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Best Commercial Foods For Chihuahuas

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Pet parents have probably noticed how saturated the pet food market has become. With so many choices, it may be overwhelming choosing the right food.

Brown and white chihuahua eating kibble dog food

Based upon my personal experience and research, as well as speaking with other Chihuahua parents, I have compiled this list of recommended commercial foods.

Rather than a traditional list of some good choices of foods that could still leave you wondering what the best choice is, I recommend the following commercial foods based upon the most common specific needs of dogs to help you narrow down choices as you embark on the journey to the best food for your dog’s needs:

The Best Food for Healthy Weight: Annamaet

Annamaet Pet Foods is a family operated pet food company that has been offering holistic diets for dogs and cats for thirty years. The food is produced in small batches and always made in America.

Annamaet cares about sustainability of our environment and quality food for our pets. Their values, knowledge, care and experience is evident by the quality food they produce and their customer service.

Lindsay of Virginia struggled to find the right food to help her Chihuahua, Riley, lose weight. For months his extra pounds remained, even when he was fed the absolute minimum serving of other low fat diets.

Then a local dog boutique owner recommended Annamaet Lean for Riley, which is a grain free, reduced fat diet. He not only loved the food, but he also lost the weight and kept it off.

They also have a small breed formula.

The Best Food for Minuscule Mouths: Wellness Pet Food

Wellness Pet Food is a natural dog and cat food company that was one of the companies that worked to make a difference in the overall pet food industry.

They offer healthy food in BPA free containers, customer service to answer all questions that pet parents have, and they established the Wellness Foundation to make a difference in the lives of pets.

Wellness is the best choice for the tiniest Chihuahuas because not only is it good quality, healthy and natural, but the kibble is the smallest I have ever seen. Click here to see the size of the kibble. The puppy formula kibbles are approximately three millimeters and the adult turkey and oatmeal flavor is about five millimeters, which is smaller than some earrings!

They do have a small breed formula though here.

Paige of Texas was so excited to bring home her Chihuahua puppy, Lacey. Lacey was only two pounds when she came home, and her mouth was so tiny. When Paige noticed Lacey struggling to chew the puppy kibble she had chosen for her, she began researching what good quality kibble was the smallest and discovered Wellness. Lacey is able to eat much better now and she enjoys her meals.

Most Chihuahua parents who feed wet food have also struggled with food waste, as canned food can be kept for approximately four days, but most cans of food are so large that a single Chihuahua could not finish a can before it would expire.

Wellness also offers wet foods specifically for small breeds, Petite Entrees, which eliminates wasting excess food, as they are smaller than regular cans of dog food.

eating chihuahua in front of white background

The Best Food for the Picky Eater: Royal Canin Chihuahua Food

Royal Canin is passionate about continually striving to offer the best quality pet food they can possibly produce by utilizing science, veterinary research, and communications with pet parents.

They believe there is always room for improvement and that they can never stop learning. This determination provides quality pet food designed to meet the needs of your dog. Although their scientific approach is less popular in today’s market which values natural and organic foods, their Chihuahua formula should not be over looked.

Royal Canin’s Chihuahua Formula is available in both dry and wet options for puppies, adults, and seniors. Royal Canin recognizes that many Chihuahuas are picky eaters, so to help inspire them to eat their meals, they created a recipe specifically for Chihuahuas which has a tantalizing aroma.

Not only is this food made to be extra delicious, it also is full of fiber and digestible proteins. The Chihuahua formula also supports coat health and less smelly bowl movements.

Ruby of New York chose Royal Canin for her Chihuahua, Alice, at the recommendation of her veterinarian. Alice was very picky and refused to eat any kibble Ruby offered, except the Royal Canin Chihuahua recipe. Ruby commented that the food does smell appetizing, even to her.

The Best Food for Healthy Skin and Coat: Avoderm

Avoderm was created in 1982 when Breeder’s Choice pet foods discovered a local farmer who had extra avocados. After extensive research, supporting the benefits of avocados for dogs, Avoderm was formed.

