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Best Food for Mixed Breed Dogs

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Karan French

Karan French

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Karan is a senior researcher at the Dog Food Advisor, working closely with our in-house pet nutritionist, Laura Ward, to give pet parents all the information they need to find the best food for their dog.

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Updated: April 30, 2024

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Laura Ward

Laura Ward

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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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Choosing the best food for mixed breed dogs involves considering their individual needs, size, age, activity level, and any specific health concerns. 

It’s always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian to tailor the diet to your dog’s unique requirements. However, here are some general guidelines for selecting a balanced and nutritious diet for mixed breed dogs.

Dogs, in general, need a diet with adequate protein for muscle maintenance and overall health. Look for a dog food that lists a high-quality source of animal protein (chicken, beef, lamb, fish) as the main ingredient.

Ensure that the dog food provides a balance of essential nutrients, including proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Look for a complete and balanced formula that meets the standards set by organizations like the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

Choose dog foods with whole, natural ingredients. Avoid products with excessive fillers, artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors. Whole grains and vegetables can contribute to a well-rounded diet.

Puppies, adults, and senior dogs have different nutritional needs. Select a dog food formula appropriate for your dog’s life stage.

If your dog has known allergies or sensitivities, choose a dog food that avoids those specific ingredients. Common allergens include wheat, corn, soy, and certain protein sources.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in ingredients such as fish oil, can promote a healthy coat and skin and support overall well-being.

Be mindful of portion sizes. Adjust the amount of food based on your dog’s weight, activity level, and overall health. Overfeeding can lead to weight issues.

Remember that individual dogs may have different dietary needs, so it’s essential to observe your dog’s response to a particular food and make adjustments as needed. Consulting with your veterinarian will help ensure that your mixed breed dog receives the best possible nutrition based on their unique characteristics and health requirements.

See our recommendations below of the best foods for mixed breed dogs; along with some advice and guidelines to help you decide when choosing the right mixed breed dog for your family pet.

The Dog Food Advisor - Editor's choice

Best Food for Mixed Breed Dogs May 2024

Here are The Dog Food Advisor's best dog food brands for mixed breed dogs for May 2024.

  • 1. The Farmer's Dog Turkey Recipe

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    The Farmer’s Dog Turkey Recipe received the Dog Food Advisorā€™s second highest rating: 4.5 stars.

    It is one of 4 recipes in this product range made by The Farmerā€™s Dog.

    The Farmer’s Dog Turkey RecipeĀ  derives the bulk of its protein from turkey.Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 33.3% protein, 18.8% fat and 39.9% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 56%.

    Real food, made fresh. This food provides dogs with an excellent source of quality protein.Ā 

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full The Farmer’s Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Turkey, chickpeas, carrots, broccoli, spinach
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 33.3%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies, dogs and senior dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dog LOVES the food and I love the convenience and nutritional value. "

    Read more buyer reviews at The Farmer's Dog
  • 2. Ollie Chicken Dish with Carrots

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    Ollie Chicken Dish with CarrotsĀ  received the Dog Food Advisorā€™s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 5 recipes in this product range made by Ollie.

    Ollie Chicken Dish with Carrots derives the bulk of its protein from chicken.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a dry recipe containing 30.8% protein, 11.5% fat and 49.7% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 38%.

    100% human-grade and using natural, high-quality ingredients.Ā 

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Ollie Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Chicken, rice, carrots, chicken livers, peas
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 30.8%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies, dogs and senior dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dog, Beau, loves Ollie! He's got more energy and has lost some weight! He likes the variety of food instead of the same food everyday! High quality of food."

    Read more buyer reviews at Ollie
  • 3. Redbarn Whole Grain Ocean Recipe

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    Redbarn Whole Grain Ocean Recipe received the Dog Food Advisorā€™s highest, rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 3 recipes in this product range made by Redbarn.

    Redbarn Whole Grain Ocean Recipe derives the bulk of its protein from fish.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 30% protein, 15.6% fat and 46.4% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 52%.

    First 5 ingredients are animal proteins and functional ingredients to support overall health.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Redbarn Whole Grain Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Salmon, trout, salmon meal, ocean fish meal, menhaden fish meal
    Type Dry
    Protein Percentage 30%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies, dogs and senior dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "Just bought the 22lb ocean dog food and my boxer inhaled it. Her old food was really slow on the intake, sometimes not eating at all. So glad we changed to healthier food."

    Read more buyer reviews at Redbarn
  • 4. Open Farm Harvest Chicken Rustic Stew

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    Open Farm Harvest Chicken Rustic Stew Recipe received the Dog Food Advisorā€™s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 6 recipes in this product range made by Open Farm.

