Best Dog Food for Poodles

Best Dog Food for Poodles


We know that you have been feeding your poodle treats like fruits until now, but it is about time you fed your furball something decent. There are some great dog food formulas available commercially, but we are not sure if all of you are aware of the specs that make them great in the first place. So, in this discussion, we are going to talk about two topics. One, we are going to discuss all the important points that you need to keep in mind when you are out purchasing the best dog food for your adorable little poodle. Second, we are going to describe the main features of five dog foods that are the perfect choice for your poodle. Poodles are a little bundle of energy, and making sure that they are getting all the necessary nutrients is your responsibility. Well, well, looks like we have got a lot to talk about. So, without further ado, let us get going!

The Buyer Guide

To keep things simple, we have decided to discuss the important buying points separately, under different headings, just for your convenience!

Buy only if these are NOT present in a dog food

Sounds weird, right? Well, you are going to essentially purchase dog food for your poodle that has an optimal balance of macronutrients. So dedicating a section to something that you are going to do anyways sounds redundant to us, and we are sure you agree with us. Instead, we are going to focus more on DONOTS in this section. First up are artificial flavors, any dog food formula that features stuff like monosodium glutamate is not suitable for your canine friend since it poses an allergy threat. Then, some dog food formulas contain more animal parts than the actual meaty source from which most percentage of total protein content should ideally come from. Stay clear of any dog foods that feature stuff like spleen or hooves. Yes, we know you are disgusted, and rightly so! Well, the warning note doesn’t end here. Look out for any products that come with soy or grains in them. Again, this is just to minimize the threat of allergy. If your poodle is ok with such stuff, then you can proceed with the purchase, but we will still advise against it!

Health considerations 

Poodles are more prone to health issues than most of the other canine species. This is an uncomfortable reality that you need to acknowledge quickly, once you adopt a poodle baby. The good news is that if you make the right calls in terms of diet, your poodle might not have to face some of the health issues at all. We know you are wondering how, so let us explain it a bit. Take the example of Cushing’s disease, a disease that arises because of a higher cortisol level. If you are careful about the fat levels of your poodle’s diet, this problem can be averted. Similarly, poodles are prone to a condition called hip dysplasia. This is a disorder of joints, which can be prevented and averted if your poodle’s diet is supplemented with dietary supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin. So you see, how a little thoughtfulness while choosing your poodle’s dog food can pay dividends for a long time.

Buy enough!

This is an answer to how much do I need to buy for my poodle! But of course, the detailed answer is a little more sophisticated than that. Look, the exact number is going to depend on the size and weight of your poodle. Let us take the example of miniature poodles, which weigh somewhere around 14-18 lbs. A rough estimate for the total calorie requirement will be somewhere around 500 calories in this case. While for senior boys, the calorie requirement dips a bit since they are not as active as the pups. Well, to cut a long story short that is riddled with confusing numbers, you will have to purchase dog food for your poodle while remaining mindful of its total weight and size, which tells one about the total calorie requirement.

Miscellaneous considerations

Just a few more tips in this section, before we talk about the best commercially available dog foods for poodles. First, go for a formula that contains ingredients that provide or add some value to the product. Some of these stupid ingredients we came across during our research made us bark in frustration. They weren’t serving any purpose! Our second point (advice) is to go for products that enlist their primary ingredients clearly on the label. Oh, and again, we warn you! Don’t fall for any product that comes with too many artificial additives.

Top five dog foods for poodles

And now folks, make some noise! We give you our top picks in the category of dog foods for poodles!

1- Wag Dry Dog Food

Let us start with a dog food formula that promises enough protein content to ensure that your poodle doesn’t suffer from an amino acid deficiency. Because it is ultimately the protein breakdown that furnishes enough amino acids for your poodle. This information was particularly for those of you, who skipped their biochemistry classes! In terms of percentages, the formula is about 35 percent protein, so you can understand why we have ranked this product at the very top of the list. Oh, don’t go thinking like we have ranked them or something, they are all in on our quality! The primary ingredient in this dog food is real lamb meat. To provide enough carbs, lentils and peas are added as well.

We gather that you are looking for more dirt on this dog food, so we have recapped the more prominent features of this dog food that is so ideal for your poodle, in the pros and cons section. Be sure to check out those!


1-Fortification is the strong forte of this dog food formula. It has got essential vitamins and antioxidants that are so crucial for canine health.

2-No grains, so the risk of gas or allergy is lower than ever.

3- An optimal blend of fats and proteins

4- Economical choice

Not So Good

1- Dusty nature of the product, which makes feeding a lot tougher than it should be.

2- Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Dry Dog Food with Grains

Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Dry Dog Food with GrainsThere is no turning back or switching to other products, once you opt for this dog food, your poodle is going to go completely crazy over this. What is so good about this product, you must be wondering! Firstly, it is the minimalistic nature of this dog food formula that we love so much. More often than not, we come across these dog food formulas that have, well, overdone things. Too many nutrients that are doing nothing, but just make up the bulk. It is not the case with the dog food under discussion though. The primary ingredient in this dog food is lamb meal, while the carbs are coming from brown rice. To ensure that your poodle gets enough of fat, canola oil is added as well. But if this simple approach has got you thinking on the lines that this formula doesn’t have anything to offer, you can think again. Because there is plenty more coming in the pros section!


1- It has all the necessary amino acids which are essential for your dog’s health.

2- Contains riboflavin.

3- Tastes great, but without any additives

4- Brown rice, which is great for your poodle’s digestive system.

Not So Good

1- Your poodle might not like the smell at first.

3- Wellness Core Natural Dry Dog Food Small Breed

Wellness Core Natural Dry Dog Food Small BreedIf you are not a complete novice to this type of shopping, you will know that WELLNESS canine foods are quite a popular feature of the market. As we talk more about the product under discussion, you will begin to realize why such a case is. Now, coming towards the main ingredients of this dog food for poodles, the primary ingredient is deboned turkey. Other key components include a turkey meal and chicken meal. These are as important as the turkey since these provide the much-needed glucosamine and chondroitin. Please note that chondroitin is provided in the sulfate form!

For us, the biggest plus that comes with this dog food is probably all ingredients are one hundred percent natural promise. Nothing could matter more if you genuinely care about your poodle’s health. Oh, and there are a few other pluses that you get with this dog food, but we will talk about these in the following section.


1- Devoid of grains, so your poodle is not going to suffer from gas, which is a common canine issue.

2- More than adequate protein content percentage

3- Comes with a money-back guarantee.

4- A made in the USA product.

Not So Good

1- Quantity should be revisited.

4- Royal Canin Small Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

Royal Canin Small Breed Adult Dry Dog FoodRoyal Canin dry dog foods get a lot of hype. And it is about time we check out things on our own. Does the brand deserve the fame it has earned? The macronutrient balance is so good that ranting about it is only going to give the discussion an exaggerated look. So we will focus on the features that are unique to the Royal Canin product only. Well, the formula contains EPA and DHA, supplementary compounds that are so crucial for your dog’s skin coat shine. Then, there are probiotics, which we are a big fan of since these improve your dog’s digestibility capacity amazingly. And then the design simply sealed the deal for us, croquet that your poodle can chew on without much difficulty. And still, there is so much more that we have not managed to fit in this description. But you can catch the glimpses in the pros and cons section!


1- Biotin supplementation

2- Vitamins like B1, B12, C, and D

3- Trace minerals

4- Essential amino acids like L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate

Not So Good

1- A relatively pricey product.

5- Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Canine Grain-Free Recipe

Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Canine Grain-Free RecipeRunning out of space here, so we will just quickly recap the fascinating features of this premium quality dog food from TOW. The primary ingredient in this dog food formula is salmon, while a dash of ocean fish meal is added as well. These are the protein sources, while carbs, potatoes, and peas are added. These are the main specs, for pros, jump to the next section.


1- Contains amino acids like taurine

2- Probiotics

3- Chicory root, which is a great source of prebiotics

4- Enriched with essential antioxidants.

Not So Good

1- Suitable for only adult stage poodles.


We know that some of you have got questions, and we are going to answer these questions in the following sections of this discussion. Please note that we have picked only the most frequently asked questions from the internet logs, which is like doing the least, but is still better than nothing, right? ANYWAYS, here we go!

1- Are poodles nutritionally sensitive?

We are guessing most of you know the answer to this question already. YES is the answer here anyway, the reasons are too complicated to discuss in such a short space.

2- Is it ok to feed my poodle rice?

If you are talking about boiled rice, then yes you can. But we must emphasize, only white rice! And preferably, with some pasta.

3- Can poodles eat chicken?

Absolutely. Your poodle loves chicken, you are not in on the secret just yet.

4- Are poodles ok with long food breaks?

Yes, they are. Poodles can survive a couple of days without their favorite meal, so you have some time to buy more dog food if you have run out of supplies.

5- Which dog food is best for poodles?

We have discussed several options in this discussion, we guess the best one is that which your poodle loves the most, and one that provides all the required nutrients.


We wish we could talk a bit more about this dog food formula in detail. But unfortunately, we have run out of space and time we had allocated for this discussion. Still, we hope that you learned some new stuff about poodles and their diet from this discussion. And on that optimistic note, we bid you farewell from this discussion!

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