“ Manufacturer: Pets At Home / Type: Dog Toys „
Pets at Home is always our first port of call for any pet toys along with food and treats so when our friend got her new puppy we popped to our local Pets at Home and picked up a couple of treats and the "Ruff and Tuff Knotted Rope Toy".
The 'Ruff and Tuff' is a simple but heavy duty length of knotted rope in a range of colours. We picked the red and blue which was a rich scarlet and navy colour. The rope is plated down the centre with 2 giant knots either end and frayed ends. From end to end the toy is around 14cm long so is chunky enough for bigger dogs whilst not being too big for those little pouches.
The 'Ruff and Tuff' is not only bright, colourful and robust but also dirt cheap at just £1 each from Pets at Home. I was amazed at the value for money and thought they would be priced higher.
For play, the 'Ruff and Tuff' is ideal. Easy to rag with your dog and engage in some tug of war along with being great to use in a game of catch and fetch. The large chuncky knots and rope are great to keep dogs entertained with picking at the knots or generally just gnawing at the rope which the frayed bits at each end add interest and texture.
For £1 each these 'Ruff and Tuff' ropes are great and really long lasting and apart from getting a little chewed and dirtied seem to remain intact for years and years giving your dog a lifetime with the toy! Amazing value!
10 months ago, we added a new little member to our family, Pixie the puppy, she is a Shih Tzu with a lot of energy and a very short attention span. Pixie is really spoilt in our house and my fiancé brought her home this Knotted Rope toy from Pets at Home. She loves this toy and it seems to be her favourite game at the moment.
Playing with Pixie
At first I thought this toy was a little big for Pixie as she was a very young puppy when it was bought, however she has grown into it and gets on great when she is playing with it.
I find that Pixie pays lots of attention to this toy and does not bore of it easily, I think that she likes the fact that whenever me or my fiancé play with it, she gets lots of attention and one on one time to play.
Wear and Tear
This knotted toy is made out of cotton and is has wore and tore really well. Pixie isn't really a big dog and wouldn't be as strong as some others so I can't really comment on how it would hold up to them, but our shih tzu hasn't done too much damage to it.
This toy is made out of a middle plait handle with two ruffle bits on the side, ours is green and blue in colour and it is really easy for Pixie to see and catch in her mouth. The idea of this game is for the dog to play a kind of tug of war with you. It gets a little boring for me when I am playing with Pixie, but she seems to love it.
I hand wash this toy from time to time, just giving it a rinse at the taps outside with cold water, and it dries out quick enough and is ready to use again in no time.
Chewing on this rope is meant to keep your dogs teeth clean and healthier, which is great as it also helps prevent gum disease.
Price and Availability
You can buy this toy in Pets at Home for around £2.50, I think that this is a really good price for a toy for Pixie, especially as she hasn't tired of it in the last few months that she has played with it and it has stood the test of time.
I think that this is a great toy to buy your dog, it is a little big for puppies to get their mouths around, but now that Pixie is a little older, she loves playing with it. This toy is brightly coloured so it can be seen easily and Pixie gives it a lot of attention and seems to really enjoy playing with it. Overall I would give this toy 5 out of 5 stars.
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I am ashamed to say that i find myself reviewing yet another "gift" for the newest addition to our family, a very pampered pooch called Belle, though this particular gift is hopefully encouraging her to chew the toys rather than my paintwork, which she seems to have developed a taste for!
The premise is very simple, this is a length of very heavy duty rope (around 30-40 cm long), with a knot on each end and the rope has been frayed for an added playability.
My pooch has had this legnth of rope for a good few weeks now, and it has been invaluable to her playing and chewing (she has yet to lose her puppy teeth, so any help is welcomed!), with it only showing signs of of wear and tear with the muck it seems to have accumulated, and the fact she is chewing off the frayed ends!
The rest of the rope is still holding it's own, with there being no visible signs of being chewed, which i wasn't expecting considering this was a £1.00 impulse buy from Pets at home.
My Belle loves this chew rope, i often find her carrying it around, chewing it, sleeping with it and my favourite, fighting with it (she really gives it some welly when she is swinging it around in her mouth, though not so much fun when it hits your legs and feet whilst having her mad half hour!), and can only recommend it for use by your playful pups.
