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
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 indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||27%||22%||43%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||22%||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.
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.
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.
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
09/03/2014 Last Update
- 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 ↩
- 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 ↩
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