Small dogs can often be difficult to find the right food for. They need food with smaller kibble and have different dietary requirements to bigger dogs. We’ve put together a list of the best dog food for small dogs to help you choose the most suitable food for your little one!
What Should I feed my Small Dog?
If you’re an owner of a Chihuahua, a Shih Tzu, a Pomeranian or one of the many other breeds of small dog then you might have had trouble finding good value food for your little one. Small dogs actually need more proteins and fats in their diet than larger breeds and not many people realise this.
As a Pomeranian owner myself, I know how hard it can be to find quality dog food that is suitable for smaller dogs. Small dogs have a tendency to be fussy eaters too so it may take some trial and error to find a food that is suitable for both your dogs nutritional needs and their taste buds. Thankfully, our experts here at Farm and Pet Place have put together a list of the best dog food for small dogs to make your search a little bit easier!
How Much Should I Feed My Small Breed Dog?
It goes without saying that smaller dogs will generally need less food than larger dogs but the exact amount does depend on the breed and individual activity levels of your dog. We always recommend consulting your vet for a feeding plan based on your dog’s specific requirements. The image below should provide a general guide on how much small breed dog food to provide each day, based on the size of your dog.
What is Different About Small Breed Dog Food?
There are plenty of varieties of dog food on the market that are specially made for small dogs to meet their unique dietary requirements. Small dogs actually require more calories per pound that bigger dogs due to their metabolisms, so small dog food is often higher in calories. Small breed dog food also comes in smaller kibbles which are easier for dogs to eat and are less of a choking hazard. Small dogs are often susceptible to allergies too so many small breed dog foods are also hypo-allergenic.
What Should I Feed My Small Breed Puppy?
It’s important to remember that small dogs and puppies are entirely different and have different requirements. Of course, small breeds are also puppies at some point! So what do you do when your dog is a small breed and a puppy? Luckily there are dog food brands specially for this. The best one on the market is the Acana Puppy Small Breed which is specially catered for the unique requirements of a small breed dog during the first year of their life when they are still growing. A 2kg bag of Acana Puppy Small Breed can be purchased on our online store for just £13.99 – perfect for your little one!
Is Puppy Food Okay for Small Dogs?
In a word, no. Unfortunately many people confuse small dog food with puppy dog food. Whilst the size may be the same for some breeds, puppies and adult dogs have different dietary requirements that need to be met by their food. For example, foods with high meat content like grain free dog food are fine for small dogs but can be a problem for puppies due to their developing kidneys. If it’s puppy food you’re looking for then check out our guide to the best dog food for puppies. However if your dog is a fully grown small breed then we recommend using our list of the best dog food for small dogs below.
What is the Best Dog Food for Small Dogs?
For a small dog breed such as a Yorkshire Terrier or a Pug we recommend the following small breed dog food brands:
- Eukanuba Small Breed Dog Food
- Symply Small Breed Dog Food
- Canagan Small Breed Dog Food
- Acana Small Breed Dog Food
- James Wellbeloved Small Breed Dog Food
Below you’ll find our full review of all these small breed dog foods.
Eukanuba Small Breed Dog Food
Eukanuba have a special recipe designed for small adult dogs that is made with small kibble to suit smaller mouths and stomachs. Eukanuba Small Breed Dog Food contains the best balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates to keep your dog looking as healthy on the outside as he is on the inside. This mix contains nothing but fresh, high-quality ingredients for a great, natural taste. A 3kg bag of Eukanuba for Small Dogs is available for £16.49 in our online store.
Symply Small Breed Dog Food
Symply Small Breed 2kg has all the same nutrition and great taste of the regular Lamb and Rice but with a smaller kibble designed for small and toy breeds. This complete dry food avoids the ingredients commonly known to cause allergies or skin problems such as wheat and corn. Generous levels of sunflower oil and Omega 6 improve your dog’s skin and coat condition, while optimum zinc levels help the skin to repair itself. Symply Small Breed is the perfect solution for smaller dogs and you can get a 2kg bag for just £11.99.
Canagan Small Breed Dog Food
Canagan Small Breed Free-Run Chicken is a smaller size kibble – ideal for smaller breed dogs. Canagan Free-Run Chicken is a special grain free dog food formulated by our experts to deliver nutrition close to their ancestral diet – with the correct ratio of protein to carbohydrate and a host of vegetables and botanicals. This special small dog formula contains freshly prepared deboned chicken and has all the nutrients to keep your little dog full of energy! At £13.49 for a 2kg bag, Canagan Small Breed is slightly more expensive but is well worth the money for the quality you get.
Acana Small Breed Dog Food
Acana Small Breed is made from free-run poultry, wild flounder and fraser valley greens and is a perfect choice of dog food for smaller dogs. Acana use only the highest quality fresh regional ingredients to give your dog a natural diet and the quality is really evident in the food. It will keep your dog fuller for longer and they’ll love the taste! Acana Small Breed is suitable for small dog breeds aged one year and older and a 2kg bag is great value online at £13.99.
James Wellbeloved Small Breed Dog Food
James Wellbeloved Small Breed Adult complete dog food has been formulated and designed for the specific needs of small breed dogs aged over 6 months and weighing up to 10kg. This small breed range of Adult dry food is more energy-dense than the standard Adult food to meet the requirements of smaller dogs. James Wellbeloved really go all out to cater for smaller dogs: this food contains cranberry extract to help with urinary problems that are more common in small dogs and helps keep plaque levels under control which is another common concern in smaller dogs. Now reduced to just £7.49 for a 1.5kg bag in our online store – James Wellbeloved Small Breed Dog Food is without doubt the best on the market!
We hope you found our guide to the best dog food for small dogs useful and hopefully it has helped you find the perfect food for your little one. We recommend the James Wellbeloved Small Breed Duck and Rice as the best overall dog food for small breeds but all the options we’ve listed here are great choices. You can also browse our full range of small breed dog food. If you need any more help deciding then feel free to contact us for advice on the best fit for your small dog.