Top Ten Best Dog Food Ranked by Experts - Does Your Dog Food Make the Cut?

How do you know what to feed your dog? Feed him the best dog food ranked by vets and dog experts if you don’t want to take any chances with his health and nutrition. By feeding your pet the best quality dog food, you won't ever have to worry that he's getting any harmful ingredients that are bad for him.

Below, are the ten best dog foods that are available - both wet and dry. This list of the top ten best dog foods takes the guesswork out of choosing dog food but some of the terms might be confusing to you. So before you check out these foods, here are some definitions of the works used so choosing the dog food that's right for your dog is easier.

  • Human grade - food that passes a USDA inspection
  • Holistic - whole foods - not processed
  • Organic - food produced using only organic farming methods free from chemicals
  • Natural - free from artificial preservatives and chemicals
  • Hormone-free - meat is from animals free from hormone growth shots
  • Anti-biotic free - meat is from animals free from anti-biotic shots
  • Chemical preservatives - artificial preservatives used to give the food a long shelf life
  • Chelated - a process used the make vitamins and mineral more easily absorbed

Check out these top rated dog foods and choose the best quality dog food for your best friend.

Feed Your Dog One of the Ten Best Dog Foods

He deserves the best - Feed him one of the best dog foods ranked by experts.
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Best Dog Food Ranked #1 - Orijen Adult Formula

Orijen Adult Formula - contains no grains but instead, uses potato for carbohydrates. This food is one of the ten best dog foods because it includes deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, lake whitefish, turkey, and salmon meal for meats. Healthy veggies include sweet potatoes, and carrots with whole eggs.

Although this dog food is expensive at $40 per 15-pound bag, it's worth the money if you want the best for your dog but don’t want to make your own dog food. Not only do the makers of Orijen offer a high-quality dog food, they go the extra mile by including healthy herbs, botanicals and probiotic microorganisms.

Best Dog Food Ranked #2 - Natural Balance Ultra Premium

This dog food isn't quite as expensive as most premium brands, but don’t let that fool you. Natural Balance has chicken, lamb and salmon in the form of meat and meals. Also included in this dog food is oatmeal, brown rice, and barley.

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ith chelated minerals, no artificial preservatives and an updated site that gives you the test results from every batch produced, this is one dog food you can have confidence in.

Best Dog Food Ranked #3 - Newman's Own Organics

Paul Newman is not only known as an actor, but for having a great line of products that you can depend on being all natural and organic. Now he has great dog food too.

Veterinarians and dog experts agree that for the best health possible, you need to feed your dog both wet and dry dog food. Newman's Own takes the prize for the best-canned dog food. The Beef & Liver food has absolutely no grains or fillers and comes as close to what a dog eats in the wild as you can possibly get. With no additives and no preservatives it's easy to understand why this food makes the top ten best dog food list.

Best Dog Food Ranked #4 - Canidae

The second best wet dog food is Canidae. Although this dog food is hard to find in stores, it's well worth the effort. The top listed ingredients are chicken, chicken broth, lamb, chicken liver, ocean whitefish, brown rice and eggs.

Some of their dog food does contain some grains but corn, wheat and soy aren’t included. If you prefer, you this top ten dog food also offers completely grain-free food for your best friend.

One of my favorite features of this canned dog food is that all the meats included are free of hormones and there are no chemical preservatives.

Best Dog Food Ranked #5 - Artemis Dog Food

Worried about your dog food having harmful ingredients from China? You don’t have to worry with Artemis. This brand doesn’t import any dog food ingredients from China except for vitamins and minerals. Before adding these vitamins and minerals to the food, the company has an independent, mid-west laboratory test them for safety.

The other ingredients in this all-natural dog food are human-grade from USDA inspected plants. They don’t have any by-products or artificial preservatives. But they do have a good variety of veggies and fruits including cranberries apples, blueberries, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, and potatoes as well as chleated minerals, essential fatty acids, and probiotics. This top ten dog food has the most variety in fruits and vegetables than any other dog food available.

