10 Best Puppy Foods

Updated April 17, 2017

Choosing a puppy food for your new dog can be overwhelming. To find the best puppy foods, look for ones with human-grade protein sources and no artificial additives. Don't rule out adult dog foods, either. Many high-quality adult dog foods are appropriate for puppies and dogs of any age. Start with the foods listed here to find one that works for your puppy.

Timberwolf Ocean Blue Canid

The Timberwolf company makes foods that are appropriate for all life stages, meaning that you can feed any of their formulas to your puppy. Ocean Blue Canid is a grain-free, salmon-based food with high omega-3 content for coat and joint health. Timberwolf food can be purchased online and may be available at your local natural foods store.

Blue Buffalo Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Blue Buffalo's chicken-based puppy formula contains a special type of kibble that is made with vet-recommended vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help fight free radicals. Blue Buffalo is available in most pet supply chains and natural food stores, as well as many online retailers.

Wellness Pet Food Super 5 Mix Just for Puppy

Chicken and salmon are the sources of protein in this puppy diet, which also contains ingredients designed to enhance coat health. Live and active probiotics added after cooking help your puppy maintain a healthy digestive tract. Wellness Pet Food is available online through their website and other online retailers.

Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Rabbit

This food is appropriate for dogs at all life stages, including puppies. It contains rabbit, salmon and chicken protein. The whole food formula is grain-free, gluten-free and hypoallergenic for puppies with allergies or sensitive skin. Nature's Variety Instinct can be ordered through their website.

Orijen Puppy

Orijen puppy food uses free-range chicken, turkey and eggs, along with wild-caught fish, and is prepared in a family-owned facility. This high-protein, low-carbohydrate, grain-free puppy food is made using regional vegetables, fruits and botanicals, along with sea vegetables. Orijen is available online and in some natural food stores.

Solid Gold WolfCub Puppy

This puppy food is ideal for large breed puppies that need a restricted-protein, lower-fat diet to control the growth process for optimal health. Protein in this formula comes from bison and ocean fish. Solid Gold brand is available in some natural grocery stores and pet supply stores, and can be ordered online.

California Natural Lamb Meal & Rice Puppy

California Natural's puppy food is formulated with taurine, an amino acid found in lamb. This food is ideal for puppies in the weaning stage, at ages 12 to 18 weeks. It contains pure ingredients including lamb, brown and white rice, sunflower oil and rosemary extract. California Natural is available through veterinarian offices, pet supply stores and some grocery chains, as well as online.

Castor & Pollux Organix Puppy Formula

Castor & Pollux was the first dog food manufacturer to use 100% organic free-range chicken as its main ingredient. Their puppy formula contains all-natural chicken that contains no antibiotics, hormones or bio-engineered ingredients. Castor & Pollux is available in natural food stores, pet supply stores, and online.

Canidae All Life Stages Formula

Canidae's All Life Stage Formula offers complete nutrition for dogs of all ages, to take your dog from puppy to senior status. This all-natural holistic dog food is made with human-grade meat including chicken, turkey, lamb and fish. It also contains an enzyme that helps dogs break down cellulose. Canidae is available at vet supply stores, pet stores, and online.

Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Formula

This formula is ideal for puppies who are prone to allergies, skin problems or digestive problems, and is appropriate for dogs of all ages. The sweet potato and venison formula is completely free of grains, food additives, artificial preservatives, flavour additives, artificial colours and bleached ingredients. Natural Balance is available at many pet supply stores as well as online.

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Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Kelly Hould has been writing since 2008. Her work appears in Northeast Florida publications such as the "Florida Times Union," "Folio Weekly" and "H Magazine." Hould has a Bachelor of Arts in literature and theater management from the University of Central Florida.