14 Best Puppy Foods

By Kevin Myers | 2020 Update

✓ Reviewed by Dr. Sara Redding Ochoa, DVM

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15. Royal Canin — Veterinary Diet Gastrointestinal Puppy Dry Dog Food

Top 5 ingredients: 1. Brewers Rice, 2. Chicken By-Product Meal, 3. Chicken Fat, 4. Corn Gluten Meal, 5. Natural Flavors

This vet recommended puppy food from Royal Canin is specifically for pups that face digestion problems. Their formula supports high fat and protein content so that your pup can be fed in small portions for easier digestibility.


8. Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Food Formula

This is the second “Taste of The Wild” puppy food in this list and we’ve chosen it for the quality of ingredients added. The High Prairie formula is great for dog owners who wish to feed natural and protein-rich sources of food to their pooch.

Guaranteed Analysis: Protein 28.0% min, Fat 17.0% min, Fiber 5.0% max, Moisture 10% max

Top 5 ingredients: 1. Buffalo, 2. Lamb Meal, 3. Sweet Potatoes, 4. Egg Product, 5. Pea Protein


17. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food

Blue Buffalo makes it onto our list yet again with another of its puppy food products. This one, however, isn’t a large-breed formula and can easily be fed to all sizes of puppies.

With added DHA, ARA, and choline, this dog food helps puppies in developing cognitive functions. This formula contains L-carnitine which builds lean and healthy muscle for pooches.

Guaranteed Analysis: Protein 27.0% min, Fat 16% min, Fiber 5.0% max, Moisture 10% max


18. Eukanuba Puppy Medium Breed Chicken Formula

This formula by Eukanuba might seem pretty normal to you at first. But it’s worth noting that this is one of the only puppy food formulas that is specifically made for medium breeds. Eukanuba believes in feeding puppies to be active and highly trainable, which is why they add DHA and natural fish oil for mental growth. What’s more, This formula contains beet pulp which helps puppies digest this food easily as you change their diet.


19. Victor Select Nutra Pro Active Dog 7 & Puppy Formula

Victor Select Nutra Pro is one of the best puppy foods in town due to its high protein to fat ratio. This formula is specifically designed for dogs with moderate to high levels of activity, which is why it contains higher protein content. Also, this formula is gluten-free, making it a safe option for puppies of all sizes and breeds.


20. Rachael Ray Nutrish Bright Puppy Natural Real Chicken And Brown Rice Recipe

Rachael Ray uses US-raised chicken in this formula as its primary protein source. As mentioned above, a single primary protein source is often a good indicator of the quality of that dog food. This food for puppies also uses natural fruit and vegetable sources for vitamin C. This formula includes DHA from the fish meal, which helps in vision and neural development in puppies.


21. Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Diet Puppy Dry Dog Food

A limited ingredient diet with a single protein source can do wonders for your pooch. This formula is completely free of white potatoes and chicken. The complete product is made in the USA, upholding all the standards of ethical production.


22. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Small Breed Puppy Chicken

This small breed formula is one of the few available on a commercial scale.

You see:

Most of the puppy foods are made with large breeds in mind.

However, they might not suit smaller breeds that well. With Blue Buffalo Small Breed formula, you can rest assured that your little pup is getting the right proportion of nutrients in its diet. Like all other Blue Buffalo formulas, this one also contains DHA and ARA for healthy brain development.


23. Merrick — Real Beef & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free

Merrick doesn’t disappoint with this great puppy food inclusion in its lineup. This formula uses real fruits and veggies along with added vitamins and minerals for a wholesome diet. All the ingredients in this puppy food are locally sourced from reputed farmers. It also contains DHA for healthier neural development.


24. Royal Canin — Healthy Development Small Breed Puppy Dog Food Trays

Wet food is often higher in protien than dry dog food and makes you pup feel like it has a full belly. This formula by Royal Canin is one of the best-wet puppy food and contains taurine, lutein and Vitamin C and E for nervous system development in puppies. This formula is specifically designed for puppies up to 10 months old.


25. Authority Chicken & Rice Formula — Large Breed Puppy

The best part about Large-Breed specific puppy foods is that they’re formed keeping bone crippling diseases in mind. For that purpose, Authority adds chondroitin and glucosamine in its formula for joint development in pups. It also contains DHA and EPA which help in vision and brain development.


26. Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Classic Chicken Canned Dog Food

If your pup struggles in digesting its food, then this wet recipe with added prebiotics could be your savior. This formula also contains Omega-6 fatty acids for developing a lustrous coat for your dog. Also, the high protein content in this dog food is great for a puppies special needs.


27. Chicken Soup For The Soul — Large Breed Puppy Food

As all large-breed puppy foods should do, this one contains chondroitin and glucosamine for the healthy development of joints in dogs. It also contains no soy, corn or wheat and is completely made in the USA. The calcium content also seems to be well-regulated in this formula.


28. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Turkey & Chicken Grill Grain-Free

This Blue Buffalo formula is one of the best wet puppy foods available. It’s a special grain-free and high-protein diet for puppies that need large bouts of energy. With healthy quantities of DHA and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, this food allows optimum growth and development in pups. It also contains B12 supplement for relieving gastrointestinal problems while neural development is boosted by flaxseed.


29. Nutro Wholesome Essentials – Large Breed Puppy

Nutro specifically takes into account the nutritional requirements of puppies in this formula. That’s why they’ve added chondroitin and glucosamine which help develop tendons which create stronger joints, helping large breeds sustain their weight as they grow. What’s more, It contains no artificial flavor or preservatives which is a good sign of premium quality in dog foods.


30. Nature’s Recipe — Grain-Free Puppy Chicken Dry Dog Food

This puppy food uses real chicken as its first ingredient. The protein content is also satisfying, keeping in mind that this diet is completely grain-free. This formula contains no wheat, corn or soy.


31. Nutro — Ultra-Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food

Last, but certainly not the least, is Nutro’s Ultra-Large Breed formula. Even though this pet food is specifically made for puppies, it meets all the AAFCO’s requirements for adult dog foods as well. It contains whole grains for a high-performance diet along with glucosamine and chondroitin for joint development. It contains Linoleic Acid from Sunflower Oil which improves the quality of your pup’s coat. This formula for puppies contains taurine which has a massive positive impact on eyesight and hearing.


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