Poodle Nutrition

Nutrition and Your Standard Poodle

Your pets health, just like your own, is very much a result of nutrition and exercise. Standard Poodles do not require a lot of exercise but they do need some. Their diet is of utmost importance. We don’t pretend to know everything about nutrition but our many years of experience has taught us a lot about how to care for our Standard Poodles and what we feed them. Standard Poodles that are well bred will have healthy skin and beautiful curly coats of hair if given the proper nutrition. We watch the many different dog foods and the ingredients they are made with and watch closely the brands that have been re-called. Fortunately, we have never fed one of the re-called dog foods. We actually buy dog food twice monthly and try to keep 60+ days of dog food on hand. We feed out of the oldest batch first so if there is a re-call on that particular brand of dog food we wouldn’t be feeding the latest manufactured or the batch which is being re-called.

After doing some research, we have found what seems to be some reliable information for you on how you can determine whether or not you are giving the best nutrition to your Standard Poodle(s) and have posted the information below for you. We do want to state that we are not nutritionist and that we are providing this information without any prejudice nor do we claim the expertise to determine the accuracy of the information posted but will state that, in our opinion, it seems to be a good rule of thumb in determining the better quality of the different dog foods being sold. We feed Taste of the Wild – Wetlands formula in Roasted Fowl flavor which is what we feel is the best for Standard Poodles.  Roasted Fowl is higher in fat content which these puppies need for their rapid bone growth and development. It’s what we wean our puppies on and not only highly recommend but truly ask you to not change their food. We’ve tried many foods and have found this works best for Standards. We keep up with laboratory grading of dog foods and their ingredients and will change if and when necessary and post right here on this page. Thank you!

SEE THE DOG FOODS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SCORED
For convenience, we have listed the dog foods Alphabetically by Brand
& also Numerically by Score

BRAND                                         SCORE   GRADE

Alpo Prime Cuts 81 C
Artemis Medium/Large Breed Puppy 114 A+
Authority Harvest Baked 116 A+
Authority Harvest Baked Less Active 93 B
Beowulf Back to Basics 101 A+
Beneful by Purina 17 F
Bil-Jac Select 68 F
Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice 83 C
Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice 106 A+
Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice 113 A+
Burns Chicken and Brown Rice 107 A+
Canidae 112 A+
Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover’s Soul: Large Breed 118 A+
Chicken Soup Senior 115 A+
Diamond Maintenance 64 F
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice 92 B
Diamond Naturals Large Breed 103 A+
Diamond Performance 85 C
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium 122 A+
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Venison & Brown Rice 106 A+
Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato 106 A+
Eagle Pack Holistic 119 A+
Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken 114 A+
Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy 94 A
Eagle Pack Natural 94 A
Eukanuba Large Breed Adult 83 C
Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice 87 B
Eukanuba Puppy 79 C
Flint River Ranch (non-specific fat source) 92 B
Flint River Senior 101 A+
Foundations 106 A+
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (Lamb) by Solid Gold 93 A
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium 73 D
Iams Large Breed 83 C
Iams Puppy 89 B
Iams Senior 85 C
Innova Dog 114 A+
Innova Evo 114 A+
Innova Large Breed Puppy 122 A+
Kibbles and Bits 44 F
Kirkland Lamb and Rice 97 A
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables 110 A+
Kirkland Signature Puppy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable 108 A+
Maxxium Lamb and Rice 93 B
Member’s Mark Chicken and Rice 84 C
Merrick Puppy 129 A+
Merrick Wilderness Blend 127 A+
Nature’s Recipe 100 A
Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice 116 A+
Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct 122 A+
Natural Balance Duck and Potato 114 A+
Neutro Max Adult 93 B
Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice 81 C
Nutriscience Junior Medium Breed Puppy 101 A+
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice 87 B
Nutro Chicken, Rice, & Oatmeal (non-specific fat source) 85 C
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy 87 B
Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice 85 C
Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free 86 B
Natural Choice Senior 95 A
Nutro Ultra Adult 104 A+
Nutro Ultra Puppy 97 A
Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition 9 F
Orijen Large Breed Puppy 119 A+
Pedigree Complete Nutrition 42 F
Pedigree Adult Complete 14 F
Pedigree Puppy 66 F
Pedigree Lamb and Rice 50 F
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice 23 F
Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry 109 A
Pro Nature Puppy 80 C
Pro Plan All Breed 68 F
Pro Plan Large Breed 68 F
Pro Plan Natural Turkey & Barley 103 A+
Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach’s 94 A
Purina Dog 62 F
Purina Come-n-Get It 16 F
Purina One Large Breed Puppy 62 F
Royal Canin Boxer 103 A+
Royal Canin Bulldog 100 A+
Royal Canin Dachshund 28 Formula 97 A
Royal Canin German Shepherd 104 A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult 106 A+
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ 63 F
Science Diet Chicken Adult Maintenance 45 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies 69 F
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice 123 A+
Solid Gold Bison 97 A
Summit 99 A
Taste of the Wild 125 A+
Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula 116 A+
Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison 136 A+
Timberwolf Organics Wild and Natural Dry 120 A+
Wellness Just for Puppy 117 A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken 110 A+
Wolfking Adult Dog (Bison) by Solid Gold 97 A
TLC Whole Life Natural Pet Food 97 A

