Humankind Dog Food (Dehydrated)


Rating: ★★★★★

Humankind Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Humankind product line includes 3 dehydrated 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.

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.

  • Humankind Active Dogs [A]
  • Humankind Less Active Dogs [A]
  • Humankind Highly Active Dogs [A]

Humankind Active Dogs was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Humankind Active Dogs

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 39% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 35%

Ingredients: Dehydrated chicken, sweet potato, organic potato, chicken broth, chicken breast, carrots, organic flaxseed, apples, dicalcium phosphate, whole eggs, broccoli, spinach, natural chicken flavor, salt, cranberries, cod liver oil, blueberries, dried chicory root, organic dried kelp, rosemary extract, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin E supplement, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), manganese amino acid chelate, vitamin B12 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis35%17%NA
Dry Matter Basis39%19%35%
Calorie Weighted Basis32%38%29%
Protein = 32% | Fat = 38% | Carbs = 29%

The first ingredient in this dog food is dehydrated chicken. Dehydrated chicken is considered a meat concentrate and contains more than four times as much protein as fresh chicken.

Plus (unlike chicken meal) dehydrated chicken is never exposed to high temperatures during processing, so it preserves more of the meat’s natural nutrients.

The second ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The third 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 fourth ingredient is chicken 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 fifth ingredient is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

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

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 eighth ingredient lists apples, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The ninth ingredient is dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

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 four notable exceptions

First, this food includes whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

Next, we find cod liver oil, a fish oil known to be rich in both EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamins A and D.

In addition, chicory root 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, 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.

Humankind Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Humankind 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 39%, a fat level of 19% and estimated carbohydrates of about 35%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 35% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

Above-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 the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Humankind is a meat-based dehydrated dog food using a significant amount of named meat as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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.

Humankind Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

07/25/2017 Last Update

  • Steve

    I hope no one is buying this bulls**t “testimonial.”

  • Humankind is manufactured and packaged in the USA at FDA inspected facilities used to make human edible food. We have had no recalls. Thank you for your questions.

  • Dr. Aleda Cheng

    I’m a veterinarian and recently completed a trial of Humankind with some of my patients. I’m very impressed with the healthy changes I’m seeing from feeding 100% human quality, minimally processed whole food nutrition to these dogs. Humankind has helped several of my patients with diarrhea return to normal stools. I’ve also seen a very positive change in a dog who had a serious skin allergy, which completely resolved after just one month on Humankind. I’m looking forward to having some of my other patients try it out, and based on what I’ve seen so far would recommend to other patients as well.

  • Lorna Fairbrother

    Does anyone know where Humankind is manufactured and where it is packaged? Any recalls?

  • aimee

    Hi anon..Once a “human grade” ingredient is mixed with a non human grade ingredient it becomes non human grade. The label can not say made with “human grade” ingredient unless all ingredients and the processing meet the edible criteria.

  • Anonymous

    I always figured there was a difference between “human grade” and “for human consumption..
    Nice reply, Humankind. Very fair and courteous!

  • anon101

    I think I understand. Dog foods can say on the label that they use for example, human grade chicken or human grade beef, etc.
    But, that does not mean that the dog food, the product in it’s entirety is fit for human consumption.

  • Hi Lori,
    We are unclear as to when and from whom you learned that FDA did not allow any “human grade” claims on pet food labeling, but please note that this information is out-of-date and inaccurate. Over the past few years, AAFCO, with the assistance and encouragement of FDA, has worked diligently so that now there are explicit guidelines that permit companies to make such claims on pet food labels with appropriate documentation. AAFCO’s “Guidelines for Human Grade Claims” were enacted in 2016 and now appears in the 2017 AAFCO Official Publication.

    Under the guidelines, companies wishing to make any reference to “human grade,” “human quality,” etc., on the label must definitively substantiate the claim by providing appropriate documentation to each state feed control official to prove that not only each and every ingredient is fit for human consumption, but that the final product is also manufactured and handled in accordance with FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices for human food. A number of companies may in fact meet the first requirement (i.e., they use all human grade ingredients), but in many cases, they are not able to substantiate the second. As a result, notwithstanding the suitability of their ingredients for human consumption, their labeling is not allowed to bear a “human grade” claim, because they can’t also prove that their final product is made in accordance with FDA’s human food rules.

    Humankind, on the other hand, does have all the documentation necessary to substantiate all aspects of the AAFCO guidelines, and is proceeding on that basis. If another company has told you that its product is “human grade” but it can’t say that on the label because FDA simply doesn’t allow it, it either misunderstands the rules in place or is being intentionally deceptive. ANY company can make the claim on the label, provided it can meet ALL the regulatory requirements for the claim.

    We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with your further. If you are open, please PM us with the best way to reach you.

