Victor Grain Free Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Victor Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Victor Grain Free product line includes six dry dog foods.

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.

  • Victor Grain Free Hero [M]
  • Victor Grain Free Chicken [A]
  • Victor Grain Free Ultra Pro [A]
  • Victor Grain Free Lamb Meal [A]
  • Victor Grain Free Yukon River Canine [A]
  • Victor Grain Free Active Dog And Puppy [A]

Victor Grain Free Active Dog and Puppy recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Victor Grain Free Active Dog and Puppy

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 38%

Ingredients: Beef meal, sweet potato, chicken meal, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pork meal, menhaden fish meal (source of DHA-docosahexaenoic acid), dehydrated alfalfa meal, dried egg product, flax seed (source of omega 3 fatty acid), yeast culture, natural chicken flavor, potassium chloride, dried kelp, salt, montmorillonite, tomato pomace (source of lycopene), dried carrot, choline chloride, hydrolyzed yeast, dried chicory root, taurine, zinc amino acid complex, hydrolyzed yeast, vitamin E supplement, iron amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, selenium yeast, l-carnitine, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D supplement, copper sulfate, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, magnesium amino acid chelate, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, lecithin, fructooligosaccharide, folic acid, yeast extract, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Yucca schidigera extract, citric acid, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis33%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%18%38%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%37%33%
Protein = 31% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 33%

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 sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

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

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 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 sixth ingredient is pork meal, another high protein meat concentrate.

Although pork meal contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh pork, 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 menhaden fish meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.

Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as can be typical with deep water species.

This item is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The eighth 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 ninth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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, flaxseed is 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, 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).

In addition, 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.

Next, we find chicory root. Chicory 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.

We also note the use of yeast extract. Yeast extract is the common name for a broad group of products made by removing the cell wall from the yeast organism.

A significant number of these ingredients are added as specialized nutritional supplements while others are used as flavor enhancers.

However, the glutamic acid (and its chemical cousin, monosodium glutamate, or MSG) found in a minority of yeast extracts can be controversial.

That’s because even though the Food and Drug Administration designated these food additives to be safe decades ago2, the agency continues to receive reports of adverse effects.

So, detractors still object to the use of yeast extract and other glutamic acid derivatives and blame them for everything from Alzheimer’s (in humans) to obesity.

In any case, since the label reveals little about the the actual type of yeast extract included in any recipe, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this ingredient.

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 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 Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Victor Grain Free looks like an above-average dry dog food.

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 36%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 38%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 37% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Victor Grain Free is a meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

12/13/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. L-Glutamic Acid, FDA Select Committee on GRAS Substances
  • Jill Thomas

    moisten the food BEFORE you feed it. That seems like too little. If he cleans the dish and looks for more, offer a little bit more. You want to avoid a fat puppy, but too thin is not good either. Puppies are different, often the amounts are viewed as guidelines.

  • Crazy4cats

    My dogs are eating Authority GNC Healthy Weight with turkey and chickpeas right now and it is not causing them to be gassy. I only give them a probiotic once per week. I guess it depends on the dog.

  • Mariposa

    I feed my dog Victor too and she did have a lot of smelly gas. I started giving her pro biotics and it helped immensely. I also give her Zukes Digestion “treats”

  • Caroline Leon

    Victor Performance and Victor Hero are 2 different foods. The food you are asking about, Performance, is an ALL STAGES food and is listed under 4star dry foods under “victor dry food” on this site. Crazy4Cats is correct about Hero being MAINTENANCE and therefore not appropriate for puppies. I feed my slightly underweight rescue pup Victor Performance because of the included glucosamine. I may alternate with Victor Grain Free Active dog and puppy but he’s doing well on Performance.

  • Joe M

    Better to feed the recommended amount and if he gains and grows, he’s fine. If not, increase it just a tad. Don’t forget: dry day food swells in the stomach, so once it is hydrated he probably feels full….except that no puppy feels full! They all want more food if they can get it.

