Jack’s Premium Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Jack’s Premium product line includes 6 dry 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.
- Jack’s Premium Maintenance [U]
- Jack’s Premium Grain Free Duck [U]
- Jack’s Premium High Performance [U]
- Jack’s Premium Grain Free Salmon [U]
- Jack’s Premium Ocean Fish (4.5 stars) [U]
- Jack’s Premium All Life Stages (4 stars) [U]
Jack’s Premium High Performance was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Jack's Premium High Performance
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken meal, pork meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), grain sorghum, whole peas, whole brown rice, flax seed, kelp, yeast culture, carrots, peas, blueberries, cranberries, chicory root, dried eggs, Yucca schidigera extract, sage, zinc amino acid complex, manganous amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement (natural source vitamin E), niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, cobalt carbonate, mixed tocopherols, citric acid, rosemary extract, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtillis fermentation extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.3%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||34%||22%||35%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||44%||29%|
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 pork meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate. Yet it can also be high in ash — about 25-30%.
However, the ash content of the final product is typically adjusted in the recipe to allow its mineral profile to meet AAFCO guidelines.
The third 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 fourth ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.
Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.
The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
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 is kelp, an algae-based seaweed modest in protein content but rich in marine minerals.
The ninth ingredient is yeast culture. Although yeast culture is high in B-vitamins and protein, it can also be used as a probiotic to aid in digestion.
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, we notice additional peas in this recipe.
Next, this food includes dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
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.
Jack’s Premium Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Jack’s Premium Dog Food 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 34% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 37% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.
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 peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.
Jack’s Premium is a plant-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content and when appropriate their fat-to-protein ratios.
Jack’s Premium Dog Food
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09/21/2018 Last Update