For Dogs

Small Breed Puppy FoodChicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal Formula

Small breed puppies have higher metabolisms, sensitive skin, developing teeth and are often finicky eaters. They require the right energy and nutrients from their food in order to support rapid growth. Because finding the right food is crucial to their overall development, we’ve formulated a natural diet for their specific needs. Made with real, farm-raised chicken, this healthy, natural small breed puppy food contains targeted levels of protein, DHA, minerals, and the right balance of calcium and phosphorus. Its unique kibble shape is designed to reduce tartar and plaque buildup. Plus, our premium puppy food never uses artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and is packed with a taste your small breed puppy will enjoy.

Package Sizes Available: 4 lbs., 8 lbs.

Overview and Key Benefits

  • Real Chicken Is the #1 Ingredient
    Great Taste for Finicky Eaters
    We include real chicken as our #1 ingredient, as well as other whole, natural ingredients, such as whole brown rice and sunflower oil, to please even the most selective palates, guaranteed.
  • Minerals to Support Puppy Growth
    Minerals to Support Puppy Growth
    Small breed puppies have high requirements for energy and nutrients from food in order to support their rapid growth rate. Our SMART START® Formula with DHA and balanced minerals supports a small breed puppy’s growth and development.
  • Whole Grains for Better Nutrient Absorption
    Whole Grains for Better Nutrient Absorption
    Whole grains are nutrient-dense foods that nourish a healthy digestive system for proper nutrient absorption.
  • Targeted Nutrition for a Higher Metabolism
    Targeted Nutrition for a Higher Metabolism
    Our formula has targeted levels of protein and fat to keep up with the higher energy levels of a small breed puppy.
  • Healthy Teeth and Oral Care
    Healthy Teeth and Oral Care
    Puppies need the right balance of calcium and phosphorus to build strong teeth for life.
  • Guaranteed to Improve Skin and Coat
    Guaranteed to Improve Skin and Coat**
    Small breed puppies not only spend the majority of their time indoors, but are also groomed more frequently. This lifestyle lends itself to skin sensitivity. Our patented levels of omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid), zinc and B vitamins provide a moisture barrier for skin and coat nourishment.
** Complete satisfaction or your money back
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Ingredients and Guaranteed Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis
See the back of this package in stores for the approximate kibble size.
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Feeding Guidelines

Transitioning to Our Products
If switching to this formula or feeding NATURAL CHOICE® Dog Food for the first time, we suggest you blend increasing amounts of the new formula with your old food for six days.
Read Our Transition Article
Feeding Guidelines
These are the recommended feeding ranges for puppies. These guidelines should be adjusted as needed to obtain optimum weight.

Puppies: From 3 to 5 weeks of age, moisten food and feed frequently. From 6 weeks of age, feed the suggested amount in three meals per day until 6 months of age, then twice daily until 12 months.

Pregnant Bitches: During pregnancy, offer 50% more than the amount shown for puppies 29 to 52 weeks of age.

Lactating Bitches: Offer at least two to three times the amount shown for puppies 29 to 52 weeks of age.

If feeding NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Dog Food for the first time, we suggest you blend increasing amounts of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Puppy Chicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal Formula Dog Food with your old food for six days. Keep fresh drinking water available at all times, provide plenty of exercise and see your veterinarian regularly. Serve dry or lightly moistened. To help maintain freshness, we recommend sealing the bag tightly and storing it in a cool, dry location.
Puppy Age — Suggested Amounts to Feed Per Day (Cups)
6 – 11
12 – 16
17 – 28
29 – 52
Up to 2 lbs. 1/2 – 2/3 1/3 – 1/2 1/3 – 1/2 1/4 – 1/3
3 lbs. 2/3 – 3/4 1/2 – 2/3  1/2 – 2/3  1/3 – 1/2 
5 lbs. 1 – 1 1/4 3/4 – 1 3/4 – 1 1/2 – 3/4
10 lbs. ----- 1 1/3 – 1 1/2 1 1/4 – 1 1/3 1 – 1 1/4
15 lbs. ----- ----- 1 2/3 – 2 1 1/3 – 1 2/3
20 lbs. ----- ----- ----- 1 2/3 – 2
25 lbs. ----- ----- ----- 2 – 2 1/3
† Use a standard 8-oz. measuring cup, which holds 3.64 oz. of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Small Breed Puppy Chicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal Formula Dog Food. Moisten the food until the puppy no longer has sore gums and has sufficient teeth to chew the kibble.
NUTRO® Dog Food Body Chart
Underweight Dog Idealweight Dog Overweight Dog
Underweight Ideal Weight Overweight
Increase the feeding amount to achieve an ideal weight.
Maintain feeding at the current level.
Decrease the feeding amount to the lower range of target weight within the age category.
Calorie Content
Metabolizable energy 3821 kcal/kg, 394 kcal/cup (calculated)
Nutritional Adequacy Claim
NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Small Breed Puppy Chicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal Formula Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth, gestation and lactation.

