Dad’s Kibble Select Complete (Dry)

Share

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Dad’s Kibble Select Complete Dog Food earns the Advisor’s lowest tier rating of 1 star.

The Dad’s Kibble Select Complete product line includes two dry recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Dad’s Kibble Select Complete Original [U]
  • Dad’s Kibble Select Complete Healthy Weight [U]

Dad’s Kibble Select Complete Original was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Dad's Kibble Select Complete Original

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 25% | Fat = 10% | Carbs = 57%

Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, soybean meal, poultry by-product meal, whole wheat, high fructose corn syrup, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), water, propylene glycol, beef meal, natural flavor, dicalcium phosphate, salt, apple pomace, peas, brewers rice, calcium carbonate, potassium sorbate (preservative), iron oxide (color), titanium dioxide (color), vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, dried cheese, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, artificial color (red #40, yellow #5, yellow #6, blue #1, blue #2), , l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), niacin, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, sodium selenite, biotin, garlic powder, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt sulfate, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis20%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis25%10%57%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%23%54%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 54%

The first ingredient in this dog food is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

The second ingredient is soybean meal, a by-product of soybean oil production more commonly found in farm animal feeds.

Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The third ingredient is poultry by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of slaughtered poultry after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except quality skeletal muscle (real meat).

We consider poultry by-products slightly lower in quality than a single-species ingredient (like chicken by-products).

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh poultry.

The fourth ingredient is wheat. Wheat is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as corn (previously discussed).

The fifth ingredient is high fructose corn syrup (or HFCS). HFCS is a corn-based sugar mixture commonly used to make soft drinks, cookies and candy. Sugar is an empty nutrient — just as unhealthy for dogs as it is for humans.

The sixth ingredient is poultry fat. Poultry fat is obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

The seventh ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The eighth ingredient is the controversial food moisturizer, propylene glycol. Propylene glycol has been banned by the FDA for use in making cat food.

However, it can still be found in some commercial dog foods.

The ninth ingredient includes beef meal. Beef meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh beef.

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 seven notable exceptions

First, we find peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

Next, we note the use of brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

In addition, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his kibble is?

Next, garlic can be a controversial item. Although many favor the ingredient for its claimed health benefits, garlic has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.1

So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.

We also find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

In addition, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

And lastly, this food contains menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.

Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.

Dad’s Kibble Select Complete Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Dad’s Kibble Select Complete Dog Food looks like a below-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 25%, a fat level of 10% and estimated carbohydrates of about 57%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 23% and a mean fat level of 9%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 60% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the soybean meal and peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing only a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Dad’s Kibble Select Complete is a plant-based dry dog food using a modest amount of poultry by-product meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.

Not 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.

Dad’s Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls sorted by date. Or view the same list sorted alphabetically by brand.

To learn why our ratings have nothing to do with a product’s recall history, please visit our Dog Food Recalls FAQ page.

Get free dog food recall alerts sent to you by email. Subscribe to The Advisor’s recall notification list.

Dog Food Coupons
And Discounts

Readers are invited to check for coupons and discounts shared by others in our Dog Food Coupons Forum.

Or click the buying tip below. Please be advised we receive a fee for referrals made to the following online store.

A Final Word

The descriptions and analyses expressed in this and every article on this website represent the views and opinions of the author.

The Dog Food Advisor does not test dog food products.

We rely entirely on the integrity of the information provided by each company. As such, the accuracy of every review is directly dependent upon the specific data a company chooses to share.

Although it's our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.

We rely on tips from readers. To report a product change or request an update of any review, please contact us using this form.

Each review is offered in good faith and has been designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food.

However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.

In closing, we do not accept money, gifts or samples from pet food companies in exchange for special consideration in the preparation of our reviews or ratings.

However, we do receive a fee from Chewy.com for each purchase made as a direct result of a referral from our website. This fee is a fixed dollar amount and has nothing to do with the size of an order or the brand selected for purchase.

