Appalachian Valley Small Breed Canine Recipe with Venison & Garbanzo Beans

Highly digestible venison and small kibble size make this recipe easy on your small breed dog’s tummy and teeth. Probiotics and prebiotic fiber help support healthy digestion, while roasted venison, along with lamb, egg, duck and ocean fish proteins provide recommended amino acid nutrition. Rich in protein and fat, this recipe provides the energy that active small dogs need.

  • Pasture Raised Venison

    Pasture-Raised Venison – Venison, the number one ingredient in this formula, is rich in nutrients and energy, and a highly digestible source of protein.

  • Ideal for small breeds

    Great For Small Breeds – Rich in proteins and fat, this formula provides the energy that active small breed adult dogs need in a small kibble size that is easy for small mouths to chew.

  • Species-Specific Probiotics

    Species-Specific Probiotics – Healthy digestive and immune systems are vital to the overall health of your pet. Our proprietary K9 Strain Probiotics are developed specifically for dogs and added after the cooking process to ensure viability. Each pound of Taste of the Wild provides 80 million live, active cultures that help support healthy digestive and immune systems.

  • Digestive Support

    Digestive Support – Fiber from garbanzo beans helps promote digestive health while prebiotic fiber from dried chicory root provides fuel for the beneficial probiotic bacteria in the digestive system.

  • Garbanzo Beans

    Garbanzo Beans – Rich in protein, minerals and fiber, garbanzo beans add a host of nutrients to this formula.

  • Antioxidants

    Antioxidants – Legumes and fruits, including peas, lentils, tomatoes, blueberries and raspberries, provide nutrients that help support your dog’s overall well-being, while guaranteed levels of zinc, selenium and vitamin E support the immune system.

Appalachian Valley Small Breed Canine Recipe with Venison & Garbanzo Beans is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 33.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Flavor, Happy Dogs This is the first time we have added this flavor to the dog food mix, and the dogs LOVE it. This flavor was an INSTANT hit. We have a base recipe, then we mix in a second, different recipe, to mix it up a little (see below). We have tried at least half of the formulas available at our Local Tractor Supply, and some where liked better than others. In a bucket, we mix a 15-lbs bag of TOTW High Prairie with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison (in the yellow bag), and 2 (two) 5-lbs bags of other TOTW flavors. I don't like to eat the same food/flavor twice a day, every day, for weeks on end, so we try to add the variety for the dogs too.
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our picky eater Roxy loves it!! Our dog Roxy is a picky pup. We rescued her in December 2016. She was diagnosed with Lyme shortly after and her appetite was up and down. She would show some interest in other brands of kibble but would lose interest quick. We had to put her on a bland diet a few times and each time we gradually introduced a new kibble. We tried out the Taste of the Wild, Appalachian valley and she loves it! She chows it right down. This is the longest she has shown interest in food since we’ve had her. We are more than happy with Taste of the Wild pet food. I wouldn’t choose any other dog food.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Chi loves this food!!!! She has been eating Taste of the Wild venison for a year and loves it. The first picture is how excited she gets when I get the bag out to feed her.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nom Nom Nom We recently switched from TOTW Pacific Stream to Appalachian Valley Small Breed... Mr. Waffles loves it! Easier for his little mouth to chew, he gets even MORE excited for meal time now!
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Yorkie and Cockapoo Love this My two dogs have been eating this for over a year now after the manufacturer of their previous brand went out of business. They are thriving well, their coats look great, and they digest it well. At 2 and 3 years of age, they will stay on this brand forever.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My teckels love this very happy with this product line ! The best dog's food for me !
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing food We have an 8 lb maltese who only has 4 teeth (her canines). This is the only food she enjoys and can eat without any issues to her gums, or stomach. The kibbles are the perfect size for her, and the blend of food makes her hair soft and shiny.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our Beagle's Choice We've been feeding our beagle Appalachian Valley™ Small Breed Canine Formula with Venison & Garbanzo Beans from the day our beagle joined our family. His former home raised him on the formula, and now at 16 months old he still runs with excitement to his bowl at meal time. High marks for the Pine Forest® Canine Formula with Venison & Legumes formula, as well. Beagle approved!
Date published: 2016-10-19
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How much salt (sodium) contains this food?

Asked by: Minnie
Hi, Minnie. Our Appalachian Valley Formula contains 0.4% sodium on an as-fed basis.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2017-03-29

Looking for a low fat grain free food for a 10 yo Wheaton who has had bouts of pancreatitis. 

Asked by: MaryAnn
Hello, we are sorry to hear about your pet’s pancreatitis. Sierra Mountain is our lowest fat formula at 15% as fed. Please consult with your veterinarian to find the most appropriate diet for your dog's condition.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2017-03-04

My 1 1/2 year old french bulldog currently eats your brand. He has always had sensitive skin and he seems to have a good rash going now. I notice your products are grain free. Do you have a suggestion as to a particular flavor that may help?

Asked by: Jenn
Hi, Jenn. We’re sorry to hear that your dog is experiencing a rash. Skin allergies can be caused by a variety of reasons, including environmental triggers as well as food. We have two formulas that are our top choices for pets with symptoms of allergies: Pacific Stream Canine Formula and Sierra Mountain Canine Formula. We would recommend that you work with your veterinarian to determine what may be causing your dog's skin problems so that you can find the right food for him. You can also call us at 1-800-342-4808 and our team of product specialists can help you find the right formula.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2016-12-02

I have four rescues who have severe tear staining. They used to be on the yellow bag, but they are allergic to starch. Has anyone tried this for that condition and what are the results? Raw dog diet is hitting my retired pocketbook hard!!

Asked by: Gayle
Hi, Gayle. We are sorry to hear about your rescue dogs’ tearing! We would like to learn more about your dogs and help you find the right formula for them. Please give one of our product specialists a call at 1-800-342-4808 or email us by visiting https://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/#contact-us.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2017-09-13

Is this food "Complete and Balanced"? Or will it need to be supplemented with other things?

Asked by: Annie
Hi, Annie. All Taste of the Wild formulas are complete and balanced, therefore, there is not a need to supplement.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2018-07-25

I heard that foods with high protein ( like this 32% ) are harmful for dogs who live in hot climate.. What is your opinion ??

Asked by: stef
Hi Stef. There is no scientific evidence that high protein diets are harmful to dogs living in hot climates. We recommend choosing a food for your dog based on lifestyle, life stage and size. For example, Appalachian Valley is formulated with higher fat and protein levels in order to meet the energy requirements of active small breed adult dogs. The total calories consumed may need to be adjusted in relation to the weather/climate if the temperature affects the activity level of your dog.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2017-03-28

Hi, one of my poms recently had acute pancreatitis. My vet has recommended me changing his food to a lower fat food. Is this formula healthy for a dog that has had pancreatitis?

Asked by: AMS99
AMS99, Appalachian Valley has a fat content of 18% as fed. Sierra Mountain is our lowest fat formula at 15% as fed. Please consult with your veterinarian to find the most appropriate diet for your dog's condition.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2016-11-19

What is the retinol content? I'd actually like to know on all your dry dog foods to help me know which one to get.

Asked by: Angela
Angela, all of our dry formulas contain 16,500 IU/kg total vitamin A as fed, except for the Pacific Stream Puppy and High Prairie Puppy formulas which each contain 22,000 IU/kg vitamin A as fed.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2017-01-27

I have 2 small dogs They both have itchy skin and very picky. Is Appalachian can help with itchy skin problem or shiny coat?

Asked by: Cookieboy
Just an FYI - my dogs were chewing on their paws and scratching a lot. I was told that grains most likely were the cause. My dogs have been on grain-free food now for over 2 years and they no longer chew and scratch!
Answered by: Eva527
Date published: 2017-03-16

Is this an "all stages" food.  Is it appropriate for puppies

Asked by: Bamma2004
Hello, Appalachian Valley was formulated as a maintenance diet for adult dogs, therefore it will not meet the nutritional requirements for puppies. The following formulas are formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO for All Life Stages and are appropriate to feed puppies. - High Prairie Puppy with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison - Pacific Stream Puppy with Smoked Salmon - Pine Forest Canine with Venison & Legumes - Southwest Canyon Canine with Wild Boar - Sierra Mountain Canine with Roasted Lamb For specific formula recommendations, please give us a call at 1-800-342-4808 or email us by visiting: https://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/contact-us/.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2018-01-16

“Ocean fish”, what fish are used? I have a dog allergic to salmon 

Asked by: Melmacd
Hello and thank you for your question! The ocean fish meal in our Appalachian Valley Recipe contains small ocean fish, such as Menhaden whitefish, cooked and ground to a fine consistency. Salmon is not an ingredient in our Appalachian Valley Recipe. If you would like a specific recipe recommendation, please give one of our product specialists a call at 1-800-342-4808 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT weekdays).
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2020-04-13

Our Shiba is currently on your salmon puppy food and loves it. We will be getting an adult Shiba/Chihuahua mix soon and want them both on the same food. Since our puppy is almost 1, we were wondering if this small breed dog food will work for both dogs?

Asked by: nshem
Hello! Thanks for reaching out and congratulations on the new addition to your family. Although our Appalachian Valley Canine Recipe is formulated with small breed dogs in mind, it is appropriate for adult dogs of all sizes. Additionally, puppies can be transitioned to adult formulas around 10-12 months of age, so it is okay to feed to both your dogs.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2018-06-15

My little dog is starting to have kidney problems.  It appears protein and phosphorous are two of the things I need to monitor.  What is the phosphorous content of one cup the small dog formula?

Asked by: Snowy Hickel
Hi there, we’re sorry to hear about your pup’s kidney problems. Our Appalachian Valley Recipe contains 1.2% phosphorus as-fed, which converts to 1.2 grams per cup. Please know, dogs with kidney problems often benefit from prescription renal diets. We advise consulting with your veterinarian regarding the best food for your dog’s specific needs.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2019-01-08

What sizes doe this variety come in ?

Asked by: Herb the Hat
Hello, Herb. Appalachian Valley comes in 28-pound and 14-pound bags.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2016-10-26

Do you have diet dog food for small breed dogs?

Asked by: Vrky
Hello and thanks for your question! While our Appalachian Valley Recipe was specifically designed for small breed dogs, it is not considered a diet recipe. For weight loss in general, we recommend feeding about 10-20% less than the amounts listed in the feeding guide (based on ideal body weight). However, in order for your pet to lose weight, the total calories your pet consumes will need to be decreased compared to what he/she is currently eating. You also might consider trying one of our lower calorie recipes such as Pine Forrest Canine or Sierra Mountain Canine. If your dog needs to lose a significant amount of weight, an even lower calorie diet may be needed. Additionally, we recommend consulting with your veterinarian to determine the best diet plan for your small breed pup. And don’t forget, exercise is also an important part of any weight loss program!
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2019-04-17

What is the difference between the small breed formula and the non-small breed formula besides the smaller kibble?

Asked by: Ally1
Hi, Ally. Besides the smaller kibble, which is easier for small dogs to chew and digest, our Appalachian Valley Small Breed Canine Formula is an energy-dense formula with higher protein and fat ratios. This means your dog will receive the nutritional requirements her/she needs in smaller portions. While small breed dogs can eat our other formulas, they were not specifically developed for small breed dogs in regard to portion size and kibble size.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2017-09-29

I have 2 dachshunds, one of which has a sensitive stomach and ptsd.  Both are grain sensitive...which food would be best for them?

Asked by: Beekay2
Hello, all of our Taste of the Wild formulas are grain-free. Venison is the main source of protein in the Appalachian Valley Canine Formula. It is lean, highly digestible, unique protein source, making it a good choice for dogs with protein sensitivities. We also recommend our Sierra Mountain Formula or Pacific Stream Formula for dogs with sensitivities due to their single protein sources.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2018-01-05

Is my schnauzer 24 lbs considered a small breed feeding him taste of wild adult should I switch him to small breed

Asked by: Maxwell
Hello and thanks for your question! Small breed dogs usually weigh 25 lbs or less. Our Appalachian Valley recipe features a smaller kibble, making it easier for small dogs to chew and digest. Also, the recipe is more energy-dense, meaning it has higher levels of protein and fat so small breed dogs can eat smaller amounts and still meet their nutritional needs. If you think your pup may benefit from a smaller sized kibble, then Appalachian Valley may be right for you! However, any of our recipes are suitable for your small breed dog and will meet their nutritional needs. If you’d like to obtain a sample and/or have any additional questions, please contact us by visiting our website https://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/contact-us/.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2018-09-18

What is the calcium and phosphorus content of this your Appalachian Valley recipe?

Asked by: Danny
Hello and thanks for your question! Our Appalachian Valley Recipe contains 1.8% calcium and 1.2% phosphorus both on an as-fed basis.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2019-09-05

How much would I feed a 21lb boston terrier a day? Is this the best one for him?

Asked by: Steph
Hello and thanks for reaching out! According to our feeding guide, a 21-pound dog would typically consume 1.5 cups of Appalachian Valley per day. Please know the amounts listed on the feeding guide (found on our website and each bag) provide a starting point and can be increased or decreased accordingly. Additionally, your veterinarian can provide a feeding recommendation based on your dog’s needs.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2020-01-06

Our small dog (8.5#) is turning 1& I was going to start feeding her an adult formula. She has been on the High Prairie Recipe (Buffalo) Is the Appalachian (venison) for small breed the formula she needs now or is the High Buffalo morsel small enough? 

Asked by: Debbie
Hello, Debbie! Please know, High Prairie Puppy is an all life stages recipe, meaning it was developed to meet the nutritional needs of dogs at all ages, from puppy to senior. If your pup is doing well on High Prairie Puppy you can continue to feed this recipe throughout adulthood. However, if you would like to switch to an adult recipe, Appalachian Valley and High Prairie Canine are both excellent options. The kibbles in our Appalachian Valley are the same as those in our puppy recipes, while the kibbles in our High Prairie Canine Recipe are a flat, round disc shape approximately the diameter of a dime. For a personalized recipe recommendation, please contact our product specialists at 1-800-342-4808 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT weekdays).
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2019-08-20

I live in Ontario Canada and I have looking for your Small Breed Dry Dog Food ...Appalachian Valley. I found availability with Amazon.ca for the inflated price of $199.00 for a 28 pound bad with sells for $70 US ...are you aware of this price ...

Asked by: krys
Hello and thank you for reaching out. Prices for Taste of the Wild may vary because sellers, by law, set their own pricing and shipping options. If you have questions and/or would like to learn more about our authorized sellers on Amazon, please give us a call at 1-800-342-4808 (8 a.m.–5 p.m. CT weekdays).
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2019-08-05

How long does this food keep?  I never know what size to buy.  I have 2 small dogs and it takes about 4 weeks to get through the 14 pound bag. If it will not become stale, I'd love to buy in the 28 pound size.

Asked by: Ellen
Our products have a 12 month shelf life after production. We recommend storing kibble in its original packaging and keeping the bag in an airtight container. As long as it is not exposed to extreme heat or moisture, the food should be useable until the Best Before date stamped on the back of the bag.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2018-06-04

What is the amount of Taurine in this specific blend of food?

Asked by: Gabbz92
Hello, normally, dogs are able to synthesize taurine and do not require it in their diets. Because the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) does not provide recommendations for the amount of taurine in the food, we do not measure the amount in our formulas. However, they do require a minimum of 0.65% methionine-cystine (the necessary amino acid precursors for taurine synthesis) for adult dog maintenance formulas. This formula contains 1.19% methionine-cystine on an as-fed basis.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2018-01-24

What is the best way to switch from another brand to yours?

Asked by: Eddie_fla
Hi, Eddie. We’re happy to hear you’re considering joining the Taste of the Wild family! With any formula change, we recommend a gradual transition over 7-10 days. You can do this by starting with 25% of the recommended feeding portion of Appalachian Valley Formula mixed with 75% of the recommended portion of the current diet for 2-3 days, then 50% of each for 2-3 days, and then 75% of Appalachian Valley Formula with 25% of the current for 2-3 days, before feeding entirely the new food.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2017-09-10

I have a Yorkie she is nine years old is this Appalachian valley good for her?

Asked by: Elaine
Hi, Elaine. Appalachian Valley is a great choice. This formula was developed specifically to meet the needs of small breed dogs. It provides complete nutrition with higher protein and fat ratios so that your dog will receive its nutritional requirements in smaller portions. And the smaller kibble is easier for your Yorkie to eat!
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2016-12-31

I'm not sure if my dog should be eating regular adult food or small dog breed food. He is quite a mixture: chihuahua, pomeranian, papillon, fox terrier, shitzu. He is 18 pounds and pretty active. Would you suggest switching to small breed food?

Asked by: NicoleR
We have many all life stages formulas that are appropriate for dogs of all ages and sizes. Appalachian Valley was developed specifically for small breed dogs, which are generally considered to be less than 22 pounds. This formula has smaller kibble size that makes it easier for your dog to chew and digest. It is an energy-dense formula with higher protein and fat ratios so your dog will get the nutritional requirements it needs in smaller portions. Like all Taste of the Wild formulas, Appalachian Valley is grain-free and is supplemented with vegetables and fruits and includes probiotics to support a healthy immune system.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2018-06-04

is it possible you only have one flavor for small breed dogs?

Asked by: Purdy
Hi, Purdy. While our Appalachian Valley Small Breed Canine Formula is our only small breed specific formula, all of our formulas are suitable to feed small breed dogs. If you have any additional questions about our formulas, please don’t hesitate to contact us at https://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/contact-us/.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2018-04-18

Can someone post a pic of the size of the bites?

Asked by: Justin
Hi, Justin. Our Appalachian Valley Formula’s kibble is barrel-shaped and about the size of a pencil eraser.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2018-06-04

Would this help a Shih Tzu with tearing?

Asked by: 49sunshine
Tearing in dogs can be caused by excessive tear production, insufficient tear drainage, or a combination of both. There are a variety of health issues that can result in tearing such as conjunctivitis (viral or bacterial), allergies, eye injuries, abnormal eyelashes, corneal ulcers, eye infections, abnormal eyelid anatomy, glaucoma, clogged tear ducts, etc. We recommend having your dog evaluated by a veterinarian to determine the cause of the tearing. Your veterinarian will be able to provide you with the best options for treatment. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact one of our product specialists at 1-800-342-4808 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. CT weekdays.), or send an e-mail by visiting https://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/#contact-us.
Answered by: Taste of the Wild
Date published: 2017-05-26
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