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

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I would never feed anything Diamond! They have had many recalls and are not a trust worthy company. Way too many sick dogs.

  • Amy Chastain

    Thank you carolinac. Raw is best imho. Dogs are descendants of wild animals, therefore one would think RAW would be a better food for them. I think some ppl on here have there heads up their arse. IF i fed dry kibble, I would go with Diamond Naturals. It has no corn, wheat or soy, it’s 1st ingredient is Chicken & it will not break the bank like some of these costly foods. Just my 2 cents…….

  • carolinac

    Yes! I totally agree with you. Every dog/puppy we had we fed it raw food. They grew up healthy and strong. We had many different breeds of dogs by the way. Oh Bob in dogs bloodlines what animal do you think they came from? Amy knows exactly what she is talking about.

  • Max Kobe

    If you can’t afford two pups then why not one or maybe none. Don’t be selfish!

  • Dori

    Actually Victoria it is irresponsible to let a puppy go before 8 – 12 weeks old. Breeders that do it are in it for the money. They don’t want to spend the money on keeping the puppies any longer. I have gotten puppies in the past from incredibly responsible breeders (as opposed to rescue), not one of them have let the puppies go before 10 weeks old. I have a 15 year old Maltese that the breeder would not let me bring home until she was 16 weeks old. There are very responsible breeders out there who’s main concern are their dogs and their puppies and will sell them but not let you take them home until they feel that that individual puppy is good to go.

  • theBCnut

    Nature’s Variety Instinct has a LID line that is ALS. These foods have one MEAT protein source, but there is protein in many other ingredients, so dog foods don’t normally have only one protein source.

  • theBCnut

    Most breeders are looking to send puppies to new homes at that age because they don’t want the bother anymore, not because it is best for the puppies. It is not best for puppies to get their 8 week shots and the very next day be sent to new homes, where they will be stressed and have their food changed. Socialization can happen anywhere. They don’t need to go to a new home right in the middle of one of their fear periods for socialization. That’s an excuse.

  • Victoria Vikusha Morkusha

    Most breeders start looking for new homes around 8 weeks as most pups are weaned around 6. its not irresponsible, a lot of development happens 8-12 weeks and that’s the time for you to socialize your pup.

  • Victoria Vikusha Morkusha

    There are several good options for under $50, look at taste of the wild all stages.

  • Victoria Vikusha Morkusha

    I have a pup with a VERY sensitive stomach. Its not a grain/chicken/soy/wheat/corn sensitivity as all have been excluded. Is there a good puppy food or all stages that is limited ingredient? Or has one source of protein?

  • Bob K

    There are many 3.5 – 4 star rated kibbles for under $1.00/lb. Use this website as your guide and do some comparison shipping. You might want to check out, Costco, Menards, Farm & Fleet, TSC for starters.

  • The Ricker

    With 2 new pups there is no way I can afford any of these foods. $78 for 28 lbs of food? Holy crap! I’m not questioning the quality but the price just makes me upset. I’ve fed dogs for years of 50lb bags of food fin the $30-$40 price range and they were all just fine for 15 years. Now it this bullshit organic whole foods movement commercialized into “Don’t you care about feeding your puppies as well as you feed yourself?”. Nope, or I’d be feeding my puppies cheetos, popcorn and ice cream.

    Take care of your dogs, yes but go broke doing it? No Way.

  • theBCnut

    Best is to feed variety. Try a few different foods and see which ones she does best on. I like Brother’s Complete, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Nature’s Logic, Annamaet, Acana, Amicus, Earthborn, and Dr Tim’s.

  • Christy Mounger

    What is the best 5 or 4 star dry puppy food I can feed my maltese

  • Nova

    Thank you Bob, the little search this site box does do wonders. I think 4 stars is good, but if I can get 5 for about the same price seems silly not to.

  • Bob K

    Nova – If you look at the left side bar on this website, you can search alphabetical. Hills Ideal Balance small puppy is a 4 star rated kibble. 4 stars is pretty good but for the same money you can probably find a 5 star rated dog food. Using this website as your guide it’s up to you to change to a better kibble. Remember a trip to your vet and puppy class. If you decide to change remember to transition slowly to a new kibble. Do not worry, enjoy your puppy.

  • Nova

    Hello, I have a 9 week old small breed puppy. I bought her Hills Ideal Balance for small breeds. I don’t see this on the lists and am worried I should have bought something else. Any advice?

