Wellness CORE Grain-Free Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food

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Wellness CORE is based on the nutritional philosophy that pets, based on their primal ancestry, thrive on a diet mainly comprised of meat. Each formula is packed with a high concentration of quality animal protein, without fillers or grains, along with a proprietary blend of botanicals and nutritional supplements. This unique, grain-free recipe supports and nurtures your pets inside…their essence…their core. To create a protein-focused diet the Wellness Way, they carefully control the quality and quantity of the ingredients they use, and pay close attention to the individual properties of each inclusion. From source to bowl, they make no exceptions! If you are looking for a food with more meat and no grains, CORE is truly a more thoughtful alternative. This diet delivers the meat content you’re looking for, while creating a balanced profile of high quality, natural ingredients appropriate for everyday feeding.

Key Benefits

  • Natural, limited ingredient diet for dogs with food sensitivities or food allergies
  • High-quality chicken as the first ingredient
  • Does not contain grains, gluten or wheat
  • Easily-digestible formula with probiotics and prebiotics
  • Nourishes healthy skin with flaxseed

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  • Brand
    Wellness CORE
  • Breed Size
    Small, Medium, Large, All Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info


  1. New Formulation: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Peas, Potato Protein, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Ground Potatoes, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Salmon Oil, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Bananas, 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, 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.
  2. Old Formulation: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Peas, Potato Protein, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Ground Potatoes, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Salmon Oil, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyroxidine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Biotin, Folic Acid], Minerals [Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate], Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Bananas, Choline Chloride, Mixed Tocopherols Added to Preserve Freshness, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Taurine, 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.

Caloric Content

  1. 417 kcal/cup
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 36.0% min
Crude Fat 18.0% min
Crude Fiber 5.0% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Calcium 1.5% max
Phosphorus 1.0% max
Vitamin E 400 IU/kg min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 3.5% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.6% min
Beta Carotene 5 mg/kg min
Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms 80,000,000 CFU/lb min

Feeding Instructions

Weight 6-12 Weeks Old Daily Feeding (Cups) 4-6 Months Old Daily Feeding (Cups) 7-9 Months Old Daily Feeding (Cups) 10-12 Months Old Daily Feeding (Cups) 12-18 Months Daily Feeding (Cups)
2 lbs 1/2 1/2 1/3 1/3
5 lbs 1 1 3/4 2/3
10 lbs 1 3/4 1 2/3 1 1/3 1
15 lbs 2 1/2 2 1/4 1 3/4 1 1/2
20 lbs 3 1/4 2 3/4 2 1/3 2
30 lbs 4 1/3 3 2/3 3 1/3 2 3/4
40 lbs 5 1/2 4 3/4 4 3 1/3
60 lbs 6 1/2 5 1/2 4 2/3 4
80 lbs 6 3/4 5 3/4 5
100 lbs 6 3/4 6

For Pregnant or Nursing Dogs: Since DHA is transferred to puppies in mother’s milk, we recommend feeding this during pregnancy and nursing. When pregnant, feed up to 50% more food according to body weight at 12 mos. For nursing dogs, allow her to eat at will.

Combination Feeding: If feeding with wet food, reduce dry amount fed by 1/3 cup, for every 6 oz. of wet food.

Transition Instructions

It is important to slowly transition your puppy from his/her current diet as it takes a few days for the body to adapt to new nutrient levels. To transition, gradually mix in the new food over a 5-7 day period, increasing the amount of Wellness® CORE® each day, so that you are feeding 100% Wellness® CORE® by day 7.

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Supporting Your Dog's Optimal Health to the CORE

Wellness CORE follows the nutritional philosophy that pets, based on their primal ancestry, thrive on a diet mainly comprised of meat. CORE formulas are packed with quality animal protein without fillers or grains, plus botanicals and nutritional supplements. These unique, grain-free recipes support and nurture your pet, contributing to his inner wellbeing all the way through to his core.

Why is CORE Different?

Unlike many grain-free diets, Wellness CORE considers your pet's whole health by ensuring the overall nutritional equation remains appropriate for everyday feeding. Higher protein can also mean higher fat, minerals and calories. By thoughtfully selecting specialized ingredients and managing nutritional ratios, CORE delivers protein-focused nutrition thoughtfully - with balance, not excess.

The CORE Difference

Fresh, Whole Food Ingredients

Wellness CORE provides a balanced profile of high-quality, natural ingredients appropriate for everyday feeding. These grain-free recipes contain absolutely no meat by-products, artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives, corn, wheat or soy.



Great source of fiber and vitamin C and boosts the immune system, supports skin and heart health and helps the body release toxins.



Exceptionally rich in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lutein, and also contains quercetin, a phytochemical with antioxidant properties.



Excellent source of fiber and minerals and a good natural source of beta carotene, an antioxidant essential for neutralizing free radicals.



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Good source of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber, which helps with joint problems and promotes overall gastrointestinal health.



Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which improve the shine of the pet's coat and high in fiber which helps move food through the digestive system.

