Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
The health of a four-legged friend begins with proper nutrition. Today's breeders more often give preference to ready-made feeds due to their convenience and balanced composition – a properly selected feed contains all the minerals necessary for an animal, a BZHU complex. Manufacturers calculate the daily dose of components for dogs of different breeds, weight, sometimes age and other characteristics (pregnant, lactating, castrated individuals), give recommendations on the feeding rate, observing which additional products other than water do not need to be added to the diet.
The market is filled with offers from manufacturers: ready-made feeds are presented in a wide price and quality range, but in order to preserve the health of the animal, experts recommend purchasing and introducing holistic class products into the diet, that is, the best premium products. It is made from whole meat, oils and other natural ingredients with no synthetic or 'empty' substitutes. The experts of the online magazine present a rating of the 9 best holistic dog food.
- Rating of the best food for dogs of the holistic class
- BELCANDO for all breeds of lamb, rice
- GO! NATURAL Holistic 4 types of meat: turkey, chicken, salmon, duck
- NOW Natural holistic “Weight control” for large breed dogs with turkey, duck
- GRANDORF for small breeds, Four types of meat with brown rice
- Summit holistic for large breed dogs three types of meat with chicken, lamb and salmon
- Barking Heads for Small Breed Dogs with Sensitive Digestion, with Chicken
- Applaws Grain Free for Senior Dogs 'Chicken / Vegetables: 75/25%'
- VIGOR & SAG with turkey and lotus leaves for weight control
- Almo Nature Alternative with fresh salmon and rice (50% meat) for medium and large breed dogs
Rating of the best food for dogs of the holistic class
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price for 1 kg|
|Rating of the best food for dogs of the holistic class||1||BELCANDO for all breeds of lamb, rice||521 RUB|
|2||GO! NATURAL Holistic 4 types of meat||487 r|
|3||NOW Natural holistic weight control||RUB 609|
|4||GRANDORF for small breeds, Four types of meat with brown rice||759 r|
|5||Summit holistic for large breed dogs three types of meat||320 RUB|
|6||Barking Heads for Small Breed Dogs with Sensitive Digestion||RUB 790|
|7||Applaws Grain Free for Senior Dogs 'Chicken / Vegetables: 75/25%'||RUB 530|
|8||VIGOR & SAG with turkey and lotus leaves for weight control||657 r|
|9||Almo Nature Alternative with fresh salmon and rice (50% meat) for medium and large breed dogs||707 r|
BELCANDO for all breeds of lamb, rice
Topping the rating is the BELCANDO line of holistic food for dogs of all breeds based on lamb and whole rice. For production, lamb muscle meat and offal are used – liver, lungs, at least 30% of total animal protein in the product, cereals account for 40%, but rice, unlike wheat and barley (cheaper fillers), does not contain gluten, and therefore does not cause allergies , it is more valuable in terms of chemical and mineralogical composition. In addition to pure meat protein, the manufacturer introduces 10% of dried protein substrate into the mixture, as well as additional components: oat seeds, yeast, grape seed flour, flax and chia seeds, herbs, liver hydrolysates and poultry fats. The composition of BELCANDO feed is completely balanced and even exotic – it contains plant components atypical for animals. There is a lot of animal protein in the general ratio, and this is important for dogs, because by nature they are predators.
The food contributes to the maintenance of the animal's optimal energy level, favorable digestion and the maintenance of dental health. The line includes dry food for adult dogs, puppies. BELCANDO is trusted by breeders of different breeds of dogs, which indicates the high quality of the products.
The average price per kilogram is 400 … 570 rubles.
- It contains a lot of the right protein and meat;
- The series includes food for adult dogs and puppies;
- Contributes to the normalization of digestion, including upset and sensitive;
- Synthetic components are excluded;
- Easily digestible rice;
- Like dogs.
- High feed price per kilogram;
- Not sold in all specialized stores, mainly supplied on order.
