Nutrition for Small Dogs
Is your dog a small dog? Small dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, Dachshunds and Chihuahuas can weigh between 6 and 20 pounds and stand between 6 and 17 inches tall. When choosing the right food for your small dog, consider these special nutritional needs:
- Small dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs. Premium foods with high-quality ingredients and protein sources are key to maintaining his overall health and may even help him live longer.
- Because of their longevity, small dogs can be more at risk for health issues including obesity, dental disease and skin and coat conditions. Look for premium foods that can help address these issues.
- Small dogs have smaller mouths and jaws. Try smaller-sized kibble that will accommodate his petite palate.
For recommendations on foods for small breeds like Yorkshire Terriers, Shih Tzus, Mini Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Mini Poodles and Mini Schnauzers, ask a PetSmart associate about our best brands including Royal Canin, Avoderm, Blue Buffalo, Science Diet, Pro Plan and Eukanuba.