About Wellness

As a pioneer in holistic nutrition, Wellness is always looking for new ways to help pets thrive. Their diverse team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets has only one mission: to help you provide your pet a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition. They're passionately picky from the first step to the last so they can guarantee each recipe delivers the Wellness Promise

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Customer Reviews

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 203.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a GREAT high protein Puppy Food I bought an excellent puppy from a fantastic and caring breeder that told me right away, "Get a high protein puppy chow, and don't believe that because it says 'puppy chow' that it is high protein." WoW, was he right! Despit owning a number of dogs over the years and most of them were puppies at one time- I have to say hands down that this is fantastic food. We have bright clear eyes, no itching and scratching as it is grain free. We have very little hair loss, with an excellent and shiny coat despite being a long-haired and shedding breed. The bowels movements are well formed even after wormings and easy to clean up in the yard. The very, very best part is that our puppy is growing very well. She has had an excellerated growth rate and is mentally very alert and advanced and while I do work hard to keep her stimul;ated and she attends training: ultimately I am convinced it all comes down to the food. She LOVES her food and will dance, sit, down with a "stay" command for a full two minutes to get her food. I will never use anything else for a puppy ever again. I feel I have found the very best!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Puppy Loves It Because our other dogs eat Natural Balance Limited Ingedient food, I initially began feeding our new Collie puppy that brand's puppy formulation. While she ate it, she didn't seem to like it much, and her stools were loose - and many! After talking to the vet, who said our puppy didn't need the limited ingredient food because she'd not shown symptoms of having a sensitive stomach or any allergies (as each of our other adult dogs has), I transitioned her to Wellness CORE Grain-Free Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food. She SCARFS it, and her stools immediately firmed up and became less frequent. She has lots of energy, her coat is soft and thick, and she's growing like a weed. Natural Balance is a wonderful, high quality food that serves our adult dogs well, and we will continue to feed it to them. Our pup, though, will continue to benefit from Wellness CORE Grain-Free Puppy Formula until it's time for her to move on to an adult Wellness formulation. It should go without saying that Chewy.com's service has been exemplary, as always. Both foods are now included in our auto-delivery, and we couldn't be happier.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quality food but not for our Yorkie I was excited to feed this to our Yorkie pup, but he was never a fan of this food. We would put it down, and he would take a couple sniffs and just walk away. It was very difficult to get him to eat it. The recommended feeding said he should be eating a cup a day, but we would be lucky if we got him to eat 1/2 cup daily. When he did eat the food he hardly ever finished it. We did some research and it said to start adding water to it the food, and mash it up. He started eating it a little more, but he rarely ever finished it. He's such a picky eater so I guess this food wasn't for him. I wanted for him to like it so bad because of the great reviews I've read, and the quality of the food was highly regarded. This would probably be great for a less pickier dog, but for our pup it wasn't happening. So I didn't give it a bad rating because it was probably our pup and not the food itself.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High quality My 11 week old cattle dog/husky puppy has thrived on this. When i brought her home she had been on purina puppy chow (ugh- sorry) so I was anxious to change her slowly to Wellness Core. Um. Read the ingredients in the two foods. I didn't even really have to transition slowly. She wasn't crazy about purina and when I added the wellness she went crazy. Fast transition and no tummy problems. Not suggesting everyone transition quickly but it couldn't have been better in our case. She is growing quickly but not porky from corn, wheat and by products. Not sure I've ever heard of a dog hunting for corn so not sure why anyone would feed their animals corn and wheat. She is lean and coat is shiny.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the idea of the product, but didn't work for my pup I researched FOREVER to figure out the right food for our boxer puppy. The rescue center she came from was giving her some cheap standard food and our vet recommended putting her on something more nutritious. I loved the idea of this food, it checked all the boxes for prerequisites I had read about dog food, one of those being the high protein content which was harder to find than I expected. However, my dog hated this food. We had to mix in things to get her to eat it (chicken broth, wet food, warm water). Even when she was hungry she wouldn't eat it dry, and I had read other reviews that mentioned this same issue. Also, her poop was touch and go. Diarrhea has always been an issue for her and it was off and on with this food. Now we're on the Natural Balance LID food and her poop has been the most consistently normal than it's ever been in the year we've had her. Moral of the story, I learned what I'm sure most pet owners already know but I had to learn the hard way - no matter how well meaning you are, trying to give your pet the best of the best food, you have to be honest with yourself and give them what they want to eat and what agrees with their tummies. I think this food was too rich for our little boxer so we moved on, but I still think this food is worth a try for other pet owners.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fixed my German Shepherd puppy lose stool problems I was previously feeding my puppy royal canin german shepherd puppy food until I decided to check the ingredients a couple months after I got my puppy. I have wondered why his stool was consistently soft and overfeeding and bad diet were two causes. I switched his food over a 1.5 week period to Wellness puppy food (not the grain free food) and he still had lose stools so it had to be overfeeding. Turns out it was a bad diet. Once I switched him to this grain free food over a 1.5 week period and he has completely normal stools and a ton of energy (very noticeable). Anyway, I hope you have as good of a time with this food as I have!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good stuff I have an 8 week old lab puppy. Hes going to be a duck dog. Looked all over the web for proper food and found proplan or science diet to be recommended by the hunting crowd. Im really not sure why these guys like this food. I also wonder if they have ever looked at the ingredients. Glad i did not go with the masses and chose a food that the dog and i both love.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It has helped keep weight on my dogs My 2 rescue Dobermans are hard to keep weight on as they are very active dogs. I had tried lots of different foods with little luck and then I started to feed them the Core puppy food and it has been great. It also has helped with dog gas which is a wonderful side benefit.
Date published: 2016-12-27
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