GO! NATURAL Holistic 4 types of meat: turkey, chicken, salmon, duck
The second place in the ranking is holistic food of the famous brand GO! series NATURAL Holistic. It is based on chicken meat and broth, which gives flavor to granules, pure turkey muscle fibers, salmon fillets (including its fat), herring fat – a source of fatty acids, duck meat. The plant base is whole potatoes, lentils and peas, dried eggs and organic garden vegetables. In addition to meat and vegetables, the composition includes fruits and even berries. They are necessary to fill the feed with the maximum amount of natural nutrients, there are absolutely no chemical components in it. An important advantage of GO! NATURAL Holistic is gluten-free in the form of cereals, so the food can be used with confidence for dogs with sensitive digestion and 'decayed' health. Among the shortcomings noted by animal owners are the lack of information and the size of the pellets. Despite the versatility for breeds declared by the manufacturer, it is still inconvenient for small dogs to gnaw on relatively large pieces, so we recommend GO! NATURAL Holistic with 4 types of meat for dachshunds, toy terriers and other miniature pets, we will not.
The average price for 1 kg is 366 … 526 rubles.
- Natural and varied composition;
- Zip bag;
- The taste attracts animals;
- Not difficult to find on sale;
- Suitable for all breeds of dogs;
- A large amount of protein – 35%;
- Lack of cereals.
- Large pieces for small dog breeds;
- Not suitable for all animals;
- High price.
NOW Natural holistic “Weight control” for large breed dogs with turkey, duck
Large dogs are especially susceptible to overeating and weight gain. To control the body weight of the animal, it is optimal to use the NOW Natural holistic “Weight Control” food, made on the basis of turkey fillet and broth, it also contains duck meat, but in small quantities. Cereals in the feed have been replaced with potato flour and apples, the composition includes pea and egg fiber – a source of pure and healthy vegetable protein, berries, a large amount of vegetables and vegetable oils rich in essential fats and vitamins. The total amount of calories is reduced, the food is ideal for sterilized and prone to weight gain. Active quadrupedals can feel hungry even when feeding norms are followed, therefore, in the absence of indications, experts do not recommend introducing NOW Natural holistic “Weight Control” into the diet. By the way, the amount of protein in general is not the highest – only 24% with a natural composition with whole meat.
The average price of 1 kg holistic feed is 300 … 440 rubles.
- The absence of synthetic components and preservatives in the composition;
- Suitable for weight control;
- Reduced calories;
- Relatively low price;
- Can be used to feed large dogs of normal weight over 7 years old.
- Not all dogs will gorge themselves at the correct feeding rate;
- Reduced the amount of correct protein to 24%.
GRANDORF for small breeds, Four types of meat with brown rice
GRANDORF with four types of meat is recognized as the best holistic food for adult dogs of compact breeds, it is based on dehydrated fillets of turkey, duck, rabbit, fresh meat and chicken fat. Krill, a small shrimp of the northern seas, is used as a rich source of omega fats. The total amount of meat and animal components is 60%, while valuable protein is only 27%. The granules contain many components to improve digestion: live probiotics Enterococcus faecium in huge quantities, natural carob flour regulates the digestive tract of the animal, added whole brown rice fiber. No gluten components. The specialized food GRANDORF contains a lot of chondroprotectors, antioxidants, while the composition is not as large as in the previously considered types of food, but no less balanced. The composition does not include classic allergens, but the absence of a specific reaction on the part of the immune system is still not guaranteed by the manufacturer (property identical for all feeds).
The average price of 1 kg holistic feed is 580 … 700 rubles.
- Conveniently sized pellets for small adult dogs from 12 months;
- 60% of muscle components in different types;
- Low consumption;
- The absence of allergens with a moderate and relatively small composition;
- Suitable for dogs with indigestion or gastrointestinal sensitivities.
- High price.
Summit holistic for large breed dogs three types of meat with chicken, lamb and salmon
On the fifth line of the rating is the product of the Canadian company Summit of the holistic series for large-breed dogs. It is suitable for animals without a tendency to overweight and digestive problems, because in addition to dehydrated chicken, lamb and salmon meat, there is oatmeal, barley and rye, which contain a complex gluten protein. Note that there is no natural fresh meat in the Summit holistic class food, while useful protein in the total mass is 24%, which is also relatively small. The mineralogical composition is only partially represented by natural vegetables and algae, the manufacturer used synthetic components, however, permitted and safe for animal nutrition.
There is no doubt about the quality of Summit holistic, because Canadians use only high-quality components for production, albeit not always natural ones. Holistic food is highly appreciated by dog breeders, so we can safely recommend it for purchase.
