Copy of Antler Sizing Guide

Below 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 pup when deciding on a Whole Elk Antler, Split Elk Antler or Whole Deer Antler. If your pup is on the upper edge of a size range or a more vigorous chewer we suggest purchasing the next size up so that the antler lasts longer. A smaller dog can always handle a larger chew but an undersized chew for a larger more aggressive chewer will not last very long. When it comes to durability, we rank the chews in the following order starting with the softest:

** Always supervise your dog while they enjoy their RidgeRunner antler chew. We encourage pet owners to take the time and choose the correct type, size, and density of antler for their dog. Additionally, once an antler becomes too small and might pose a choking hazard, discard and replace it with a fresh one.


Choosing the Right Size for Your Chewer:




Split Elk Antlers - Split antlers are cut down the middle to expose the marrow. These are great for puppies, older dogs or dogs that are new to chewing antlers. These will not last very long for hard chewing dogs but are still a terrific treat.



Whole Elk Antlers - 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 pup and will last much longer. Whole elk antler chews vary in density depending on where 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.









Whole Deer Antlers - 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 pup many months. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions on the right chew for your dog.







Antler Chews for Small Dogs


Small Sized Antler Chews: These are for Small and Petite sized dogs ranging in size from 5 – 20 pounds such as Chihuahuas, Papillons, Pugs, Dachshunds, smaller terriers and spaniels, Shih Tzu and Miniature Poodles.


Medium Elk Antlers for Dogs


Medium Sized Antler Chews: These are for Medium sized dogs ranging in size from 20 – 50 pounds such as Beagles, Miniature Schnauzers, Border Collies, Corgis, Whippets and Scotties.


Large Elk Antlers for Dogs


Large Sized Antler Chews: These are for Large dogs in the 50 – 70 pound range such as Afghan Hounds, Australian Shepherds, Bassett Hounds, Labs and Goldens, Boxers, Collies, most Sporting Breeds and Huskies.


Extra Large Elk Antlers for Dogs


Extra Large Sized Antler Chews: These are for Extra Large dogs ranging in size from 70 – 90 pounds such as Akitas, Malamutes, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, English Sheepdogs and Ridgebacks. 


Jumbo Elk Antlers for Dogs


 Jumbo Sized Antler Chews: These are for Extra Large to Giant dogs that weigh in excess of 90 pounds such as German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Great Danes or Mastiffs.


Giant Elk Antlers for Dogs


 Giant Sized Antler Chews: These are Very Large dogs that weigh in excess of 100 pounds such as Bernese Mountain Dogs, Mastiffs, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and Newfoundlands.