10 Best Dog Food in India [July 2022 Updated]

Finding the Best Dog food could be difficult.

Especially, when there are many options to choose from.

Moreover, which dog food would be the best choice for your dog?

And is spending money in these costly dog foods worth it?

What are the pros and cons?

Worry not, because after reading this article you would be able to,

  • Provide the best dog food to your dog
  • Understand how to chose the best dog food
  • Types of dog foods available
  • Necessary/Unnecessary ingredients in dog food
  • Ready to make your own version of home-made dog food

But first to be quick about it, here is the 10 Best Dog Food Available in India

List of Best Dog Food In India

Product Price Link
Orijen Below 6500 Check Price
Farmina N&D Below 2000 Check Price
Arden Grange Below 1600 Check Price
Hill's Science Below 2200 Check Price
Purina Supercoat Below 1900 Check Price
Drools Focus Below 1400 Check Price
Royal Canin Starts from 1500 Check Price
Himalaya Healthy Below 800 Check Price
Pedigree Below 600 Check Price
Chappi Below 500 Check Price
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1. Orijen

Orijen is reliable & trusted brand in the world.

It is the best dog food available in India.

Paying such a premium cost guarantees you premium quality like,

  • Free-run poultry
  • Ranch-raised meat
  • Wild-caught fish
  • Cage-free eggs

On the other hand, with 85% quality animal ingredients and up to 58% protein.

It maintains a good taste that your dog will love.

Being an international product, they make sure that all quality standards are met.

Read More: Orijen Dog Food Honest Review

Pros

  • Premium Quality Ingredient
  • High Protein
  • Natural Flavour
  • Grain Free

Cons

  • High Cost
  • Not Ideal for Inactive Dogs

2. Farmina N&D

Another great product for the dog owner in India.

This product is often compared with Royal Canin.

However, it is way better than RC

The primary ingredients could be,

  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Quail

It is also known for being the best grain-free dog food for sensitive stomach.

It does not have any artificial preservative or food color or flavor.

So to be quick,

  • High-tech vacuum packaging
  • No additive color or preservative
  • Added vitamins
  • Best quality meat
  • Good for sensitive stomach

Read more about Farmina ND Quinoa

Pros

  • Recommended by most vet/nutritionist
  • Low on Carbohydrate
  • Heated & Dried Chicken

Cons

  • Some dogs don't like the taste
  • Brewer Yeast (which may cause infection in some dogs)

3. Arden Grange

Arden Grange is another great international product.

As a family run business, Arden Grange has been serving dog food since 1996.

Pros

  • Good Protein Content
  • Great for Sensitive Stomach
  • Healthy Grain Content

Cons

  • Contains Small Amount of Fillers

4. Hill's Science

The best option for those looking for middle-class budget dog food.

Product contains omega-6 fatty acid which is good for dogs healthy coats.

Even they claims that your dog's coat will improve in just 30 days after continuing with this food.

Many reports said that dogs like the taste, so if your dog likes it, you could definitely go for Hill's Science Plan.

Pros

  • Good Value for Money
  • Taste Good
  • Guarantees for Quality Coats

Cons

  • Average Quality
  • Not Easily Available

5. Pro Plan

Despite being a big brand, we aren’t that big fan of Nestle's Purina.

But, there is an exception when it comes to their Pro Plan variant.

The major ingredients in this consist of chicken products like Dehydrated chicken, chicken oil, and hydrolyzed chicken proteins.

The product also includes cereals and cereal by-products majorly wheat and corn.

Now wheat and corn could be bad for your dogs if they have grain allergies.

The product also has fish products which are good for a dog's healthy coat.

Talking about the nutritional value, it contains 29% proteins, 18% fats, 5% fibers.

Pros

  • Value for money
  • Good amount of chicken

Cons

  • By-products
  • Cereals

6. Drools Focus

Being an Indian dog food brand, the parent company (IB Group) has spend a good year in providing quality poultry & dairy products.

Drool Focus tries to maintain a good quality with at least 40% chickens, whole dried eggs and long grain rice.

Plus, it is well loved by the four-legged consumer.

Before buying this product, you could also read our detailed review on Drools Focus Super Premium Dog Food.

Pros

  • No Artificial Additive
  • Real Chicken, No By-Products
  • Contain Prebiotic & Probiotic
  • Nutritional ingredients like Oats, Flax seed

Cons

  • Chicken content is heated which reduces its nutrition
  • Fish oil used is unknown
  • Contain Vegetable Protein which have low Biological Value

7. Royal Canin

Read our article on Royal Canin Honest Review.

Being one of the most famous dog food in India, most dog owner adore this product.

But, being older brand doesn't make it more reliable or better than other.

Rice as a main ingredient product that is better than wheat and corn.

