The Pride Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.
The Pride Dog Food product line includes 10 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.
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.
- The Pride 22/12 Adult (3.5 stars) [A]
- The Pride 22/10 Maintenance (2 stars) [M]
- The Pride 22/16 Kennel Pak (3.5 stars) [A]
- The Pride 30/20 Puppy Formula (3.5 stars) [A]
- The Pride 24/20 Endurance Plus (2.5 stars) [A]
- The Pride 26/18 Adult Performance (3.5 stars) [A]
- The Pride 31/22 Performance Formula (3.5 stars) [A]
- The Pride Pro Series 21/17 Field and Sport Formula [A]
- The Pride 27/18 Professional Field Blend (2.5 stars) [A]
- The Pride Pro Series 27/20 High Performance Formula (3.5 stars) [A]
The Pride Pro Series 21/17 Field and Sport Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
The Pride Pro Series 21/17 Field and Sport Formula
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken by product meal, ground brewers rice, ground yellow corn, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), beet pulp (sugar removed), wheat flour, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, flaxseed, salt, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc oxide, calcium carbonate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, copper sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, folic acid, vitamin A acetate, manganous oxide, d- biotin, menadione dimethylprimidinol bisulfite (source of vitamin K), vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, ethylenediamine dihydroidide, thiamine mononitrate, inositol and, sodium selenite
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.8%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||23%||19%||50%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||20%||39%||42%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the choice cuts have been removed.
In addition to organs, this item can also include feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs and almost anything other than prime skeletal muscle.
On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The quality of this ingredient can vary, depending on the caliber of the raw materials obtained by the manufacturer.
The second ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The third ingredient is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.
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 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 sixth ingredient is wheat flour, a highly-refined product of wheat milling. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
For this reason, we do not consider wheat a preferred component in any dog food.
After the natural chicken flavor, we find fish 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
Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.
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 four notable exceptions…
First, we find brewers yeast, which can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.
Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.
Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.
In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.
In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.
What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.
In addition, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
And lastly, this food contains menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.
Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.
The Pride Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, The Pride Dog Food looks like an 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 28% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 69%.
Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed and brewers yeast in this recipe as well as the soybean and corn gluten meals in some of the others, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
However, with 39% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 20% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
The Pride is a dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat and by-product meals as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.
However, it’s unfortunate the company chose to include menadione in its recipe. Without this controversial ingredient, we may have been compelled to award this line a higher rating.
That said, menadione phobics may wish to ignore our rating and look elsewhere for another product.
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.
The Pride Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
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03/05/2019 Last Update