Victor Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Victor Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Victor product line includes 11 dry dog foods. Although each appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we were unable to find AAFCO nutritional profile recommendations for these dog foods on the product’s web page.

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

  • Victor Ocean Fish Formula
  • Victor Performance Formula
  • Victor Nutra Pro 38 Formula (5 stars)
  • Victor Multi-Pro Maintenance (3.5 stars)
  • Victor Professional Formula All Life Stages
  • Victor Senior/Healthy Weight Formula (4.5 stars)
  • Victor Lamb Meal and Brown Rice All Life Stages
  • Victor High Energy Formula Active Sporting Dogs
  • Victor Beef Meal and Brown Rice All Life Stages (3.5 stars)
  • Victor Chicken Meal and Brown Rice with Lamb Meal All Life Stages
  • Victor Select Hi Pro Plus Formula Active Dogs and Puppies (5 stars)

Victor Professional Formula All Life Stages was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Victor Professional Formula All Life Stages

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 44%

Ingredients: Beef meal, whole ground grain sorghum, chicken meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), whole ground millet, pork meal, dehydrated alfalfa meal, flaxseed (source of omega 3 fatty acid), oat meal, potassium chloride, dried kelp, yeast culture, montmorillonite, monosodium phosphate, tomato pomace (source of lycopene), whole carrots, dried celery pomace, dried beet pomace, dried parsley pomace, dried lettuce pomace, dried watercress pomace, dried spinach pomace, l-lysine, Yucca schidigera extract, choline chloride, hydrolyzed yeast, taurine, dried chicory root, l-carnitine, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex, selenium yeast, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin (vitamin B3), copper sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), vitamin A supplement, copper amino acid complex, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), biotin (vitamin B7), magnesium amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid complex, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, lecithin, folic acid (vitamin B9), cobalt glucoheptonate, oil of rosemary, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%20%44%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%40%36%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 36%

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

The second 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 third ingredient is chicken meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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 millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

The sixth ingredient includes pork meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate. But it can also be high in ash — about 25-30%.

However, the ash content of the final product is typically adjusted in the recipe to allow its mineral profile to meet AAFCO guidelines.

The seventh ingredient is alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

The eighth 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.

The ninth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

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 five notable exceptions

First, montmorillonite clay is a naturally occurring compound rich in many trace minerals. Montmorillonite has been approved for use in USDA Organic Certified products.

Reported benefits include the binding of certain mold-based toxins and even controlling diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Next, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

In addition, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

Next, this food 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.

And lastly, this recipe also includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Victor Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Victor Dog Food 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 29%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 44%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the alfalfa meal and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Victor Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of various meat meals 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.

Victor Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

06/21/2015 Last Update

  • Amanda Palmer

    Probably about a week. I have 6, 25# 45# 40#, 50# 55#, 60# and it lasts me about 10 days

  • Champ Richard Jr.

    25 19 75 75 75 60 63

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Champ,

    I seem to recall you were switching from another brand of food. Yes, Victor is a very good product. I’m using it for one of my dogs right now.

    I could be that it’s more calorie dense than the last food that your dogs were eating, so you may be feeding less of it than you were the Retriever. It’s hard to say how long a bag will last you, but it’s likely that it’ll be longer than your previous brand. Compare the number of calories (kcals) on the Retriever to the Victor that you chose.

    Introduce it slowly. Use a small amount of the new food mixed with the old and don’t add another small portion of the new and reduce the old until your dogs have good stool quality. If your dogs aren’t used to switching they might have some loose stool if you switch too quickly. If they do get some loose stool, try adding a small amount of plain, canned pumpkin to their food.

    Good luck!

  • InkedMarie

    That would depend on the sizes of your dogs.

  • Champ Richard Jr.

    How long will a 40 lb bag of this dog food last for 7 dogs

  • Pitlove


  • Champ Richard Jr.

    i just boght this food is it okay

  • Pitlove

    yes I saw that. that isn’t really addressing off topic discussion though and it doesn’t mention there being any consequence for it. I’ve seen tons of off topic convos lately that I’ve stayed out of. I haven’t seen Mike make any comments as of yet.

  • DogFoodie

    It is actually. From the commenting policy, “This website was created to encourage relevant conversation about dog food and dog food manufacturers only.” It’s the first sentence under the paragraph entitled “Personal Agendas.”

  • Pitlove

    beautiful Schutzhund photo thanks for sharing

  • InkedMarie

    Beautiful dog! Great post too. I have a puppy coming next month, we visited today; the breeder chooses. She may have a couple, three to choose from but she knows her dogs & what we want.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I agree with your completely! Your dog is beautiful and it’s nice to see Shepherds that are actually bred for a job and with correct structure, as was the intention of the breed!

  • GSDgrl82

    And to stay on topic lol I’m currently feeding Victor hi pro with raw to my working GSD’s. I don’t breed so I have no clue what the losing litters issue is but I’ve always had good results with this food.

