What Is The Best Dry Dog Food?

I have a one year old 8 lb Papillon! He’s my whole world, i want a dry dog food that is has the best nutrition! So he can be healthy and happy forever! I want the best dog food that is out there! I have heard many different! Science Diet, Iams, Purina Pro Plan, etc.. I would appreciate a vet or vet tech’s expert opinion! But any opinions would be great! Thanks in advance!

My dog is 5 months old and is 55 lbs. so, our dogs are very different but I still want the best too. We feed him Canidae. I know it isn’t much help but I noticed a couple other answers include this as a choice, I am backing that up! It gets 5 stars on the web site that was posted by Lisa P. Also, we started him on Nutro Natural Choice/Ultra that one was on the Cara B post. He really liked that too, I don’t know why we switched, same quality better price?? Either one I would recommend! Hope this helps!

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24 Responses to What Is The Best Dry Dog Food?

  • Shepherdgirl § says:

    All the brands you mentioned are full of by products and other junk. My dogs deserve only the best which does not include supermarket brands.
    Take a look at how to grade your dogs food, as you can see Iams doesn’t even compare to the better brands.
    How to grade your dog’s food:
    Start with a grade of 100:
    1) For every listing of “by-product”, subtract 10 points
    2) For every non-specific animal source (“meat” or “poultry”, meat, meal or
    fat) reference, subtract 10 points
    3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
    4) For every grain “mill run” or non-specific grain source,subtract 5 points
    5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five
    ingredients (i.e. “ground brown rice”, “brewer’s rice”, “rice flour” are
    all the same grain), subtract 5 points
    6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats
    in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
    7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
    8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3points
    9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
    10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil,subtract 2 points
    11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic
    to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
    12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
    13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn’t allergic to
    wheat), subtract 2 points
    14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn’t allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
    15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point
    Extra Credit:
    1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
    2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or
    nutritionist, add 5 points
    3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
    4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
    5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
    6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
    7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
    8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points
    9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
    10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
    11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
    12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than
    the first one; count “chicken” and “chicken meal” as only one protein
    source, but “chicken” and “” as 2 different sources), add 1 point
    13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
    14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are
    pesticide-free, add 1 point
    94-100+ = A
    86-93 = B
    78-85 = C
    70-77 = D
    69 = F
    Here are some foods that have already been scored.
    Dog Food scores:
    Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
    Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F
    Canidae / Score 112 A+
    Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+
    Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F
    Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B
    Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A
    Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
    Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+
    Foundations / Score 106 A+
    Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B
    Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
    Innova Dog / Score 114 A+
    Innova Evo / Score 114 A+
    Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
    Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
    Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B
    Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F
    ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+
    Purina Benful / Score 17 F
    Purina Dog / Score 62 F
    Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F
    Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+
    Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A
    Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A
    Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F
    Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F
    Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
    Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

  • I feed my Border Collie Beneful

  • I run says:

    Science Diet

  • Great Dane Lover says:

    Stay away from foods such as Purina Dog Chow, IAMS/Eukanuba, Science Diet, Pedigree and othe supermarket brand foods. They conatin way to much cheap fillers & by products. Some even contain dyes & chemical preservatives.Dogs are meat eaters not grain eaters.They are dsigned to get nutrition form meats not grains. Corn, wheat, soy offer very little nutritional value, are high allergens, soy causes excess gas, corn & soy have been implicated in causing unexplained seizures in dogs. Beet pulp offers no nutritional value, it only serves as a filler and adds unnecassary sugar to the diet. It takes up to 3 times as much of these low quality, grain based foods for a dog to get proper nutritionla value as it does a good quality meat based food.
    Some good foods to consider:
    Inova, Solid Gold, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover”s Soul,Canidae, Blue Buffalo, California Natural just to name a few.

  • wendyhan says:

    Dick Van Pattens Natural Balance in the dark blue bag is the best for the money. I have found that Wysong has an incredible line of dog food – more expensive, but better. Check out their websight. TONS of info!!

  • apple juice says:

    Science Diet. It’s proven to be the best especially for one year old dogs. Use it and stick with it through the life of your dog. Change the types of Science Diet as he gets older but stick with the one kind. It’s great and it’s hard to change to a different brand once they get used to it.

  • Jo says:

    Try Royal Canin, they have a toy breed dog food that is excellent and a “Baby Dog” food with a tiny kibble!
    It’s a nutritious brand that has no toxic preservatives or fillers and by-products and they have many formulations specific to breed types and even to breed in some cases.
    Also, you can occasionally give your dog a few teaspoons of pumpkin pie filling which is good for their digestion as is plain yogurt.
    My partner is a nutritionist and familiar with dog foods and their ingredients. Also, we have a Vet who is well versed in nutrition and who knows about diet for dogs.

  • We buy Merrick’s – it’s extremely good for them…and it’s definitely made a difference in our 4 dogs. They’re coats are shinier, they shed a whole lot less, more energy and before we switched to Merrick’s, 3 of my dogs were very finicky eaters…now, they’re eating every time I feed them…no more throwing food out.
    Glad to see you’re interested in providing the very best for your Papillon….that’s great!

