Best Dry Dog Foods 2019

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The best dry dog foods listed below have been selected by The Dog Food Advisor because of their exceptional ingredient quality, nutritious design, and the superior safety practices of their manufacturers.

In addition, the labels of these products reveal…

  • Above-average meat content
  • Safe fat-to-protein ratio
  • Moderate carb levels
  • No high-risk ingredients
  • No anonymous meat

Tip: Please don’t overlook our 4-star selections. Many are made by some of the best companies in the industry. They also offer exceptional value for those on a budget.

The Best Dry Dog Foods
August 2019

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top 20 best dry dog foods for August 2019.



Dr. Tim's Pursuit Active Dry Dog Food

Dr. Tim’s Pursuit Active Dog Formula

Rating:

Dr. Tim’s Pursuit Active Dog Formula is one of 8 recipes included in our review of Dr. Tim’s dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, chicken fat, whole oat groats, dried beet pulp
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All adults and small/medium breed puppies
  • See all 8 available recipes

Dr. Tim’s Pursuit Active Dog Formula derives the bulk of its animal protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 22% fat and 36% estimated carbs… creating a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Why We Like This Brand
Traditional, grain-inclusive design
Protein sourced from clearly identified animal sources
High energy formula ideal for sporting dogs
Probiotics included for digestive health

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Instinct Original with Real Beef Kibble

Instinct Original with Real Beef Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Instinct Original with Real Beef is one of 6 recipes included in our review of Instinct Original dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, chicken meal, white fish meal, peas, chicken fat
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All adults and puppies
  • See all 6 available recipes

Instinct Original with Real Beef derives most of its animal protein from beef, chicken meal and fish meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 40% protein, 23% fat and 29% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

Why We Like This Brand
Popular flavor options perfect for diet rotation
Iron proteinate and other chelated minerals for superior nutrition
Generous quantity of meat based protein
No plant protein concentrates for healthy amino acid balance

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Victor Hi-Pro Plus Kibble

Victor Hi-Pro Plus Formula Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Victor Hi-Pro Plus is one of 4 recipes included in our review of Victor Classic dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef meal, grain sorghum, chicken fat, pork meal, chicken meal
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All adults and small/medium breed puppies
  • See all 4 available recipes

Victor Hi-Pro Plus derives the majority of its animal protein from beef meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 22% fat and 37% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Why We Like This Brand
High-quality, budget-friendly brand
Grain-inclusive design. No legume concentrates
Multiple high-protein animal sources for optimal nutrition
Contains multiple probiotics to promote healthy digestion

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Annamaet Ultra Dry Dog Food

Annamaet Ultra Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Annamaet Ultra is one of 7 recipes included in our review of Annamaet dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, chicken fat, whole dry eggs, herring meal,
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All adults and puppies
  • See all 7 available recipes

Annamaet Ultra derives most of its animal protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 36% protein, 22% fat and 34% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

Why We Like This Brand
Iron proteinate and other chelated minerals for superior absorption
Includes beet pulp fiber to support healthy stools
Cranberries and spinach for natural antioxidant disease resistance
Contains grain. No legume-based protein concentrates

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Canidae Pure Real Salmon Dry Kibble

Canidae Pure Real Salmon and Sweet Potato

Rating:

Canidae Pure Real Salmon and Sweet Potato is one of 11 recipes included in our review of Canidae Grain-Free Pure dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Salmon, salmon meal, menhaden fish meal, sweet potatoes, peas
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adults only (not for puppies)
  • See all 11 available recipes

Canidae Pure Real Salmon and Sweet Potato derives the bulk of its animal protein from salmon. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 36% protein, 20% fat and 36% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

Why We Like This Brand
Multiple flavor options ideal for finicky eaters
Contains no plant-based protein concentrates
Limited ingredients to help identify allergy
Low fat-to-protein ratio means quality meat

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Wellness Complete Health Adult Kibble

Wellness Complete Health Adult Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Wellness Complete Health Adult is one of 14 recipes included in our review of Wellness Complete Health dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, oatmeal, ground barley, peas
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adults only (not for puppies)
  • See all 14 available recipes

Wellness Complete Health Adult derives most of its animal protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 27% protein, 13% fat and 52% estimated carbs… which yields a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

Why We Like This Brand
Contains safe antioxidant preservatives. No BHA
Balanced grain-inclusive design
Flaxseed and other omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat
Glucosamine and chondroitin for healthy joints

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Orijen Original

Orijen Original Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Orijen Original is one of 8 recipes included in our review of Orijen dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, Atlantic flounder, cage-free eggs, whole Atlantic mackerel
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All adults and puppies
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Orijen Original derives the majority of its animal protein from deboned poultry and Atlantic fish. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 43% protein, 21% fat and 28% estimated carbs… which produces a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.