While it is true that dogs cannot eat the pit of an avocado, it is possible for them to consume this super fruit safely. As a matter of fact, not only is avocado safe for dogs when prepared properly, it is also very beneficial. Avoderm was created with your pet’s safety and health in mind.

If your Chihuahua has skin problems, a dietary adjustment will likely be where your veterinarian begins. The avocados in Avoderm support a healthy coat being rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids.

Avocados are also high in protein, which is beneficial for hair, which is made of protein. If your dog does not have allergies, try the Avoderm Small Breed Adult recipe.

Avoderm also makes limited ingredient formulas for pups with allergies or sensitive skin.

Cassie of West Virginia chose to feed Avoderm to her Chihuahua, Duchess, when she noticed she had dry skin. After feeding Avoderm for a few weeks, Cassie was able to see a difference in Duchess’s coat; her skin was no longer dry and her coat became much more soft and shiny.

Cassie mentioned that being able to see the difference the diet made helped her feel good about the choice to change Duchess’s diet.

The Best Food for Dogs with Allergies or Sensitivities: Earthborn Holistic Pet Food

Earthborn Holistic Pet Food is carefully crafted in the United States with ingredients from trusted high quality sources.

Earthborn’s limited ingredient line, Venture, was created with carefully chosen, unique protein sources. Dogs who have had trouble digesting traditional protein sources well, or who have allergy issues, benefit most from these recipes.

Of course, if your Chihuahua is a canine connoisseur, she might like to try some of these protein sources just for fun.

Some of their limited ingredient diets include:

Valerie of Utah struggled to find the right food for her Chihuahua, Minnie, who suffered from skin issues and digestive upset often. Even when her veterinarian prescribed prescription limited diet foods, Minnie still suffered.

When Valerie compared the labels of the foods Minnie had eaten, she noted that the food she previously fed and the prescription diet both had chicken in them. With the guidance of her veterinarian she looked for other foods featuring unique proteins and found Earthborn Holistic.

Minnie is thriving on these limited ingredient diets and her favorite formulas are the Rabbit and Pumpkin Recipe and the Squid and Chick Pea Recipe.

2 chihuahua pups eating

How Do I Know What The Best Food For My Chihuahua Is?

Despite what they will tell you, a helping from your plate is not what they should be eating. Chihuahuas should be fed a commercial diet, fresh food diet (NomNom Now, PetPlate, Farmer’s Dog, etc.) or a veterinarian approved home made diet to ensure that their nutritional needs are completely met.

Be sure to read our article on whether you should make homemade dog food for your chi.

There is no one size fits all diet for Chihuahuas; each of them have their own specific needs. Consider your Chihuahua’s unique needs and discuss their diet with a veterinarian to find the right food for your favorite little furry friend.

Melody Monahan

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

I feed my 12 week old chihuahua, Drego, Pedigree Puppy chicken kibble and the wet Pedigree Puppy chicken or beef packets. My Drego likes the Pedigree but I am wondering if I should change to one of your recommendations like the Royal Canine which has a puppy chi? This is my first chi and he doesn't eat a lot. Probably a 1/4 cup of kibble and 1/3 of a wet packet a day. He does eat snacks during the day. He weighs 3.64 lbs at 12 weeks and is slim. He weighed 1.6 lbs when I got him at 6 weeks old. The breeder was feeding him Pedigree that is why I started using it. I have seen high recommendations for it on other sites for puppies. Which made me feel good that it was a really good product. Now I worry they were paid for their recommendation and maybe it's not as good as I thought. What are your thoughts on Pedigree Puppy food and how much my dog is eating? I also would like to know if you have any posts written about animal insurance? Any recommendations on insurance? Also do you have anything written on potty training that doesn't use a crate or keeping the puppy in enclosed. I am home 24 X 7 and don't want to crate my dog. Going outside has been impossible because of the cold weather and lots of snow. He is using the white pads sometimes but will go wherever sometimes while playing or not wanting to leave my side or my husbands. Is it natural for them to fight over wearing a collar? Do they usually hate them for how long? Also my puppy has been biting my hands it seems like forever, any suggestions he is getting better but still is pretty bad. Thank you so much. I really enjoy your site.

