Best Dry Dog Food Reviews


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Our dogs are like members of the family so it goes without saying that we only want what’s best for them which is why it’s essential that they eat well. Spending a little extra on quality dog food could save you $100’s in the future on vet bills.

We purchased some products online and put them through a taste test assisted by our dogs and some of our friends dogs. We also gave each product a score on smell, packaging and most importantly, the ingredients.

After some extensive research and over 200+ hours spent on this particular subject we have compiled a list of what we think is the best dry dog food currently on the market.

Best Dry Dog Food Reviews:

 

 

#14. Hill’s Science Diet For Large Breeds – Adults Ages 1-5

 

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This product probably deserves to be in the top 10 to be fair. Hill’s offer a great range of food and this particular dog food is great for your larger breeds. This food focuses more on joint health, skin and coat. Made with natural ingredients and made in the USA it’s no wonder that it comes highly recommended by veterinarians.

Brand: Hill’s
Flavors: Chicken & Barley
Sizes: 15lbs – 35lbs
Key Ingredients: 
Chicken, Cracked Pearled Barley, Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Corn.

Key Benefits: 

Natural sources of glucosamine & chondroitin for joint health.
Omega-6s & Vitamin E for beautiful skin and coat.
High quality protein for lean muscles.

Overall Score: 88 out of 100

 

#13. Pedigree Complete Nutrition For Adults

 

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Pedigree have been around for years, why? Because its cheap and cheerful. They have a huge selection of dog food covering all sizes and breeds. In all honesty when it comes to ingredients this product isn’t the most nutritious however it still has a range of benefits and is very competitively priced. This is no Steak dinner with wine for your dog, nor is it a cup of noodles with hot dogs inside. It’s more like a good pasta dish, cheap and cheerful.

Brand: Pedigree
Flavors: Roasted Chicken, rice & vegetables
Sizes: 3.5lbs – 15lbs – 17lbs – 20.4lbs – 30lbs – 33lbs 
Key Ingredients:
Ground Whole Grain Corn, Ground Whole Grain Wheat, Meat and Bone Meal.

Key Benefits:

No high fructose corn syrup.
No artificial flavors.
No added sugar.
Omega-6s & Vitamin E for beautiful skin and coat.
High fiber blend to help with digestion.

Overall Score: 90 out of 100

 

#12. Pedigree Puppy Growth & Protection Ages 6 WKS – 18 MOS.

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This would have been higher up on the list had it been an article just on puppy food because as far as food for pups goes unless you own a dog that requires a very strict diet Pedigree complete nutrition puppy food gives your puppy all it needs to help with a happy and healthy journey into adulthood. All my pups have grown up with this product and have gone on to lead a long and healthy life.

Brand: Pedigree
Flavors: Chicken or Steak
Sizes: 3.5lbs – 16.3lbs – 36lbs
Key Ingredients:
Ground Whole Grain Corn, Ground Whole Grain Wheat, Fish Oil, Dried Carrots.

Key Benefits:

No high fructose corn syrup.
No artificial flavors.
No added sugar.
Optimal levels of calcium and phosphorus to help puppies develop strong healthy
teeth and bones.
Good levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Overall Score: 90 out of 100

 

#11. Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight For Large Breed – Adults

 

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Is your dog overweight? Does your dog carry a few extra pounds? Then you need to change your dog food to Hill’s Science Diet weight management dog food. Hill’s have put a lot of time, effort and money into developing this product and have had some fantastic feedback from veterinarians, food scientists and nutritionists who also highly recommend this product. Great Job Hill’s!

Brand: Hills’s
Flavors: Chicken
Sizes: 4lbs – 15lbs – 28.5lbs
Key Ingredients:
Chicken, Cracked Pearled Barley, Brown Rice, Pea Fiber, Flaxseed, Coconut Oil.

Key Benefits:

Helps your dog lose weight in a healthy and more natural way.
Supports muscle maintenance.

Overall Score: 91 out of 100

 

#10. Nutro Wholesome Essentials For Small Breeds – Adult 

 

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Do not be put off by the fact that this product has rolled in at number 10 on our list. If we did a top 5 foods for small breeds this would certainly be in that list. It was very hard to find much fault with this dog food and Nutro have done an amazing job piecing this together. This NUTRO recipe is made with non-GMO ingredients and has no chicken by-product meal, wheat, corn or soy protein and no artificial flavors, preservatives or colors. A very strong 91 out of 100.

Brand: Nutro
Flavors: Chicken, Brown rice and Sweet potato
Sizes: 3lbs – 5lbs – 15lbs
Key Ingredients: 
Chicken, Split Peas, Whole Brown Rice, Barley, Whole Grain Oatmeal, Dried Sweet Potato, Flaxseed, Dried carrots.

Key Benefits: 

Made with NON-GMO ingredients.
No artificial flavors or colors.
Rich in nutrients.
Natural fiber for healthy digestion.
Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and a soft shiny coat.

