Best Small Breed Dog Foods 2019

Best Dog Food for Small Dogs

The best small breed dog foods are designed to provide superior nutrition for dogs whose ideal adult weight is under 20 pounds.

That’s because smaller dogs have smaller stomach capacity.

And…

They tend to burn more calories per pound than larger animals.

Which is why smaller breeds benefit from dog foods optimized for their higher rate of metabolism

And their smaller physical size.

Smaller Kibble Size

Since small dogs have smaller teeth and mouths

The best small breed recipes typically have a smaller kibble size

Which can help make the food easier to chew.

Best Small Breed Dog Foods
April 2019

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top 15 best small breed dog foods for April 2019.

Merrick Classic Small Breed Dog Food

Merrick Classic Small Breed Adult

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, brown rice, peas
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small 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 Appalachian Valley Small Canine

Taste of the Wild Appalachian Valley Small Breed

Rating:

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

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, pea protein, peas, tapioca starch
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small 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 Can

Whole Earth Farms Small Breed Recipe

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, peas, carrots
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small 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 Dog Food

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 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 Original Small Breed Dog Food

Instinct Original Small Breed Dog Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, chickpeas, turkey meal, tapioca
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small 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 Fields

Canidae Grain Free Pure Small Breed Adult

Rating:

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

Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, ground white rice, peas
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small 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 Dog Recipe

Wellness Core Small Breed Dog Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, potatoes, peas
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small 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 Chicken and Pork

Eagle Pack Small Breed Dog Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, pork meal, oatmeal, dehulled barley, ground brown rice
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small 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 Grain Free Small Breed Chicken and Salmon Recipe

Halo Small Breed Chicken and Salmon Recipe

Rating:

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

Holistic Select Grain-Free Small and Mini Breed

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Anchovy and sardine meal, chicken meal, peas, chickpeas, chicken fat
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small 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 Canned Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Small Breed Chicken Dinner

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, carrots, peas, brown rice
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small 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.


Now Fresh Dry Dog Food

Now Fresh Small Breed Dog Food

Rating:

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, whole dried egg, peas, pea flour, potatoes
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Small 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.