  • theBCnut

    Who says you can’t feed chicken, etc? Does your dog have food allergies, or do it’s parents? You don’t need to assume your pup will have a problem that it doesn’t already have. Waiting for it to show signs of a problem is soon enough to start avoiding those foods, unless it has a familial history, and then it never should have been bred in the first place.
    What most of us do recommend is feeding a rotational diet to avoid food allergies and to get variety into the diet to promote a healthy gut.
    You can feed puppies All Life Stages foods, and that will give you a huge array of foods to choose from. Most of the 4 and 5 star foods are ALS foods.
    Leave it on the food that the breeder used for a couple of weeks then you can slowly start to introduce the new food. Good luck, and have fun with your new puppy.

  • Michelle

    I am adopting an American Cocker Spaniel in a month or so (once its old enough to come home). I’ve been doing some research on dog food since so much as changed since the last cocker I had (25 years ago). I have read that I shouldn’t feed them any dog food that contains: chicken, corn, soy, and wheat. All of the puppy foods I’ve found all contain high amounts of chicken. Can you feed a puppy regular dog food and supplement it as needed/necessary?

  • Dori

    I don’t believe the issue that you are dealing with is the % of protein in the food it’s the food or ingredients in Orijen that are upsetting your dogs digestion. Your dog is having an intolerance issue with one or more ingredients that are in the food. Print out the ingredients in Orijen puppy dry food and try a food that doesn’t contain those ingredients. Choose a protein that he hasn’t had before. You are also not limited to puppy formulas you can also check out the All Life Stages formulas.

  • Ford Ranger Atlanta

    Greg, why don’t you ask your veterinarian. I’m reasonably certain that he did not intend for you to use chicken and potatoes long term. If your pet has had a recurrence of signs, you should advise your vet of this instead of playing a guessing game with his diet.

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Greg,

    It could be that your dog is intolerant of an ingredient in the Orijen, not that he needs less protein.

    Orijen contains multiple animal proteins and binders (peas, chickpeas, lentils), any one of which could be a problem.

    I’d look for a simple recipe, a limited ingredient food, with a single protein and a single starch. Look for a food that doesn’t contain a protein or starch he’s already been eating.

    I really like Natures Variety Instinct LID and Canine Caviar.

  • Greg Schmidt

    Good morning. My 7 month old beagle/dachshund mix has been having issues with his stool. We’ve put him on fortiflora and a bland diet of chicken and potatoes upon recommendation of the vet. Obviously this has worked wonders but is unsustainable. As we weaned him off this and reintroduced Orijen dry, his stool held up. Once he was on 100% Orijen puppy dry, his stool has regressed into a sticky pile on good days and not so sticky pile on bad days. I’m looking for a recommendation on food that reflects the Orijen principles (natural, ‘organic’, ‘free range’) but has a lower protein content than Orijen. Thank you in advance for your replies.

  • Bob K

    6 weeks is way to young to get a puppy mutt. Most breeders are suggesting 8 – 10 weeks and some even wait until 12 weeks. Using this website as your guide find some 4 or 5 star rated small puppy kibbles that are available in your area. Also do not forget puppy class and vet visits.

  • sandy

    I think (1) the breeder/owner of the pup is being irresponsible (IMO) to let a pup go that young, and (2) that’s too young to be away from the mother and siblings and he will be stressed and you might end up with lots of vet bills. There are still things to be gained (physically, mentally and behavior-wise) by being with his canine family. I wouldn’t personally take a puppy less than 10-12 weeks old. But there are some small kibbles from good companies – Nutrisource small/med breed puppy, Amicus and Horizon Complete, Wellness/Core small breed, Now Fresh/Go! by Petcurean, Fromm, Nature’s Select Hi-Pro/Puppy, Victor. Nature’s Logic is very small kibble as well. Wishing him well.

  • Jennalee Saunders

    I’m about to get a beagle/daushound 6 week old puppy on sunday and he’s a tiny guy and i was wondering what is the best puppy food to buy for him before he comes home. can anyone give me any suggestions?

  • aquariangt

    Go over to the forums and check out Hound Dog Mom’s thread “Large and Giant Breed Puppy” thread under nutrition. She has a lot of important information, as well as on page 15 a list of the 4-5 star foods that meet all the criteria for a large breed pup. Congrats on the new addition! Hopefully this site helps you find what you need

  • Kevin Murray

    Hello all! I am a first-time dog owner who just rescued a Beagle-Rottie mix from a L.I. shelter. She was rescued from So. Carolina and is 18 weeks old. I like to inform myself of the best choices available and am hearing disturbing stories from owners and vets about certain kibbles available from the major suppliers. I am currently feeding her “Iams Smart Puppy for large breeds” and mixing in Blue Buffalo wet puppy food. Does anybody have any suggestions going forward for top-notch, money-is-no-object food options for my Beagle-Rottie mix – i just want the best for her! Thanks all….

  • theBCnut

    They didn’t fomulate their food using the best ingredients, IMO. I, personally, have dogs that do better on higher amounts of quality protein and less or no grains. And I’ve seen very few dogs that don’t do better that way.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Just for the record..Most brands have breeder programs..