Product Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 91reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for my puppy! I recently got a Shih-Tzu puppy, he is currently 9 weeks old. My Mom (who has 2 Shih-Tzu's# and my sister #who has 4 Shih-Tzu's) recommended Nutro Natural Choice for my puppy. I feed him a mix of ground soft food and dry food. He loves it! It has helped with his digestion. I am very pleased with this product and highly recommend it to others. March 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Italian Greyhound Puppy 18 Wk My Italian Greyhound is 18 weeks old and started him on this food about 3 weeks ago. I see a significant improvement. I also began giving him omega 3 dog pills and between both of those changes I see a huge improvement in his overall health. Thanks for making this product and his skin is now silky smooth! Also, this puppy food has made his stools much harder. I had him on a different puppy food and this had a higher fiber content and read this makes dog stools firmer and it has worked! Thanks! December 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by puppyfood I have been searching for a good food for my 3 chihuahua puppies and this is it!! They love it and I am very happy with it !! February 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love this food! My two months Miniature Schnauzer simply love this food. She looks pretty and healthy. And Im happy. February 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Still happy This puppy food is great . My puppy loves it and you can tell he is just healthier for eating it. His coat is like silk and shiny. Thanks Nutro for making A dog food I can feel good about both purchasing and feeding my puppy. January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nutro rocks Our new puppy, Joy, a toy schnauzer is due to come home in Feb. She wil be on Nutro Puppy dry food. We lost our dear beloved, GInger, also a schnauzer on New Year's day. She was fed Nutro all of her life after I had researched all of the dog food products out there. The lack of preservatives, ingredients, and, obviously great taste that Ginger loved, are the reasons why we will start Joy off right. January 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by jcl1118 We have an 8 week old cockapoo. She has been eating small puppy breed kibbles and can't wait for feeding time. We realize the importance of a quality food for our little girl is priority. Our last dog was 16 yrs old when she passed and was on Nutro dry food all her life. Will feed our dog nothing but your product. Thanks for a quality product January 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Food! Our 9 month Schnauzer loves his food! He has a black shiny coat and his dandruff issue has gone away. He is so energetic and playful. If he is happy we are very happy! August 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by great I have two minpins puppies, 6 months old, they are doing wonderful on the Nutro Natural Choice for puppies, I do have one question, they like to eat worms and bugs are they missing something from they diet July 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Choice My picky pups love this food. Was skeptical when rep at Petsmart talked me into buying this slightly pricier food but it is worth it! Pups would not go back to the grocery store bought food when I ran out of Nutro, they waited til I got some the next day! June 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love it! My boston puppy, and my adult chihuahua are both eating this formula. The adult refused to eat his own food (which was the small breed adult version), but because he was small and active we didnt think anything of it. they both love it! April 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brings out the "Spark" in my little companion !! I am a 58 yr old disabled man who lives alone and decided that a small, little friend was going to share my life. I found "Max" @ the local SPCA, a 4 year old male, Maltese who needed some caring and a place in somebody's heart.. On the way home we picked up a few things one of which was some Natural Choice "DNAdvantage Blend" which I had heard from a friend was pretty good food for my my little friend to be. Max and I began an immediate bond, he has grown from a rough looking stray into healthy, loving little friend with a coat that is shiny as glass. Max is now 9, he and I are best friends. His vet remarks continually remarks just what a difference there is in his body tone, teeth, coat, and overall energy level. He also tells me whatever I am doing just keep it up because Max is going to live a long and happy life. I know what the secret is, the love we have for each other and the decision I made to feed him the very right food from the day we first met. April 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by FINALLY something my finicky puppy will eat! I was shopping at Petsmart yesterday and was approached by a Nutro rep in the store. Of course my initial reaction was to roll my eyes and immediately look for the 1st escape route I could find. Imagine my suprise when I found myself in line and paying twice what I had budgeted for dog food! I was even more surprised when my little puppy, who is the finickiest pup on the entire planet, chowed down like I hadn't ever seen her eat.Good job Nutro...You have a new customer for as long as I have a pet! February 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by My Dog LOVES This Food I have tried different brand foods but this is the only one my dog absolutely LOVES. He stands by his bowl and waits while you put it in. He didn't do this with any other brand we have purchased. I love what it has done for his coat and he is just healthy looking. Zorro is a little over 1 but knows what he likes. January 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shiny coat in just two days!? We just got our 6 week old Chihuahua over the weekend. His coat was a dull black and he was tinier than our hand.We were told he would have loose stools when we switched his puppy food from what they were using and to do it slowly, over the span of a week. However, unable to do this (spilled the orginial puppy food when it ripped open on the door), we had to go straight for pure Nutro.Happily, two days later - he's more energetic and his coat is so shiny and soft! Everyone has commented on it and I have to say, it's because of the food! He's had no sign of loose bowels either.I'm am throughly impressed and will not be buying anything