Dog for Dog Dogsfood (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Dog for Dog Dogsfood receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Dog for Dog Dogsfood product line includes five 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.

  • Dog for Dog Dogsfood Healthy Weight [M]
  • Dog for Dog Dogsfood Puppy (4.5 stars) [G]
  • Dog for Dog Dogsfood Small Breed (4.5 stars) [A]
  • Dog for Dog Dogsfood Pork Meal and Brown Rice (3 stars) [A]
  • Dog for Dog Dogsfood Lamb Meal and Brown Rice (3.5 stars) [A]

Dog for Dog Dogsfood Lamb Meal and Brown Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Dog for Dog DOGSFOOD Lamb Meal and Brown Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 54%

Ingredients: Lamb meal, brown rice, brewers rice, peas, rice bran, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried plain beet pulp, menhaden fish meal, natural flavors, dried egg product, flaxseed, canola oil, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dl-methionine, blueberries, cranberries, apples, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, spinach, lecithin, taurine, l-carnitine, rosemary extract, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, folic acid, biotin, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, l-ascorbyl 2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), calcium iodate, sodium selenite, vitamin B12 supplement, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis22%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%13%54%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%29%49%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 49%

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

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 includes 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.

The fourth ingredient includes 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.

The fifth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

The sixth 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 seventh 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 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

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 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.

Next, this food includes canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

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, 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.

Dog for Dog Dogsfood
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Dog for Dog Dogsfood looks like an 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 24%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 54%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.

Near-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 peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Dog for Dog Dogsfood is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly 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.

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Notes and Updates

03/02/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Coldwat3r

    “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.”

    You’re kidding me right? Talk about fake news… Don’t trust these reviews.

  • Kristine Brockmeyer

    After watching a Saturday morning show that is about this food and the donation program this company offers, I decided to try. I need a grain free food, so I started buying their salmon formula. For the most part both my German Shepherd/Malinois mix and my Great Dane really like it. The Dane, however, seems to be pretty gassy and his stools stink. Bad. Of course it is a fish based food. It helped considerably with number of stools a day and has turned the oatmeal/pancake batter stool consistency to a soft to firm stool a majority of the time. My Dane is 16 months and until last month was still eating 12 cups a day. I cut him back to 8 and he is always searching for something to eat. And he will eat pretty much anything he can get ahold of including poop. I researched ways to stop the poop eating at least and found many suggestions to add yams. I had a couple cans in my cupboard (the kind lazy cooks like me use to make candied yams) so I added it to both dogs food. I immediately noticed that he stopped eating poop as much (still did it when he went in house and tries to hide it but his breath gives him away) and also that the odor of the poop was much less deThly, and he was less gassy. I was concerned that the canned yams might have sugars and other things not too good for dogs. I have since tried fresh ones. I also add green beans or carrots now and then. I would love to learn how to make fresh meat, potato, vegetable, and penut butter treats ( grain free) for them. I have not yet figured out how to get the consistency right to get a hard cookie even after baking
    I am very happy with this food and especially with this company. I love the fact that every time I purchase a bag of food – two 35 40 lb bags every 2 weeks – the company donates an entire bag (not just a miniscule percentage of the purchase price) to smaller shelters and rescues. I do still have intermittent issues with soft stools at leadt once a week and occasional loose stool about once every couple of weeks. And he does still eat anything in stight, which could be what causes the problem. Does anyone have any other ideas to help with the stools? I think that now the weather is getting nicer, I will be able to get him outside more to burn off all his excess energy. Suggestions in this area is welcome and appreciated too. He is such a big boy, 37 in tall/long. We have had the 1st 3 levels of training but had to stop due to his attitude from testosterone (didn’t fix him until he was almost 1 yr but he has good strong bones) he is rough with everyone and everything.

    If anyone sees this and wants to talk, I would appreciate it. As much as I would love to communicate here, I do get pretty busy and it would be much easier to get responses in my e mail or on Facebook. The name is Kristine Brockmeyer and email is [email protected].

    Sorry this is so long and if it’s wrong to share my contact info. Thank you for this site. I was happy to see the ratings for Dog For Dog. As well as others.