Best Dog Food (Overall)

As our knowledge of dogs grows it only becomes more obvious how important a good diet is, both short term and for the long-term health of your dog. Dogs on a poor quality diet can experience everything from dry, scaly skin, bad breath, bad bum smells and even more serious problems like heart and kidney problems.  

There are many brands of dog food out there, many good and many that aren’t. Foods that are full of fillers provide no nutritional benefit to your dog and it’s a lot of money to pay for your dog to get a bag of corn…or rice.

Dogs are omnivores meaning that they take benefit from having both meat and plants in their diet. Studies have shown that in wild dogs they eat plants to make up a percentage of their diet.

In my search for the best dog foods I looked at ingredients, trying to avoid any that contain too many grains and any that contain junk or fillers. Many of the best quality foods are expensive and it’s up to you to decide what you can afford to feed your pet.

Below are 10 foods that I feel are worth feeding to your pet.


10 Best Dog Food in 2020


1. Orijen Adult (Six Fish)

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Orijen prides itself on being a no-nonsense brand. They stand strongly behind the 80/20 feeding ratio (80% meat or fish) 20% fruit and vegetables. It states that it’s biologically appropriate and it really is. It’s as close to a natural diet as you can get in a dry food, saving space in your freezer and the hassle of remembering to defrost your dogs food.

Simple Ingredients

Because Orijen use the 80/20 ratio their food is filler and grain free. This means that it’s a great food for dogs with food allergies or sensitive stomachs. This food contains no wheat or gluten, which is a very common food allergy in dogs.

This type of diet has seen great results as it closely mimics the diet a wild dog would eat. In just a few weeks improvement in digestion, coat, skin and smell has been seen on this type of diet.

Guilt Free

Orijen use only free-range chickens (and eggs from those free range chickens), turkeys and meat, this puts the mind at easy for those worried about the welfare of the animals. It’s as guilt free as you can get whilst giving your dog the diet he needs.

Pros

  • Grain Free.
  • Ethical treatment of animals.
  • Follows the natural diet.
  • Perfect for sensitive stomachs.
  • Trusted brand.

Cons

  • Expensive.

2. Diamond Naturals Adult (Beef)

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Diamond Naturals pride themselves on delivering high quality natural food. This beef and rice food proudly states that their beef is pasture raised, no cruel cages that’s what we like to hear! High quality food your dog will love.

Digestive Support

This food contains chia seeds, pumpkin, dried kelp, soluble and insoluble fibres to help with digestive support. It also contains probiotics and prebiotics which are very beneficial to the digestive system.  

Antioxidant Rich

Diamond Naturals beef and rice food is rich in antioxidants to boost the immune system. It boasts a mixture of vitamins and minerals to help keep your pet healthy. Including Omega Fatty Acids which keeps the skin healthy and the coat shiny.

Pros

  • Antioxidants for immune support.
  • Prebiotics and probiotics for digestive support.
  • Omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat.
  • No artificial colors or preservatives.
  • Contains glucosamine for healthy joints.

Cons

  • Contains grains.
  • Expensive.

3. Blue Buffalo Wilderness (Chicken)

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Blue Buffalo started due to their pet dog needing a strict diet for health reasons. Since then the company has become a very popular brand, promoting their ethics for a cleaner diet for your dog.

Gluten Free/ Grain Free

In a natural diet canines don’t eat grains, this makes allergies or sensitivities to them common in pet dogs. This food is not only gluten free but completely grain free also, meaning no rice!

Vitamins and Minerals Galore

This food is full of vitamins and minerals to help your dog stay fit and healthy, including glucosamine for the joints, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to help keep the skin and coat healthy. As well as being a protein rich food perfect for keeping your pet at his best.

Pros

  • Gluten free.
  • Grain free.
  • Antioxidants for immune support.
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for coat and skin.
  • Glucosamine for joint support.

Cons

  • Contains a lot of pea.
  • Contains meat meal.