  • Lori Checchi

    According to the FDA, at this time, NO brand of pet food is allowed to use the words “human grade” on their packages even if their product is human grade food. The brands that I mentioned are following the rules. You are not.

  • We appreciate your posting as it provides the opportunity to help clarify some of the confusion that exists in pet food today. First, we agree that there are many great and caring pet food brands and companies out there including those that you list.

    The comparisons that we make on our website are based directly on the claims that each brand makes on its label. There are some brands that might have human quality ingredients, or are produced in a USDA inspected facility. However, to legally be called Human Grade/Human Quality the company must meet ALL of the same FDA requirements/ standards found in human food (21 CFR part 117). To meet these high standards one has to document that every ingredient is fit for human consumption and is manufactured, handled, stored, and transported consistent with human edible foods, not animal feed. The company must then submit proof to each state that they meet these stringent requirements and obtain approval to make the claim on their label. There are very few companies that have undertaken this process.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Susan, thank you!! Have you used their dried formulas for cats before? I only ask because we have several cats we’re feeding and would like something that lasts them a week or better.

  • Lori Checchi

    This brand of food is outright lying on their website about other higher quality brands. There is a feature where you can type in your current brand and it will tell you whether it’s food or “feed”. Brands like Primal, Dr Harvey’s and Stella and Chewy’s all came up as feed. That is a bold faced lie! If a company will be comfortable about lying about its competitors, then it will have no problem lying about what’s in their food. BTW….Primal is the only food that does not use synthetic vitamins. All of the nutrition comes from the whole foods that are in the ingredients. This company also claims its nutrition comes from whole foods, which is another lie because right there on the list of ingredients are numerous synthetic vitamins which are made by using toxic chemicals. Anyone who buys this crap and feeds it to their pets needs to know the truth about it.

  • Susan

    Hi Anonymous,
    have you looked at “Ziwi Peak” air dried & wet tin foods? my cat inhales Ziwipeak she doesnt even chew it…. Here’s Ziwi Peak link find the US contact link & send then a msg ask can you please try their cat & dog samples & tell them how many pets you have.

  • Susan

    Hi Tommy,
    Yes stay with this Human Kind pet food, dehydrated meat is bettter, it looks like a few of our 5 star Australian made organic dehydrated dog foods we have in Australia, my boy has IBD & can’t eat the really good dog foods 🙁 .

  • Anonymous

    This food looks fantastic.
    I wish more companies devoted to providing a option that’s perhaps more species appropriate for dogs would cater to cats, too though! 🙁
    Due to living where we live, picking up raw isn’t always an option due to weather (winter, etc.) sometimes having a back up is prudent…
    I just wish we could find a cat food recipe like this that our cats loved…

  • Tommy Patti

    I’m on my 4th 10 lbs bag for both of my Lab mix. They love Human kind pet food. I’ve noticed over the last month that both of my boys only now poop once per day and now only consume half the water content they used to drink. I’m defiantly keeping them on this food.

  • Sandy Tighe

    I purchased a trial size bag of Humankind dog food, and am glad that I did! I was seriously considering using this brand in my rotation, but after trying it out I decided that this was not something I would feed my dog. I re-hydrated it with warm water for 2 minutes as per the instructions on the bag.

    After stirring it several times, I discovered that the 2 minute recommendation was NOT nearly enough time, so continued to let it sit and “stew”. Ten minutes later it was still a soupy mess…more like “gruel” than dog food…and there were several rectangular pieces of something that were hard as rocks! (The garbage disposal even had a difficult time grinding them up!) I tried cutting them up with my kitchen shears, but even they didn’t make a dent in these things!

    I scooped (“poured”) the concoction down the disposal and am glad that I did NOT order a whole bag of this stuff. (It actually smelled good, but I considered it “inedible” for my pup.) Will stick with Dr. Harvey’s!!!

  • Kay Marrone-Hansen

    Now we’re on our second bag, and all 3 of my dogs are doing great. I love this new food!!!

  • Chris Rock

    They have a website

  • Kay Marrone-Hansen

    I started my 3 littles on Less Active Humankind 3 days ago, They all love it! I’m very happy with this food so far.

  • Nick Murray

    Two weeks in and my dogs (very active Boston and Frenchie) just do not like Humankind for Active dogs. Normally they eat anything. They sniff it give me a dirty look then walk away. They will eat it when they are really hungry (not eaten for more than 24 hours) and only when they can find nothing else. It is a shame as I was really hopeful with this brand, the ingredients, the ease of prep. I will give it another week and update if they start liking it.

  • Hollie Winn

    Fromm is no longer supplying to Chewy…..that is what a sales rep from Chewy told me….Bummer

  • sandy
  • fjwag3

    ??? Not at Chewy. No website. ???