 

BRAND                                         SCORE   GRADE

Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison 136 A+
Merrick Puppy 129 A+
Merrick Wilderness Blend 127 A+
Taste of the Wild (All Life Stages) 125 A+
Solid Gold Bison 123 A+
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium 122 A+
Innova Large Breed Puppy 122 A+
Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct 122 A+
Timberwold Organics Wild and Natural Dry 120 A+
Eagle Pack Holistic 119 A+
Orijen Large Breed Puppy 119 A+
Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover’s Soul: Large Breed 118 A+
Wellness Just for Puppy 117 A+
Authority Harvest Baked 116 A+
Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice 116 A+
Chicken Soup Senior 115 A+
Aetemis Medium/Large Breed Puppy 114 A+
Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken 114 A+
Innova Dog 114 A+
Innova Evo 114 A+
Natural Balance Duck and Potato 114 A+
Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice 113 A+
Canidae 112 A+
Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula 112 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice and Vegetables 110 A+
Wellness Super 5 Mix Chicken 110 A+
Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry 109 A+
Kirkland Signature Puppy Chicken, Rice and Vegetables 108 A+
Burns Chicken and Brown Rice 107 A+
Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato 106 A+
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice 106 A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult 106 A+
Foundations 106 A+
Nutro Ultra Adult 104 A+
Pro Plan Selects Turkey and Barley Score 104 A+
Royal Canin German Shepherd 104 A+
Diamond Naturals Large Breed 103 A+
Pro Plan Selects Turkey and Barley 103 A+
Royal Canin Boxer 103 A+
Eagle Pack Holistic 102 A+
Beowulf Back to Basics 101 A+
Flint River Senior 101 A+
Nutrience Junior Medium Puppy 101 A+
Nature’s Recipe 100 A
Royal Canin Bulldog 100 A
Summit 99 A
Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice 98 A
Kirkland Lamb and Rice 97 A
Nutro Ultra Puppy 97 A
Royal Canin Dachshund 28 Formula 97 A
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice 97 A
TLC Whole Life Natural Pet Food 97 A
Wolfking Adult Dog (Bison) by Solid Gold 97 A
Nutro Natural Choice Senior 95 A
Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy 94 A
Eagle Pack Natural 94 A
Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach 94 A
Authority Harvest Baked Less Active 93 A
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (Lamb) by Solid Gold 93 A
Maxxium Lamb and Rice 93 A
Nutro Max Adult 93 A
Diamond Lamb Meal Rice 92 B
Flint River Ranch (non-specific fat source) 92 B
Iams Puppy 89 B
Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice 87 B
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice 87 B
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy 86 B
Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free 85 C
Diamond Performance 85 C
Iams Senior 85 C
Nutro Chicken, Rice and Oatmeal (non-specific fat source) 85 C
Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice 85 C
Member’s Mark Chicken and Rice 84 C
Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice 83 C
Eukanuba Large Breed Adult 83 C
Iams Large Breed 83 C
Alpo Prime Cuts 81 C
Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice 81 C
Pro Nature Puppy 80 C
Eukanuba Puppy 79 C
Iams Lamb Meal and Rice Formula Premium 73 D
Pro Plan Puppy 71 D
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies 69 F
Bil-Jac Select 68 F
Pro Plan All Breed 68 F
Pro Plan Large Breed 68 F
Pedigree Puppy 66 F
Diamond Maintenance 64 F
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ 63 F
Purina Dog 62 F
Purina One Large Breed Puppy 62 F
Pedigree Lamb and Rice 50 F
Science Diet Chicken Adult Maintenance 45 F
Kibbles and Bits 44 F
Pedigree Complete Nutrition 42 F
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb and Rice 23 F
Purina Beneful 17 F
Purina Come-n-Get It 16 F
Pedigree Adult Complete 14 F
Ol Roy Complete Nutrition 9 F

How to Grade Your Dog Food

Look at the ingredients information of your dog food. Find the ingredient listed on the table below. Starting with 100 points, add or subtract the points given for each ingredient and total the points. Print this sheet to total your points for each item & then the grade scale is listed at the end of the table.

For every listing of “by-product”, subtract 10 points
For every non-specific animal source (“meat” or “poultry”, meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
For every grain “mill run” or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points
If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. “ground brown rice”, “brewer’s rice”, rice flour” are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn’t allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn’t allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:

If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points
If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
If the food contains barley, add 2 points
If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
For different specific animal protein sources (other than the first one; count “chicken” and “chicken meal”
as only one protein source but “chicken and ” as 2 different sources) add 1 point

If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point.

A = 94-100    B = 86-93    C = 78-85    D = 70-77    F = 69 or lower

Lastly, we will go over Health Issue’s

Traditional Poodle History • Your Smith Standard Poodle Puppy • Pick Up or Shipping Your Puppy • My New Home • House Training • Crate Training • Standard Poodle Health Issues • Our Health Guarantee • Our Contract