10 Best Dog Toys for French Bulldogs in 2020

French Bulldogs are related to the English Bulldog in that the breed began in Britain and then moved to France where the dogs are believed to have bred with terriers and pugs. French Bulldogs became popular as companion animals during the Industrial Revolution and now have traits from all three of these breeds.

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Frenchies are excellent watchdogs and exceptionally alert, but many will not bark excessively unless necessary. These pups have some similarities to pugs in that they can do their fair share of snorting because they are brachycephalic, or blunt-nosed.

French Bulldogs are also top-heavy and cannot swim, so this is a factor to consider when adopting a Frenchie and buying toys for it. This breed can be incredibly loyal and excellent with kids if trained correctly. Frenchies are smart canines, too, and sometimes like to put on a show for their owners, often wrestling each other in comical ways if you own more than one.

French Bulldogs are fantastic at cuddling, though. Even during playtime, they sometimes need breaks to catch their breath or re-energize. They might enjoy fetching, but don’t be surprised if your French Bulldog will need to plop down next to you for a rest during active play.

These are a homebody type of dog. They might love a walk as much as any dog, but Frenchies also love a good cuddle next to you while watching a movie.

Different Types of Dog Toys for French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs can drool a lot, so plush dog toys are not our favorite for this breed. Many Frenchies also like to rip apart their chewers, so be careful of toys made of rope. Some French Bulldogs do well with these, but if yours like to eat everything in sight, keep a close eye on them. If they start to rip apart a rope toy at all, take it away, as you don’t want them ingesting the strings.

Our number one favorite is the open ball type of chewers (ball-shaped rubber toys that are hollow and feature cut-outs). Frenchies are so playful and can gnaw pretty hard on their toys, and open balls are versatile—excellent for chewing, bouncing around, and even playing a teeny bit of tug-of-war. You can stuff treats in these toys, too.

We also love a split or whole deer antler for French Bulldogs. Antlers usually will not splinter the way some bones will, and they can last a long time for hours and hours of chewing. A toy like this will call to your dog’s inner wild animal and can provide them with some of the satisfaction of gnawing on a bone.

Do not look for toys designed for playing in pools or around water, as a Frenchie is not bred to swim and can quickly drown if they fall in deep water.

What to Look for in a Good Toy for French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs can drool a lot, so we prefer toys that can be wiped down or thrown in the dishwasher. You also want to remember that the blunt nose of a Frenchie makes their breather more labored than some dog breeds. So, you want to avoid toys that will cover your dog’s nose while it chews.

Durable rubber or nylon toys can be excellent because a lot of Frenchies love to lay down and gnaw for a while. The terrier in their ancestry can give French Bulldogs a bit of spunk and even a touch of aggression when they get momentum while playing, so you should look for chew toys that won’t break apart or get devoured.

French Bulldogs are not the quintessential frisbee dog. Keep toys that can be rolled along the ground or tossed low, as this is how most Frenchies prefer to play, and they can keep this up a bit longer without getting winded. We love a decent ball or round roller-shaped toy for a French Bulldog.

You also want to remember that, if your dog likes a chew toy, it’s going to be in its mouth a lot. That means finding non-toxic rubber or nylon is crucial. You might be able to find a cheap toy from China or elsewhere online, but if you don’t know what the toy’s materials are from or if it has an overly pungent artificial smell, steer clear.

Overall Best Dog Toys for Adult French Bulldogs

Check out our top choices for French Bulldog toys.

Best Overall:

JW Pet Hol-ee Roller X Extreme Dog Toy

We have a close friend who owns a couple of French Bulldogs, and this is the number one tried-and-true toy that our “nephew” dogs love. We like that this hollow, cut-out ball toy is a non-toxic rubber that is seriously durable.

We’ve seen those dogs go to town chewing on these, and JW Pet isn’t kidding when they say these are extreme. This toy can handle a lot of gnawing and rough play and for a long time. You can play fetch with your Frenchie with this toy, or even a little tug-of-war.

The rubber is soft enough to prevent any tooth damage but durable enough for your Frenchie to plop down and bite on these for a long time. Even better? The price of this toy is well worth the amount of time these hollow balls can last. If we had to pick one toy for a French Bulldog, the Hol-ee Roller X Extreme would be it.