Feed Your Best Friend the Best

Best Dog Food Ranked #6 - Dick Van Patten Natural Balance Dog Food

Developed by dog lover and actor Dick Van Patten, this is one of the best commercial dog foods you can buy.

Natural Balance is rated as a human grade dog food using only USDA approved meat. Not only is the meat used superior to other commercial dog foods, but all their vegetables are grown here in the United States and are certified free from genetically modified organisms.

In Natural Balance, you won't find any fillers, wheat, corn, soy, and by-products but you will find omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, plenty of the vitamins your dog needs and chelated minerals.

Best Dog Food Ranked #7 - Eagle Pack Dog Food

Eagle Pack dog food is natural, human grade dog food, hormone and antibiotic free, and free of artificial chemical preservatives, additives, and by-products. Their grains are also pesticide free.

Most of the ingredients in Eagle Pack's dog food are either from the United States or from Australia and New Zealand. The duck meat in their dog food is from Germany. The only ingredient from China in Eagle Pack is glucosamine. They import glucosamine from China because they can't find suppliers. But before adding it to the food, the glucosamine is tested on-site and by their supplier.

Eagle Pack is a hypoallergenic dog food with duck, organic quinoa, additional fruits and vegetables and additional holistic supplements. They don’t use any ingredients that aren’t holistic and include probiotics, probiotics, chelated minerals, vitamins and kelp.

Best Dog Food Ranked #8 - Merrick Dog Food

One way to control quality is to manufacture and test your own dog food. That's exactly what Merrick does. Founded 18 years ago, their dog food has only the best quality dog foods making it one of the ten best dog foods available. All natural and holistic, this brand uses human grade meat that is hormone- and antibiotic-free. No chemicals, artificial preservatives, by-products or additives and absolutely nothing imported from China complete this wonderful food for your dog.

Best Dog Food Ranked #9 - Solid Gold Dog Food

Solid Gold makes the top ten best dog food list because it is both a holistic and natural. Founded in 1974, Solid Gold consistently produces food that is highly nutritional for your dog. This food has no chemical preservatives, additives, hormones, antibiotics or by-products.

An added benefit is that it's also hypoallergenic and doesn’t contain any wheat, soy or corn. Solid Gold concentrates on loading their dog food with nutritional ingredients like human-grade food, vitamins, chelated minerals, omega-3, and omega-6. Solid Gold is so committed to giving your dog the best, they don’t even include poultry or animal fat in their dog food.

Best Dog Food Ranked #10 - Wellness Dog Food

Wellness dog food concentrates on natural and holistic recipes for their dog foods. This is a hypoallergenic food free from artificial chemical preservatives, by-products, and additives. Their dog food is also free of soy, corn, and wheat and they use only vegetable fats. Only hormone- and anti-biotic-free meats are used by this top ten dog food company.

They import the vitamin C and taurine used in the food, but they thoroughly test it before adding it to the food. The majority of the high-quality food in Wellness Dog food is sourced from the United States, New Zealand, Belgium, or Australia.

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bloggering 5 years ago from Southern California

Thanks for this article! I read somewhere that Costco's Kirkland brand is quality dog food...do you know if that's true or not?


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Debhsmomof4 5 years ago Author

Hi!

I checked out Costco's Kirkland brand to see if would make the cut for one of the best dog foods ranked by the experts. It doesn't appear to be that great.

Check out this site and read this review - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/sh...

This site is very reputable about rating dog food and tells it like it is.

Hope this helps!

Debbie


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DogDays 5 years ago

While these foods are without a doubt 1,000x better than Purina One, they still aren't perfect. Being able to read dog-food labels helps big time! I would put wellness up higher and add Blue Buffalo. Plus, there are many that feed RAW (following a specific recipe of certain percentage bone, organ, and meat) and homecooked (also, has to be balanced).


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Wishing_Well 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Thanks for the info. I have a two year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and recently his weght has gotten way out of hand. This gives me a better idea of which food to go for.