  • GSDgrl82

    I don’t have an issue with responsible breeders, they are very much needed in my opinion and their puppies do not end up in shelters and IF they do they work to pull them but that is rare. They carefully select their homes and take the dogs back if for some reason the owner can no longer keep them. Ethical breeders have nothing to do with pet overpopulation. More emphasis needs to be placed on the low life owners dumping their pets.

    That said let me talk about my puppies dam and what her owner has done with her. She was health tested(German shepherd) so DM and hips and elbows. Collies are a working breed so for me I want to also see working titles… My pups dam is doing Schutzhund(a protection sport designed to test GSD’s), she just won a regional championship, got her IPO3 and is currently training for nationals. The sire is the same, health tested and also competed in nationals and HIS dam has a boatload of working titles and is still working at 10 years old.

    I also didn’t get to pick my puppy, she was matched to me with what I wanted(high drive bitesport prospect) and she is exactly what I wanted! Breeding isn’t just for cute babies and because you love them… It is being passionately dedicated to the breed and wanting to better them in some way. Ethical breeding also doesn’t make you any money because all that money is being spent on raising puppies, health tests and working, titling dogs. My baby girl and her bad A momma. :)

  • Sherry Allen

    True Pitlove and thanks

  • Pitlove

    yes it’s been over for a while. let’s not continue piling on.

  • Crazy4cats

    What you consider “adding to her thoughts”, I considered “piling on”. You guys are all very passionate about the subject and came on very strong to a brand new poster. You all worked it out and now it’s over.

  • Pitlove

    Regardless of the good things I’ve heard about Victor, I think you were smart to not continuing using it for your potential mama to be. Better to be safe than sorry!

  • Pitlove

    Hi DogFoodie- I took your comment as an opportunity to brush up on the commenting policy to ensure that I was not in violation of it with the previous conversation I joined. I was unable to find any statement directly addressing off topic discussion and the potential consequence. Anyway- thanks for you input, always appreciated!

  • DogFoodie

    It actually is part of the commenting policy already. It has been for years. I’ve been involved in completely benign conversation (one I recall was at least a couple of years ago and we were talking about organic local honey) and we were reminded by Dr. Mike to keep things on topic.

  • InkedMarie

    There you go. We all have our breaking point/toleration point. She was one of mine.

  • Crazy4cats

    Ok, thanks. My dogs had a rough start and have had some digestive issues. Victor seems to agree with them. I hope there isn’t any issues with it. I can definitely understand you not wanting to take any chances.

  • Sherry Allen

    Thank you Pitlove. I do understand now why you feel the way you do. Thanks for the information on Victor. Like I told someone else, I really liked Victor until I heard that about the breeding. And this was just what I was told. No investigating it on anything by me. Just didn’t want to chance it so switched. I feed Diamond Natural-Beef. Just started and have heard it is good. On this site.
    No hard feeling. By anyone I hope.

  • Sherry Allen

    Crazy4dogs it wasn’t about what you said so much for I really understand how you would feel the way you do being in rescue. It was mostly that I got on here to get help on the dog food and was bombed with attitude about breeding. I really had lots of respect for you for being in rescue! Good luck to you.

  • Sherry Allen

    Thanks Crazy4cats. I wish I knew. I didn’t want to take any chances so just switch to Diamond. I am feeding Diamond Naturals now. The beef. I am learning as I go on the feeding thing. lol. This man that told me about Victor and his problems with it was someone that was working for me on a job for a day and haven’t ever seen him again. I really liked Victor except for that with the breeding female.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m not disagreeing with you. I understand what you’re saying, I saw many of the conversations after I began to try to help her. I think people just gave up or got frustrated after giving her advice and seeing her subsequent comments, both good and bad. There were also negative comments made regarding the posters that were trying to help.

  • Pitlove

    Giving up/not responding to her and attacking her in the way some people did are two very different things. Just like I said to Aquriangt, you can choose to ignore the persons posts and let the burden of helping them fall on someone else.

    Edit: I think we can agree to disagree on the topic of Sharron. My original point was more just that the rule of being nice to people shouldn’t only apply to first time posters.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Honestly Pitlove, InkedMarie is right. Sharron has been on here for many years asking what to feed and going back to Royal Canin. I think we all tried to help her and just gave up. I actually saw a post from her on some other dog website (I can’t remember which) saying that all of the people on this site were mean to her. The interesting thing was, the post was several years ago and Sharron was still posting on this site for several years after, asking for advice.

  • Pitlove

    Yes it seems so. I tried to view some of my past conversations with her to find where she said how unwelcome she felt on here and all her comments were gone.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Did Sharron quit?

  • Pitlove

    Some people are a little thicker than others and it takes more time for them to get it. I’m not very nice usually either, but since I like posting on here I try to behave as well. However, I can only tolerate so much.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I think you’ve been on this site long enough to know that often the topic strays on to other discussions and personal experiences that really don’t have anything to do with the OP, but the discussion continues based on the OP’s comments. I’m not trying to start an argument, but I think many of us here are guilty of that.

