10 Best Dog Food Brands, All Natural Top 10 Dog Foods, Updated 2014


10 Best Dog Food Brands, Listed in NO particular order. Read labels and avoid corn based dog foods.

All Natural Top 10 Dog Foods:

  1. GO TO: ORIJEN
  2. GO TO: ACANA
  3. GO TO: WELLNESS
  4. GO TO: HONEST KITCHEN
  5. GO TO: TASTE OF THE WILD
  6. GO TO: BLUE BUFFALO WILDERNESS
  7. GO TO: WYSONG EPIGEN
  8. GO TO: STELLA AND CHEWY’S FREEZE DRIED RAW
  9. GO TO: ADDICTION
  10. GO TO: NATURE’S VARIETY

HERE IS A LIST OF THE WORST DOG FOODS, SHOWN WITH THEIR INGREDIENTS FOR COMPARISON

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There are many other excellent choices of dog food available today also. Choose by process of elimination and decide by personal preference.

After doing a lot of reading, research and comparisons, these are my top ranked dog foods.

For a more extensive list of best dog foods check out this post.

ORIJEN

ORIJEN DOG FOOD – Grain Free

(THIS IS MY # 1 DOG FOOD PICK). Orijen is made by CHAMPION PET FOODS, in Canada, and consistently wins awards for their quality products.

Read the MISSION STATEMENT FROM CHAMPION PET FOODS about making ORIJEN, and what their overall philosophy is for our pets.

In my opinion, ORIJEN should be the base comparison standard for all other dog foods.

ORIJEN is a high protein, grain free dog food, and uses sweet potatoes as the carbohydrate source, which an excellent source of complex carbohydrates. (80% protein/ 20% carbohydrate)

The first five ingredients are meat: Fresh Boneless Chicken, Chicken Meal, Fresh Boneless Salmon, Turkey Meal, and Herring Meal. All meat and fish are from fresh local sources, never frozen. They are obtained from either free range animals or game birds. This ensures a strict and excellent quality controlled product. – This high protein philosophy follows the Whole Prey diet of our dogs and cats ancestors natural diets.

Free of grains and preservatives, this food is cooked at low temperatures to seal in the fresh taste of its regionally harvested ingredients.

NOTHING OUTSOURCED -Local farm raised ingredients that are delivered fresh daily. NOTHING FROM CHINA

Chicken, flax, sunflower, salmon and anchovy oils provide the essential fatty acids that dogs cannot produce themselves (including DHA and EPA) and are so important to nutritionally support the development of cell membranes, immune systems and a vibrant skin and hair coat.

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ACANA

ACANA GRAIN FREE also produced by Champion Pet Foods

MISSION STATEMENT FROM THE PRODUCERS OF ACANA .

Features:

High protein, low carbohydrate formulas for optimal canine nutrition, each made exclusively from wholesome protein sources passed as fit for human consumption.

Essential fatty acids from fresh wild-caught fish – fresh regional fish and Pacific salmon oil are premium sources of omega-3 EFAs (EPA, DHA) that are important in the natural diet of all dogs

Prairie botanicals, regional produce & Pacific sea vegetables – hand-harvested organic kelp, dulse and bladderwrack combined with prairie-grown botanicals and produce provide a natural source of phytonutrients and antioxidant vitamins

With NO grain, NO corn or glutens, NO inappropriate oils or vegetable protein sources, Acana formulas are also ethoxyquin-free, with NO artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, and absolutely NO genetically modified ingredients.

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WELLNESS

WELLNESS CORE DOG FOOD

INGREDIENTS:

Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potato, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Canola Oil, Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries

AND THAT IS IT! A simple to read and understand list of ingredients, and every one on this list is something I would eat.

  • Formulated for healthy dogs with optimal fat and calorie levels, just right for everyday feeding
  • Nutrient-rich ingredient such as kale, broccoli, spinach & parsley are chosen for their naturally unique contribution
  • Contains no meat by-products, wheat, corn, soy, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Core is 100% grain free, and high protein, and low in fat

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BLUE BUFFALO WILDERNESS

BLUE WILDERNESS DOG FOOD

BLUE Wilderness is a high-protein, low carbohydrate food that contains a higher concentration of the delicious PROTEIN you know your dog will love.