Cathy

Monday 1st of March 2021

Yeah, Pedigree is not one of the better foods for dogs. I have seen breeders use it too so I think you may be right in they are getting a kickback on it. There are worse foods than Pedigree but it's definitely not one I would recommend. If you get another food, switch over gradually by mixing a small amount of the new food with Pedigree and gradually over a week or so increase the new food and decrease the Pedigree. Royal Canin puppy is ok and one dogs usually like. Your puppy is eating enough. A puppy only needs about 1/2 cup of food a day spread out over 2-3 meals in a day. I haven't written anything about insurance but personally I use the ASPCA Pet Health insurance and get the added healthy check-up benefit so they pay a good portion of that too. I know some of the other insurances do that too but I've only had experience with this one. Biting is completely normal for a puppy since he is teething. It may last until he's about 2 but should lessen after the first year. When he bites, say "Ow" like you are hurt, and give him a chew toy instead. You have to keep doing that until he gets the message. Don't allow him to chew on your fingers. I personally never used crates with my dogs but I did keep a little playpen to keep them in when I wasn't home or needed to keep them out of the way, like when I was cleaning or had a workman coming in or when I wasn't home. I only used it for the first month or so. You definitely need keep track of him and watch him like a hawk and as soon as you see any signs he needs to go, put him on the pad. It does take them awhile to get used to a collar but he really doesn't need to wear one. If you are going to walk him, it's better to use a harness as collars can cause damage on his neck when using with a leash. He won't like a harness either, but I got mine used to it by just leaving it on them for awhile while inside.

Kim

Friday 8th of May 2020

Am I the bad pet parent? I feed my chi Hills Science diet. She eats canned and the cruncky small bites. They have food specifically for toy/small breeds. I am so thankful that shes healthy and doesnt have any problems. I have had dogs of all sizes in the past and have mostly always used this brand of food, with a few exceptions. But my dogs whom were on Science Diet lived long full healthy lives. So I guess I went with this brand for my chi because its what Ive pretty much always used. Should I change her food? Or keep her on this since, shes doing well?

Cathy

Friday 8th of May 2020

No, you definitely are NOT a bad pet parent. If your dog is doing good on Science Diet and you have had good luck with that brand, I don't see any reason to change it.

Leslie Zupan

Sunday 26th of April 2020

My old Chi’s loved Drs. Foster and Smith’s Chicken and Brown Rice dry food, so I was very disappointed when Petco acquired the company and basically got rid of this product line ?. So when I got my beautiful new long-haired chocolate Chi Lady Godiva, I put her on Royal Canin Chihuahua kibble, which I soften with warm water and to which I add a little of their canned soft Chi food. (It comes in small cans like cat food, and she gets about 1/4 of a can each meal.)

Lady cleans the bowl now, although she still yearns for tidbits from the table. I have to tell her “There are no alternative num nums tonight, so eat your food!”

Cathy

Monday 27th of April 2020

She's so cute Leslie and I love her name!

Susan

Saturday 25th of April 2020

I've read that grain-free foods are not as healthy as first thought. Many of these recommended foods seem to be grain-free. Any comments ?

Cathy

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

The jury is still out on that and they are still doing research but the current general consensus is grain free isn't as wonderful for dogs as once thought. Most dogs do fine on grain free and all dogs should have limited grain in their diet. Grains are not a component in a dog'd natural diet so they aren't necessarily good for them. If a dog has skin issues and allergies, they should probably stay clear of them or at least limit grains.

georgeann mark

Saturday 25th of April 2020

I use blue buffalo. I have seen and heard some bad reviews about this food. can someone help me?

Cathy

Monday 27th of April 2020

I know they have had some bad press and personally, I don't think I'd feed it to my dogs but I know some people swear by it. You may want to gradually change over to something better.