When choosing discs, I suggest buying from the three manufacturers listed below since they make discs that are known to be safe for your dog. Safe discs don’t get dangerously sharp edges when damaged, aren’t too heavy and aren’t too hard for your dog’s mouth. These are my personal reviews of the various types of discs you can buy. I believe all of these manufacturers have good discs to offer and most of the discs they produce have a place in the sport. It is a good idea to get at least one of each type of disc to try. That could mean 20+ unique discs to buy at first, but if you want to get serious about the sport, that’s the best way to do it. My reviews consider safety, flight quality, “feel” and suitability for their intended use.
I will discuss discs performance for freestyle, toss and fetch or puppy training. Freestyle is a 1.5-2 minute timed event with multiple discs (5-10 typically). I look for a disc that floats, allows for the various tricks to be performed and a disc that feels right in my hand. Toss and fetch (aka distance and accuracy or mini-distance) is a 1-1.5 minute timed event with a single disc where you throw the disc upwards of 40 yards accumulating as many points as possible. I want a disc that is durable with some float. Float has some importance for toss and fetch because the dog needs sufficient time to run out 40 yards to catch the disc. Durability comes into play because it is a single disc event. For puppy training a small soft disc is generally required.
I use several of these discs personally. In competition, I use the Fastback, Xtra 235 Distance and Super Star discs. With the new Skyhoundz disc requirement rule, I also use the Z disc at their events. Experiment and not every disc is suited for every dog.
I am starting with the summary so that if you want to simply know what discs I suggest then you don’t need to look any further.
Freestyle – Best: Discovering the World Fastback. The perfect size, allow you to do any disc trick, float the best and are low cost. Second Best: Hero Air 235. Higher quality than a fastback and therefore fly very straight but don’t quite float like a Fastback. They also cost quite a bit more than a fastback.
Toss and Fetch – Best: Hero Xtra 235 Distance. Fly straight, provide good float and durable enough for a full round (with most dogs). For hard bite dogs, use a Hero Super Hero. Second Best: Hero Air 235. Their only down side is they aren’t durable enough for medium to hard bite dogs to survive a full round.
Heavy Disc / Hard Bite Dog – Best: Hero Super Hero. For a heavy disc, they have nice float. They don’t fade or roll over very easily, meaning they tend to fly very straight. Just make sure you have the nose angle up on them and you will be set. Second Best: Hyperflite Jawz. These discs are fairly soft and the hardest biting dogs usually can’t shred them. They don’t develop many sharp edges but suffer in flight quality as all heavy discs do and consequently drop like a rock.
Puppies / Very Small Dogs – Best: Hyperflite Pup discs. Their pup disc comes in standard plastic, heavy plastic and a very soft version, the Soflite. Not only are they sized perfect for almost any puppy, they actually fly quite well for their size. Second Best: Hero Pup 160 / 120. These discs are very good for puppy training but do not fly very well and are difficult for the puppy to catch. The Pup 160 disc has not been available the past few years, so I suspect they no longer make it.
Soft Standard Sized Discs – Best: Discovering the World Super Flex. These aren’t the softest discs on the market but they are very high quality and fly almost exactly like a normal fastback. I can do a freestyle routine using these with almost no difference. I can’t say that about any of the other soft discs. I don’t think these discs get the credit they really deserve. I am a fan of these, even if I don’t use them very often. I currently use these with Slayte or if one of my dogs has a sore mouth for some reason. I always have some of these on hand. Second Best (tie): Hero Aero. These discs are expensive, but very durable for a soft disc. Their flight quality isn’t the best, but it’s not terrible either. Hyperflite Soflite discs. These discs are the softest of all the discs on the market. They are very light and not very strong. Dogs can shred them pretty easily and because of their weight and flexibility, they don’t fly as good as a standard disc.
Discovering the World www.dtworld.com
USA based company that has the rights to the Frisbee name that Wham-O originally branded. If you want to throw a “Frisbee”, this is the only place you can get one. Here are my reviews of their discs.
Fastback (AKA Chomper) – The original dog disc. This is my personal choice for a freestyle disc. They have the best float of any disc out there. They are average durability but tend to get sharp edges as they get used. These work for all but the hardest biting dogs. These can be purchased at the lowest price of any disc in bulk and you can get misprints that are even cheaper. I get them for about $1.05/each in bulk. Historically this has been the most popular freestyle disc in the sport. They are used in toss and fetch, but not as often as in the past. Their flight quality degrades over longer distances.
Flex / Super Flex – These are the same as a Fastback except have softer plastics. These can be used instead of a Fastback for a dog with a softer bite. I generally don’t like the color options for these; normally dull and translucent. I always have some of these available and use them from time to time. I consider these discs to be of very high quality.
Eurablend – A heavy disc should only be used with the hardest biting dogs. They drop like a rock due to their weight. They float slightly better than other heavy discs that are out there. They can still get sharp edges even though the plastic is a bit softer than a regular Fastback. Suitable for a hard biting dog but I think they are lower quality than the other options out there.
USA based company that makes the best disc for hard bite dogs. They offer many different types of plastics and two sizes, pup and standard. I will review their most popular discs.
Competition Standard – Formerly known as the K10 disc. The standard size is smaller diameter than a Fastback but have a deeper rim. These are suitable for freestyle but are smaller than I prefer. They tend to suffer in the wind a bit more than other discs. The pup version of these discs are good for puppy training but are too light to be usable in competition.
