Best Dry Grain Free Dog Foods

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The following is a list of our best dog food brands — each known to include at least one dry grain free dog food.

Bowl of Grain Free Dog FoodTo qualify, each dry kibble must have been rated four or five stars by the Advisor.

And of course, it must be grain free.

If you know of a dry grain free dog food you feel should have been included on this list, please feel free to share your suggestions in the Comments section below.

Or if you’re searching for some suggestions yourself, remember to browse our readers’ Comments below to get some more ideas.

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Best Dry Grain Free Dog Foods

The following is a list of our top-rated dry dog food brands. Each line has been shown to contain at least one grain free dog food.

  • John

    Hello everyone, I owned pug, she is 6yrs old, has horrible atopic problem. Anyone suggest me best vegan dry food? I tried so many method to release her skin problem but not that I know nothing had been worked. Nowdays I fed her flat white rice with grind beef but it takes me so much time and care. I never fed her vegan dry food yet so I want to try what happens.

  • theBCnut

    One of the major factors that gives foods higher ratings is the amount of meat protein in the food, so you will not find a low protein food with a high rating. Good luck in your search.

  • theBCnut

    Sorry it has taken so ling for me to get back. I got hurt and am kind of laid up.
    I definitely like Preformatin better, and if his stools were getting better on it and you are willing to buy it, go for it. If you want to use up the Fromm, wait until he is doing good on a regular food and then mix it with his regular food, but only about 1/4 Fromm.
    Feeding a rotational diet really helps a lot of dogs with sensitive stomachs, so once you get him settled on one food, you ought to check into it.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Dimas, Grain free foods do not contain rice, or any other grains. Sorry, but I doubt anyone has the time to go through your list, and find a food for you. Good luck tho.

  • Dimas Rodriguez

    Hey everybody, I need some help finding the best grain free dog food for my 4 year old Dalmatian. Im looking for something that has lamb and rice that has a low crude protein of 21-25. Right now I’m feeding him natural balance lamb and rice, but after reading some review on it and seeing the rating i just want to switch to a better quality food brand with good rating thats in his crude protein area. Any info or suggestion will help please. Thank you. Also i try to stay in the green purines list when it comes to ingredients.

    Green Purines
    Whole grain, yeast-free breads and cereals
    Most vegetables, including potatoes (see exceptions below)
    Fruits (avoid acidic citrus)
    Nuts (including peanut butter)
    Pasta
    Eggs
    Cheese
    Milk
    Butter

    Yellow Purines
    Most poultry, including chicken and turkey
    Fish and shellfish (see exceptions below)
    Lamb, pork, and beef
    Oats and oatmeal

  • nicole

    Fromm is 24% protein 15% fat.
    I should also note that he is underweight

  • nicole

    The preformatin is 37% protein and 16% fat

  • nicole

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  • nicole

    Top is the preformatin bottom is fromms

  • Susan

    Hi Nicole, What is the fat% & protein % in the kibbles that he is having diarrhea on & what is the Fat% & Protein % in the kibble he doesnt have diarrhea on??Chicken & rice is a bland diet, low in fat,& he does well on that, so just keep an eye on the fat% in the kibbles ur using & see if its the higher fat that he’s having diarrhea….once you find a kibble that works stick with it till his stomach & bowel settles & watch the treats as they are offen high in fat% dont give too many, I use kibble as treats for training as you need a few…if his diarrhea continues see a vet for test…I just thought of something, do these kibbles that he has diarrhea on have Potatoes, this happens to my boy when he eats potatoes…

  • Herb

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  • theBCnut

    A lot of dogs don’t do well on Blue Buffalo. What grains are in the Fromm food, other than rice? If he did good on chicken and rice, it can’t be grains in general, because rice is a grain, but it could still be another specific grain, if the other foods had a different grain in them.
    I would put him back on chicken and rice, until his stomach calms down, and then just add a little bit of the Fromm food and see how he does on just a little of it. If he does fine, then after a couple days, increase the amount of Fromm’s to 1/4 of his food. If he is still doing well, try half and half after 3 more days. Then after three more days, try 3/4 Fromm’s. And finally, after three more days, try all new food. You will have to adjust the amount you feed at ever stage, because the kibble is likely to have more calories than your chicken and rice, and that alone can cause diarrhea. If at any time, his stools get soft, back off on the new food and wait three more days to try the higher amount again.

  • nicole

    he does great on chicken and rice…and good when I mixed that chicken and rice after a few days with the performatrin. but instantly not good with the blue buffalo and chicken and rice and the Fromms with chicken and rice which lead me to think maybe he has a grain allergy. The only food that was grain free was the performatrin. I haven’t been trying to switch him too much but when we first got him he was on blue buffalo for about a week with constant loose stools so i figured that def was not working for him and then when I reintroduced it and it happened again i said ok, no more blue buffalo…lets try the performatrin. that worked in combination with the chicken and rice but there is not much left in the bag and I have the fromms chicken a la veg already so I wanted to see how he would do but an hour after he ate it he got the runs again so do I keep trying and hope his stomach gets used to Fromms or just go grain free?

  • theBCnut

    It sounds like you are switching his food around faster than he can adjust to it. If he is improving on the chicken and rice, why not try a bland chicken and rice food, like NutriSource, and ssslllooowwwlllyyy change him over to it. If his diarrhea is like pudding, try adding a little bit of canned pure pumpkin to his food. And get him some probiotics to take until after the diarrhea is gone.
    If giving him chicken and rice is not helping, then maybe it is a grain issue, or a chicken issue, and you could try a food like Earthborn Holistic.

  • nicole

    Hi all, we recently adopted a 9 month old lab mix on the 4th, ever since we got him he has had diarrhea. We were giving him blue buffalo puppy food, so i put him on chicken and rice and it cleared up in the meantime we went to pet valu and since he was a rescue they gave us a free bag of puppy food. It was Performatin ultra grain free puppy food, but since we already had a bag of the blue buffalo i put him back on it to see if he could handle it again…nope, almost immediately he had massive diarrhea again…so back to the chicken and rice. After 3 days I opened the bag of Performatin and started slowly mixing it in, his poops slowly started to firm up (still mixed in with chicken and rice). As of this morning he had 2 nice solid ones. HOWEVER, tonight I mixed his chicken and rice with Fromms a-la-veg and he instantly has diarrhea again. Is it safe to say my little guy has a grain allergy?? if so what is the best but most friendly on the wallet dog food for him? a 26 lb bag of the performatin is $60. Thanks

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Herb,

    The first two that come to mind are Dr. Tim’s and Annamaet. I know both are used for high energy sled dogs and are nutritionally dense.

  • Susan

    Have you looked at Wellness or Holistic Select kibbles , also what I do is I look at how many Kcal per cup the kibble has, the Wellness Simple Duck & Oatmeal has 450Kcal per cup my boy started to gain weight after 2 weeks being on the Welllness Simple Duck & Oatmeal, there’s also the Lamb & Oatmeal it has 406Kcal per cup he also gain weight the Lamb….here’s their link…. scroll down for the Wellness Simple range & then click on “FEEDING GUIDELINES” & scroll down & u’ll see the Kcal per cup ME…
    http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/recipes.aspx?pet=dog&ft=1#Complete

  • Herb

    I need to find a dry dog food that is NOT GRAIN FREE. i must put some weight on my boy and grain free food does not do it. Any suggestions??