they’re missing out on the flavor front.

Remember—Get The Right Sized Treats For Your Pup

There are plenty of types of treats that work well for large dogs. But the size of the treat is just as important as the type of treat.

The right sized treat for a Chihuahua isn’t going to be the right sized treat for a Great Pyrenees. Make sure any treat you give your large dog isn’t too small—treats that are too small could present a choking hazard to larger pups.

When in doubt, remember—typically, bigger treats are a better fit for bigger dogs.

Keep Your Large Dog Stocked With A Large Selection Of Treats With BarkBox

Dog With BarkBox

Your large pup needs a large selection of treats—so why not keep them stocked with BarkBox?

When you subscribe to BarkBox, you’ll get a carefully curated selection of toys and chews—as well as two brand new bags of treats—delivered straight to your door every month. And because every box is tailored to your dog’s size, you can rest easy knowing every treat delivered will be one of the best treats for large dogs.

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Written by: Deanna deBara

January 22, 2019

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