The Best Food for Your Yorkie: Part 1

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This is the first in a multi-part series on dry food for your Yorkie. In Part 1 we will be reviewing our first five quality foods and giving you our analysis.

In Part 1 of our series we are reviewing five specific dog foods. These are (in alphabetical order):

These are foods we have heard great things about from other Yorkie owners. We will be comparing these foods based on a number of factors including: ingredients, nutrition, kibble size, cost, and whether or not Catherine would eat it.

Kibble Size

For kibble size, all of these brands were good sized kibble for Yorkies. The Solid Gold, Just a Wee Bit has the smallest size pieces, and the Taste of the Wild has the biggest diameter, while the Canidae is the thickest. We want you to be able to determine for yourself whether the pieces are adequately sized for your Yorkie, so here are some pictures of the kibble for your reference, including a piece of the kibble on top of a quarter so you can get a better idea of the size of the pieces.

Canidae, Chicken & Rice Formula – All Life Stages

Evo, Small Bites – Turkey & Chicken Formula

Fromm, Gold – Adult

Solid Gold – Just a Wee Bit

Taste of the Wild – Wetlands Canine

Ingredients & Nutrition

As for ingredients, the best way to compare is with a chart, shown below. As for an overall analysis, the Canidae’s first ingredient is chicken meal, while the first ingredient of the other four foods is not a meat meal but a meat, though they all do contain a meat meal.

Nutritional analysis is not totally standardized across dog foods, so not all information is available for various things across all brands, such as omega 3 and omega 6 content and calorie content.

Evo has the highest minimum protein at 42% and the Fromm has the lowest at 24%.

The Evo and Taste of the Wild are grain free.

Canidae, Chicken & Rice Evo, Small Bites Fromm, Gold Solid Gold, Wee Bit Taste of the Wild, Wetlands
First Ingredient Chicken meal Turkey Duck Bison Duck
Second Ingredient Brown rice Chicken Chicken meal Ocean Fish meal Duck meal
Crude Protein (Min) 26% 42% 24% 28% 32%
Crude Fat (Min) 15.5% 22% 16% 18% 18%
Calories kcal/kg 4,125 4,243 3,923 4,050 3,750
Serving size per day for smallest weight category
1/2 – 3/4 cup

3/8 – 1/2 cup

1/2 – 1 1/3 cup

1/2 – 3/4 cup

1/3 – 1/2 cup

 

Cost

Cost is also a consideration. For these foods, the prices are comparable. To make things simple across our study, we are using current prices listed at K9cuisine.com for our comparisons. We divided the price into the pounds of the smallest bag available to get a cost per pound. Here are the per pound prices from lowest to highest for our current 5 foods.

  • Canidae, Chicken and Rice Formula – $2.25 / lb (currently $1.91 / lb on sale)
  • Taste of the Wild, Wetlands – $2.46 / lb
  • Fromm, Gold – $2.53 / lb
  • Solid Gold, Just a Wee Bit – $2.86 / lb
  • Evo, Small Bites – $3.09 / lb

Taste Test

For the taste-test portion of our study we are using Catherine, our 4 pound female Yorkie. She has never been really picky when it comes to food and treats, with occasional exceptions. Catherine’s rankings are based on how quickly and how much she ate of each food. We set the food out in 5 piles of 10 pieces to observe her reaction – see which one she would go to first, eat all of first, etc. We didn’t want the order of the food to bias her so we did this little test a few different times in a few different places with the food positioned differently. Here is Catherine’s ranking:

1. Canidae
2. Evo
3. Fromm
4. Taste of the Wild
5. Solid Gold

Catherine ate all of the Canidae, Evo, and Fromm, eating the Canidae first each time and picking between the Fromm and Evo but finishing the Evo first each time. She ate a couple of pieces of the Taste of the Wild on our first try but didn’t eat it in subsequent trials, and she never ate a piece of the Solid Gold.

Ownership

  • Canidae outsources some of its production to Diamond Pet Foods as far as I can tell.
  • Evo is part of the Natura Pet Products family, owned by Proctor and Gamble, who have their own plant.
  • Fromm is a family owned company with their own plant.
  • Solid Gold is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.
  • Taste of the Wild is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

Recalls

Recall information I have looked at goes back to 2009.

  • Canidae – voluntary recall 5/5/2012 of food made at Diamond South Carolina plant
  • Evo – no recalls, ever
  • Fromm – no recalls, ever
  • Solid Gold – voluntary recall 5/7/2012 of food made at Diamond South Carolina plant
  • Taste of the Wild – voluntary recall 5/4/2012 of food made at Diamond South Carolina plant

Our Choice

When you put everything together, for us this time the Evo Small Bites comes out on top, with a close second being the Canidae Chicken and Rice. The Evo is higher in price, but it scores high for it’s ingredients and Catherine likes it.

Please let us know what you think if you have tried any of these foods for your Yorkie, and be looking out for the next in our series on food for your Yorkie where we will look at 5 more quality foods for your Yorkie.


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