Australian dog foods (and my best recommendations!)

Us Aussies like to buy Australian. That’s probably why you’re here, reading this, looking for a good Australian dog food?

Actually, it always surprises me how many people ask for recommendations for a dog food, then state it must be Australian.

We have literally dozens of dog foods here in Australia, but you may be surprised to know most of them come from the same few manufacturers.

Many of these dog foods claim to be “Australian”, when in reality the manufacturer is owned by foreign investment. So technically they aren’t really fully Australian.

Australian dog foods (and my best recommendations!)

Below I’ll make some great recommendations for dog foods which are not only Australian Made AND Australian Owned, but with ingredients good for your dog as well!

The below dry dog foods are all Australian Made AND Australian Owned.

I’ve checked various sources for consumer feedback, combined with feedback I’ve received over the years, and feel confident recommending the following Australian dog foods.

They’re also a good standard in terms of ingredients, nutrition, and analysis.

#1 LifeWise

Australian dog food - Lifewise

LifeWise dog food is probably the most expensive on this list, but it’s a brand I have a lot of faith in. On many occasions I’ve spoken with the owner Bill, and his knowledge and care is second to none.

It’s formulated with a mix of ingredients including meat, legumes, and potatoes. It’s not the highest protein, and it doesn’t contain as much meat as others, but it’s a really nice mix of quality ingredients.

If you’ve fed Meals for Mutts before, then LifeWise was formulated by the same guy. The benefit of LifeWise over Meals for Mutts is it’s made by a smaller, more independent manufacturer.

Pros:

  • I’ve found the brand trustworthy.
  • High quality ingredients appropriate for your dog.
  • Good mix of ingredients, so a balance of nutrients.
  • Great consumer feedback.
  • Has shown to work well for allergy prone dogs.

Where to buy

#2 Petzyo

Petzyo dog food

Petzyo are one of a few Australian made & owned “B2C” dog food brands, which means you order directly from them rather than through a retailer as a middle man.

The benefit of this is cutting out the cost of the retailer (which can be as much as 40% mark up!), which means a better quality product for a more affordable price to you.

Feedback has shown Petzyo dog food to be really good, and if you read the full review you’ll see why it’s a great Aussie option for your dog!

If you’re looking for a really decent dry dog food which won’t break the bank, then I think this would be a really good choice.

Even better, for a limited time you can get 10% off your first order with the coupon code PETREVIEW!

Pros:

  • High quality ingredients which will really benefit your dog!
  • Affordable price!

#3 Savour Life

Savourlife Australian dog food

Last but not least of the recommended Australian dry dog foods – SavourLife.

It’s a decent formula which is grain and gluten free, and a good mix of ingredients. What you’ll love most about this brand is they donate 50% of the profits to help save rescue dogs. A worthy cause!

Pros:

  • Decent ingredients.
  • 50% of profits donated to help save rescue dogs.

Where to buy?

#4 Meals for Mutts

Australian dog food - Meals for Mutts Bacon & Eggs

You’ve probably already heard of Meals for Mutts as it’s one of the most talked about Australian dog foods. You can tell it’s proper Australian with the “Bacon & Eggs” recipe (which is really pork and eggs).

It’s a decent and relatively affordable brand, especially with the bigger bag sizes, and consumer feedback has been mostly positive.

Price range it’s similar to Black Hawk, but Meals for Mutts seems to be the more reliable of the two, and also seems to work well for dogs with allergies.

  • Decent affordable brand.
  • Grain free.

Where to buy?

Really high-end Australian dog foods!

So far we’ve covered some of the best Australian dry dog foods, which are great for convenience and an affordable base diet.

We have some excellent Australian dog food companies who really push the boundaries, offering us dog owners a diet which is fresher and more nutritious.

You’ve probably seen Frontier Pets and Lyka crop up a fair bit on this website as two of my favourite Australian dog foods, but did you know we have an excellent ZIWI Peak rival Eureka which really shows how good a dog food can be?

The following Australian dog foods are absolutely fantastic, so if you want your dog to be super healthy then you really can’t go wrong with any of these Aussie options!

