Nutro Wholesome Essentials Large Breed Puppy Farm Raised Chicken, Brown Rice & Sweet Potato Recipe Dry Dog Food

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Large breed puppies have unique needs. Whether it’s developing strong and healthy joints or ensuring overall balanced growth, they need proper nutrition to help keep them strong and active. That’s why Nutro Large Breed Puppy Food uses naturally sourced glucosamine and chondroitin to promote the development of healthy cartilage. With balanced protein and fat for optimal growth, this great-tasting, natural puppy food also features U.S.-farm-raised chicken for strong muscles and a healthy metabolism. Plus, whole brown rice and oatmeal provide easy digestion for large breed puppies with sensitive stomachs. They’ll enjoy the taste, and you’ll love seeing them mature into the happy, healthy dogs they were meant to be. 

Key Benefits

  • Great-tasting, U.S.-farm-raised chicken delivers the amino acids large breed puppies need to build muscles and maintain a healthy metabolism.
  • Naturally sourced glucosamine and chondroitin, the nutritional building blocks of healthy cartilage, which means healthy joints. The right fiber balance from whole ingredients, such as brown rice and oatmeal, promotes an ideal digestive environment to help absorb available nutrients
  • Precisely formulated with targeted levels of protein and fat to support the high energy levels of large breed puppies. Whole grains are nutrient-dense foods that nourish a healthy digestive system for proper nutrient absorption
  • Made with absolutely no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. This is a high quality product that is produced in the manufacturer's own facilities to ensure safety and quality.
  • Nutro's dedicated team of experts tailor their formulas to your pet's life stage and health condition. They only use natural ingredients that they directly buy and can trace back to their suppliers.

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  • Weight
    30.0 pounds
  • Breed Size
    Large Breeds, Giant Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States

Nutritional Info


Chicken, Chicken Meal (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Brewers Rice, Split Peas, Whole Grain Sorghum, Whole Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pea Protein, Lamb Meal (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Dried Sweet Potato, Natural Flavor, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Fish Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Dried Apples, Dried Blueberries, Dried Carrots, Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid (preservatives), Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Selenium Yeast, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Caloric Content

3,753 kcal/kg, 404 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 26.0% min
Crude Fat 15.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Eicosapentaenoic Acid 0.05% min
Docosahexaenoic Acid 0.05% min
Calcium 1.20% min
Calcium 1.70% max
Phosphorus 1.0% min
Phosphorus 1.60% max
Chondroitin SulFate 350 mg/kg min
Glucosamine 150 mg/kg min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.2% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.0% min

Feeding Instructions

Weight 6 - 11 Weeks Old Daily Feeding (cup) 3 - 5 Months Old Daily Feeding (cup) 6 - 8 Months Old Daily Feeding (cup) 9 - 12 Months Old Daily Feeding (cup) 12+ Months Old Daily Feeding (cup)
Up to 10 lbs 1 3/4 - 2 1 1/2 - 1 3/4
20 lbs 3 - 3 1/4 2 1/2 - 3 2 - 2 1/2
30 lbs 4 - 4 1/3 3 1/3 - 4 2 3/4 - 3 1/3 2 2/3 - 2 3/4
40 lbs 5 - 5 1/2 4 - 5 3 1/2 - 4 3 1/4 - 3 1/2
60 lbs 5 1/2 - 6 2/3 4 3/4 - 5 1/2 4 1/2 - 4 3/4 3 2/3
80 lbs 7 - 8 1/4 6 - 7 5 1/2 - 6 4 2/3
100 lbs 7 - 8 1/4 6 1/2 - 7 5 1/2
120 lbs 8 - 9 1/3 7 1/2 - 8 6 1/4
140 lbs 9 - 10 1/2 8 1/3 - 9 7
160 lbs 9 1/3 - 10 7 3/4
180 lbs 10 1/4 - 11 8 1/2
200 lbs 9 1/4

Puppies: From 3 - 5 weeks of age, moisten food and feed frequently. From 6 weeks of age, feed the suggested amount in 3 meals per day until 6 months of age, then twice daily until 12 months.

Pregnant Bitches: During pregnancy, offer 50% more than the amount shown for puppies 29 - 52 weeks of age.

Lactating Bitches: Offer at least 2 - 3 times the amount shown for puppies 29 - 52 weeks of age.

Transition Instructions

If feeding Nutro Dog Food for the first time or changing formulas, we suggest you blend increasing amounts of the new formula with your old dog food for 6 days.

  • Days 1 - 2: 25% Nutro/75% Old Formula
  • Days 3 - 4: 50% Nutro/50% Old Formula
  • Days 5 - 6: 75% Nutro/25% Old Formula
  • Days 7+: 100% Nutro

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    My puppy has been on this food for the past few months. He has less nasty farts, and is maintaining a good weight. On his previous food, he had the worst gas almost always so I made the switch. Additionally, my boyfriends Doberman mix has been on the grain free version and is doing better. Not a lot of foods offer a grain free version, but thankfully this one did. I just wish the grain free came in the same 30lb bag, and that more flavors were offered. Overall I think I'll stay with Nutro from this point forth. No negative thoughts.

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    This is our third brand we have tried for our puppy, and I think we finally found a food that she'll consistently eat! Prior to Nutro, she would pick at other brands, avoid, or just eat when desperate. I used to have to add additional things to get her to eat (chicken broth). Now, when this is in the bowl, she gobbles it right up! Bonus: I've noticed she definitely goes to the bathroom a lot less!

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  • New pup loves this food

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    Our new German shepherd pup had no stomach problems switching from the breeders food to the Nutro Essentials large breed puppy food. He loves it, his coat is shiny and soft. We switched to Nutro because our adult GSDs eat the adult variety and we have had great results with that as well.

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  • Awesome dog food

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    My puppy love it and I have no problems with it. But I’ve always used this food for my dogs. My older smaller dogs are on the same dog food but for adult small breed dog food. My 16-year-old Chihuahua ate this dog food until the day she died. Awesome dog food.

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  • Great food

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    My dog did great on this food as a puppy! Unfortunately for me, I recently switched her to adult dog food and ordered the puppy food out of habit. I will be donating my error to the local shelter and reordering the adult version of this food. Thank You

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  • Better now

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    Everything about my dogs are better since feeding this food. Everything from there coat to their energy level as improved. I hear folks say how expensive it is, but it really is very reasonable. I have a 60lb dog and a 30 pound bag last about 5 weeks. If you break it down it's about $9 a week. My dog is definitely worth much more than that!

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  • Puppy doing great on this food

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    Our golden retriever started having diarrhea on BB and after 3 weeks of rice and chicken titration without success, we tried Nutro. Our puppy loves this food and has solid stools for a month yay highly recommended

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    My puppy’s been eating this kibble since we first adopted him at 8 weeks. He has suffered from terrible allergies and this kibble not once aggravated his little tummy. He gobbles down the whole bowl as soon as it’s set down for him!

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    My Great Pyrenees puppy initially liked the nutro food, but stopped eating it after few days, and would even prefer to go hungry. I switched to Orijen based on recommendation and he took right to it and started eating again.

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    This is the best dog food we have come across. The dogs love it, it is healthy, and it is reasonably priced for what you get. The repeat delivery of the food is an added bonus. I am very greatful we were able to find this!

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