Why We Like This Brand
Abundant meat content for ideal amino acid balance
Recipes for large breed puppies, seniors and more
Balanced grain-free formula. No corn or wheat
Contains no genetically modified ingredients

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Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete

Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete

Rating:

Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete is one of 12 recipes included in our review of Diamond Naturals dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, chicken, ground white rice, chicken fat, cracked pearled barley
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adults only (not for puppies)
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Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete derives the bulk of its animal protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 36% protein, 28% fat and 29% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 78%.

Why We Like This Brand
Kale and other antioxidant-rich ingredients for healthy circulation
No plant protein concentrates for superior amino acid profile
Includes beet pulp fiber to promote healthy digestion
Contains lignan-rich flaxseed to help lower cancer risk

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Nature's Logic Canine Chicken Meal Feast Kibble for Dogs

Nature’s Logic Canine Chicken Meal Feast

Rating:

Nature’s Logic Canine Chicken Meal Feast is one of 9 recipes included in our review of Nature’s Logic dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, millet, chicken fat, pumpkin seed, yeast culture
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All adults and puppies
  • See all 9 available recipes

Nature’s Logic Canine Chicken Meal Feast derives most of its animal protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 40% protein, 17% fat and 36% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 42%.

Why We Like This Brand
Blueberries and other antioxidant-rich superfoods for disease resistance
Contains probiotics with healthy bacteria to aid in digestion
All animal ingredients clearly identified
Contains grain. No legume-based meat substitutes

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Nulo Freestyle Adult Dry Dog Food

Nulo Freestyle Adult Turkey and Sweet Potato

Rating:

Nulo Freestyle Turkey and Sweet Potato is one of 8 recipes included in our review of Nulo Freestyle dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, salmon meal, chickpeas, chicken fat
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adults only (not for puppies)
  • See all 8 available recipes

Nulo Freestyle Turkey and Sweet Potato derives the bulk of its animal protein from poultry meal and salmon meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 37% protein, 20% fat and 35% estimated carbs… creating a fat-to-protein ratio of about 55%.

Why We Like This Brand
Options for small dogs, puppies, seniors and more
Rich in bio-available meat protein
No BHA or other cancer-causing preservatives
High protein, low fat recipe for superior nutrition

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Nutro Ultra Adult Kibble

Nutro Ultra Adult Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Nutro Ultra Adult is one of 10 recipes included in our review of Nutro Ultra dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, whole brown rice, brewers rice, rice bran
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adults only (not for puppies)
  • See all 10 available recipes

Nutro Ultra Adult derives most of its animal protein from chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 28% protein, 16% fat and 49% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

Why We Like This Brand
High-protein, budget-friendly design
Flaxseed and other omega-3 sources for healthy skin and coat
Balanced combination of protein, fat and carbs
Recipes options for small dogs, large breeds, puppies and more

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Go! Carnivore Chicken Turkey and Duck

Go! Solutions Carnivore Chicken, Turkey and Duck

Rating:

Go! Solutions Carnivore Chicken, Turkey and Duck is one of 5 recipes included in our review of Go! Solutions Carnivore dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, turkey meal, salmon meal, de-boned chicken, de-boned turkey
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adults only (not for puppies)
  • See all 5 available recipes

Go! Solutions Carnivore Chicken, Turkey and Duck derives the majority of its animal protein from poultry meal, salmon meal and deboned poultry. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 38% protein, 18% fat and 36% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.

Why We Like This Brand
High protein, low carb design for superior nutrient balance
Contains no plant-based protein concentrates
Blueberries and blackberries added as a source of natural antioxidants
Copper proteinate and other chelated minerals for healthy digestion

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Eagle Pack Power Adult Dry Food for Dogs

Eagle Pack Power Adult Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Eagle Pack Power Adult is one of 7 recipes included in our review of Eagle Pack dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, pork meal, ground brown rice, peas, chicken fat
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adults only (not for puppies)
  • See all 7 available recipes

Eagle Pack Power Adult derives most of its animal protein from chicken meal and pork meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 21% fat and 38% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

Why We Like This Brand
Affordable, budget-friendly recipe
Contains lignan-rich flaxseed to help lower cancer risk
No BHA or other toxic chemical preservatives
No risky chemical additives for lower cancer risk

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Wellness Core Original Dry Kibble

Wellness Core Original Formula Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Wellness Core Original is one of 12 recipes included in our review of Wellness Core dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, peas, potatoes
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adults only (not for puppies)
  • See all 12 available recipes

Wellness Core Original derives the bulk of its animal protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 38% protein, 18% fat and 36% estimated carbs… which produces a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.

