How Much Is Dog Food?
Kibble, or dry dog food, is the most economical dog food and a medium-sized dog can eat some 30 pounds of this in a month which would be around $100 to $200 a year. There are also other commercial options such as canned and semi-moist dog food but they're generally more expensive than kibble. You can also opt for home-cooked or raw food if you want to be certain about what your dog is eating.
Breed-specific dog food has been circulating in the market but basing food on a dog's size category remains to be recommended by vets. Depending on their size, dogs have different nutritional needs. Small and toy dogs that weigh 20 lbs or less require more calories per pound of dog food. Food for large dogs is mainly similar to medium dogs but since they are prone to developmental orthopedic disease, puppies need a special diet.
You may also want to match your dog food to your dog's age. There is food for puppies, adults, and all life stages dog food. There is also prescription senior dog food. Consult your veterinarian when deciding on what dog food is best for your dog that is within your budget.