#1 Frontier Pets

Best Australian dog foods - Frontier Pets

Frontier Pets has deservedly grown a very loyal following since Diana who created the brand featured on Shark Tank.

Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength with their “freeze dried raw” dog food. This makes it so easy for us dog owners to feed a raw diet without any of the hassle! Great nutrition, better than any dry food, and great for your dog!

I’ve visited the Frontier Pets factory and met the team – they have such a great vibe, and they’re doing things right. If you want proof, check out the positive feedback from so many consumers!

You can buy Frontier Pets direct from their website here, and I highly recommend trying a bag!

#2 Lyka

Best Australian dog foods - Lyka

Another top Australian dog food is Lyka. It’s not a dry food, and it’s not a convenience food either – it’s fresh, slightly cooked meals (“bowls”) delivered right to your door.

Basically Lyka takes all the effort out of preparing excellent meals for your dog!

It’s been wonderful seeing how much the company has grown over the past few years, but what’s even more wonderful is seeing the astounding feedback from consumers.

Worth trying!

You can buy Lyka direct from their website here (with 20% off your first order if you use this link!).

#3 Eureka

Eureka dog food

I love this dog food!

If you’ve heard of ZIWI Peak, one of the best dog foods sold all over the world, then Eureka is the Australian made & owned rival. It’s as good as, if not better than ZIWI Peak!

Eureka is an air-dried raw dog food, which offers you a really convenient way to feed your dog “raw” without having to deal with yucky organs and getting the balance right.

The benefits of such a dog food really shine when you consider the process of making regular kibble, which involves high temperature cooking processes which kill nutrients and enzymes.

Enzymes are what keep your dog healthy and youthful, and along with the right ingredients and nutrition should offer your dog a great quality of life for many years to come.

Eureka dog food does just that. They also keep it pure and natural – other similar air-dried dog foods add sweeteners like glycerin to entice your dog into lapping it up and convincing you you’re feeding a great product. Our dogs don’t need sweeteners, they just need good, health, nutrition.

Read the full Eureka dog food review or better yet, take advantage of the Welcome Pack offer – When you subscribe to a minimum 1.8kg bag they’ll give you, for free, a Gut Helper (valued $32.90), Goat Horn treat (valued $11.90), and a Eureka silicone collapsible Scoop with clip ($9.99).

Eureka dog food welcome pack offer

#4 Balanced Life

Best Australian dog foods - Balanced Life

I’ll tell you two good reasons why Balanced Life is a good dog food. The first is pretty obvious, the second is one of the much less obvious ways I can tell a food is putting your dog’s health before profit.

The first is how much meat is in a dog food. Not just mince or meal (which can often be carcass), but organs, tripe, and bone. You’ll find them all in Balanced Life, and they openly state 80% meat, organs, oils to 20% vegetables, fruits, and other ingredients.

The second is the use of chelated minerals. You don’t see them used that often as they cost more to include, but they’re better for your dog as they’re more easy to absorb. Seeing chelated minerals in a dog food is a great sign it’s been formulated for the health of your dog rather than saving a few cents on a cheaper alternative.

Being air-dried it’s also really convenient. All you do is add water and let it soak for a bit before feeding. Easy!

BARF Patties (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food)

You’ll find BARF patties in the freezer section of most pet stores these days. I know we like the convenience of having dog food delivered to our door which isn’t usually an option with frozen foods, but I believe Petbarn offer same day delivery.

We have a few really decent Australian made & owned BARF dog foods – Big Dog is one of the longest standing raw patties, and along with Proudi can be found in most pet shops.

Aussie deliver-straight-to-your-door company Petzyo have a great range of human-grade single protein patties available here (and you should be able to get 10% off your first order with the code PETREVIEW)!

Related: Best raw dog foods.

How can a dog food brand claim to be Australian Made / Australian Owned when they’re not?

There’s a loophole which allows a dog food company to state they’re both Australian Made and Australian Owned, when it might not be 100% true.

The reason for this is most Australian dog foods are made by a separate manufacturer. Most of the time we don’t even realise this.

Australian dog foods (and my best recommendations!)

