Founded by a veterinarian, Dr. Gary Cotton, DVM (“Dr. Gary”), Best Breed is a privately-held maker of all-natural super premium pet foods that are holistically formulated to promote the health and well-being of your pets.
The Best Breed story begins in 1994 at Dr. Gary’s clinic in Northwest Ohio. Early in his career, as a Veterinarian in private clinical practice, Dr. Gary began observing what he felt to be nutritionally-induced health conditions such as digestive complications, mobility challenges, and skin issues. He knew that all of us, as pet lovers, could improve our best friend’s health and happiness by simply changing their diet.
To do this, Dr. Gary began recommending changes to his clients’ diets -- oftentimes it would be as easy as adding omega fatty acids, glucosamine, amino acids, eggs, or fresh vegetables to their current diets. After several years of observing the benefits of altering his clients’ diets by modifying pet foods that were available at the time, Dr. Gary came to the simple conclusion that surely an all-natural diet could be developed to holistically address these issues.
The founding philosophy behind our formulas is what Dr. Gary 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 foods 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, and artificial preservatives, flavors, and colors.
With this philosophy in mind, Dr. Gary developed Best Breed’s first diet, the Best Breed Cocker Spaniel Diet, which is specially formulated to address health conditions often seen in the Cocker Spaniel breed - flaky skin, infected ears, bad colon, and high irritability. Amazingly, after the dogs were fed the diet for a short period of time, Dr. Gary observed significant improvement in their health. And just as importantly, he observed their owners’ demeanor change from a sad acceptance of their best friend’s chronic conditions to a sense of optimism and pleasure in seeing them more fully enjoy life again.
Today, Best Breed offers 12 different dog and cat food diets, all born out of the “common sense” philosophy that a truly super premium pet food MUST begin with only the highest-quality ingredients.