Horizon Dog Food

Last updated date: November 27, 2018

DWYM Score
8.3

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We looked at the top 1 Dry Dog Food and dug through the reviews from 5 of the most popular review sites including Dog Food Advisor, Dog Food Guru and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dry Dog Food you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 126 expert reviews, the Horizon Horizon Dog Food placed 9th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 20, 2019:
Checkout The Best Dry Dog Food for a detailed review of all the top dry dog food.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.0
9 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
- Dog Food Advisor
You can find chickpeas, lentils, etc., as ingredients in many grain free dog foods. These ingredients do have some good points. They are high in plant protein compared to corn and wheat. They are also low glycemic which is better for dogs that have to watch their blood sugar levels such as diabetic dogs.
- Dog Food Guru
For Horizon Legacy dog food formulas, the first five ingredients usually contain several different protein sources. Peas are often included in the first five ingredients, along with pea starch. Some of the proteins that are included are chicken meal, salmon meal, chicken and turkey meal. Horizon Legacy dog food formulas are grain-free, which is different from some other Horizon formulas.
- PetFoodTalk.com
October 31, 2010 | Full review
Something that I don’t talk about often but is important in a dog food is the temperature that it is prepared at. Many kibbles are rapidly cooked at high temperatures which can burn away good nutrients. Horizon knows this, so they use a lower-temperature cooking process to do their best to retain as many nutrients as possible during the manufacturing process.
- Here Pup
The Amicus line of products is specifically designed to meet the unique nutritional needs of mini and small-breed dogs. These products offer a 76% animal protein inclusion rate to meet the high-protein and high-energy needs of smaller dogs. Amicus food comes in three grain-free formulas – one for puppies, one for adult dogs, and one for senior dogs and weight management. These formulas feature quality ingredients like fresh turkey, chicken meal, red lentils, and green peas.
- Pawster
May 15, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Some people might express concern about the flax in the food. Flax has some benefits such as plant-sourced omega-3 but the healthiest form of omega-3 for dogs comes from marine sources. Dogs can’t do much with omega-3 from plant sources. Flax also contains phytoestrogens that can interfere with a dog’s hormones. This can be a problem even if you have a spayed or neutered dog. It can be disastrous if you are a dog breeder.
- Dog Food Guru
Some dog owners experienced an increase in the number of bowel movements and the amount of stool that their dog passed every day after switching to this food. I wasn’t able to verify the amount of food they were feeding them (they may have needed to decrease the amount), but I also suspect that the high amount of fiber in the foods may be the culprit.
- Here Pup

From The Manufacturer

Horizon Legacy is an innovative grain free pet food that applies the same nutritional philosophies of a raw diet but in a convenient super-premium kibble. Horizon Pet Nutrition is an independent, Canadian owned and operated developer and manufacturer of innovative, healthy and trusted pet foods. Horizon is dedicated to being a trusted manufacturer of premium pet foods whose manufacturing process retains and preserves the key elements found in fresh, raw ingredients through lower temperature cooking.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wellness Core
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Orijen Tundra
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Taste of the Wild Grain Free
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 8
4. CANIDAE All Life Stages
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
6. American Journey
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Blue Buffalo Wilderness
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Fromm Classic
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Horizon Dog Food
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Natural Balance Dog Food
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
11. Nature’s Recipe
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Iams ProActive Health
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Royal Canin
Overall Score: 6.0
Expert Reviews: 7
14. Diamond Naturals Dry Food for Adult Dog
Overall Score: 5.8
Expert Reviews: 8
15. Purina ONE SmartBlend Natural Formula
Overall Score: 5.6
Expert Reviews: 6
16. Hill’s Science Diet Adult Sensitive
Overall Score: 5.5
Expert Reviews: 4
17. Pedigree Adult Complete
Overall Score: 5.3
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Dry Dog Food

Dogs are like members of our families, so of course, we want to keep them as healthy and happy as possible. The foundation for that is proper nutrition. A consistent, high-quality diet is the key to keeping your dog looking and feeling great. Feeding your dog the best dog food will keep them functioning at their best and can ward off chronic diseases, leading to a longer life. Dry dog food is very common and convenient, as it does not require refrigeration.

There’s a ton of different types of dry dog food out there, so the choices can be overwhelming.  You should look for dog food that is labeled as “complete and balanced,” which means the food contains the minimum amount of all the nutrients necessary for dogs. This standard is regulated by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Keep in mind that buzzwords like “premium” and “immune supporting” are not regulated and should not carry much weight in your choice.

Just as with human food, you want to make sure your dog is eating a diet with real, whole foods and one that is free from artificial preservatives and additives. Make sure your dog’s food contains a high-quality animal protein source, like lamb, chicken or turkey. Leading brands, such as Orijen Tundra, contain multiple protein sources, including chicken, turkey, flounder and egg.

Many veterinarians recommend avoiding dog food that contains grains like corn, wheat and soy, as dogs do not need these starches. Although many healthy dog foods contain carbohydrates in the form of fruit and vegetables, brands like Taste of the Wild tout their grain-free recipe.

Other healthy ingredients include probiotics, which benefit the intestinal and immune systems, and minerals. Minerals should be chelated or proteinated for maximum absorption.

Some dogs need special diets, and diets should be adjusted for puppies and senior dogs. The right dog food for your pet will meet all of their needs and come at an affordable price.

DYWM Fun Fact

Dogs have been humans’ companions for more than 30,000 years. In the beginning, man’s best friend’s diet did not get the consideration it does today. Dogs generally ate the scraps that were left over from their humans. Around 1860, businessman James Spratt introduced the first commercially prepared dog food. Official nutritional requirements for dogs and cats were established in the mid-1980s. Dry dog food, or “kibble” as we know it today, became popular in the 1950s.

As of 2017, commercial pet food was a $26 billion industry. These days, a lot of pet parents are turning to online retailers like Amazon and Chewy to get their dog food delivered straight to their door.

The Dry Dog Food Buying Guide

  • Make sure to feed your dog the proper amount. Overfeeding your dog ups their risk of obesity and associated health problems. There are some formulas to determine how much you should be feeding your dog depending on their size and breed, and your veterinarian can also provide you with guidance.
  • Puppies need small, frequent meals, while adult dogs can eat just one to two meals per day. Some dogs are grazers, meaning that they will eat small amounts throughout the day, but many more will eat all the food that is given to them at a time, which is why it’s important not to overfeed them.
  • Price is an important factor in dog food, as it’s one of the major ongoing expenses associated with being a pet owner. A higher price tag does not necessarily translate to a superior product. A moderately priced brand such as Nature’s Recipe scores high marks for its quality.
  • To keep your dog’s food fresh, make sure it is sealed. Some brands come with resealable tops, or you can put it in an airtight container, preferably made of glass or stainless steel. Make sure you keep your dog food in a cool, dry place. Moisture and heat can compromise the food’s safety and quality.
  • Just like human food, dog food has an expiration date. Dry dog food is generally good for one year. Never give your dog food that smells or looks spoiled.
  • It’s important that the food you choose is a good fit for your dog. If your dog rejects a food or it makes them sick, it may not be the optimal choice for them. Consult with your veterinarian to find the type of food that’s best for your pet.
  • Make sure you wash the bowls your dog eats and drinks from regularly, ideally every day. Once a week, they should be sanitized with a bleach solution. Stainless steel bowls are the easiest to keep clean.