  • Shar24

    A lot of breeders use Pro Plan…I know they have breeder discount programs, Eukaneuba does too. Also a lot of show people swear by those brands I think a lot of it is marketing they have a huge presence in the dog show world. Good luck and have fun with your new baby!

  • Derrius Washington

    Thanks for all the help I will definitely do those things. I just can’t wait to get my GS. They are so hard to find around here. And my breeder told me they feed then purina even there large GS too. Idk why I heard it was a bad brand.

  • Shar24

    Find out what kind of food and how much/often the breeder is feeding the puppies, and that is what you want to start with, so make sure you get a smaller bag of the food the puppy is used to eating so you can transition him/her properly.
    My puppy was on Pro Plan before he came home and so that was what I started with. I waited a few days before starting the transition because coming to a new home is a big adjustment. Then I started with 75% Pro Plan 25% Wellness, and gradually increased. I think I tried at first to transition too quickly and it caused some GI upset.
    At 8 weeks the puppy is probably at about 3 feedings a day, and within a month or two that can go down to 2.
    I found that the feeding instructions on the bag is way too much food, he was gaining too much weight, and I cut it back and just started feeding based on his body condition. He now gets 2 cups per day, or one cup dry and one 13oz can per day split into two meals. I get the 26lb bag at and when I was feeding dry only that lasted a month, now that I am feeding half canned it lasts two, I keep it in an airtight bin.
    Definitely check out the link Bcnut posted because your dog will be quite a bit bigger then my standard full grown.

  • Derrius Washington

    Thanks I have been doing some more research and I think I will try wellness core. My next question is how much should I feed my GS and how long does a bag last for you ?

  • theBCnut

    Here’s the thread in the forum about the issues of feeding large and giant breed puppies.
    Read the first 3 or so pages and check out the links that Hound Dog Mom provides. On page 15 there is the latest list of foods that are OK for large and giant breed puppies, also provided by HDM.

  • Shar24

    Congratulations!! I love schnauzers, I have a standard puppy. I feed Wellness Core Puppy dry food, it is a 5 star kibble appropriate for large breed dogs and I supplement with a variety of different canned foods.

  • Derrius Washington

    I’m getting a giant schnauzer at 8 weeks and I am new to dogs. I want to feed him quality dog food. Can anyone recommend a good puppy dog food? Also do I feed him wet or dry dog food?

  • theBCnut

    For dogs that aren’t used to switching food or that have sensitive stomachs, I recommend NutriSource. They are usually easy to transition to and easily tolerated. They are also a pretty good price for the quality.

  • Brittney Angeline

    I have a 7 year old dachshund and I’m looking to change his food, the food he has been eating apparently is absolutely atrocious and I’m not really sure what to feed him. It needs to be a dry type of dog food, that usually does well with his stomach.

  • trish b

    I am a former breeder of bullmastiffs, I never let my pups go till at least 8 weeks. At 6 weeks they are just getting acclimated to eating solid food. I also feel that it is more up to an individual pup as to whether it is ready to be removed from its mother. More dominate personalities may be able to leave a bit earlier than a passive pup. Your breeder should be able to tell you where your pup stands in his litter, dominate, middle of the road or passive. If they dont know this then your pup is not getting the proper socialization it needs, especially in a cane corso. I raised all my litters on Nutro, but have since switched to Victor and my dogs have done very good on it and it is about 20 cheaper than Nutro and I get more. Any saving you can get and keep the quality is always good when you are raising/feeding large breeds dogs. Good luck with your pup.

  • ctack

    I am so confused. I just took my 11 month old (normally playful puppy) shih tzu-poodle to the vet, she has been eating grass, bark, etc and 5 days ago vomited and the next day diarrhea, but each day for the past several days she has had sever lethargic periods, then back to playful and licking! She only weighs 7 lbs. The vet thinks it’s her diet…we feed her TOTW! The vet said its too high in protein and recommended Science Diet, Iams or Purina Pro…Did I mention I am confused? He thinks this is grain free, organic kick is all hype and I should take her off it. However, if she is having stomach problems…which I am not convinced she is, wouldn’t that be a bad time to change her diet?

  • Dori

    Socialization is good for your puppy just be sure that he has all his puppy shots before socializing him with other animals. Glad to hear your family adores him. I’m sure with all your love and attention he’ll be fine. It was good that you bought a bag of the Iams so that you can do a nice slow transition. Being in a new home and being with strangers in a new environment is stress enough. We always suggest that when a puppy goes to it’s new “forever home” that they keep the puppy on his same diet from the breeder or rescue for the first two weeks and then transition to a better food very slowly. You don’t want to stress a puppy, or any age dog with too much at one time. Please ask any and all questions that you want, we’re all here to help each other out.

