DQ's post has it in a nutshell really. I do share your confusion about what to feed your dogs. I've been where you are now and to a certain extent I still am because it can be confusing. I can't really give you any advice about the sum of money that you mention because I am no good at maths and there are so many variables e.g. the amount the dog needs/wants and the fact that better quality (i.e. more expensive) food can often be given at a lower amount.
I will try to make things a little clearer in order to help you to be not quite so confused by it all:
* You have chosen dry food so decide whether you want grain free or not.
* Look at the ingredient list - the (named) meat source should be right at the top
and the more that is there, the better the product will be.
* Check the product on the Dog Food Directory of this website and as DQ says, if there are ingredients that you don't understand, click on them for an explanation.Using the Dog Food Directory filters:The Dog Food Directory
of this website is there to help us make the decision about what to feed our dog. The filters can be found to the left of page and once you are familiar with using them it will make it much easier for your to decide what to feed. You can tweak these to whatever you desire, including cost. Using them properly will help you to make your choice. Here is what I would suggest as a start:
* Type of Food
- dry complete so remove the ticks from the other ones.
* Food Properties
- Natural, hypoallergenic and clearly labelled. Select grain free if you don't want grain in the results.
- with your budget in mind, I would suggest moving the slider to 3.5 to 5 stars.
* Avoid Ingredients
- I always use Avoid all red ingredients
. You can place a tick in the cereal box if you want grain free.
* Nutrient Levels
- for now, I would leave them as they are.
* Click 'Go'.
I've just done this and it has returned seven pages but it would return less if I had selected grain free/no cereals. Once you have got your results it is just a case of looking more closely at the ones you fancy. Click 'Back to results at the top left side of the page to go back to your original list. If you look at the dials at the bottom of each individual page you will see how much protein/fat etc the food contains. The ones that have a higher protein tend to be better. For your two dogs I would be looking for a minimum of 26% because they are young and active. Puppy specific food tends to be about 30% so if you can find a food at that level you could feed it to both of them if you want to change the Whippet from Arden Grange.
Don't forget to ask your pet shop if they have their own white label food but the same applies to this as any product - read the label. I know of a pet food supplier who has their own branded products but some of them are frankly awful so you do need to be careful.
I do realise that all this sounds complicated but if you spend a little time on the Directory and reading up it will stand you in good stead for the rest of your dogs' lives and will hopefully keep them in good health.