Buck Bone Organics Whole Deer Antlers Dog Chews

We know veganism is popular these days, but canines did not evolve to eat all the veggies. So, if you want to nourish your Frenchie with something to chew on that is more natural and aids their diet in a way they would experience in the wild, antlers are an excellent option.

We like both split and whole antlers, and you can find both deer and elk antlers available online. These antlers are one of our top picks because Buck Bone offers a fantastic variety pack with various textures.

Not only are these antlers excellent for gnawing, but they can also provide your French Bulldog with calcium, phosphorous, protein, glucosamine, and chondroitin. Antlers, in our experience, don’t split the way bones can, and these are harvested and sanded in the United States.

KONG Tires Toy

The KONG brand is famous for a reason: their stuffable rubber toys were a genius idea, and the rubber can withstand a lot of chewing. This tire-shaped toy is a fun take on KONG’s initial design, and you can still stick treats inside the center of the “tire.”

We like the design of this KONG toy because you can play with your Frenchie by rolling the tire along the floor. Maybe this is like a modern take on the 1800s wooden hoop rolling, but your dog won’t judge you for the vintage game.

This chewer is natural rubber and in KONG’s extreme line, made with more durable material than their original red toys. If your Frenchie loves to gnaw for hours, this tire toy is a fantastic option to consider and comes in two sizes.

Nylabone Power Chew Wishbone Dog Chew Toy

If your French Bulldog is more of a bone type of toy lover, this Nylabone is one of our favorites. It’s more durable than faux plastic bones but made for a lot of chewing without damaging teeth. The wishbone shape can provide your pup with more interest than the standard stick bone design.

This toy also has a curve near the fork of the wishbone to challenge your dog while chewing at certain angles. This Nylabone is made of robust nylon and can last a long time for more moderate-to-tough chewers. The price is also reasonable, which is a plus.

The nylon is not for consumption, so if you notice your dog breaking down the ends of this toy, it’s time to take it away. For most dogs, these bones can last for several months, even years, and offer a decent, harder toy in your Frenchie’s collection.

Benebone Real Bacon Flavored Dental Chew Dog Toy

We’re a big fan of the Benebone brand in general, as they are made in the USA with natural ingredients and zero artificial flavors. This Benebone chew is one of our top picks for a harder toy for your French Bulldog because the shape allows a little tug-of-war action, as well as nubs for your pup to gnaw on during their solo chew time.

The bacon flavor of the toy is authentic bacon—not artificial—and we love a chewer with flavoring that will encourage your dog to gnaw on the toy instead of your favorite pair of shoes. This Benebone comes in three sizes, so you can get a small for a puppy and move up as your dog grows. Generally speaking, we recommend a medium for a French Bulldog.

This toy is another chewer made from nylon, so keep an eye on your dog’s gnaw marks. Benebone makes quality toys, and these can last a long time. However, if you notice your Frenchie chewing up the ends or breaking pieces off, it’s time to take this toy away or replace it.

GoughNuts TuG Dog Toy

The GoughNuts TuG Toy is a fantastic option for French Bulldogs that love playing tug-of-war. This classic shape allows for play with your dog while keeping your hands out of your pup’s mouth. The rubber on this extreme chew toy is also incredibly robust and can withstand hours and hours of intense gnawing.

This toy runs at a higher price point than some we recommend here, but the durability is one of the best. This tug toy can withstand play and chomping by breeds like Pit Bulls, so if you have a Frenchie that is a voracious chewer, we’d recommend checking out this figure-eight dog toy.

SodaPup Can Dog Toy, Medium

The SodaPup Can Dog Toy follows the same concept as the original KONG stuffer toy, but in the shape of, you guessed it, a soda can. We like this French Bulldog toy for more than just the fun design, though.

The opening in which you can stuff treats is smaller than the original KONG, making the challenge more difficult for dogs who can get to the snacks too quickly. This rubber can is also dishwasher safe, which is fantastic if you stuff it with spreads like nut butter.

