Ancestry Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-best rating of 4.5 stars.
The Ancestry product line includes the 6 dry dog foods listed below. Recipes marked with an asterisk (*) are grain-free.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
- Ancestry Look Out! Duck with Duck Meal All Life Stages [A]*
- Ancestry Lamb Meal with Rice All Life Stages (3 stars) [A]
- Ancestry Chicken Meal with Rice All Life Stages (4 stars) [A]
- Ancestry Homeland with Lamb Meal All Life Stages (5 stars) [A]*
- Ancestry Tidal Energy with Salmon Meal All Life Stages (5 stars) [A]*
- Ancestry Farmland with Chicken Meal All Life Stages (5 stars) [A]*
Ancestry Look Out! Duck with Duck Meal recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Ancestry Look Out! Duck with Duck Meal
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Duck meal, potato, sweet potato, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), tomato pomace, dried egg product, whole ground flaxseed, beet pulp, natural flavor, monocalcium-dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, sun-cured kelp meal, lecithin, fish oil, dried carrots, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, chamomile, dandelion, peppermint, dried tomato, rosemary, turmeric, salt, Yucca schidigera extract, calcium ascorbate (source of vitamin C), vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, dl-methionine, niacin, calcium pantothenate, choline chloride, folic acid, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, ferrous sulfate, iron amino acid chelate, manganese sulfate, manganese amino acid chelate, zinc sulfate, zinc amino acid chelate, copper sulfate, copper amino acid chelate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||30%||18%||44%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||26%||37%||38%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is duck meal. Duck meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh duck.
The second ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The next ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The fourth ingredient is chicken fat. This item 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 next ingredient is tomato pomace, which 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.
The sixth 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 failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The seventh 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 next 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.
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 3 notable exceptions…
First, fish 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, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.
Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.
And lastly, 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.
Ancestry Dog Food Review
According to its ingredients alone, Ancestry Dog Food appears to be an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 44% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.
Which means this product line contains…
Above-average protein, near-average fat and below-average carbs when compared to other typical dry dog foods.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.
Ancestry lists both with-grain and grain-free dry dog foods that incorporate a notable amount of named meat meals as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Ancestry Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Ancestry brand. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
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Notes and Updates
01/04/2020 Last Update