Beagle’s are very food orientated, they absolutely love treats and will absolutely let you know when it’s time for their dinner (usually around 30 minutes before!)
But, if you’ve never owned dogs, or more specifically a beagle, you might be wondering what kind of food you should be feeding them.
In this article, we’ll break down:
- What food you should be feeding your beagle
- The types of food available (and pros and cons of each)
- How much you should be feeding your beagle, both as an adult and as a puppy
- Some of the best foods available on the market today
Let’s jump in with what food you should be feeding your beagle.
What food should you be feeding your beagle?
There are essentially two types of food you can give your beagle, wet or dry. Wet food is often several types of meat mixed in with a jelly or gravy. Dry food, or kibble, or biscuits are ground up meat, veg and grains that are shaped into a biscuit form.
Wet vs Dry food: Which is better for a beagle?
Wet food is arguably better for a beagle for the following reasons:
- It is a more nutritionally complete meal when compared to kibble
- It is often higher in water content, good for keeping your pup hydrated (although you can add water to your beagle’s dry food and they’ll definitely drink it!)
- Wet food can make a beagle feel more full for longer, decreasing their seemingly never ending appetite!
Despite all this, dry food has been catching up in terms of quality recently with brands such as Harringtons selling high quality kibble that is as good as wet food.
Dry food is often cheaper than wet food too, something to keep in mind as bills are rising!
Why not feed them both?
You can, of course, feed your beagle both wet and dry food – this
What do I feed Bella?
We feed Bella a tin of Lily’s Kitchen Wet Food (not sponsored, she just loves it!), topped with a handful of Royal Canin Beagle Biscuits (also not sponsored!)
What to look for in Beagle Dog Food?
According to the PDSA in the UK (Vets Pet Charity), you should be looking for the following things when choosing dog food for a beagle:
- Nutritionally complete: Food should be labelled “complete” as this means that it features all the correct nutrients (and amount) that your beagle needs.
- For either Puppy, Adult or Senior: Yes, this does matter, check the label.
- Ingredients: You may not understand the list, but all commercially available dog food has to pass a legal vet inspection, so you can be rest assured it’s all ok!
- If you want to be extra sure, you can look for brands that are part of the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) as these brands have met extra quality standards over the legal minimum.
How much food should a beagle eat?
Ultimately, how much food a beagle will need will depend on how large they are. Your vet will be able to tell you the exact amount based on their weight.
But as a guide, you should be feeding your beagle around 1 cup of food per day (226 grams).
Naturally, if your dog is very active, you may need to feed them more.
Beware though, Beagles are greedy, and seem to have an endless appetite, so don’t feed them more than this otherwise they are prone to get overweight.
With that said, let’s take a look at some of the best Beagle foods on the market.
Best dog food for a Beagle
Best Vet Recommended Wet Food Overall: Lily’s Kitchen Wet Food
Pros of Lily’s Kitchen Wet Food
- All-natural, nutritionally complete, wet dog food.
- Made with freshly prepared meat, vegetables, fruits and herbs
- Made with proper meat – no meat meal, no bone meal, no rendered meat
- No derivatives, preservatives or fillers – natural and healthy dog food
- Super tasty – your Beagle will love it.
- Also available in puppy form
Best Vet Recommended Dry Food Overall: Royal Canin Beagle Adult Dry Food
Pros of Royal Canin Beagle Dry Food
- Well known, vet recommended and accredited brand
- Contains a specific formula, enriched with Omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA & DHA, to help support the health of your Beagle’s bones and joints
- Contains a combination of fibres that give your Beagle a more full feeling and helps to support healthy digestion and regulated stool production
- Star shaped kibble slow down your beagle eating and encourage chewing, rather than inhaling!