SodaPup is made in the United States and is non-toxic. We’re also a fan of the price point, as it’s pretty reasonable for how long these pop can dog toys can last. The rubber is durable, and the “label” design provides some groove that can help scrape a bit of plaque off your Frenchie’s teeth, too.

Nerf Dog Squeaker Bash Tennis Ball Dog Toy

If you have a French Bulldog that loves squeak toys, but you don’t want a plush that they can rip apart or drool all over, this two-pack of Nerf Dog Squeaky Balls is a top pick for us. Nerf Dog toys are pretty robust and can handle a decent amount of chewing.

We also love the cut-out ball design for Frenchies, as with our top pick with the JW Pet ball, but these come with a satisfying squeak and two-pack if you misplace toys often. These chewy balls are for tough chewers. So, they can withstand a lot of playtime with your Frenchie. The price per ball is mid-range, so for a two-pack, we consider this reasonable.

Overall Best Dog Toys for French Bulldog Puppies:

JW Pet Hol-ee Football Dog Toy

JW Pet takes the spot for our number one French Bulldog toy during your dog’s adult years, and we also adore this small football chewer for Frenchie puppies. The hollow, cut-out football can bend, bounce, and spring back into place.

When you toss this football-shaped toy, it also bounces in unexpected ways, providing your puppy with lots of fun and you with cute puppy pouncing to watch.

The holes in this toy allows you to stuff it with treats, and this feature can make this an ideal toy for teething puppies. The double-molded rubber will stretch, squish, and return to its standard shape even with the most vigorous chewers. This toy is also one of the most budget-friendly on the list, making it our top-pick for French Bulldog puppies.

Bullibone Nylon Dog Chew Toy Small Nylon Bone

The T-shaped design of the Bullibone allows you to play a gentle game of tug-of-war with your puppy, or for your Frenchies to hold down the “T” with their front paws while they chew on the other end. Mostly, this toy is ideal for French Bulldogs that need to chew on something a bit firmer than a rubber toy.

The nubs and grooves are great for scraping plaque off your Frenchie’s teeth, and the robust nylon is durable enough for most teething puppies. We like that Bullibone is made and packaged in the USA.

This faux bone has a beef flavor throughout, which can help encourage chewing on the correct item—a major plus with a puppy in the house. We also like the price point of this artificial bone, and for the cost of a two-pack, it’s a fantastic value.

Tips for Playing With/Entertaining Your French Bulldog 

French Bulldogs are lovable and loyal and like to play in sometimes rowdy but entertaining ways.

  1. Find a favorite treat your Frenchie loves and stuff a chew toy when you need your dog to be preoccupied
  2. Aim for toys not made of fabric or rope, such as rubber or nylon chews or antlers
  3. French Bulldogs often love to cuddle, so getting a rubber toy your dog can gentle tug on while you sit on the floor or couch in a blanket together can be fun for your Frenchie
  4. Avoid playing in deep water that could go over a French Bulldog’s head
  5. Avoid toys such as frisbees that require excessive energy, as Frenchies are active, but not as much as a Border Collie, for example

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my dog eat part of a nylabone?

You might not catch your pup if they first start gnawing off the end of a faux bone, but no, they should not consume them. If you see a portion of it eaten, dispose of the toy.

How do you wash KONG dog toy?

You can soak your KONG or another type of stuffable chew toy in warm water, then wash it with a sponge or scrub brush with dish soap and water. Rinse thoroughly. Some of these kinds of toys can be used in the dishwasher, too.

Should I give my French Bulldog a squeaky plush if they enjoy toys with sound?

We recommend finding a durable rubber dog toy with a squeak in it, as Frenchies can rip apart fabric quickly, and their heavy drool can make for smelling material that will be unpleasant.

Conclusion

French Bulldogs can be endless fun with all their wrestling, playing, snorting, and cuddling. Like all dogs, Frenchies need to chew now and then and should have toys to prevent boredom. Steer clear of plush or fabric chews that Frenchies will drool on or tear apart. If you find a robust rubber or nylon chew, or even all-natural antlers, these are perennial favorites for Frenchies.

Chelsea Kuhel

Chelsea is the owner of a very huggable Boxer/Pitbull mix named Miles. When time allows she also cares for her 4 other animals, I mean children.

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