    Being skiddish and frightened is in part due to his age. Be very patient with him. Lots of hugs and kisses and you’ll all do fine.

  • debdoo430

    aww that just makes me feel terrible! I really trusted and liked her! She does email me from time to time asking how the puppy is doing. I should bring this topic up and have her explain. Since getting the puppy we have taken very good care of him. He has had good vet check ups and we have tried to socialize him by bringing him to soccer games and cross country meets. I have noticed he seems to scare very easily…. he jumps at any noise he hears I don’t know if that’s the breed of consequences from being separated too early. My family adores him and we will do our part to make him happy and healthy. I will certainly research the puppy food and get another brand other than Iams. I only bought one bag since I have had him and it’s getting low so I’ll do my research soon.
    I appreciate your honest feedback and if you can think of anything else that may help my puppy please let me know…. pet ownership is very new to me and my family.

  • Dori

    Yes, it is absolutely ok to switch foods NOW. Just do the transition very very slowly to avoid issues with diarrhea. Because Iams is such a lousy food, I’m glad you are looking into feeding your dog a more quality food. I would recommend that you research the above puppy foods or an all life stages food, grain free and then slowly add a little of the new food while removing the same amount of the old food. Continue doing that over a two week period of time until you finally end up just feeding the new food.

    I don’t care how long the breeder has been in business, it is simply wrong to let puppies go at 6 weeks old. The Maltese breeder in NJ that I adopted my 15 year old Maltese would not let me take her home until she was 16 weeks old. He and his partner were very particular as to who got one of their puppies and when they could be taken home. That’s the sign of a quality breeder. Now I will admit that they both were a bit OCD, average is 10 to 12 weeks. 10 weeks is fine. If you have to offer to give some money for them to keep the puppy until puppy is 10 – 12 weeks old then that’s a better situation for the long term health and socialization of a puppy. Breeders that let puppies go at 6 weeks are breeding for the money. They don’t want to be paying out money to raise the puppies any longer than they can get away with so they just push them out the door.

  • debdoo430

    Hi. I came to this site cuz I wanted to know if I was using a good quality puppy food for my puppy. As I read comments here I am starting to question if I purchased from a good breeder. My breeder had me pick up my puppy (cockapoo) at 6 WEEKS! I thought it was a little odd cuz when I was educating myself on puppies I read earliest should be 8 weeks; however, this breeder has been in business for 20 years and since this was my very first pet I trusted she knew more and was more educated than myself. My puppy is now 3 months and seems fine considering she was separated so early. The breeder also told me to use Iams puppy food and I see from this site that that is not a good quality puppy food. Is it ok to switch NOW at 3 months even though he’s been eating the IAMS since he was able to eat dry food? and if switching is for the best what should I switch to?
    Thank you for any advice.

  • Bob K

    Amy – this website rates dog foods. If you spend a little time you will soon find out that Iams and Euk are not 5 star kibbles. These are not wild dogs they are domesticated inbred and crossbred animals. Yes – Kibble is processed food, as is what most humans eat one way or another. Bread – processed food, Oatmeal – processed food, Grains – 80+% GMO, Vaccinations – certainly not natural in nature. hello real world.

  • Amy Chastain

    So, what in your infinite wisdom is a 5 star kibble?? Iams? Eukanuba? Do you know anything bout these companies or the crap they put in their foods? I was stating an experience I had. You can feed your animals whatever “kibble” you want, but the fact is, that animals (& people) do better on diets that are more like what they would be eating if they were in the wild. I have worked with wild animals all my life, so I’m not talking out of my arse. Most dry kibble is akin to humans eating processed food.

  • Bob K

    Karen – You can get 3.5 and 4 star foods for less than $1.00lb and even less when on sale, you just have to do some shopping around and look for sales, buy in large bags. Its not that hard in most areas.

  • Bob K

    Cynthia – Yes, by using this website as a guide and visiting a few stores such as Menards, Fleet Farm, Farm & Fleet, Tractor Supply and even a few box stores you can find and looking for sales you should be able to find 3.5 & 4 star kibbles in large bags for under a $1.00/lb – $1.50/lb You can also supplement an egg or two a week, some quality meat bones and perhaps chicken.

  • lmccall728 .

    Thank you Karen – I have been feeding the same (Wellness Core Grain Free Puppy dry and wet food) after doing a lot of research and my puppies are thriving. I too was worried about the right calcium ratio.
    I am very happy with their growth etc. I appreciate everyones help. Thank you!

