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BarkBox for Large Dogs Box Review + Coupon – January 2016


BarkBox is a subscription box for dogs.  It’s the most popular dog subscription box.  You’ve seen the small dog version, but since they customize based on dog size, we thought you might like to see what you’d get if you have a large dog, so this is a review of the “Big & Bold” box for a 50+ pound dog.  (My dog, Nyx, is a Rottweiler who currently weighs about 83 pounds.)

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Subscription Box: BarkBox

The Cost: $29 per month on a month-to-month plan, save with longer subscriptions!

The Products:  Toys, treats, and grooming products selected for your dog based on size (choose “Small and Cute” for 0-20 pounds, “Just Right” for 20-50 pounds, and “Big & Bold” for dogs 50+ pounds).

Ships to: US and Canada

COUPON: Get a free extra month when you sign up for any length subscription with code FREEBIEBOXMSA


Save 10% off any new BarkBox subscription with code ADDICTION.

Good to Know: BarkBox offers a heavy chewer option.  After you sign up, you can email them to request this.  This box is supposedly the heavy chewer option.

Check out lots of great boxes for dogs in the Pet Subscription Box Directory!  And see Liz’s and Eric’s reviews of the small dog version of BarkBox here!


The theme this month was a nod to the “peace and love” hippie culture!


Rockstar Guitar (Large) – Value $12

This was a heavy canvas toy with no stuffing.  Naturally Nyx found several weak points, but at least it took her longer than usual.

Etta Says Elk Chew – Value $3

This is made from elk, which is definitely a protein Nyx has never had before.  She had a bit of tummy trouble last week, but as soon as I am sure she is over it, I am going to let her have this.  (Her IBD is a reaction to some protein she’s had in the past, we’re just not sure which one.  But “novel” proteins are expected to be OK.)


Denim Jeans Toy (Large) – Value $12

These had some heavy crinkle paper instead of stuffing.  The weak points in these were the seams at the waist and ankles.  But Nyx sure did have a good time trying to find the weak points!


Ziggy’s Disco Fries Treats – Value $9

These are custom-packaged for BarkBox.  They’re supposed to be sweet potato and cheese flavor but I notice that ground peas, chickpea flour, flaxseed, and tapioca starch are higher on the ingredients list.

Peas and Ruv Dog Treats – Value $9

These are from Max & Ruffy’s, a brand I’ve been seeing more and more often in dog subscription boxes.  They make all their treats in the USA, source ingredients from organic suppliers, and never include wheat, corn, or soy (common dog allergens).  I am not sure why the BarkBox shop shows them as bone-shaped because the ones I received are circular disks (suitable for a medium or large dog).


I just liked the look on Nyx’s face here.


That wet part?  All dog saliva.  Ewww.

Verdict: I calculated a value of $45 for the January 2016 BarkBox (large dog version).  This is higher than the cost of the subscription but does include some exclusive items where the price can be anything BarkBox says because you can’t compare prices elsewhere.  Nyx loved the toys and I’m excited to actually be able to give her the elk chew, so this was a win for us.

What do you think of the January 2016 BarkBox dog subscription box? Do you subscribe to any dog or cat boxes?


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Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Dogs| Tags: barkbox | 13 comments

Comments (13)

  1. I ditched BB for Pet Treater after seeing last month’s review of both boxes here. Very glad I did, cheaper and far far better. Thanks for the reviews MSA

  2. I’m signed up for the large dog box but the toys I got were the same as Liz’s small dog box! I’m a bit miffed 🙁

    • I would contact them. I can think of several possible reasons for what you received:

      (1) This is the “heavy chewer” box so if you don’t have that option, your toys may be different

      (2) The toys were of a size that they thought would work with both large and small dogs

      (3) There was a shipping error or some other error in your account

      In any case, emailing them should help sort it out.

    • Same here I get large dog treats but the small dog toys let me know what they say

  3. I’m still a bigger fan of Pooch Party Pack. These toys are ok, and probably would last a solid week with my destructo-dog. But Pooch Party Pack sends me stuff that we’ve had for MONTHS now. Will take a lot for me to switch.

    • I am also glad to see large dog reviews on MSA. I have a large but non-destructive dog (he likes to lick toys and shake toys, but not tear them – just not a chewer). Anyways, I too have found the Bark Box toys don’t hold up well. He has plushies he’s had for many months, yet the Bark Box toys last for only a couple of days.

  4. Thanks for the great review Regan! BarkBox had a great sale during March Madness, and I’m hoping that they do it again this year. I was kicking myself for not jumping on it last year!?

    • Oops, sorry – Ragan ?

  5. Great review, thanks! I’m so glad you are doing these large dog, super chewer versions, lol – exactly what I need to know about for my crybabies. And Nyx is SO cute!!!

    • ROFL, that was supposed to be furbabies, NOT crybabies. Darn Autocorrect!!

      • Haha sometimes our furbaby Buckles can be a bit of a crybaby 🙂

      • Nyx is a big crybaby too…that whine, together with the big, brown puppy dog eyes (and the little brown eyebrow dots) gets me every time.

  6. Hi, I am having a difficult time trying to get just 1 email a day from your webpage. I would like to receive the email “latest from My subscription addiction” where I can look at everything in one email. Not all of the reviews like this one pertain to me. Thank you.

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