Best Small Breed Dog Foods

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Best Small Breed Dog Foods
December 2018

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top 15 best small breed dog food brands for December 2018.

Each has been carefully selected from among the more than 350 4 and 5-star reviews posted on our website.

Merrick Classic Small Breed Recipe Dog Food

Merrick Classic Small Breed Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, brown rice, peas
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 34%, a fat level of 17% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 41%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Taste of the Wild Small Breed Recipe

Taste of the Wild Small Breed Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • First 5 ingredients: Venison, lamb meal, garbanzo beans, peas, lentils
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 36%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Blue Buffalo Wilderness Small Breed Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Small Breed Recipe

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, pea protein, peas, tapioca starch
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 40%, a fat level of 18% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 34%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Whole Earth Farms Small Breed

Whole Earth Farms Small Breed Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, peas, carrots
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults and puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 41%, a fat level of 23% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 28%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Nulo Freestyle Small Breed Recipe

Nulo Freestyle Small Breed Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned salmon, turkey meal, menhaden fish meal, lamb meal, red lentils
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 34%, a fat level of 19% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 39%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Instinct Small Breed Recipe

Instinct Original Small Breed Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, chickpeas, turkey meal, tapioca
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults or puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 40%, a fat level of 17% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 35%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Canidae Grain Free Pure Small Breed Recipe

Canidae Grain Free Pure Fields Small Breed Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, menhaden fish meal, peas, lentils, potatoes
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 33%, a fat level of 13% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 45%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Food

Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, ground white rice, peas
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 17% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 39%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Wellness Core Small Breed Recipe

Wellness Core Small Breed Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, potatoes, peas
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 38%, a fat level of 18% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 34%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Eagle Pack Small Breed Dry Dog Food Chicken and Prok Formula

Eagle Pack Small Breed Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, pork meal, oatmeal, dehulled barley, ground brown rice
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 30%, a fat level of 16% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 46%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Halo Small Breed Grain-Free Wet Canned Dog Food Chicken and Salmon Recipe

Halo Small Breed Wet Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, peas, salmon
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 41%, a fat level of 23% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 28%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Holistic Select Grain-Free Small and Mini Breed Dry Dog Food

Holistic Select Grain-Free Small and Mini Breed Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Anchovy and sardine meal, chicken meal, peas, chickpeas, chicken fat
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 39%, a fat level of 18% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 35%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipes Small Breed Wet Canned Dog Food Chicken Dinner

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Small Breed Chicken Dinner

Rating: ★★★★½

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, carrots, peas, brown rice
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 46%, a fat level of 34% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 13%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Solid Gold Mighty Mini Toy and Small Breed Chicken, Chickpea, and Pumpkin Recipe Dry Dog Food

Solid Gold Mighty Mini Toy and Small Breed Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, chickpeas, peas, pea protein
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 33%, a fat level of 22% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 36%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


Now Fresh Small Breed Dry Dog Food

Now Fresh Small Breed Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • First 5 ingredients: De-boned turkey, whole dried egg, peas, pea flour, potatoes
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small/medium breed adults

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 30%, a fat level of 19% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 43%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Highly recommended.


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