  • Dori

    As Bob K stated. Six weeks is way too young to take a puppy away from its mother and litter mates. Eight weeks is the earliest and most believe, myself included, that that too is too young. 10 – 12 weeks is optimum. Some breeders will happily keep the pup longer if you can offer the breeder the cost of keeping the puppy longer for food, etc.

  • Karen Virginia

    Inexpensive unfortunately does not exist. However, the price might just even out with what you save in vet bills. I have been feeding my 8 month old mastiff Wellness Core Grain Free Puppy dry and wet food since she was 9 weeks old. She is in excellent health, has a beautiful coat, and her bathroom habits are normal. She is growing normally but is not fat. It is expensive but made in the USA and a 5 star food. It has the right calcium ratio for large breed puppies.

  • Karen Virginia

    Inexpensive unfortunately does not exist. However, the price might just even out with what you save in vet bills. I have been feeding my 8 month old mastiff Wellness Core Grain Free Puppy dry and wet food since she was 9 weeks old. She is in excellent health, has a beautiful coat, and her bathroom habits are normal. She is growing normally but is not fat. It is expensive but made in the USA and a 5 star food. It is specially formulated for large breed puppies.

  • Bob K

    Amy – What dogs/pets are you aware of that used to be wild animals eating freshly killed animal meat? German Shepherd, Poodles, Labs, Cockers, Pointers, SharPei, Dalmations, Shitzu, Great Danes? We have domesticated inbred and hybrid animals as pets, Coyotes and Wolves are not allowed in most cities. I have had many shelter dogs that once they are cleaned up, fed a good 4 or 5 star kibble and given love and attention look totally different in a 2 months. No RAW needed.

  • Bob K

    6 weeks is way too early, no responsible breeder lets a puppy go at 6 weeks, wait until 10 weeks is a better time to be with the family. What does the breeder currently feed? Remember to transition slowly to a new kibble. Puppy vaccinations and puppy socialization class is a must and a good class and instructor will provide you with lots of general dog information other than sit, stay and come. Look for a 4 or 5 star puppy food for large or giant dogs.

  • theBCnut

    Since Corsos are a giant breed, you should go over to the forum and search for the Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition thread. It’s about 74 pages now and a lot of it is people asking the exact same question over and over again, but if you read the first few pages, actually check out the links that Hound Dog Mom provides, and look on page 15 for HDM’s latest list of foods, you will be in good shape.
    Just one more thing. It is way, way better for your puppy to stay with it’s mother and littermates until at least 8 weeks old. So if you can arrange it, you really should leave it for 2 more weeks.

  • Rico

    am getting a 6 weeks cane corso and am confuse about the “best” puppy food

  • Stacie Mosier

    I had a bull terrier with horrible grain allergies and she did great on grain-free, limited ingredient Pure Vita.

  • Amy Chastain

    The best food to feed your dog is RAW food. It might be a little costly but the benefits outweigh the costs. Your dog will go to the bathroom less because more of the food is absorbed, they will look & feel better & go to the Vet less too. Trust me. My Vet had a dog she rescued from a shelter & it looked like an elderly dog when she got it. She fed the dog a raw diet, & the next time I saw the dog, it was running around & looked & acted like a puppy. Raw food is what a dog would eat if it were wild.

  • Dori

    Congratulations on getting a puppy. I can’t give you advice as to what specific puppy food that you should feed your puppy. I have very small dogs and so I don’t know what size your rotti will be. Whether it needs to be puppy food for a large breed or not. The one thing that I can definitely tell you is that there is no way that an 8 week old puppy should be on adult food.

    Please transition your puppy from the food he is eating to puppy food. It is very important for health reasons for puppies to eat puppy food, not adult food.

  • Robert Hughes Jr.

    im getting an 8 week old rotti this weekend and hes started adult food already and seems to like it alot im not sure what brand is best for him or if puppy formula food would be best ive been warned it gives dogs diahrea and messes with their stomach

  • mike

    Hi! I have a 8 week old lab puppy coming this weekend. So many dog food choices. Any
    one have experience with Nulo? Pioneer Naturals? They both have extremely good rating, but very expensive. I would like to feed my pup the best food without paying so much.

  • Chris Herrmann

    U can google very very good less poop and more active been giving to my English lab he is 10

  • Chris Herrmann

    Verus this dog food is recommended by a lot of people very good dog food

  • 4FootedFoodie

    I’m curious Chris, what is “the food” to which you’re referring?

  • Chris Herrmann

    I’ll tell you this food really works for any dog less shedding less going to the bathroom the more expensive the food is the more better ingredient usually and the less waste the dog has because it breaks down better it’s really true

  • Chris Herrmann

    I buy the food at one of my local pet food Store that carries all the good food I just saw it yesterday on Amazon where you can buy it and it’s really not much more expensive for a 30 pound bag

  • Cynthia

    I have a 5 month old English Mastiff. She is currently eating Iams Large Breed Puppy Food because I thought it was worth the ridiculous price. I would like a higher rated food for her that I can pick up locally and does not cost a fortune. Does this exist??