Inspired by the diet of wolves, true omnivores whose endurance is legendary, BLUE Wilderness is specially formulated by animal nutritionists.

Made with the finest natural ingredients – and no grains, this is a sensible alternative to raw diets.

Buy BLUE BUFFALO WILDERNESS @ Amazon.com

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STELLA AND CHEWY’S

STELLA AND CHEWY’S FREEZE DRIED RAW DOG FOODStella and Chewys

100% complete and balanced nutrition that feature raw, USDA-inspected, naturally-raised poultry and meat, organic fruits and vegetables, comes in Raw Freeze Dried or Raw Frozen.

Available in Beef, Duck, Chicken, Lamb, Surf and Turf.

When you check the list of ingredients in Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Dinners, you’ll see it reads like a who’s who of wholesome, healthy stuff.

Like raw, naturally-raised meat, poultry or fish, sourced from USDA-inspected facilities.

Organic fruits and vegetables such as cranberries, carrots, apples, spinach, broccoli and beets.

Healthful, direct-fed microorganisms (probiotics), natural tocopherols, chelated trace minerals and taurine.

Plus essential vitamins and minerals.

Every ingredient is sourced from reputable suppliers.

NO grain, NO fillers, NO artificial preservatives, NO colorings, NO added hormones, NO antibiotics AND NO sugar or salt!

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ADDICTION

Addiction Raw Dehydrated Dog FoodAddiction

Highly digestible, specializes in Premium Proteins and Game Meats such as Kangaroo, Brushtail, Venison and Unagi, from New Zealand.

  • NO artificial preservatives, flavors, fillers or by-products
  • No GMO’s, Fillers, or Artificial Colors
  • No Corn or Wheat

Addiction gently air-dries raw meat, fruits, and vegetables to keep ingredients fresh and retain vitamins and enzymes for maximum nutrition. Just add warm water to enjoy the benefits of raw food with the convenience of dry food.

*NOTE: Wild Brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula), a marsupial found in large numbers in New Zealand, contains the highest levels of Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids of any red meat. Brushtail is not native to New Zealand and eats only the best berries and foliage, destroying forests and wildlife. Unlike farmed animals, Wild Brushtail is free from antibiotics and artificial hormones. By feeding this food, you are not only helping to conserve New Zealand’s plant and animal life but are also providing your pet with a nutritionally superior meal that promotes wellness and vitality.

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NATURE’S VARIETY

NATURE’S VARIETY is perfect for rotation feeding, and with easily interchangeable food products, you can give your companion a change in flavours, textures and overall enjoyment.
Available in these formulas:

  • High in meat protein: 95% meat, 5% fruits and vegetables
  • Whole foods for proper nutrition
  • Convenient medallions and patties – ready to serve!
  • Less backyard cleanup
  • Complete and balanced for all life stages and all breeds
  • No cereal grains or fillers
  • All the meats are free-range, antibiotic – and hormone-free, and USDA inspected. The Organic Chicken formula contains organic chicken.

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WYSONG EPIGEN

UniqueWYSONG EPIGEN Features

  1. The first extruded dry diet/kibble pet food that is Starch Free (Epigen does what “Grain Free” pet foods only pretend to do)
  2. More closely resembles the food your pet is designed to eat
  3. Original Epigen 60 contains 60+% meat and organs and over 60% protein
  4. NEW Epigen 90 contains 90% meat and organs
  5. Has the natural flavor and taste
  6. Is replete with all the critical food elements probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, phytonutrients, nutraceuticals, natural form antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
  7. Rich in omega-3′s and other essential fatty acids
  8. Made in the USA at Wysong manufacturing facilities with ingredients from USDA and FDA approved domestic sources

Available in 8 formulas. This is a dehydrated product, and excellent choice for someone wanting to feed as close to homemade as possible, without the extra work. Some products do not have meat, and you can add your own organic protein to make the best homemade organic dog food. Some formulas have grains, if you prefer that, and some are grain free. All are top rated, and contain some organic ingredients.