  • tlperl says:

    Royal Canin has a line of dog foods for specific breeds. They might have one for Papillons! Check it out.
    Also, be careful when you are switching foods, as it can cause stomach upset.
    Here’s an article with tips on how to switch your dog’s food…

  • empressp says:

    I raise show quality pekingese for the show ring and I feed Nutro Natural Choice dog food. I have found it to be a very good quality dog food.

  • Katslookup - a Fostering Fool! says:

    I asked a similar question the other day. Here is a link to it. It gave a wonderful amount of information from several people. It was hard to pick a “best answer” since there were so many good ones!http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;…

  • my # is 1-800-you-wish says:

    science diet

  • cheetah says:

    If you change the diet, it might not like it.

  • rualass says:

    It depends on what your dog will eat and how it works with your dog. Each dog is different.
    You want a food that uses human grade ingredients. Purina, Science Diet and Iams do not.
    You want the first 2 o3 ingredients to be meat, and not just generic “meat” but named such as: Lamb, Chicken meal, etc.
    You want one of the main protein sources to be whole meat, not meat meal, and NEVER meat by-products (lips and *ssholes)
    You want natural preservatives, not ethoxyquin.
    You want your dog’s poop to be firm, but not too hard. It shouldn’t leave residue when scooped off a concret floor. That is one of the best indicators if your dog is utilizing the nutrition from his food. If his poop is relatively healthy, his food is working for him.
    Avoid the commercial foods with sugar. Or things that are sugar: beet pulp, fructose, molasses, etc.

  • Science Diet, Iams and Purina Pro Plan all contain corn. Which is very unhealthy for dogs. The best food is Natures Recipe. It contains no fillers, by products, wheat, beef or corn. They have Natures Recipe for small breeds so its easy for him to chew.
    Your local Pet Smart or Pet Co will carry it. Natures Recipe also cuts down on shedding, bad breath and the amount of stool.

  • Lisa P says:

    Go to http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com – it shows all of the ingredients and an analysis of pretty much every dry and canned dog food available. You will find that the more common brands that have been around for a while are the worst health-wise. After careful research I settled on Canidae for my dogs – go to http://www.canidae.com to read about their food. NOTE: I find that vets will recommend whatever brand of dog food it is that their clinic carries and sells.

  • Cara B says:

    I’d say avoid:
    Science Diet – I wonder if anyone who buys it has ever looked at the ingredients. It is very expensive for poor quality.
    IAMS – mostly corn, which dogs can’t digest, so you are paying for more poop
    Pedigree – nasty junk that no poor dog should be fed, it contains mostly corn, cancer-inducing preservatives and low quality protein
    Purina ‘chows’ – poor quality, but you’d expect it at that price
    Beneful – mostly corn
    Purina ONE – corn and by-products
    Eukanuba – not terrible but more expensive than better foods
    Pro Plan – overpriced for quality, sells due to advertising rather than its benefits as a product
    Brands i’d recommend are:
    Nutro Natural Choice/Ultra – good quality for price
    Natural Balance – excellent quality
    Royal Canin – my picky dog loves it
    Innova – expensive but you will feed much less, especially of the Evo line
    Canidae – very good value
    Purina Pro Plan Selects (not regular Pro Plan)
    Merrick – human grade ingredients
    As a rule, you generally get what you pay for. Avoid anything with BHA/BHT in like the plague, it is known to cause cancer. Avoid anything containing any form of corn in the first five ingredients. And don’t feed anything containing by-products.

  • Kate T. says:

    feed royal canin cause they have breed specific food . Also is top notch food . Dont feed Iams . They are a rotten food . they have alot of fillers and fillers cause your dog to have gas . My chihuahua is 3 lbs and he loves royal canin . It is a really good food also wellness is good too. good luck and I hope I helped.

  • cagney says:

    my personal opinion, so go ahead those of you who are following me around and give the thumbs down. i feed my dog’s purina pro plan. my dog’s seem to do the best on this food and they like it. they have beautiful coats, are healthy, and one is an agility dog with many awards. she’s a mutt so the places i can run her is limited. but any top line food will be fine for your dog. if you want a dry food, look for a food that has a small bites option for your dog, and one that you have researched and found to be a good food. sciene diet is a fine food with many years of research behind it, as is purina pro plan. yes they do contain fillers, yes they do contain some by products. no they are not poison. they can provide a dog with a long healthy life, if you follow other vet reccomended visits. others will say innova and nutro are good foods. i have no knowledge of innova, but have had several issues with 2 of my dogs on nutro. find a good brand, such as the one’s listed, or one that someone refers and appeals to you. research it and find out if it will work for both you and your dog. not all specialty types of foods are available everywhere. as far as convienance, and nutrition i find pro plan to be my choice, and science diet to be another good choice. but depending on your area there might be another good food that’s going to provide nutritional benefits and be convienant to you. good luck.

  • bekka says:

    pedigree or eucanuba. are both good and were suggested to us by the vet and puppy pre school teacher

  • kute_reg says:

    the one ur dog will eat.

  • michaely says:

    Iams and Science Diet are really good, but really expensive too. I fed my Labs Purina Puppy and Dog Chow. They it eat and it is reasonably priced.

  • Kelly V says:


  • science diet or anything else hills makes such as w/d which is a good adult food