Miniature, toy and small breed dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, Dachshunds and French Bulldogs can weigh as little as just a few pounds up to around 25 pounds as adults. When choosing the right food for your small dog, consider these special nutritional needs:
Small dogs require more energy per pound than larger dogs. Always feed the amount suggested by the manufacturer or your veterinarian. Use premium small dog foods with high-quality ingredients to provide extra energy to keep them healthy and happy.
Small dogs can be more susceptible to some health issues including obesity, dental disease and skin and coat conditions. Look for premium dog foods for them that can help address these issues.
Small dogs have smaller mouths and jaws. Try smaller-sized kibble that will accommodate petite palates.
Some manufactures of premium foods have developed foods specifically for miniature, toy and small breed dogs. Consider feeding these products to help keep your little companion healthy.
The information used in this report is approved by PetSmart nutritionists and vet experts.
Information from "Small Animal Clinical Nutrition," 5th Edition, Hand, Thatcher, Remillard, Roudebush, Novotny, Copyright 2010 by Mark Morris Institute was used in this report.