Best Dog Foods


Trophy for Best Dog FoodWhat’s the best dog food?

The answer to that question depends on what kind of food you’re looking for.

Do you prefer a dry kibble? Or a canned dog food?

Are you feeding a new puppy? Or an adult?

Thinking about going grain-free?

With thousands of commercial products on the U.S. and Canadian markets, we set out to answer one critically important question:

What’s the Best Dog Food?

After considering dozens of criteria, we determined that the best dog foods should contain:

  1. No controversial chemical preservatives
  2. No anonymous meat ingredients
  3. No artificial coloring agents
  4. No generic animal fats
  5. Substantial amounts of meat-based protein
  6. Fat-to-protein ratio 75% or lower
  7. Modest carbohydrate content

So, after reviewing hundreds of dog food brands representing more than 4,300 different recipes, we narrowed our choices down to a few shorter lists.

Ten Great Selections
from Our Best Dog Food Lists

Dog FoodFormRating
Acana Regionals Dog FoodDry5 stars
Fromm Family Gold Dog FoodWet4.5 stars
Holistic Select Grain Free (Canned)Wet5 stars
Horizon Legacy Dog FoodDry5 stars
Merrick Grain Free Dog FoodDry5 stars
Nature’s Variety Instinct Dog FoodDry5 stars
Pinnacle Peak Protein Formula Dog FoodDry5 stars
Taste of the WildWet5 stars
Victor Grain Free Dog FoodDry5 stars
Wellness Core Dog FoodDry5 stars

Best Dog Foods
by Category

The following list of best dog foods are grouped by category. Each includes a brief explanation of how we made our selections.