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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 My puppy loves it! The kibble is smaller than a pencil eraser and is perfect my 3 lb puppy. She loves the taste, too. Her skin and coat have improved. I'm very satisfied with this product.. April 26, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by great size for small puppies We got our puppy a Yorkie Poo at 8 weeks of age, He immediately took to this food , the pieces are great puppy size, and he loved it from the start. His coat is shiney, he has a lot of energy and its never a problem to get him to eat. We couldnt e happier with Nurtro natural puppy food for small breeds.. Thanks for a great product April 18, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for our puppy We brought home an 8 week-old cockapoo and immediately started switching him to Nutro. You can tell what a great food it is. His coat is full and shiny, he is full of energy and all his "systems" work well. We used Senior Nutro on an older dog, and it changed his life. We wouldn't buy anything else. March 29, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great food! When we brought our boston terrier puppy home our breeder recommended that we use Eukanuba small breed puppy food as she finds that it is typically a good food for boston pups, unfortunately that was not the case for us. Our puppy often experienced loose stools and there were small traces of blood at the end, so after two trips to the vet we decided it was time to try a new food. I came across Nurtro Natural Choice small breed puppy and decided to give it a shot after a short conversation with the Nutro sales rep as she explained that the product had a satisfaction guarantee. We noticed a great improvement in our puppy's stools and we have been using the product for over four months now with great results. I would highly recommend this product to anyone that is looking for a great puppy food at a fair price. March 20, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by I love this puppy food! I adopted my Italian greyhound a little over a year ago from an animal shelter that I work at. She was 10 weeks when I brought her home. I had her on another brand that she had been eating in her foster home and I noticed she wasn't quite eating as much as she should have been. I decided to switch her to Nutro Natural Choice after my neighbor told me she loves the Nutro Venison for her dog with food allergies. I printed off a coupon and tried it and my puppy LOVED it!! She seems much for lively and happy. Also, her coat is so soft and shiny! Once she reached one year of age, I switched her to the Nutro Small Breed Adult and also the Nutro Lamb small bites because she loves the Lamb taste. I would definitely recommend this brand over any other! March 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great All Around Food With so many varities I raise yorkies and poodles and have tried so many brands of foods and just didnt seem to have the shiny coats and great appeatites as they do with this food. It is so great for the size of kibble is perfect for really tiny puppies to start on. It is also great for they dont eat as much and have very little stool with very little odor. Just wish it came in a bigger bag for my adult dogs love it too. I would suggest any one who hasnt tried it to give it a go. March 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happy Healthy Puppy We have a very picky puppy... after trying to keep her on the "breeder's recomended food" and not growing much at first, we tried the Natural Choice Small Breed Puppy food and found a sure winner!!!! Our little Caramel loves it and is very happy and healthy now :)Thank You! March 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by He Loves It! I have had my puppy for three months now. He has tried all of the Nutro dry puppy foods, but he went crazy for this one! He tore open the bag as soon as I brought it in the house!! He is doing great on the Nutro products. He has a very soft coat, is healthy and is growing up nicely. Would recommend this product to all small breed puppy owners! March 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is made with real chicken. Our miniature schnauzer has been eating the Nutro Small Breed Puppy food since we brought her home at 8 weeks. Before we picked her up from the breeder we researched the type of dog food to feed her. It gives us peace of mind to feed our puppy a product made with real chicken and the proper vitamins. The product is made here in the United States and follows strict safety standards which is very important to our family. March 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dachshie Pup LOVES it! I have a 7 week old long haired miniature dachshund puppy and he absolutely loves this food. His coat is looking beautiful and so soft, his eyes are bright, and he is active. He has been able to digest this food well. I would certainly recommend this food to anyone with a small breed puppy! March 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by BEST puppy food ever My yorkie/brussels griffon mix breed dog just had 6 puppies. While she was pregnant I fed her the Small Breed Puppy food. It helped with her nutrition and the puppies nutrition. Now that they are 8 weeks old, I have recommended it to all the new owners of the puppies as well as giving them samples. They are happy healthy dogs thanks to Nutro! March 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by great food I started my puppy pug on this the day that I got him because he breeders had been giving it to him. It has been great. He is now 4months and still loves it. He never has any health or stomach problems and it is always affordable! March 11, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by Okay Product My 8 month old bichon frise puppy does not particularly like the taste of this product. I think she prefers the other natural choice flavors to this one. It certainly provides all the calorie requirements puppies need, but your dog may be more attracted to the other flavors Natural Choice has to offer. I now feed her the chicken and oatmeal (light seafoam green bag) and she really likes that! March 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent product This product is great for my Shih Tzu puppies. They love the taste and it is good for them. It has the best proteins and other quality ingredients as top priority. It is the perfect size and shape for little puppy mouths! A bag goes home with each new puppy owner. March 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Riley loves his dog food! The day we brought Riley home, the salesperson at the pet food store told us that we should use Nutro food for him. He loves his food and is full of energy from his food. Because of the recommendation and from reading the label, I believe that feeding Riley Nutro is an essential way of showing our love for him. March 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Only the best When I bought my 3 month maltipoo home from the kennel they had given me dry food from another company, she did not like it and wouldn't eat. I went to my local pet store and the salesperson recommended the small breed puppy Nutro Natural Choice kibble.She ate it immediately and it has nothing but the best ingredients for my puppy. I will only buy Nutro food for my dog. March 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by My dogs LOVE this food! I was looking for a new dog food for my dogs since my puppy was growing out of puppy food. I was at the pet store and there was a really nice lady representing NUTRO pet foods. She asked me several questions about my dogs and recommended Natural