  • lmccall728 .

    Is it formulated for large breed puppies? Where is it sold? Thank you for your reply!

  • Chris Herrmann

    Verus canine puppy The nice thing about this food is if you have adult dogs they can the puppy can eat the adult food also and not bother them

  • Chris Herrmann

    Verus very good they never had a recall with this food cost about $55 a bag

  • curios

    Need a good puppy food for a cocker spaniel puppy that I will be getting Tuesday that will be 7 weeks old. . What is your opinion? Gruel .. But what puppy food? So many out there and allot has by products in their ingredients. ..

  • LabsRawesome

    Take a look at Victor. I use their grain free formulas. I pay $40 for 30lbs. Check their store locator, for stores in your area.

  • lmccall728 .

    Hello, Looking for a good quality large breed puppy food for our 2 Saint Bernard/Great Pyrenees pups – they are 10 weeks old. I have tried Blue Wilderness but they don’t like it and won’t eat it. Any suggestions?

  • Renee Craker

    He Is Allergic To Corn And Grain

  • LabsRawesome

    It depends on what he is allergic to. I would go with a limited ingredient diet. Or at least pick a food with a single protein source. Try to find a couple foods he does well on, and rotate them. Are the allergies food or environmental?

  • Frank DeGaray

    Had a bulldog who had allergies and it took awhile to find out what he was allergic too. He did best with Blue Buffalo Lamb and brown rice.

  • Renee Craker

    Hello, I’m Looking For A Good Food For My Colby Pitbull Puppy He’s 4 months old He Has Bad Allergies ? Any Suggestions Will Be Appreciated…

  • Marlena ehrron

    Looking for a good food for my 8 month old Golden… Please help

  • meetash

    hello, I have a morkie (yorkie + maltese mix) 11 weeks old. We got him when he was 9 weeks. I am trying to search for premium food that he will enjoy eating. The breeder had him on royal canin which he seemed to be eating. But then one day we introduced “natures variety chicken raw” which he enjoyed too much. But in a couple of days his tummy got upset. I learnt the lesson that to introduce new food I will have to go gradually and slowly. But we now are trying to find which would be the food we should go with in the long term and keep him on it and the one that he wont get bored eating (or rather enjoy eating)
    What I want to do is slowly take him out of royal canin and start with the better food. So I am looking for suggestions, especially for my morkie who is a teacup size (right now 2.5lbs) and will grow less than 5lbs fully grown. thanks in advance for your help.

  • Katie

    I use Nutro Ultra for my puppy. Grain free, all natural puppy food. Anyone have any thoughts or information on it? It seemed like it was some pretty good stuff but i don’t see it on this list.

  • Dori

    I would keep him/her on the same food that the breeder was feeding for the first couple of weeks that he/she is in their new home. It’s a lot for a puppy to take in. Leaving breeder, mom, litter mates, new home, strangers, new smells, etc. Then you can start a very slow transition to a new food. There is way too much stress for a puppy the first couple of weeks in their new “forever home” to switch foods too. If you do switch foods do it slowly and add either canned pumpkin (not the pie filling type), a digestive enzyme, or plain greek yogurt, or kefir (buy in any grocery store). This helps with transitioning foods.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Hi muhamed,

    Is that what the breeder was feeding the pup? If so, I’d at least keep him on it until he gets used to his new home.

    TOTW is OK ingredient-wise, but is made by Diamond. Personally, I wouldn’t use a Diamond manufactured food.

    Do you have other choices? Where do you live?

  • muhamed khayyat

    i have a finnish spitz pup (7 weeks) old and i got from the breeder a taste of the wild is it good ?

  • Amy

    I have a 13 week old Great Dane puppy who has been on Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul Large Breed Adult (per my research online and recommendation from a local specialty pet store) since he was 7 weeks old and his stools are still not solid. I had seen rave reviews but I don’t think this is working for him. Any suggestions?

  • Lisa Zsigray

    I really like Dr. Tim’s. I buy it from I also use Fromm. I use a combination of dry and wet.

  • Veronica Gamboa

    I recently adopted a baby beagle that is 10 weeks old. What type of dog food should I give her (wet or dry) and does anyone have any recommendation what company I should buy the food from?

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Michal,

    Before you switch, you should probably consider your dog to be a large breed puppy and feed him as if he were a LBP. Even if he turns out to have the physical traits of a smaller dog when he’s full grown, it makes good sense now too err on the side of caution now.

