American Journey Landmark Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The American Journey Landmark product line includes 3 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.
- American Journey Landmark Delta Blend [M]
- American Journey Landmark Plateau Blend [M]
- American Journey Landmark Trailhead Blend [A]
American Journey Landmark Plateau Blend was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
American Journey Landmark Plateau Blend
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Deboned beef, deboned pork, turkey meal (source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate), lentils, peas, tapioca starch, pork meal, pork gelatin, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, dried egg product, beef liver, flaxseed, salmon oil, salt, fructooligosaccharides, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, mixed tocopherols (preservative), choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, taurine, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, iron proteinate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, potassium chloride, sodium selenite, copper proteinate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, rosemary extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.2%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||44%||17%||31%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||38%||35%||27%|
The first ingredient in this recipe is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is pork, another quality addition inclusive of moisture.
The third item is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.
The next two ingredients include lentils and peas. Lentils and peas are quality sources of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, both items contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The sixth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The seventh ingredient is pork meal. Pork meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh pork. Yet 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 eighth ingredient lists gelatin, a colorless, flavorless, translucent, brittle substance that’s irreversibly derived from the collagen found in the skin and bones of animals.
Although it consists mostly of protein (98-99% non-essential amino acids), gelatin is of only limited nutritional value to a dog.
The ninth 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.
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, we find flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
Next, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener1 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.
In addition, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.
Next, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
And lastly, this food contains zinc proteinate and other chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals like these are typically found in better quality recipes.
American Journey Landmark Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients, American Journey Landmark looks like an above-average dry dog food.
However, we also need to evaluate Landmark’s Guaranteed Analysis data in order to estimate the product’s meat content.
As a group, the 3 recipes feature an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 31% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.
Which means Landmark appears to contains above-average protein, near-average fat and below-average carbs when compared to a typical kibble.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the lentils, peas and flaxseed, this still looks like the profile of a dry recipe containing a significant amount of meat.
American Journey Landmark is a grain-free dry dog food using a significant amount of named meat meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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Notes and Updates
09/01/2019 Last Update