Top 5 Picks of Best Dog Food For Huskies - 2019's Ultimate Buying Guide

Top 5 Picks of Best Dog Food For Huskies – 2019’s Reviews & Buyer Guide

Siberian Huskies are very active dogs with huge amounts of energy. Finding the best dog food for huskies involves knowing what the breed needs and why.

The breeders of these dogs required that the animal could pull a light load for long distances with a small amount of food and as the breed has a high metabolism, a little food will last them a long time but it should be the correct nutrition.

The breed is unique in its feeding habits and is almost self-regulating as to the amount it will eat. Huskies can also be very stubborn dogs which means if they take a dislike to a certain food, they will simply refuse to eat.

Our choices of suitable foods to review are as follows and you can visit Amazon to see product reviews and customer questions and answers.

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What Diet is Suitable For A Husky?

Huskies are working dogs. They need a diet that gives them strong bones and teeth which does not make them overweight. If a husky becomes obese, it can be very hard to lose that weight again. Most husky breeders say that tinned dog foods are not suitable for the breed and that they are intolerant to milk after ten weeks old.

Because these dogs are very energetic, they use up a lot of calories and therefore need a high-quality calorific food. The breed is not particularly excited about food and eat relatively small amounts for their size. They need a high protein diet to keep them active.

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A male husky can weigh up to 60 pounds and a female can weigh up to 51 pounds. Ideally, they should be slightly less than that but based on those sizes a normal adult husky should need around 1100 calories per day. An older dog around 1000 calories and a very active husky might need as many as 1800 calories.

How Much Food Should Huskies Eat?

These dogs are not picky eaters but have certain traits that sometimes complicate the feeding. They will not eat if they feel full and they prefer to eat after exercise. They can become bored with a type of food and if they have been sick at some point, that may well stop them eating that particular food ever again.

Leaving a bowl of dry food out lets him eat when he needs it but is hard to regulate. They can also be quite possessive about their food and with more than one canine eater, it can cause problems.

So most breeders recommend dividing the food into two or even three small portions a day. This works better for their calorie intake and helps prevent bloat.

Because the breed eats less for its weight than other dogs, about two thirds of the manufacturer’s amount stated in on the bag will probably be more suitable.

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Protein Requirements

Protein builds bone and muscle as well as supplying energy but only the correct type of protein provides amino acids that allow the body to absorb the protein it needs. This is usually found in whole meat or fish and not in the meal that some manufacturers include in their products.

A husky is a high-energy breed. Although AAFCO (the regulatory food organization in USA) suggests 25% to 35%, lots of breeders recommend 40% to 50%. There is some protein in grain and vegetables but not as beneficial as meat.

Carbohydrate Requirements

The ancestors of our domestic dogs would have lived largely on meat which also provided fats and there would have been very little in the way of carbohydrates such as wheat, potato and rice.

Dogs do not really need these additions but they are a cheap source of filler for manufacturers. They are easy and cheap to find as well.

Sweet potatoes!!!

Fat Requirements

The right fats in a dog’s diet help produce hormones and build the immune system. They help the body absorb the vitamins that contribute towards the immune system. Fats build muscle, nerves, tissues and cells and reduce inflammation.

The most important fatty acids in the diet are Omega 3 and Omega 6 and these are found in salmon oil, poultry fat, flaxseed and sunflower oils.

Mineral and Vitamin Requirements

Fruit and vegetables give vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The fibre is provided by sweet potato, potato and pea. Vitamin A promotes a shiny coat but also helps the eyes and Huskies are prone to corneal problems. Vitamin B9 helps against anaemia and Calcium which is supplied by eggs and milk helps the growth of strong bones and teeth

Food Allergies

With all breeds of dog there are some foods that are more likely to produce intolerances and allergies than others. Red meat can be a culprit but many dogs find that the fibre in wheat as well as the gluten causes problems. The dog’s digestive tract is quite short and this often means that it has trouble with the tough fibre in grains like wheat.

Dairy products should be avoided

It makes their stools more frequent and very little nutrition is absorbed. The gluten in wheat can also cause allergies and many food manufacturers are now producing a grain free version of their food. Dairy products can cause allergies and huskies should not be given milk after ten months old. It does not agree with them.

Many things can cause reactions and there is no easy way to find out apart from elimination. You can however, reduce the likelihood by avoiding the most obvious ingredients.

Unhealthy Foods to Avoid

Looking at the ingredients on a bag of dog food, it is wise to avoid meal as the main ingredient. This is made from the bones and carcase of the animal and has very little nutritional value. Huskies need the protein from whole meat.

Grain like wheat, corn and soy are also fillers which are hard to digest for a dog and may cause problems. When manufacturers list an ingredient as meat, it may conceal the fact that this meat may be anything including rats and roadkill. This sounds horrible but, unfortunately, is sometimes true and not worth the risk.

All dogs should avoid chocolate, raisins, coffee and grapes. Remember that the dog also needs a constant supply of water to help digest the food and huskies, in particular, will go back and back to the water bowl at regular intervals.