  1. EMBARK, Low Carb, Grain-Free, Dehydrated, Raw w/ Turkey

    Embark is a grain-free and low carb premium recipe for all life stages. This gourmet puppy and dog food diet is made with limited carbohydrates and high protein to support muscle structure and function, and promote lean body mass. It is particularly suited to puppies and more active dogs and is ideal for those who are intolerant of grains

  2. PREFERENCE, Grain-Free Foundation Diet For Dogs

    Preference is meat-free & grain-free recipe! Preference is suggested for use with added raw meat, meaty bones or cooked meat of your choice (never cooked bones), as a base for a home made diet. This diet contains a custom vitamin-mineral premix with balanced calcium: phosphorus ratios, which are vital for the maintenance of healthy cells, bones and blood.

    This recipe is ideal for dogs who are sensitive to more popular meats.

    Exotic meats, fish or alternative protein sources may be used as required.

  3. VERVE, Dehydrated, Raw , w/ Beef

    Verve is The Honest Kitchen’s original recipe! This premium dog food food is ideal for adult maintenance, for dogs who do well with some grain in their diets.

    Verve is a low fat, low calorie formula, with beef as the protein source.

    It’s ingredients include a combination of 100% human food grade organic rolled barley, organic rolled rye, beef, organic rolled oats, organic flaxseed, carrots, alfalfa, potatoes, eggs, spinach, apples, chicory, parsley, cranberries, rosemary, vitamins and minerals.

  4. ZEAL, Grain-Free, Dehydrated, Raw, w/ Wild-Caught White Fish

    Zeal Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food is specifically for sensitive dogs.

    What was left out of this diet is almost as important as what is in it.

    Zeal doesn’t contain corn, soy, rice, beet pulp or wheat.

    It is also grain-free, gluten-free and free of flaxseed and white potatoes.

    This food is suitable for adult maintenance, sensitive dogs or dogs with moderate activity levels.

  5. KEEN, Low-Gluten , Dehydrated , Raw w/ Turkey

    Lower in cost without compromising our values, Keen is made with a “down to earth” ingredients list that provides great low-gluten nutrition at an affordable price.

    Like all of Honest Kitchen’s recipes, Keen is guaranteed human grade, wholesome, balanced and free of artificial additives, by-products or fillers of any kind.

    It is suitable for adult maintenance and for gluten-sensitive pets.

  6. THRIVE, Gluten-Free, Dehydrated, Raw, w/ Chicken

    Thrive is Honest Kitchen’s all life stages diet that contains chicken and the gluten-free, organic grain Quinoa. A Bolivian grain, Quinoa is easily tolerated by even the most grain-sensitive pups and contains every single amino acid.

  7. LOVE, Natural Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food with HORMONE FREE Beef

    This natural dog food diet was designed to cater to dogs of all life stages including adults, puppies, pregnancy and nursing.

    Love is ideal for dogs that may have grain or gluten sensitivities, or to help maintain a healthy body weight.

    Love is low-carb with just 35% carbohydrates. Low carb diets are often indicated as part of a holistic approach to cancer recovery.

    Love is made with USDA inspected, hormone free beef and is 100% human-grade, made in the USA, and does not contain corn, soy, rice, beet pulp or wheat. Just add water for a fresh, wholesome and human grade meal.

  8. FORCE, Grain-Free, Dehydrated, Raw w/ Chicken

    Grain-Free adult maintenance food for dogs of all breeds and sizes. Force is a complete and balanced dehydrated dog food made with free-range chicken, fruits, vegetables

    Force is formulated with moderate protein, higher fat and total calories, with a moderate level of carbohydrates.

    Great for sensitive dogs or those with moderate activity levels

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TASTE OF THE WILD GRAIN FREE
  • Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is grain-free, gluten-free, and features no corn or soy.
  • The all natural formulas support healthy digestion with chelated minerals and sweet potatoes and support a healthy coat with their unique omega fatty acid blend.
  • Made with quality roasted and smoked meat, poultry & fish
  • Regionally specific, ancestrally accurate diets
  • Supplemented with fruits & veggies
  • Complete with digestive support system & omega fatty acid blend

AVAILABLE IN:

  • High Prairie – roasted bison & roasted venison, making it ideal for dogs with common beef allergies. Supplemented with fruits & veggies to deliver natural antioxidants and sweet potatoes & peas for highly digestible energy
  • Pacific Stream - Fresh & smoked salmon, high in protein and essential fatty acids for a healthy skin and coat. Featuring highly digestible sweet potatoes and an antioxidant rich berry blend, this diet features the natural vitamins and minerals your dog needs to thrive.
  • Sierra Mountain

    – Roasted lamb as the main ingredient, this grain-free, allergy friendly formula is high in protein and highly palatable. Plus, it contains easily digestible sweet potatoes and peas for energy and plenty of fruits & veggies for vital nutrients, like antioxidants.

