Wellness CORE Grain-Free Puppy Chicken & Turkey Recipe Dry Dog Food

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About This Item

  • Crafted in a smaller kibble size for easy eating.
  • Formulated with chicken, turkey, salmon oil, fruits and vegetables.
  • Features advanced nutrition to provide a complete and balanced diet.
  • Supports healthy growth and development as well as lean body mass and muscle tone.
  • Fortified with antioxidants, probiotics, vitamins, minerals, glucosamine, taurine and omega fatty acids—including DHA.
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About Wellness CORE Dry Dog Food

Grain-Free, Protein-Focused Food

Your dog’s primal ancestors ate mostly meat, and Wellness CORE believes a meat-centric diet will help your pup thrive, too. CORE’s grain-free formulas are filler-free and packed with quality animal protein, plus supplements for added nutrition.

Wholesome Grains Formulas

The protein-packed nutrition of original CORE balanced with easy-to-digest wholesome grains—it’s a winning combination that helps support a strong heart and muscles and healthy immunity. These all-natural recipes will help fuel your pup’s best life.

Kibble Your Dog Will Love

Every Wellness CORE recipe balances optimal nutrition with flavor that’ll make your best friend sit up and beg. Wellness has been crafting natural pet food for almost 100 years, with the goal of keeping furry friends happy and healthy, so they can truly thrive.

Made with Fresh, Whole Food Ingredients

All natural recipes, a balanced profile of wholesome ingredients, and no meat by-products, artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives, corn, wheat or soy. Wellness CORE lets you feed a nutrient-dense diet that’s appropriate for every day and designed to help your dog thrive.


Full of antioxidants and water-soluble fiber, and also just good to the core.


Bursting with vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber and antioxidants, with delicious fresh fruit flavor and gorgeous color.


Full of carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein, plus the antioxidant phytochemical quercetin.


An excellent source of fiber and minerals. Also, a rich source of beta-carotene, an essential antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals.

Developed to Keep Dogs in Top Form

HEART HEALTH: Optimal taurine and protein levels help your dog develop strong muscles. Each Wellness CORE formula is designed with heart health and longevity in mind, to help ensure your best friend can spend as many vital years by your side as possible!

SKIN AND COAT: A shiny coat and healthy skin are health indicators you can actually see, so Wellness includes omega fatty acids to nourish them from the inside out. Help your buddy look, feel and smell his best, so he can be his best self every day.

DIGESTIVE HEALTH: A healthy gut is essential to good health, so CORE includes prebiotics and probiotics to help maintain a strong digestive system. Help keep your pup happy and stress-free by fostering proper digestive balance every time he eats.

STRONG JOINTS: Optimal levels of glucosamine and chondroitin nurture strong joints and healthy mobility. Every CORE recipe includes a healthy helping of both, to help keep your dog running and playing like a champ for years to come.

About Wellness

Wellness is committed to creating nourishing, innovative, natural foods to help your furry friends enjoy a lifetime of happiness and health. Their team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets is dedicated to finding new ways to help dogs and cats thrive. For thoughtful recipes made using high-quality, natural ingredients, choose Wellness—for nose-to-tail wellbeing!

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Top IngredientsDeboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal...Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas...Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal...Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas...Chicken, Chicken Meal, Potatoes...
Special DietGrain-Free, Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Gluten Free, Grain-Free...Grain-Free, Gluten FreeNo Corn No Wheat No Soy, Grain-Free, Natural, With GrainGluten Free, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy
Health FeatureN/A, Digestive Health, Immune Support...N/A, Digestive Health, Immune Support...Muscle Care, Digestive Health, Brain Health...N/A, Digestive Health, Immune Support...Brain Health, Digestive Health, Immune Support
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Food FlavorChicken, PoultryChicken, Turkey, PoultryTurkey, Salmon, Chicken, Poultry, Seafood & FishChicken, Salmon, Poultry, Seafood & FishChicken, Poultry, Fruits & Vegetables

Questions & Answers

29 Customer Questions

Is this food good for large breed puppies? Is the calcium level low enough for a large breed puppy?
Answer by ChewyOct 05, 2017
The formulation is for all size dogs and the calcium levels are balanced for a developing dog of any size.