4. Acana Red Meat Formula

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Acana is a big name in the dog industry, gaining a reputation for creating healthy, species specific foods. They say their foods are biologically appropriate which is very true. Their goal is to create food that keeps your dogs diet as close to its natural diet as possible.

60% Meat, 40% Fruit and vegetables

Their food boasts a 60% meat to 40% fruit and vegetable ratio, this is great for dogs that have struggled with 80/20 food. Sometimes it can be too rich for a sensitive dog so a lower meat to fruit/vegetable ratio is a good way to maintain a natural healthy diet and keep your dogs stomach happy too.

Protein Rich

This food is rich in protein, they use a “wholepray” ratio which includes not only meat but the use of organ meat, cartilage and bone keeping close to the natural diet your dog would eat in the wild. This allows the dog to gain the benefits from the organs and bones that they otherwise wouldn’t in a normal commercial dog food.

Pros

  • Protein rich.
  • 60% Meat – 40% fruit and vegetables.
  • Gluten free
  • Grain free.
  • Trusted brand.

Cons

  • Expensive.

5. Taste Of The Wild (Bison)

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Taste of the wild prides itself on the rules of no grains, no fillers, just the way nature intended.

One of the things that caught my eye about this food was the flavour, most dog foods are either chicken, beef or fish flavoured. This is Bison and Venison which will be a pleasant change for your pooch.

Species Specific Probiotics

They use species specific probiotics that they’ve created for dogs. Probiotics play an important role in both a healthy digestive system and a good immune system. Providing aid to the digestive system allows your dog’s body to use the nutrition from the food properly.

Vitamins and Minerals  

Taste of the wild high prairie Bison and Venison food contains plenty of protein, as well as important vitamins and minerals for a healthy, happy dog. Including omega fatty acids for coat and skin health, antioxidants for immune support as well as Vitamin D and B12.

Pros

  • Probiotics for healthy digestion.
  • Omega fatty acids for healthy coat and skin.
  • Grain free.
  • Gluten free.
  • No fillers.

Cons

  • A little on the pricey side.
  • Contains meat “meal”.

6. Rachael Ray Nutrish Natural

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Created by TV cook Rachael Ray, who knows food better than a cook? She uses simple ingredients and breaks them down explaining their benefits on her website. Because she uses simple ingredients there’s less things in the food for your dog to be sensitive to. Plus, a % of every food you buy is donated to animal rescues!  

Simple Ingredients

This food isn’t full of junk, its ingredients are clear and when you have a dog with sensitivities either skin or stomach it’s important that you can see and understand exactly what’s in your dogs food that could cause a reaction.

Healthy Dog, Happy Dog

The Nutrish range of foods contains natural prebiotics and stays clear of fillers, by products and wheat/gluten. It also contains Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids to maintain healthy skin and coat. Because it contains so many vitamins and minerals this food is ideal for keeping your pet healthy.

Pros

  • Gluten free.
  • Prebiotics for digestion.
  • Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids for coat and skin health.
  • Simple ingredients.

Cons

  • Contains corn meal.

7. Hills Science Diet (Small Paws)

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Hill’s started in 1907 and in 1948 they teamed up with a veterinarian called Dr Morris. He’d long believed in a correlation between poor nutrition and the medical conditions he’d seen coming into his office. Hill’s are now the top brand recommended in vet offices all over the world, many of the foods cater to health specific needs.

The Science Diet Small Paws food is aimed towards small breeds of dog aged 1-6. Anyone who has small dogs will know the struggle of finding a perfect sized kibble that isn’t too big or aimed at puppies.

Healthy Coat

This food contains a mix of Omega 6 and vitamin E to provide a much needed boost to the skin and coat. The smell of “dog” is often down to the skin and coat being in poor condition, this aids in those areas.

Created by vets

As discussed, Hill’s is spear headed by a team of vets and nutritional advisors. They take the key needs of dogs at various stages of life and create a diet to suit those needs. This food provides a protein rich, easy to digest diet perfect for adult dogs.

Pros

  • Easy to digest.
  • Contains vitamin E and Omega 6 for healthy coat and skin.
  • Created by vets.
  • Trusted Brand

Cons

  • Contains wheat.
  • Contains grains

8. Canidae Pure Salmon

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Canidae boast an on-site lab where they test the ingredients of their food to ensure it’s the best it can be for your dog. Simple ingredients, exactly what you want from a pet food. No one really wants to be filling their pet full of preservatives or filler foods that fill them but offer no nutritional value. I think Canidae really have predicted what the modern world wants for their pet.

8 Ingredients

This is honestly the future of dog food, 8 simple ingredients. No fillers, no junk, limited ingredients which provide exactly what your dog needs without the unnecessary allergens included in most dog food.

Healthy Dog

As this food prides itself on its healthy ingredients it’s no wonder it’s full of the good stuff your dog could benefit from. Including antioxidants for immune system support, omega 6 and 3 fatty acids for skin and coat health, probiotics for healthy digestion and glucosamine for joint and mobility support.

Pros

  • 8 Ingredients only.
  • No grains or fillers.
  • Glucosamine for joint support.
  • No artificial preservatives or colors.
  • Probiotics for digestion.
  • Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat.

Cons

  • Expensive.

9. Purina One SmartBlend

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Purina has become one of the most widely known pet food companies in the world. Their food is affordable and accessible, being sold on the pet food isle at most shops.

Their SmartBlend food is a turning point for the brand, before this they’d not really ventured into a “natural” diet. This food is a real hit, loved by a lot of dogs and owners alike.

No Fillers.

This food advertises no fillers and I think it depends what you class as a filler. But lamb is the first ingredient in the food, this means that more % of the food is lamb than the other ingredients. As it’s lamb and not dehydrated or by-product it means that your dog is getting a high-quality ingredient.

Vitamins and Minerals

Their SmartBlend food contains a mixture of vitamins and minerals geared towards different aspects of your dogs health. For example, vitamin E and A for eye health, omega 6 for skin and coat and glucosamine for healthy joints.

Pros

  • Lamb is the first ingredient.
  • Eye support.
  • Glucosamine for joint health.
  • Antioxidants for immune support.
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • Contains wheat.
  • Contains grains

10. Royal Canin Petit Adult

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Royal Canin are now well known for their breed specific dog foods targeting problems popular breeds face. They sponsor big dog events such as Crufts and are used by many dog breeders all over the world.

This petit/small food comes in a few different sizes with different benefits to each size. 

Fuss Eaters

They are no strangers to the complaints from small dog owners about their fuss eaters refusing food. Most small dog owners have had their share of uneaten bags of dog food waving goodbye to $40 in the blink of an eye as their dog turns their nose up at it.

Well they’ve thought of that and enhanced the flavour of this food, making it hard to resist for even the fussiest of eaters. The small size helps too, it saves breaking up the food with a rolling pin.

Vitamins….please!

This food contains a variety of vitamins including vitamin E for eye health, vitamin B12 for blood health, vitamin B6 for nervous system support and vitamin A for heart and kidney health. As well as vitamin D3 for bone support.

Pros

  • Trusted brand.
  • Enhanced flavour.
  • Vitamin rich.
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • Contains wheat.
  • Contains grains.

Our Conclusion

There’s no one size fits all in dog food. What your dog needs (or wants, I’m looking at you fussy dog!) depends on many things from their body size to their digestive health.

We all want our dogs to be healthy and happy, gone are the days of feeding your dog whatever they had in the neighbourhood shop or feeding cooked bones. With every year that passes our knowledge of dogs grows and it can only benefit the dogs in the long term.  

When changing on to a rich food like many of the ones in this list your dog may experience some tummy upset, it’s normal and that’s why a gradual change over is recommended. If symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks then it’s best to stop the food and visit the vet.  

All of the foods on this list are good in their own way and you can’t really go wrong. We hope you’ve found what you were searching for in one of these dog foods.