Pride Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★½☆☆

The Pride Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The Pride Dog Food product line includes nine dry recipes, eight claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and one for adult maintenance.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • The Pride 22/12 Adult
  • The Pride 30/20 Puppy Formula
  • The Pride 24/20 Endurance Plus
  • The Pride 26/18 Adult Performance
  • The Pride 22/16 Kennel Pak (3 stars)
  • The Pride 22/10 Maintenance (2 stars)
  • The Pride 27/18 Professional Field Blend
  • The Pride Pro Series 21/17 Chicken Protein and Rice
  • The Pride Pro Series 26/20 Chicken Protein and Rice

Pride 24/20 Endurance Plus was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

The Pride 24/20 Endurance Plus

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 22% | Carbs = 43%

Ingredients: Porcine meat and bone meal, ground yellow corn, corn gluten feed, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), chicken by-product meal, ground brewers rice, beet pulp , natural chicken flavor, flaxseed , salt, fish meal, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, copper sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, folic acid, vitamin A acetate, manganous oxide, d- biotin, menadione dimethylprimidinol bisulfite ( source of vitamin K), vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, ethylenediamine dihydroidide, thiamine mononitrate, inositol and, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis24%20%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%22%43%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%44%35%

The first ingredient in this dog food is pork meat and bone meal, a dry “rendered product from (pork) tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.1

Pork and bone meal may have a lower digestibility than most other meat meals.

Scientists believe this decreased protein quality may be due to the ingredient’s higher ash and lower essential amino acid content.2

On the brighter side, pork and bone meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh pork.

The second ingredient 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 third ingredient is corn gluten feed, a by-product from the manufacture of cornstarch and corn syrup. However, corn gluten feed should not be confused with corn gluten meal.

That’s because corn gluten feed contains just half the protein of corn gluten meal. And when compared to meat, glutens are inferior plant-based proteins lower in many of the essential amino acids dogs need for life.

It’s unusual to find this feed item in a commercial dog food. As its name suggests, corn gluten feed is primarily used as an ingredient in cattle feeds.

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 chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered chicken 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 feathers.

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

In any case, although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider chicken by-products an inexpensive, lower quality ingredient.

The sixth ingredient is 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 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.

After the natural chicken flavor, 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.

After the salt, we find fish meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.3

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

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 three notable exceptions

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

Next, 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 dog 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.

The Pride Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, The Pride 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 27%, a fat level of 22% and estimated carbohydrates of about 43%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 46% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 69%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the corn gluten feed and flaxseed in this recipe as well as the soybean and corn gluten meals in some of the others, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

The Pride is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of pork and bone meal or chicken by-product meal as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

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.

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Notes and Updates

08/29/2014 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for meat and bone meal as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2012 Edition
  2. Shirley RB and Parsons CM, , Effect of Ash Content on Protein Quality of Meat and Bone Meal, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Poultry Science, 2001 80: 626-632
  3. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Tim

    The breeder (lab) recommended Pro Pride 26/20. I feed that along with a supplement called Fido-Vite, and my pup has done very well. Great coat, good growth. This food is quite different from what was reviewed, as the main ingredients are chicken meal and rice…

  • Pattyvaughn

    Hi jtk
    Mike tries to pick an average food in their line, not the best and not the worst, to represent the whole line. Since there are 4 foods with even less protein, I think he did a pretty good job deciding which one to use. The review is for the whole line, the individual food is so he can discuss ingredient quality.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi jtk, if you look at the review above, you will see that Mike rated one formula (Puppy) slightly higher @ 3.5 stars. Judging by the ingredients list 3 stars is generous.

  • jtk

    Mike Sagman,

    It is unfortunate that you choose the Pride 24/20 to represent the Pride Line. Pride 24/20 is their “price food” aimed at hunting dog kennels.

    Pride 26/18 , Pride 26/20 and the Pride 21/17 are their flagship products and are excellent values.

    It is noteworthy that Pride has a “No questions asked, money back guarantee”.

    Please revise the review with their better feeds.

