Best* Dry Dog Food of 2022

Dry dog food is convenient, nutritionally balanced and easy to store, making it one of the most popular options for pet parents. Ready to learn all about feeding your dog? Let’s dive into Petco’s best-selling dry dog food.

 
 

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Here are some of the best-selling dry dog foods you can find at your neighborhood Petco Pet Care Center and online.

Royal Canin Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

The Best Dry Dog Food for Large Breeds:


Royal Canin

Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Large breed dogs may require extra support for their bones and joints and more nutrient-dense recipes to meet their energy needs. This complete dry dog food from Royal Canin checks the boxes—with the optimal balance of protein, fiber and nutrients. The kibble is even shaped for large jaws.

Features:
  • Available in 35 lb. bags
  • First ingredient is chicken
  • Made with high-quality proteins and fiber to help maintain active energy levels
  • Key nutrients help support the bones and joints of large breeds

ORIJEN Original Grain-Free High-Protein Fresh and Raw Animal Ingredients

The Best Grain-Free Dry Dog Food:


ORIJEN

Original Grain-Free High-Protein Fresh and Raw Animal Ingredients

With the highest-protein content on our list, ORIJEN’s Original Grain-Free recipe is one of the best-selling dry dog foods for high-energy, active dogs. Their “whole prey” philosophy means they use the most nutrient-dense parts of the prey to deliver biologically appropriate, high-quality nutrition.

Features:
  • Available in 12 oz., 4.5 lb., 13 lb. and 25 lb. bags
  • First ingredients are free-run chicken and turkey and wild-caught Atlantic flounder
  • A high-quality dry dog food with nutrient-dense proteins, eggs and legumes
  • Coated with freeze-dried liver to enhance flavor and palatability

Merrick Grain-Free Real Texas Beef and Sweet Potato Recipe

Merrick

Grain-Free Real Texas Beef and Sweet Potato Recipe

This high-protein, grain-free dry dog food contains no poultry ingredients, making it a preferred option for pups with chicken food sensitivities. Merrick uses real meat and whole fruits and veggies, creating delicious recipes that are some of the best-selling dry dog foods for picky eaters.

Features:
  • Available in 4, 10, 22 and 30 lb. bags
  • First ingredients are real Texas beef, lamb and salmon
  • High-protein and free of grains and poultry ingredients
  • Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, glucosamine and chondroitin to help support skin, coat and joints

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Natural Adult High-Protein Grain-Free Chicken Recipe

Blue Buffalo

Wilderness Natural Adult High-Protein Grain-Free Chicken Recipe

Another protein-rich option, BLUE Wilderness dry dog food provides lean protein from real chicken, nutritious carbohydrates like sweet potato and peas, plus whole fruits and veggies like carrots, blueberries and cranberries. Your dog may be a beloved house pet, but this recipe satisfies the spirit of the wolf.

Features:
  • Available in 4.5, 11 and 24 lb. bags
  • First ingredient is deboned chicken
  • Contains antioxidant-rich LifeSource Bits plus vitamins, minerals and other nutrients
  • No by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy or artificial flavors or preservatives

Taste of the Wild High Prairie Grain-Free Roasted Bison and Venison Recipe

Taste of the Wild

High Prairie Grain-Free Roasted Bison and Venison Recipe

Taste of the Wild is known for its high-quality dry dog food that’s formulated for domestic dogs’ needs—but reminds them of their wild past. One bite of the High Prairie recipe and your pup will dream of hunting bison on the plains. With unique, novel proteins, this recipe can also be a good choice for dogs with food sensitivities.

Features:
  • Available in 5, 14 and 28 lb. bags
  • First ingredients are water buffalo, lamb and chicken
  • High-protein formula with no grain, corn, wheat, artificial flavors or artificial colors
  • Family-owned and made in the USA

The Honest Kitchen Whole Food Clusters Grain-Free Beef Recipe

The Honest Kitchen

Whole Food Clusters Grain-Free Beef Recipe

The Honest Kitchen makes delicious, dehydrated recipes, but they’re also one of the best-selling dry dog food brands. Get the convenience of dry dog food with the wholesome, human-grade ingredients they’re known for. Their dry food is cold-pressed, roasted and dehydrated, helping to maintain the same taste and aroma as whole foods.

