Today’s dog lovers want to feed their dogs the very best. It’s often a controversial subject, what really makes a good dog food. There is the veterinarian’s opinion, which may or may not be based on educational facts. There is the consumer’s opinion, which is largely based on advertisements, personal usage, and recommendations from friends or family. For individuals who spend hours researching dog food, they may become quite loyal to the one they find to be of high quality and become protective of their choice.
Regardless of origin of the decision, the best dog foods change as times change. For 2016, the top ten best and favorite dry dog foods make the cut by each offering their own best features and quality highlights. If left to the dogs, however, the choice would be as simple as “just feed me!” For the humans who open their wallets to nourish their beloved dogs, these are what made the cut.
- 10. Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food
- 09. Diamond Naturals Adult Dry Dog Food
- 08. Purina Pro Plan Savor Dry Dog Food
- 07. Hill’s Science Diet Large Breed Dry Dog Food
- 06. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Dry Dog Food
- 05. Purina Pro Plan Focus Dry Dog Food
- 04. Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dog Food
- 03. Blue Buffalo Basics Limited-Ingredient Dry Adult Dog Food
- 02. Canidae Life Stages Dry Dog Food
- 01. Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein Dry Adult Dog Food
10. Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food
This is a dry dog food designed more around the “wild side” of dogs’ dietary needs, and going back a little to their history of eating. High quality proteins such as bison and venison start out the ingredients. It is a grain-free dog food, which includes a nutritional make-up to complete a dog’s dietary needs. It fulfills a dog’s historical need for meat but in a modernized formula to round it out.
09. Diamond Naturals Adult Dry Dog Food
Providing several formulas all with meat as a prime focus, Diamond Naturals offers with beef, chicken or lamb. Formulated with antioxidants and balanced Omega Fatty Acids, this is a food which aids in care of the skin and coat. It nourishes a dog from the inside out, with a result of a great appearance. Crunchy kibbles are designed to help clean teeth as the dog chews.
08. Purina Pro Plan Savor Dry Dog Food
Purina’s Pro Plan Savor offers something unique, a focus on texture. It contains the traditional crunchy kibbles, but also tender, meaty shreds. This dynamic duo creates a superb texture and flavor combination for dogs to get excited about. Not only is protein high on this list, but it also contains fiber, which is essential in helping dogs maintain a lean and healthy body.
07. Hill’s Science Diet Large Breed Dry Dog Food
For dog owners with a large breed, it is often smart to consider a dog food formulated for their size. Hill’s recognized this when creating their large breed tailored food. Added joint health supplements of glucosamine and chondroitin help protect joints, which large breeds are notorious for having problems with starting earlier than most other breed sizes. Balanced proteins, fats, and carbohydrates help keep large breeds trim while still providing the energy they need to play and live life.
06. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Dry Dog Food
All of Blue’s foods are known for having LifeSource® Bits, an exclusive condensed nutritional nugget created by Blue. Along with that, Life Protection provides high quality proteins, whole grains, and vegetables all designed to balance the nutritional content naturally. There are various formulas with different protein and grain combinations to suit you and your dog. Meat for protein, whole grains for quality fiber. A blend to chow down on indeed!
05. Purina Pro Plan Focus Dry Dog Food
Another Purina Pro Plan home-run is the Focus line. This one hones in on dogs with specific conditions such as food or stomach sensitivities to give them a high-quality, well-rounded food that won’t worsen these conditions. Ingredients are designed to be easy to digest and extra nourishing for problem areas. Dogs will enjoy the taste of the meat-based formulas and other carefully selected ingredients designed to work with a dog’s sensitive systems.
04. Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dog Food
For pet owners desiring a grain-free dog food, this one boasts a 100% grain-free formula in every variety. Using meat and no by-products, this is a higher protein food for performance and taste. It also includes nutrients helpful at every life stage such as probiotics, glucosamine, and Omega fatty acids for skin and coat. There are different formulas for different needs, and each contains the same high quality ingredients.
03. Blue Buffalo Basics Limited-Ingredient Dry Adult Dog Food
This food contains different formulas with a single protein source, which can be easier to digest for some dogs with tummy troubles. Also found here are easy to digest carbohydrates such as potato and oatmeal. Added in also is pumpkin, which helps add in more fiber and aid in digestion. All together, this limited-ingredient formula is ideal for dogs who can’t seem to handle most other dog foods. Fewer ingredients to cause potential issues.
02. Canidae Life Stages Dry Dog Food
Each life stage of a dog changes the requirements for nutritional needs. Nutrient levels and ratio needs vary as a dog goes from puppy to senior, and Canidae created formulas for each. Every protein-packed, real meat variety is devoid of corn, wheat, and soy, which are often toted as “fillers” when it comes to dog food. Omega fatty acids nourish the coat, and probiotics nourish the stomach.
01. Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein Dry Adult Dog Food
Some dogs require a higher protein content in their foods, so this formula from Blue Buffalo’s Wilderness line hits the mark. Dogs who live a life of high activity such as agility and daily running, this food will keep up with their protein needs. Again, it contains Blue’s exclusive LifeSource® Bits and great tasting meat. The grain free formulas leave room for more protein to fill dogs’ needs and help keep them lean and trim.
Every dog food brand and formula usually provides at least a couple of different sub varieties so dog owners can pick just the right one for their dog. These sub varieties are typically different meats, which of course alter the flavor, but also provide a slightly different nutritional make-up. Some are paired with a unique carbohydrate source in order to optimize flavor and nutritional ratios.
Choosing a dog food is never simple when dog owners want to find the “right one.” Start with the basics which make up the different varieties available, such as life stage, protein source, and special considerations. Special considerations are conditions such as sensitive skin or stomach, food allergies, etc. Once that’s been chosen, it’s about picking a brand and a flavor. Lastly, feed it to Fido and see if he likes it!