It’s common practice and not necessarily a bad thing – the manufacturer will make the dog food to order, and the company who owns the brand will do the rest of the work, like sales, marketing, customer relations, social media, and so forth.

But what this means is the company who own the brand can claim to be Australian Owned, because they are, and they can claim the food is Australian Made, because it’s manufactured in Australia.

But that doesn’t mean the manufacturer is Australian Owned.

Australian & New Zealand dog foods

Here’s a list of brands which hail from Australia or New Zealand, regardless of whether the manufacturer is foreign owned. After all, they’re still made here (or NZ), by Aussie locals:

  • Frontier Pets Dog Food Review

    Frontier Pets is one of the best dog foods money can buy. Read our independent Frontier Pets dog food review to find out why…

    Go to the review

  • Bugsy Dog Food Review

    One of the best Australian dog foods, Bugsy’s is an air dried raw dog food packed with nutrition and no fillers. Read more in this review.

    Go to the review

  • Big Dog Dog Food Review

    Our Big Dog dog food review takes a look at these readily available frozen raw dog dinners and whether they are any good.

    Go to the review

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David D'Angelo

David D'Angelo has worked as a scientist since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In addition, David holds a CPD accredited Diploma in Pet Nutrition as well as being CPD accredited VSA (Veterinary Support Assistant). However, his experience and involvement in the pet food industry for 15+ years has given true insight into pet food, formulations, science, research, and pet food marketing. Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Pinterest

22 Comments
  1. Just stumbled across your website, which has been awesome to read after diving into the world of dog food many times before for our gorgeous Border Collie. Our boy seems to not tolerate raw food. We have recently tried to feed Frontier Pets (Somerford Raw before that) with no luck. However, he tolerated and LOVED Ziwi Peak as training treats… any thoughts on why the air dried would make a difference? Could simply be quantity…
    I would love some more info to pop up around cooked/ gently cooked dog foods. We are currently feeding Scratch as I do like the transparency. Do you have any other brands that come to mind? I don’t feel good about feeding carb loaded Kibble. Thanks a bunch!

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 14, 2024 at 2:58 am

      Hi George, that’s interesting to hear as air-dried isn’t far off a freeze-dried raw food.

      Lyka is a slightly cooked fresh food which would likely work, depending on budget. Eureka is an Australian air-dried raw food similar to Ziwi Peak.

  2. Is SavourLife a good alternative, as I see no comment on this brand! 🙂

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 12, 2024 at 1:30 am

      Hi Jo, SavourLife is currently in the #3 spot above ;o)

      That said I’m planning to revise this page shortly so that may change, but it will remain a recommendation.

  3. How come Stay Loyal didn’t make the list? They used to be one of your top aussie dog kibbles.

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 3, 2023 at 6:59 pm

      They’re still a brand I respect highly, although I’ve been switching away from Australian meat meal products of late. That said I have nothing but positive feedback with Stay Loyal, which has always been the case.

  4. I’ve just seen an Australian brand on FB called Scratch? Have you heard of it or reviewed it. Currently I’m buying Lifewise for my 12.5 k mini Groodle

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2023 at 6:10 pm

      Hi Valda, there’s a review of Scratch here. I can’t say I have any concerns with the brand, and nothing in the way of negative feedback.

  5. Does Stay Loyal not deserve a mention here?

  6. What about Black Hawk dog food its not on any of your lists of aussie made foods. does it make the cut?

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 20, 2023 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Kym, generally the feedback I receive about Black Hawk pet foods isn’t great. For many years it seems it can cause digestive issues for some (but not all) dogs and cats. If you check out the Black Hawk dog food reviews, especially the comments, you’ll see what I mean.

  7. Hi! Just wondering if youve ever done a review on Hypro Premium puppy and Hypro Premium adult cat food. I currently have my Dachshunds on the puppy food and they all look fantastic. I’m looking at putting my cat on the the cat food but was just curious to see if it a decent food to give them or not.