  • Mudi Mom

    That amount (3/4c) is pretty close. A 10 lb puppy needs about 360 up to 500 calories a day. There is 397 calories in a cup of this food. I usually feed my pups 3 to 4 times a day split that amount among the feedings. As the puppy grows just add more food. You should see a little fat while they grow. You do not want to see a lot of ribs. I weigh my pups every week and you can kind of go by that. If they gain a lot add more food. So at this size you could go up to 1 and 1/4 c total daily amount. Split it up by how many feedings you give. Add just a bit of water to the food, do not cover it just a small amount.

  • Meishah Hatfield

    Puppy eat more I feed mine more than recommended amount she was so tiny. I wouldn’t limit puppy.

  • VegasBabyy

    This might sound like a dumb question.. but it’s my very first time having a puppy. I have an 8-week old American Bully and I was wondering how much to feed him. I bought the Victor Active Dog and Puppy and I was wondering if I should go with the feeding instructions based on the chart on the back of the bag? It says if my puppy weighs 10 lbs, feed him 3/4 of a cup daily. If I were to feed him twice daily, would I need to feed him half of 3/4 twice in one day for each meal? I measured it with a 8 oz measuring cup and it seemed like an very little bit of food.. I was also told it was based off of adults, so puppies need to be fed up to 50% more. So one person said to feed 2 cups daily and then another person said 1.5 cups daily. Both persons were emails from the actual Victor company. And then I was reading online and others recommended free-feeding? I AM SO CONFUSED!

  • Lynn Greathouse

    Thank you!!

  • sandy

    Have you used the calculator in this article (link below) to check the calcium and phosphorus levels in the formula your feeding? You would also need to contact Victor for the “as fed” amounts, not just the minimums listed on the bag or guaranteed analysis.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-large-breed-puppy-food/

  • Crazy4cats

    Do you mean the Hero formula listed above? If yes, it is listed as a maintenance formula and would not be adequate for a puppy. Either an all life stage or puppy food would be best. Good luck!

  • Lynn Greathouse

    Would it be okay to feed my pit puppy victor performance with glucosamine? My other dogs are older and is what I feed them. Seems to have helped their jt pain. My baby pit prefers the victor to the puppy food she was eating. Thank you!

  • Bobby dog

    I found I was overthinking everything a few years back; it’s hard not to. So I stream lined my criteria. I am happy with it at this time, but most importantly my furries are doing well. I have no doubt it will change again at some point especially if a health concern arises.

    You’re welcome and good luck!!

  • LunaLove

    Thanks it sure is hard to do. I feel like I over think everything and I when I find a food I like I don’t trust the company that’s by far the biggest problem I have. Thanks for your help!!

  • Bobby dog

    I like NV as a company and I do like the balance in the Healthy Weight kibble. I feed their frozen and freeze dried foods too.

    Since your pup has a health issue I would run it by your Vet since they are familiar with his/her test results.

    You are ahead of the game IMO since you are basing your pup’s diet on tests from your Vet. Knowing what you need to address or pay attention to is most of the battle in keeping them healthy.

  • LunaLove

    I do agree recalls are good. But having many does scare me with the dog food brands. Yes that’s true I am lucky to have two brands to go to but it’s hard when I have to leave out chicken for one lentils for all and then potatoes for the other. I do like natures variety ingredient list I always have. Do you think the healthy weight is appropriately balanced meaning some levels arnt too high or too low? I’m just trying to do what best for my dog who has high lipase levels but tests in the range of not having pancreatitis. I’m trying to change her to a low fat diet to see if anything changes. Only worried to switch her food because she doesn’t do well and then I don’t want to make it worse with change but not sure what else to do!

  • Bobby dog

    I don’t remember NV having allot of recalls. IMO recalls are going to be inevitable in any food industry. The importance to me is how they are handled and what steps they take to rectify the situation.

    When I was taking nutrition classes in college I signed up for FDA recall notifications for research. They seemed to be daily! Some more alarming than others, but for me it was an important part of learning about the global food supply.

    I feed a few Primal FD to my cats and dog as toppers/mixers. I agree allot of it is high in fat. I like more calories to be from protein sources. That’s why I love the calorie weighted basis pie charts on each DFA review! After looking into them I wouldn’t feel comfortable feeding it as their main foods.