  • Southwest Canyon

    - Drawing on a variety of meat protein sources, including beef, lamb, and wild boar, this grain-free diet has a unique, delicious taste your dog will love. It also features low-glycemic garbanzo beans for easily digested energy and antioxidant rich blueberries and raspberries.

  • Wetlands

    - Made with roasted quail, roasted duck, and smoked turkey, this poultry based diet is an irresistible blend that is grain-free and high in protein. It is supplemented with fruits & veggies for essential nutrients and sweet potatoes & peas for easily digested energy

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18 Comments

  1. I just recently switched to Stella and Chewy’s frozen raw patties and my dogs (Westies) love it. I like to mix the patties with dry food. I was wondering if Stella and Chewy’s makes a dry food. If not, which dry food would you suggest mixing with the raw food?

  2. Our dogs had very loose stools on both Orijen, and then we switched to the lower protein Acana. Still very loose stools. We have now switched to Fromm for the last couple of years and couldn’t be happier. I’m very curious to know what your opinion/rating of the Fromm dog foods is. Thank you.

    • Hi Sue:

      Thanks for visiting,

      Fromm is on my list of best dog food choices BEST DOG FOOD CHOICES listed alphabetically, and I have also included Fromm in the top picks for Puppy food here, and Senior Dog Food here.

      I had a tough choice when choosing what I consider the top ten best dog foods, but these are certainly not the only ones that qualified for the list.
      Since I started investigating the dog food industry in 2008, there has been an increase in smaller, more conscientious production facilities. A lot of these are a family run businesses, and do not use imported goods from China, and also do use hormone free protein, natural preservatives and make grain free products. The industry has certainly changed for the better, giving us many more choices for healthy dog food.

      Most important is to avoid the dangerous dog food brands such as these, and check out the list of bad dog food ingredients here.

      FROMM is an excellent choice for those looking for a high quality commercial dog food.

      Jane :)

  3. I would really like to know your opinion on Nutri Source. I am feeding their seafood select to all 5 of my dogs. They went from Blue Buffalo to Taste of the Wild, neither of which did they care for much. They do however love the Nutri Source! I just want to best for my babies. Thanks.

    Amereta

    • Hi Amereta:

      Thanks for visiting and you have 5 lucky pups.
      Nutri Source is an excellent choice to feed your dogs.
      It is a small family owned company, no know recalls, with high quallity local ingredients used in their production.

      Highly recommended.
      Jane

  4. I’m used to getting the greatest of all dog foods when I’m home in the US. However, I’ve relocated and looking at a brand here called Ziwi Peak. What is the opinion on this food? I’m interested, so when I have to leave on business for a few days, I have something to leave the handler to feed them in my absence.

    • Ziwipeak is an excellent grain free air dried dog food. (Use water to reconstitute). Also available in canned formulas.

      ZiwiPeak ingredients are sourced from livestock, ranch-raised (free of antibiotics and hormones) in New Zealand
      HIgh Protein, (34%), using ingredients ‘passed fit for human consumption’ with no artificial colors, preservatives, fillers or grains.
      All ingredients are from NZ except chicory which is from Europe. Ziwipeak audits all of their suppliers.
      No gluten of any kind is used in any of their products.
      No rice protein is used in any of their products.
      Standard tests carried out in NZ show melamine, cyanuric acid, & acetaminophen are NOT present in the feeds given to animals that are used for their meat, fish and poultry products.
      Comes in Venison, Venison & Fish, and Lamb Formulas.
      Privately owned, with this one product being produced.
      No known recalls.

      Read more about ZIWIPEAK Here.** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **

      Highly recommended.

