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The best dry dog foods listed below have been carefully selected from among more than 350-plus 4 and 5-star reviews published on The Dog Food Advisor website.

To be included, each brand’s ingredients list must contain…

  • No cancer-causing chemical preservatives
  • No anonymous meat ingredients
  • No high-risk coloring agents
  • No generic animal fat
  • Above-average meat content
  • Favorable fat-to-protein ratio
  • Modest carbohydrate content

Best Dry Dog Foods
December 2018

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top 20 best dry dog foods for December 2018.

Annamaet Grain-Free Manitok Red Meat Formula Dry Dog Food

Annamaet Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Annamaet Manitok Red Meat Formula
  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned lamb, lamb meal, lentils, field peas, herring meal
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 33%, a fat level of 18% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 41%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon Wild Boar Recipe Dry Dog Food

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon
  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, peas, garbanzo beans, lamb meal, canola oil
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 32%, a fat level of 17% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 43%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Instinct Original with Real Duck Dry Dog Food

Instinct Original Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Instinct Original with Real Duck
  • First 5 ingredients: Duck, turkey meal, chicken meal, peas, chicken eggs
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 42%, a fat level of 22% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 29%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Orijen Original Dry Dog Food

Orijen Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Orijen Original Dog Food
  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, yellowtail flounder, whole eggs, whole atlantic mackerel
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 43%, a fat level of 21% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 28%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Wellness Core Grain-Free Large Breed Dry Dog Food

Wellness Core Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Wellness Core Large Breed Dog Food
  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, potatoes, peas
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 38%, a fat level of 13% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 41%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Merrick Grain-Free Real Duck with Sweet Potato Recipe Dry Dog Food

Merrick Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Merrick Grain-Free Real Duck with Sweet Potato
  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned duck, turkey meal, salmon meal (source of omega 3 fatty acids), sweet potatoes, peas
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 43%, a fat level of 19% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 30%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Purina One Smartblend True Instinct Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★☆

  • Example: Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Grain-Free with Real Chicken and Sweet Potato
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, cassava root flour, canola meal, pea starch
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 34%, a fat level of 19% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 39%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Zignature Trout and Salmon Formula Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food

Zignature Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Zignature Trout and Salmon Formula
  • First 5 ingredients: Trout, salmon meal, peas, chickpeas, pea flour
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 33%, a fat level of 16% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 43%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Blue Buffalo Wilderness Large Breed Salmon Dry Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Blue Buffalo Large Breed Salmon Recipe
  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned salmon, chicken meal, pea protein, peas, tapioca starch
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 16% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 41%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Canidae Grain-Free Pure Fields Dry Dog Food

Canidae Grain-Free Pure Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Canidae Pure Fields Small Breed Recipe
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, menhaden fish meal, peas, lentils, potatoes
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 33%, a fat level of 13% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 45%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Diamond Naturals Adult Beef Meal and Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food

Diamond Naturals Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★☆

  • Example: Diamond Naturals Beef Meal and Rice Recipe
  • First 5 ingredients: Beef meal, peas, ground white rice, egg product, dried yeast
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 28%, a fat level of 17% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 48%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Crave with Protein from Chicken Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food

Crave Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Crave with Protein from Chicken
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, chickpeas, pea protein, split peas
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 38%, a fat level of 19% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 35%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Nutrisca Grain-Free Chicken and Chickpea Recipe Dry Dog Food

Nutrisca Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, peas, chickpeas, chicken fat
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 36%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Grain-Free Dry Dog Food Open Range Recipe

Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Open Range Recipe
  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, chicken meal, dried peas, whole dried potatoes, pea flour
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 33%, a fat level of 17% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 42%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Victor Grain Free Active Dog and Puppy Super Premium Dog Food

Victor Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Victor Active Dog and Puppy
  • First 5 ingredients: Beef meal, sweet potato, chicken meal, peas, chicken fat
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 18% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 38%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Whole Earth Farms Adult Dry Dog Food

Whole Earth Farms Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★☆

  • Example: Whole Earth Farms Adult Recipe
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, turkey meal, oatmeal, pearled barley, brown rice
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 29%, a fat level of 15% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 48%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Dr. Tim's Active Dog Pursuit Formula Dry Food

Dr. Tim’s Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Dr. Tim’s Active Dog Pursuit Formula
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, chicken fat, whole oat groats, dried beet pulp
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 33%, a fat level of 22% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 36%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Horizon Complete Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Horizon Complete Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Horizon Complete Large Breed Adult
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, whole grain barley, whole grain oats, chicken, whole grain rye
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 31%, a fat level of 13% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 48%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Nulo Freestyle Salmon and Peas Recipe Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food

Nulo Freestyle Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Nulo Freestyle Adult Salmon and Peas Recipe
  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned salmon, turkey meal, menhaden fish meal, whole peas, sweet potato
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 33%, a fat level of 18% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 41%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Wild Frontier by Nutro with Beef and Wild Boar Dry Dog Food

Wild Frontier Dry Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Wild Frontier with Beef and Wild Boar
  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, split peas, pork meal, chicken meal, dried potatoes
  • Note: Other recipes available

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 18% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 39%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


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