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Above is a general guide to choosing the most appropriate antler chew for your dog based on their size and weight. You should also take into consideration the chewing habits of your dog when deciding on a Whole Elk Antler, Split Elk Antler, Whole White Tail Deer Antler or Moose Antler. If your dog is on the upper end of a size range or a more vigorous chewer we suggest purchasing the next size up so that the antler last longer. A smaller dog can always handle a larger chew but an undersized chew for a larger or more aggressive chewer will not last very long and could become a choking hazard. When it comes to durability, we rank the chews in the following order starting with the softest. The softest is Split Elk, then Whole Elk. We then rate the Moose as the middle of the density and then the densest is the White Tail Deer.
These are great for harder chewing dogs that already enjoy antler chews since the marrow is not exposed other than on the cut ends. These antlers are a bigger challenge for your dog and will last much longer. Whole Elk Antler chews vary in density depending on what part of the antler they come from. Pieces closer to the base of the antler are very dense and pose a harder chewing challenge, whereas the pieces close to the end of the antler are softer and easier to chew.
The Moose Antlers are just slightly harder than the Elk and they have a unique texture and shape. Moose Antler chews have the “tasty” marrow exposed on 3 to 4 sides and allows your dog to get right to it without lots of effort. Easier to chew than a regular antler and good for an older dog that can’t chew vigorously or as an introduction to puppies and dogs that have never had an antler chew before.
White Tail Deer Antler is much harder and denser than elk antler. Deer antlers have less marrow and a thicker outer core which makes them great for very hard chewing breeds that need more of a challenge. If properly sized to your dog’s weight and chewing habits, deer antlers should last your dog much longer.