Royal Canin Maxi contains 26% Proteins 17% Fats & 1-3% Crude Fiber.

It is easily available in the Indian dog food market as well with a good number of the variant.

Product is good value for money, but contains a lot of by-products.

If you having a good budget then you should probably go for above products. Read our Honest Review on Royal Canin.

Pros

  • Good product at this price
  • Accepted by many dog trainers

Cons

  • Contains meat by-product
  • Corn & Rice will be of no nutritional value.

8. Himalaya Pet Food

Himalaya Dog Food is a little bit better than pedigree when it comes to protein content.

The product also claims to be providing meat (for adults) and chicken (for puppies).

However, the quality of chicken/ meat is not specified in the label.

Product as true to its name, proudly claims that they have been using various herbal plants like Giloy to increase immunity.

There are other herbs as well which is good for metabolism and liver health, making this product best natural dog food in India.

But like any other cheaper dog food, this product also includes maize (corn), a filler as their major ingredient.

You could easily expect macro-nutrient of crude protein 24%, crude fiber 10% & fiber 5%

You could also check our detailed review on Himalaya Healthy Pet Food

Pros

  • Have various immune enhancing herbs
  • Animal based nutrients

Cons

  • Contains corn which is known filler
  • Too much processed grain (rice) could lead to obesity

9. Pedigree

The famous brand isn't it!

Though every dog owner has heard this name, Pedigree has some bad reviews as well.

Product does not provides enough nutrition to your pup with 20% Protein, 10% Crude Fat & 5% Crude Fiber.

Pedigree do contain corn as their primary ingredients, which is cheaper source of carbohydrate. It is said to not overfeed corn to any dog.

Product contains meat by-product, i.e. bones, intestine, beaks that are non-edible. Due to this we do not recommend this product unless you have a serious budget issue.

Pros

  • Low Price
  • Famous Among Dog Owner
  • Good Reviews from Regular Customer

Cons

  • Contains High Carbs
  • Low Proteins & Fibres
  • Animal By-products like Intestine, Beak, Horn, etc.
  • Corn

10. Chappi

Chappi is a re-branded version of Chappie which is still being sold in the United Kingdom.

This product contains corn as its primary ingredient. Corn doesn’t provide any nutritional value to your dog.

It is high in carbohydrates and will surely make your dog obese if you feed it much.

This dog food also contains meat by-products instead of actual meat.

That mean you could find protein made from beak, claws, nails, horn and every other thing which is not eaten by humans out of animal husbandry.

Although many customers actually liked it. Maybe due to the low price or their dogs liked the taste. Some dog parents have also claimed good results from this product.

You could get 20 KG of this dog food under 2,500/- making it the best budget dog food in India

We have an detailed honest review written on Chappi Dog Food.

Pros

  • Low Price
  • Does not contain any additive
  • Have omega 3 & 6
  • Easily digestible for sensitive stomach

Cons

  • Too much fillers (corn)
  • Contains meat and grain by-products

How we rank these products?

While in the search for the best dog food in India, we have came across many dog food available in Indian dog food market.

To be honest and precise about our review we have used ingredient analyzing as a mean to rank their quality.

Researching about individual ingredients help us to determine the quality of dog foods.

Each ingredient's pros/cons is evaluated to check how these products would affect your dog in a long run. Which one of them is nutritious and which one is just to raise the stats.

Dogs being carnivores aren't able to utilize the plant protein as much as they could from animal protein. Still many dog food manufacturers use these fillers to lower their market price.

To be clear, we doesn't try to defame or praise any brand; just try to show you what you’re getting for the money you paid!

For more detailed reviews, you could check our articles on Honest Review.

We hope that your search for the best dog food in India ends here!

Why can't I feed my dog home-made food?

After going through our list, you may have thought, "Why can't I just feed my dog home-made food?”

This is the question each one of us goes through.

Don't worry, as we were in your shoes once. Being a first time dog parent could be confusing!

Let's start with the basics then.

You must understand that a dog's digestive system is very different from a human's.

We have seen many dog owners feeding homemade food (mostly rice & milk) to their dogs.

Let's be straight, these foods are enough to fill up a dog's belly but won't fulfill their nutrition requirement.

A dog's body requires protein for the good development & maintenance of the muscles.

And this protein is also crucial in the growth stage and help pups with the new muscle development.

Now here's a twist.

We humans could get proteins from various vegetarian sources as well like Paneer, Milk, Soya-bean, etc.

But for dogs these proteins are somewhat (not completely) useless as their body couldn't use it due to having a carnivore digestive system. A carnivore cannot strive well on plant proteins.

A best dog food satisfies all the protein needs of a dog with their animal based protein only.

Yet, many dog food manufacturers include plant proteins into their ingredients.