    Open Farm Harvest Chicken Rustic Stew recipe derives the bulk of its protein from chicken.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 44.4% protein, 27.8% fat and 19.8% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 63%.

    100% human-grade and sustainably sourced, healthy and nutritional ingredients.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Open Farm Rustic Stews Dog Food range here

    Main Ingredients Humanely raised chicken, chicken bone broth, pumpkin, carrots, green beans
    Type Wet
    Protein Percentage 44.4%
    AAFCO Standards Adult maintenance
    Best For Adult and senior dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dogs loved the Harvest Chicken Rustic Stew! What more can I say? If they are happy and eating healthy then I'm happy! "

    Read more buyer reviews at Open Farm
  • 5. Nom Nom Beef Mash Recipe

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    Nom Nom Beef Mash Recipe received the Dog Food Advisorā€™s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 4 recipes in this product range made by Nom Nom.

    Nom Nom Beef Mash RecipeĀ  derives the bulk of its protein from beef.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 34.8% protein, 17.4% fat and 39.8% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 50%.

    Nutrient-packed recipes, made with fresh, whole ingredients and gently cooked to preserve nutrients.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Nom Nom Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Ground beef, russet potatoes, eggs, carrots, peas
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 34.8%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies, dogs and senior dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "Tula gets so excited when it's mealtime. She no longer has skin issues, her coat looks wonderful and her stools are the best they've ever been. I can't imagine ever feeding her anything but Nom Nom! "

    Read more buyer reviews at Nom Nom
  • 6. We Feed Raw Turkey Patty Recipe

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    We Feed Raw Turkey Patty Recipe received the Dog Food Advisorā€™s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 6 recipes in this product range made by We Feed Raw.

    We Feed Raw Turkey Patty Recipe derives the bulk of its protein from turkey.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 49.2% protein, 25.4% fat and 17.4% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 52%.

    Human-grade, high-quality raw diets.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full We Feed Raw Dog Food (Raw Frozen) range here

    Main Ingredients Turkey tails, turkey gizzards, turkey wings, turkey liver, WFR vitamin + mineral mix
    Type Raw
    Protein Percentage 49.2%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies, dogs and senior dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "I can't express just how happy it makes me to see Journey CHOW DOWN at meal time. I no longer worry if she's getting enough to eat or if she's getting the nutrients she needs. It makes my heart so happy to see her enjoying what she's eating"

    Read more buyer reviews at We Feed Raw
  • 7. Jinx Salmon Brown Rice and Sweet Potato Recipe

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    Jinx Salmon Brown Rice and Sweet Potato Recipe received the Dog Food Advisorā€™s second highest rating: 4.5 stars.

    It is one of 5 recipes in this product range made by Jinx.

    Jinx Salmon Brown Rice and Sweet Potato RecipeĀ  derives the bulk of its protein from fish.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 30% protein, 15.6% fat and 46.4% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 52%.

    Each recipe contains premium proteins like organic chicken or real salmon as the 1st ingredient along with plant superfood and patented probiotics.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Jinx Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Salmon, pearled barley, ground peas, turkey meal, brown rice
    Type Dry
    Protein Percentage 30%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies, dogs and senior dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "My boy has colitis and skin allergies so I have to be very careful with what I get him. Heā€™s been on jinx for 3 months now and loves it! He is eager to eat, never sniffs and leaves, always makes sure he takes a bite even as heā€™s passing the bowl (we free feed) . Anyway, the absolute best food I have found so far!"

    Read more buyer reviews at Jinx
  • 8. Dr. Marty Nature's Blend Essential Wellness Recipe

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    Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend Essential Wellness Recipe received the Dog Food Advisorā€™s second highest rating: 4.5 stars.

    It is one of 6Ā  recipes in this product range made by Dr. Marty

    Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend Essential Wellness RecipeĀ  derives the bulk of its protein from turkey.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 39.4% protein, 28.7% fat and 23.9% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 73%.

    A high-protein diet, minimally processed to preserve nutrients and free from artificial ingredients.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Dr. Marty Dog Food (Freeze-Dried Raw) range here

    Main Ingredients Turkey, beef, salmon, duck, beef liver, turkey liver
    Type Freeze-dried raw
    Protein Percentage 39.4%
    AAFCO Standards Adult maintenance
    Best For Adult and senior dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "The first time I fed it to Sam he actually licked the wall behind his bowl in case there were any splashes! I use it as a topper with his regular food. He is an English cocker, an enthusiastic eater and I have to watch his weight! "

    Read more buyer reviews at Dr. Marty
  • 9. Raised Right Adult Beef Recipe

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    Raised Right Adult Beef Recipe received the Dog Food Advisorā€™s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 11 recipes in this product range made by Raised Right.