Choice Small Breed Adult Chicken & Whole Brown Rice Formula. My two Italian Greyhounds just love this food! Their coats seem shinier and I don't notice as much "pet dust" coming from them. When I took my pets to the vet for their annual check up, he asked me what I was feeding them. When I told him Natural Choice Small Breed Adult Chicken & Whole Brown Rice Formula, he said that is a great brand to be feeding them! Thanks Natural Choice! March 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is awesome My dog is a vry picky eater but this is the best thanks March 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by My puppy loves it Our 7-month-old Beagle mix, Oliver, loves this food and he's actually not "food driven." It's gone in seconds. I cannot believe how shiny and smooth is coat is, and I have no doubt the food is to thank for that. Excellent product! March 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product helps me sleep at night! I've had Scotties all my life. I absolutely adore the breed. My last little Scotty died at 2.5 years old. Loosing any dog is hard but loosing this puppy was just one of the saddest days of my life. We now have a new baby Scotty. The breeder suggested we continue feeding her Nutro Small Breed for puppies. I had never heard of it. After reading all the information on your product, I had to wonder if I had fed my little puppy Nutro instead of a product purchased from a grocery store would she have lived longer. I've since started feeding my older Scotty your Lite formula. Both Scotties are doing exceptionally well. The puppy's gaining healthy weight and my older dog is slimming down. I'm very happy with your products. Let me know when you start making "people" food. I could stand to loose a few pounds! March 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Product I have 2 chiweenies, the first the breeder tried to feed them Eucanuba puppy food and the pups wouldn't eat it, I have always had good luck with Nutro products, so I took her a bag of Natural Choice Small Breed Puppy and all 4 pups loved it, so with the next litter I adopted from we just started out with it. March 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful Product!! We have a 30lb Beagle (Bruce) and a 8lb weiner dog (Charlie). When we brought Charlie home to meet Bruce the first thing he did at dinner was take over Bruce's bowl of Nutro. We knew from that point on that our two dogs would always enjoy the Nutro products. We started giving Bruce all kinds of different dog foods. Every time he would get sick or just not eat the food at all. After talking to a Nutro rep at the store we tried the Nutro products. Our dogs have not been happier! They have amazing coats and teeth and they always come running when the Nutro bag gets opened. I wish I could tell everyone how great this dog food really is! The looks on their faces is priceless when they lick their lips in satisfaction after every meal!! I just want to say THANK YOU for making a great product that I can feel comfortable giving my dogs everyday!! March 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by great dog food I have had my Boston Terrier on the small breed puppy since she was about 2 months old. She is 6 months old. She is very smart and healthy looking. She gained about 1/2 pound to1 lb when she was about 3-4 months old. She is now about 14 lbs. Her coat has a wonderful sheen to it. Overall she has no body fat and his very lean and active. I am very happy with this puppy food because I know she is getting the right vitamins to be strong and healthy March 7, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Puppy Food! I brought my puppy home from a breeder and continued the food they suggested. They were feeding him was what all the puppies and adult dogs were eating. That is right puppies were eating adult dog food which I didn't think to much about until I started reading about it and he was not getting everything he needed in his food. He was pooping many times a day and it was runny which was not good for me since he is not potty trained. I had my other dachshund on nutro before he passed so I decided to put my puppy on it to. Petsmart suggested Small Breed Puppy. Since we have started this food I have noticed a big difference in his popping. We are both happy puppies! March 7, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by AWESOME Our puppy Max loves this food & so does his older sis Missy, she'll eat some of his & vice versa! I really like that it's better for them than what we use to use! March 5, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dog had a better appetite I bought my first dog almost a year ago. at first we bought her purina puppy chow because the breeder fed her that. after talking to friends and reading some articles i found out how to read labels and decide what i want to feed my dog. i came across the small breed puppy food, got a coupon online and tried it out. My dog loved it! My dog ate a lot more food after i got the nutro compared to the purina, which was good because i was starting to get concerned that she wasn't eating enough. Long story short, i have stuck with it ever since, and now my mom buys it for her yellow lab. February 28, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by No Competition at All! I recently adopted my Toy Fox Terrier puppy about two months ago from the animal shelter near my home. Since that wonderful day that I brought little Rozcoe home, my husband and I have enjoyed life so much more. We are so happy to announce that with help from Nutro Naturals Choice Small Breed Puppy Food, my previously undernourished, underloved, and underweight puppy is growing into the remarkable puppy that he is. He loves his food! When he was in the shelter he was on Pedigree so that is what we started feeding him as well...until I met a lady at the Pet Food store who worked for Nutro Naturals. She met Rozcoe and was able to give me some insight into the food that would be best for him. That same day Rozcoe refused to eat his Pedigree food and has never looked back. He will only eat Nutro Natural Choice Puppy food and I am so greatful to see him happy! Thank you! February 24, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by great dog food my pug/westie mix loves this food! both breeds have many food allergies and finding the right food was tough. leroy loves eating this food and it never upsets his stomach and makes his coat very shiny! February 23, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent product My son and I always wanted a puppy so when we found Ginger, a Shih Tzu, we knew we had to make her a part of our family. With this being our first dog, we all went directly to a local specialty pet store to pick up needed supplies. The Nutro representative was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions regarding this product.Ginger absolutely loves Nutro Natural Choice (small breed puppy food) and with it being all natural products, I wouldn't give her anything else. She's never had a problem while on Nutro and with her sensitive stomach, this is a plus. I would recommend this product to everyone. February 23, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best brand for my pup by far! My seven month old Boston Terrier has been on Nutro Natural Choice puppy food for two months now and the best part so far is less flatulence! Believe me this is the best thing for my dog and everyone in the house. I've tried three other types of puppy food and nothing helped. Brody is quite healthy, happy, and loves his Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Food. It's a winner in my book. February 22, 2011
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