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Debhsmomof4 5 years ago Author

Great! I'm glad it helped!


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suejanet 5 years ago

I use Blue Buffalo, which was recommended as one of the best.


Cirrusk 5 years ago

where is Blue Buffalo sold?


Brian 5 years ago

You can get Blue Buffalo at any Petco or Petsmart. I think it, Solid Gold, and Wellness are all good dog foods, from what I have researched. I have not done the research on the other brands mentioned here.


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stephanie mclain 5 years ago from Texas

Thanks for posting this Deb! I have an 8 month old Chihuahua and this info is very useful. Zoey is like my "kid" and I just do not like feeding her the stuff available at most stores. Right now I have her on a brand I get from Petsmart, but I'm still 100% satisfied with it although it's better than Purina and other "discount" dog foods.

I am very interested in the Newmans Own now, I think I will be reading more about that one. Again, thank you for sharing this info.


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Jazzi480 5 years ago

We feed taste of the Wild, which is also a very good food, but a bit more economical. We have chosen to go grain free and have seen vast improvements in skin,coat,and energy. Feed the best you can afford and keep your furbaby healthy.


DoItForHer 5 years ago

There are tons of dog foods out there and everyone has their opinion, but I like what you wrote.

I am surprised Blue Buffalo isn't up there. I went from Natural Balance to Blue Buffalo in part because the first ingredient in Blue Buffalo is 'deboned' chicken while Natural Balance uses plain old chicken. The legal definition of chicken can include hide and, if I remember correctly, bone (how much isn't specified).

Feeding my dog bones or some hide is OK with me, but because the most influential factor that decides what makes up the food is $$$$, I think think that the dog food companies tend to use the cheaper stuff. By having 'deboned' in the definition I feel more comfortable that the meat/hide/bone ratio is closer to where it should be.

Finding this information out is hard; it takes a ton of work to sort through all the information and misinformation. It's getting better, though. And new laws are being implemented that favor the consumer.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

We have been using Taste of the Wild too, but because there are no grains and one our dogs has allergies. I also prepare dog food for them myself. That way I know just what they are getting.


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Debhsmomof4 5 years ago Author

My dog doesn't have allergies, but I make her dog food too. I make one batch every other week and supplement with a good quality dog food.


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey

we are getting a new puppy in a couple of weeks. i have been thinking of going with buffalo blue myself.. I have to find out if they make a puppy brand. thanks for the info


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Active Nutrition 5 years ago from Sammamish, WA

I am a registered dietitian and decided to evaluate my dogs' food. After doing the research I concluded that Orijen was one of the best. So I'm glad to see that your research resulted in the same.

My dogs love it too!


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kblover 5 years ago from USA

I feed Honest Kitchen - didn't make this cut (neither did Innova, the food I fed before) but he's doing very well on it. Good coat, teeth/breath, energy, and weight.


Madeline E. 5 years ago

Recently I switch to a brand that Costco is carrying....its either the Turkey or Salmon in a sweet potatoe base, no grains, etc. ...What all do you think?


no longer anxious 5 years ago

Good list..I love Orijen myself,I try to mix chicken and beef when I can as well (raw or slightly cooked)as well as blueberries and some good people food like parsley to give my dog the benefits of RAW diet.

Nothing like fresh food indeed, but kibble to go with it like the kinds above are fantastic !! i am glad to hear that people are waking up to the dog and cat food industry trying to sell us garbage to feed our pets. The brands above are fantastic. I have a rescue from Taiwan and when i got him he was thin and unhealthy, with cigarette burns on his back (sad)

I had to do a lot of research because i had no clue what to feed him, I had never had a dog before. I was not going to settle for Iams or cheap brands just because they were in every Walmart and pet store. he is now doing great and a sprinkle of Salmon oil everyday on his food helps his coat and bones. He looks shiny and his teeth are extra white when he smiles !

haha...cheers guys !love your pets!