Have an opinion about this dog food? Or maybe the review itself? Please know we welcome your comments.

Notes and Updates

05/14/2016 Last Update

  1. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • Amateria

    I visited the website and your right, looks really nice but it’s really not.

    Also how they managed to get a dry food to 6.5% maximum fat is beyond me, besides the best way to lower weight is to feed less, rather then reducing fat %.
    Of course if the foods too high in fat it won’t work but around 12-14% is good.

  • Shadow-Dancer6

    The only question i have is why does this dog “food” exist? This stuff is worse than things like Pedigree and Iams Dog Chow. Is there ANY meat in this trash?
    On their website, this “food”s bag looks like its supposed to be the healthy one compared to their other foods with apples and stuff on the bag but the kibble looks like confetti, its so darn colorful. This might be the most colorful dog food I’ve ever seen, you know, because your dog cares if he’s eating the rainbow. They get their stuff from ‘local farms’, its probably just all the corn coming from the farms.

  • mahoraner niall

    is it me, or do these ingredients look a little worse than regular DADS food?

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I think a lot of it is just being naïve. Before I found this site, I had no reason to suspect a dog food company would put harmful ingredients in my dog’s food. This was back when I was fostering. By the time I got Lily, I knew slightly more about dog nutrition, and I was looking for a good food to feed her. This site was recommended in several places on Dogster Magazine, so I decided to check it out. I have been hooked ever since.

  • Crazy4cats

    Just to be fair, I never read a dog food label until my previous dog started having some issues. And I can definitely read! I never realized there could be so much difference between dog foods. Most companies do a GREAT job of marketing their foods. Look at Beneful. The package shows fresh fish, chicken, carrots etc. Then they put food coloring in to make it look like fresh carrots and fish. YUMMY! Well maybe yummy, it is very unhealthy. Anyway, that is why I think it is extremely important that we try to gently educate others. I’m so grateful I found this website and posters like Hound Dog Mom, BCnut, Melissa, Shawna, Dogfoodie, Sandy and Aimee were so patient and helpful to me! I probably missed some folks. Sorry! But, anyway, you get the picture. Let’s help teach people to read the labels! And shame on those manufacturers for making such slop!

  • Dori

    Very funny Dog Obesessed and sadly obviously true. What are people thinking feeding this food or any other food like this. Seriously, can people not read?

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I guess they’re going with the slow-kill method. Awful!
    🙁

  • Dog Food Ninja

    The ingredients panel of this food reads like a “how to” list for poisoning your dog. I’m surprised they didn’t add dark chocolate and onions to it.

  • Jeremy

    Seriously, this food has more HFCS than the first added fat…so what keeps the kibble from sticking together since it’s like candy at that point? Oh yeah, titanium dioxide. What a joke of a food

    Anyone visit their website? It talks about how all of their food comes from local farms straight to your dogs bowl…after being bathed in HFCS I guess

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I’m sure it does the same for dogs. Would be hard to prove for rats though because cancer is so common. 🙁

  • theBCnut

    I loved my rats and would NEVER feed anything like this to them. There would definitely be a warning label on this food about how it causes rat cancer.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I used to have pet rats and they would definitely not deserve this junk, and wild rats are still probably a few steps down.

  • theBCnut

    Oh! I know one! The rats that live at the dump. No, this would still be a step down.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    The only fit being I see for it are the microorganisms that I’m sure make a meal off of this food while it is sitting on the shelves.

  • theBCnut

    This stuff(I won’t dignify it by calling it food) ought to be very pretty with 7 different ingredients for color. Or does that just go to show how awful it must look without the added colors. When I read the ingredient panel on some of these foods, I try to imagine what type of animal would be better served by those ingredients, a pig? a chicken?, but this one really isn’t fit for anything to eat it, not even a vulture.

  • Dori

    Yikes Dog Obsessed! You’re absolutely right. Pure garbage.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Congrats, dads! You have now topped the list of the the worst dog food on the market!