else. I'm not sure what his previous owners were feeding him, but this has improved his coat so much. His dry skin has even started to go away.We even have to stop him from eating this food so quickly as we're afraid he'll hurt himself. Such a tubby little belly aftewards too!And a side note: the lady in the pet store that was a rep for this company was extremely helpful, and not just in terms of food. She helped us with adjusting him to a kennel, when to clip his nails, what to bathe him in, and even a tip to keep him safe until he's strong/old enough to do things for himself. December 5, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by WOW!! I have a Shih Tzu that is 6months...In just one week everything was changed...He has better bowel movements. His skin coats is more soft. He has way more energy.He is also lost some weight,more leaner. He is seems to be happier October 3, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by More sizes I love this food, this is the first food my dog that was only on RAW for 3 yrs, has been able to eat that has not caused her diarrea. I am so grateful as the economy has really made it hard to keep on the raw. I love the food but cant find the 15 # bags any longer. WHY!! I can see not making the LARGE bags, but why not the smaller ones (#15) for puppy. As a breeder of standard Longhair Dachshunds, I want to put my new puppies on it and the puppy food only comes in 4, 8 # bags? At least that is what the store told me. Can you help by making it in larger bags for breeders? September 16, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great for our puppy! This food has been great for our miniature schnauzer puppy Cady. We tried her on many food s before this like Blue Buffalo and Science Diet, but they didn't agree with her digestive system, when we put her on this it agreed with her, so we've stuck with it now for about 7 months, in about 4 months we are going to find what Nutro food works best for her as an adult!The one thing that I dont like about this food is the size that its in, dogs are puppies for a year, and Nutro needs to make a big bag of the food that way we dont have to keep buying little bags, other than that it is a wonderful food for my miniature schnauzer! August 27, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by DOXIE LOVES IT!! Feeding this food to our 14 week old doxie and she loves it!!!! Wish someone would have told me about this food when we got our two Labs. August 23, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by She loves it! We got our terrier from the pound at 3 months and they gave us a bag of food that they were using. She never liked eating her food, she would just pick it up and play with it, plus it was too big and hard for her. I picked up this bag, and the first time she ate the whole thing. We were told to mix her old food with it so it would not be such a change, but she actually picked out her old food and just played with it and ate all of the Nutro food! August 20, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Dog Food! My 4 Month Old Rat Terrier just Loves this food, and I feel like a good pet parent that I can give him a balanced nutritious diet! Thanks NUTRO! July 13, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by They grow big n strong I've been feeding my boston terrier the small breed puppy food since I brought him home. My friend told me nutro was the best dog food without getting the stuff from the fridge. He has always scarfed down his food never leaving a kibble behind. He was 6lbs when i brought him home, he's now 10 months and 30lbs! He's all muscle with lots of energy and a soft, shiny coat. He's bigger and more muscular than his dad already. June 27, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by new puppy thriving on this product Got my first mini doxie in November and her 1/2 brother on hubby's b/day June 4th. First one thriving and new one thriving also. June 19, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by My puppy loves this food! I recently introduced a chihuahua/pomeranian mix to my family. He's 11 weeks, I put him on this food and he loves it! It's healthy, it's tasty, and the price is right. June 15, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by My baby Bichon eats it up! I have a Bichon Frise puppy and she loves this food. When I put her food out, it's gone with the blink of the eye. lol! Because she is teething I moisten the food so she is able to chew it easier. June 5, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for our dog! When we first got our Havaton (havanese/cotton de tulear) I was upset that our vet told me he was under weight. So the hunt for a food he really liked was on. I tried a couple of other dry puppy foods, he wasn't interested. I was able to get him to eat the nutro puppy wet food. But he still wasn't eating enough. Then I came across the nutro small breed puppy food. He just loved it. A couple more months on the puppy food and then to the adult one. May 30, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is the best i have a yorkshire terrier and i didnt know what dog food to buy. she had flaky skin just like dandruff...and it would itch her i decided to buy this product with the healthy skin and coat, in about 2 days i noticed a difference and now the flakes are all gone....she loves it happy with this product and its good for her too..what a bonus.. May 16, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by My puppies love this food. I have been feeding Nutro to my 2 toy chihuahuas since they were 5 weeks old. They absolutely love it. I mix it with the Nutro puppy wet food. Their coats are shiny, teeth are great and they are always full of energy. Not to mention the price is very reasonable. I will not feed anything else to them. May 16, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by This Product is Great for picky eaters! I have 2 Yorkies and 3 cats they all eat the puppy small breed food and love it! I was buying 2 different dog and cat foods when I realized the cats would not eat there food they wanted the puppy food! So now I just buy one big bag and all are happy! May 2, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is great for having a healthy dog My chihuaha's are very picky eaters and they just love the Nutro dog food! Their coats are shiny,very little shedding, their teeth are great, and they have tons of energy! Everyone should have their dogs on Nutro it's a very healthy food for dogs! April 28, 2011
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