    JTK

  • moose’s mamma

    Contrary to all the bad reviews my large 120lb mix breed dog (per dna results boxer, Chesapeake bay retriever, St. Bernard, American foxhound, and greater swiss mountain dog ) loves this food. We often cut pieces of chicken and beef if we are eating that for dinner in his food. Our chicken and beef are raised on our relatives farm so hormone, antibiotic and steroid free. Moose has always eaten this product after I compared the ingredients to purina’s large breed puppy food and then later to large breed adult dog dry food. We always used the adult but have since switched to the pro series. I imagine that there are not too many dry foods that got stellar ratings on this page.

  • morris

    “Bottom line?

    The Pride dog food is a plant-based kibble using a below average amount of pork or chicken by-product meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.”

    I am trying to figure out how this food can be rated 3 stars….when reading the statement that is quoted above makes it sound like it should be rated lower.

    Anyway…after seeing the 3 star rating….I purchased the 24/20 endurance formula. Glad I only purchased one bag…none of my german shepherds will eat it…and I don’t blame them. When I opened the bag…I noticed that awful smell…like some sort of spice…does anyone know what that smell is from?

    Doesn’t matter how many stars a food is rated…if the dogs won’t eat it….its not worth it.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Holly Kay,

    If your pup is is developing some skin and coat issues on this food, I think I’d take a look at something else as this food must be lacking something essential your pup needs. Maybe head over to the forum area and take a look at the Diet & Health Issues and click on Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition for a list of suggested puppy foods for your large breed pup.

    In the meantime, you could add an occasional tinned sardine or fresh egg to your pup’s diet and see if the added omegas or linoleic acid seems to help improve the condition of his skin and coat.

  • Holly Kay

    My 6mo old weimador loves it and her bowels are more consistent. I switched her to large breeds because she was not getting “enough” on puppy. She’s satisfied. I think it may be lower on fats though because she’s developed dandruff and her food is the only change.

  • disqus4u

    Yes I did (very disappointing), so i did some more investigating and found that the pups had found an old rawhide chew in their toy basket.. I remember a well meaning relative buying some of these for our other dogs and they caused the same problem. These escaped being thrown out.

    All rawhide chews are now in the garbage and after 1 day the dogs bowel movements are firming up again and they are back on Pet Pride Puppy Formula.
    Kroger has Pet Pride on a “Close Out” sale at the moment in WV. What is going on?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Have you read the reviews for Purina?

  • disqus4u

    I have been feeding a 9 week old and 6 month old dachshund pups on Pet Pride puppy formula for the past week. Both are showing signs of this food not agreeing with their digestive systems. Going to the store now to buy Purina.

  • Susan

    I have been feeding Pride Prof field blend 27/18 and Puppy blend for over 6 years… My dogs love it. I used Eukanuba for years, and spent way too much money while my dogs did not like it. They have thrived on this Pride food, as have my puppies. My purse likes it much better also. Thank you Pride. S Davis , Goldsboro, N. C.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It’s wonderful that your dogs are doing better on The Pride than they did on Purina, Old Yeller and Alpo. Old Yeller, Alpo and most of the Purina foods are only rated 1 star. That doesn’t mean that this food it excellent, it’s just an improvement over the others.

    I wouldn’t assume corn is a quality ingredient merely because a dog will eat it if given the chance. How many dogs die each year due to poisoning from eating anti-freeze, chocolate, poisonous plants, etc? Some dogs will eat anything they can get their mouth on (my hounds are the perfect example!). There’s no doubt corn is a highly digestible form of energy, but due to all its negative aspects I can only assume it’s inclusion is so prevalent in dog food because it’s cheap energy, not quality energy.

    Some of the reasons corn is bad for dogs (and all other animals, for that matter):

    1) Corn is high in phytic acid (an anti-nutrient that inhibits the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium and phosphorus) and low in phytase (the enzyme that digests phytic acid). In order to eliminate the phytic acid it’s necessary to properly prepare corn before consumption (i.e. sprouting or fermenting) – I’m not aware of any dog food that properly prepares corn prior to use.

    2) 88% of corn grown in the US is genetically modified. Research has linked consumption of GMOs to allergies and organ toxicity, among other health issues.

    3) Corn contains lectins (another anti-nutrient). When the lectins in corn attach to a fat within the body the it causes the cell to hypertrophy. Think of corn fed beef – it’s fattier than grass fed beef.

    4) Corn ranks among the top four foods known to cause intestinal atrophy (the other three are gluten containing grains, casein and soy).

