Review of Ancestry Dog Food
Ancestry Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 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 AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
|Ancestry Lamb Meal with Rice All Life Stages
|Ancestry Farmland with Chicken Meal All Life Stages*
|Ancestry Chicken Meal with Rice All Life Stages
|Ancestry Tidal Energy with Salmon Meal All Life Stages*
|Ancestry Homeland with Lamb Meal All Life Stages*
|Ancestry Look Out! Duck with Duck Meal All Life Stages*
Recipe and Label Analysis
Ancestry Farmland with Chicken Meal All Life Stages was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Ancestry Farmland with Chicken Meal All Life Stages
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken meal, sweet potato, peas, duck meal, egg, chicken fat (preserved with natural tocopherols), salmon meal, pork meal, ground sage, ground basil, flaxseed, sea salt, tomato, blueberry, raspberry, choline chloride, Yucca schidigera extract, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, Bifidobacterium fermentation product, Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, biotin, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, citric acid, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganese oxide, selenium yeast, calcium iodate, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content
|Dry Matter Basis
|Calorie Weighted Basis
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The second 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 next ingredient includes peas, which 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 fourth ingredient is duck meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The fifth ingredient is egg. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The sixth 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 seventh and eighth ingredients are salmon meal and pork meal, yet more high protein meat concentrates.
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 4 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, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added as probiotics to aid with digestion.
In addition, 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 product includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
Based on 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 53%.
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 peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.
Our Rating of Ancestry Dog Food
Ancestry lists both grain-inclusive and grain-free dry dog foods that use a significant amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Has Ancestry Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Ancestry Pet Food.
No recalls noted.
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