Chihuahuas are the tiniest breed of dog in the world, but their personalities are much, much larger.
Having a mixed fanbase, Chihuahuas tend to have a bad reputation. Regardless, Chihuahuas owners are constantly in search of the best food.
If you’re a Chi owner looking for high-quality products, it can be a daunting task. Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work, so you don’t have to.
Here is our list of the 10 Best Dog Food for Chihuahuas and their reviews:
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Model||Price||Sizes Available||Editor Rating|
|Purina Pro Plan|
|Rachael Ray Nutrish|
|Hill's Science Diet||2 Sizes||4.40/5|
The 9 Best Dog Foods for Chihuahuas
1. Purina Pro Dry Dog Food – Best Overall
For the best overall dog food for your Chihuahua, Purina Pro Plan is made with the highest quality, all-natural ingredients. It’s formulated for small breeds and their dietary needs, so your Chi will have a complete and balanced diet. Purina Pro Plan is only made with naturally sourced ingredients with no fillers or preservatives. It’s rich in protein and Omega-6 for extra immune and coat health, so your dog’s fur will be soft and shiny. The only problem we found with Purina Pro Plan is that it can be too rich for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Otherwise, Purina Pro Plan 17010 Adult Dry Dog Food is a great dry dog food brand for your Chihuahua.
2. Rachael Ray Little Bites Dry Dog – Best Value
Rachael Ray Nutrish 10071190001600 Little Bites Dry Dog food made with farm-raised chicken for a lean protein source perfect for toy-sized breeds like Chihuahuas. This brand is rich in antioxidants that can help improve your dog’s brain function. The kibbles are crunchy and bite-sized, so your Chihuahua can eat comfortably. Rachael Ray Nutrish is also affordable compared to other small dog food brands, without sacrificing quality. Rachel Ray Nutrish does contain corn and soy, so it may not be suitable for dogs with food allergies. Because of this, we kept it out of our #1 spot. As long as your dog can handle grains, this is the best dog food for Chihuahuas for the money.
If you’re looking for breed-specific dry dog food, Royal Canin 519625 Chihuahua Dry Dog Food is a premium dog food brand specifically designed for adult and senior Chihuahuas. It is easy to chew when dry and rehydrates easily for Chihuahuas that may need a softer kibble. Royal Canin is popular, with a flavor that most dogs will enjoy. Chihuahuas can be picky eaters, so this premium brand may be a good option.
The problem is that this brand is not as clean and healthy as other brands, with rice as the first ingredient instead of a meat protein. It also contains by-products and fillers like corn and wheat, which are not suitable for dogs with food sensitivities. Royal Canin has a premium price tag, so it can be expensive compared to other brands. For those reasons, we kept Royal Canin Chihuahua Dog Food out of our Top 2 spots.
4. Royal Canin Chihuahua Dog Food – For Puppies
Royal Canin 513825 Chihuahua Puppy Dry Dog Food is similar to the adult Chihuahua version, except it’s made with Chihuahua puppies in mind. This brand is fortified with minerals and vitamins for extra support as your Chi puppy grows. Royal Canin Chihuahua Puppy kibble is small in size, so your puppy can safely eat. As with the adult version of this brand, the puppy kind is also made with rice as the first ingredient. This kibble also contains by-products and fillers, which are not beneficial for a puppy’s diet.
Royal Canin 513825 Chihuahua Puppy Dry Dog Food costs more than other brands, which can be a problem for a young, energetic Chihuahua pup. We recommend trying other brands first for a better value and higher quality kibble.
5. Hill’s Science Dry Dog Food
Hill’s Science Diet 10439 Dry Dog Food is a premium brand of dog food aimed to meet the needs of small dogs with sensitive stomachs. This brand is made with Vitamin E and Omega-6 for extra coat and skin support, but it did lead to moderately itchy skin in some dogs. The kibble size is on the small size, so it’s suitable for all breeds of toy and small dogs. While Hill’s Science Diet is marketed as one of the best brands on the market, their recipe does contain soy and a preservative that make their claims a bit large. Another problem is that most dogs simply do not like Hill’s Science Diet, so we recommend trying other brands first.
6. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Dog Food
Blue Buffalo 840243104871 Life Protection Dog Food is a premium brand of dog food popular for its many different recipes and selections. Made with all-natural ingredients, Blue Buffalo has a great taste that your Chihuahua will love. The little supplement bits are a different story, with some dogs only eating the bigger flavored kibbles. That means your Chihuahua won’t be getting a balanced diet without the smaller “life bit” kibbles. While it may not contain fillers like wheat, corn or soy, this brand has a stronger smell than most brands. The bigger flavored kibbles are also large and may be uncomfortable for your Chi to chew it. For a better value, we recommend trying other brands first.
7. Nutro Essentials Dry Dog Food
Nutro 10196207 Wholesome Essential Dry Dog Food is a small breed dog food made with farm-raised chicken for a protein-rich recipe. Nutro Essentials doesn’t contain any fillers or preservatives, but the quality tends to be more inconsistent than higher-quality brands. This dog food is fortified with essential nutrients for your Chihuahua’s dietary needs. The problem with Nutro is that the smell is very strong and overpowering, which seems to stick to your dog’s coat hours later. It’s also made with a rich formula that may cause your Chi to have an upset stomach. For consistent quality and better nutrition, we recommend trying Purina Pro Plan first.
8. Halo Natural Dry Dog Food
Halo Natural Dry Dog Food is made with natural ingredients, with whole chicken being the first ingredient. Halo Dog Food is small and dense with nutrients that are easy for your Chihuahua to eat, but most don’t like the flavor and will not eat it. It also contains a digestive blend that may cause gas and indigestion, which can be painful for tiny breeds. This dog food recipe does contain a preservative, which makes it not as natural as it claims. It’s also more expensive than other premium brands, but it lacks the high quality and taste of more popular brands.
9. Wellness Natural Complete Health Dog Food
Wellness Natural 76344891215 Complete Health Dog Food is a premium all-natural brand made with a lean, protein-rich formula to meet the needs of your Chihuahua. This brand doesn’t contain any fillers or preservatives, but the quality is too inconsistent to be considered a top-quality dog food. Wellness Natural Dog Food has a rich flavor that may cause indigestion, especially in dogs with sensitive stomachs. Another issue is that most dogs didn’t like the flavor, with some dogs refusing to even try it. Lastly, the smell is strong and seems to stick to your dog, regardless of proper grooming. For high-quality kibble for your Chihuahua, we recommend trying Purina Pro Plan first.
After looking at each product and our reviews of each, we found Purina Pro Plan 17010Adult Dry Dog Food to be the best overall dog food for your Chihuahua. It’s specifically made for toy-sized breeds, and the flavor is a clear winner with most dogs. For best value, we found Rachael Ray Nutrish 10071190001600 Little Bites Dry Dog to be an affordable, top-quality brand without sacrificing on nutrition.
Hopefully, we have made shopping for your Chihuahua’s dog food an easier task to take on. We looked for brands catering to toy-sized breeds like the Chihuahua for a complete and balanced diet. If you want to start a new dog food for your Chi, talk to your vet about making the next steps.
By Jaimie Hannon
Featured image credit: skeeze, Pixabay
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 9 Best Dog Foods for Chihuahuas
- 1. Purina Pro Dry Dog Food – Best Overall
- 2. Rachael Ray Little Bites Dry Dog – Best Value
- 3. Royal Canin Chihuahua Dog Food – Premium Choice
- 4. Royal Canin Chihuahua Dog Food – For Puppies
- 5. Hill’s Science Dry Dog Food
- 6. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Dog Food
- 7. Nutro Essentials Dry Dog Food
- 8. Halo Natural Dry Dog Food
- 9. Wellness Natural Complete Health Dog Food