This significantly increases the crude protein stats of the product which companies could proudly promote.

However, plant protein contains less biological value.

Customers who know the benefits of the protein will happily buy the product based on the crude proteins percentage.

But, it won't do that much good to their dog.

While there won't be any short-term consequences for this, it will surely harm your dog in longer term.

So investing in good dog food is a very important job.

Beside this, do you know that there are many foods we eat like onion & garlic that could be dangerous to our dogs & should be avoided?

For more info, check our article on Foods that are safe for dog to eat.

Is there any home-made dog food option?

Yes, there is!

Cooking your own dog food isn't that tough! However, you must have a good knowledge about the food that are safe for your dog.

Just a little work and you could be the world's greatest chef for your dog.

Start by boiling chicken to remove any parasite or bacteria like salmonella.

Complement the meal with one whole boiled or scrambled eggs.

Add up to 50% of any of the above dog food into that meal as it contains important additives like Omega 3 & 6 oil (good for coats), Oats, Turmeric, etc.

Remember adding fish oil to your dog food is important as the Omega 3 & 6 we talk about is richly present in it. If you have a breed like Huskies, German Shepherd having a dense coat then fish oil is could be beneficiary.

By feeding your dog this kind of home-made food, you protect them from various issues like joint pain, weaker bone, heart disease, breathing issues, kidney failure, and many other health problems.

Tricks to choose the best dog food

Now, we have already listed our recommendation.

However, finding top dog food in India is not that difficult if you know the trick.

It is possible that in any other platform or market, you may come across a very appealing offer on some new dog food.

Then this technique will surely help you to decide if the dog food is worth buying.

It is very crucial for you to read the dog food ingredients, to know what you are going to feed your dog.

If the product doesn't clearly mention any ingredients on its label then know that it mostly contains fillers for sure, as companies aren't proud of what they are making.

This is just a cost effective product for people looking for a cheaper dog food option.

Some of the ingredients that you should be looking for are,

  • Animal Protein Source like meat, chicken, fish, duck, quail, etc (not by-products)
  • Complex Carbs (Whole grain like Oats, Barley, Brown rice which isn’t processed food)
  • Fruits and Vegetables (Cranberries, Carrot, Papaya, Mango, etc.) to provide antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes & fibers)
  • Fatty acids as they are crucial for your dogs healthy coats. (Omega 3 & 6)

Types of Dog Food

In general, we have classified dog foods into 5 categories.

  1. Kibbles/ Dry Dog Food
  2. Gravy/Wet Dog Food
  3. Freeze-Dried & Dehydrated Dog Food
  4. Raw Dog Food
  5. Cooked Dog Food
  6. Prescription/ Veterinary Dog Food

There is also a grain vs grain-free aspect of dog food which we will discuss later.

Kibbles/ Dry dog food

This is the most famous form of dog food available in the dog food market. It is cheap as well as easy to maintain for a longer time.

Generally, kibbles contain small pellets that are crunchy and of course dry. So while feeding your dog dry dog food, make sure to keep a water bowl beside him/her.

Kibbles have longer shelf-life as there isn't any moisture inside them. You could pour a bowl of kibble and then wrap it to the store in a dry place.

As these pellets are crunchy, your dog tends to chew the food with their teeth. This lowers the risk of tartar build-up in the mouth and thus helps to maintain good dental health.

This dog food is made by grinding all the ingredients (according to their proportion) and them making it into a dough. This dough is then shaped according to the pellets and cooked at a higher temperature.

Pros

  • It is convenient and could be carried easily while traveling.
  • Cheaper than other types
  • Prevents tartar build-up

Cons

  • Contains less moisture, so your dog needs a good amount of water
  • Fast eater dogs might swallow a bunch of pellets without chewing, this could cause an obstruction in dog's throats
  • Cooking ingredients burn off many essential nutrients

Kibbles/ Dry dog food

Gravy as the name suggest contains up to 70% of moisture. Moisture is a very important factor in digestion as it prevents constipation.

This type of food is mostly fed to dogs along with kibbles as it increases the meal's moisture and taste.

Canned Dog Food

Gravies are expensive than kibbles and also comes in a lesser packet due to their lower shelf-life. Once opened they should be consumed within 2 days and must be stored in the refrigerator.

Feeding only gravy is never recommended as your dog need to chew their food. Mixing it with the kibbles are the best way to feed it.

Pros

  • Contains enough moisture for healthy digestion
  • Tastier than Kibble

Cons

  • Doesn't involve chewing which is bad for good dental health
  • Prone to easy spoilage
  • Must store in dry cool space; Refrigerator.

Freeze-Dried & Dehydrated Dog Food

Unlike kibbles and gravy, these foods are not cooked instead processed to remove any moisture.

Why?

