Top 5 Dog Foods: Best Dog Foods Reviewed

Which is the best dog food for your dog? As with people, dogs need a high quality well balanced diet in order to live a healthy and long life. What is important is to not just focus on what a dog needs to survive - as they say, 'dogs evolved to be survivors' - but look for what food a dog thrives on. And what a dog thrives on are the ingredients optimized to 'mimic his ancestral diet.'  These 5 dog foods are some of the best more affordable ones that are available in most stores and the ones we recommend for your dog... 

 

How We Picked Our Top 5 Recommended Dog Foods 

The Pet Food Review recently announced its top 5 dog food picks for 2015. I like the quality of the reviews from this source because they go beyond what a dog needs to survive - as they say, 'dogs evolved to be survivors' - but look for what food a dog thrives on. And what a dog thrives on are the ingredients optimized to 'mimic his ancestral diet.'   I took their top 5 picks, double checked the ingredient lists and then scoured the reviews from users on both Amazon and Walmart to come up with our own recommended Top 5 Dog Foods.

 

We chose five kibble-type dog foods, but foods that are prepared canned or 'home-cooked' may be just as good for your dog, as long as the appropriate balance and quality of ingredients are included. None of these picks contain fillers or 'by-products.'

Here are the top 5 best foods for your dog (all given equal value, by the way)...

1.   Taste Of The Wild Dog Food

Taste of the Wild comes in a variety of lean meats, nutrition packed vegetables and good carbs. They also add egg to their mix so it helps dogs have a nice shiny coat. It also comes in a canned formula.  Customers gave it high ratings as they noted immediate changes in the health and energy of their dogs.  (I adopted my own dog from a kennel that feeds Taste of the Wild, so I continued him on the food. I have no complaints, and I even use the kibble bits as treats for him.) (Taste of the Wild here.)


2. Natural Balance Dog Food

Natural Balance is widely available and less expensive than the other dog foods on the top 5, so dog owners like it and dogs think its quite delicious. Reviewers were happy with the food for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the brand makes its test results available to the public, but also because it offers very high quality, filler-free, meat-based product. Nature Balance is a great value as it provides good nutrition, in a tasty form that is more affordable than other quality dog foods. (Natural Balance here.)


3.  Wellness Dog Food

The most expensive among the top 5 best dog foods, Wellness receives a very high rating from customers and the reviewers found little to complain about too. Available wet and dry, Wellness has a separate line of dog food, especially formulated for dogs with allergies. If you have purchased cans of the soft food, you will probably note how similar the food looks to a human stew, and they smell good too! In the case of Wellness, it is definitely a food you pay more for because of it's higher quality. (Wellness here.)


4.  Orijen Dog Food

This grain-free dog food lists all proteins among its top five ingredients, and the food is made from all fresh products.  The reviewers like the whole egg, fruit, and vegetable choices the company adds to some of its formulas, but for dogs with allergies, Orijen makes choices for them as well.  Orijen dog food may not be the easiest food to find, even in pet stores, but customers say, it's worth the extra time and expense to buy it for your dog. (Orijen here.)


5.   Blue Buffalo Dog Food

Except for some problems experienced switching to Blue Buffalo, customers like the diet, especially because the company makes many different versions of the food to suit their dogs specific needs.  There had been a recall of certain bags of food in the past, but it was voluntary, and customers responded positively to that effort to insure the best for their dogs. Blue Buffalo uses all natural ingredients, like the other top picks, and it also adds 'cold-formed antioxidants' to the food for nutritional value. Some varieties of Blue Buffalo are better for your dog than others, but overall it is a high quality dog food. (Blue Buffalo here.) (Editor's Note: Blue Buffalo has been having some disputes and issues with ingredients recently. See comments below if you'd like to learn more.)

As with people, dogs need high quality well balanced diet in order to live a healthy and long life. These 5 dog foods are some of the best available and the ones we recommend for your dog. Here's a nice infographics on what to look for in better dog foods.

 


Source 

UPDATE: I just learned that The Honest Company has a super high quality premium dog food available. It is quite pricey but may be worth considering if your budget allows for such a premium dog food.   I also recently learned from reader tips about Fromm Dog Food.  It is a bit pricey but it also gets great reviews from owners so may be worth considering. 

See Also:

10 Best Products For Your Dog ... Sold On Amazon
3 Must Have Supplements For Your Older Dog

8 Worst Foods To Feed Your Dog
Pet Food Recalls And What To Do About Them


That's the buzz for today!

Sources: Dog Food Review, Amazon and Walmart

(Originally published in 2012 and revised annually. Most recent update on June 2015)

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Mar 26, 2012
by Anonymous
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Dog Health

Really nice to find your site with up to date information on the best dog foods. So many recalls has caused many of us to reconsider what we're feeding our pets. Now I know what to choose without (hopefully) worry.
Natural is always my first choice, for food AND dog health products.

Apr 4, 2012
by Anonymous
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Apr 10, 2012
by Anonymous
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Natural Balace is great - I agree!

We love Natural Balance too for the reasons you mentioned. It is affordable and our dogs love it, and the quality of the food shows in their coats, eyes and energy level. Before we put them on Alpha we read every single Natural Balance dog food review online and also compared it to other brands and really felt sure that it was one of the best dog foods available in our price range.

Apr 10, 2012
by Anonymous
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Jan 14, 2013
by Anonymous
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I feed my dogs authority.

I feed my dogs authority. Tried blue buffalo but it made my Great Dane sick. Vet said it was messing with the bacterial balance in his stomach. Authority is good for his sensitive stomach.

Jan 30, 2013
by Anonymous
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Still have to say I think

Still have to say I think Halo is one the best dog food out there my dog loves it!

Jan 26, 2014
by Anonymous
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"The most expensive among

"The most expensive among the top 5 best dog foods, Wellness..."

Really? Really? Wellness is $50/30lbs, and Orijen can run as high as $90 for a 28.6 pound bag. (Thank goodness for their frequent buyer card program!)

Apr 3, 2014
by Anonymous
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It's really nice to know

It's really nice to know there are some dog foods out there that are actually good for your dog. I have a small dog and she has tons of energy, except when it's her "time of the month". I'll have to try some of these for her to see if they benefit her during that time.

Dec 8, 2014
by Anonymous
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Hi, I have gone through your

Hi, I have gone through your article and got some valuable information as well. Dog foods are vital for dogs and need to be of good qualities. All the above foods are very nice for dogs in terms of a healthy life. One has to give proper foods to his/her dog and save the dog from food poisoning.

Apr 28, 2015
by Anonymous
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Why you are saying like

Why you are saying like that? Pets also have health problems like us. Keeping this point in front of view you have to take care of your dog. Giving stress is bad for his/her health and cause several health problems which affect his/her activities. If you are very close to your dog, you can easily identify this. This blog is very informative for all dog owners. In my point of view every pet owners should read this.

Jun 7, 2015
by Anonymous
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Certain food types can be

Certain food types can be deterimental to a dog's health. Anything with too much sugar or salt or too many spices may cause a digestive upset. Great review!

Jun 7, 2015
by Anonymous
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Why is Fromm not on the

Why is Fromm not on the list? I've found it to be great. Just wondering if there's something I'm missing?

Jun 9, 2015
by Anonymous
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I use Fromm also. A friend

I use Fromm also. A friend from Italy who has a degree in canine
nutrition recommended it to us. Low protein for hot climates is good per him, also.

Jun 10, 2015
by Anonymous
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Recent articles have said

Recent articles have said that Blue Buffalo has come clean about false advertising in its claims of not using by-product meal. May want to update your list! :-/

Jun 23, 2015
by kat
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Yes, thanks for giving us an

Yes, thanks for giving us an update on Blue Buffalo. It seems that one of their suppliers was giving them some bad ingredients. I am hoping that Blue Buffalo will quickly address that problem so we are keeping it on our list for now. 

