Best Dog Food Brands for Puppies and Small Dogs

Welcoming a puppy or small adult dog into your family is an exciting event. Proper diet is one of the easiest and most important ways to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. Healthy eating can get expensive, so we do have tips for finding good dog food at a discount. However, below are our picks of the best dog food brands for puppies and small breeds.

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Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo dog food
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Blue Buffalo has an extensive product line, so if your pup is a picky eater they offer plenty of options. Their dry food is protein-rich, containing about 30% protein, derived mainly from chicken. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Puppy Food contains DHA and RHA. These fatty acids occur in mother’s milk and are important for puppies’ retinal and cognitive development. Buffalo Life Protection Small Breed Adult includes many minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins to promote a strong immune system.


wellness dog food
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Wellness uses quality ingredients, keeping fillers and artificial flavors out of your dog’s food. Puppy and small breed recipes include 31% protein from deboned turkey, chicken meal and salmon meal. Wellness Complete Health Puppy Food is packed with calcium for your growing pooch. Wellness Complete Health Small Breed Adult blends high-quality fats, carbohydrates and proteins to give your small breed plenty of energy.


Nutro dog food
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Made in the US, Nutro puppy and small breed food lists farm-raised chicken as the first ingredient. Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Dry Dog Food includes essential nutrients for puppy development, like omega-3 fatty acids and DHA. Nutro offers five types of dry puppy food, each geared toward a specific breed size. This trusted and affordable brand brings optimal nutrition to your small breed or growing dog.

Taste of the Wild

Taste of the Wild dog food
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Taste of the Wild is a great choice for puppies or small dogs with sensitivities or allergies. The Taste of the Wild puppy formula is egg and grain free, deriving the majority of its protein from fresh salmon and ocean fish meal. Taste of the Wild Appalachian Valley Small Breed Recipe is also grain-free, containing 36% protein, mostly from fresh venison and lamb meat. Additional antioxidants and probiotics will help keep your pup’s immune and digestive systems strong.


Merrick dog food
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Free from peas, lentils, and potatoes, Merrick puppy and small dog foods get their animal protein from deboned chicken. Merrick formulas include a blend of ancient grains, such as quinoa, to maintain digestion. All Merrick recipes are free from gluten, wheat, soy, and preservatives. For a quality, moderately priced dog food you cannot go wrong with Merrick.

A dog’s dietary needs are as unique as your pup. Buying protein rich food, free from fillers and geared toward your dog’s size is a great way to start. Make sure to speak to your vet about giving your fur baby all the proper nutrients they require.

Sources: Dog Food Advisor,