Wellness CORE Wholesome Grains Puppy High Protein Dry Dog Food

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About This Item


  • Features a savory flavor that dogs love.
  • Developed to promote whole body health.
  • Packed with protein, fiber-rich grains and nutrient-dense superfoods.
  • Fortified with omega fatty acids, antioxidants, glucosamine, probiotics and taurine.
  • Crafted using advanced natural nutrition to support lean body mass, muscle tone and a healthy coat and skin.

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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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Questions & Answers

9 Customer Questions

Is this kibble appropriate for large breed puppies?
Answer by ChewyMar 12, 2021
Wellness CORE with Wholesome Grains Puppy Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal & Turkey Meal Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth and gestation/lactation excluding growth of large size dogs (70 pounds or more as an adult).

what percentage of sodium does it have
Answer by ChewyMar 06, 2022
The sodium percentage in this formula is 0.45% on a as fed matter basis and on a dry matter basis is 0.49%.

How large is the kibble? My puppy tries to swallow smaller flat kibble whole (like Acana puppy)
Answer by ChewyMar 12, 2021
Please refer to the photo below for the kibble size.

do you test it for salmonella?
Answer by ChewyFeb 14, 2021
During production, rigorous standards and practices are put in place to protect the nutritional integrity of this food. Wellness' processing plant is meticulously sanitized in order to control bacterial growth or pest infestation and extra precautions are taken to make sure ingredients are stored properly, temperatures are monitored and products are routinely tested.

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26 Customer Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By darla on May 2, 2023


I should have read these reviews before purchasing. While my new puppy loved the food, she has had terrible smelly gas and very soft stool. She was going up to 5-6 times a day too, and of course accidents in the house were a nightmare. I finally got her a new food this weekend and started the transition right away, I can already tell a difference. No gas so far and stool is more normal/less often. Unfortunately I think this is the result of high protein diet. It was a no go for my pup.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Dogmom on Mar 24, 2023

Great for seniors!

When my senior dog started losing weight her veterinarian suggested puppy food for additional calories. She had lost all interest in her "senior" kibble but enjoys this puppy formula and is eating more now.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Cathy on Aug 24, 2022

I can’t find a dog food for my 5 month old YorkiePoo.

She won’t eat the CORE High Protein Puppy with grains. She came with Health Extension Little Bites which she does eat. I have another dog who is a Senior and I have been feeding to both - it’s for All Stages? I don’t believe a dog food is OK for both PUPPY and a Senior dog. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Please send me your thoughts.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By 1month on Jun 25, 2022


This food caused our puppy to have terrible gas and super soft poops. Unfortunately this is not for him. However I will say he loves it and literally eats the whole bowl but unfortunately it's a big no for our household.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By stbermama on Sep 4, 2022

so much chicken

My dogs can’t tolerate chicken. Seriously liquid poop. We’ve switched foods.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By DogMom on Nov 30, 2021

No takers here

I bought this for our 10 month old Norwegian Elkhound. She is one of those dogs who thinks she is starving so gobbles up food as fast as you can put it in her dish. She not only isn't eating this but pieces that drop out of her mouth are still on the floor. Anything added-- white chicken meat, cheese, a few drops of milk are consumed and the Wellness Protein puppy food is ignore. 1:30. Breakfast is still untouched. Bummer. Expensive.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Emma on Oct 15, 2021

Good ingredients

I did months of research on dog nutrition before my pup came home. I then tried 3 different high-quality (and expensive) foods before settling on this one. My pup had diarrhea with all of them until I tried this one!! She loves the taste gobbles it down. I like this one bc it is one of the HIGHEST protein content kibbles I’ve found (I don’t want to go raw) & it doesn’t have peas, wheat or corn. I tried the Wellness Raw Rev, but her stomach didn’t like it which is strange bc she does fine with all of the freeze-dried raw treats I give her.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Puppy on Feb 21, 2022

Very Convenient

Chewy is great. Easy website and quick delivery. Good prices too!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By AmyC on Aug 11, 2021

2 Boxer Puppies Not Crazy About It

Our 2 six-month old Boxer Puppies have been challenging to find a food they will eat for more than a couple of days. They liked this at first BUT when I tried the Wellness Core RawRev Puppy with Health Grains they stopped eating this one because they went NUTS for the RawRev and can’t get enough of it. They might have been okay if I hadn’t compared this with the RawRev - that’s okay though. Happy to have found a happy favorite for them in the RawRev. Wellness is an awesome company and makes great products. Glad we found them overall.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars