Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods


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

  • Betsy Greer

    …because the reviews are based on ingredients alone.

  • Margaret McIndoe

    Hi, I am having trouble believing the validity of this list because it includes Blue Buffalo. I worked for a vet for 26 years. Soon after Blue Buffalo came out, we started having a lot of dogs come in with vomiting and diarrhea, We treated with a bland diet and sometimes metronidazole. We routinely asked what food they were being fed, and finally noticed that all these dogs were eating Blue Buffalo. Sometimes they had done ok on it for awhile, but then they’d open a new bag and get sick. Blue Buffalo is made to appeal to humans, and it not designed to be good for dogs. We finally had to recommend to all our clients to NOT feed Blue Buffalo. How can this food be listed as one of the best foods?

  • lovemydogs985

    I am also having the same food issues with my GS he is 6
    months old and I cannot find a food he will eat.

    I was reading the post and I have a question is anyone
    else giving Trifexis to treat heartworms?

    I don’t know if it is the food that is causing so many of
    use to have the food problems and the itching are the meds.

  • Toni Hert Antich

    Can someone help my cockapoo is extremely food sensitive. I’ve had her on royal canin, blue, halo, natural balance it all comes right back up vet says everything is fine she needs small bites as she is only 10lbs any ideas on a good dog food?

  • Soleil

    I’m feeding my German Shepherd puppy the Nulo Medal series Grain Free dry Chicken and Sweet Potato puppy food and having good success.
    I’ve posted a little more information in the comment section on the Nulo Medal Series (dry) ratings page….

  • Dori

    Oh my goodness. Thank you very much for your kind words. It’s my pleasure to help others with my experiences. I have learned so much on this site. I also say it’s like going to canine nutrition school for free. Good luck. We’re all here to help each other out.

  • Shih Tzu-doodle Puppy’s Family

    Thank you very much for the information, especially for carrying enough to spend the time to educate others who love their pets!

  • Dori

    I feed commercial raw foods such as Primal, Natures Variety Instinct Raw, Answers Detailed, Vital Essentials, Nature’s Logic Raw, Stella & Chew’s Raw. They are all reviewed on this site. I also feed them organic fruits and veggies either that I’ve grown in the garden or the grocery store or farmers market. There have just been too many food recalls and issues that I don’t care for with dry (kibble) foods. Raw is also grain free which I also avoid. Dogs have no need for grains in their diet. There are just so many benefits to feeding dogs raw that I would never go back to kibble. Yes, the food is more expensive than kibble but what you save in vet visits and medical bills is astounding. It makes it all worth while. I have a Maltese, a Maltipoo and a Yorkipoo. With such small dogs I can afford the extra cost. I’m not sure if I’d be able to manage if I had large dogs but I don’t. I’m actually allergic to dogs and cats. Obviously not allergic to the breeds that I have been blessed with.

  • Shih Tzu-doodle Puppy’s Family

    Thank you we love her! When you say you “feed raw” do you mean raw veggies from the garden or do you mean something else?

  • Dori

    Awwww! He looks exactly like my Katie. Katie’s a Maltipoo. Same coloring, same face, same everything. It’s uncanny. Even the small eyes. So so cute. Of course I’m biased as he is Katie’s clone in the male version. I feed all my dogs (three toy dogs) commercial raw.

  • Dori

    No food recommendations as I feed raw but OMG! she’s adorable.

  • Shih Tzu-doodle Puppy’s Family

    We are very happy to have a new addition to our family. She is 2 -1/2 months old Shiz Tzu-Doodle. We are trying to figure out what might be the best puppy food(s) to feed her, but there are so many choices and nothing is the clear choice. Please let us know of any recommendations you might have experienced .Thank You.