Jawz – These are the original discs intended for hard biting dogs and they are still a good disc for that purpose. Even when they get chewed up the edges aren’t very sharp. They come in standard and pup size. If you have a small dog that is hard biting use the pup size otherwise use the standard size. Their flight quality isn’t very good because they drop like a rock. They are easier to throw in some ways because the wind impacts them less than other light weight discs but they don’t float for freestyle. In toss and fetch, I see a lot of people out-throw their dog because they drop so fast. They also don’t work well for a lot of tricks in freestyle because they are quite soft and floppy (air brushes, air bounces, skips for example). Yes, these tricks are possible with these discs but it is more difficult and they don’t normally perform as well with the tricks even when done properly. Even though they aren’t very good for toss and fetch or freestyle, if you have a dog that destroys a disc in a single throw, you have no choice but to use a heavy disc. This is a good option.
Soflite – The softest discs on the market and are good for puppy training but not good for competition or throwing in the wind. They have poor flight quality compared to other discs. Update – I received the latest version of this disc and it’s improved. The disc is more substantial than before and seems to be of a better quality. With the new Skyhoundz disc requirement rule, I am now going to use it at their events with my dogs that like soft discs.
Z Disc – This is a take on the fastback disc. The problem is that it is not nearly as good. It has the same rim and material as a Competition Standard. The underneath of the disc has the familiar texture of a Competition standard. It has a very low profile, similar to a sonic, but on a disc that is a standard diameter (very close to the Air 235 diameter). I think this combination is not good for a dog disc. It is slightly heavier than a fastback / 235 air. The disc does not fly like a typical dog disc. It is overstable (similar to a lot of disc golf discs). Even when I throw the disc with no hyzer at all, it falls hard to the left (for a right-handed backhand throw). The disc is fine for shorter throws such as for freestyle. For longer throws, it’s difficult to control. I intend to use this disc for Skyhoundz events given their new disc requirement rule.
A Japanese company with an office and manufacturing in the USA. They generally make very high quality discs although they have poor consistency with colors. They have the most options in materials and sizes of any manufacturer. I will discuss most of these options here.
Air 235 – A Fastback knockoff. At least that is what it was originally. Now it is a higher quality version of a Fastback. Although it has very good float, it has a lower profile and is smaller diameter than the Fastback and for that reason it doesn’t float quite as well. It will fly straight as an arrow with a good throw, but I want more float for freestyle so I don’t believe these discs are quite as good for that reason. A great disc for toss and fetch.
Xtra 235 – There are two versions of this disc. Both versions are a more rigid version of the 235 Air but at the same weight (some people think they are heavier, but I promise they are not). The distance version is the best toss and fetch / long distance disc on the market and are very high quality. They fly absolutely straight if thrown properly. This is what I use for toss and fetch and is also the most popular disc I see others using for toss and fetch. It isn’t usable in freestyle because it is way too grippy (discs stick together!) and it doesn’t float enough. The freestyle version of this disc is a slippery version. Unfortunatley I think it is way too slippery to be a good freestyle disc and with their lower profile, they don’t float as well as a Fastback. Although Hero indicates these are extra durable, it comes with mixed results. They are harder discs so the dog won’t shred them as easily, however they get deformed easily and will never fly properly once they get deformed. These discs don’t last any longer than a Fastback in my mind because they start flying poorly quicker than a Fastback. These get thrown away because they won’t fly, not because they become dangerous for the dog.
Super Aero K9 Candy – A very unique disc. It is good for hard bite dogs but is a light disc. They are very soft and don’t hold their shape when in flight, therefore don’t fly very good at long distances. It is good for a training disc but is unsuitable for toss and fetch and average for freestyle. See the Starlite version for a better competition version of the disc.
Super Aero Starlite – It is good for hard bite dogs and is heavier and more rigid than the Super Aero Candy. It’s a medium weight disc, almost in a category by itself. It would be a better disc for competition than the Candy version since it flies better.
Super Hero / Star / Swirl – Heavy discs and are all good for hard bite dogs. Like float pretty good for toss and fetch but don’t float the way I prefer for freestyle. The best hard bite discs on the market.
Sonic 215 – A small-medium sized disc that comes in two versions. The Super Sonic is better than the Xtra Sonic in my mind. The Xtra Sonic gets deformed too easily and flies poorly after that (much like the Hero Xtra). The Sonic can be a decent disc to use for a smaller dog. Because it is using a heavier plastic, it will tend to drop quickly. They have a very flat profile which results in a flight path that I’m not super happy with, especially at the end of flight. It can fall hard left or right easily. Put extra spin on these to keep them stable.
Pup 160 / 120 – These two discs are very small and are great for training a puppy but don’t work in competition. They have poor flight quality and are difficult for a puppy to catch. The Pup 160 disc has not been available the past few years, so I suspect they no longer make it.
Atom – Hero sold these in the past and may again in the future. They come in a hard plastic and a rubbery version. The rubbery version is good to use for puppy training. The hard plastic version is a bit too hard for puppies. Both versions of this disc are unusable in competition because their flight properties are terrible.
Praxis – These discs have been removed from their web site, possibly no longer being made. Old review: I have no idea why Hero puts their name on these discs. They are extremely poor quality and serve no purpose in my mind.
Latitude 64 www.latitude64.se (I bought mine at Amazon)
A Swedish disc golf company that is now making a disc targeted for disc dogs.
Bite – This is a heavy disc and has a very low profile (most similar to a super sonic but bigger and much heavier). It’s a surprisingly small diameter disc for the weight and therefore is very dense. I don’t know if this disc is safe for dogs because of how dense the material is. More dense than any other dog disc. I won’t throw it for my dogs, only without them to test the flight characteristics. This disc will go far. Without much effort I can get a lot of distance out of it. It just seems to want to go and go and doesn’t roll over or fade very easily, just flies straight.