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Best Grain-Free Dry Dog Foods

Mike Sagman  Julia Ogden


Mike Sagman
Mike Sagman

Mike Sagman


Dr Mike Sagman is the creator of the Dog Food Advisor. He founded the website in 2008, after his unquestioning trust in commercial dog food led to the tragic death of his dog Penny.

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Julia Ogden
Julia Ogden

Julia Ogden

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Julia is the content director at the Dog Food Advisor and responsible for the overall strategy of the website.

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Updated: May 8, 2024

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Laura Ward

Laura Ward

Pet Nutritionist

Laura studied BSc (Hons) Animal Science with an accreditation in Nutrition at the University of Nottingham, before working for eight years in the pet food and nutrition industry.

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In general, the best grain-free dry dog foods contain more protein than their grain-containing competitors.


Many are made using ingredients that can upset the delicate amino acid balance of the finished food.

Which is why the best grain-free kibbles typically contain…

More Meat and Less Plant Protein

By design…

Grain-free dog foods use either potatoes or legumes (like peas, beans and lentils) to replace the cereal grains found in conventional recipes.

Yet even though both make adequate grain substitutes…

Legumes provide an additional benefit.

They’re naturally rich in protein.

But compared to meat, plant protein tends to be less complete in its essential amino acid content.

Which is why we selected the 18 grain-free kibbles below … where meat remains the primary source of protein in each recipe.

The Dog Food Advisor - Editor's choice

Best Grain-Free Dry Dog Foods May 2024

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