Top 10 Best Large Breed Dog Foods

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Choosing the best large breed dog food can make an enormous difference in the future health of your pet.

That’s because…

There are 2 different types of large breed dog food.

One designed for adults.

And another for large breed puppies.

Unfortunately…

Choosing the wrong one for your dog could lead to permanent bone damage.

Including a crippling form of hip dysplasia.

Especially if you’re feeding a puppy.1 2 3

Are You Feeding
a Puppy… or an Adult?

Large breeds puppies (like labs, goldens and German shepherds) don’t reach adulthood until 12 to 18 months.

Yet giant breeds (like Great Danes and St. Bernards) can weigh over 100 pounds and take up to 24 months before they’re considered adults.

So…

If you’re feeding a large breed puppy

Be sure to visit our Best Large Breed Puppy Food page for our most recent recommendations.

The list below is recommended for large breed adults.

Best Large Breed Dog Foods
March 2019

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top 10 best large breed dog food brands for March 2019.

Wellness Core Grain-Free Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Wellness Core Large Breed Adult Dog Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, potatoes, peas
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

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

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

Highly recommended.


Blue Buffalo Wilderness Large Breed Salmon Adult Dry Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Large Breed Adult

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned salmon, chicken meal, pea protein, peas, tapioca starch
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis 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.


Now Fresh Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Now Fresh Large Breed Adult Dog Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: De-boned turkey, whole dried egg, potatoes, peas, potato flour
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 30%, a fat level of 14% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 48%.

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

Highly recommended.


Nutro Ultra Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Nutro Ultra Large Breed Adult Dog Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, whole brown rice, brewers rice, rice bran
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 26%, a fat level of 13% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 53%.

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

Highly recommended.


Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Large Breed Adult

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, peas, potatoes
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis 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.


Horizon Complete Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Horizon Complete Large Breed Adult

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, whole grain barley, whole grain oats, chicken, whole grain rye
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis 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.


Earthborn Holistic Large Breed Adult Grain Free Dry Dog Food

Earthborn Holistic Grain-Free Large Breed Adult

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, peas, tapioca, chicken fat, ground flaxseed
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 29%, a fat level of 14% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 49%.

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

Highly recommended.


Holistic Select Large and Giant Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Holistic Select Large and Giant Breed Adult

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, rice, oatmeal, oats, chicken fat
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 27%, a fat level of 16% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 50%.

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

Highly recommended.


Merrick Grain-Free Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Merrick Grain-Free Large Breed Adult

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, peas, sweet potatoes, potatoes
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best for: Large breed adults and puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 35%, a fat level of 17% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 40%.

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

Highly recommended.


Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain with Red Meat Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain Large Breed Red Meat

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned beef, chicken meal, tapioca starch, peas, pea starch
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 31%, a fat level of 14% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 46%.

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

Highly recommended.


Wild Frontier Large Breed Adult Grain Free Wild Boar Beef Dry Dog Food

Wild Frontier Beef and Wild Boar Large Breed Recipe

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, split peas, pork meal, chicken meal, dried potatoes
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis 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.


Wellness Complete Health Grain-Free Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Wellness Complete Health Grain-Free Large Breed Adult

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, peas, potatoes, chickpeas
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis 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.


Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Adult

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, pork meal, ground brown rice, oatmeal, rice
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 28%, a fat level of 13% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 51%.

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

Highly recommended.


Under the Sun Grain-Free Large Breed with Chicken Dry Dog Food

Under the Sun Grain-Free Large Breed Adult with Chicken

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, chickpeas, green peas, yellow peas, chicken fat
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best for: Large breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 28%, a fat level of 12% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 52%.

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

Highly recommended.


Blackwood Large Breed Adult Whitefish and Oatmeal Dry Dog Food

Blackwood Large Breed Adult Dog Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Whitefish meal, oatmeal, brown rice, pearled barley, ground grain sorghum
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best for: Large breed adults and puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 27%, a fat level of 13% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 52%.

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

Highly recommended.


References

  1. Lauten SD, Nutritional Risks to Large Breed Dogs: From Weaning to the Geriatric Years, Vet Clin Small Anim 36 (2006) 1345–1359.
  2. Richardson, Skeletal diseases of the growing dog: Nutritional influences and the role of diet, Canine Hip Dysplasia: A Symposium Held at Western Veterinary Conference, 1995
  3. Hazewinkel HAW. Nutrition in relation to skeletal growth deformities. J Sm Anim Practice. 1989; 30:525-630