    5) Some of the lectins in corn are capable of killing neurons and studies are currently being done concerning the affects of corn on brain function.

    I’m not sure what the price of The Pride is but if you live near Tractor Supply they sell a brand of food called “4Health.” It’s rated 4 stars and is corn free, it runs about $32.99 for 35 lbs. It could be a similarly priced alternative and if you saw a big improvement by switching your dogs to The Pride, imagine what you’d see when switching to a food free of corn, wheat, soy and by-products.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000281092503 Linda Blattner

    All your talk about corn in the feed, the “dogs don’t eat corn, they eat meat” WELL I’m a farmer and I can tell you ALL my dogs dive after the corn as well as chowing down on dead carcasses and manure.Todays society ranks dogs as humans. Let me enlighten you….their not.They can digest and utilize the most unsavory things. Top on the list: horse manure, hoof trimmings,groundhog,possum,shelled corn,cat poop,and they love their Pride. They were repeatedly sick & with hair loss on several different brands> Purina, Alpo, Old Yeller. They now look great ! Even my old dog is rejuvenated thanks to The Pride!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Of course you would because you sell it.

  • Shaun Bowles

    Isell the pride out here in Utah i sell all of their blends I have had people get off perscription dog foods that I have recommended the pro series 21-17 or 26-20 it has a high digestability and we are selling semis of it and just started a couple of years ago. I would recomend this dog food to anybody that is feeding anything. I would put the pro series up against anything personally.

  • LabsRawesome

    YOLO!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I wish I could do that but I have to get the fries – fast food fries are probably my favorite food, think I like the fries more than the burgers. I go about once I month and on the way in I always tell myself I’m going to get a medium order…then at the window I always cave and end up getting a large lol

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey HDM, every Friday since the one dollar fish deal, I go and grab about 8 of them, We throw them in the fridge, nuke for 35 seconds and viola, a “fresh” fish sandwich. Mcdonald’s doesn’t make any money on me because I bring them home where I can make my own fries in the oven, and have my own drinks. Yes, I am cheap. lol :)

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Must be McDonald’s week for DFA-ers. The day before yesterday I decided to “splurge” got the Angus Mushroom and Swiss…got home and the jerks just gave me a plain burger with no cheese or mushrooms. Of course the charged me for the mushroom and swiss though. I tell ya, you try to indulge and you can’t even do it right lol

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    It is not rated bad. 3 stars is still “recommended”. You can look at Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets and see how there’s not any red colored ingredients compared to this food. It get’s 3 stars because it’s low in meat.

  • LabsRawesome

    delores, I think Dr. Mike was actually too generous…. I would give pride a 2 star. The ingredients are horrible.

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

    Hey, I ate lunch at McDonald’s earlier this week. LOL

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Bryan, great advice on pride dog food. But right now I am having lunch…Mcdonald’s is having a special, it’s fish sandwiches are only a buck on Fridays all thru lent. I don’t normally eat at Mickey d’s but I can’t pass that deal up. lol :)

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

    It doesn’t matter how clean a McDonald’s restaurant is, it’s not something you want to eat day in and day out (or maybe at all). So who cares how clean the factory where Pride is made is?

    Corn… by-product… those are not good ingredients for a dog. Stop trying to justify what you’re doing and listen/read.. . you might learn something.

  • InkedMarie

    Delores, foods are rated by their ingredient list and nutritional analysis, among other things. Whether a food has been recalled has nothing to do with the ingredients in the food. If you look above at the ingredients, the first three are in red. Dr Mike goes on to explain below why they are in red. This is why this food is rated 3 stars out of five.

  • delores

    the supplier that I bought my dog food from has went to the plant where they make this dog food and its clean they make sure its good stuff,,, dont know where you are coming from you detail of Analysis as I have been looking at all the dog food,, you rate this bad and yet you rate high to the dog food that has been and is still on the recall list, so like you set at your desk with your little paper you all need to do some field work, go into these factories and fix these problems, I know my dog loves this dog food and she is healthy and I will buy this great dog food for my 4 legged family member pet

  • Aaron W

    We live in West Virginia and this food works very well for our large breed, active, farm dogs. Im sure some of you will scoff and say it is poorly made…but, if it works, its affordable…if its not broke — dont fix it!