    You just have to keep searching. At least you have two companies they do well on!!

  • LunaLove

    Thank you again. I feel my dogs actually do better oh a high fiber low protein diet. However there was a level that was low on blood work that means poor diet. Can’t remember the blood test but I’m assuming maybe from the high fiber. I have tried different food but mainly they only do well on zignature and Fromm. I’d like to stay away from rice and potatoes but it seems impossible. I also looked into nutro but seem skeptical because who manufactures the food. I really liked natures variety but feel they have a lot of recalls. I really like primal ingredients but it’s mostly high protein high fat. So I feel it’s impossible to find something. Also I feel like my dogs coats are dull. Just not sure what to try next!

  • Bobby dog

    You’re welcome!

    The majority of kibble I feed ranges between 8-12% fat, 300 – 350 kcals/cup, and no higher than 5.5% fiber. My pup tends to gain weight on high fat & calorie foods.

    Some lower fat/weight management recipes contain too much fiber for long term feeding IMO. Too much can prevent nutrient absorption. However, if a pet is obese I could understand how extra fiber may help keep them satiated along with other benefits during the weight loss process. Here’s an article that discusses fiber in pet food. Look under the heading “My fiber and pet food soapbox.”
    https://weethnutrition.wordpress.com/page/3/

    Not sure if my current pet food criteria is what you are looking for, but here’s his current rotation:
    Annamaet Lean

    Exclusive: Reduced Fat and Senior

    Pro Plan: Focus or Savor Weight Management and Bright MInd Chic 7+

    Fromm: Four Star Whitefish & Potato and Classic Mature Adult

    I also throw in Nature’s Variety Instinct Healthy Weight.

    Last month I started feeding Purina One Vibrant Maturity and he is doing well on it too. I have also been looking at a few low fat Nutro recipes.

  • LunaLove

    Thank you! I email any company im considering feeding. I take a lot into consideration as I want to make sure certain levels are not high and then also have to look at the ingredients to see if they work out with my dogs as well. Would you have any suggestion on low fat food? I heard good things about Victor, Annamaet, Canidae Pure and Firstmate which all have low fat formulas.

  • Bobby dog

    Hello LunaLove:
    I look at a company before I look at the pet food they make. Topping my criteria is safety & testing procedures, the credentials of individuals that formulated their foods, where and who makes their foods, and sourcing. Then I look at GA’s and ingredients.

    If I cannot find this info on their site I contact the company with my questions. I don’t feed any foods from a company if I get nonsensical answers or none at all.

    My criteria has changed many times. I feel it’s important to be open to changing or adding to it.

    Here’s a DFA article and a few sites that helped me find my criteria:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/brand-guidelines/

    https://www.wsava.org/sites/default/files/Recommendations%20on%20Selecting%20Pet%20Foods.pdf

    http://vet.tufts.edu/wp-content/uploads/DecipheringFactFromFictionIngredients.pdf

  • LunaLove

    This seems to be similar to Nulo? Would that be correct or am I the only one that thinks this? I always try and see what brands are alike like Zignature is similar to Nutrisca but id go with zignature because I trust that company more. Does anyone else do this or is it just me?

  • Susan

    Hi a dog shouldn’t get bad slelly wind gas farts this means a few things the protein may be too high, there’s an ingredient he’s sensitive too causing the bad smelly farts.. chickpeas lentils can cause bad gas…. I would read the ingredient list & get a kibble with different ingredient to the one eating at the moment that has only 1 single protein with limited ingredients….. kibbles like Canidae Pure formula’s, Zignature formulas or Taste of the Wild sierra mountain roasted lamb is a single protein, limited ingredients & has no chickpeas or lentils …Rotate & introduce a new kibble..

  • Heidi Owens Hart

    My Dane sounds like he has his own whoopy cushion and he definitely clears the room.

