5 Best Dry Dog Foods for Pugs of 2021

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The genetics of pugs make them prone to gaining a considerable amount of weight. As such, obesity is highly common in many pugs.

Unfortunately, carrying more weight around can contribute to an array of health problems for your pug. If you own a pug, it’s essential to feed them a nutritionally balanced diet.

We took some time to research the 5 best dry dog foods of the year for pugs.

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The Royal Canin brand is known for its quality ingredients. Although the formula contains soy, corn, and gluten, it is still a good choice for your pug. It also contains a lot of protein, probiotics, fish oils, and several natural additives. Fish oils and probiotics help protect your pug’s digestive system. This formula also contains natural extracts and some important trace elements.

Another reason for recommending this brand is its price. It is more affordable than all the other brands on this list. The only downside you’ll find is the presence of gluten in its ingredients. This can trigger allergy issues; however, it does not cause health conditions for most pugs.

Ingredients: Brewers Rice, Chicken By-Product Meal, Brown Rice, Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Oat Groats, Chicken Fat, Natural Flavors, Wheat Gluten, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Fish Oil, Sodium Silico Aluminate, Vegetable Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Dl-Methionine, Salt, L-Lysine, Fructooligosaccharides, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Vitamins [Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Source of Vitamin E), Inositol, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement], Choline Chloride, Magnesium Oxide, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Marigold Extract (Tagetes Erecta L.), Trace Minerals [Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Proteinate], Tea, L-Carnitine, Chondroitin Sulfate, Rosemary Extract, Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid.

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AvoDerm produces brown rice and chicken meal formulas for small breed adult dogs. Take note that the formula is recommended for pugs under 20 pounds in weight. Some of the formulas are brown rice, oatmeal, and chicken meal; each blend contains enough protein. One major ingredient is avocado oil; this not only protects a pug’s coat and skin, but it also enhances healthy development.

Affordability is one of the reasons for recommending this brand. It is a very good option for owners that want high-quality formula at a relatively lower price. It is also a good choice for pugs because it is free from soy, wheat, corn, and artificial additives so it can’t trigger any allergy issues and skin conditions.

Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Ground Whole Brown Rice, Ground Whole White Rice, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Rice Bran, Avocado, Natural Flavor, Tomato Pomace (Source of Lycopene), Flax Seed (Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid), Alfalfa Meal, Herring Meal, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Kelp Meal, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, A-Tocopherol Acetate (Source of Vitamin E), Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Avocado Oil, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Sage Extract, Pineapple Stem (Source of Bromelain), Papain, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Product.

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This is another great choice for your pug. Its primary source of protein is bison. Like others on this list, the formula provides all the necessary nutrients for your pug.

A typical Earthborn meal contains vegetables, fruits, and rye. Some of the meals are oatmeal, barley, rice, and whitefish meal. L-carnitine is one of the nutrients in the food. Its major function is to support muscle and lean mass. All Earthborn meals also contain Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat. Most importantly, this formula also offers grain-free meals for your pug.

Ingredients: Bison Meal, Peas, Pea Protein, Tapioca, Dried Egg Product, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed, Lamb Meal, Pea Fiber, Natural Flavors, Blueberry Fiber, Cranberry Fiber, Apples, Blueberries, Carrots, Spinach, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Dl-Methionine, L-Lysine, Taurine, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Salt, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Yucca Schidgera Extract, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product.

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Wellness CORE is also known for offering grain-free dog foods. The ingredients provide balanced nutrition, as the typical recipe includes veggies such as sweet potatoes, broccoli, blueberries; it also contains chicken and turkey as a source of protein. In addition, their dog food also includes a couple of fruits.

Most importantly, Wellness CORE contains essential minerals and vitamins for your pugs. They collectively strengthen the immune system of your pug and protect his teeth and gums. Dog owners tend to prefer Wellness CORE because its blends will not cause obesity in your dog. In spite of the great qualities of this brand, its grain-free blend brought it to this list.

Ingredients: Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Chicken Liver, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Broccoli, Carrots, Choline Chloride, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Kale, Sweet Potatoes, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols Added to Preserve Freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

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This brand has been voted Pet Food of the Year three times in a row. Of course, the achievement is not a fluke. It is mainly because the brand focuses on organically-produced natural dog food.

Their adult food is made of 20 percent vegetables and fruits and 80 percent meat ingredients. This combination gives dogs all the protein and other nutrients that they need. Another reason Orijen is on this list is that it is grain-free so it won’t lead to any allergy issues for your dog.

Some of the ingredients in their adult dog food are spinach, apples, carrots, pumpkin, green peas, mackerel, whole eggs, turkey, and fresh chicken. This combination has everything your pug or any other breed needs for healthy growth.

Virtually all blends of Orijen contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids to provide your pug with healthy skin and coat. They also contain chondroitin and glucosamine for healthy joints. A lot of pet owners have had to switch to Orijen because of digestive problems, skin issues, or allergies; to their relief, the problems ceased.

Ingredients: Whole Atlantic mackerel, whole Atlantic herring, whole Atlantic flounder, whole Acadian redfish, Atlantic monkfish, whole silver hake, mackerel meal, herring meal, blue whiting meal, herring oil, whole green peas, whole navy beans, whole red lentils, Alaskan cod meal, pollock meal, sunflower oil, whole yellow peas, whole pinto beans, whole chickpeas, whole green lentils, lentil fiber, natural fish flavor, safflower oil, freeze-dried cod liver, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, whole carrots, whole apples, whole pears, dried kelp, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, zinc proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), copper proteinate, chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product.

Kevin Bentley

Hi, I’m Kevin Bentley, a dog lover and enthusiast. Though I started out as a cat person, my wife quickly set me on the true path of dog love. Now I’m full-on obsessed with dogs and everything related to dogs. I’ve purchased every dog accessory you can think of, so I decided to collect my thoughts about them on this site.

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