    Take a look at this link:

    There’s a list of foods with Calcium levels that appropriate for LBPs on with page 15 or 16 of that thread. Essentially, LBPs need a controlled level of Calcium as excess Calcium contributes to skeletal disorders in LBPs such as hip and elbow dysplasia.

    As for the Merrick, I can only say I’m not a fan of Merrick at all.

  • Michal


    I have a 13 week old Doberman mix and I am debating on which puupy food I should switch him too. Any ideas? I was thinking about Merrick Classic.


  • Mary – Priya

    I we just brought home our 8week brittany spaniel. The breeder gave us two weeks worth of food. It’s a special brand of kibble his wife and he make, high in chicken and chicken fat. I’ve been reading through, and would love some input on what to get. We’ve got two other dogs and feed them authority free. Should we stick with that route or anyone have a better suggestion. Thanks everyone!

  • Dori

    Hi Jen. Oh lucky you. I have a 5 year old Yorkipoo named Lola she weighs 5 lbs. and she is an active wacky little girl. Lots of personality and always on the go. I feed all my girls (3 toy dogs) commercial raw foods and organic fruits and veggies. Just wanted to say welcome to the Yorkipoo world. We brought Lola home when she was 9 weeks old.

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Jen

    Good luck with the new addition to your family!!!

    SInce you already know the benefits of a healthy diet why not make sure that the little one also eats a healthy and appropriate diet.

    I would suggest a less processed and higher quality food than kibble. The next step to a species appropriate diet would be a low carb canned food. If you are feeling enthusiastic then you could feed your Yorkie-Poo a homemade lightly cooked or raw diet.

    Your little guy will thank you by living a healthier, happier life! For suggestions on canned foods I would look at the 5 star rated wet foods reviewed right here on the Dog Food Advisor:

    And for help with feeding a highly nutritious and well balanced homemade diet I would buy this book by Steve Brown:

    Give the little one a belly rub for me!!!

  • Jen

    Bringing home an 8 week Yorkie-Poo next weekend. Breeder has been feeding Diamond Small Breed; however, I’ve been hearing some really mixed reviews; even reports of dogs dying! We are a pretty organic family, and have peanut/nut allergies; so, we need a healthy food that do not contain and nut or peanut byproducts. Thanks in advance. This is our first family pet and we are super excited!

  • Dori

    Natures Logic kibble has the smallest kibble I have ever seen. Teeny Tiny kibbles. Does your dog gulp down her food very quickly? If so then you should also get one of the slow eater bowls. They sell them on Amazon and in most pet stores. That will force her to eat slower.

  • Cyndi
  • LabsRawesome

    If you’re asking if you can feed her stewed meat exclusively, no you can’t. That diet would be deficient in so many things. I would feed her canned dog food. Costco has Nature’s Domain $20 for a case of 24 cans. Walmart’s Pure Balance is $1 and the grain free cans are $1.25 Tractor Supply has 4health .99 cents.

  • puggles

    Hello! Bringing home a new pug (not a puggle, despite my username, haha) this weekend. Her breeder has been feeding her diamond dog food, but I’m wondering if it’s better to feed her stewed meat?

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Alyssa,

    What a little cutie he’ll be! Congrats on the new pup.

    That’s great you want to use the best possible food, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for – it won’t be cheap. If he’s your only pup, feeding one small dog doesn’t need to be expensive. “Cheap” is a relative term anyway.

    Wellness is a great, quality brand of dog food that carries a wide variety of products that I believe is generally budget friendly. They have lots of small breed options with small doses kibble for your pup.

    Fresh whole food ingredients are also good for your pup. Things like fresh lean meat, pureed dark green veggies, sardines, fresh eggs are all healthy things to add to your puppy’s meals. Just keep the extras to no more than 20% of his diet to avoid throwing off the nutrient balance of the kibble.

    You’ll want to keep your pup on the same food he’s been eating before he came home for a couple of weeks though. He already has enough to adjust to without adding a new food. In fact, you might want to pick up a can of plain, canned pumpkin in case he has some loose stool, which isn’t uncommon with new pups.

  • Alyssa

    Hello! Im getting an 8 week old Pembroke Welsh Corgi and he is such a small cute dog and I want him to get the correct nutrients so he will grow up to be a strong adult. Any help? I would like to use a cheap food that wont feast on my wallet. Thanks.

