Puppy for for small breeds?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by coffeemama, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    What do you all feed tiny breed pups that is a decent brand?
  2. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Well I live down in the south and I buy Purina puppy chow, or Pediagree(sp). That is good dog food and not to expensive. Beneiful is pretty good, but it cost a little more......
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2008
  3. Sonia

    Sonia Songster

    Apr 19, 2008
    SE Oklahoma
    Look for something without a lot of fillers. I feed Canidae and or EVO and of course table scraps lol.
  4. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    avoid anything that has chicken/meal, and corn in the fist three ingredients. You want to see lamb and rice
  5. whitecra

    whitecra Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Quote:This depends on the type of puppy. I feed my pup can pedagree. He can not eat lamb. He is a boston terrier and a lot of bostons can't eat lamb and he is one of them.
  6. domromer

    domromer Songster

    May 11, 2007
    I use this chart and have been getting my dogs for from Costco. It's got a good rating and it's only $22 per bag. Almost half the price of the Diamond Brand I was getting for my dogs, and it has a better rating!

    How to grade your dog's food:
    Start with a grade of 100:

    1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points

    2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points

    3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points

    4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points

    5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer’s rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points

    6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points

    7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points

    8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points

    9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points

    10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points

    11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points

    12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points

    13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn’t allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points

    14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn’t allergic to beef), subtract 1 point

    15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

    Extra Credit:

    1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points

    2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points

    3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

    4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points

    5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points

    6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points

    7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points

    8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points

    9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points

    10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

    11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point

    12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point

    13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point

    14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

    94-100+ = A
    86-93 = B
    78-85 = C
    70-77 = D
    <70 = F

    Here are some foods that have already been scored. If you don't see your dog's food here, ask and someone will score it for you.
    Dog Food scores:

    Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C

    Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+

    Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+

    Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93 B

    Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101 A+

    Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F

    Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83 C

    Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+

    Burns Chicken and Brown Rice / Score 107 A+

    Canidae / Score 112 A+

    Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+

    Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F

    Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B

    Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A

    Diamond Performance / Score 85 C

    Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+

    Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106 A+

    Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+

    EaglePack Holistic / Score 102 A+

    Eukanuba Adult / Score 81 C

    Eukanuba Puppy / Score 79 C

    Flint River Senior / Score 101 A+

    Foundations / Score 106 A+

    Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B

    Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D

    Innova Dog / Score 114 A+

    Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

    Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122 A+

    Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+

    Member’s Mark Chicken and Rice / Score 84 C

    Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127 A+

    Nature’s Recipe / Score 100 A

    Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116 A+

    Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct / Score 122 A+

    Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice / Score 81 C

    Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy / Score 101 A+

    Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B

    Nutro Max Adult / Score 93 B

    Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice / Score 98 A

    Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B

    Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free / Score 86 B

    Nutro Natural Choice Senior / Score 95 A

    Nutro Ultra Adult / Score 104 A+

    Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F

    Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry / Score 109 A+

    Pro Nature Puppy / Score 80 C

    Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A

    Purina Benful / Score 17 F

    Purina Dog / Score 62 F

    Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F

    Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62 F

    Royal Canin Boxer / Score 103 A+

    Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+

    Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+

    Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F

    Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F

    Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A

    Solid Gold / Score 99 A

    Summit / Score 99 A

    Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+

    Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+

    Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A
  7. Authority Harvest Baked is good.

    stay away from dog food with dye, and lots of fillers, like beneful or the good life recipe.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2008
  8. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Wow thanks for all the info. everyone! I was looking for something without a ton of filler for sure. I found this website which seems really great-similar to what domromer was posting http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
  9. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    We feed Canidae. I have a mini x toy poodle and a mini dachshund.
  10. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    My doxies eat Purina One for seniors. Pooh has been on it all her 13yrs

    Its probably not on the top of the best list, but its good food, decent price and the doxies are very healthy

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