Possible Health Issues with Huskies

Huskies suffer from cataracts which can occur form 6 months of age. They also have some allergic reactions that cause skin disorders and often have a loss of pigment on the nose. On the good side, they suffer less than most other breeds for hip dysplasia and joint problems. The breed is mostly strong and healthy.

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The protein in this food is primarily salmon with ocean fish meal and because Omega 3 is also included, the fat content is the correct type. The fibre content is sweet potato, potato and potato fibre so there is no grain product included.

Smoked salmon is also a part of the content and provides a tasty flavor. Fruits like blueberries, tomatoes and raspberries provide antioxidants and the company include a wide variety of supplements.

One of these is Yucca extract which helps prevent flatulence and because some fermentation product is included, the digestion process is improved.

Things we like...

  • Grain free to fight allergies and aid digestion
  • Omega 3 and 6 to help skin problems
  • Excellent protein for an active breed
  • Most dogs do not have any problems transitioning to this dog food because they find it tasty
  • Coats were improved after using this product

Possible Cons...

  • The kibble size might not suit every dog
  • The smoked flavor might not be liked by some pets
  • The price is quite high although the quality is good
  • Some dogs drank a lot more water when on the food

This grain free product is made with all natural ingredients and the primary source of protein is whole chicken and turkey. There are no meat by-products and nothing artificial is added to the food.

There are fruits, vegetables, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals as well as flax see Omega 3 oil for a shiny coat.

There are prebiotics added to promote the growth of healthy bacteria and from the ingredients listed, the protein content is about 40%.

Things we like...

  • Grain free and no artificial flavors- helps to prevent allergic reactions
  • Lots of vitamins and minerals
  • Seem to be very tasty and most dogs like the flavor
  • Low fat content

Possible Cons...

  • Despite the grain free formula, some owners still reported an allergic reaction
  • Not all dogs liked the taste
  • Some owners reported a slight difference in kibble and smell between different bags of the food

This company are very proud of their whole food product. The main protein content is deboned lamb and a wide range of fruit and vegetables. These are blueberries, apples, pomegranate, spinach, pumpkin and blackberries.

The fibre content is sweet potato, potato and carrot and this company have a system called’ life source bits’ which combines a selection of vitamins and minerals designed for the optimum health for the dog.

There are nutritious whole grains like oats, barley and brown rice and Flaxseed oil for the Omega fats needed. With nothing artificial, this food is produced to a high standard.

Things we like...

  • Wonderful selection of fruit and vegetables
  • A well tried and tested formula for the collection of ‘life source bits’
  • Grain free and lots of users say the skin conditions improve
  • Dogs appear to love the taste

Possible Cons...

  • Kibble might be slightly small for a very large breed

This company pride themselves on a lot of locally sourced ingredients. There are fewer ingredients but 85% of the content is poultry, fish or eggs and 15% is vegetables.

This is another grain free food and the main protein source is deboned chicken, turkey or yellowtail Flounder as well as mackerel.

Things we like...

  • Limited ingredients and high protein of the right type
  • Slightly less expensive than some of the other brands
  • Dogs seem to love the taste
  • Grain free and sourced from sustainable farms

Possible Cons...

  • A few customers reported that the dog vomited
  • Some people reported that the formula had changed and the food was not as suitable for them as it used to be

Nutro has been manufacturing excellent dog food for many years. The main protein ingredient in this product is chicken meal made from whole chicken meat along with rice. There are no meat by-products and nothing artificial.

The wheat, corn and soy ingredients that can cause irritation are never included and the company adds lots of minerals and vitamins as well as fruit and veggies.

The kibble is shaped to be crunchy and can help to reduce the tartar on teeth. Natural fibre makes the product easy to digest as well as proving to result in smaller stools and less waste.

Things we like...

  • Help reducing tartar on teeth
  • Proven to give smaller stools and less waste
  • Most dogs find it tasty
  • Competitively priced.
  • Grain free and easy to digest

Possible Cons...

  • Some owners thought the food had changed in recent months
  • Dogs with tender tummies sometimes reacted to the product
  • It is chicken meal and not whole meat


With their high energy and activity, Huskies need a high protein diet. A grain free food will also help prevent allergies. They are not big eaters and a little food will go a long way with this breed. They need to be fit and have lots of exercises but are excellent family dogs.

Taking care of your Husky means finding the right diet and after the puppy stage is over, two meals of grain free a day will be a better regime and will help prevent bloat at the same time.

To be summed up, I suggest Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dry Dog Food as the best choice for huskies

Compared to others, this product has appropriate balance of protein and fat content. It also contains lots of vitamins and minerals. Fruits, vegetables, antioxidants as well as Omega 3 oil surely will help your furry friends to maintain their health.

*Please keep in mind that with the above opinions, all of those come from my own experience. There are still some exceptions for some specific dogs. Consult your local vet for more information if your dogs are not in general cases*

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 9 comments
Mandy Seber - September 18, 2017

Do you have any info on Acana in regards to Siberian huskies? I was wondering how that brand measured up.