    Edit: I am done with this discussion as there is no further reason to continue. I have no reason to bicker.

  • InkedMarie

    this is only me, no clique but not just here but other forums/groups: when i try to help people and they ignore my help or they continually ask the same thing over & over, my patience wears thin. I was gone from here for almost a year for a similar issue. I tend to be not very nice at times and guess what? I’m not always nice IRL. I try to be good online but sometimes, I’m not.

  • Pitlove

    Thats some funny logic. I’m “mad” because you called me out. No, because there was nothing to call me out on, but no I don’t want to be singled out for no reason, as I’m sure you wouldn’t either. If you don’t like what I have to say or me in general, you do not have to respond to me. Instead you could offer Shelly some advice on food choices.

  • aquariangt

    Are you kidding me with this comment? No, I didn’t speak up then. What does that have to do with anything? You’re mad because I called you out?

  • Pitlove

    It gets old and I understand that, but if Aquariangt wants to point out how we “treat” posters, the way EVERYONE on here whether they are apart of the “regular poster clique” or not needs to be taken into account. Otherwise his point is moot. I do not enjoy being singled out when I did not even start the discussion.

  • InkedMarie

    Some of us tried helping Sharron over & over, long before I recall seeing you post here. Some people just don’t want to listen & keep asking the same thing, repeatedly. That gets old.

  • Pitlove

    Remember a poster named Sharron who was dealing with digestion issues with her small breed? She was so upset about the way she was treated on this site she’s since deleted her disqus profile. I’d show you were she stated she didn’t feel welcome here but her posts were removed when she deleted her profile. How come you didn’t speak up for her?

  • Pitlove

    Hi Sherry,
    Dispite how you and others feel about my participation in this discussion, I was not (nor do I think anyone else) was trying to tell you that you can’t breed or shouldn’t. And you are right we do not know your breeding ethics. However, we don’t too often get a good quality breeder asking questions on here, so perhaps we jumped to conclusions.

    No, I’m not against breeders. I’m against certain types of breeders and there are many types. I own a breed of dog that is stigmatized, abused, used for dog fighting, illegal to own in parts of the U.S, is one of the most prevelent breeds in shelters, the most abused breed in the nation, and has over a million of them being euthanized without even being temperment tested and given a chance at adoption, yearly. A huge part of the plight of this breed is due to being over breed and bred for aggression, color, large heads, and a body shape and size they aren’t meant to have. Doing this has destroyed the original breeds that makes up the term “pitbull”. That is why I have such strong feelings towards people who breed because they have a cute dog or two etc.

    To answer your question, I have only heard great things about Victor. I’d be curious to have the food tested to see if there was a way to find out what ingredient caused the loss of your friends bitches litters. Probably not possible to do now however. I use Fromm and my pitbull does very well on it. Perhaps this is a food that could work for your Dam and the pups. My boy eats the Fromm Gold line.

  • aquariangt

    My issue is that you and pitlove just completely turned this poster off to the site, where she could get valuable information regarding a variety of dog related information. Attacking (and that’s how it read, whether or not you meant it, though you specifically brought up many valid points) someone who isn’t even looking for any information on the topic, isn’t doing any good. The “discussion” on this thread absolutely was in reference to the OP, because the first response she got was essentially questioning her validity as a breeder or being a byb.

  • Crazy4dogs

    AGT, there was some discussion between regular posters regarding the plight of dogs, whether they were rescued or a backyard breeder. If you are referring to this, that had nothing to do with the OP, but was, in fact, a discussion.

    I think you might be well aware, in your field and on this site, that all too often, people decide that they want to breed puppies and have posted questions. I also think that if you are going to breed puppies you should have a working knowledge of what are good and/or bad dog foods. I don’t think this discussion was as out of line as you are suggesting. Feel free to dislike this post as many times as you would like.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Sherry,

    I’m sorry if you took offense to my comments, but I am in rescue and there are just so many dogs that are euthanized because there are not enough homes, whether fosters or adopters to take them all. Some are purebred, some are mixed, all deserve a chance at life. I honestly feel that there are way too many dogs being bred and puppies being produced. I have many friends in the dog world, including trainers, show people, day care, breeders and rescue. I also see the flip side of owners that have dogs from “reputable breeders” that have serious defects and the owners are now faced with huge medical bills because they have fallen in love with the puppy that shouldn’t have been bred in the first place.

    Again, If you take offense, I’m sorry. I can only hope that you breed for the betterment of the breed and are responsible enough to ensure the health of the dog and to take the puppies back that have any medical or social problems.

  • Pitlove

    Crazy4Dogs brought the subject of her breeding her dog up and myself, Marie and El Doctor added to her thoughts. Why am I being singled out?

  • Crazy4cats

    Discussion? That’s when people talk WITH each other.

  • Pitlove

    Ah. Ok