When asked the question, “What type of diet or food should I feed my dog?” we try to provide owners with suggestions for what has worked for us and other poodle owners that we know. In addition to these suggestions we try provide some education and resources needed to help owners make educated decisions for themselves. Being that there are new foods coming on the market all the time these guidelines will help you. When choosing a proper diet for your standard poodle I can only recommend the foods I know of and have had good experience with. I am always interested in what has worked well for other standard poodle owners and breeders and I will combine my knowledge with that of what I know from others. I have put together a list of foods that you might consider trying as well as a list of things to do and things to avoid. I hope you enjoy this list to help you along!

If you are feeding Raw please see below! I am always happy to help answer any additional questions when it comes to feeding. Our dogs come from generations of dogs being fed a high quality diet consisting of both Raw food and high quality grain free Kibble.

A Couple of Warnings:

*Raw food is NEVER to be fed at or near the same time as kibble. The rate of digestion is different and blockages can occur or other problems arise. We typically feed Raw in the morning and afternoon and then kibble in the evening.*

*Also be advised that it has been suggested that Poodles are NEVER fed right before or immediately after exercise. This has been shown to help prevent bloat. Allowing poodles to drink excessive amounts of water after exercise may also increase their chances of bloat.*


  • Natural fat preservatives only like “tocopherol” or “ascorbate”. They may look something like this: “…chicken fat preserved with alpha-tocopherol”
  • See name specific Meat and /or Meat Meal is in the first couple ingredients. The more the better!
  • Have at least 3% fiber!
  • Grain Free and Low Carb! Young dogs especially should avoid the 40%+ protein.
  • Sometimes made with human Grade ingredients or labeled Holistic.
  • Add water or broth to the Kibble. This helps Kidney health!
  • Canned food can be added as well. Just a tablespoon or more can help add additional nutrition and taste. Be sure that the canned is a good source of nutrition.
  • Add probiotics for proper gut health and increased nutrient absorption.
  • Change things up! Gradually of course over about 2 weeks time. Sometimes I like to mix kibbles and change one of them up to another every 4-6 months or so.
  • If your dog is suffering from dry skin you can add a tsp of coconut oil. Most dogs love the taste!
  • If your dog is older and having any joint pain Turmeric has been shown to help decrease inflammation. 1/4 tsp -1 tsp of Turmeric powder can be added. There is some controversy about whether to add a dash of black pepper to help enhance curcumin’s bioavailability like it does for humans.


  • Artificial Ingredients like Citric Acid! It is known to be a possible precursor to bloat!
  • Ethoxyquin is another that is also used as a pesticide and as a hardening agent for making synthetic rubber. It is a possible cause for vertain liver and blood problems and is under investigation by the FDA.
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) California has identified BHA as a possible carcinogen.
  • Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • More common chemical additives: Propylene glycol, TBHQ, and Propyl gallate
  • Avoid Fat listed in the first four ingredients
  • Avoid by-product or any by-product meal
  • Avoid all corn or corn by-products
  • Avoid Brewers Yeast, Soy (Soybean) products, Wheat, or Alfalfa
  • Should not have less then 3% Fiber
  • Dry Dog Food Kibble


         Remember these are only suggestions to try. Keep in mind that companies will sometimes change their ingredients or source out their same ingredients from a new supplier that may or may not be as good as the previous. It is always a good idea to check the labels before purchasing any food and also do some research to be sure the food has not been recalled or had recent issues. It can and does happen. Fortunately these manufacturers do not have as many issues that I have seen others have.

Horizon-(grain free) out of Canada. They use pea flour rather than potato.
Orijen’s-(grain free) really good food also out of Canada. Our local pet pantry claims this is the best packaged kibble currently on the market.
Acana-grain free, nice protein and fiber levels
Addiction-very nice line, some grain free
Solid Gold’s Barking at the Moon-(grain free/high protein)
Petcurerean-‘Now'(grain free but better fiber content)
Canidae-they now have 4 grain free formulas!
Merrick ‘Before Grain’-Ocean Blue preferred
Taste of the Wild-all varieties are grain free and easy to switch up
Nature’s Logic-(4 varieties)
Nature’s Variety-YAY! They have changed their formulas-no Citric Acid in their Instinct line of Grain Free!
Back to Basics-Grain free Pork formula is wonderful
Great Life’s-regular line-buffalo, lamb, chicken… they are low in grains OR their Rubicon-(grain free/no potato)
Artemis-Fresh Mix Maximal (grain free)
Pure Vita-assortment of grain free protein sources
Evanger’s-Pheasant and brown Rice (grains but good formula, different protein source)
Ziwi Peak-Pricey but my dogs love it and they don’t need to eat much. Great traveling food for raw feeders in a pinch too. Also works great for training treats.

Real Meat-My Dog’s also love this as a Training Treat


Weruva -grain free varieties

Against The Grain -chicken and beef varieties
Evangers, Taste Of The Wild and Merrick also make excellent canned food
Canidae also has grain free formulas

For canned tripe:
Ziwi Peak, Tripett, and Solid Gold


I have a long list of info I am putting together about raw feeding. This will be available here as soon as I finish compiling it.

We feed our dogs raw food in addition to a high quality kibble and canned diet plus supplemets. Our dogs enjoy many of the following raw foods and brands:

  • Raw Chicken Drumsticks and wings
  • Raw Turkey Necks
  • Raw Chicken Hearts
  • Raw Bones
  • Tuckers
  • Stella and Chewy’s
  • Primal

 * Please note again that raw and cooked should NEVER be fed together! They travel at a different rate of digestion and can cause complications if fed together or within a close enough time frame.