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I was brought up in a household with Yorkshire Terriers when I was younger! Being small dogs they never really were all that into really rough play with their tiny jaws but the largest one, Zach well he loved to play with his rags as we called them and my Mum always bought them from Pets At Home through the years due to her trusting in the quality of them.
This is why I bought mine and my mates shared dog...Daisy the beautiful poodle her own 'rags', well knotted rope as its meant to be referred to! I always liked these and never had any issues with them and felt that they were safe and at a pound a rope (for the small one and the larger one vary in prices from £3.00-£3.99 by the way) I grabbed her one of them to try out and she loves them!
Basically all it is, is a plaited centre of two colours of cotton. We have the red and bright yellow option in this though a green coloured one was available when I got this too and then at the end the you get loose but attached of course long strands of cotton which are really soft. Its all rather soft really but the centre piece holding all the strands is harder and very tough so Daisy can sink her teeth well into it and have some fun.
Initially when you see this I'm sure you will think it isn't very strong. Like I say we have the small one and this has presented no issues at all for us and although Daisy beats it up and knocks it about big time it shows no signs of any damage at all in the few months now she has had it.
The only issue I have with this toy is Daisy's slobber on it and her wanting me to pull it and play tug with her...its disgusting but on the upside I pop this in the wash regularly for a freshen up and again I have no issue with this on that score either thankfully.
This is a robust and rather safe toy for Daisy and I think I would go as far to say this is her most favourite toy out of loads that she owns at the moment and it has turned out to be a very good and cheap, quality buy for her and if you hurry these are currently on offer at buy 2 get one free which means for the smaller ones you get 3 of them for two quid and that#'s a fab price!
Only available in Pets At Home stores.
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My German Shorthaired Pointer is the youngest out of our pack of 4 dogs and shares the house with us whilst our other 3 are strictly outdoor dogs and absolutely hate it indoors, instead they live the life of luxury outside in a rather fetching wooden kennel with large run attached. Anywho, our pampered princess who likes to think she's a lap dog when in fact she's the largest pooch we have, happens to be terrified of water and would you believe it but she also has a hatred for squeaky toys. I remember when we first got her, she would of been a year old at the time and we gave her a squeaky ball to play with, she bounded after it and seized it with her jaws, it squeaked and she dropped it in shock; we've tried several times since then but as soon as she discovers anything squeaks she'll drop it in horror and run off. As you can well imagine, buying her suitable toys can often be a tricky task as everything aimed at dogs these days seems to have a squeaker inside it; thankfully there are some exceptions and one of the toys in her collection happens to be this rope one from Pets at Home.
The toy is made out of thick and brightly coloured rope that has a big knot at either end, beyond this the rope has been frayed to create a sort of "plummage", (can't think of the right word) and it is available in various different sizes to suit medium to giant sized dogs. We purchased the medium which I would estimate to be between 25-30cm long (no good at sizing, sorry!) and it cost £3.00 which I think is a reasonable price. For our own piece of mind we don't let Flick have access to this when we're not around as there is always the slight risk that she may decide to chew it to bits and eat the rope; when we are with her however this has proven useful for fun games of fetch and she finds it just as easy to retrieve as the tennis balls we also use. The rope is chunky and seems of good quality, though reading around online there seem to have been some fairly determined pooches that have succeeded in demolishing their own and eating the frayed bits - I think this does depend on how much of a chewer your own dog is.
When the toy gets grubby we simply pop it into the washing machine and it must be said that it has faired quite well on a cool wash; Flick has owned this toy for a couple of years now and whilst it's looking a bit tired around the edges it is holding up remarkably well. Worth the £3.00 as it has brought her hours and hours of fetching enjoyment.
I am the proud owner of a boisterous and at times frustrating West Highland Terrier (Westie) named Quincy. Now I've gotta start this review by explaining Quincy very briefly:
One, he is the world's worst dog, his least favourite activity is walking, he will walk down the steps of my house, to the tree directly in front, do his business and stop. Just stop. He puts his bum on the pavement and he's done for the day. I've attempted everything and nothing works so as humiliating as it is, I pick him up, plonk him round the block and he'll walk home completely fine like a little gentlemen knowing his way home from there.
