Pedigree Adult Complete

Last updated date: November 27, 2018

DWYM Score
5.3

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We looked at the top 1 Dry Dog Food and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including Petsumer Report, Dog Food Guru, Labrador Training HQ, Dog Food Advisor and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dry Dog Food you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 128 expert reviews, the Pedigree Pedigree Adult Complete placed 17th 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
4.2
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.7
4,169 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Most of the comments regarding the canned food on chewy.com and amazon.com stated that dogs preferred Pedigree’s canned food over other brand’s canned food. Customers stated that while they have tried other brands, they have found that their dogs specifically choose Pedigree more frequently. There is also no denying that Pedigree dog food contains a source of essential vitamins and minerals, such as d-calcium pantothenate, monocalcium phosphate, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, and folic acid.
- Labrador Training HQ
October 2, 2017 | Full review
By-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
- Dog Food Advisor
What experts didn't like
Minus: - Supplements can be sourced from China; risk of poor quality control. - The mineral listings do not read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption). - This food does not appear to contain probiotics (friendly bacteria that benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet). - Contains grain ingredients prone to deadly molds. - Contains genetically modified (GM) grain ingredients linked to health risks. - Contains copper sulfate, supplement recently linked to liver disease. - Contains meat and bone meal, chicken by product meal & animal fat; ingredient determined by the FDA linked to euthanized animals. - Contains food dyes linked to health risks. - This pet food lists salt high in the ingredients, contains more salt than some food ingredients.
- Petsumer Report
Due to loose regulations by the pet food industry as to what percentage of an ingredient a product needs to contain to be advertised, they can actually put it that low and still tell us it’s a lamb and rice food.
- PetFoodRatings.org
I believe my daughter’s dog died from eating Pedigree dry dog food. He was lethargic, vomiting, had a very high kidney and liver counts, had to be put down. No explanation of what happened other than he ate some toxin. There is nothing in the yard or in the house that he got into.
- Dog Food Guru
September 3, 2014 | Full review
There is nothing good about Pedigree Dog Food – even if the name is Pedigree – so we did not give it any stars. The ingredient lists for the Pedigree foods consist of ingredients that you do not want to feed your dog.
- PetFoodTalk.com
October 26, 2018 | Full review
One of the chief complaints from Dog Food Advisor and Dog Food Insider was that the main ingredient used was corn. While corn is inexpensive and used mostly as a filler, dogs have a hard time digesting it. It has also been proven that corn is known to cause many allergies and skin issues for dogs; therefore, it is hard to understand why corn would be the number one listed ingredient in this dog food.
- Labrador Training HQ
October 2, 2017 | Full review
This is not a food you want to feed your dog if you have alternatives. There are some other foods that have some of the same ingredients, but this food has none of the better ingredients you usually find to offset ingredients you don’t like.
- Dog Food Insider
December 12, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

PEDIGREE Adult Complete Nutrition Roasted Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food is formulated to give dogs all of the energy and nourishment they need to continue living life to the fullest. This chicken-flavor dog food is packed with B vitamins, zinc and omega-6 fatty acid to help keep adult dogs looking their best. Now with no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, and no added sugar. PEDIGREE Dry Dog Food also contains leading levels of the antioxidant, vitamin E, to help keep adult dogs' immune systems strong. Plus, this balanced dog food features our special fiber blend, which helps promote healthy digestion, to keep yard patrol in control. Feed your dog this oral care kibble to help keep teeth clean and give them a great taste.

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.