Best Puppy Foods

What’s the Best Puppy Food?

Choosing the best food for your puppy is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make as a dog parent.

That’s because feeding your dog a food that contains too much calcium for her breed type can significantly increase your puppy’s RISK of hip dysplasia.1

And other crippling bone diseases.

Especially if you’re feeding a large breed puppy… a puppy whose adult weight is expected to be over 50 pounds.

Now…

Because larger breeds are at greater risk for hip dysplasia… and since smaller breeds can safely eat a wide variety of food

The Dog Food Advisor has created separate lists of puppy foods, each containing products optimized for a specific breed size… and your own dry or wet feeding preferences.


The Best Puppy Foods
August 2019

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top 20 best puppy foods for August 2019. For safety, each is labeled “Best for” a specific type.


Farmina N&D Small and Medium Breed Puppy

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, dehydrated chicken, potato, chicken fat, dehydrated egg product
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 46%, a fat level of 24% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 22%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 52%.

Highly recommended.


Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Buffalo, lamb meal, sweet potatoes, egg product, pea protein
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 31%, a fat level of 19% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 42%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 61%.

Highly recommended.


Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural Grain Free

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Turkey meal, chicken meal, peas, dried egg, pea starch
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 42%, a fat level of 22% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 28%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 52%.

Highly recommended.


Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, ground white rice, chicken fat, pea protein
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 24% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 32%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 67%.

Highly recommended.


Whole Earth Farms Puppy Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, turkey, chicken liver, salmon
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 41%, a fat level of 30% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 22%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 73%.

Highly recommended.


Wellness Core Grain-Free Puppy Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Turkey, chicken Liver, chicken, turkey broth, herring
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 50%, a fat level of 30% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 12%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 60%.

Highly recommended.


Dr. Tim's Grain Free Kinesis Formula Dry Dog Food

Dr. Tim’s Kinesis Formula

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, dried white potatoes, dried field peas, chicken fat, tapioca
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 36%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 56%.

Highly recommended.


Wellness Complete Health Small Breed Puppy

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, chicken meal, oatmeal, salmon meal, ground barley
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 31%, a fat level of 21% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 40%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 68%.

Highly recommended.


Canidae Grain-Free Pure Foundations Puppy

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, dried egg, peas, salmon oil
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 43%, a fat level of 30% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 19%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 70%.

Highly recommended.


Merrick Grain-Free Puppy Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, potatoes, peas, sweet potatoes
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 32%, a fat level of 14% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 47%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 44%.

Highly recommended.


Instinct Raw Boost Grain Free Puppy

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, peas, chickpeas
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 37%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 35%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 54%.

Highly recommended.


Merrick Grain-Free Puppy Plate

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken broth, turkey, turkey broth, duck
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 53%, a fat level of 26% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 13%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 49%.

Highly recommended.


Victor Grain-Free Active Dog and Puppy

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef meal, peas, sweet potato, chicken fat, menhaden fish meal
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 18% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 38%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 50%.

Highly recommended.


Blue Buffalo Life Protection Small Breed Puppy Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, oatmeal, barley, menhaden fish meal
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 32%, a fat level of 19% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 41%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 59%.

Highly recommended.


Wellness Core Small Breed Puppy

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, chicken meal, turkey meal, peas, chicken fat
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 42%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 30%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 48%.

Highly recommended.


Nulo Freestyle Puppy Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned salmon, turkey meal, menhaden fish meal, whole peas, chicken fat
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 33%, a fat level of 19% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 40%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 58%.

Highly recommended.


Annamaet Ultra Dog Food

Annamaet Ultra 32% Dog Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, chicken fat, whole dry eggs, herring meal
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 22% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 34%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 61%.

Highly recommended.


Orijen Puppy Dry Dog Food

Orijen Puppy Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, atlantic flounder, whole eggs, whole atlantic mackerel
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 43%, a fat level of 23% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 26%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 53%.

Highly recommended.


Now Fresh Small Breed Dry Puppy Food

Now Fresh Small Breed Puppy Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: De-boned turkey, whole dried egg, peas, pea flour, potatoes
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 31%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 41%… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of 65%.

Highly recommended.


References

  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