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I love these toys. We now have a collection of wubbas....small ones, big ones, one with a rope ball middle, cuddly ones and a floating one! They are brilliant fun and both my Labrador (who adores playing fetch) and my border collie (who loves tuggy games) go wild for them. The one pictured (which we have in blue) is made from very strong material, even after lots of tugging all of the stitching is still perfect and while the material is dirty, it's got no holes or damage. It's great for playing fetch out on walks, although it does get fairly mucky which then transfers to your hands....but any toy would get like that out on a field! The dogs can play tug of war with it and the collie loves shaking it around and throwing it. It also squeaks, but it needs quite a squeeze to get it to work....the dogs love it when it does squeak, but it's definitely not as annoying as the normal easy to squeak toys!! Considering the fact that my dogs kill toys fairly easily, ours in this material is about 8 months old and has no sign of giving up. It's been through the washing machine several times and come out as good as new. Ours is a large (they come in different sizes) and is just slightly too big to put into a coat pocket on walks. I paid around £10 for mine and it is definitely worth the money, for durability and enjoyment it's second to none!
I bought one of these as I found them on special offer, wasn't sure what my little collie would think of it, (as she is not very toy orientated) but she loves it - as do the others.
As far as a dog toy goes it appears to be a squeaky toy, a tennis ball and a tuggy all in one toy. The main body resembles a ball, when this is pressed hard enough there is a squeak. One of the things I liked about it is that with 4 other ball orientated collies it really appealed to them - but due to the strong fabric covering - it has lasted. As many of you with dogs will know, tennis balls do not last! The "tails" of the toy provide this "ball-like toy" with an additional playing feature allowing two dogs to play tuggy too - therefore the multipurpose nature of the toy really works for me and my dogs. The tails also make a great handle for me when launching it and therefore I can throw it a much further distance away than an ordinary tennis ball.
The fabric is a really strong material and even though some of the "tails" have been slightly nibbled they are all still in tact, the squeak has remained in place and the main body of the toy has retained its structure.
The toy comes in a variety of colours, red blue and purple and retails for around £6-8. I got mine for £5 which was an absolute bargain - though to be honest given how well this has lasted and been played with - I would probably pay the full retail price. They come in different sizes, but the one I am writing the review about is a large.
I would thoroughly recommend this toy.
We Got one of these for my German Shepherd, which he loved but it took all of one week for him to pull to bits, possibly a bit better for smaller dogs or dogs that do not play to rough with toys! as he tends to be very rough and tumble
We did have a lot of fun with it while it lasted though good for tug of war and throwing around the garden / park / field.
Great toy just shame it didn't last long but his toys never do!
So if your looking for a treat for your dog this is a fab toy.
We also got a large kong with this which is fab and has lasted a lot longer.
We have two of these, one is actually the red one in the photo but we also have a larger one in bright pink that is a hippo. We have had the red one forever and last year I was stopping somewhere seeing friends and there was a really cute little pet shop, when I went in they had these in animal shapes, on impulse I bought a bright pink hippo version. I am not sure why, Alf is male and already has his red one but I thought it was cute and Alf does not seem to care about toy colour.
These come in 3 different sizes and many different colours. There are also the animal versions and fluffy versions. Ours are both made of the flat nylon, it's quite tough and as of yet he has not chewed through either.
I have to admit I am not sure what idea behind this toy is, but we tend to use this toy for fetch, it throws really easily and the what I call "octopus legs" on it make it easy to take it off him to throw again, no need to get slavery hands like I do off a tennis ball, because he always picks it up by the top part and I pick up via the legs.
There really is not much to this toy to explain, I call them his Kong Octopuses because that's what they remind me of, they are basically a rubber toy inside a nylon outer with the octopus legs at the base. It does nothing other than squeak but he does enjoy throwing them about. Because of the shape they bounce odd patterns and he seems to really enjoy them. He also has a weird thing of rolling on them. He has never tried to chew through either of them and as such other than being grubby these have lasted well. Even the pink does not show the dirt up much and they do clean off and dry well.
