Popular Dog Food Brand Rating Scores


Pack Leader and Lover
Mar 28, 2012
Here's some info I came across about how to rate your dogfood, and popular dog food brand rating scores.
I've been using the Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice & Veg, score of 110, A+, and at a reasonable price at Costco. I was using Nature's Recipe Venison, but the price kept getting higher, and the bag kept getting smaller. :mad:

Here is a test that can help you judge the quality of your dog food.
You give points for quality items and take away points for fillers and low
nutrient ingredients. At the end of the test there are a list of several
popular dog foods and how they rate using the test.

How to grade your dog's food:

Start with a grade of 100:

1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points
2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or
fat) reference, subtract 10 points
3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5
5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five
ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer’s rice", "rice flour" are all
the same grain), subtract 5 points
6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats
in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2
11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic
to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to
wheat), subtract 2 points
14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to
beef), subtract 1 point
15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point
Extra Credit:
1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5
3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points
9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
12) 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
13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free
add 1 point

94-100+ = A This is a food with excellent nutrition
86-93 = B - this food is very good for nutritional value
78-85 = C This food is not very good and can cause nutrional problems
70-77 = D This food will probably cause health issues down the line
<70 = F This food FAILS the test and should be tossed in the trash.

Popular Dog Food scores:

Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C
Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+
Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93 B
Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101 A+
Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F
Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83 C
Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+
Burns Chicken and Brown Rice / Score 107 A+
Canidae / Score 112 A+
Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+
Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A
Diamond Performance / Score 85 C
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106 A+
Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+
EaglePack Holistic / Score 102 A+
Eukanuba Adult / Score 81 C
Eukanuba Puppy / Score 79 C
Flint River Senior / Score 101 A+
Foundations / Score 106 A+
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
Innova Dog / Score 114 A+
Innova Evo / Score 114 A+
Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
Member's Mark Chicken and Rice / Score 84 C
Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127 A+
Nature's Recipe / Score 100 A
Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116 A+
Nature's Variety Raw Instinct / Score 122 A+

Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice / Score 81 C
Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy / Score 101 A+
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
Nutro Max Adult / Score 93 B
Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice / Score 98 A
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B
Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free / Score 86 B
Nutro Natural Choice Senior / Score 95 A
Nutro Ultra Adult / Score 104 A+
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F
Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry / Score 109 A+
Pro Nature Puppy / Score 80 C
Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A
Purina Beneful / Score 17 F
Purina Dog / Score 62 F
Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F
Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62 F
Royal Canin Boxer / Score 103 A+
Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A
Solid Gold / Score 99 A
Summit / Score 99 A
Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A __________________


New member
Mar 30, 2012
Wow, this is interesting. I never knew dog food was so complicated! I just thought it was the left over parts of animals that they couldn't make into hot-dogs. Turns out there is a lot more to this whole nutrition thing than I initially thought! At least my dogs food scored alright, Alpo Prime Cuts at 81.

Then again does it really matter if you feed your dog table scraps and other bits of human food? I often wonder if the extra money for the better food is worth it when I'm feeding her bits of left over steak, pork chops, chicken, cheese, mushrooms (yes, my dog loves mushrooms!) etc...


Pack Leader and Lover
Mar 28, 2012
Original Poster
After one of my perfectly healthy dogs developed cancer and died, I started to think about the chemicals and garbage that I was feeding her with cheap dog foods. I was using Walmart's Ol' Roy, and brands like Purina. I remember opening up cans of foul smelling dog food, and thinking nothing of it, was younger and knew less then. I even remember seeing things like clumps of fur, etc.

They often used sickly, euthanized pets, render them, and use them in pet food. Hey, they're giving us 'pink slime' in our foods to save money, right? Anyway, these pets often have many medications and anesthetics in their system when they're boiled down. They also dump them in the mix in the plastic trash bags they're in, with their flea collars on etc. I can't locate the information I read years ago, but here's some info. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-industry-exposed/shocking-truth-about-dog-food/

Besides the chemicals and dead animals, a lot of dog food doesn't even have any type of meat as the first ingredient. Quality pet food is definitely more pricey, but I figure my furkids are worth it, especially after losing one at the young age of 8yrs. I give small amounts of table scraps as a treat, but pets have more problems digesting some of our human food. I don't give them any fats, grizzle, sweets or pork.


New member
Mar 31, 2012
I had no idea that they put euthanized animals in pet food. That's so sad and gross. I had been using beneful and thought the same way when I opened a can of wet dog food. I thought the smell was just something normal. I will definitely think twice about what I feed my dog now!


New member
Mar 31, 2012
Very interesting! I will have to do this with my dogs food! I didnt see it on the list. He eats Orijen. So many garbage foods out there, its a shame.


New member
Dec 8, 2021
Then it will only look at the quality of the ingredients alone, how about carbs level and meat content?