Two, he is insane about toys. If we buy him a new toy when we've been food shopping he's there, his nose in our bags sniffing it out and he'll physically drag it out of the bag. He's also picky. Due to his small size certain toys don't work, for example big rubber bones, they're simply too heavy for him. His personal favourites are usually squeeking toys where he is able to get everyone in the houses attention, albeit for the wrong reasons, and strut about the place knowing all eyes are on him.
So knowing these two things, I knew it'd be difficult to buy for such a stubborn and frankly silly dog. I purchased this Knotted Rope Dog Toy and gave it a try with him. Instantly, and I literally do mean that, he was hooked. I'd tug at it gently at first and he'd pull back more firmly, clearly excited and eager to out-do me. He'd also walk about the house wagging his tail showing it to everyone and quickly sprinting away before we had a chance to join in. As well as this he manages to physically whip his sides by shaking his head side to side, and I do feel for the poor dog, but he's so excited he doesn't even realise.
Now, the toy. The knotted feature means it's a lot more durable and long lasting than other toys we've had. Quincy, being the effervescent, tease he is, likes to show how strong he is by splitting holes in his plastic toys, so the rope made a great alternative. Still fun for him to play with us and alone, and guarenteed to remain intact for as long as he remains interested in it. I got mine for measly £3 which for the amount of use he gets out of it is an absolute bargain and its the perfect size for what I would classify as a medium dog, as well as perhaps some larger breeds.
So, to conclude, this is definitely something worth buying for any one, even those of you with more temperate dogs, but its also an excellent choice for a more picky type of dog with a huge personality that at first you might think would just shrug it off.
Our dog loves his toy rope which we bought about one year ago from Pets at Home for the small amount of just £2. I say small amount, because this toy has been great value for money in my personal opinion.
We take it out with us most days when we go for walks and he loves to have it thrown and then he plays catch and brings it back between his teeth with his tail happily wagging. Another thing he likes to do with his rope is to try to get you to wrestle it out of his mouth - this is one of his favourite pastimes and keeps him busy for hours.
The rope is strong and very durable I feel and there are no signs at all of any wear and tear and that is smashing considering how much he plays with this thing. They come in various sizes of small, medium and large, depending on how big your dog actually is and we have the medium one though really I think he should have had the larger one to be honest.
They do come in a range of different colours to choose from - we have the darker blue one as it doesn't show up too much dirt and grime. It is knotted at both ends with frays on the ends of the knots and just looks like small piece of knotted rope. I feel it's a safe toy for him to play with and I am hapy for him to continue to use it.
It is also good at doubling up as a tooth aid as chewing on this helps to rid him of dental plaque as the vet recommned.
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I was going through my dogs toy box, as I was looking for trashed toys that needed throwing away, I came across this Knotted rope dog toy. I remember when I bought this for Red, it has lasted really well, if a bit grubby in places. So I've decided to review it.
~Knotted rope dog toy~
There really isn't much to this toy, it's basically a bit of rope knotted at both ends, I really can't see what all the fuss is about this toy but Red seems to love it. The one I bought for Red has to be the smallest size they do as it only measures around 9 inches from one end to the other, it's very brightly colored, at least it was when I first bought it, the colors have faded considerably now. It is made from a very tough piece of rope, the knots either end are big and bulky and the amount of rope for Red to actually get hold off isn't very much, I think it's about 3 inches or so. It has big tassel like ends, which is just where the rope has been unraveled to give it a more interesting look, that is, if a piece of rope can even be interesting in the first place!
Over time it has become frayed in places and like I said, has lost the vibrant coloring, but Red still plays with it, his favorite game is bringing it to me but then not letting me have it, he sort of growls and bends himself in half, all the time furiously wagging his tail, sometimes he's so excited I think he's going to take off like a helicopter or something. I have to say that this toy has definitely been worth the money I paid for it, I got it a few years ago from Pets at home and I think I paid about £2.00 it could have been less, but I can't actually remember.
Pets at home currently sell these knotted rope dog toys in three different sizes, medium, large and extra large. Prices start at £2.49 with a choice of different colors.
I've never attempted to wash this dog toy so I can't advise if it would fall apart in the wash or not.
