Ones professionals use, not internet nutritionists. Foods used by sled dog racers and hunt trialers are the best.
A Team - Dr. Tim's, Red Paw, Annamaet, Inukshuk, Eagle Power are the best.
B Team - Precise Endurance, Eukanuba Premium, Pro Plan Performance, Pro Pac Performance, EVO Red Meat
C Team - Black Gold Signature, The Pride Pro Series 26/20, Loyall Professional, Diamond Extreme Athlete.
>>>>> Ingredients matter far less than nutrients....<<<<<
keep that in mind.
If you want the best food, ask a professional trainer.
The foods people rave about on here would starve most dogs that are worked.
That is true but my point was making judgements about the utility of ingredients by human standards or standards that you commonly read. You cannot assume a food with an "impressive" list of ingredients is any good.the nutrients are in the ingredients.
Then pick a food with about 25% protein and 15% fat with low ash, especially phosphorous. That type of animal will never use the amount of protein or fat that people on here will try to sell you. There is no more important aspect for a pet dog than ash.For my individual dog her life consist of following me around the house, sleeping, eating, taking walks and begging for scraps. The most amount of strenuous activity she gets is running away from Sampson my cat when he decides its play time LOL. I just want to find a brand that will keep her happy and healthy for as long as possible.
That is the highest level for the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Assciation. These are dogs that point and retrieve (water retrieving as well).Monsters Dad, you said something about VC in regards to THK and Ziwipeak. What is VC?
If she is a family pet, feed her in a safe manner that is consistent with her breed type, age, level of activity and current physical condition. Avoid the dog park fad foods because they are largely untested foods and, frankly, people that use them are the type of pet owners that switch so often they couldn't possibly know if the food was any good. You need a good 3 - 6 months to tell.To respond to Monster's Dad I have no illusions that Delilah is an animal but I consider her my little fur baby. I'm responsible for her but she doesn't have little clothes or get carried around or walked in a stroller. Shes definitely not a working dog, she is considered part of the family though.
I realize that, but the question was the "best" not the most appropriate. Once the situation was described the recommendation changed.Monster's Dad, you often refer to hard working dogs and their nutritional needs. Most of us have average pets. If I fed my dogs the high protein, high fat diets that you recommend, my dogs would get very sick, especially my boxer. None of my dogs do well on grain inclusive kibbles - yes, I've tried them. They itch and get eye goobers. What works for one dog doesn't work for every dog. My boxer and my poodle do well on a grain free kibble that's around 25% protein and 14% fat. Right now, I'm transitioning them to Petsmart's new grainfree Authority Chicken and Potato. So far, so good. They also do well on TOTW Pacific Stream, which is almost double the price. My westie mix, who's allergic to nearly anything, only does well on California Natural Salmon Meal and Peas (no grain/potato/alfalfa). I just bought a bag of California Natural Kangaroo and Lentils (to see if she can handle it), which is similar, except for the protein source. We'll see...
Well I mostly agree with this list I do have some comments...I agree that your dog probably won't need a very high protein food, you want one with good ingredients, which does not include a food that contains a bunch of grains, IMO. Most grain free foods will be fine when fed in the correct portions, you just have to keep in mind that when a dog is not that active, she will not need as much food as she may have eaten before when upgraded to a better one. Just make sure she gets plenty of exercise too!
The brands I prefer are Orijen, ZiwiPeak, Acana, Canidae Grain Free, Taste of the Wild, Annamaet, Fromm, Evo, Wilderness, and Wellness Core.
I'll use the Grain Free Authority Chicken and Potato if it works. I'll also rotate it with TOTW Pacific Stream every so often, as both dogs do well on it. Both kibbles are okay, but not the best, I realize. I'd rather use Acana grain free, but it's too pricey for me. My boxer and my poodle were on Acana Chicken and Burbank Potato (also contains steel cut oats). It's a good food, but it made them both itchy and have eye boogers (boxers are a royal pain to feed, btw - most can't handle grains, and my boxer absolutely can't handle high protein kibbles - 30% or higher).I realize that, but the question was the "best" not the most appropriate. Once the situation was described the recommendation changed.
So if the Petsmart food works, will you use that or change? Why change from CN Salmon? Which dog was on Acana Chicken & Oats?