Best Dry Dog Food

Dry dog food, stores for a long time, is affordable, easy to feed to your dog and comes in a wide variety.  What isn’t there to love right?

There is no doubt that dry food for your dog is one of the simplest and easiest ways to go when it comes to feeding your dog.  However, make sure to read the ingredient labels as all may not be what it seems.  Dry dog foods can have fillers, preservatives, and have under gone processing that you don’t want to feed to your dog.

Some things to look out for and avoid in dry dog foods are:

  • Feed Grade – this is lower than human grade and the ingredients are of lower quality.  On top of that, the cooking process can burn off many of the nutrients our dogs need.
  • Chemicals & Preservatives – 3 major ones to avoid as they are toxic to dogs are Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), and Ethoxyquin.
  • Dyes – Yes, food dyes, to make the color of the food change.  Avoid Red 40, Blue 2 and Yellow 5 has they are know to cause allergic reactions and more ( like cancer). Besides, do dogs care what food looks like ? Nope, they care about how it smells and tastes.
  • By Products – Meat by products – avoid this at all costs, if the ingredients say Chicken By Product or the like, it means they are using table scraps from butcher or meat plants.  Basically second or third rate meat not fit for human consumption.
  • Other – Avoid PG (Propylene Glycol), Rendered Fat (What does that even mean), Corn and Wheat Gluten.

At the end of the day, you should be able to understand the ingredients list, read it, pronounce it and it should be short.

So where does one start when it comes to finding the best dry dog food?  Well some of it depends on the diet for your dog, if they are a puppy or adult or senior, but each of the big brands have specific formulas for each of these groups.

Here are some great brands to check out and get started with for your dog.

Best Dry Dog Food Brands 

Dog Food Brand


Customer Ratings


Blue Buffalo

Meat as their first 5 ingridents on most of their lines


Wellness Core

Meat Based and Grain Free


Natures Logic

Meat Based, Grain Inclusive


Honest Kitchen

Human Grade – Yes You Read That Right


Different Types Of Dry Dog Food

The brands presented above and the guidelines presented are a great starting point.  Check out those excellent brands of Dry Dog Food and try them out for your dog!

Each line has products for dogs in each stage of life, and we will get into that more in future pups.  As your dog ages its nutritional needs vary, puppies need more calories, seniors need less but more nutritious meals and so on.

Stay tuned for our next K9 Conversation where we dig into these specific needs.