WELLNESS CORE Wholesome Grains Small Breed Original Recipe High Protein Dry Dog Food, 12-lb bag - Chewy.com

Wellness CORE Wholesome Grains Small Breed Original Recipe 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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Nutritional Information

Feeding Instructions

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

4 Customer Questions

What is the Sodium content of this food? Thank you!
Answer by ChewyApr 25, 2021
The sodium content of this food is .25% on an as fed basis and 0.27% on a dry matter basis.

How much protein is from animal sources?
Answer by ChewyFeb 09, 2021
The total protein from animal sources for this specific recipe is 57.87%.

Is this brand good for a 7 lb adult Maltese? I am thinking of pairing this with Wellness 95% Chicken topper canned food and am worried it may be too much protein for my dog.
Answer by ChewySep 26, 2020
This formula is suitable for small breed dogs. The amount of food your pet requires will vary depending on their age, breed, and activity level, but a pet's weight is one of the most accurate ways to judge how much to feed them. When combining wet and dry foods, it is best to take into account the pet's daily caloric needs and ration the wet and dry foods accordingly to provide them with appropriate nutrition and calories. If uncertain, we recommend consulting with your veterinarian.

How big is the Small breed core wholesome grain kibble?
Answer by ChewyJun 09, 2020
This formula has a flat triangle shaped kibble measuring approximately 10 x 10 millimetres.

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Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Christina on Nov 30, 2022

Quality change

I have been using this for a year now and my dog has loved it. The quality of the food has been perfect up until the last two bags. I ended up sending one bag back for half the bag being crumbles instead of formed kibble pieces. The replacement bag is in the exact condition with half the bag being crumbles. I don’t know what has happened to Wellness’s quality.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Robbin on Jan 23, 2023

Crushed food

Well I love chewy just opened a new bag all crumble never been this way before .

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By jess on Jan 11, 2022

Little man is SOLD

I had my last dog of 14 years, and then this newly adopted doggie both on Wellness adult chicken flavor dry food, but new doggie didn’t seem to love it and all but stopped eating it in the last wk :\ I think the kibbles were just too big and awkward and maybe boring? Idk.. so I tried this one and oooooh boy, SUCCESS. He SCARFS it. The pieces r way smaller and he literally stares at me for more after! I’m so happy :*) he seems very energized and maybe even a little less gassy! Bosties are so finicky and have such sensitive stomachs, I’m so glad to have found this. Yay!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Shag on Apr 17, 2022

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My yorkie bite it to pieces in less than 30 minutes. They use to make latex toys that were virtually indestructible . What happened

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on Dec 31, 2021

Great for tiny dogs

My Chihuahua Is a very picky eater. He loves this food not only for the taste but for the tiny size of each bite

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jaxon on Jun 1, 2021

All the right stuff!

I had been looking for a dry food for my Jaxon for awhile. It had to meet certain criteria as “grain-free” was no longer that simple. I wanted to eliminate the pea protein and all others that fall in this category. This Core fits that criteria and he loves it. I do mix it, however, with home cooked Turkey and vegetables. This completes the proper nutrition. Thank you Wellness

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By kcoton on Jan 24, 2021

It's a winner

I was recently advised by my veterinarian to get my small breed dog re-introduced to a healthy grain kibble. A study at UCDavis revealed that dogs with an enlarged heart had one thing in common - a no grain diet. My dog has been on a diet of chicken and vegetables for 6 years. Chewey carries this small breed high protein kibble and my dog loves it. She has been chowing it down for the last month so it is a winner.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jpasky on Oct 29, 2020

My Chihuahua's LOVE this!

I have tried a couple of different foods over the span of my pets lifetime. I saw good reviews on this one and wanted to try a smaller kibble as my pets are older and have lost some teeth. It took a week or so before they really tried much of it, but now that they are used to it, they LOVE it. They usually finish the whole 1/4 cup serving in one sitting rather than grazing. I am very pleased with this food, and although expensive, it is worth it to know my pet is getting a healthy meal regularly.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Abell on Apr 27, 2021

I really wanted my girl to love this food

Unfortunately she wouldn’t even try it, not one piece!!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Izzysmom on Aug 31, 2020


I don't usually buy Small Breed Kibble for my dogs. They are Boston Terriers and are borderline for Small Breed or the Original. When I put the bowl down I could tell that it was a hit. My Izzy gobbled up the entire bowl without stopping to come up for air. lol I also just recently started feeding the Wholesome Grains also. I have been feeding Wellness Core for a few years now. So glad that there are so many options now. It's always a hit at our house.