- Cost effective 12kg bag
- Suitable for Beagle’s over 12 months old
- Also available in puppy form
Encore 100% Natural Wet Dog Food
Pros of Encore Natural Wet Dog Food
- 100% Natural ingredients that your pet will love
- Up to 75% Meat – More real meat and no unnecessary cereals, fillers or preservatives
- High protein – Promotes lean muscle tissue
- Complementary pet food – Serve on its own or with any dry complete food
Lily’s Kitchen Duck, Salmon & Venison Natural Dry Food
Pros of Lily’s Kitchen Duck, Salmon & Venison Dry Food
- Nutritionally complete, grain free, dry food for Beagles (or any other dog) 4 months +
- Made with 35% freshly prepared meat: 20% duck, 10% salmon, 5% venison
- Contains glucosamine and chondroitin are wonderful for your dog’s joints, helping them stay strong and supple
- Prebiotics encourage the growth of good bacteria in your dog’s digestive system, which helps keep it (and your dog) healthy
- Natural ingredients with no added sugar
- Could be used as a topper to Lily’s Kitchen Wet Food linked above or any other wet food
Harringtons Wet Dog Food
Pros of Harringtons Wet Food
- Harringtons wet dog food is, naturally complete grain-free dog food providing balanced nutrition for all dogs age 8 weeks and above.
- The Mixed 16x400g wet dog food multi-pack contains 4 tasty flavours for your dog to enjoy – 4x Turkey, 4x Salmon, 4x Chicken & 4x Duck.
- Our meat’s so good, it’s graded for humans. We freshly prepare it, cook it gently to lock in nutrition and flavour, then add vitamins and minerals.
- Harringtons dog food is proudly made in the UK and has been family run since 1923.
Eukanuba Dry Dog Food Adult
Pros of Eukanuba Dry Dog Food
- 100% complete and balanced. No artificial flavours or colourants added
- Clinically proven to help support lean muscles with animal proteins
- Clinically proven to reduce tartar build-up in 28 days. Reduces plaque and maintains strong teeth
- Helps promote strong natural defences with clinically proven antioxidant
- Shine: Promotes healthy skin, radiant coat and helps reduce shedding with a clinically proven optimal ratio of omega 6 and 3 fatty acids.
Amazon Brand – Lifelong Complete Wet Food for Adult Dogs
Pros of Lifelong Complete Food
- Food for adult Dogs: 100% Complete and Balanced Nutrition. Developed by pet Nutritionists.
- Meat and Animal Derivatives minimum of 35% (including 4% of each named protein). All meat ingredients and derivatives come from animals fit for human consumption.
- Products contains ‘Various Sugars’ – this is from caramel syrup used as a source of natural colour (0.15%), no other sugars are added
- With fibre (Inulin) to support digestibility.
- With valuable proteins as basis for strong muscles.
- With vitamin D3 to support bones and teeth; With vitamin E to help maintain a good immune function.
Wagg Complete Chicken Dry Dog Food
Pros of Wagg Dry Dog Food
- Perfect for sensitive beagle stomachs – Wagg Wheat Free is a natural, yummy meal for the more sensitive dogs out there.
- Wagg is a complete adult dog food that is specially formulated without wheat.
- Wagg do not add any artificial flavours or colourings to their dog food.
- Added Vitamin E to help support your dog’s immune system.
- Wagg dry dog food is proudly made right here in the UK.
There are lots of options out there on the market for dog food. Which you choose will ultimately be up to your budget, what your dog likes and needs and whether you want to feed wet or dry.
You should be feeding your beagle around 1 cup of food per day (226 grams) and this can be made up of either wet, dry or a mixture of the two.
I like to feed Bella both wet and dry, as this gives her the best of both worlds and helps save on cost (dry food tends to be cheaper).
Of all the products on the market, we like the Royal Canin and Lily’s Kitchen foods the best as these offer a good balance of quality and value for money.
Check out some of our other posts!
- What size crate does a beagle need?
- What types of beagle are there?
- Pros & cons of owning a beagle
- Harness vs Collar: Which is best?
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