Fromm Family Gold (Canned)


Rating: ★★★★½

Fromm Family Gold canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Fromm Family Gold product line includes three canned 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.

  • Fromm Family Gold Beef and Barley Pate [A]
  • Fromm Family Gold Turkey Pate (4 stars) [A]
  • Fromm Family Gold Venison and Beef Pate [A]

Fromm Family Gold Beef and Barley Pate was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Fromm Family Gold Beef and Barley Pate

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 33%

Ingredients: Beef, broth, beef liver, pearled barley, potatoes, carrots, peas, pork, tomato paste, dicalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, minerals, xanthan gum, calcium phosphate, locust bean gum, vitamins

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis9%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%18%33%
Calorie Weighted Basis35%38%28%
Protein = 35% | Fat = 38% | Carbs = 28%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The third ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh 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 eighth ingredient is pork. Pork can be defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.2

Pork is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The ninth ingredient is tomato paste. Unlike the controversial item, tomato pomace, tomato paste does not include the skin or seeds of the fruit.

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 one notable exception

The vitamins and minerals added to this product are not detailed sufficiently here to permit us to judge their quality, but we’re reassured to find a detailed list of naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.

Fromm Family Gold Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Fromm Family Gold looks like an above-average wet 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 41%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 33%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 33% for the overall product line.

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

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Fromm Family Gold is a meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 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.

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Notes and Updates

01/26/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of meat by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Phyllis E

    I don’t understand why the Fromm Family dog food is one of the “top picks” if it is only rated 4-1/2 stars , when there is quite a long list of five star dog foods on this site. I would love an explanation of why a dog food with a lower star “score” is one of the editors top picks. This is a bit confusing. Thanks so much.

  • joe b

    No it isn’t. If in real high doses maybe, but it’s used in a lot of foods. Also Fromm makes a really good product, you’re not gonna find a lot of negatives about their line.

  • joe b

    Hi Karel,
    I have a new puppy and had a conversation about foods with my vet. She made a good point in saying when your dealing with foods like chicken, it is very easy to have a bacteria get by. You’re dealing with real food. So everybody at one point, just like with human food, could have a recall. From is easily one of the top foods. In fact, I just bought a bag of Fromm puppy gold and she is taking to it well. Great ingredients. My previous dogs loved the duck or chicken with sweet potato. Ill have try their cans.

  • aimee

    I looked on the website and that is how it is reported in the ingredient list. If that is how it is stated on the label that would be against AAFCO rules.

  • Veronika

    Hills has a bag of corn, wheat and soy with only by product meal as the meat source for $126 for 6.8kg, so yes crap foods can indeed be very very expensive.

  • Katelyn

    I don’t like the fact that at the end it just states vitamins. They should go into more detail so that people know what type/kind.

  • Karel Couture

    cause its great food, it does not matter if a batch as been recalled. Everyone makes mistakes and if it was a poor dog food brand do you think the food would be so expensive. i buy this food every 3 to 4 months and it can cost me 100 to 200$ to feed my six dogs and my cat.

  • Becky Cason

    Isn’t xanthan gum toxic to dogs?