Overall Score: 91 out of 100

 

#9. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Flatland Feast

 

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Produced in the USA and highly recommended by veterinarians this is another fantastic food source for Adult dogs of all breeds. In terms of ingredients alone this one gets a 10/10 from me personally. Blue buffalo offer a good variety of other foods and it’s definitely worth checking them out.

Brand: Blue Buffalo
Flavors: Turkey
Sizes: 4lbs – 22lbs
Key Ingredients:
Turkey, Quail, Duck, Peas, Potatoes, Carrots, Blueberries, Cranberries.

Key Benefits:
No Corn, Wheat or Soy.
Packed with antioxidants.
Vitamins A & E.
Easy to digest.
Omega-6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat.
Natural source of glucosamine for healthy joints.
High in Calcium.

Overall Score: 92 out of 100

 

#8. IAMS Dry Dog Food Large Breed – Adult

 

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Own a large dog like a Great Dane, German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Then look no further. I promise you your dog will love it and thank you for it too. Top quality ingredients have been used here and dogs can tell the difference between this brand and others out there. Another brand highly recommended by veterinarians and it’s obvious why.

Brand: IAMS
Flavors: Chicken
Sizes: 15lbs – 30lbs – 38.5lbs
Key Ingredients: 
Chicken, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Carrots, Tomatoes, Spinach.

Key Benefits: 

Maintains healthy bones and joints.
Promotes strong muscles.
Maintains healthy digestion.
Wholesome fiber for healthy digestion.
Formulated with L-Carnitine to maintain a healthy metabolism.
No artificial preservatives.

Overall Score: 93 out of 100

 

#7. IAMS Proactive Health Minichunks For Any Breed Ages 1+

 

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The minichunks are a great idea all round, not only are they ideal for smaller breeds but they can also be enjoyed by the larger breeds when served dry or as my dogs prefer, served with a tin of their favorite wet dog food. Every dog owner in my opinion should have this in their cupboard. Most importantly this particular product is ideal for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

Brand: IAMS
Flavors: Chicken
Sizes: 3.3lbs – 7lbs – 15lbs – 30lbs
Key Ingredients: 
Chicken, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Carrots, Tomatoes, Spinach.

Key Benefits:

Ideal for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
Maintains healthy bones and joints.
Promotes strong muscles.
Maintains healthy digestion.
Wholesome fiber for healthy digestion.
Formulated with L-Carnitine to maintain a healthy metabolism.
No artificial preservatives.

Overall Score: 93 out of 100

 

#6. IAMS Proactive Health For Any Breed Ages 1+

 

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Not too different for number 7 on this list is IAMS Proactive Health dry dog food beef and lamb flavor. Much like the chicken flavored one this offers a great range of benefits, it’s competitively priced and dogs of all sizes and age love it. At least 1-2 times a week mix a cup of the dry food with some juicy wet meat and jelly or gravy. This mix to a dog is like Pizza to a human.

Brand: IAMS
Flavors: Beef or Lamb
Sizes: 7lbs – 15lbs – 30lbs – 38.5lbs
Key Ingredients:
Lamb, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Ground Whole Wheat Corn, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Carrots.

Key Benefits:

Ideal for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
Maintains healthy bones and joints.
Promotes strong muscles.
Reduces Plaque and bad breath.
Wholesome fiber for healthy digestion.
Formulated with L-Carnitine to maintain a healthy metabolism.
No artificial preservatives.

Overall Score: 93 out of 100

 

#5. IAMS Proactive Health for Mature Dogs Ages 7+

 

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From small and toy breeds to large breeds this product focuses on the health of an older more mature dog from the ages of 7+. As dogs get older their digestion of ordinary food can become a little difficult and their immune system like us humans isn’t as strong as it once used to be. IAMS have developed a dry food that helps with just that. IAMS is a great brand for dog food and you should buy their products with confidence.

Brand: IAMS
Flavors: Chicken
Sizes: 7lbs – 15lbs – 30lbs
Key Ingredients: 
Chicken, Wholesome Grains, Beet Pulp, Carrots, Rosemary Extract.

Key Benefits:

No wheat or Soy.
No artificial preservatives.
DHA Gold to promote alertness and mental sharpness.
Antioxidants and vitamin E and beta carotene to help boost immune response.
Healthy digestion.
Healthy Carbs.
Reduces plaque and bad breath.

Overall Score: 93 out of 100

 

#4. Hill’s Science Diet For Small Breeds – Adults Ages 1-6

 

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Strictly speaking this product along with number 3 on the list comes in 2nd as they all scored a brilliant 94 out of 100. Is your dog ages 1-6? Do you prefer to spend a little extra to make sure your dog eats well? Can your dog be a bit picky with their food? If, you answered yes to any of these questions then you should look no further. If, you answered yes to all 3 questions then stop what you’re doing and get this box of delicious goodness delivered to your door immediately. Your dog deserves the best.

Brand: Hill’s
Flavors: Chicken & Barley
Sizes: 5lbs – 15lbs – 35lbs
Key Ingredients:
Chicken, Whole Grain Wheat, Cracked Pearled Barley, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Cranberries.

