Having access to dog food ratings for many of the most popular choices on the market can make choosing the right diet for your dog easier.
The most important thing to consider when a choosing dog food are the ingredients.
The ratings on this page were reached using Sarah Iricks' method of grading dog food, which uses a detailed points system to determine the overall value/quality of any individual food based on the quality of it's ingredients.
Knowing which are the best rated dog food choices is very valuable, because the quality of the nutrition you supply will have a huge impact on his future health, as well as the quality, and even the length, of his life.
The dog foods listed below have been evaluated using this ratings system, and the individual 'score' for each of them has been given (anywhere from an 'A+' to an 'F').
Although what goes into a dog food formula is critical to it's quality, what gets left out is also important. This dog food ratings system takes both of these things into account, and is an excellent way to get the 'big picture'.
Dog food formulas can change from time to time as manufacturing processes change, and companies are bought or sold. The ratings below were compiled a while ago, so it's always worth double-checking the ingredient list of any food you're interested in to make sure there haven't been any significant changes.
Authority Harvest Baked / 116 A+
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / 99 A
Eagle Pack Holistic / 119 A+
Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken / 114 A+
Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy / 94 A
Eagle Pack Natural / 94 A
Foundations / 106 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / 110 A+
Kirkland Signature Puppy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable / 108 A+
Royal Canin Bulldog / 100 A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / 106 A+
TimberWolf Lamb and Venison Formula / 136 A+
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / 92 B
Bil-Jac Select / 68 F
Diamond Maintenance / 64 F
Eukanuba Large Breed Adult / 83 C
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / 73 D
Iams Large Breed Adult Dog Food / 83 C
Nutro Natural Choice Chicken Meal, Rice & Oatmeal Formula Adult / 85 C (non-specific fat source)
Ol Roy / 9 F
Pedigree Complete Nutrition / 42 F
Pedigree Adult Complete / 14 F
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / 23 F
Purina Beneful / 17 F
Purina Dog / 62 F
Purina Come-n-Get It / 16 F
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / 63 F
Science Diet chicken adult maintenance / S 45 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / 69
If you are using a certain food and it 'works' for your dog, keeping him in great shape with a healthy, shiny coat and tons of energy... feel free to evaluate it using this system.
If it scores a 'B' or above and you'd like to see it added to the dog food ratings list above, just go to my Contact Us page and let me know the brand, formula and rating and I will add it to the list.
If you'd like to see how a number of popular dog foods compare to each other in terms of ingredients and nutritional components, you may also want to check out my Dog Food Comparison page.