  • Rudy

    Glad I’m not the only one dealing with the gas. I’ve got 3 pitties and sometimes I’ll have to leave the room

  • Mike

    Just switched my dogs from Dr Tim’s to Nutra Pro, it’s been great for my dogs

  • Taylor Krystin Gilmore

    Can I feed the yukon river salmon & sweet potato to my corgi puppy?

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi-
    I have not had that issue with the grain free Hero formula, but my dogs are currently a little gassy on the senior/healthy weight formula. Which one are you feeding?

  • Bankeroman

    I or Riley (our pup) has not had the gas issue with Victor at all. But did have that problem with a different brand. But I am quickly learning that every dog is different. He was allergic to something in the hi-Pro food so we are switching back to the grain free active dog & puppy. I am hoping things go back to normal because I like this brand quite a bit. The only thing I wish is they they would have a feeding table for puppies the one on here is more in general because my puppy is never full of I follow this one.

  • Heidi Owens Hart

    Victor came highly recommended and I switched my lab and great dane to it, with larger breed dogs, I wanted to go gluten free. I only have 1 complaint and was wondering if anyone else had experience with this, both our dogs now have horrible, and I mean horrible gas. We are used to an occasional bout of stinky ness, but this is now an everyday thing.

  • Pitlove

    What did the vet think it regards to him vomiting the NutriSource?

  • Mat

    So I started my Boerboel off with Nutrisource Large breed. He eats it like a champ however he randomly began to throw up the dog food. After a vet visit no parasites were found and xrays were clear. He then began to get some hives around face. I figured maybe the chicken was making him like that. So for past week I began to try Fromm heatland Gold. I have began to introduce it slowly but he has begun to itch and is scratching all over his body and his appetite for Fromm is not like nutrisource. His poops are all good solid. So I’m back to lookng into Victor, since past experience was very good. Looking at the website GENERAL ANALYSIS for grain free hero shows
    Calcium 1.26 %
    Phopshorus 1.2 %
    Cal/Phos Ratio 1.1 Ratio:1
    http://victorpetfood.com/products/dog/victor-grain-free/hero-canine/

    Any suggestions?

  • Midway

    This is incorrect, Victor does meet large breed puppy requirements. I am running their numbers and all the grain-free which includes their Active/Puppy, passed based on the calculator. Victor also has it right on their page with the ratio calculated for you, just go to the food type then the general analysis tab. http://victorpetfood.com/products/dog/

    Guideline is:
    1.2 to 1.8% calcium
    1.0 to 1.6% phosphorus
    Calcium-to-phosphorus ratio 1:1 to 1.8:1

    Highest ratio I saw was 1.5:1. I would probably go for the lower end for puppies, 1:1 – 1:3 which some were.

  • Tammy Ctmserenityhorserescue C

    I started my many dogs all different ages and breeds and let me say that it is awesome dog food! My dogs don’t beg (as much!) for food when we are eating, I have one that would get into the trash every night and being on Victor she seems to have stopped doing as often!! They seem more satisfied and happier. My old dogs seem happier as well. Their coat doesn’t have that ick look they are more active! Just overall so much better!

  • Amy

    If this food is tiny it may not work for some giant breeds as the tiny kibble gets caught up in the loose flaps of the mouth making eating very frustrating. I wanted to try this food but rethinking this now due to kibble size.

  • Mary Sparks

    How long would you feed a Chinese Crested the grain free puppy food? I have never had a toy breed

  • Susan

    Hi Francesca, small kibbles are easier to digest then the big kibbles, when dogs don’t chew their kibbles & gulps their food, small kibbles are excellent for dogs like mine that gulp their kibbles & don’t chew & just swallow their kibbles…I think kibble companies have finally click on & are making kibble size smaller, small kibbles also can be feed to all breeds small breeds & large breed etc.. I think people are use to seeing the older type kibbles when the kibble size was made bigger..
    Small kibbles will be better for your dog especially if you have an older dog, as we get older we don’t make as much Hydrochloric acid in our stomachs & can have problems digesting food….

  • Francesca G

    My dog is 13 years old and she can’t have any grains due to allergies.

