Recommended Puppy Food

This page was last updated on May 22, 2003.

Listed are what I feel are the best dog foods for your Llewellin Setter. After raising over a hundred of pups and dogs over the past 25 years I’ve learned a lot. I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen the difference food makes.

I believe with every ounce of me that you should feed the very best you possibly can. What you put into your dog starting as a puppy will absolutely, without a doubt, make the difference in his health for the rest of his life—which, I also feel will be extended by several years—and be disease-free. Spending a little extra in the quality of food you feed your dog will save you thousands in vet bills later and extend your dog’s life and enhance the quality.

First, I highly recommend obtaining the following books:

Next, head over to The Truth About Pet Food and purchase “The List” , A yearly list of pet foods wherein:

  • All companies provided verification to:
    • human grade food ingredients;
    • human grade supplements (if applicable);
    • organic ingredients (if applicable);
    • and meats sourced from humanely raised animals (if applicable).

The Types of Food to Feed In Order of Best to Worst

  1. A complete, balanced home-prepared Species-Appropriate Raw or cooked diet.
  2. Commercially prepared frozen complete Raw diet
  3. Commercially prepared dehydrated/freeze-dried complete diet
  4. Human-grade canned & kibble
  5. Super-premium kibble

I believe all foods should be:

  • Organic if possible
  • Free-range (pastured) meat
  • Human-grade
  • Sourced within the U.S. or Canada, or New Zealand
  • No food you feed your dog should include corn, wheat, soy, or oats.
  • No food should list unnamed meat sources (e.g., “meat meal”, “meat by-products”). The first 6 ingredients listed on the dog food are the most important.

Switch food brands/manufactures and protein sources often. This is the best way to be certain your dog is receiving a well-balanced diet.

I now feel the quality of ingredients and the freshest possible ingredients is most important and a bag of processed dry dog food is not it any of these things.

Commercial Raw and/or Dehydrated Dog Foods/Freeze Dried (First choice for your dog or puppy):

This list changes frequently and they change their recipes, go in and out of business, etc. So these are a few suggestions at the time of this writing. (May ’23). It is so important that you become educated on what makes a good dog food or not.

  • Stewart Freeze-Dried Food 
  • All Provide Raw
  • Raised Right Fresh Human-Grade Dog Food
  • Instinct Raw Freeze-Dried
  • Dr. Marty’s Nature’s Blend Healthy Growth
  • Stella & Chewy’s Chicken & Salmon Puppy Patties
  • BJ’s Raw Puppy Mix
  • Open Farm
  • Bixbi
  • Steve’s
  • Darwin’s

Dry Kibble:

  • Orijen Puppy
  • Open Farm Puppy
  • Northwest Naturals

Human-grade Canned Dog Foods

Human-grade canned dog foods can be an excellent addition, so if you have more money than time, human-grade canned foods are an excellent addition.

  • Farmina N&D Pumpkin, Lamb, Pumpkin & Blueberry Starter & Puppy Wet



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