Features:
  • Available in 1, 5 and 20 lb. packs
  • First ingredient is real, ranch-raised beef
  • Minimally processed and made in human food facilities in the USA
  • No feed-grade ingredients, meat meals, fillers, GMO ingredients, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives

WholeHearted Grain-Free All Life Stages Beef and Pea Formula

WholeHearted

Grain-Free All Life Stages Beef and Pea Formula

You don’t need to break the bank to afford the best-selling dry dog food brands. WholeHearted uses the expertise of leading vets and nutritionists to create high-quality dry dog food at an affordable price. This grain-free beef recipe helps provide balanced nutrition for all life stages.

Features:
  • Available in 5, 14, 25 and 40 lb. bags
  • First ingredient is real beef
  • Contains probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
  • No corn, wheat, soy or grains of any kind

WholeHearted Grain-Free All Life Stages Salmon and Pea Recipe

WholeHearted

Grain-Free All Life Stages Salmon and Pea Recipe

With salmon as the first ingredient, this WholeHearted dry dog food provides a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and antioxidants. It also has canine probiotics to support the digestive system and zero corn, wheat or grains, making it a popular option for sensitive stomachs.

Features:
  • Available in 5, 14, 25 and 40 lb. bags
  • First ingredient is real salmon
  • Antioxidant formula with guaranteed levels of Vitamin E, selenium and zinc
  • Contains omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics for the skin, coat and digestive system

Hill's Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach and Skin Chicken Recipe

The Best Dry Dog Food for Sensitive Stomachs and Skin Allergies:


Hill's Science Diet

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Digestive issues are extremely common in dogs—and often send pet parents scrambling to find the right solution. Formulated to balance the microbiome and optimize nutrient absorption, this best-selling dry dog food for sensitive stomachs can help promote digestive health and keep the skin and coat looking good.

Features:
  • Available in 4, 15.5 and 30 lb. bags
  • First ingredient is real chicken
  • Highly digestible formula with prebiotic fiber to help support a healthy gut
  • Made in the USA

Purina Pro Plan High-Protein, Sensitive Skin and Stomach Salmon and Rice Formula

Purina Pro Plan

High-Protein, Sensitive Skin and Stomach Salmon and Rice Formula

You don’t have to skimp on protein if your pup has a sensitive stomach. This Purina Pro Plan dry dog food contains 26% protein from a quality source, easily digestible carbohydrates with no corn, wheat or soy and fatty-acid-rich oils to help nourish the skin and coat. Plus, salmon is a novel protein that’s often used for pups with food sensitivities.

Features:
  • Available in 5, 16, 30 and 41 lb. bags
  • First ingredient is real salmon
  • High-quality protein and easily digestible rice and oatmeal ideal for sensitive stomachs
  • Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, vitamin A and antioxidants

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Learn More About Dry Dog Food

Dry dog food that hasn’t been opened can last anywhere from 18 months to 2 years, depending on the ingredients and how it is stored. Foods high in fat may degrade more quickly, as well as foods that are exposed to light, air, heat and humidity. All dog food will have a “best by” date that you can use to estimate how long it will last.

Opened dry dog food lasts about 6 weeks, but again, this depends on storage as well as the size of your dry dog food bag. Keep opened dog food in the original bag and reseal it with a strong clip or tape between uses. You can also help keep it fresh by using a plastic bin designed for dry dog food. Check out our dog food storage solutions to help keep your dry dog food fresh for longer.

The amount of dry food to feed your dog depends on their size, age and activity levels. Puppies require more food and more frequent feedings than adults and also need special food formulated for their needs and their expected weight as adults. Large breeds and especially active dogs will also require more food, while small breeds require less—sometimes much less.

Your dry dog food label will contain basic feeding instructions that you can use as a starting point. Then, factor in your dog’s lifestyle and current weight. For example, a dog that is already overweight or that leads a sedentary lifestyle may require less food, while an underweight dog or a very active dog may require more food than the label recommends. Always consult your veterinarian with questions about your pup’s feeding routine.

*Based on petco.com sales data.