Good coverage of the issue is at http://www.wxyz.com/news/purina-and-blue-buffalo-battle-in-court-over-contents-of-pet-food 

Blue Buffalo still has not informed consumers of the presence of poultry by-product meal in Blue Buffalo pet food, refuses to accept responsibility for the product it sold, and is instead blaming its suppliers. 

Jul 9, 2015
by Anonymous
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Have been using Orijen from

Have been using Orijen from 10 weeks for my German Shepherd and Lab mix, they are super healthy and their voats are gorgeous!

Oct 4, 2015
by Anonymous
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I agree with you. Why isn't

I agree with you. Why isn't Fromm or Acana on this list?

Oct 10, 2015
by admin2016
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Thanks for the tip on Fromm.

Thanks for the tip on Fromm. We need to do more research on it but from all the sources we can find on it, it too looks like a good dog food. We have updated the article to reflect the tips. Thanks everyone.

Oct 28, 2015
by Anonymous
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Okay so being a

Okay so being a nutritionalist and trainer for dogs, i find your list quite funny. First of all orijen should be at the top, maybe if you read the back of the bag as compared to natural balance, totw, and blue buffalo. Wellness doesnt even touch the quality of orijen. Second, why is totw up there when their kibble is processed in water? If you knew that processing the kibble in water removes most nutritional value then i bet you would change your mind. There are plenty of vrands that are higher quality than BB, wellness, NB, and TOTW. Such as earthborn, zignature, acana, nutram, by nature, primal. Maybe you should relabel the list to say top 5 low end premium dog foods and remove orijen and replace it with something else. Again, im just appalled that this is the list you came up with when it doesnt take a half wit to figure out that you have obviously messed up with this one.

Dec 6, 2015
by Anonymous
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You do realise that all

You do realise that all these dog foods are equal to any supermarket food
The only difference is they promote their food as being healthy/organic
Whack on a huge price tag people buy it truly believing they are getting a healthy product when your getting the exact same product in a supermarket
For much much less they all use the same ingredients no matter what lies they spin you
All your dog needs or cat for that matter is a balanced healthy diet of wet and dry food all yo need to look for on a bag of dog food is grain free
And finish off with plenty of excersize

Kind regards Doug vet for 20+ yrs

Feb 3, 2016
by Anonymous
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Thanks Doug! My boy gets

Thanks Doug! My boy gets Hill's Science Diet Grain Free and loves it. No more stinky surprises while we're lounging on the couch.

Feb 22, 2016
by Anonymous
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low protein dog food have

low protein dog food have been viewed as questionable, there is an extensive dominant part of vets that don't prescribe low protein nourishment for the more healthier pets.

Mar 3, 2016
by Anonymous
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better sources would be

better sources would be truthaboutpetfood.com and dog food advisor

Mar 26, 2016
by Anonymous
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I know this post format -

I know this post format - 'Top X Whatever' - makes for great click-bait, but it's of limited practical use. There are quite a few excellent dog food brands on the market; within that top tier, you have to make some very fine - and often highly subjective - distinctions to single out a few as the "best" choices.

Do yourselves a favor: Learn more about the traits that define a top-tier dog food, assess brands based on what YOU know rather than what some list tells you to buy, and let your dog's own taste preferences do the rest of the job! We give our dog Merrick's grain-free dry food. It's an excellent recipe, they use good ingredients, and it comes out the other end in a consistently manageable form (another important consideration! :-) )

One other piece of advice: Beware when somebody starts ranting about how THEIR dog's food is the only reasonable choice, only an idiot would buy some other brand, blah, blah, etc.. The people who spout this stuff are invariably: a) wrong; b) pathologically insecure; and c) annoying.

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