The Best Dog Foods For Small Breed Dogs

Figuring out the proper diet for your small dog can be challenging.

You know they are going to eat less, so it’s essential they get their vitamins and minerals in every bite.

There are a number of factors to consider:

  1. You want a food that won’t make them overweight.
  2. Some small breeds are very active, while others are more docile.
  3. Some small dogs tend to be pickier eaters.

Too many dog foods have a lot of corn and other grains acting as a “filler”.  Yes dogs need some carbohydrates, but not as many as you think.

You will pay more upfront for these foods, but the higher quality means you feed them less. A bonus is that they will poop less!

bite. They also tend to poop less since more of the food is actually usable by their bodies.

1. Orijen Original

Orijen is one of the best dog foods on the market.  Owned by the same company that makes Acana, Orijen is based on high-quality ingredients – such as deboned chicken, deboned turkey, yellowtail flounder, and whole eggs.

They use their own free-range chicken. The fish is fresh-caught by their own fisherman in northern Canada. Most of their vegetables are grown on their own farms.

Orijen continually gets some of the top reviews by dog food analysts. This particular formula is suitable for small breeds.

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2. Acana Regionals – Grasslands

Acana is made by the same company as Orijen (Champion pet foods). It is similar to Orijen (see our comparison), but slightly more affordable.

This is due to a slightly lower meat and protein concentration.

Owners of picky eaters, small dogs, big dogs, dogs with skin problems and dogs with allergies find Acana to be a good choice.

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3. Blue Buffalo Wilderness With Chicken – Small Breed


Blue Buffalo is considered a higher quality brand of dog food. It is more affordable than the previous options.

This particular formula is specifically for small breeds (the kibble is smaller – to help smaller mouths!).

Deboned chicken, chicken meal, and pea protein head up the ingredients list – a slightly lower quality of protein than Acana or Orijen, but still well ahead of other brands.

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4. Honest Kitchen  Organic Grain Dog Food

This is something completely different. Honest Kitchen make a human-grade dehydrated food. You mix warm water into the dogs portion, leave it for 3 minutes, then serve.

For an averagely active small breed dog, one box will last 40-80 days.

It’s not cheap, but is made to the highest standards (and is actually fit for human consumption).

The Turkey Recipe is a particularly low-allergenic recipe.

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Getting the food balance right for a small breed can be challenging. It doesn’t take much for them to start putting on weight – especially if they aren’t getting enough exercise.

Remember that cheaper foods can seem better (when comparing price to weight). However you may end up feeding the dog more to get the same nutrients.