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Puppy Food Reviews & Recommendations

Puppy food reviews can help you decide which is the choice for your new furry family member.

If you're feeling confused, or even a little overwhelmed, by the sheer number of puppy food brands/formulas - you're definitely not alone!

Because there are so many to choose from, making a decision can be challenging... but there IS an upside......

..... you're lucky enough to have access to a whole range of dog and puppy food manufacturers that use top quality ingredients and offer specific formulas designed to make sure puppies of all sizes get the right balance of nutrition.

The puppy food reviews on this page include many of the top premium brands.

Each short review takes a quick look at the main ingredients and also the percentage of protein, fat and calcium in that specific formula.

Because puppies of different breeds/sizes have completely different nutritional needs, I've even divided the information into 3 categories according to breed size (when adult).

Scroll down to see the best choices for small breeds, small - medium breeds and large & giant breeds.


Puppy Food Reviews - Small Dog Breeds

Natural Choice Dog Small Breed Puppy Food, 4-Pound

An all natural formula containing select ingredients plus added vitamins and minerals to deliver balanced nutrition for small breed puppies.

Contains chicken-meal as the source of protein, healthy whole grains plus Omega 6 linoleic acid and blend of vitamins and minerals. Highly digestible, nutrient-rich formula.

Protein.... min 28%

Fat........ min 17%

AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Formula Small Breed Puppy Food

A great choice for small breed puppies, especially those with food sensitivities or allergies. Provides healthy, balanced levels of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals.

Natural, wholesome ingredients including chicken meal, whole brown rice and oatmeal. No wheat, corn or artificial colors. Rich in naturally fatty acids and antioxidants.

Protein.... min 30%

Fat........ min 20%

Calcium... min 1.10%

Wellness Super5Mix Dry Dog Food, Small Breed Just for Puppy Recipe

An all-natural, holistic formula designed to meet the unique needs of the tiniest of puppies.

Human-grade ingredients, superior digestibility, kibble pieces are the perfect size for those little mouths.

Protein.... min 28%

Fat........ min 17%

Calcium... min 1.2%

Wellness Canned Dog Food for Puppy, Just for Puppy Recipe

Balanced blend of real meat and fish, fruit/vegetables and barley. Plus vitamins A, B-12 and D-3.

Contains 78% water and can help keep tiny breed puppies hydrated.

Canned food can be a good choice for tiny or very young puppies, as they may find it easier to eat than dry kibble.

But long term, I'd recommend using this as an addition to a premium dry food that's been formulated for small breed pups.

Protein.... min 9%

Fat........ min 7%

Calcium... min 1.3%

Puppy Food Reviews - Small to Medium Breeds

Wellness Super5Mix Dry Dog Food, Just for Puppy Recipe

Everything you want, and nothing you don't! This holistic formula provides an optimal balance of nutrient-rich whole foods.

No by-products or artificial additives. Contains antioxidants, probiotics and omega fatty acids.

Protein.... min 28%

Fat........ min 17%

Calcium... min 1.3%

Orijen Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food

A high protein, high fat, low carb, grain free formula for small and medium-sized puppies. High meat content replicates the natural diet of a dog in the wild (carnivorous).

80% fresh meat/fish (6 different meat sources), 20% fruit and vegetables - all human grade ingredients.

Protein.... min 40%

Fat........ min 20%

Calcium... min 1.5 - 1.7%

Precise Puppy Formula For Small & Medium Breeds

Natural formula containing chicken and lamb protein, brown rice plus vitamins, easily absorbed minerals, and natural antioxidants to help build strong bones, tissue and teeth.

Protein.... min 29%

Fat........ min 19%

Calcium... min 1.3%

Nutro Ultra Dry Puppy Food

This superior holistic puppy formula is full of all-natural, whole ingredients including two meat sources, one fish, brown rice'super-foods' such as avocado, cranberries and blueberries and more.

Also a great source of essential fatty acids, DHA and antioxidants.

Protein.... min 30%

Fat........ min 15%

Calcium... min 1.2%

Puppy Food Reviews - Large & Giant Breeds

Wellness Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy Dog Food, 15-Pound Bag

Holistic formula designed to meet the unique dietary needs of large breed pups.

Real meat protein, whole grains, antioxidants and carefully balanced minerals to promote controlled growth and help encourage strong, healthy bones.

Protein.... min 26%

Fat........ min 13.5%

Calcium... min 1.0 - 1.4%

Orijen Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food 28.6 Lb.

High meat/low carb. puppy food formula designed to meet the natural dietary needs of large breed puppies.

80% human-grade meat (fresh rather than frozen), 20% fruits and vegetables. No artificial additives.

Made with low-ash chicken and fish to keep calcium and phosphorus levels suitable for large breed puppies.

Protein.... min 38%

Fat........ min 16%

Calcium... min 1.5 - 1.7%

Precise 726009 Large/Giant Breed Puppy Dry Food

Designed to meet the 'bigger' nutritional needs of large and giant breed puppies.

Protein comes from chicken meal, then whole grains, chicken fat and a variety of vitamins, mineral, antioxidants and fatty acids are added.

Protein.... min 27%

Fat........ min 16%

Calcium... min 1.2%

Nutro Ultra Large Breed Dry Puppy Food

A premium holistic formula created specifically to meet the needs of large breed puppies with big appetites.

All natural, wholesome ingredients including chicken, lamb, salmon, brown rice, 'superfoods' such as blueberries, avocado and pomegranate, plus essential fatty acids, antioxidants and more.

Protein.... min 32%

Fat........ min 15%

Calcium.... min 1.0%

AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Formula Large Breed Puppy Food

A large breed formula designed to provide the essential nutrients for proper joint, bone and muscle growth in large breed puppies (pups who will weigh 55 lbs or more as adults).

Uses only quality ingredients to provide the highest level of balanced nutrition. A good choice for pups who have food sensitivities or allergies.

No wheat, corn or artificial colors. Contains vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and everything else a big puppy needs.

Protein.... min 28%

Fat........ min 10%

Calcium.... min 1.2%

How To Choose The Best Puppy Food

The key to the value of a puppy food is the quality of it's ingredients... and the suitability of any premium food to your puppy is the percentages in which those ingredients appear in the formula.

To make an informed choice (because you know what YOUR puppy needs) by check out the tips and information on my Making The Best Puppy Food Choices page.

You can also compare the main ingredients and ratio of nutrients in a number of popular puppy food brands on my Puppy Food Comparison charts.

With what you've learned from looking at the puppy food reviews on this page, plus the information on the two pages I'm referring to above, you'll be able to make sure your puppy gets the nutrition he needs to grow up healthy and strong.

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