Best Puppy Foods

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How could a one-size-fits-all puppy food be right for every puppy?

Puppy owners like to ask, “What’s the best puppy food?”

But think about that for a moment.

Let it sink in.

HOW could a one-size-fits-all puppy food be “BEST” for every puppy?

Truth is…

There are 2 different TYPES of puppy food.

One designed for large breed puppies.

And another for smaller breeds.

Unfortunately…

Choosing the wrong one could cause permanent bone damage to your puppy.

Including a crippling form of hip dysplasia.

Especially for larger breeds.

Now…

Before you scroll down and choose one of our recommended puppy foods…

I’d like to share a quick story that clearly illustrates

Why choosing a dog food based on your puppy’s breed size is SO important.

A Tragic Story

When Katy first wrote me…

She was FRANTIC.

Seems her 2-year-old Lab, Beau, was beginning to have trouble with his rear legs.

Especially when he’d try to stand up after a nap.

He was obviously in pain.

Katy wanted to know if Beau’s declining health could be related to the dog food she’d been feeding him.

Of course, I urged her to take Beau to a vet.

Right away.

But out of curiosity…

I also asked her if she could share with me the name of the food she’d been feeding him.

And I was SHOCKED by her answer.

You see…

Without realizing it…

Katy had been feeding Beau a dog food that contained too much calcium for his breed size.

Which caused his bones to grow too fast.

And his hip joints to become permanently deformed.

Creating the crippling hip dysplasia you see in this x-ray.

Here’s the point…

Feeding a food that contains too much calcium can significantly increase your puppy’s RISK of hip dysplasia.1

And other crippling bone diseases.

Which is why I urge you to choose a dog food that’s designed to be safe for YOUR puppy’s breed size

What’s Your Puppy’s
Breed Size?

Large breed puppies are those whose adult weight is expected to be over 50 pounds.

Thus…

Small and medium breeds include those whose adult weight will likely be under 50 pounds.

Now…

Because larger breeds are at greater risk for hip dysplasia

And…

Since smaller breeds can safely eat a wide variety of puppy foods

The Dog Food Advisor has created a special list of Best Puppy Foods for EACH breed size.

Best Dog Foods
for Puppies

Click the link below that matches your puppy’s breed size.

Puppy FoodsBest For
Best Large Breed Puppy FoodsLarge Breeds
Best Dry Puppy FoodsSm/Med Breeds
Best Wet Puppy FoodsSm/Med Breeds

How We Selected
The Best Puppy Foods

The label of every puppy food on the list below has been examined by The Dog Food Advisor to confirm each meets the following criteria:
  • AAFCO Growth or All Life Stages
  • Calcium content safe for noted breed size
  • No risky BHA, BHT, TBHQ or ethoxquin
  • No cancer-causing preservatives
  • No propylene glycol
  • No anonymous meat ingredients
  • No toxic coloring agents
  • No generic animal fat
  • Above-average protein content
  • Below-average carbohydrates
  • Modest fat-to-protein ratio

Best Dry Puppy Foods
July 2018

Each dry dog food below is suitable for puppies and meets The Advisor’s 9 guidelines for identifying superior brands.

Products marked ALS (All Life Stages) can be fed to either puppies or adults. Those marked Growth are for puppies only. Those tagged FT have been verified by feeding trials.

Use links below to compare price and package sizes at an online retailer.

ProductAAFCORating
Acana RegionalsALS5 stars
Annamaet Ultra 32%ALS5 stars
Blue Buffalo Life Protection Small Breed PuppyGrowth4.5 stars
Blue Buffalo Wilderness Puppy FoodGrowth5 stars
Brothers Complete Chicken Meal and Egg Grain FreeALS5 stars
Diamond Naturals Small Breed PuppyALS4.5 stars
Dr. Tim's Grain Free Kinesis FormulaALS5 stars
Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural Grain FreeALS5 stars
Farmina N&D Grain Free Small and Medium Breed PuppyALS5 stars
Go! Fit and Free Puppy FoodGrowth5 stars
Holistic Select Puppy HealthALS4.5 stars
Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Grain Free Puppy RecipeALS5 stars
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain Free PuppyGrowth5 stars
Now Fresh Grain Free Puppy FoodGrowth4.5 stars
Nulo Freestyle Grain Free PuppyGrowth5 stars
Nutro Ultra PuppyGrowth4.5 stars
Pro Pac Ultimates Puppy FoodGrowth5 stars
Solid Gold Barking at the Moon Grain FreeALS5 stars
Solid Gold Wolf Cub PuppyALS4 stars
Taste of the Wild Puppy FoodALS4 stars
Under the Sun Grain Free PuppyGrowth4.5 stars
Victor Grain Free Active Dog and PuppyALS5 stars
Wellness Complete Health Small Breed PuppyGrowth4.5 stars
Wellness Core Puppy FoodGrowth5 stars
Whole Earth Farms Puppy RecipeALS4 stars

Best Wet Puppy Foods
July 2018

Each wet dog food below is suitable for puppies and meets The Advisor’s 9 guidelines for identifying superior brands.

Products marked ALS (All Life Stages) can be fed to either puppies or adults. Those marked Growth are for puppies only. Those tagged FT have been verified by feeding trials.

Use links below to compare price and package sizes at an online retailer.

ProductAAFCORating
Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain Red Meat PuppyGrowth4 stars
Canidae Grain Free Pure Foundations PuppyGrowth5 stars
Eagle Pack Natural Dog FoodALS4.5 stars
I and Love and YouALS5 stars
Merrick Grain Free Puppy PlateALS5 stars
Nulo Freestyle Grain Free PuppyALS5 stars
Nutro Puppy Chicken and Oatmeal PateGrowth4.5 stars
Wellness Complete Health Just for PuppyGrowth4.5 stars
Wellness Core Grain Free PuppyGrowth5 stars
Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Puppy RecipeALS4.5 stars
  1. Richardson, Skeletal diseases of the growing dog: Nutritional influences and the role of diet, Canine Hip Dysplasia: A Symposium Held at Western Veterinary Conference, 1995