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no longer anxious 5 years ago from British Columbia

Good list..I love Orijen myself,I try to mix chicken and beef when I can as well (raw or slightly cooked)as well as blueberries and some good people food like parsley to give my dog the benefits of RAW diet.

Nothing like fresh food indeed, but kibble to go with it like the kinds above are fantastic !! i am glad to hear that people are waking up to the dog and cat food industry trying to sell us garbage to feed our pets. The brands above are fantastic. I have a rescue from Taiwan and when i got him he was thin and unhealthy, with cigarette burns on his back (sad)

I had to do a lot of research because i had no clue what to feed him, I had never had a dog before. I was not going to settle for Iams or cheap brands just because they were in every Walmart and pet store. he is now doing great and a sprinkle of Salmon oil everyday on his food helps his coat and bones. He looks shiny and his teeth are extra white when he smiles !

haha...cheers guys !love your pets!


Memories1932 5 years ago

We feed our dog urban wolf which is a dietary base for a homemade raw diet. He loves this food and is in excellent condition and as an amazingly shiny coat and bright sparkling eyes. In a raw diet none of the goodness is destroyed by heat unlike processed dog food diets.


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poppi 4 years ago

Thanks I have been using Natural Balance for my dogs for years. Just recently one of my Labs has a Urine infection. Vet gave us pills and said to change the food to Science Diet CL. I was told it will control the infection, I hope so she's a great dog.


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santos88 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

@Poppi, Science diet does not have good ingredients. The first ingredient is corn, which is a huge red flag. That is the last thing your dog needs. The next ingredient is pork fat, which is not nutritious and is only there for flavor. The next two ingredients are chicken by product meal and soybean meal. There is no healthy source of protein in it. There is nothing in that food that will help her, the vets just make money from Science Diet companies. I would buy some orijen, it is 100 times better for them and about 10 dollars cheaper.


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AbbyN455 4 years ago from Orlando

@poppi I have to agree with santos88 – Natural Balance is a great dog food – much better than the one you switched too – and I would keep him on it. My dogs have been eating their grain-free Alpha for almost a year and my Lab who is prone to UTIs has not gotten once since. I specifically picked this formula because it has cranberries and blueberries in it, which I believe helps prevents those infections.


Jeavy1 4 years ago

My bulldog had a hard time on 3 or 4 different food brands that were supposed to be top quality. I switched to Orijen after doing some research and he couldn't be happier or healthier. It is expensive, almost double what i used to pay but worth it.


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Debhsmomof4 4 years ago Author

That's great to hear. I'm glad he's doing better!


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poppi 4 years ago

Santos88

Thank you,

I spoke to my vet and changed it Royal Canin

Urinary SO. Coco is doing fine now.

Thanks again


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poppi 4 years ago

Its great writing to you and getting answers other than the companies telling you their brand is the best.


K1lika 3 years ago

Hello everybody,

We adopted our dog, who had been rescued from the streets of Mexico, probably a mix between Terrier & Long haired Dachshund (15 lbs), and with no use of his back legs (probably he'd been hit by a car), so he uses a wheelchair. In order to prevent weight gain (he already has some arthritis because ha had been dragging himself while he lived on the streets), the vet advised Prescription Hill w/d. Around 3 months after we adopted him, the vet found a UTI, so we recommended Prescription Diet c/d, so we've been feeding him half of his food c/d and half w/d and he's been doing fine, no crystals, but now that we're aware of all the fillers in his food, we'd like to feed him good food. What brand (from the ones on this post) would you recommend for the combined conditions that he has? We need to keep his weight low and prevent making crystals. I wish I could post a photo =) He's our furry baby in a wheelchair!!

Thanks in advance!


dogfond 3 years ago

Great hub. I've tried giving Orijen to my dogs and it's really good in fact the best. I also tried mixing it with veggies and fruits.


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Teeuwynn Woodruff 23 months ago from Washington State

Thanks for the hub. One of our pugs has developed irritable bowel syndrome and I want to try a good hypoallergenic food with her.

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