  • Susan LaFountaine

    Hi, the kibble is smaller because it contains no grains. Grain free formula’s lack the bulk that you usually see in other formulas. I have used the Yukon formula with great success. But I prefer a grain inclusive formula for mine because I don’t want as high a protein level. I have a Rottie pup and it is important that they grow slowly. So I feed mine from Victors Select line, they use brown rice as their grain.

  • Nue nue

    Hey I have a 7 weeks boerboel and a 9 months old boerboel. I feed them victor yukon mix with blue ridge beef puppy mix and green tripes also some horse vitamin. They love it. But really have to let them exercise everyday.

  • Francesca G

    My 13 year old cockapoo will eat anything. LOL. She was a picky eater as a puppy. I rotate between the new Gather line by Petcurean and Victor Yukon. My dog is allergic to chicken and chicken meal which makes finding a great quality grain free kibble a challenge.

  • Kat

    I don’t know why it is so small. But my boy, 7 mo old german shepherd, loves it. I tried 5 different brands and flavors before finding Yukon River. It was the only one he would eat without me begging him to. Lol. Glad I finally tried him on it.

  • theBCnut

    Dogs are very good at converting fat and protein to glucose at the rate they need it, unless they are extreme athletes, like sled dogs.

    And there has been a bit of research lately, showing pretty much the same thing for humans. We aren’t quite as efficient as dogs are, but unless we are working beyond aerobic capacity, we don’t need the carbs either to get the glucose we need. And in a normal healthy individual, dog or human, there is no medical reason either.

    Due to uncontrolled diabetes, my brother has been living on a zero carb diet for about 4 years. He is off his blood pressure meds, off his diabetes meds, off his cholesterol meds, off all meds, and his blood work is perfect.

    Many thousands of dogs are fed this way with no issues, unless you consider increased longevity an issue.

  • sammy1023

    aimee, yes you are right, technically, we don’t need to consume carbs. But i wasn’t talking about the theoretical all or nothing scenario here, and as an athlete myself and assuming our dogs, kids, peers, etc are active and athletic, the dangers of consuming a low or no carb diet on active beings are well documented. So yes, technically you do not need to consume them, but in the real world of active beings, whether they be dogs or men or women or kids, it is dangerous to consume a no or low carb diet for extended periods of time. I would NEVER want any dog on this type of low or no carb and would not suggest to others that this type of diet is preferred, no matter what the “theory” suggests.

  • Dice Fd

    So after reading the review, and the comments I e-mailed Victor myself. Here was thier response. I asked about the yeast (since dog food advisor review commented about not knowing if it was good or not, I also asked where the food was manufactured, and about Maximum calcium, phos, kcal/cup) This is the response I recieved.

    “Thanks for your growing interest in Victor Super Premium Pet Foods. Victor Dry kibble is manufactured and packaged by our parent company Midamerica Pet Foods of Mt. Pleasant, TX.

    Sel-Plex® is Alltech’s proprietary organic form of selenium yeast manufactured to mimic Mother Nature, thus better absorbed, stored and utilized by the animal than inorganic selenium.

    FORMULA: CALCIUM: PHOS: kcal/cup

    GF Yukon
    1.2%
    0.9%
    398
    GF Hero
    1.6%
    1.1%
    397
    GF Active dog
    1.6%
    1.1%
    397

    Victor® is manufactured in our own modern Texas based facility.
    Several formulas rated 4 and 5 Star by dogfoodadvisor.com and exceed AAFCO Nutritional Guidelines.
    All Victor® dry dog food formulas are:
    Free from Corn, Wheat, Soy, or Gluten!
    Enhanced with Zinpro Performance Minerals, which are the most bio-available complex trace minerals on the market.
    Infused with SEL-PLEX organic selenium to improve cellular health by fighting free radicals.
    Enriched with multiple Probiotics for building a healthier immune system with improved gut health.”

    So is this a good brand of dog food for Puppies (Im concentrating on the grain free formulas)
    Also where could I learn more about the Zinpro minerals?
    Is the yeast an ok yeast for dog food?

  • Francesca G

    Does anyone have any feed back about Yukon? I just bought a bag and why is the kibble so small?

