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BarkBox for Large Dogs Box Review + Coupon – December 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 (my dog, Nyx, is a Rottweiler who currently weighs about 84 pounds).


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

This review is of the Big & Bold, 50+ pound dog, $29 a month, box. 


The Subscription Box: BarkBox

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

COUPON: Get a free extra month when you sign up for a 6 or 12 month subscription. No coupon needed - just use this link.

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: U.S. and Canada

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

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The information card this month is shaped like a luggage tag.  Maybe this has to do with skiing, I don’t know (I only ever attempted skiing once and hated it so never tried again…).


Dog Perignon Champagne Bottle Plush – Value $12

Anton the Alpine Adventurer Plush – Value $10

I’m going to talk about the toys together this month because they’re both plushes. Unfortunately, this was a bad month for Barkbox toys. These were on the small side for a dog Nyx’s size. Plus, she had each one for a very short time before I had to take them away. They were destroyed in a matter of minutes.


Grandma Bowser’s Country Oven Biscuits in Pumpkin Pie with Sweet Dried Apples (4 oz) – Value $4.95

These treats are grain free and soy free, which is great. (They do have flour, which is rye – should be OK for most dogs. If you’re curious about what is included, there is a nice explanation of ingredients on the Grandma Bowser’s site.) For what it’s worth, there is a minimum order of four bags these, though.

Heritage Farms Maple Bacon Recipe Artisan Dog Treats (4 oz) – Value $7

These are made in the USA and contain oat flour so they’re not grain free (though they’re wheat-free and gluten-free so they will work for some dogs with food issues).


Etta Says Premium 7” Deer Chew – Value $1.99

There is usually some chew like this in the box. Some months you may get a cow trachea (aka “krunchie tube”) or an Etta Says chew made of a different meat. What I like about these is the single ingredient.


Nyx with the bottle toy.


Nyx trying to decide between the bottle and the skier toy.


Nyx with the skier toy.


Nyx with the bottle again. She did NOT want to give it up, even though you can see it has a hole in it with stuffing coming out. (She is not a mean and angry dog, despite the look on her face in this photo.)



Nyx did this to the toys in under two minutes each.

Verdict: I calculated a value of about $36 for this month’s BarkBox (large dog version). That’s above the cost of the subscription as usual. I’m happy to have been introduced to a few new brands of treats, but I’m a little disappointed in this month’s toys – they just didn’t hold up for us. Usually, it takes Nyx a *little* bit longer to destroy things.

What do you think of the December 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 | 18 comments

Comments (18)

  1. “I” was recently gifted with a 6 month subscriiption to Bark Box as a thank you from a friend. While I am greatful my friend decided to include Brody in the thank you, I am a lot disappointed with the contents of the boxes we’ve received so far (2 months). The first box contained a chew toy that looks like an apre ski boot. Why would I want to give my dog a toy that looks like something that is forbidden to him? The treats and the other toy were fine. I contacted Bark Box to let them know that my dog is on a restricted diet and that he is a powerful chewer. This month the treats are both bacon based and one toy is a replica of a travel bag, complete with handles he could get his muzzle stuck in and the other is a rubbber airplane you are supposed to wedge treats into. Unfortunately the tail & wings are so thin, Brody would chew them off in a heartbeat. I don’t get it???

    • Contact bark box and tell them you need sturdier toys. They did for us.

  2. The same thing happened to my plush toys..within no time …a hole 🙁

  3. I would have much preferred the plushies to the weird plastic-rubber champagne flute toy that came in the small breed box. It was a strange dog toy that I ended up having to toss out because my pup was chewing off small pieces of rubber to try to get to the treat you’re supposed to put inside the flute.

  4. As far as plushes go they are all pretty disappointing in the stores as well. I have a terrier/ chihuahua mix that weighs 8 lbs and he can destroy almost any plush I buy.

    • Some dogs just can’t have plushes. It doesn’t even depend on the dog type. My last dog was a Rottweiler, too, and she loved plushes and kept the same ones for years and years. Nyx, however, destroys most of them within minutes.

  5. I’m sorry your toys did not hold up. My heavy chewer received the mittens and winter hat in her Barkbox and they are still ‘hole-free’.

  6. Do they have one for extra large dogs? 🙂 My puppy is almost 100 lbs, a very shaggy Old English Sheepdog. She likes toys like those humongous teddy bears so she can wrestle with them. Can you select what types of treats you get? …need long (very long) lasting bones 🙂

    • I don’t know of any boxes that cater to extra large dogs. Most have a cutoff for large at 50-60, which is kind of small for breeds like Great Danes, Bull Mastiffs, etc. A lot of times it’s even small for a Rottweiler.

      With Barkbox, you can’t select what types of treats you get. There are some boxes with preferences (e.g., to avoid grains or certain types of proteins, like with the Pupjoy box).

      • oh, ok. Thank you.

    • Yes, we got the bark box changed to big dog toys. They are heavy, different shapes and our Gordon loves them.
      Yes he pulled out the stuffing of the less sturdy toys but he still carries them around and loves them. We love bark box. They are very creative and cute and because of them Gordon does not destroy our stuff. If he grabs my shoe I take it away and hand him to it s shoe toy and he knows the difference when we say, “this is Gordon’s shoe.”

  7. Ragan, thanks for the review. I also get the large size but mine is the heavy chewer box. I did have the skier toy but my other toy was different. I’m wondering if you didn’t get the heavy chewer box, maybe got the regular large box? If you contact BarkBox and tell them you were unhappy with the toys, they will replace them.

    • I was supposed to be getting the heavy chewer version of the box but I think I just didn’t this month for some reason. I am pretty sure I am going to be transitioning over to the special Super Chewer Barkbox soon, which seems to be a more appropriate option for Nyx anyway.

      • Your box is always the same as mine but not this month. I hope you’ll do a review of the super chewer. I’ve been considering it as well

      • Oh boy! I still have crazy-holiday-brain! I did see that review. Lol, thanks Ragan!

      • No problem, I’m surprised I can keep track of them as well as I do. As of yesterday, I had a queue of TWENTY boxes sitting in my living room that needed to be reviewed. (8 sent off, 12 to go…)

  8. you can sign her up for the Destroyers Club – she would get toys that are appropriate for her play style.

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