I see the 4 lb and 12 lb bags say "Made in USA" but not the 26 lb bag, is the 26 lb bag also made in the USA? Also, are all the ingredients sourced in the USA?
Answer by ChewyAug 13, 2017
The 26 pound bag of Wellness CORE Grain-Free Puppy Chicken & Turkey Recipe Dry Dog Food is also made in the Unites States. Wellness will source ingredients outside of the United States depending on its quality and availability.

How many cups of food are in the 26 lb bag?
Answer by ChewySep 02, 2017
There are about 4 cups per pound, so the 26 pound bag will contain approximately 104 cups.

Please inform me as to what is chicken and turkey "meal"?
Answer by ChewyMar 08, 2018
Meal is made by grinding the protein after it has been rendered (cooked in a stew-like way but at high temperatures) and then dried so it'll contain a higher protein content and low moisture which helps provide the pet with the most nutritional value on the food.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Gracie on Oct 15, 2022

Finally a food my puppy loves!

I have a 9mo old Border Collie puppy who is very picky and has a sensitive stomach. We literally tried 6 other dog food brands that either gave her diarrhea or she would just pick at and not eat them well. Thank you Wellness for making a great dog food!

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By CorgiMom on Jul 7, 2022

Neither puppy will eat it

After almost 20 years of having corgis, I have 2 puppies who are picky eaters. This food has a great ingredient list, and their poops are good on this food, but they will not eat it unless I dress it up with beef liver or shredded cheese. Now that they're 1 year old I'm switching them to the brand that their older sister is enjoying.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By puppymominSF on Sep 17, 2022

puppy does not like the flavor

Our puppy will not eat this. She will only eat it when it is mixed with raw or with wet food. As soon as we are done with this bag, we will be changing brands.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Barkalot on Jun 25, 2022

Training Camp

She loves this brand, but it's too costly. So we will need to change the brand unfortunately.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By ObiWan on Mar 14, 2022

Great flavor!

Obi really likes this flavor! I normally have to mix his food with something else but not with this.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Hoosierdaddy on Jan 16, 2022


Chewy has fast shipping and great costumer support. The Wellness Core puppy food is loved by our dog. He cleans the bowl out!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on Jan 29, 2022

Great ingredients

My dogs love this food, but I buy it for the quality of the ingredients.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By corgimom on Aug 6, 2021

Corgi puppy not a fan

I started giving my corgi puppy this good from the time I got him (obviously transitioning him slowly from breeder food to this) and it was reluctant at first but I thought it could be just because he wasn’t food motivated and stressed because of being in a new environment. However, it never warmed up to it and I had to mix Ollie fresh food with it for him to even touch it. The only reason I didn’t return it was because I thought he’d start liking it (obviously was wrong) and because the nutritional value is so great, and the fact that protein is so high with lower crude fat which is essential for corgis as they need higher protein but prone to weight gain (and yes I know puppies shouldn’t worry about weight gain but still). After the bag was done (when he was 6 months) I changed him to Orijen puppy food and boy let me tell you, he LOVES meal time now. More than Ollie fresh food and definitely more than this food. So I’d recommend this food IF your puppy will eat it. The kibble is also larger and harder than Orijen kibble and other puppy foods, just a warning for smaller/medium size puppies.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By george111 on Dec 3, 2021

A-1 wellness

my two little dogs love the tiny bites and will eat dry or mixed. they are happy so I am happy

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Connie on May 5, 2021


Wellness is the best dog food on the market. They stand behind their product, they don't use by products. I love the Core Grain-Free for my Doodle puppy, his fur is beautiful and he is very healthy. I used Wellness for my two previous schnauzers and they lived to be 17 and 18 years old. Great dog food.