  8. I obviously live in a different financial bracket as most of these are beyond me. I have two medium size dogs (border kelpie and a kelpie heeler) 1 is a senior and the other is just 2 yrs old. This means either buying different foods or finding one in the middle. Finding your site was due to a question about Baxters (A friend left a bag here a couple of months ago and everytime I look at it I say “no” based on 2017 incidents. After reading your comments it is still NO.
    My go to when the local woolworths have it (I am in a regional area) is a kangaroo based dry food which is grain free (can’t recall the brand) otherwise it is whatever is on special in the bigger bags. They get chicken necks, soup bones, left overs, and devon or chicken roll as supplements (again depends what is on special). the older dog gets a dentastick daily and the younger one gets a treat. The younger one prefers bones. My dogs are a little overweight (I am no longer active) but seem to be healthy. Can I continue like this or should I rethink their diet. I currently spend more on their food than I do my own.

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 13, 2023 at 10:08 pm

      Hi Fiona, I think what you’ve said is the same for most of us – good dog foods are really expensive, and I think I spend more on my dog’s food than my own these days :/

      I think a lot can be said for adding bones/left overs etc, both for keeping costs down and adding nutrition. There are so many foods which are great for dogs in this respect, and even adding the odd egg to kibble I find a really good idea.

      I’m not sure if this will help (still pricier than most) but here’s some more “affordable” dog foods – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/best-affordable-dog-food/

  9. Good research thank you.
    Although I don’t agree with some of these foods because they are using ingredients that aren’t beneficial to dogs e.g. salt and tomatoes.

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 31, 2022 at 9:25 pm

      Hi Joanne, thanks for the feedback. Generally a dog food in Australia will conform to the American AAFCO guidelines, which state a minimum and maximum percentage for salt. With tomatoes I realise there are concerns about tomato toxicity, but when you see tomato in a dog food it will be a small amount and very unlikely to cause any harm.

  10. Your site is my go-to for any queries about the food I feed my dog. He is 12yo whippet who seemed to have lost his appetite a year or so ago. I was using one of your highest recommended dry foods in addition to his raw meat but he lost interest in it. So I changed to the alternative ‘flavour’ in the same brand. That worked for a while but he wasn’t as enthusiastic about it as he was at first.
    Then I discovered air-dried food and now give him a mixture of your top recommended dried food AND your top recommended air dried food, in addition to his raw meat. As he’s also on a diet to lose weight, the portions are only very small, but he’s regained his interest in his food and is looking better over-all.
    If it wasn’t for your detailed analysis of what goes into all the different brands, and the reason/s you recommend certain brands more than others, I would probably never have thought of changing or adding to his daily rations. I always buy Australian made and resourced items whenever I can, so thank you for your vigilance and scrutiny of our pet foods – it is much appreciated and I recommend your site on every online pet group to which I belong. It is beyond me why people pay out big bucks for a pedigree puppy and then neglect due diligence when it comes to feeding them – especially when there is an honest review site like yours available. Blessings and good health to all of you keeping up this vital service!

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 22, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Emmie, thank you very much for your feedback – it’s very appreciated, and it helps me feel my time is well spent!

      You make a very good point – people spend thousands these days on pedigrees then feed them whatever is the cheapest kibble they can find. I’ve found many consumers simply believe a dog food is safe because it “wouldn’t be sold otherwise”, and healthy because the marketing says so, but that’s so far from true as far as I’m concerned. But sadly beyond that, not many people consider what they’re actually feeding or whether it’s appropriate. A veterinarian friend of mine refers to this as people buying “furry toys”, when the reality is they’re not toys, they’re [carnivorous] animals.

      • I have two greyhounds and a whippet. Whippet has pancreatitis. Currently feeding Life Wise, however after the Whippet was diagnosed with Clostridium, vet suggested he go on Hills I/d low fat kibble. I also started them all on Blackmores digestive health, basically, pre and pro biotic’s. Have been cooking wallaby mince, chicken breast with vegetables, adding rolled oats and seaweed meal. Would it be better for them, to have this raw with veggies like carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potato, grated ? Also give the raw wallaby tails and raw chicken drum sticks. Are the raw drumbeat sticks ok ?
        Thank you for all the information you give.
        Kind regards,
        Leisa

        • Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 3, 2023 at 6:48 pm

          Hi Leisa, my personal opinion would be that’s a better alternative to the grain-based product your vet has recommended.

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