    Brenda Leary - September 21, 2017

    Hi Mandy,
    When it comes to pet food, there is no “best” food. Different dogs react differently. I’m a dog blogger, not a food advisor. I know the food I advices, but not very much about Acana.
    Best wishes for you.

Clouds9petsupplies - November 23, 2017

thanks for the info. I have husky at my home but i never know what is healthy for my dog and how much amount of food i have to give him but thanks to your Know i will take care of him easily

Jennifer - January 22, 2018

I am getting my new Siberian husky puppy this coming Thursday. I have never owned this breed of dog before. I have been reading every article that I can find on this particular breed.. I have Pomeranian dogs and they all eat Purina puppy chow, they are not puppies but that is the only food that they will eat. Will it be ok to feed this to the new puppy that I will be getting?

    Brenda Leary - January 23, 2018

    Hi Jennifer,

    To be honest, I only know a few cases that husky puppies eat Purina’s. However, when it comes to dog foods, there is nothing as the best choice. So, in order to make a formal decision, I think you need to contact your local vet for professional advices.

    Thank you for reading my blog 🙂 Feel free to ask any question.

tajhizyar - March 26, 2019

interesting ! Thanks for information !

Marianne Cottee - June 28, 2019

I went through four or five dry foods and have settled on Xcel 32%.
Although it is a small kibble, all my dogs love it, & I add in a selection from Forthglade, Lovejoys or Albion (all come in 400g packs, however Albion is frozen raw – beef, with tripe, fish.
Forthglade & Lovejoys are vacuum packed raw, however steamed to kill bacteria and can shelf store until opened, then into fridge. I use a pack a day between my three HuskyxMals who weigh between 36+kg & 38kg.
My girl gets one 80ml scoop Xcel 32% with 1/6th from the vacuum pack or Albion (defrosted), and my boys get two scoops of Xcel & 1.5 scoops (160ml & 120ml) and 1/6th from the steamed as well.
It is purported to be wheat, gluten & grain free; altho’ there is some maize corn in the Xcel 32%.
● AVOID the cheaper Xcel 29% as it is NOT wheat or gluten free.
However, after nearly seven years with t (using occasionally another whole Salmon & rice (bigger kibble & twice the price) if I’ve forgotten to re-order Xcel 32%. I have never had any allergy, vomiting or loose stool issues, and there doesn’t appear to be much ‘wasted’ in excrement. Nor is any food left over; they’re fed twice a day.
I add in coconut oil (● start peasize, & increase over seven to 10 days to a teaspoon per feed), two tblspns KEFIR (excellent pro-biotic – good for us too!) which also breaks down any lactose intolerance if they have this) along with multiple health benefits. One teaspoon ACV per litre of drinking water, or added diluted into their feed two or three times a week.
A dash of water is added to the kibble, as per manufacturer’s recommendation but, beware too much water and roughage is lost which may cause blocked anal glands.
A raw egg with crushed in shell twice a week. (Extra calcium).
Permitted fruits and vegetables and they all share between them some of my morning banana too!
I also give fresh raw bones, twice weekly, (sometimes frozen from freezer stock) & usually from smaller, younger animals, lamb, beef or pork & I prefer the flatter bones eg hips, shoulders, avoiding the really big dense knuckle bones, (higher risk of cracked teeth). I get these free from my local butcher. Always supervised, and any splinters & left overs are removed asap.
In return, my butcher gets an 8lb homemade Christmas cake!
I also get large denti-chews, natural dried chicken/turkey feet/wings, for roughage, natural dark gravy bones & smaller marrow bone treats for training purposes; (these are limited, or, their kibble is reduced). They love nuts & share ours, with a very few natural wheat/gluten free crisps.
Three bowls of fresh water outside with 24/7 access, and to a long concrete path run & gravel, decking & outside shelters.
Zoomies on the larger 75′ x 55′ lawn.
I allow them to play/run at least one hour after their feed, but no serious heavy training until four hours after food, and at least an hour’s wait after this before feeding.
I adjust feed according to exercise output which varies in summer & winter. My vets compliment me on their excellent health record, and they’re seen quarterly for weight, nose to tail check over.
Coconut oil mixed with doggy toothpaste & daily brushing their teeth protects gums, removes plaque & freshens breath.
C.O. also repels ticks & fleas via their bloodstream with the lauric acid in it.

●Xcel 32% can be obtained on line through Red Mill @ £22.99 per 15kg bag, and is ideal for nursing mums, puppies and into adulthood; I get it through my local franchise pet store with the vacpacs (which also come in puppy fee) choices too around £1.00 to £1.25ea.

Several of my friends have swapped to this and their dogs love it all. Empty bowls every time.
I don’t ever have any food left over & bowls are picked up & washed. They never seem bored with it either.
Your comments would be appreciated. 🤗

noorsanattajhiz - September 30, 2019

thanks for good data


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