What is a good dogfrisbee?
A good dog frisbee strives for a balance between a number of properties. It should be flexible enough for the dog to catch without hurting its mouth, gums or tongue. Even if the frisbee breaks, there should be no hard or sharp edges. On the other hand the frisbee shouldn’t be too flexible either, because that would make it difficult to throw. Some dog frisbees are bigger, sturdier and heavier than others, and finding the right balance for you depends on your level of throwing; for example, a freestyle player does not throw large distances and can more easily deal with a flexible, lightweight frisbee than someone who is used to throwing far with heavy discs.
The shape of a good dog frisbee matches the shape of the dog’s mouth so that the frisbee does not tilt in the mouth too much. Frisbees that tilt in a dog’s mouth can damage the tongue or gums.
Lastly, good dog frisbees have an aerodynamic shape which lets them fly in a stable way when given enough spin. Often dog frisbees have a thick, slightly protruding top and rim, because this is the area that is most easily damaged by a dog’s teeth. The edge of a dog frisbee allows for good grip for both the thrower and the dog. Dirt, however, should be easily removable from the rim, because too much dirt can be harmful to your dog’s teeth.
Good to know: Bite-resistant frisbees never float in water, while frisbees that are not bite-resistant usually do.
Tips and answers to common questions:
- Do you want to try dog frisbee but keep it affordable?
Then we recommend a standard frisbee (which is not bite-resistant). For example: the Hyperflite CS Pup, Hero Sonic Xtra 215 Distance, Hero Air 235, Hero Xtra Distance 235, Hero Sonic Xtra 215 Freestyle, FrisbeEscape Tenacious or FrisbeEscape Addict. These are all cheap discs and good options to try if dog frisbee is something for you.
- Which dog frisbees do I need?
There are many good dog frisbees. You mainly choose a dog frisbee based on the size of your dog: Pup frisbees or Atoms for small dog races, Supersonics or Sonics for average-size dog races and frisbees with a diameter of 22.5 to 24 centimeters for large dogs.
Among these sizes of discs, you have the option of bite-resistant frisbees (more expensive) or frisbees that are not (cheaper). Note that bite-resistant frisbees do not float in water.
We advise to start with more than one frisbee.
Competitive disc dog players have multiple frisbees for different types of games and circumstances. Dogs need more contrast between colors than we do, so competitive players often own several different colors of the same frisbee: one color for sunny weather and another color for a winter day.
Lightweight frisbees are good for sleight of hand during freestyle. Heavier frisbees are suitable for distance and fly farther and more consistently in a headwind. Bite-resistant discs are recommended if you have a young dog that likes to chew and destroy things.
Last but not least your personal preference plays a part: the size and weight of a dog frisbee influence the way you handle it. Of course it is possible to get used to any disc. Good throwers can handle almost anything, but have to shift gears when changing to a different frisbee.
- How can I find out which dog frisbee flies well for me?
There are several sizes of dog frisbee. Try throwing two or three different sizes at first. After playing with them for a while, you will know which one you prefer and might want to buy more of.
- Is your dog a wrecker?
Then make sure to get a bite-resistant frisbee. Depending on the positioning of your dog’s teeth and the way he bites and pulls, one of the following frisbees may be suitable: all discs by Jawz, the Super Hero 235, the Z-Disc Fang, Z-Disc Fang-X, Z-Disc Fang FLX or the FrisbeEscape Raid. Our experience is that for most dogs the Jawz frisbees prove to be slightly more bite-resistant than the Super Hero 235 (you can find more information here). Most people, however, prefer throwing with the Super Hero 235 or the Hero Supersonic.
- Are you looking for a dog frisbee that floats in water?
Then do not get a bite-resistant disc. Bite-resistant dog frisbees always sink in water.
- Bite-resistant discs are heavier than discs that are not bite-resistant, and they sink in water. Because bite-resistant frisbees can cope with more torc, they are generally better for throwing larger distances compared to standard dog discs.
Keep in mind that nothing is indestructible. In this sense “bite-resistant” is a bit of a confusing term, because discs with this quality do break after intensive use. Do not leave your dog alone with the disc, because he will gnaw on it and break it eventually.
Bite-resistant frisbees are flexible and super sturdy, allowing you to enjoy them for a longer period of time. Compared to standard dog frisbees, bite-resistant discs are more expensive.
Well-known bite-resistant dog frisbees are: all models by Jawz, the Z-Disc Fang, the Super Hero and the FrisbeEscape Raid.
For a comparison of bite-resistance discs, have a look at this chart.
- How to recognize a bad dog frisbee
Bad dog frisbees are easily recognized by the material they are made of. For examples, frisbees made of PVC are brittle and stiff. Using such frisbees risks injury to your dog’s mouth. On top of that frisbees made of PVC cost a lot CO2 to make, break easily and are difficult to recycle. PVC is suitable for sewer pipes, not for frisbees!
Rubber frisbees or ‘dogobies’ on the other hand are too soft; dogs love to chew on them (breaking them quickly) and they are too flimsy to throw properly. All-in all much too vulnerable, expensive and bad for the environment.
Thankfully there are also plenty of good dog frisbees. Several types of dog frisbee might be suitable for you and your dog.
Which choice you make depends on which considerations of yours weigh most heavy and on how you want to use the frisbee.
Weight and size
The general rule is that the size of your dog correlates to the size of frisbee you need. These are the sizes of dog frisbees from large to small:
235 mm: Superhero, Superstar, Super Aero, Air, Xtra Distance, Z-Discs and Xtra Freestyle.
- 226 mm: Hyperflite Jawz, C.S. Standard Dog Frisbee, Soflite, Frostbite and UV.
- 225 mm: Addict, Tenacious, Rocket and Raid.
215 mm: Supersonic and Sonic.
185 mm: Hero Super Atom.
182 mm: Hyperflite Pup Discs: Jawz Pup, Competition Standard Pup, Soflite Pup and Frostbite Pup.
The size and weight of the frisbee influence the stability of its flight in the air and the amount of power you can use to throw it.
Big and heavy discs can handle more power and fly farther than small, lightweight discs. During windy weather conditions you will enjoy a heavy frisbee more, since it will be affected less by gusts.
A disc is heavier when more material has been used to make it: bigger frisbees are therefore heavier. The more bite-resistant a disc is, the heavier it also is.