    Raised Right Adult Beef RecipeĀ  derives the bulk of its protein from beef.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 60.5% protein, 23.7% fat and 7.8% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 39%.

    Human-grade food. Each recipe is home cooked with limited ingredients and low in carbs.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Raised Right Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Beef, beef heart, carrots, beef liver, cranberries
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 60.5%
    AAFCO Standards Adult Maintenance
    Best For Adult and senior dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "Excellentā€¦ my chocolate labs have been eating a variety of food and love each one. I couldnā€™t be happier knowing Iā€™m feeding a quality food for my girls.I see the difference in their health. Maddie is 14-15 yrs young & Josie is 7-8 yrs. Thank you all and many blessings"

    Read more buyer reviews at Raised Right
  • 10. Spot & Tango Turkey and Red Quinoa Recipe

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    Spot & Tango Turkey and Red Quinoa Recipe received the Dog Food Advisorā€™s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 3 recipes in this product range made by Spot & Tango.

    Spot & Tango Turkey and Red Quinoa RecipeĀ  derives the bulk of its protein from turkey.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 44.2% protein, 19% fat and 28.8% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 43%.

    100% fresh, whole ingredients and are GMO and hormone free.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Spot and Tango Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Turkey, red quinoa, eggs, spinach, carrots
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 44.2%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies, dogs & senior dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "I feel good about feeding Spot and Tango to Buster. I don't have the time it takes to cook real food for him myself. Spot and Tango makes it easy, and Buster loves it! "

    Read more buyer reviews at Spot & Tango
  • 11. JustFoodForDogs Fish & Sweet Potato Recipe

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    JustFoodForDogs Fish & Sweet Potato Recipe Recipe received the Dog Food Advisorā€™s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 9 recipes in this product range made by JustFoodForDogs.

    JustFoodForDogs Fish & Sweet Potato Recipe RecipeĀ  derives the bulk of its protein from fish.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 38.9% protein, 11.1% fat and 42% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 29%.

    Gently cooked, whole ingredients & human-grade nutrition.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Just Food for Dogs (Frozen Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Wild Alaska pacific cod, sweet potatoes, potatoes, green beans, broccoli
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 38.9
    AAFCO Standards Adult maintenance
    Best For Adult & senior dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dog is a fussy eater. She loves her meals now and gobbles it right up."

    Read more buyer reviews at JustFoodForDogs

How to choose the best food for your mixed breed dog?

Mixed breed dogs come from a combination of different breeds which will obviously impact their size, characteristics and temperament.Ā 

When choosing a mixed breed dog for your family it is important to consider the following:

  • Size: Consider the size of the dog and how well it fits into your living space and lifestyle. Mixed breed dogs can vary widely in size, even within the same litter.
  • Energy Level: Assess the energy level of the dog and whether it matches your activity level. Some mixed breeds may be more active, while others are more laid-back.
  • Temperament: Spend time with the dog to gauge its temperament. While there can be general breed tendencies, individual personalities can vary. Look for a dog whose temperament aligns with your preferences and lifestyle.
  • Lifestyle Compatibility: Consider your daily routine and how well a dog would fit into your lifestyle. Some dogs require more exercise and mental stimulation, while others may be content with a more relaxed routine.
  • Grooming Needs: Different mixed breeds can have various coat types, which can affect grooming requirements. Consider how much time and effort you are willing to dedicate to grooming.
  • Health Considerations: Research the common health issues of the parent breeds. While mixed breed dogs can have hybrid vigor, it’s essential to be aware of potential health concerns and provide appropriate veterinary care.
  • Training and Socialization: Evaluate the dog’s training and socialization needs. Some breeds may be more trainable or require more socialization to adapt well to different environments and situations.
  • Age: Decide if you want a puppy, an adult dog, or a senior dog. Puppies require more time and effort for training and socialization, while older dogs may already have established behaviors.
  • Adoption vs. Breeder: Consider adopting from a shelter or rescue organization. Many mixed breed dogs are in need of loving homes. If you choose to go through a breeder, ensure they are reputable and prioritize the health and well-being of the dogs.
  • Family Dynamics: If you have a family, consider how the new dog will fit into the dynamics. Some breeds are known to be good with children, while others may be better suited for a single person or a couple.
  • Allergies: If allergies are a concern, spend time with the dog to see if anyone in your household reacts adversely. Keep in mind that individual reactions can vary.
  • Financial Commitment: Consider the financial responsibilities of dog ownership, including food, veterinary care, grooming, and other supplies.

Remember that each dog is an individual, and while breed characteristics can provide some guidance, the dog’s unique personality and experiences will shape its behavior. Take the time to get to know the dog, ask questions about its background, and consider how well it aligns with your expectations and lifestyle before making a decision.

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