Dog Food (Kibble) Grading Chart

I found this on a dog forum I go on:


This is widely circulated on the web...the original author somehow has been lost. If you know who came up with it, or if you have scores to add, please post it here! Thanks.


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 points
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 points
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 points
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

Posted on May 18, 2010 at 9:45 am
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94-100+ = A 86-93 = B 78-85 = C 70-77 = D <70 = F

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 Oatmeal / Score 101 A+
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 Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+
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


Posted on May 18, 2010 at 9:45 am
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Thanks! I think this is very good.  We feed Innova (an A+ at 114), and seeing the comparison makes me feel a little better about shelling out the $$ for the better food!

Posted on May 18, 2010 at 10:18 am
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yay!  ours both got A's (yeah...we have to give them 2 separate kinds of Nutro!)

Posted on May 19, 2010 at 5:16 am
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Woo hoo!  Ours got an A+ (Wellness Super5) and I agree Meany - makes me feel better when shelling alll that $$$$!!!

Posted on May 19, 2010 at 5:41 am
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hmm... If I did it right, then the ProPlan Natural Lamb and Rice got a 99 - for the price, I'll take it.  =)

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 1:08 am
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I've always fed ours Beneful...and it got an F. I feel awful! What should I be feeding them? I feed our puppy Purina Puppy Chow but I didn't see it on the list. Is all Purina food bad?

Posted on May 24, 2010 at 9:30 am
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You should be able to read the ingredients list and see if it's good or not.  For example, Purina Puppy Chow has whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, whole grain wheat, and animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols as the top 5 ingredients.  Since ingredients are required to be listed in weight order, usually the first 5 or so ingredients are a pretty substantial part of the food.  (Complete ingredients here: http://www.longliveyourdog.com/products/PuppyChowHealthyMorsels.aspx).  The first 2 ingredients are whole grain corn and corn gluten meal.  These are not quality food ingredients and are one of the main causes of allergies and skin problems in animals.  The protein ingredient in the top 5 is chicken by-product meal, which is basically the dry ground necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines of chickens...not the actual meat of a chicken.  So that isn't a very good protein source.  An example of a good source of protein would be chicken or chicken meal (not by-products.  This is the actual meat of the chicken (the meal is the dried meat of the chicken, so it is better because none of the weight is the chicken's water/fluid).


The food I feed is Innova Adult Large Bites.  The first 5 ingredients are turkey, chicken, chicken meal, barley and brown rice.  So the first 3 ingredients are good protein sources.  (Ingredients here: http://www.innovapet.com/product_line.asp?id=1).  It is more expense than a brand like purina, but think about how you eat.  If you ate a meal that was only corn, how much would you have to eat compared to a meal that was only steak?  Steak is much more filling because of the protein, so you would eat less.  The same is true for dogs.  Sure the food is more expensive, but becasue of the quality protein, it is more filling so a bag last longer.

Posted on May 25, 2010 at 3:26 am
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Thanks for posting! The Taste of the Wild - Pacific Stream that my beagle eats got a 105 A+! Woo hoo!

Posted on May 25, 2010 at 11:16 am
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Crystal - Purina makes different "quality" of foods too, so no, they aren't all bad.  The regular old Purina is at the bottom, next up the ladder and a little better in quality is the Purina One, then their best product is the Purina ProPlan.  My family vet for 20 years has always recommended the Purina ProPlan.

First 5 ingredents of Purina One Puppy: Lamb, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, oat meal, fish meal.

First 5 ingredents of Purina ProPlan Puppy Turkey & Barley: Turkey, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, chicken meal (natural source of glucosamine), pearled barley,

Posted on May 26, 2010 at 1:18 am
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Thanks girls! Maybe I'll switch to ProPlan then.

Posted on May 26, 2010 at 9:27 am
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*bump*

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 6:56 am
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Kaytana - what forum are you on?  I'm always looking for resources for my clients =)

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 3:58 am
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@Claire - I'm not active on it now..but *don't laugh*..it's called Yorkie Talk :)


http://www.yorkietalk.com/

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 11:20 am
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That is awesome!  Thank you so much, I'll check it out!

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 7:34 am
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We just had to switch to a less expensive dog food because our finances are tight right now.  We bought Purina One Smartblend.  It looks like it scores about a 65.  Yikes!  I try to tell DH that we need to spend more on dog food because it's better for her but he doesn't get it.  I hope I can talk him to spending a few extra dollars to buy her healthier food next time. 

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 8:23 am
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Also, if you go the ProPlan website here: http://www.proplan.com/products/dog/ you can get a $3 off coupon. 

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 8:35 am

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