This dog toy seems to be lasting very well, both my dogs have had a good go at it and it still remains in one piece, so I'd say it's a very robust product with excellent durability. I'm sure you would have many hours of fun with your dog and this knotted rope dog toy. Whatever the size of your dog, I'm sure there is one that would be suitable.
I'm giving this Knotted Rope Dog Toy the full 5 stars because after all this time it's still in semi good condition and my dogs still play with it and for £2.00 I'm quite impressed.
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I have a chihuahua (who thinks he's a Great Dane) and a Westie (who thinks she's an army commando!) and, like all dogs, they love to play. Finding toys for the Westie is actually no problem at all, but it is actually fairly difficult to find toys that are suitable for my chihuahua as the toys are all too big for him to easily carry round and chew. However, one toy that we've been slightly more successful with is the Pets At Home Knotted Rope Dog Toy.
My dogs both have the medium version of this toy which is 30cm long and 6cm wide. For some reason, Pets At Home don't seem to do a small version of this rope which would really be ideal for my chihuahua, but unfortunately they don't have one of these and so he needs to make do with what there is! Its a little big for his mouth but, like I said, he's thinks he's a Great Dane anyway.
They mostly chew this rope - and to be honest they have never chewed one of these ropes to obliteration. No matter how much they chew, the rope seems to stay intact. It doesn't even fray and so thankfully there are no bits left messing up the floor and no bits that they can consume. When I play with them I tend to tease them with the rope and then when they grab hold of it, we play tug....and of course eventually I let them win!
The only negative thing about this rope is that after they've been playing it for a while, it does tend to get wet and covered in doggy slobber - which isn't the most pleasant thing in the world! For this reason, I prefer to wash the rope about once a week in the washing machine - which it copes well with. And then about once a month I throw it away and buy them a new rope each. Unfortunately, they both tend to prefer the rope once it is covered in slobber - but within a few days or so they seem to have softened it up to how they like it.
The medium version of this rope costs £2 from Pets At Home, whereas the larger versions cost £4.99 for the X-large and £7.99 for the XXL.
The night before we picked up our puppy in April, we excitedly visited pet world in order to get some essentials and also some treats that would make puppy happy. I have to admit, as I have never had a dog in my adult life, I was quite suprised at the high cost of the products. But nevertheless we spent a small fortune and left content in the knowledge that our new puppy would be happy.
Oliver is now six months old. He is a real sweetheart and we all love him dearly. He had used all the toys we bought him, some are certainly better made than others. However one toy that he does go back to time and time again is his knotted rope toy.
This toy is robust and simply ideal for a livewire puppy who is teething. He loves to grab one of the knotted ends in his mouth and knaw away quietly. His favourite thing though, is when one of us holds the other end and wrestles him for the rope. He really enjoys this game and I feel it is doing a wonderful job at strengthening his jaw and improving his balance and posture.
The rope toy is quite thick in appearance. I have the green and blue coloured toy. I have noticed that the colour does fade somewhat. But this has no real effect on it's usage. Despite being used on a regular basis, I am suprised that the general condition of this toy remains good. There have been a few stray pieces of rope which have come away, but apart from this the toy remains in reallt good condition.
The only thing I dislike about this toy is it is not pleasant when it gets wet. It does become quite smelly quite quickly. I have had to wash this rope on a few occasions. I try to ensure that this toy does not venture out the garden as it is certainly not an outdoor toy in my opinion. Just because it gets saturated and becomes really horrid.
I think that this rope toy is ideal for puppy dogs. I think it offers stimulation and the chance to promote report between owner and pup. I also think it works well to improve strength in pups as they learn to coordinate how to best get a grip of this toy.
One thing that I used this toy for was to promote obedience in our Oliver. I would use this toy as a reward when commands were followed. I found that this worked very effectively.
All in all, I think this toy is very good. It was quite expensive, when you take into consideration that they can be picked up in £1 shops. However, I would state that this rope toy is very well made and has lasted months. I am not so sure that the £1 would do the same job. I would most certainly think that in this instance it is worth the extra cost.
I previously bought my puppy kia a knotted rope toy from poundland and it lasted a day! She shredded it to pieces and it made a complete mess of the house. Although she did have fun doing it and it stopped her destruction of the house for a day.
