Simply Bully Sticks Product Review

11 Oct

bully sticks review comparisonBy now, most dog owners know about bully sticks. They’ve been around for at least 8-10 years, maybe longer. They’re an especially fibrous, strong all-meat chew made out of … well, let’s say that you can’t make them from female cattle, only bulls.  They are made from a fibrous muscle, and are prepared by cleaning, stretching, twisting and then drying them. They can be smoked in a traditional smoker, sun dried or oven baked. The result is a very hard, compressed 30–40 in dark brown stick, which is then sawed into 6″, 9″, 12″, 18″ or even 24″ pieces.

As a dog chew treat, they’re suitable for dogs with wheat and corn allergies because they only contain protein, fat and moisture. And they last a long time (I know, I know), so they’ll keep even aggressive chewers occupied longer than rawhide or other similar chews.

When they first came on the market, folks I spoke to loved them, and so did I. But soon two concerns emerged. The first was cost. A 6″ bully stick often retailed for upwards of $3 each, and the 12″ and 18″ ones could be as high as $6 each. Some variety has entered the market, with buffalo bully sticks, steer sticks, Angus bully sticks, braided bully sticks, jerky wrapped, ends, braided, bully sticks from New Zealand, Australia, North America, South America, India, China, and on and on and on.

extra thick low odor bully stickI figure it’s time to slow things down a bit and really take a look at what a bully stick should be. I had bought my last bag of stinky bullies from Costco, pondering what “value” really means, when I got a package from

The first thing I noticed was that the bully sticks were very thick and natural-looking. By this I mean that they were at three times as thick as the ones from Costco, which are about the thickness of a Sharpie marker. And they weren’t tightly stretched or rolled, so there was more texture. This means more interest for the dog, and more ridges to help scrape off that dental tartar.

The second thing I noticed was that the bullies weren’t stinky. I even put one right up to my nose and took a big long draught in. They smelled faintly buttery. Hardly any smell at all, and what was there was pleasant and appetizing.

The information contained in the package said that Simply Bully Sticks carries only one type of bully stick. They hand-picked some of their smaller ones because I mentioned I had a four-month-old puppy (albeit a large one). Those “smaller” bully sticks are shown above in the picture with our full-grown, 70-lb Irish Setter, so you can see how big they are. If you order from, the ones you’ll receive should be even bigger.

Both dogs love the bully sticks. The Irish Setter goes to town on them with his blunt but strong adult back teeth. The puppy, who’s teething until she’s six months old, tears away at them with needle-sharp milk teeth.

The verdict? Our dogs LOVE these bully sticks. These bully sticks are what dog owners buy bully sticks for … tough, long-lasting, satisfying chews for any type of dog, even those with allergies. Some bully stick brands use chemicals to hide the odor of their bully sticks, or to increase their attractiveness to dogs. But natural bully sticks don’t stink, and dogs don’t need any incitement to like them. So why not go natural?

What about value? Those hard, skinny, stinky bullies from Cadet were $24 for 12 of them, roughly $2 each. The ones I got from Simply Bully Sticks were the same length, and cost for a pound of them is $29.99. At 3 oz per bully, that’s about 4-5 sticks, or $5.99 apiece. If they were the same thickness, a $2 bully vs. a $6 bully would be a no-brainer. But remember, they’re three times thicker than the cheap ones, so they last much longer. Those cheap bullies are gone pretty fast. The equivalent cost in my view is pretty close.

When I have a cost comparison, I like to ask if the increase in price is commensurate with the quality. So are Simply Bully Stick’s bully sticks worth three times more than the cheapy ones? You bet! I actually had to keep the cheap ones in a zipper bag because I couldn’t stand the dead-fish smell. What’s on them or in them that smells like that? Ewwww.

I think there will always be a market for cheaper bully sticks. I bought them, didn’t I? But once dog owners see a higher-quality bully stick available, there is always a market for those, too. I think that high-quality bully sticks like these will appeal to dog owners who are willing to pay a little more to give their dogs a more natural, better chew. In all fairness, there may be other retailers who offer better quality bullies. But as for me, we’ll be getting our bullies from Simply Bully Sticks from now on.


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11 responses to “Simply Bully Sticks Product Review

  1. Pet Store Australia

    October 12, 2012 at 1:53 am


    Thanks ! I didn’t hear about this “Simply Bully Sticks”. But now i should be purchase to my dogy.

  2. Labradoodle puppies

    October 25, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Interesting. I like to give my dogs chicken wings, duck necks and even whole chicken carcasses.
    As long as they are raw then it’s fine. I think dogs and puppies need something tasty to get there teeth in to. I think Bully sticks must be like raw hide?

    • FunStuffForDogs

      November 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      AMEN! My dogs LOVE raw chicken wings and drumsticks. I haven’t tried duck necks. I bet they’d love them. Bully sticks are not like rawhide because they’re not skin (hide). They’re made from another part. Um … a part that you can only get from male cattle, if you know what I mean. So there’s some skin, but mostly other tissue. And what skin there is on a bully stick is much thinner than the skin from the hip or shoulder, which is what rawhide is made from.

  3. jenniferhinders

    October 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for your post…I’ve never heard of these sticks. Sam would love these.

  4. anchal

    October 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Love it:)

  5. Anon

    November 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

    This is interesting. It helps dog get over their chewing habit and help them avoid chewing on furniture. Dogs love to play.I know how important it is to them.

  6. Donnau1

    November 8, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Have you seen dog snorz pillows? They have different design and colors when I saw the pillows I thought that it was very cute although I am not really a pet lover it was very temping to purchase one. By the way I love your blog theme.

  7. K9 Instinct Blog

    January 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Bully sticks are a fantastic chew for dogs, perfect for maintaining clean teeth!

  8. Adam

    March 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    These are great! Will start stocking them soon!

  9. Morey

    March 31, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I’m a little concerned about giving my German Shepard bully sticks. He has a sensitive stomach. The vet told me me shouldn’t have raw hide chews because they are tough to digest. Does anyone know if the same is true for these?

    EDITOR’S NOTE: I’ve heard that, too. Rawhide is skin, which is very tough when dried. Try the Himalayan dog chews. Those are hard, yet digestible, made of a cheese derived from yak’s milk. The dog really has to work to get anything off the chew, so they don’t ingest very much at one time. And they don’t stink (yay!).

  10. Suellen Brown

    May 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    My three year Bishon was getting a lot of tartar on his teeth and absolutely refused to let me brush his teeth. Three months ago I got a package of “pizzles” and was recently amazed to see that his teeth are almost as clean as they were when he was a pup. Nice side effect. Also, over the years, I have had to remove too-large pieces of rawhide from my dog’s throat a couple of times. The bully sticks don’t get soft and “swallowable”. Instead, they shred as they are chewed. Wonderful stuff.


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