Best Small Breed Dog Food*

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From dental-friendly dry kibble to easily digestible wet food, these are some of the best small breed dog food options bought by Petco’s pet parent customers.

Merrick Lil’ Plates Grain-free Texas Real Beef and Sweet Potato Recipe Small Breed Dry Dog Food

Merrick

Lil’ Plates Grain-free Texas Real Beef and Sweet Potato Recipe Small Breed Dry Dog Food

Gluten-free and grain-free—full of real Texas beef, probiotics and other nutritious ingredients. The small kibble size makes this a smart small breed dog food and can help clean dogs’ teeth and gums. And the added vitamins, minerals and supplements may help your dog stay in great shape, both inside and out.

Features:
  • 4 lb. and 12 lb. bags
  • Made with real, deboned high-protein Texas beef
  • Contains prebiotics and probiotics to support digestion
  • Small-sized kibble helps clean teeth and reduce plaque
  • Glucosamine, chondroitin and omega-3 fatty acids for healthy joints, skin and coat
  • Crafted in Hereford, TX kitchens and cooked in the USA

WholeHearted Grain-free Small-Breed Chicken and Pea Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food

WholeHearted

Grain-free Small-Breed Chicken and Pea Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food

Digestive and bone health are at the forefront in this small dog dry food, with canine probiotics and a calcium/phosphorus balance to keep your little dog feeling as great as they look. And this tasty dog food is packed with multiple forms of protein to fill small breed tummies.

Features:
  • 5 lb. and 14 lb. bags
  • Made with single-source chicken
  • Contains multiple protein-rich ingredients
  • Gluten-free and grain-free
  • Small kibble size for tartar-reducing chewing
  • Enriched with nutrients like calcium, phosphorous, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and canine probiotics to support skin, coat, digestion, teeth and bones

Merrick Lil’ Plates Grain-free Itsy Bitsy Beef Stew Small Breed Wet Dog Food

Merrick

Lil’ Plates Grain-free Itsy Bitsy Beef Stew Small Breed Wet Dog Food

Who doesn’t feel nourished and fulfilled by a hearty stew? When it comes to wet dog food, this cup packs in all the ingredients needed for a balanced meal. It’s high in protein and filled with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and it’s portioned just right in single-serving cups.

Features:
  • 3.5 oz. cups and 12-pack of 3.5 oz. cups
  • High in protein, with deboned beef as the first ingredient
  • Free of gluten and grains for easier digestibility
  • Made with a variety of fruits and vegetables for balanced nutrition
  • Pre-portioned in single-serving cups to make both storage and mealtime easy
  • Cooked in the USA

WholeHearted Grain-free Small Breed Chicken and Salmon Dinner Adult Wet Dog Food

WholeHearted

Grain-free Small Breed Chicken and Salmon Dinner Adult Wet Dog Food

Like a surf and turf delicacy, this wet dog food for small dogs is packed with chunks of chicken and salmon in a tasty gravy. Dogs may love it for the flavor, but pet parents love this small dog food for its balanced nutrition and added antioxidants.

Features:
  • 3.5 oz. cups and 8-pack of 3.5 oz. cups
  • Contains multiple protein-rich ingredients
  • Free of corn, soy, wheat and all grains
  • Made with single-source chicken
  • Enriched with immune-boosting antioxidants to aid in boosting immunity
  • Omega-3 fatty acids to help nourish skin and coats

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small Paws Chicken Meal and Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food

Hill’s

Science Diet Adult Small Paws Chicken Meal and Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food

Some of the best food for small dogs to digest easily doesn’t need to be wet food. Dry dog food can be made with highly-digestible ingredients and can provide just as many proteins and nutrients as wet dog food. What’s more, dry dog food can help clean your small dog’s teeth with small pieces of kibble that might reduce plaque during chewing. These small bites dog food is tailored just for small and mini dogs during the prime of their life.

Features:
  • 4.5 lb. and 15.5 lb. bags
  • Small breed dog food for sensitive stomachs, formulated with highly-digestible ingredients
  • High-quality protein for lean muscle building
  • Natural ingredients
  • Enriched with antioxidants specifically for lifelong immune support in toy and miniature dogs
  • Omega-6 and vitamin E to help promote supple skin and shiny coats
  • Made in the USA with global ingredients you can trust

Merrick Lil’ Plates Grain-free Real Chicken and Sweet Potato Recipe Small Breed Dry Dog Food

Merrick

Lil’ Plates Grain-free Real Chicken and Sweet Potato Recipe Small Breed Dry Dog Food

Pet parents love turning to Merrick as one of the top dog food brands for small breeds. With an emphasis on real deboned chicken and the addition of multiple vitamins, minerals and supplements for your dog’s well-being, this multitasking small breed dog food strikes the right balance between tasty flavor and optimal nutrition.

Features:
  • 4 lb., 12 lb. and 20 lb. bags
  • Made with real deboned chicken
  • Grain-free
  • Contains prebiotics and probiotics to support digestion
  • Small-sized kibble helps clean teeth and reduce plaque
  • Enriched with supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin to aid in maintaining healthy hips and joints
  • Omega-3 fatty acids to help maintain skin and coat
  • Crafted in Hereford, TX kitchens and cooking in the USA

WholeHearted Grain-free Small Breed Salmon and Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food for All Life Stages

WholeHearted

Grain-free Small Breed Salmon and Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food for All Life Stages

Your dog’s dry food doesn’t need to be packed with grain-based fillers to be hearty, and it can be enriched with plant protein without containing gluten. This grain-free dog food for small dogs contains canine probiotics to support good digestion. Its mix of salmon, pea protein and other nutritious ingredients can help keep your little dog happy and full through all life stages.