Well, moisture in any food supports microbial growth in it. This is the reason why gravy has a low shelf-life (flashback).

Now removing moisture from the ingredient can be done with 2 methods, Freeze-dried or Dehydrating.

Freeze Dried Dog Food

Freeze-dried is a method where food is kept in a vacuum and the temperature is lowered just below the freezing point.

After reaching that particular temperature, food is slowly heated.

Due to this water content in the food changed directly into a gaseous state from liquid and thus vacuum is used to remove vapor. It removes up to 98-99% of moisture.

Dehydrating is a simple process where food is kept in a dry container and hot, moisture-free air is passed around it.

This dry air pulls the moisture out of food thus making it dehydrated. This process removes up to 90-92% moisture.

Both of these foods require you to pour a scoop into your dog's bowl, add a little water, and serve.

Pros

  • Foods are not heated directly in any of these processes, thus preserving all nutrients
  • The raw aspect of the meat is preserved
  • More nutritious than kibble

Cons

  • Mixing this food completely in water is necessary. Eating without proper water content could cause stomach bloating.
  • They are expensive

Raw Dog Food

Some people (mostly those with guard dogs) love to feed raw meals to their dog/s. They believe that by feeding red meat, they are making their dogs more aggressive.

While this is a myth according to this study, feeding raw meat could surely have some downside.

Some dog experts believe that feeding this type of food could cause a serious health issue to you and your dogs, while others see it as a natural habitat.

Raw Dog Food

While there is a lot of confusion and debate about this let me clear all your doubts.

Feeding your dog raw meat is better. It makes your dog's digestion better so you get a firm stool.

But there is a risk!

Feeding your dog raw increases their chance of getting parasites and bacteria like salmonella. These bacteria could be spread to the human through dogs as well.

Again feeding it with regular kibbles or gravy will add nutritional benefits to your dog's meal.

Pros

  • Good digestibility. It is indicated by the firm stool.
  • No bad breath smell.

Cons

  • Risk of bacteria and parasites to other pets and humans in your dog's vicinity
  • Storage of such food is risky as it is prone to various bacteria.

Cooked Dog Food

What if you want to walk that extra mile, make that extra effort to feed only fresh foods to your dog.

You could surely feed your dog home-made food, but adding dog food in it will only increase its nutrients.

We won't talk more about home-made food as we have already written everything above.

Pros

  • By doing this method, you get a satisfaction feeding fresh food to your dog
  • As you are preparing your dog food, you control the quality standards. You also get rid of the additives & by-products used in dog foods.

Cons

  • It needs efforts, also you could not bring meat or chicken in bulk for a month. You have to bring chicken daily or in 2 days basis.
  • Additional kibbles/gravy is needed as they also contain nutrients like omega-3 & 6, fiber, additive vitamins

Prescription/ Veterinary Dog Food

These are the types of dog food given to your pooch when they are suffering from a specific health condition or disease.

For example, your dog could have liver-related issues, obesity, hypoallergenic, urinary (excretion-related issues), or skin issues like yeast infections, allergic dermatitis, Folliculitis, Impetigo, etc.

Despite of being easily available in the market, we would suggest you to speak with your Veterinarian about them.

If you have read our honest review on Royal Canin, you must have seen a number of Veterinary products they offer.

These foods are specifically tailored for dogs having a particular health condition. After your dog getting cured, you could again switch back to normal dog food.

Note: There aren’t any pros and cons in this type of food as they are needed during treatments.

Grain V/S Grain-free

There is a lot of confusion about grain-free vs grain.

You must have seen many brands proudly labeling grain-free on their products.

So should you feed your dog a grain-free product or the one with grain in it? Well, we are here to explain to you that.

Grain-free products are generally more expensive than their grain counterpart. Because they include more meat, vegetables, and fruits rather than bulk grain.

It is also true that these grain-free products contain more crude protein. Dogs with grain allergies must use these products.

But, is your dog suffering from grain allergy? Does he require that extra protein?

  1. Dogs suffering from grain allergies carry symptoms like skin infection & hair loss, red paw pads, inflammation, etc.
  2. Extra protein is required for the dogs that are more sporty and are getting good exercise daily or are lactating due to newborn puppies.

Is that the condition with your dog? If your answer is yes then you should surely go for grain-free alternatives (which you could find on the first 5 products).

Else, the grain product is not that bad for your dog.

Hope this clears all your doubt about grain-free products. If not, then reach us through our contact form.

Conclusion

I hope you now understand some of the basics of dog food ingredients. This probably allowed you to buy any new dog food stress free.

Remember to watch out for the amount of fillers in the product, if budget is not an issue.

If you could go a little bit expensive for your loved companion then I would personally suggest you to go for the top 5 dogs foods in the list.