      Jane

  5. Please help we are so confused, when we first bought our golden Retriever “Levi” the breeder was feeding him puppy chow and even though we thought that was not great we kept him on it til he went to vet for shots for fear of upsetting his system, in that time we had trainer come and she said if that was her dog she would take him off that right away and showed us label where the first ingredient was corn then went on to advise food that had meat as first ingredient .
    The next day we went to vet and he asked what Levi was eating as he was good weight etc. and told him what breeder said he flipped, told me that people are being brainwashed by media that dogs are NOT carnivores and that’s why so many dogs these days have such problems with gas and other medical problems he says corn is excellent for them and if you want proof just look at anyone who follows Atkins diet they won’t live long either body’s aren’t meant to process that much protrein if your a dog or human.
    So we came home totally confused and he had recommended one of purinas better labels that’s hard to find and we couldn’t get so we just went with pet food stores recommendation that has meat as first ingredient and now he is so gassy and has diarrhea or just kind of soft bowel movements, so can any one recommend a good easily available puppy food.
    Thanks Sandi

  6. we had good experience with Orijin but it’s too hard to find around here and it’s quite a bit pricier than the other brands we’ve tried. we’re somewhat more limited in choices because we prefer a fish-based food. she tends to be quite gassy and we find fish vs other meats makes a huge difference. also because of the gas issue, we can’t switch her food constantly so if the store is out of her usual and we have to make do with something else.. blech… and this is what was happening often with Orijin so we had to switch. we’re currently on Maxim, a Canadian brand, and it seems pretty decent but it doesn’t appeal to her as much. can you recommend something fish-based that is maybe a little more common in pet food stores?

    • Hi Sandra:

      When I feed my girls commercial dog food, (when I’m too lazy to cook for them) I use Orijen, or Wellness.

      My local pet store doesn’t carry Orijen either, so I usually order it online. Wellness seems to be always available here though, and I highly recommend it also. If I can get it in my small town, it should be available more readily everywhere. If not don’t forget you can order online.

      Wellness Core has an Ocean Recipe. – It is in my TOP TEN best list above, as well as highlighted with it’s own review here.

      Taste of the Wild, above also has a formula called Pacific Stream.
      Fromm has a Whitefish in the Four Star Nutritional Formula.
      Blue Buffalo Wilderness has a Salmon Formula.

      These are all in my Top Ten list above.

      Jane

      • thanks, maybe we’ll try one of those. i’ll write them all down and ask at the store we shop at which one they have in stock most reliably lol

      • Not crazy about taste of the wild , Its made by diamond and had many recalls same thing with Blue Buffalo
        Orijen and Natures variety are great foods but the others listed are mostly mutiple protein sources .
        Not good for dogs that have allergies . Raw is the best ..
        I would rather see people feed the foods above than grocery store brands but its also wise to look into
        the companys making the food . Fromm and diamond make lots of other companys foods in there factory and on there assembly lines . There has to be cross contamination and these other company’s are using not so great ingredients. I just started my Online business to help customers find the right foods at discount prices .
        please check out http://www.aipetstore.com for more info . Also on FB .

    • Sandra – We fed our dog Taste of the Wild for awhile and our dog was incredibly gassy on it…we just figured she was a naturally gassy dog until a vet (not our normal vet) told us we might consider switching foods as that could’ve been the cause. Also, she had a very sensitive stomach while on Taste of the Wild, she had diarrhea at least a couple times a week. We tried different formulas of Taste of the Wild (we had been recommended to go more fish-based), but there was no change. We ended up switching her to Castor & Pollux (we switch between their Organix formula – which is the best, but more expensive, and their Ultramix formula) and her gassiness has since become completely normal AND her stomach doesn’t seem to be as sensitive anymore. The biggest bonus (for her, anyhow) is that she loves her new food. Her Taste of the Wild food would often be left in the bowl and she’d hold out for something better. Now, she gobbles down her food AND the cats even go after it (they are also on Castor & Pollux organix – cat version of course) when they get a chance. It’s not fish-based but it IS always available in our pet store, my dog loves it and it worked for us so I figured I’d throw it out there if you haven’t found a good fish-based food your dog enjoys. Of course every dog is different but I guess another suggestion can’t hurt. :) Good luck!

  7. I would like to know what your opinion is of the Earthborn Holistic dog & cat food, in particular, the Earthborn Primative Natural which I am to understand has a very high rating nationwhide. What do you think?

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