Key Benefits:

Omega-6s & Vitamin E for beautiful skin and coat.
Natural fibers for healthy digestion.
High-quality protein for lean muscle.
Easy to digest ingredients.

Overall Score: 94 out of 100

 

#3. Wellness Complete Health For Small Breeds – Adults

 

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Wellness for mature dogs is a highly recommended dog food among the veterinarians in the USA. We have used this dog food for over 4 years now and our dogs absolutely love it. No fuss, no issues. Once a week I spoil them and mix in some Wellness Petite Entrees wet food. Go for the Chicken & Duck. Your dogs will think it’s Christmas.

Brand: Wellness
Flavors: Turkey & Peas
Sizes: 4lbs
Key Ingredients:
Turkey, Blueberries, Spinach, Flaxseed, Sweet potatoes.

Key Benefits:
Antioxidants.
Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and a soft shiny coat.
High-quality protein for lean muscle.
No Wheat, Corn or Soy.
No artificial colors.

Overall Score: 94 out of 100

 

#2. Purina Pro Plan Small & Toy Breed – Adults

 

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I honestly thought that Purina Pro Plan for small and toy breeds would be number 1 at the end of all this however take nothing away from the fact that this is a great example of what can happen when love and care gets put into a product. You end up with something that stands out from the others. You can also choose chicken or lamb with shreds.

Brand: PURINA
Flavors: Chicken or Lamb
Sizes: Various sizes from 4lbs – 34lbs
Key Ingredients:
Chicken, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Oil, Cassava Root Flour.

Key Benefits:

Grain free
High-quality protein for lean muscle.
No Corn, Wheat or Soy.
No artificial colors or flavors.
No poultry by-product meal.
Zinc & Omega-6 fatty acids to help support healthy skin and coat.
Essential vitamins and minerals.

Overall Score: 94 out of 100

 

#1. Hill’s Science Diet For Small Breeds – Adults Ages 1-6

 

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Bravo Hill’s, Bravo. An exceptional product from an exceptional brand. Hill’s can hold their heads up high and be proud of what they’ve achieved, not just with this dog food but with all their dog foods. The reason Hill’s Science Diet Dog Food is top of the list is because their customer service, packaging, quality of the product, smell of the product and the customer reviews from various sites online all show a high level of excellence. Hill’s also offer Wet Dog Food for smaller breeds and if you mix the two together you’ll be able to serve up a great looking meal for your pooch.

Brand: Hill’s
Flavors: Chicken Meal and Rice or Lamb Meal and Brown Rice
Sizes: 4.5lbs – 15.5lbs
Key Ingredients:
Chicken, Cracked Pearled Barley, Brown Rice, Dried Tomato, Dried Beet Pulp, Apples, Broccoli, Cranberries.

Key Benefits:

Easy to digest.
Omega-6 & Vitamin C and E.
Antioxidants.
High-quality protein for lean muscle.

Overall Score: 95 out of 100

 

*Side note – Like every product in the world their will always be someone that loves it or hates it.

 

10 thoughts on “Best Dry Dog Food Reviews”

  1. Elise Cain says:

    Great article! This is very informative if you are looking for healthy dog food to buy. The key ingredients are listed, as well as the benefits. I would like to know, are there any cons for your reviews?

    1. Chris says:

      Hi Elise, Thanks for your comments. Any product we reviewed that had ‘cons’ against them were instantly dismissed from the list. The whole point of this exercise was to determine which products really did promote exactly what they say they did on the packaging. We also reviewed what feedback customers gave across a number of sites which we took into consideration before coming to a conclusion.

      Regards
      Chris

  2. Michael Wong says:

    Awesome content man, I am a dog lover too and I always try to feed my pet the best food that he can ever have. I really enjoyed the article you published and it is very well explained and organized. I am hoping I can deliver amazing content like this one you provided for us. Thank you.

    1. Chris says:

      Thanks Michael, Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Debbie says:

    Thanks for this review, really helpful. i like your comparison of “it’s not a steak dinner but it’s not noodles either”. Very good. Do you think dogs are ok just eating dry food or should I intersperse it with wet food every now and then?

    1. Chris says:

      Thanks Debbie. Go with what your dog tells you. I mean dry food every night will get boring, who doesn’t like a spoon of gravy on their plate? If you can add half and half every night and your dog loves it then crack on. I know dry food in bulk is cheap and some wet food can be pricey so at least try to do a 50/50 mix twice a week.

      Regards
      Chris

  4. Eric says:

    A really comprehensive article with lots of facts about each dog food – obviously a lot of work has gone into this. I enjoyed reading it and it will be very useful to someone who is not sure what to feed their dog.

    1. Chris says:

      Thanks Eric, I appreciate the kind words. Chris

  5. Nice overview. There is plenty to choose from. I have a German Shepard and he loves Pedigree for adults. A few years ago I lived in Croatia, at that time the only food I was buying was Purina, I think it is a great product.

    1. Chris says:

      Thanks Srdjan. I agree wholeheartedly, Pedigree for Adults is good product and Purina is a great product. I appreciate your feedback.

      Regards
      Chris

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