The founding philosophy behind our formulas is what Dr. Gary Cotton, Founder of Best Breed, calls “Common Sense Nutrition.” Common Sense Nutrition means we disregard the usual marketing and cost control techniques often used by the large conglomerate pet food companies and simply develop the healthiest all-natural pet food possible. Each ingredient in our formulas MUST be of the highest quality and MUST be accretive to the overall value of the diet, meaning no animal by-products, cheap fillers, any sort of gluten (e.g., corn gluten) and artificial preservatives, flavors and colors. Each Best Breed kibble is balanced and complete and contains concentrated amounts of highly-digestible nutrition – maximizing nutrient absorption.

Amounts of Nutrition
When feeding best breed's nutritionally-dense formulas, you may use up to two-thirds less food, meaning less money and less waste!

Premium Ingredients

At Best Breed, we often say that the difference between our diets and our competitors' diets is not on the outside of the bag, rather it is inside. When comparing and contrasting labels of different brands, one can easily decipher that a diet containing low-grade ingredients such as, “chicken by-product meal” or “corn gluten” is subordinate to a diet that contains ingredients such as, “chicken meal” or “brown rice.” But what most pet parents do not realize is that just because a diet has ingredients such as “chicken meal” or “brown rice” listed, doesn't necessarily mean that the diet is of the highest quality. For example, there are many grades of chicken meal, all of which can legally be called “chicken meal” on the ingredient list, but are significantly different in terms of nutritional value and digestibility. Best Breed's formulas contain only the highest grade of ingredients available, helping ensure the health and vitality of your faithful friend.

PROTEINS – Best Breed only uses premium, all-natural sources of protein, including the flesh and organ meat from named sources such as chicken, salmon and duck. All of Best Breed's formulas are meat-based. And we only use meat meals, such as “chicken meal” versus just “chicken” or “real chicken,” which contain up to 70% water. Using such meals ensures that each diet's MEAT protein does not shrink below the weights of non-meat ingredients after water is removed during the cooking process.

FATS – Fats used in our formulas are derived from wholesome sources such as chicken fat, fish oils, flaxseed and canola oil – all are highly digestible sources of energy and rich in essential fatty acids like linoleic and alpha linoleic acids.

CARBOHYDRATES – We only use healthy grains, including brown rice, oats and barley and low-glycemic grain alternatives, including chickpeas, red lentils and green peas.  All sources are rich in essential vitamins and nutrients and serve as quality sources of fiber.

VITAMINS & CHELATED MINERALS – Best Breed's formulas are supplemented with balanced levels of vitamins and minerals to ensure healthy growth and development and a properly functioning body. As minerals are difficult for most pets to absorb, Best Breed only uses “Chelated” minerals. The use of chelated minerals improves the absorption rate of certain essential nutrients into your pet's bloodstream.  Non of our vitamins and minarals come from China.

Innovator in Pet Nutrition

Since inception, Best Breed has been an innovator in pet nutrition. Recognizing that commercial pet foods were causing short- and long-term health issues in pets, we were one of the first companies to develop a holistic diet for dogs and cats. Further, we were one of the first to package those diets in high oxygen barrier material which keeps the food fresh and allows for the use of naturally-preserved ingredients. We have also been a leader in creating formulas for certain pet activity levels. For example, after repeatedly receiving requests from the working dog community for a premium diet that would meet their dogs' high nutritional demands, Dr. Gary collaboratively developed Best Breed's Working Dog Diet with world-renowned K-9 trainers. Today, police departments around the nation are successfully using Best Breed's Working Dog Diet to meet their K-9s' strenuous physical and mental demands.  Lastly, we are one of the first companies to recognize that grain-free diets using high-glycemic ingredients like potatoes and tapioca are not necessarily better for pets.  We still believe that healthful, whole grains are good ingredients as long as they are used in moderation and part of a balanced diet that includes plenty of premium, low-ash meats and fats and fiber.  For those pets that are sensitive to grains, we developed several grain free formulas using low-glycemic grain alternatives, including chickpeas, green peas and lentils. 

High-Barrier Packaging
High oxygen barrier poly bags with resealable zippers preserve freshness and keep nutrient-destroying oxygen out.

Committed to Food Safety and Freshness

Best Breed is committed to producing the safest and freshest pet foods possible. As a smaller, privately-held company, we are able to implement tighter quality controls and shorter lead times to ensure that only the finest and freshest ingredients are used. Best Breed pays a premium to source U.S.or Canadian-grown non-GMO grains and low-ash meats from accredited U.S.-based suppliers. Further, all diets are produced in the U.S., in facilities that are both European Union approved and regularly inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To keep nutrient-destroying oxygen out and preserve freshness, our food is packaged in high oxygen barrier poly bags with resealable zippers.  Absolutely NO ingredients are sourced from China.

Specialized Manufacturing Process

Our diets are produced using a unique slow-cook, low-temperature extruding and baking process, ensuring that natural vitamins, minerals and proteins are not compromised. Further, our pet food is made in small batches so that product quality and consistency is closely monitored. Smaller batches also means higher inventory turns, helping us maintain the freshest pet food on the market.

Founding Principles

Over 15 years ago, Best Breed was founded on principles of integrity, honesty, and trust. In the highly-competitive pet food market we often see our competitors compromise such principles by "engineering" their food to fit a certain price point or marketing campaign. Best Breed's mission is very simply: consistently produce a high-quality pet food by using only the highest quality ingredients available and the results will speak for themselves. Every day we hear of a new story from a pet parent who can not believe how healthy and energetic their dog or cat is after switching to our food. For more information about Best Breed's products feel free to contact us at 1-800-500-5999 or