Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods

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The following is a list of 5-star dog food brands… each containing not less than one dry puppy food.
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To qualify, every puppy food must meet AAFCO nutritional profiles for either all life stages or growth.

Or it must be recommended for puppies by the manufacturer.

If you know of a puppy food you believe we should have included on this list, please feel free to share your own suggestions in the Comments section below.

Or if you’re looking for some suggestions yourself, why not check out that same Comments area to find more candidates.

Links to More Good Puppy Foods

For yet more ideas, you may wish to visit one of our other puppy food lists or articles…

How to Find the Best 5-Star
Dry Puppy Foods

The following is a list of 5-star dry dog food brands that are known to contain at least one puppy food. Within each brand, search for products that include the word “puppy” in their names.

In addition, many other products are designed for all life stages… a category that includes puppies, too.

Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods

  • Dori

    A lot of people on this site that order foods on line seem to be very pleased with chewy.com They also have a lot of good things to say about their helpful customer service dept. I believe they also typically have free shipping for orders over $49.00 and apparently have specials now and then.

  • aquariangt

    Most people here suggest a rotational diet. Mix up brands, protein sources, starches, etc… try to expose him to a little of everything. It’s good to have 3-5 foods that you are comfortable feeding-allergies aside. I have 3 brands in my mainstays and then I try to include others in every 5 foods or so.

  • Paul V

    By the way. I shop where ever I need to go in order to get what he needs. I’ve gotten food from Petsmart, Amazon, Jungle Jims.Whole foods. I’m not restricted to one place.

  • Paul V

    Hi Bobby:
    Not had his stools checked, but I don’t think there is anything wrong. His stools are better today, he only had one runny bowel movement. I think it as the switch in foods.

    My fourth grade teacher is whom I got the puppy from. She is a foster dog parent I guess you call it. He was raised with his Mother & siblings till three months old. He had all his shots, & Neutered. He’s only eating organic things mostly. His bones come from the local Butcher. He gets organic boiled apples for treats or treats from Whole foods. Until I got him, he only drank filtered water from a brita pitcher, I think I’ll buy one for him to drink that instead of straight tap water. Both of his snack toys are puzzle things he has to work at, but he figured them out.
    Price is in my mind, but his well-being is most important. I’m just not needing top-line that is going to be in a dog show or anything. I plan on making him a service dog when he gets older. What kinds of food do you all suggest for him to grow strong & healthy?

  • DogFoodie

    He knows. He just overlooked the “Italian” part of the post when he first read it as stated in his post below.

  • Kate

    http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/italian-greyhound
    Italian greyhounds are small dogs. Different from regular greyhounds.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Paul V:
    Sounds like your puppy has a nice and loving home! Where do you shop, on-line or in stores? I am assuming your budget is about what you are paying for his current food, I understand having to follow a budget! I suspect my rescue has some blue heeler in him, they are a lot of fun. Have you had a fecal exam done to rule out any parasites in your puppy? Sometimes soft or runny BM’s are a symptom of parasites.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Sherri B:
    With large and giant breed dogs controlling the amount of calcium being fed is important until they reach maturity. Avoid over-exercising because their bones have not developed enough to support intense physical activity. Here is a link to an article with current information on feeding large and giant breed dogs:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

    Check out this forum for info on feeding large and giant breed dogs. Read the links provided on the first page and at least the first three or four pages of the forum:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

    Here’s a link to a Google document with some recommended foods. My suggestion is to contact the manufacturer of any food you would like to feed to be sure the calcium is within the recommended percentages; recipes can change without notice. Look for a post dated July 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

    You can also join Dog Food Advisor’s Editor’s Choice for a current list of approved foods for large and giant breeds. Good luck with your puppy!

  • Sherri B

    Hello everyone! I am a first time puppy/dog mom of a 12 week old German Shepherd Husky mix. Lucy (the puppy) is very active and plays with my two cats. She has started her series of vaccinations since her previous owner was very neglectful. However, my friend posted on facebook something that alarmed me and I began researching the best food for her regardless of what a Vet says since I am her mom now, so it’s up to me. However, I have been looking on the Internet for days and I can’t find a credible site that informs me on her diet that best suits her. I hope someone on her can help me :) Thank you in advance!

  • Paul V

    Hello all! I am a first-time puppy/dog owner of a 4 month old Blue Heeler mix. He came from a foster dog that had her liter while my former 4th grade teacher was taking care of her. Pablo (the puppy) stayed with the other puppies until they were 3 months old to make sure that they didn’t get any abandonment issues or anxiety.
    I think I’m a little over protective since I was an only sibling & didn’t have brothers or sisters to take care of either. Every scratch or new bump I see on him, scares me, but I can’t take him to a vet just because he plays. I guess I need to buy a scale so I keep track of how much he weighs to know how much to feed him.I started feeding him Kirkland’s Puppy Supreme from COSTCO since it was what he had before I got him. He did really well on it I think. his bowels seemed a little too difficult, but better than too tunny. He is no being feed Chicken Soup for The Dog Lover’s Soul for puppies. He likes it but I notice that his bowel movement softer, * & occasionally runny. Is this bad or just getting used to new food?I’d like to get him on one food I know is trustworthy to you members that put thought into your dog’s food.
    I would love to feed him 5 star foods, but doubt that can fit my college student income. I am thankful for any advice you all can give me, even if it has nothing to do with food!

  • Paul V

    I have a 4 month old Bluee Heeler, what is a good quality & economical food for him?

  • Salty2

    So true Dori…

  • Dori

    We say it every time we lose a companion animal because the suffering is so great but yet we do it all over again and will continue to do so. They bring so much into our lives, much more than we could ever bring into theirs no matter how much we try.

  • Salty2

    I would include a good Probiotic/Prebiotic when feeding Raw. I used Primal Raw for my dogs.

  • Salty2

    Thank you Dori. I said I would never do this again! The heartbreak was so bad, but I couldn’t even last a month without looking for a pup. I still cry everyday, but I’m excited about our new pup! I know he will bring joy back into our home.

  • Dori

    Sorry for your loss. We all know how painful it is to lose one of our companions. I’m glad you’re adding to your family. Good Luck with the new puppy.

  • Salty2

    Thanks Mike, I always fed my adult, senior Standards, Primal Raw, they did great on it! Lived a good long life. Lost my last one in Dec., he was over 15, I miss him terribly. So I’m getting a pup on Monday. I will feed him raw, but I want a dry, grain-free (of course) kibble to leave out in bowl during the day. I’m told doing that keeps dogs from bloat (Standard Poodles are prone to it), not eating like a meal won’t be their last.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Salty2,

    Feeding a dog food that meets AAFCO profiles for growth (puppies) is a great starting place. However, some puppy foods are NOT appropriate for larger breeds.

    To learn more, be sure to check out my article about How to Choose the Best Large Breed Puppy Foods by clicking this link.

    Hope this helps.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi JS,

    I have posted an article that explains in detail how to choose the best large breed puppy food for your pet.

    That same article also includes a specialized Calcium Calculator Tool we developed that allows you to check any puppy food to be sure it has the proper amount of calorie weighted calcium content to help lower your dog’s risk of hip dysplasia.

    You can read it by clicking the following link:

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-large-breed-puppy-food/

    Hope this helps.