I do not remember what I paid for either of them to be honest, but I can see they are starting around £5 for the smaller up to £9 for the extra large one.
If you have a dog that enjoys throwing toys around or playing fetch then I would highly recommend these. They look odd but are strong and good fun.
My dog got his Wubba as part of a Kong starter pack, it came with Kong, a Frisbee and of course the Wubba. I can honestly say this toy got more independent play than any other toy that he has ever had. He loved to pick up his Wubba by the legs, throw it in the air and catch it again. Anyone who visited got the Wubba put in their lap in the hope of a game of tug of war.
I was really surprised how well put together this was for a soft toy. My dog isn't a destroyer really but every other soft toy came to pieces. This was thrown, pulled, dragged and everything else you can think of and lasted 2 years. I haven't gotten around to replacing it yet but I definitely will be considering how much enjoyment my dog got out of it and how long it lasted.
Even now the Wubba has been destroyed a yellow ball that makes up the top part of the Wubba has become his new favourite toy, really, I cannot get over how much use my dog has gotten out of this one single toy. The yellow ball is brought of for fetch, he regularly chews on it. Pretty much got two toys for the price of one.
Being fabric it is only natural that the Wubba would get dirty and smelly from time to time, my dogs one was dragged indoors and outdoors and of course he was chewing on it. Whenever it started to smell I would put it in the washing machine and then air dry it. It always came out fine, nice and fresh again.
We bought the Kong Wubba for our Alaskan Malamute Kunu after he loved the Kong Classic but it didn't go down too well with him. The bright red toy looked great, looked enticing even, but maybe Kunu is the wrong breed for this sort of toy.
Firstly, the Kong range isn't the cheapest out there which is a but annoying, especially when one of them lasts as long as this one did... Kunu managed to rip open the top part fairly quickly, revealing the squeaker ball and the tennis ball! He disregarding the tugging tassles after that, meaning the actual aim of the toy was completely lost. He has managed to enjoy the tennis ball, however. The squeaky lost its squeak shortly after too!
I guess if you have a dog that likes to tug then this toy will be ideal. The tugging tassels are pretty durable, it's just that the stitching isn't! Especially for inquisitive dogs! He's made use of the tennis ball, but hte sqeaky ball is quite small so be careful with smaller dogs that they don't swallow it!
A lot of the other items in the Kong range are more suitable for our dog, so I wouldn't judge the brand on this one product.
I bought a Wubba for my border collie and she absolutely loved it. The toy went everywhere with her but unfortunately she is one of those dogs that loves to chew anything chewable. Within a few weeks she had managed to break into the Wubba and I had to take it away. There was a small ball at the top which could possibly choke her or get lodged in her stomach if she managed to swallow it.
I did buy her another Wubba but this time it lasted less than half an hour. As these toys are expensive I gave up on anything that could be chewed up and bought things more suitable for my dog.
Having said that, I thought the Wubba was very well made and would last a long time with a different dog. The one that I bought had a squeaker safely inside where the dog couldn't get at it so it was a squeaky toy and a tuggy toy all in one. The tails also make it ideal for throwing.
This toy has proved to be so popular that Kong now make a number of different versions of the Wubba. You can get them with or without the squeaker and you can get one for puppies too. The one that I bought had an extremely tough ballistic nylon covering that less destructive dogs wouldn't necessarily chew. To be fair, Kong do say that the toy isn't for chewing.
Kong Wubbas come in different sizes and colours and I would highly recommend that you try one for your dog. They do absolutely love them.
If you want to buy a Wubba for your dog you can expect to pay anything from about £5.50 to £13 or £14 depending on the size and type. It sounds like a lot of money but I have found that buying cheaper toys is generally not worth it in the end.
Interactive nylon dog toy with squeaker for versatile games - throw-and-fetch tugging and much more