  • sue66b

    Hi Magraret, My Patch was put on the Eukanuba Intestinal low residue kibble that was last August…I tried a few other brand kibbles & he didnt do too well the fat% & protein was higher then his Intestinal, 3 weeks ago I started to introduce him to the “Wellness Simple” Duck & Oatmeal kibble he’s doing great the kibble breaks up easy like the intestinal & patch prefers the Wellness Simple Duck & the ingredients are better then the Eukanuba Intestinal.. just pick a kibble that has the same fat% protein% or around the same at first that way ur slowely introducing him..I dont know why but the IAMS has meat by-products in their Intestinal low residue but the Eukanuba doesnt use by-products, they use Dried Chicken & Turkey, Wellness also makes “Holistic Select” they have a real good Grainfree Puppy Salmon, Anchovy & Sardine meal, here’s their site so u can look at ingredients

  • SevannahD

    Aweee! She looks like a baby bear! XD

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Bree,

    I think Wellness products are awesome. Reputable manufacturer and very high quality products at great prices. They have lots of product offerings for toy and small breed pups. My favorite is Wellness Core Small Breed.

  • Daniel

    Fromm Puppy Gold is 13.99 on for the 5lb bag which should last your little one a while. I really like Fromm, prices are decent and the company has a great reputation.

  • Margaret McIndoe

    Thanks, Shawna I forwarded this article to see what my vet thinks about it. This does help alleviate my stress over the high protein contents in the grain free diet. It really does make sense that dogs and cats shouldn’t eat so much grain, they don’t in the wild.

  • Shawna

    Hi Margaret,

    The dog in my avatar, Audrey, has had kidney disease since birth (symptoms of polydipsia and polyuria first noticed at about six weeks of age). Audrey wasn’t diagnosed however till her one year checkup / blood work.

    Audrey has been on a raw diet since coming to me at nine weeks of age. The raw diet has protein amounts between 45 and 54% dry matter. She’s not medicated and has never had sub-q fluids but she is on several whole food supplements / nutraceuticals. Audrey turned eight years old last month and still today only gets symptoms associated with kidney disease (aside from polydipsia / polyuria) such as bad breath if I feed her kibble (ANY kibble). I have to give her extra supplemental pro/prebiotics for several days after a kibble feed to help get her blood cleaned out.

    Dr. Kenneth Bovee has some really good info on the kidney disease “myth” if you are interested.
    “Mythology of Protein Restriction for Dogs with Reduced Renal Function

    Kenneth C. Bovée, DVM, MMedSc
    Department of Clinical Studies
    School of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”

  • Stephanie

    I know! My dog loves iams. But I’ve been hearing some bad things about it. So I found something called natures select and they deliver free to my house since they are local. But it’s just so expensive. The website is if you would like to check it out. And you can also order free samples! And money back guarentee

  • Margaret McIndoe

    all my years at the clinic, we recommended Eukanuba, dogs historically did very well on it. My boss said reading the ingredients tells you very little, because you don’t know the quality of the ingredients, so the best way to tell if it was a good diet was how dogs did on it historically. We had a client that had Goldens and constantly switched their food, sometimes cooking for them, sometimes feeding raw diets, etc. I had Goldens also, fed on Eukanuba. Her Goldens all died around 11 or 12, and mine all lived to be 14 -16. I think genetics played a large part in that, but obviously, Eukanuba didn’t cause cancer. However, Iams/Eukanuba has been sold, and I have heard bad things about it since. I have 2 Golden puppies, and their Iams puppy food makes them have diarrhea. Right now they are eating Iams Low Residue, and are fine, it’s a veterinary prescription diet. But this has made me nervous about continuing to feed Iams products, which is why I have been researching diets. I am nervous about the high protein contents in all the new diets. I was taught that dogs don’t need that much protein unless they are truly working dogs, and that it can lead to kidney issues. Now I have read that they don’t believe it leads to kidney issues. My cats eat Merrick, I went grain-free because I had so many cats die from IBD related cancers. I like the Merrick, and I like that it’s made at their own mill. Most dog foods are all made at the same place, just with different recipes, hence the recalls of lots of brands at the same time. Veterinary prescription diets are made at the company’s own mill. and you rarely see a recall on prescription diets. I am considering Merrick and Instinct, but I am nervous. I’m going in to talk to my vet on Friday, and I have ordered a small bag of each brand’s puppy food to try. I’ll let you know if I ever figure it out.

  • S. Robison

    hmmmm…interesting. Finished off a bag of Large Breed Puppy Blue Buff. Opened the next one. He refused to have anything to do with it. Went through a series of vomiting and diarrhea a few days into making him eat the food from the new bag. Trip to MedVet could not determine reason for illness. Dewormer seemed to solve the problem. He is back on that latest bag of BB. Thinking I need to switch …

  • Bree Rae Tabish

    I am getting a Dachshund mixed with Chihuahua , very little itty bitty dog on Wednesday ! he is only about 7 weeks old , and I am not sure what to do on food! Since he is going to be apart of the family I want to feed him the best with out killing my budget but I have no idea where to start! Any ideas or tips would be helpful!

  • Stephanie

    So what do you recommend.

  • 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.