Bench and Field Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Bench and Field Holistic Natural Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Bench and Field product line includes one dry dog food.

Unfortunately, we were unable to locate AAFCO nutrient profile information on the product’s official webpage.

Bench and Field Holistic Natural Canine Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 49%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, ground brown rice, ground white rice, oatmeal, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols), pork meal, dried beet pulp, anchovy and sardine meal, flaxseed, dried egg product, menhaden fish oil, carrots, pumpkin, cranberries, tomato pomace, dehydrated alfalfa meal, potassium chloride, apples, peas, organic quinoa, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, beta-carotene, niacin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, folic acid], minerals [zinc polysaccharide complex, iron polysaccharide complex, copper polysaccharide complex, manganese polysaccharide complex, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, potassium iodide], papaya, dried kelp, blueberries, pomegranate, glucosamine hydrochloride, inulin, mixed tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Yucca schidigera extract, dl-methionine, ground cinnamon, ground fennel, ground peppermint, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Bacillus licheniformis fermentation product, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, choline chloride and rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis24%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%17%49%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%35%42%
Protein = 23% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 42%

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 next two ingredients are ground brown rice and , another name for rice flour. Ground rice is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The fourth 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.

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 includes pork meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The seventh 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.

The eighth ingredient is anchovy and sardine meal, yet another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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

The ninth 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.

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 six notable exceptions

First, we find menhaden oil. Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. Their oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids, two high quality fats boasting the highest bio-availability to both dogs and humans.

What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not as likely to be exposed to mercury contamination as is typical with deep water species.

Next, tomato pomace. 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, we note the inclusion of 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.

Next, this recipe contains 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.

In addition, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

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.

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.

Bench and Field Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Bench and Field Holistic Natural Canine Formula 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 27%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 49%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

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 flaxseed, peas and alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Bench and Field is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat as its main source 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.

Bench and Field Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

07/27/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Charlie May

    This dog food is amazing. It cleared up my dogs gas, his coat is shining brightly, and he loves it. I highly recommend this.

  • Vanns40

    You can order it direct from Bench & Field with free shipping and no sales tax.

  • Col C

    6.6 pound bag, unless it has changed.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Sarah, $10 for what size bag?

  • Sarah

    It’s $10 at Trader Joe’s. Initially I’ve picked it up because we ran out of dog food at home, after reading the ingredients and writings on the bag and checking the price again, we are hooked on it. My cocker has a super soft and shiny coat, no dandruff or itch. Glad to see everyone else likes it too.

  • dani

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  • Joe Jennings

    My two guys love Bench & Field. This review really put my worries at ease. Thank you!

  • reeses mom

    I am trying this for the first . I am glad to hear it great for the coat. I had my Min Pin on Blue Buffalow grain free. That was first time her coat was glossy and shiny no flakes or dandruff. I came across this at Jewe Food . Stores. Its not in the dog food isle but they keep it in the holistic isle. I cannot afford the Blue Buffalo at this time. I liked the good reviews.
    Thank you

  • Amanda

    I’ve had my dog on this food for almost 5 years! Previous dog foods we tried, including other holistic blends, made him itchy and with some, an upset tummy. With this brand my little guy has a great coat and no food-related allergies as far as I can tell! I also really like the price when compared to other dog natural or holistic dog foods 🙂

  • losul

    ” I am so glad to have found a brand that agrees with her.”

    Thumbs up Theo. Now if brand was plural, even better..

  • Theo

    Hello, I’ve been feeding my dog Kirkland Premium dog food for quite some time. Recently, my dog would get stomach upset ffrom it so out of desperations, I tried Bench and Field that I found at Trader Joes. After 1 feeding, her problems were gone and she is now thriving on it. I am so glad to have found a brand that agrees with her.

  • Laura

    I bought this food in the hopes it will help my dogs shedding. She has a great deal of dandruff from when I started her on Rachel Ray food. She is already chowing down!

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  • Pattyvaughn

    What happened to Trader Joe’s or are you actually feeding both?

  • Red

    I am pretty sure that the Bench & Field being sold now is made and owned by WellPet, Wellness/Eagle/Holistic Select.

    It is an old brand name, though.

  • Jq

    I used to get my dog blue buffalo dry food. He would always hesitate to eat and pretty much starve himself, even when I mixed wet food in with it. He would pick out the wet food and spit out the dry food. I bought Bench and Field Holistic Dog Food last week and he eats like he has ever eaten before. My dog is naturally underweight so I am glad I finally found a food that he enjoys eating and eats all of when I serve him.

  • Mommyof2grls2003

    I enjoy Bench and Field dry dog food. One of our dogs had a skin condition (skin was red and warm to touch). We tried everything (food and shampoo) for about a year…nothing worked. Once we had our animals on this food, the condition cleared up. Their coats are gorgeous.  Also, I love it since I have celiac and it’s gluten free. 

  • felicia

    We have a 4 month old puppy who just loves Bench and Field dry dog food. She eats 3 times a day. Everyone has commented on how shiny her coat is. She never has loose stools or have to go out to poop anything near as often as dogs we’ve had in the past before we started to really pay attention to ingredients.
    We do not want our pup eating Corn, wheat flour or chicken beaks and feet …Bench and Field is Great.
    Thank you.

  • Kristine Henson

    I have raised 2 dogs on Bench and Field. My first American Staffordshire lived to be 15, and was healthy and strong.
    The second dog didn’t have Bench and Field for a while, I couldn’t get it. Now that he’s been on Bench and Field Natural Holistic, he has superior coat, skin and energy. He is 14, going on 15, and has NEVER BEEN TO THE VET FOR ILLNESS.
    I feed “at will” and always have a bowl of food and fresh water out for my dog. He eats when hungry- sometimes a day or 2 may pass in between his meals. He’s never been fat, and never too thin. I leave it up to him to regulate his intake. This dog food is THE BEST!!!!! No more loose stools, no gas, and lots less shedding of hair. In fact, someone wants to use my 14 year old dog for breeding! We’ll see, with such good nutrition, who knows!

  • Sylvie Post

    Dear Mike Sagman,
    This is a note to thank you most sincerely for reviewing Bench & Field kibble dog food. It’s available at Trader Joe’s where a lot of retired people on limited income shop. I’m so glad this good got four stars!

    Thanks again for your excellent work!

    Sylvie Post