Howie has stood up well to 4 very chewy German Shorthaired Pointers. His tail is almost gone, as is one ear. But he is the right size for a 40-50 pound dog: can be easily carried around in the mouth, but not so small as to risk becoming stuck in the throat. Unlike Hilda the Hippo in this series, Howie does not have any weak spots or thin material (Hilda's mouth is thin, silky/satin-like material that lasted a day). His legs are a good thickness; helps withstand the chewing. Would buy him again, and will do so if my dogs ever manage to destroy him.