Dog Food Chart and Ratings


How to grade your dog's kibble (dry food):
(Keep in mind that the highest rated foods are for
working/hunting dogs that are very active)

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 Super 5
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