What Is The Most Expensive Dog Food?

Over the last ten years, the cost of dog food has skyrocketed as dog owners have looked to the absolute best ingredients to give their best friend the healthiest life possible. Hundreds of dog food manufacturers have popped up and marketed themselves as “organic” and “of the highest quality.”

As a veterinarian with over 20 years experience working with dogs, I’ve seen quite a few owners spend exorbitant amounts of money on their pets. If you think you’re paying a lot for dog food, let me show you the most expensive varieties on the market today.

Pros Of Feeding Expensive Dog Foods On This List

  • Top quality ingredients
  • Very nutritionally dense – if you have a hard-gainer or a dog that doesn’t like to eat you should contemplate a diet like these; will get a lot of calories in each mouthful
  • About as natural as dog foods get. If you’re a stickler for knowing exactly what your dog eats and cost isn’t an option, these diets may be the ones for you.

Cons of Feeding Expensive Dog Food On This List

  • High chance of creating an obese dog. Because they’re so nutritionally dense, these diets may leave your dog feeling like it didn’t eat enough. Lack of satiety can create a pattern of begging and ultimately over-feeding.
  • You don’t have to spend this much money to get a great dog food that your dog will love and do very well on.
  • Absolutely no guarantees that these diets will prevent disease in your dog. While diet is important, genetics play a far bigger role in the health of your dog.

**I am not endorsing any of these brands or foods. This is for entertainment purposes only.

Canisource Grand Cru Turkey Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food


$159.99 for a 22 lb bag (as of 3/21) on Chewy

$ 44.99 for a 4.41 lb bag

Feeding Instructions

For a 50 lb dog, the recommendation is 2 cups of food per day. The bag contains about 100 cups of food so this bag would last a 50 lb dog roughly 50 days.

Ingredient List

Turkey, Turkey Liver, Green Peas, Green Lentils, Lupine, Apples, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Ground Flax Seeds, Cranberries, Calcium Carbonate, Tri-Calcium Phosphate, Thyme, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract (Mos), Chicory Root Extract (Fos), Beet Extract, Elderberry Extract, Yeast Extract, Lactobacillus Extract, Thyme Extract, Niacinamide, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulphate, Ferrous Sulphate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulphate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Citric Acid, Rosemary Extract

The Honest Kitchen Limited Ingredient Diet Fish Recipe Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food


  • $127 for a 10 lb box on Chewy (can either add warm water to rehydrate or feed dry)
  • $58.79 for a 4 lb box

Feeding instructions:

If you have a 50 lb dog, this 10 lb box will last you anywhere from 10-40 days depending on the activity level of your dog. Other factors that make a difference will likely include if your dog is neutered/spayed, their age, and hunger level.

Ingredient List

Dehydrated White Fish, Dried Organic Coconut, Dried Chickpeas, Dehydrated Pumpkin, Dehydrated Celery, Dehydrated Spinach, Minerals (Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), D- Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement], EPA, DHA.

What I Don’t Like

The huge variation in recommended feeding amounts will make it extremely easy for any owner to overfeed their dog. I have no doubt that dog will love the taste of this food, but obesity will be a real concern (as well as you, the owner, running out of money).

Ziwi Peak Chicken Grain-Free Air-Dried Dog Food


$144.49 for a 8.8 lb bag on Chewy or Amazon

Feeding Instructions

50 lb dog would eat 2 2/3 scoops per day (a scoop is 2 ounces which is 0.25 cups; this would equal roughly 1 cup of food a day)

Ingredient List

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Heart, New Zealand Green Mussel, Chicken Bone, Lecithin, Inulin from Chicory, Dried Kelp, Minerals (Dipotassium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Selenium Yeast), Salt, Parsley, Preservative (Citric Acid, Mixed Tocopherols), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid).

What I Don’t Like

Very nutritionally dense means that you’re not feeding much in terms of volume. You’re going to be dealing with a begging dog all the time unless you add in fillers such as green beans, carrots, etc.