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Our favourite puppy food

You’ve got a new addition to your family, congratulations!  Puppies are loads of fun but also a lot of work, and as a loving new pup owner, you want to be sure you’re feeding them the right food.  But with so many people and ads telling you what you should and shouldn’t be doing, it can be tough, so let BorrowMyDoggy lend a helping paw with our guide to feeding your puppy.


Overview of article

What should you feed your puppy?

How often should you feed your puppy?

How much should you feed a puppy?

How long should you feed puppy food for?

Our favourite puppy food

James Wellbeloved Turkey and Rice Puppy (Dry)

Lily’s Kitchen Chicken Puppy Recipe (Wet)

Arden Grange Dry Puppy Junior (Dry)

AVA Sensitive Skin and Stomach Dry Puppy Food White Fish (Dry)


What should you feed your puppy?

When you take home your pup, always make sure to take a bit of the food they have been on with the breeder or previous owner. You don’t have to keep them on that food long term, but moving to their furever home is a lot for our puppy pals, and there’s so much going on that keeping their food the same for a couple of days, can help settle them, and reduce the risk of upset stomachs.

Piper, the Rottweiler, wearing a K9 harness sitting in a car


If you want to change their food, after a couple of days settling in time, you can gradually introduce a new good quality puppy food over a week, every day giving a little bit more of the new food, and a bit less of the old. If they get an upset stomach, slow down the change over and ask your vet for advice. It might be that you’ve changed too quickly for your individual pooch, or it might be that the new food isn’t for them.

And good quality puppy food is all they need.  These balanced diets are great because they mean you don’t have to worry about adding milk, eggs, supplements or anything else to their diet.  Dry puppy kibble can even be used as training treats!

How often should you feed your puppy?

When pups are very small they should be fed 3-4 times a day as pups have little stomachs.  You can gradually reduce the number of meals they have a day to 2 by the time they reach 6 months old.

Paddy, the Dachshund puppy looking a bit hungry

What most people find is when your pup first comes home they eat really fast, then they slow down, although this is not the case for all breeds, see labrador (ok so not all labs, but quite a lot of them like their grub!). This is often because they were used to the competition of their puppy brothers and sisters, but now they’re on their own, they don’t need to rush anymore.

Ideally pups should be given 20 minutes with their food.  And if they haven’t eaten it, and are not just slowly munching away, lift their food and take it away for a few hours, then put it back down for another 20 minutes (as long as the food is still fresh!).

Training your pup to eat when their dinner is put down can be very useful in the future for lots of reasons including if you have to give them medication that needs to be taken with food or are heading out for the day with them. Dogs that have their food down all day to graze on can sometimes just expect that long term, and this can lead to weight gain in some cases as well.

If your pup is a fast eater all the time though, consider a slow feeder, as they can reduce the risk of indigestion and food going ‘down the wrong way’.

How much should you feed a puppy?

Generally, you should follow the amounts of food recommended on the pack, unless told otherwise by your vet. Some pups might seem hungry, but if they are growing well, are wormed properly and your vet has no concerns, then be careful not to overfeed them.  Overfeeding is a common cause of diarrhoea in puppies.

It’s also impawtant for puppies to grow slow and steady, particularly large breeds, so you don’t want to overfeed them and have them grow too quickly.  Regular weight checks at your local vet (see RCVS find a vet) are a great way to see how your pup is growing, get your pooch used to the vets and also discuss any worries you might have with the practice team.

Chopsticks, the Border Collie puppy, sitting happily on a patch of grass

How long should you feed puppy food for?

A lot of brands have puppy food versions of their foods, that have a different nutritional balance than adult or senior food.  How long you should be on puppy food for, really depends on the brand.  Some brands will have different life stage diets for different ages of puppy, while some will simply say change over to adult food when they have stopped most of their growing. 

As a general rule puppy food should be fed until 9-12 months in smaller breeds, and 15-18 months in larger.  When you do make the change to adult food though, be sure to change over slowly, gradually changing food over about a week. Your food brand and/or veterinary surgery can help you more with your individual dog’s needs.

See our guide on our favourite dog food!

So what puppy foods can you think about trying?

There are so many brands out there with wonderful puppy foods, so here’s a selection of dinner for your doodle, lunch for your lurcher, chow for your well Chow Chow (we’ll stop now!)

Paddington, the Tibetan Terrier puppy

(Although we appreciate puppy sizes vary massively, prices are based on a 4kg size puppy, so about ‘Paddington the Tibetan Terrier at 4 months old size’ when approx 1 month of dry food is purchased and bulk boxes of wet food, as possible)


James Wellbeloved Turkey and Rice Puppy (Dry)

Price: £1.19 per day for 4kg Paddington

What we love:

  • Easy to buy in pet shops or online, and subscription options direct from James Wellbeloved
  • Environmental commitment - Packaging is recyclable, electricity in processing is from renewable sources and no factory waste goes to landfill

Best for:

  • Sensitive tummies
  • Puppies up to 6 months of age
  • Small mouths as the kibble is nice and small


Lily’s Kitchen Chicken Puppy Recipe (Wet)

Price: £2.40 per day for 4kg Paddington

What we love

  • Handy online calculator to work out how much to feed
  • Easy to buy online, in supermarkets or in pet shops
  • Known for their good quality ingredients

Best for:

  • Puppies who prefer wet food
  • Pups who are sensitive to richer meats
  • Pooches up to 8-14 months depending on breed

Arden Grange Dry Puppy Junior (Dry)

Price: £0.66 per day for 4kg Paddington

What we love

  • No artificial preservatives or colourings
  • Easy to buy at pet shops or online
  • There is a large breed specific version with increase joint support and larger kibble size also available

Best for:

  • Sensitive pups, as it is naturally low in allergens
  • Fussy eaters
  • The standard dry food is suitable for small to medium sized pooches from 2 to 12 months old


AVA Sensitive Skin and Stomach Dry Puppy Food White Fish (Dry)

Price: £0.50 per day for 4kg Paddington

What we love

  • Can be bought online or at Pets At Home
  • A gentle and natural tasty food for sensitive pups, that still makes sure they get the nutrition they need to grow

Best for:

  • Sensitive pups with either skin or gut problems, or both!
  • Can be fed from 6 weeks to 12 months
  • Pups that prefer fishy flavours to meaty

(Prices correct as of 20th October 2022)


Leo, the Beagle puppy looking forward to his next meal

Choosing the right food for your new puppy pal can be really challenging. But you should do well if you choose a complete puppy food, made with good quality ingredients, and get in touch with your vet for advice if there’s ever any issues!


Information in this article should never replace veterinary advice, and is given as a guide only.  If you ever have any concerns about your pet’s health contact your vet.

Other useful puppy guides

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Where and how to buy a dog responsibly

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