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Best Dry Dog Foods For 2023

Searching for a safe and healthy dry dog food can be a challenge! Dog food labels are confusing and leave important details out. So we did the legwork for you and compiled our list of Best Dry Dog Foods For 2023.


Each food in this list has been evaluated based on the ingredient quality and ingredient safety by It’s fine to look at how much protein and fat is in a food, but at the end of the day, the food needs to be safe for your dog to eat (and many foods contain ingredients that are quite unsafe). So each food’s score is an average of the ingredient quality and the ingredient safety.

Here are some of the criteria we look for:


  • Does the food contain too much carbohydrate?
  • Are plant sources used to boost protein content?
  • Does it contain unnamed animal protein?
  • Are there excessive vitamins and minerals added?
  • Are free amino acids added to balance poor quality proteins?
  • Does it contain processed or seed oils?


  • How much processing is involved in making the food?
  • Does the food contain rice?
  • Does the food contain known genetically modified foods?
  • Does the food contain foods known to be high in pesticides?
  • Does the food contain natural flavor?

Each food is objectively evaluated using these criteria. You can view the full Evaluation Criteria used to review the dog foods.

This is NOT a paid list and there are no affiliate links. We’ve partnered with Dog Food Reviews to make sure dog owners have unbiased, objective criteria to help them choose the best dry dog food on the market.

Now that you know how we evaluate the foods, let’s find the best dry dog food for 2022. The foods evaluated include air-dried, cold-pressed and baked foods, in addition to more conventional kibbles.


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WILD VENISON RECIPE INGREDIENTS: Venison, Lamb, Lamb Green Tripe, Lamb Heart, Lamb Liver, Lamb Kidney, Ground Lamb Bone, Bok Choy, Carrot, Blueberries, Cranberries, Kelp, New Zealand Green Mussel, Honey, Rosemary, Coconut Oil, Hoki Oil, Vitamin D3, Salt, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex

The New Zealand Natural Pet Food Co. offers 3 air-dried dog food recipes with an average score of 9/10. The Wild Venison and Beef score 9.5/10, while the Chicken weighs in at 9/10. Each food loses an ingredient safety point for moderate processing, but this applies to all air-dried foods. On the whole, air-dried and baked foods may be less processed than kibble, which is considered an ultra-processed food.