The average price of 1 kg is 260… 350 rubles.
- Affordable price (corresponds to quality);
- The optimal amount of proteins;
- Complete mineralogical and energy balance;
- Pleasant taste – animals like it.
- Use of synthetic components;
- Lack of fresh meat;
- Not suitable for unhealthy dogs with sensitive or upset digestion.
Barking Heads for Small Breed Dogs with Sensitive Digestion, with Chicken
For small dogs with digestive problems, the Barking Heads line contains a special food based on village chicken meat, which contains 50% of it. Another half – trout rich in omega fatty acids, plant components – rice, algae (source of iodine), carrots, herbs, sunflower oil and mineral components.
The composition practically excludes the main allergens and components that provoke indigestion. What is noteworthy, for the production, the manufacturer used fresh and dried meat of free-range village chicken, it has a higher nutritional value, better protein and practically no antibiotics and heavy premixes. Rice promotes easy assimilation and normalization of digestive processes, and herbs and algae are sources of essential additional minerals. There are no artificially obtained ingredients in the composition.
The average price of 1 kg of holistic feed is 700… 800 rubles, it is difficult to find a package more than 1.5 kg.
- Half farm chicken;
- No synthetics;
- Improves digestion;
- The share of nutritious protein is 24.5%;
- No gluten in the composition;
- Improves the immunity and health of the animal.
- The only packaging option is 1.5 kg;
- High price.
Applaws Grain Free for Senior Dogs 'Chicken / Vegetables: 75/25%'
Elderly animals need health and immunity support, so manufacturers are developing for such dogs a food with a special composition with an increased amount of protein and calcium. Applaws is a specialized premium food developed by the UK Veterinary Institute. The composition is based on chicken: 65% is fresh meat, another 9% is minced meat. Vegetable protein is represented by valuable and easily digestible green peas and a small proportion of potato starch – only 7%. Chicken broth and fat, salmon fat provide the necessary taste and omega-6 acids, tomato – fiber and lycopene, and rare and valuable medium chain triglycerides of the dog are obtained from natural coconut oil.
A small but balanced composition without allergens will provide the pet's body with the necessary substances to support immunity.
The average price of 1 kg is about 500 rubles.
- A large percentage of chicken meat (only 74%);
- High proportion of pure protein – 37%;
- Small composition without allergens;
- In most cases, it helps to eliminate allergic reactions in the pet.
- Not defined.
VIGOR & SAG with turkey and lotus leaves for weight control
Another low-calorie holistic food in the ranking VIGOR & SAG is made on the basis of turkey – 26% from fresh and 22% from dried muscle meat. The vegetable protein base is peas and potatoes. Salmon oil and chicken fat are rich in fatty acids, and lotus leaves, even in small amounts, improve the conversion of carbohydrates and fats into energy, also help to normalize blood pressure and improve the quality of blood vessels. Hawthorn, flax seeds, algae, cassia seeds, garden vegetables and fruits add additional nutrients to provide the necessary chemical and biological value. Antioxidants have a beneficial effect not only on the condition of the blood, but also help to clean the teeth and tongue.
The average price of 1 kg holistic feed is 900… 1000 rubles.
- High protein content – 30%;
- Many herbal ingredients to improve the state of digestion and immunity;
- Promotes weight control while adhering to a feeding regimen.
- High price.
Almo Nature Alternative with fresh salmon and rice (50% meat) for medium and large breed dogs
At the end of the rating, the holistic food Almo Nature Alternative for medium-sized and large dogs, made only from fresh salmon meat – there is at least half of it. Dehybrates and dried protein are not used. According to the manufacturer, the components used in the enterprise are suitable for human nutrition; the packaging has the corresponding official 100% HFC (Human Food Chain) label.
Rice and Potato Protein – a source of the right carbohydrates, enhances the nutritional value of dehydrolyzed lamb. In addition to rice and plant-based potatoes, flax seeds and chicory are also included, which are rich in FOS compounds that improve digestion.
The average price of 1 kg of feed is 680… 850 rubles.
- Half of the composition is pure fresh meat;
- Rice and potatoes as vegetable protein, gluten-free;
- 25% protein;
- Minimum of components;
- The food is suitable for special diets with no allergens.
- The price is above average.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.