  • Mat

    Thank you all for the info

  • Susan

    Hi Mat, have a look at “SportDog Food” Ellite this food is very similar to Victor & is cheaper here’s a link, scroll down & you’ll see the Guaranteed Analysis of the Sport Dog Elite formula compared to the Victor large breed formula..
    http://www.sportdogfood.com/elite-grain-and-potato-free-beef-meal-30-14/

  • Pitlove

    Lol! Copy and paste is a great thing!

    I would conclude that Yukon River would be LBP safe by those numbers yes. This is good to know given the last info I had on Victor. Thanks!!

  • Kat

    Just learned something new, had no idea how to copy and paste on my tablet, figured it out! Lol

    Calcium = 3.3 g per 1000 kcal
    Ca to P ratio = 1.3 to 1

    Did I read the results correctly compared to the articles stated guidelines? The amounts put in were 1.2 calcium, .9 phosphorus and 3610 calories.

  • Pitlove

    Can you copy & paste what the calculator spit out for both ratios?

  • Kat

    I used the calculator on this website. You put in the calcium, phosphorus and calorie numbers and it gives you the ratio. I was just going by the numbers dog food advisor lists on their article with the calculator.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Kat-

    Unfortuntely having a 1.3:1 ca/phos doesn’t automatically make it LBP safe. The ca/calorie ratio also must be factored in and if that does not fall within the safe limits the food can not be fed to a LBP.

  • Kat

    I feed the Yukon river formula to my large breed pup. I was pretty sure I had put the calcium and phosphorus amounts into dog food advisors calculator before I started him on it but to be sure I contacted them again for the numbers. I just ran them and yes, the Yukon river falls within the accepted range for a large breed puppy. Ends up 1.3 to 1

  • Kat

    I have been feeding my large breed boy the Yukon river formula since he was about 12 weeks old. I just contacted Victor to make sure the calcium and phosphorus levels were OK and I put what they gave me into the calculator on this website. Unless I am using the calculator wrong it falls within the guidelines. Calcium is 1.2, phosphorus is .9 and when you put that with the calories in the calculator it comes out to 1.3 to 1 which is within the range listed.

  • Pitlove

    As far as I could remember he said he asked for values on every single formula that was meant for growth or all life stages whether it was grain free or not and none came back ok.

  • Crazy4cats

    Are you sure the poster checked on all of Victor’s formulas? I thought a couple of the recipes with grains were OK, but I’ve never checked on it my self.

  • Pitlove

    I agree. It is a shame they don’t invest in making a proper large breed puppy formula as so many people would like to be able to use it.

  • Mat

    I thought so, thank you for the reply.
    After some readings I may go with Fromm large breed, I really liked Victor.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Mat-

    Another poster a few months back contacted Victor for the Ca and Phos values on each of their growth and all life stages formulas. Unfortuntely, all were too high in Ca for a large breed puppy.

  • Mat

    Does Victor make anything for large/giant breed. Looking for puppy food for an 8wk Boerboel.

  • aimee

    Hi sammy1023,

    Dogs have a metabolic need for carbohydrate but actually they don’t have a dietary need for carbohydrates. People, like dogs, also do not have a dietary need for carbohydrate. Both people and dogs can generate all the glucose they need from protein and fat.

  • sammy1023

    I think you mean grain-free carbs? All dogs need carbs like humans for energy, you ideally want the carbs to come from sweet potatoes, peas, etc, and not corn and grains.

  • Crazy4cats

    Sounds great. Thanks!

  • Thanks for sharing this with me, C4C. Sandy and I will be reviewing this product line within the next 2 to 3 weeks. Looks good, do far.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi All-
    Victor’s new line of canned food is manufactured by Simmons Cannery. That is good news, in my opinion. It is available on http://www.chewy.com. I am planning on trying the canned cat food soon!

  • Chelle1967

    We’ve switched to the Victor with glucosamine and our pack has done great on it. Nice shiney coats, increased energy, better poops. I do add a fish oil capsule or an organic coconut oil capsule and a probiotic for them daily. We are able to get ours at the local co-op.