Well when i was in pets at home recently i noticed they were also selling the knotted rope toy but this one looked and felt like better quality. So i bought it and hoped for the best and it only cost £1.99 so i would not feel to disappointed if she destroyed it in a day again.
The knotted rope comes in 3 sizes medium, large and extra large. Its fairly thick and made from strong threads. They come in many different multi colours. The rope is platted and has knots at either end.
My puppy loves this toy, She loves to chew on it and it good for her gums but she has lost a few of her baby teeth chewing it. Kia also loves to throw it in the air and catch it. Shes a bit wild so i usually give her it in the back garden where she has plenty of room to run about with it. I have another jack russell molly and they play with it together, usually tug of war. Its fun to watch and tires them both out and are thirsty after playing with it.
I was very impressed with the pets at home knotted rope, this one lasted 3 months which is quite good. Its well made and strong and lasts. Its so cheap and my dogs love them and keeps them active and amused.
I give this 5 dooyoo stars
My dogs have got a variety of toys, ranging from the super tough Kong toys through to the rawhide chews, and somewhere in the middle we have 2 of these Pets at home Knotted Rope toys. These have really surprised me though because they have lasted for years. One of my dogs is an avid chewer, but only on their dog toys, and seems to make it a life long mission to destroy all dog toys no matter how long it takes (finally defeated that aspiration with the Kong toy!!).
So when we first had these knotted rope toys I thought that they would probably last about a day, by which time the ends would be gone with just a stubbly bit of rope left. But no, years later they are still here and intact and it is quite funny to watch the dogs playing with them.
What you get is a thick piece of multi coloured rope which has been tightly knotted at either end, and each end has had about the last 5-6 cm beyond the knot frayed out to individual strings and threads. The one I have is the XX large size which is nearly 50 cm long, although they do come in a variety of sizes ranging from what Pets at Home call a medium at about 30 cm long out to the XX Large size. Price wise at Pets at Home they range from £2 out to £7.99, but I have seen a multitude of similar items at other pets shops and cheap shops for cheaper prices.
One of the selling theories I seem to remember from the packaging was that the action of the dog chewing the rope and the ends should help to clean their teeth, and to a certain extent I suppose this is true. As the dogs chew on the end frayed threads and tug as them, they can't quite get a good grip, but as they pull and tug, the frayed bits pull through their teeth and the spaces between the teeth, rather like dental floss. So I suppose it does have a certain degree of cleaning action from that respect.
In terms of play, as I said before, it is funny to watch them with this rope. They seem to enjoy just swinging it around in the air and throwing it up and letting it fall again. They'll get hold of one end of it on a knot and the whole thing is flimsy enough for them to get a good swing to throw it somewhere with a shake of their head. They also seem to torment each other into a game of 'tug-o-war' where one will swing an end in front of the other until the other grabs hold and the 'war' begins. So it is ideal if have 2 dogs that like to do that sort of thing.
But I suppose what is really surprising is that when they tire they will just leave it somewhere, and often that can be somewhere out in the garden where it 'disappears' for many days. Then they'll find it again, all soggy and muddy, and just start playing with it again, swing it around again and again. Another good point is that it seems to be easily machine washable. I've thrown it in on a hot wash and it seems to survive each time with no ill effects.
So I suppose in my case it is one of those toys that my dogs will fetch again and again to play with, leaving it for a while and then starting again, and the additional bonus is that they also manage to have the 'tug-o-war' game with it as well.
In summary, it's lasted well and has survived the doggy chewing and attacks, the 'tug-o-wars', the hot machine washes and the seasonal onslaughts of being left in the garden to fester in the mud and damp.
Definitely one to recommend.
When I first got my dog Jess many years ago she was a playful border collie puppy who would chew and bite on anything she could get her mouth around! Although I bought her many toys she would often have a go at chewing the woodwork, slippers or even camera's whilst we were out! However, one toy that she has always loved throughout the years has been the knotted rope toys from pets at home.
When I first moved into my house after separating from my husband I picked up a few things for Jess even though she would still be living with my husband as I would be having her with me on my days off and things to keep her company. Whilst in pets at home one day picking up food and bowls I spotted the knotted rope toy which she had always loved so much and picked her one up.
