Best Dog Food for Schnauzers

In order for you to choose the best dog food for your Miniature Schnauzer, you need to read and understand the dog food label and its list of ingredients. However, this can be a very confusing and daunting task to the average dog owner who just wants to...

"choose the healthiest dog food for their pet"

Most people have no idea what the ingredients listed on the labels are, much less if they are safe. They just want to feed their Miniature Schnauzers the best dog food possible. They trust in the pet food manufacturers to know what they are doing and assume these manufacturers are doing what is best for their pets. This isn't always the case. Remember the pet food recall of 2007?

To help you better understand the information on dog food labels, here is my simple list of dos and don'ts. It's the easiest way for me to help you decipher it all out. 

Dog Food Ingredients: The Dos & Don'ts

Dog Food Label of Ingredients

Learn To Read the Label

You will be able to eliminate quite a few bad dog foods once you start reading their labels. It’s amazing to see just what goes into some of the commercial dog food brands. Dog Food Reviews.

It's absolutely repulsive and unthinkable to me, that these are the same companies (who are suppose to have our pet's best interests in mind) and yet they add such disgusting and harmful things to our loving pet's food supply! Why? For big money $$$. WATCH THE DOG FOOD VIDEO

Don't fall for the cutesy commercials and testimonials. You must be proactive when deciding the best dog food for your Miniature Schnauzer.

Do your homework and your own research. See for yourself and then decide. Remember the thousands of pets that died beginning in 2007 from tainted dog foods coming from these manufacturers who stated they had the best dog food? These manufacturers were adding melamine to pet food. Melamine is a chemical used to make plastic and fertilizers. It is not allowed in human or pet food. Can you believe this?

YUCK! Top dog food brands do not use these now known harmful ingredients in their product.

The old saying: "You get what you pay for!" definitely rings true when it comes to choosing quality food for your dog. 

Cheaper pet foods offer lower quality ingredients (corn, wheat, soy, generic protein sources, chemical preservatives, artificial additives, etc..) which in the long run, contribute to dog health problems, which then lead to expensive vet visits!

So when deciding what to feed your dog, remember:

Always read over the list of ingredients on a package of dog food before deciding to buy it or not, as the information on the label itself is the best way to determine the quality of a dog food.

dog health tip:  Always make sure to check the expiration date on the dog food package prior to purchasing it.

Look for a quality dog food that conforms to AAFCO (Association of American Fed Control Officials) standards. Also, the best dog food comes from reputable companies, who provide their phone number and/or website on their labels so you can get further information or call if you have questions.

Dog Food Ingredients:  The Dos & Don'ts

Your Miniature Schnauzer's food should have a good source of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals. And should not contain chemicals, additives, or dyes. What ingredients are considered a "good source"? Just remember to look for: "Ingredients in their Whole Form". Here are some tips:

  • A good source of animal protein is one that comes from chicken, beef, fish, lamb, turkey, and so on. This way you know exactly what the protein source is and NOT from animal by-products.
  • Carbohydrates should also be listed in their whole form like oatmeal, rice, and barley. NOT oat hulls, rice hulls, wheat middlings, or cereal grains.
  • Fats and oils should also come from specified sources like chicken fat, Salmon oil, flax seed oil, etc. NOT poultry fat or vegetable oil.
  • Try to avoid sugars completely... Sugars & corn syrup DO NOT belong in our pet's foods. Not only do they add on the pounds but can contribute to unwanted behaviors in our dogs.
  • Choose foods with NO chemicals or dyes. These ingredients have no nutritional value and are only used to add color, artificial flavors, bulk, and consistency to poor quality foods.
  • Choose a product that uses natural preservatives, like Vitamin E or mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, and Vitamin C. NOT one that lists bad chemical preservatives like BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin, propylene glycol, propyl gallate, gallic acid, propyl ester and menadione (a synthetic form of Vitamin k). These chemicals are suspect in causes of liver disease and cancers. note: Products using natural preservatives will have a shorter shelf life so don't buy large pound bags. Ideally, you will want to use the contents within a month or freeze it. Again, be sure to check the expiration date.
  • Also make sure there is NO wheat gluten or corn gluten.

Understanding the Guaranteed Dog Food Analysis
Dog food labels usually list *Crude Protein & *Crude Fat minimums. The term *crude refers to the specific method of testing the product, NOT to the quality of the nutrient itself. (See Dog Food Nutrition)

And always make sure to provide your Miniature Schnauzer a fresh supply of water daily. When possible, provide the best quality of water to your dog (like filtered water instead of tap water).

dog health tip: When changing your Miniature Schnauzer’s food, take it slowly. Your Miniature Schnauzer's digestive system needs time to adapt to the new foods. Otherwise, a quick change in your dog's diet can lead to intestinal upset.

Mini Schnauzer Dog Food Series

The links below provide you more information on foods to feed (or not feed) your Miniature Schnauzer.


Best Dog Foods for Miniature Schnauzers

We are constantly being asked: What's the best dog food to feed my Miniature Schnauzer? We do not recommend any one brand as each dog is different and may have special dietary needs. But we have compiled a list of some of the best dog foods on the market today. However, we would like to point out that companies do change their ingredients from time to time. So what is good today may not be the case in a month from now.

Bottom line: It is up to you. Learn to read the label so you can choose the best dog food for your Miniature Schnauzer.

  1. Addiction Dry Dog Food Formula La Porchetta
  2. Newman's Own Organics Grain-Free Canned Dog Food Beef & Liver
  3. ZiwiPeak Grain-Free Air-Dried Dog Food Venison & Fish
  4. Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food Keen
  5. Primal Pet Foods Raw Dog Food Turkey & Sardine Patties
  6. Natural Balance Potato & Duck Dog Food Allergy Formula
  7. Newman's Own Organics Adult Dog Dry Food
  8. Party Animal Organic Canned Dog Food California Turkey
  9. Nature's Variety Instinct Canned Dog Food Venison
  10. Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food Verve


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