  • Martha Lohan

    Hi crazyaboutdogs, I buy Victors Hi-Pro Formula dry from chewy.com and the 40 lb bag is $1.28 per pound. I have 3 medium sized dogs that love this food, but they are not picky eaters. (I never met a picky be able! Lucky you.) I would just buy a small bag to start out and slowly integrate it into your beagle’s diet. Incidentally, Chewy is very good about refunds/returns, just read the comments on site. Good luck.

  • B Talley

    Yes, it did help. I checked their website and got the info I was looking for. Maybe it’s on the bag somewhere, but I just didn’t see it. I keep the food in a sealed container after I get it, so I had already thrown away the bag. Thanks for taking the time to reply with the web site info.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi B Talley-
    I think it is very important to list the calories per cup. I have two labs and they tend to get chubby if I don’t watch what they eat closely. Here is Victor’s website:
    http://victorpetfood.com/products/dog/victor-grain-free/chicken/
    It lists the calories for each of it’s formulas. Their grain free foods are higher in calories than their recipes with grain.
    My dogs have eaten the Hero and the senior/healthy weight formulas without issue.

    I thought the calories were listed on the bag somewhere. Also, Chewy.com provides pictures of several of the foods they sell. Calories might also be found on their site.

    Hope this helps!

  • B Talley

    How can I determine the amount of calories(kcal) per cup of Victor grain free dog food? I can ‘guess’, but I would really like to know why the majority of dog food labels do not include this information. Is it just not that important?

  • Susan

    Hi, there’s a few puppy foods out there, just make sure it say “Large breed Puppy” have you looked at “Canidae” Large Breed Puppy Duck meal Brown Rice & Lentils, then rotate with another brand with a different protein find 3 different brands all with different proteins & rotate between the 3 brands…Have a look at “Sport Dog Food” Elite Series click on the GF Chicken Meal & look at the ingredients compared to Victors ingredients… http://www.sportdogfood.com/dog-food/active-sporting/performance/

  • IJ

    Hello Marie!
    Looking for grain free large breed puppy food for samoyed puppy, which brand would you suggest? I did lots of research and still has hard time to find all. natural or organic food for puppy which will not cause health problems.
    Thank you

  • Crazyaboutdogs

    About how much does victor cost per pound?

  • Crazyaboutdogs

    Yes, as long as it’s not beef by-product meal or anything along those lines

  • Cannoli

    it all depends on your definition of good.

    my definition of good dog food is very low to no Carbs. this food has rice so no Bueno for me

  • Champ Richard Jr.

    Is the beef and rice good

  • Pitlove

    Hi Josh-

    Red “flagged” ingredients are not always “bad” ingredients, just ingredients that have stirred up controversy. The controversy is not necessarily substaniated though.

  • Josh Hopkins

    How did this get a 5 star rating with so many red ingredients listed? The ingredient list also seems a little long to me…

  • Crazy4cats

    Looks like Victor added a grain free lamb recipe to their line. Has anyone tried it? http://victordogfood.com/products/dog/victor-grain-free/lamb/

  • gmcbogger38

    Grain free victor is definitely tiny enough for little dogs.

  • Bobby dog

    I wish you continued luck with Victor. Many regulars here use it and are quite pleased with the results!

  • Marie Peppers

    you are right.. I did use Fromm but can’t afford that for my Gang so went to Victor .. Pretty good luck with it .. Ok, well thanks.. I had no idea they were in a New Venture

  • Bobby dog

    You always need to do what you feel comfortable with. I see it as the company wants an opportunity to keep growing to fulfill the demand of their products. I don’t necessarily see it as a negative when a company wants to invest in itself.

    Time will tell in the end if finding an investment partner is good or bad. If you haven’t noticed anything different and have been satisfied with Victor over the past two years I would think that is a positive.

  • Marie Peppers

    ok.. i see .. So Victor is not a family company.. Darn I am so sad.. I guess further reason to make my own food

  • Marie Peppers

    I don’t understand .. What are you trying to tell mey Bobby dog ?

  • Bobby dog

    Hello Marie Peppers:
    Trinity Hunt Partners bought a majority of Mid America Pet Food a few years ago.

