Recommended Brands

The following list contains some better quality dog food brands and their associated costs. This is not the end all list of acceptable brands but these are the ones I have fed, or know others that have, with good results in the past. The breakdown of the dog foods is also our opinion. In addition, these brands use a process by which the minerals are chelated by attaching them to proteins. This is a process found in most of the better dog foods. You can find additional reviews on just about every dog food at the "Dog Food Advisor" website.

One other note to consider is the importance of finding a dog food company that does not outsource their production. Many times when you see dog food recalls in the news it affect several brands. This is because many companies outsource their production to third parties and in doing so lose oversight of quality and control. Here is a list of dog foods and the shared production facilities they use.

Not all brands listed are suitable for Great Dane Puppies from 0-2 years of age.
Please review the rest of the Nutrition section to learn why.

We urge you to do additional research on the food you choose at Dog Food Advisor

Best $$$

The following brands we rank as the best. These are also the most expensive.

Orijen
Company: Champion Petfoods
Owns production facility: Yes

Acana
Company: Champion Petfoods
Owns production facility: Yes
*Acana is less expensive than Orijen but just as good quality wise. The difference is usually in % of ingredients.

Wellness Core Grain Free
Company: Wellness
Owns production facility: No

Better $$

The following brands we rank as the very good and a little less expensive.

Earthborn Hollistic
Company: Midwestern Pet Foods Care
Owns production facility: Yes

Earthborn Hollistic
Company: Natures Logic
Owns production facility: No

Merrick
Company: Merrick Pet Care
Owns production facility: Yes

Fromm Gold & 4 Star
Company: Fromm Family
Owns production facility: Yes

Precise
Company: Precise Pet Products
Owns production facility: Yes

Go!
Company: Petcurean Dog Food
Owns production facility: No

NutriSource
Company: KLN
Owns production facility: No

Solid Gold
Company: Solid Gold Pet Foods
Owns production facility: No

Good $

The following brands we rank as adequate. Cheaper options that are still much better than grocery store brands.

Kirkland (Costco brand)
Company: Costco
Owns production facility: No

RAW or BARF diets

Raw diets also known as biologically appropriate diets are starting to catch on in the past decade. The basis of these diets are to feed raw meat, bone, and organs to your dog. While it sounds pretty disgusting, it actually has basis in science and I have seen the affect it has first hand in that every dog I have seen on a RAW diet looks amazingly healthy. It can also do wonders for dogs with skin issues due to food allergies. Dogs are perfectly able to eat raw uncooked meat, even chicken. Their stomach acid, much like their cousins the wolves are able to handle the bacteria that comes with feeding a raw diet, so long as they are healthy. They are also capable of eating bones. Most people fear that bones can get stuck in a dogs throat or intestine, but in fact that only applies to cooked bones not raw. Raw bones are pliable and easily digested by dogs, but cooked bones become brittle and can splinter which can cause serious harm or death.

There are things to consider with RAW diets such as cost, lifestyle, etc. before making the leap into RAW. We are not experts on the subject however and recommend if it is something you are interested in that you do your research. There are plenty of good RAW websites and user groups out there that can help guide you and get you started.

There are also places that make ready made frozen RAW diets such as Raw Natural Diet which is also a Great Dane rescue!