Friday, July 25, 2014

Product Review: Blue Kong

The Blue Kong is a rubber chew toy that is durable, flexible, and stuffable. It is 25% stronger than the red Classic Kong, and comes in sizes Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, and King.
Photo by Erin Koski

The blue Kong is not listed on the official Kong website, and it is supposed to only be available through veterinary clinics. I bought mine on Amazon. Though not as tough as the legendary black Kongs, these things are a lot more flexible and fun to chew. Blue Kongs are also radio opaque, meaning they will show up on xrays if your dog happens to devour them. This makes blue Kongs a better choice for dogs that are choosy about their chew toys, but also power chewers.

My blue Kong lives in the freezer, stuffed full of peanut butter and waiting to be dispensed to an eager dog. Kongs are dishwasher safe and made in the USA.

Pros: More stretchy and flexible than the black Kong, but tougher than the red. Shows up on xrays for dogs that tend to eat their toys. Some dogs may enjoy this texture over the red and black versions. Stuffable, freezable, and a valued part of the Kong family.

Cons: Hard to find except online. Looks a lot like the blue Puppy Kong toys, particularly the squeaky Kong. Not quite as strong as the hard black Kong.

Bottom Line: This is a great toy for power chewers, I like to give it to new dogs while I'm still figuring out their chewing style. Mine is a Large, it is also recommended that seriously destructive dogs be given the largest Kong they can play with safely. As long as the dog can't get their lower jaw stuck in the toy, bigger is better.

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