    “In July 2014, THP and its co-investors successfully completed the purchase of 70% of Mid-America Pet Food (“MAPF”), a rapidly growing, Texas-based branded premium pet food manufacturer. The balance of the Company is owned by Scott Glover, the founder and CEO.”
    http://www.trinityhunt.com/index.php/news/news_item/trinity-hunt-partners-2014-mid-year-update

    You can find more info here:
    http://www.trinityhunt.com/index.php/news/news_item/trinity-hunt-partners-announces-acquisition-of-mid-america-pet-food

    http://www.trinityhunt.com/index.php/portfolio/portfolio_detail/mid-america-pet-food

  • Marie Peppers

    I have been using Victor and really enjoy the results of the product. I especially like they never have recalls and are a Long time family owned company. I often suggest people use Victor as one of the better choices for my clients. I help people with home-cooking and or choose commercial dog foods. Look me up if you need help , Marie of Ask the Pet Nurse http://www.dogfoodconsultant.com

  • Crazy4cats

    That’s no good. What were you feeding before? Did you transition them to the new food or just switch cold turkey? Sometimes when you feed one food for a long time and switch to a new one, it causes digestive upset if you don’t transition slowly. Especially if it is a big change in ingredients and/or fat, protein and fiber percentages. I feed Victor off and on with no issues. When switching to a new food, I usually use The Honest Kitchen’s Perfect Form supplement for a few days while making the change. I hope your dogs get better!

  • Yorkie Collier

    I changed dog food and bought victors all life stages and I’m so upset, all my dogs are vomiting and severe diarrhea. Didn’t have issues with the other brand .

  • Brenda Dee

    We have Chihuahuas, the smallest is barely 3lbs. She loves it and none of them have problems eating it.

  • unprofitable servent

    My doberman luvs victor, its a very good dogfood.

  • LabsRawesome

    Victor kibble is tiny. I have a Dachshund that eats it. My Lab and Springer also love Victor.

  • June V.P.

    How large is the kibble in the Victor grainfree. I have small dogs, one very small toy

  • Crazy4cats

    Hey, that’s brand new. Thanks for the notice!

  • Natasha Myers

    It’s on chewy.com for like $54 for 30 lbs. Free shipping on orders over $49. They also have an autoship feature

  • Crazy4cats

    Ok, I think that one is about the same as what used to be called Joint Health, but now called their Hero formula that I feed. Thanks for your response. Here are my two…

  • sammy1023

    I’ve always had him on the Active Puppy and Dog, the red bag. I thought of switching once but he’s always done so well on it I didn’t want to tempt fate.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi sammy1023-
    Your dog looks great. I also feed Victor kibble regularly. I have two large male dogs (golden/lab) and have fed grain free joint health and currently the healthy weight/senior formulas. I’m curious which formula/s you feed? Thanks for sharing your review and pic!

  • sammy1023

    Rocky (boxer/pitbull/lab) has been on Victor for a number of years, at 10 he is going strong. Looks and acts years younger. Love this food.

  • Karma_Grant

    Glad to see they didn’t drop in ratings. My boy (GSD mix) is allergic to chicken so the only Victor’s he can have is the Yukon and it’s been almost a year and half since it was in his rotation and planned on getting a bag this weekend. Happy to know my plans don’t have to change.

  • GSDgrl82

    I normally feed a prey model raw diet but my freezer recently died so I had to go back to kibble in the meantime until I get a new freezer. I have 5 dogs and my fridge freezer has nowhere near the space I need for their raw(pre made is waaay too pricey for large dogs). Anyways I normally use six fish Orijen when I need to feed kibble but decided to try Victor Yukon(my GSD is allergic to some things) and all of my dogs are doing great on it. Normal albeit much larger(ah I miss you raw poops) stool, shiny coats, etc. The only thing I noticed is more build up in their ears and more tarter build up(never have that issue with raw). Anyways I was impressed with this food!

    I’m surprised though that this doesn’t make editors choice but Wellness and Evo do??

  • Judy

    Thank you!