Holistic Blend Perfect Blend (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Holistic Blend Perfect Blend Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Holistic Blend Perfect Blend product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for all life stages.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

Holistic Blend Perfect Blend (Dry)

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 30% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 44%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, dehulled oats, whole barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), herring fish meal, flax meal, ground brown rice, dried carrots, dried apple, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, chicory root (FOS), Yucca schidigera extract, sodium chloride, calcium propionate, rosemary extract, zinc proteinate, iron sulfate, zinc oxide, vitamin E supplement, copper sulfate, folic acid supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, sodium selenite, manganese oxide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, biotin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis27%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis30%18%44%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%37%38%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 38%

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 includes dehulled oats, also known as groats. Groats are a whole grain, minimally processed form of oats. With the exception of their caloric content and the fact they’re also gluten free, oat groats can be considered average in nutritional value.

The third 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 fourth 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 fifth ingredient is herring meal, 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 sixth ingredient is flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly 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 seventh ingredient is ground brown rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The eighth ingredient includes dried carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The ninth ingredient is dried apple, a dehydrated, nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

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 two notable exceptions

First, we find chicory root. Chicory is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

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, with the exception of zinc, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Holistic Blend Perfect Blend Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Holistic Blend Perfect Blend looks like an above-average dry dog food.

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 30%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 44%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of flax meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Holistic Blend Perfect Blend is a plant-based dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat meal as its main source 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.

Holistic Blend Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

07/04/2018 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials