Dry Formula


Grain-free CORE Original can help support your dog’s optimal health with turkey, chicken, salmon oil and fruits and vegetables. High-protein CORE can help encourage healthy digestion and increase energy. 

  • Nutrient-dense and enhanced with antioxidants and probiotics
  • No meat by-products or fillers (see all ingredients below)
  • No grain, corn, soy, wheat-gluten or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors   
  • Fish and flax omega blend for healthy skin and coat 

Available in: 4 lb, 12 lb, 24 lb and 26 lb bags

*Size and selection may vary by retailer

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Dry Formula Original is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Healthy dogs Six years ago I got my aussie/border collie and started her on Wellness Puppy. I took her to the vet and he told me she needed to eat another brand ( you know the one they get paid to push). Thinking he probably knew more than me I did. Her skin got dry and her coat got dull. She went back for her next set of shots. He commented on her skin and asked what I was feeding her. I told him " just what you told me." Next time she went her coat was shiny and glossy. No dry skin. The picture of health. He commented on this and wanted to know what the change was. WELLNESS! All three of my dogs eat nothing but Wellness and get a little canned in the evening. I swear by it.
Date published: 2016-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CORE grain-free resolved all skin issues We switched my Golden Retriever to original CORE grain-free dry dog food 5 years ago when he was suffering from persistent skin issues. Itchy ears, itchy skin, and periodic hot spots plagued my poor boy. We switched him over to a grain-free food (not CORE) with "some" improvement. At the suggestion of a friend, we tried CORE. My Golden LOVES it and it all his previous skin problems became a thing of the past. It also agrees with his digestive system. I can even use CORE kibble as training treats - that's how much he loves it. I recommend CORE original dry food without reservation.
Date published: 2016-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High quality product for high energy dogs! I work for a non-profit that trains shelter dogs for wildlife detection work. During our off season, we house 20 dogs in our facility. Our pack is full of a variety of breeds, weighing in at 15lbs - 75lbs. Having a large pack of dogs means there is a high chance of encountering allergies or picky eaters. Every single one of our dogs chows down on Wellness CORE and we have had no issues that directly relate to the kibble. Ultimately we need a food that could keep up with their active lifestyle when they are on the job. Their GPS devices have clocked in over 40km in one day! You will find this a brand of dog food provides high quality while attempting to keep lower prices. We have met the the team behind this product and they are extremely proud of their work. If you have any questions or concerns, as a program, we are happy to help. Look up Conservation Canines for our contact information.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grain free Wellness Core, brown bag My dog has had digestive issues for years until I switched her to Wellness Core. She loves the taste, I love the results. I feel it is very overpriced for my budget, but not for my dog as she is worth every penny.
Date published: 2016-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wellness Core Original Dry Formula I have been giving this to my Chihuahua for the last seven years. She had several digestive issues with her stomach for the first five years of her life until I found out about Core! I have never had any other real stomach problems with her since using this grain free food and she loves it even after all these years! She is now almost 12 and she is in perfect health and has a beautiful shiny coat too! I highly recommend it anyone who is looking for a grain free dry food. There are now several different formulas available too!
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 3 dogs love it My Boxers have sensitive stomachs so I switched from Simple to the Core Grain Free and they have no problems. They love the taste whether I add water or not. After much research into foods when they were puppies I settled on this brand. It costs more but I I know I am giving them the best.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Core For Small Breeds I have small dogs and love that the kibble is small so it is easy to chew have not found any other dry food that the size is small. Also love the different choice of dry food for small breeds. Have no problems with my dogs digesting this food and they have solid stools
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Enthusiasticaly Recommended"- Dog Food Analysis I thoroughly researched dog foods on the internet when I got my pure bred Boston Terrier "Chester" in June 2009. Wellness products were consistently highly rated. I read all of the details of all the top rated brands and found there were a handful of grain free dog foods that received top of the list reviews and ratings from every credible source. Wellness Core Original Grain Free was at the top of every list of recommended dry dog food. When he graduated to adult dog food I tried several brands. I always came back to Wellness Core and have stuck with it for almost seven years. There was a noticeable improvement in his energy level and overall fitness when I took him off a=other top rated brands and put him back on Wellness Core Original Grain Free.
Date published: 2017-01-19
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Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Chicken Liver, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Broccoli, Carrots, Choline Chloride, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Kale, Sweet Potatoes, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

This is a naturally preserved product.

Guaranteed Analysis
  • Crude Protein (Min) 34.00%
  • Crude Fat (Min) 16.00%
  • Crude Fiber (Max) 4.00%
  • Moisture (Max) 10.00%
  • Calcium (Max) 2.00%
  • Phosphorus (Max) 1.40%
  • Vitamin E (Min) 400 IU/kg
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (Min)3.25%
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (Min) 0.50%
  • Glucosamine* (Min) 250 mg/kg
  • Chondroitin Sulfate* (Min) 200 mg/kg
  • Beta-Carotene* (Min) 5 mg/kg
  • Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms* (Min)+80,000,000 CFU/lb

+(Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus in equal amounts)

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

100% Complete and Balanced Nutrition for Your Adult Dog

Wellness CORE Original Formula Adult Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Recommended Feeding Portions

(Based on a standard 8 oz dry measuring cup)

Every dog is a little different so optimal feeding amounts may vary with age, size, activity level, breed and environment. Divide the total cups per day by the number of times you feed your dog per day. Please use the information below as an initial recommendation only and adjust as needed.

Weight (lbs) Cups per day
6 - 20

½ - 1 ⅓

20 - 35 1 ⅓ - 2
35 - 50 2 - 2 ⅔
50 - 65 2 ⅔ - 3 ¼ 
65 - 80 3 ¼ - 3¾
80 - 95 3¾ - 4 ⅓
95 - 115 4 ⅓ - 5

Dogs over 115 lbsAdd 1/4 cup per additional 10 lbs.

Combination FeedingIf feeding with wet food, reduce dry amount fed by ½ cup, for every 6 oz of wet food.

Calorie ContentThis food contains 3,660 kcal per kilogram or 421 kcal per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

How to Transition

This food is formulated for adult, non-reproducing dogs over one year old as puppies and pregnant or nursing mothers have special nutritional requirements. It is important to slowly transition your dog from his/her current diet as it takes a few days for the body to adapt to new nutrient levels. To transition, gradually mix in the new food over a 5-7 day period, increasing the amount of Wellness® each day, so that you are feeding 100% Wellness® CORE® by day 7.

CORE is highly palatable so your dog may tend to eat more of this food. Watch initially to see if you need to adjust regular eating patterns. Give your dog access to clean, cool fresh water at all times and feed Wellness® CORE® wet food in combination whenever possible, to increase the level of water in your dog's diet. Nutrition is the foundation of wellbeing, but be sure to give your dog plenty of love, exercise and see your veterinarian regularly!