Features:
  • 5 lb. and 14 lb. bags
  • Contains a blend of plant and animal-derived protein sources
  • Made with real salmon as the first ingredients
  • Grain-free
  • Small kibble size for tartar-reducing during chewing
  • Enriched with calcium and phosphorous to help maintain strong bones and teeth
  • Canine probiotics to help support digestion

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Healthy Mobility Small Bites Chicken Meal, Brown Rice and Barley Recipe Dry Dog Food

Hill’s

Science Diet Adult Healthy Mobility Small Bites Chicken Meal, Brown Rice and Barley Recipe Dry Dog Food

Created specifically to help improve mobility in 30 days, this small dog food is made with a special focus on ingredients that are good for bones and joints. Natural ingredients, bone-strengthening minerals and supplements to support cartilage production are brought together for a nutrient-dense formula that’s also satisfying.

Features:
  • 4 lb., 15.5 lb. and 30 lb. bags
  • Advanced nutrition shown to support joint health and improve mobility in 30 days
  • EPA from fish oil helps keep joint cartilage strong and mobile
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin help support optimal cartilage strength
  • Balanced minerals to help keep bones strong
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Made in the USA with global ingredients you can trust

Canidae Grain-free PURE Petite Small Breed Fricassee Style Dinner with Turkey and Green

Canidae

Grain-free PURE Petite Small Breed Fricassee Style Dinner with Turkey and Green

Finding a small dog food for sensitive stomachs is important if your pup has tummy trouble. This small dog wet food is easily digestible, nutrient dense and free of common irritants like carrageenan, wheat and soy. Ingredients that are easy on the stomach is made in a tasty formula and your dog still gets a balanced meal full of protein, veggies and flavor.

Features:
  • 3.5 oz. cups or 12-pack of 3.5 oz. cups
  • Good for dogs with sensitive stomachs
  • Grain-free and formulated without carrageenan, wheat or soy
  • Made with premium protein and vegetables and easily recognizable limited ingredients
  • Pre-portioned single-serving cups for easy mealtimes and storage

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach and Skin Small and Mini Chicken Recipe Dry Dog Food

Hill’s

Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach and Skin Small and Mini Chicken Recipe Dry Dog Food

Some of the best food for small dogs will address multiple needs while remaining delicious and appealing. That’s exactly the kind of support this nutritious kibble provides. If your small pup needs a little extra care when it comes to both digestive and skin issues, this may be the small dog dry food for you. Highly digestible, with prebiotic fiber and carefully balanced ingredients, it also contains vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids for skin and coat health.

Features:
  • 4 lb. and 15 lb. bags
  • Prebiotic fiber for gut bacteria and digestive support
  • Promotes a lustrous coat with vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids
  • Balanced nutrition for dogs with sensitive skin and stomachs
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Made in the USA with global ingredients you can trust

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Learn More About Small Breed Dog Food

Dogs of different sizes need different things from their food for both practical and metabolic reasons. First of all, small breed dogs need kibble that’s not too big for them to effectively chew. A kibble that’s too big presents a choking hazard, is harder to digest and doesn’t give your dog all the plaque-fighting benefits that an appropriately sized kibble provides. Dog food for small dogs is formulated with the right size and shape to be healthy. Second, small dogs usually have much higher metabolic rates than larger dogs, so they need more nutrient-dense food than food made for bigger dogs.

Small dogs tend to have higher energy and faster metabolisms than big dogs do. For this reason, small dogs need to have calorie-dense and nutrient-packed meals to fuel all that running around. The best small breed dog food is one that’s high in protein and fat, and additional joint and bone supplements may be added to the formula to support your small dog’s energetic nature. Look for things like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, protein-first ingredient lists, probiotics and added minerals.

What about the smallest of the small dogs? Puppies have nutritional needs of their own, so make sure you’re not giving small and toy breed puppies food that’s meant for adult small dogs. Petco’s puppy food selection is where you’ll find the right nutrition for your growing young pup. Some of the foods featured on this best-selling list include food for dogs in all life stages—including puppies.

The best small dog dry food for your tiny canine is one that provides the right kibble size and nutrient balance and caters to your dog’s specific needs. A big kibble usually won’t work well for dogs with tiny teeth and jaws, as it presents a choking hazard. What’s more, one of the greatest benefits of dry food is its ability to clean your dog’s teeth and gums while they’re chewing, helping reduce plaque and maintaining proper dental health. Only a dry food with the right kibble size can fight tartar correctly. Dry food should also list protein-rich ingredients high on the ingredient list, ensuring that your small dog has plenty of fuel for all that energy.

You may also want to look for dry food that’s formulated to be highly digestible. Even dogs with stomach sensitivities can benefit from dry food that’s made with highly digestible ingredients and is supplemented with prebiotics or probiotics. That way, you’ll get all the teeth-cleaning benefits of dry food without worrying whether your dog’s belly will be in discomfort. There are also some grain-free formulas that might be suitable for your pup.

Consult your veterinarian for recommendations on what small breed dog food might be best for your dog. Choose one that is nutritionally dense and isn’t packed with fillers. You might also consider Petco’s minimally processed dog food options. You can find hearty and fulfilling small dog food that’s made with whole food ingredients, a balance of fruits and vegetables and real protein-rich meats.

*Based on petco.com sales data.