Best Large Breed Dry Dog Food Review
That's right, our best large breed dry dog food review considered 4,000 recipes! No, we didn't look at every formula, about 70% contain corn or a corn product in the first few ingredients. We tossed those right off the bat!
With the abundance and recent surge of "grain free" products making up another 20% or so, we left those for our grain free dry dog food review sections. Remaining, were a hundred or so formulas to evaluate that at the end of the day, left the cream of the crop large breed kibble recipes that are excellent for your large or giant breed dog.
TIP: We like formulas that include joint health supplements for large breeds as extra security towards a healthy dog. In most formulas, this is achieved by added glucosomine and chondroitin. But don't worry if a formula you pick doesn't include it. You can always use a great product like Cosoquin DS to promote and maintain healthy joints.
Best Large Breed Dry Dog Food - How We Picked
Owning large and giant breeds for over twenty five years, we know what works and picking a quality large breed kibble isn't hard. Publishing all-about-great-danes.com since 2005, we've been "in the business" of large breeds dogs and along with experience, have practical first hand knowledge of their nutritional requirements.
TIP: A quick read of the articles in our Feeding Dry Dog Food section will give you an idea of our selection process and what we look for in the best large breed dry dog food formulas.
We looked at what's available at both pet stores and online retailers. Next, studied ingredients and guaranteed analysis weeding through countless formulas to settle on nine top picks. Understand that there's a difference between "kibble" and "grain free" kibble. Grain free is often much higher in protein and this may not work for some less active large & giant breeds.
Dog Food Review Out With The Bad
We left out "POOR" kibble brands as you really don't want to feed this stuff, honestly. Poor quality kibble contains many ingredients that should be avoided for reasons you can learn about on this page. Ingredients like by-products of human food processing included hulls, wheat mill run, cereal food fines, cellulose, wheat Middlings, etc.
Foods containing corn of any type near the top of the ingredients list were excluded, period. Also, foods with added coloring dyes, chemicals, flavoring agents, thickening agents, etc. And, we chucked any brand that uses cheap protein sources like generic, non species specific "meat", or "fish", unspecified fish meal or meat meal, blood and bone meal, and any by-product meal.
We cut brands with added sweeteners like cane molasses, sugar, sucrose, etc. We ditched blends that use non specific fats and oils, apple pomace, grape pomace and citrus pulp. And last but not least, we kicked formulas that use known cancer causing ingredients such as BHA, BHT, Menadione (vitamin k3 actrivity or whatever other way they list it).. wish we could have burned them being blunt.
Finding The Quality Kibble
Healthy dog in mind, quality kibble contains named meat or fish protein sources and carbohydrates from whole unprocessed grains like whole rice, oats & barley. Organic potato, vegetables, fruit & legumes can be found in formulas that top our list. Chelated minerals, amino acids, supplements, antioxidants, probiotics and digestive enzymes as well.
Best Large Breed Dry Dog Food Picks
Blue Buffalo LP Large Breed Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Additional Info
Castor and Pollux Organix Large Breed Recipe More Info
Chicken Soup for the Soul Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food
Diamond Naturals Large Breed Adult Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food Info
Eagle Pack Large & Giant Breed Adult Formula More Info
Fromm Gold Adult Large Breed Formula Information
Horizon Complete Adult Large Breed Dog Food Formula Additional Info
Natural Balance Adult Large Breed Dog Food Additional Info
Wellness Large Breed Complete Health Formula Additional Info
Scratching Your Head?
Wondering why a brand you thought was great did not make our list? Fact is that even highly promoted brand name dog food contains corn and many other questionable ingredients. Even some brands that are Vet recommended!
We all want a healthy dog that lives forever. What we feed, and genetics, are the two most determining factors in the health of our pets. Hopefully this article and the other articles here at FMDB will help with the feeding part of this equation:)