Bully Max High Performance (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Bully Max High Performance Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Bully Max product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for all life stages.

Bully Max High Performance All Life Stages

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 33% | Fat = 22% | Carbs = 37%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, ground grain sorghum, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried plain beet pulp, pearled barley, brewers dried yeast, menhaden fish meal, whole ground flaxseed, egg product, potassium chloride, salt, menhaden fish oil, l-lysine, dl-methionine, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, ascorbic acid, propionic acid, niacin supplement, organic dried kelp, vitamin E supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, manganous oxide, biotin, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A acetate, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, citric acid, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, zinc sulfate, iron sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, natural flavor

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis30%20%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%22%37%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%44%30%
Protein = 27% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 30%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.

Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.

The fourth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The sixth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient includes brewers yeast, which can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The eighth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The ninth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With four notable exceptions

First, we find egg product, an unspecified (wet or dry?) form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

Next, this food contains menhaden oil. Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. Their oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids, two high quality fats boasting the highest bio-availability to both dogs and humans.

What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not as likely to be exposed to mercury contamination as is typical with deep water species.

In addition, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

And lastly, this recipe contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Bully Max Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Bully Max High Performance looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 33%, a fat level of 22% and estimated carbohydrates of about 36%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the brewers yeast and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Bully Max High Performance is a meat-based dry dog food using a notable amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Bully Max Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

05/11/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • George Peterson

    yes, for about 6 months. excellent food.

  • George Peterson

    Been feeding this food to my dog for about 6 months now and I LOVE it. No more soft stool, no more flakey coat, and he’s at a perfect weight. If you’re thinking of using this, the one thing I would recommend is to switch slowly. follow the instructions and gradually mix this food with your old food for at least a week. this food is super high in calories and if your dog isn’t used to a high calorie food, they’re going to get an upset stomach if you switch too fast.

  • Stefanie Klindt

    Just ordered it hoping it helps with my pits itchy skin issues

  • Rafael Ortega

    If I feed my pitbull this food how much weight will he gain

  • Zac Fincher

    Makes sense. I did not look at anything other than ingredient list. Thanks!

  • Crazy4cats

    Most likely due to a lower protein percentage.

  • Zac Fincher

    Why does this food receive 5 stars but Health Extension is basically the exact same thing and it only received 4 stars?

  • Jonathan

    switched my dog to this food and he loves it. He gobbles this stuff down and i noticrd a difference in his appearance almost instantly. Definitely recommend this food and the BullyMax Vitamins.

  • Amanda Ruiz

    I use this dog food for my 9 month old pitbull. She’s a very picky eater but since this new food she usually loves it. We’ve been giving her this food for about 2-3 months now and she’s gained an overall 15-20 pounds. She’s getting fuller and I highly recommend this dog food.

  • TWadeJ

    Anybody use this?