The ropes come in various sizes and are as follows:
Medium (30.5x6x6xcm) for £2.00
X Large (41x10x10xcm) for £4.99
XX Large (46x13x13cm) for £7.99
I picked up the medium for Jess as I think this is a fine size for her and not a bad price at all. The rope that we have is a black and white one and is simply a twisted rope which has two knots tied into it, one at each end.
The knotted rope toy can be used for so much fun with your dog! Jess's favourite game with it is of course tug of war and she will fetch it over in her mouth for you to hold one end whilst she pulls the other end. It is quite funny as she will start off quite happy as you pull but if you really start trying to win she will get all serious and drop her front legs down to get some serious pulling done! The only issue with this game is when she wins and tries to make me hold the wet and soggy end she had previously!
Jess will also play with this rope toy on her own and will throw it up into the air and then catch it again with her mouth. We have taken this rope toy out when we have been on a walk and I will throw it for her to chase on a field or something which ensures she is getting a good bit of exercise as she will just never stop chasing!
The rope has lasted us around 18 months so far and is showing no signs of wear and tear at all. I know I don't have Jess with me all the time but when she is here she always wants to play with the toy. I think the product is great quality and tough wearing and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this product to someone else who has a very playful dog. Even as a puppy Jess has always loved these toys and she would sit and chew away at them quite happily-which I hope helped save some of my furniture in the end!
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My dog is a bit older now, so doesn´t like toys so much, but when she was younger, she used to love anything that involved pulling and catching (and loved chewing them as well). These knotted rope toys were perfect for these purposes and she liked them a lot, so we went through a few of them - which was for good and bad reasons.
The first good thing about these toys is that they´re very strong and tough, so they won´t snap or break when you´re using them. They´re ideal for using in the house, and can also be used for throwing and catching. They´re brightly coloured and attractive, which probably doesn´t matter to the dog, but you don´t mind them lying around the house - at least not at first.
The bad things about the product are that the knotted ropes have lots of tassles and loose strings on the end which aren´t as tough as the rest of the rope, so when they´re chewed, they tend to end up all over the floor. Also, if the rope´s taken outside, it seems to get dirty very quickly, and can transfer mud and dirt inside onto the carpet.
Overall, I think these are good toys - dogs seem to really like them, and they´re cheap to purchase from many pet shops. It can be annoying when the loose bits break off, but this isn´t a big problem, and the toy is quite long-lasting. It´s not the best dog toy around, but I would still recommend it.
We just got a new puppy, Eddie, and so a visit to Pets at Home was in order to get him some toys. Playing with a dog in my opinion is one of the most fun things you can do, it not only brings them a lot of joy, it brings you a lot of joy too. It's also great exercise for your little friend and in my opinion really makes a great bond between you and your furry friend, ensures that he turns out to be a nice, friendly, healthy dog.
One of my favourite toys for a dog is a knotted rope toy. The dogs I have had always seem to have loved playing with this one particular toy as you are close by when they are playing with it and I think it is fun for them to try and wrestle something from you, it's master.
The knotted rope toy at Pets at Home is really inexpensive, only £2 for a medium rope. They do come in medium, large and extra large and as our little guy is only a puppy at the moment and will only be a medium sized dog once he grows up then this was the perfect size for use to get. The rope is very robust and hard wearing and in the past it has taken months and months of play before I need to replace one of these. I think dogs like it because it has an interesting texture what with the rope itself and then the knots in it at each end and then also the shaggy bits at the end that are like frayed bits of rope. It also comes in a variety of colours so you can get your favourite, your dogs favourite or one that matches/compliments his coat. We went for the red/yellow on but you can also get them in blues, purples and black and white.
The rope is fairly short but its definitely long enough for him to have in his mouth and also for you to hold onto the other end which is nice. I also find it quite easy to fling these through the air too so Eddie has something to run and fetch as well. It's not too heavy, light enough even for a little dog to pick up and bring back to you. Apparently, according to the information in Pets at Home, chewing on the rope toy will also help to keep their teeth clean and healthy. I was not aware of this before but it's a good thing to have another toy that will help look after this aspect of their health.
The dimension are as follows:
Medium: H 30.5 x W 6 x D 6cm;
X Large: H 41 x W 10 x D 10cm;
X X Large: H 46 x W 13 x D 13cm.
All in all, a great toy for you and your dog!