10 Best Dog Food Brands

January 18, 2009  
Filed under Dog Food Tips, featured

After reviewing thousands of dog foods, we’ve come to realize that dog owners should add to the age old question of “What is the best dog food brand?” to ultimately ask “What is the best dog food brand for my dog?”

Dogs are starting to live longer and longer. Why? It’s due to the fact that pet owners are becoming more educated on what they feed their pets. In this post we are going to look at what we believe are the ten best dog food brands you can buy. We would like to mention that these are our recommendations and views and by no means the standard for all dogs, we would encourage you to browse our site and read through our various dog food reviews before making a decision.

Depending on your dog’s needs, age, lifestyle, allergies and other factors, the best food for your dog may be very different that the best brand for other dogs. At Dog Food Chat we strive to provide you with our recommendation, ratings and advice on finding right food to meet your dog’s needs. For please visit these pages to see a complete list of all our dog food reviews and dog food ratings .

The lists below are the brands that we feel consistently produce dog foods that contain the highest quality ingredients, in appropriate proportions. These dog food brands are also the ones that avoid preservatives and contain lower amounts of “filler ingredients”.  The following list of the top 10 dog food brands and the “next best bunch of brands” are the dog foods that we have the most confidence in recommending and the foods that we most strongly consider when feeding our own dogs.

While doing research on the best brands of dog food, it is also important to remember to research and test what specific formula fits your dog the best. Each brand produces a wide variety of formulas based on age (puppy, adult and senior), dietary restrictions (grain free, low protein, weight loss, check out our hypoallergenic dog foods article) and preferences (type of meat, dry dog food or wet dog food). If your dog has special needs, it is even more important to factor in their restrictions and requirements when choosing the “best dog food for your dog”.

Lastly, we’d like to proactively address the comment we’ve received from many of our fans – “My dog has been on brand X for x number of years now and has been healthy and loves it, brand X isn’t on your list but I think it’s the best dog food out there!” We want to make clear that we are not trying to persuade anyone to switch out of a brand that works great for their dog if it’s not listed here. Every dog is different and will respond differently to each brand, there really is no one, two or 10 best universal brands and formulas. If you already have a brand that works wonders, that’s great news!

Without further ado, please see below for Dog Food Chat’s editor’s list of top ten best dog food brands. We encourage your comments, questions and feedback and hope that this site and our reviews are helpful to you and your dogs!

10 Best Dog Food Brands

  1. Orijen Dog Food
  2. Horizon Legacy Dog Food
  3. Acana Dog Food
  4. Artemis Dog Food
  5. Merrick Dog Food
  6. Taste of the Wild Dog Food
  7. Wellness Core Dog Food
  8. Instinct Dog Food
  9. GO Dog Food
  10. Fromm Dog Food

The Next Bunch of Best Dog Food Brands

  1. Timberwolf Dog Food
  2. Evangers Dog Food
  3. NOW Dog Food
  4. Precise Holistic Dog Food
  5. Nature’s Logic Dog Food
  6. ORGANIX Dog Food – Castor and Pollux Dog Food
  7. Solid Gold Dog Food
  8. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dog Food
  9. Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Dog Food
  10. Kirkland Dog Food (honorable mention due to good value)
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137 Responses to “10 Best Dog Food Brands”
  1. Lisa Mantle says:

    I work with dogs and can often tell who is eating low grade food. I feed both of my Goldens Blue and they are very healthy, no bad breath, coats are shiny, and the stool is small and firm and doesn’t smell.

  2. Stacey says:

    Have a cocker spaniel/daschund mix (12) and a 6 yr old daschund and soon to add 2 7 yr olds daschund a to our mix. All have been rescues. So many mixed reviews on food. Have the ability to get 30lb bag is great because I have storage container for it. Fromm is the closest to me everything else is like hr or so away. Suggestions on feeding that many? Feeding pedigree right now but noticing his coat and skin is itchy so sooner better change

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