Why We Like This Brand
Antioxidant-rich, grain-free design for ideal nutrient balance
No risky chemical additives for lower cancer risk
Contains omega-3 salmon oil for improved vascular health
No plant-based meat substitues

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Whole Earth Farms Adult Recipe

Whole Earth Farms Adult Recipe

Rating:

Whole Earth Farms Adult Recipe is one of 2 recipes included in our review of Whole Earth Farms dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, turkey meal, brown rice, oatmeal, barley
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All adults and puppies
  • See both available recipes

Whole Earth Farms Adult Recipe derives the majority of its animal protein from poultry meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 29% protein, 16% fat and 47% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

Why We Like This Brand
Affordable, budget-friendly recipe
High protein, low fat formula for better nutrient balance
Grain-inclusive recipe without corn, wheat or soy
No plant protein concentrates for healthy amino acid balance

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Blue Buffalo Life Protection Adult Recipe Dry Food

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken and Brown Rice

Rating:

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken and Brown Rice is one of 23 recipes included in our review of Blue Buffalo Life Protection dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, barley, oatmeal
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adults only (not for puppies)
  • See all 23 available recipes

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken and Brown Rice derives the majority of its animal protein from deboned chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 27% protein, 16% fat and 50% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

Why We Like This Brand
Numerous flavor options ideal for diet rotation
Zinc amino acid chelate and other chelated minerals for healthy digestion
High-protein chicken meal to promote lean muscle development
No risky coloring agents for lower cancer risk

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Holistic Select Grain Free Adult and Puppy Health

Holistic Select Grain-Free Adult and Puppy Health

Rating:

Holistic Select Grain-Free Adult and Puppy Health is one of 10 recipes included in our review of Holistic Select Grain-Free dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Salmon, anchovy and sardine meal, potatoes, peas, menhaden fish meal
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All adults and small/medium breed puppies
  • See all 10 available recipes

Holistic Select Grain-Free Adult and Puppy Health derives most of its animal protein from salmon and fish meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 32% protein, 16% fat and 44% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

Why We Like This Brand
Includes beet pulp fiber to promote healthy stools
Brand known for its superior safety standards
100% balanced design suitable for both puppies or adults
High protein, low carb formula for superior nutrient balance

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Blackwood 3000 All Life Stages Dry Kibble

Blackwood 3000 All Life Stages Everyday Diet Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Blackwood 3000 All Life Stages Everyday Diet is one of 5 recipes included in our review of Blackwood Everyday Recipes.

  • First 5 ingredients: Lamb meal, brown rice, oat groats, millet, chicken meal
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All adults and puppies
  • See all 5 available recipes

Blackwood 3000 All Life Stages Everyday Diet derives the majority of its animal protein from lamb meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 27% protein, 16% fat and 50% estimated carbs… creating a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

Why We Like This Brand
Grain inclusive. No plant-based protein boosters
Contains omega-rich mehanden fish oil for improved vascular health
Spinach and other antioxidants for disease resistance
No BHT or other high-risk preservatives for lower cancer risk

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Sport Dog Food Active Series Tracking Dog

Sport Dog Food Active Series Tracking Dog

Rating:

Sport Dog Food Active Series Tracking Dog is one of 5 recipes included in our review of Sport Dog Active Series dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Buffalo meal, oatmeal, dried sweet potato, pork meal, coconut oil
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adults only (not for puppies)
  • See all 5 available recipes

Sport Dog Active Series Tracking Dog derives most of its animal protein from buffalo meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 22% fat and 37% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Why We Like This Brand
Low carb, high-protein design for superior nutrient balance
High-energy formula popular with sporting dog fans
Grain-inclusive. Contains no plant-based protein concentrates
No BHA or other toxic chemical preservatives

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Natural Balance Synergy Dog Food

Natural Balance Synergy Dry Dog Food

Rating:

This sole recipe is included in our review of Natural Balance Synergy dog food.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, chicken fat, dried beet pulp,
  • Type: Grain-inclusive
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adults only (not for puppies)

Natural Balance Synergy derives the bulk of its animal protein from chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 31% protein, 18% fat and 43% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

Why We Like This Brand
Omega-rich salmon oil for healthy skin and coat
Grain-inclusive recipe without corn, wheat or soy
Includes beet pulp fiber to promote healthy stools
Manganese proteinate and other chelated minerals for optimal health

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