Dry Dog Food Ratings

Rating Dry Dog Food


Over the years, I have tried numerous brands of dog food.  I have gone top dollar down to the inexpensive brands, trying to find the right food that works best for my dogs.  I had been feeding Costco’s Kirklands Chicken and Rice for years.  I have never had any problems other than after awhile, my dogs seem to get “bored” with their food (any food)  There was a lot being said about Costco’s brand of dog food recently (2014), so I decided to try something new.  After researching I decided to go with Fromms Adult Classic Brand~ I rated this brand myself since it is not on the list below, with a score of 105pts/A+.  I also have my current puppies on the puppy brand.

There are many factors that play into dog food and finding the right one can be overwhelming.  A few years ago, I found this food rating (below) on the internet.  It’s pretty simple.  Only you can make the right decision for your dog and what works best.  I hope you will find this helpful in making your decision:

How to grade your dog’s kibble (dry food): Start with a grade of 100, then:

  • For every listing of “by-product“, subtract 10 points
  • For every non-specific animal source (“meat” or “poultry”, meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
  • If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
  • For every grain “mill run” or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points
  • If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. “ground brown rice”, “brewers rice”, “rice flour” are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
  • If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
  • If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
  • If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3points
  • If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
  • If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
  • If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
  • If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
  • If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
  • If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
  • If it contains salt (sodium chloride), subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:

  • If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
  • If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points
  • If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
  • If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
  • If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
  • If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
  • If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
  • If the food contains barley, add 2 points
  • If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
  • If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
  • If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
  • For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count “chicken” and “chicken meal” as only one protein source, but “chicken” and “” as 2 different sources), add 1 point
  • If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
  • If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

 Scoring:

  • 94-100+ = A
  • 86-93 = B
  • 78-85 = C
  • 70-77 = D
  • 69 and below = F

 Here are some foods that have already been scored. 

Brand/Formula Score Grade
Merrick Wilderness Blend 127 A+
Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct 122 A+
Innova Large Breed Puppy 122 A+
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium 122 A+
Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry 120 A+
Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice 116 A+
Authority Harvest Baked 116 A+
Chicken Soup Senior 115 A+
Innova Evo 114 A+
Innova Dog 114 A+
Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy 114 A+
Canidae 112 A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken 110 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables 110 A+
Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry 109 A+
Burns Chicken and Brown Rice 107 A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult 106 A+
Foundations 106 A+
Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato 106 A+
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice 106 A+
Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice 106 A+
Nutro Ultra Adult 104 A+
Royal Canin Boxer 103 A+
ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley 103 A+
EaglePack Holistic 102 A+
Nutro Natural Choice Oatmeal 101 A+
Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy 101 A+
Flint River Senior 101 A+
Beowulf Back to Basics 101 A+
Royal Canin Bulldog 100 A+
Nature’s Recipe 100 A
Summit 99 A
Solid Gold 99 A
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula 99 A
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Lamb and Rice Puppy 98 A
Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice 98 A
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold 97 A
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice 97 A
Nutro Natural Choice Senior 95 A
Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach 94 A
Nutro Max Adult 93 B
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold 93 B
Authority Harvest Baked Less Active 93 B
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice 92 B
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy 87 B
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice 87 B
Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free 86 B
Diamond Performance 85 C
Member’Mark Chicken and Rice 84 C
Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice 83 C
Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice 81 C
Eukanuba Adult 81 C
Alpo Prime Cuts 81 C
Pro Nature Puppy 80 C
Eukanuba Puppy 79 C
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium 73 D
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies 69 F
Bil-Jac Select 68 F
Diamond Maintenance 64 F
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ 63 F
Purina One Large Breed Puppy 62 F
Purina Dog 62 F
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice 23 F
Purina Beneful 17 F
Purina Come-n-Get It 16 F
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Published on September 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

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