Regal Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Regal Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Regal Dog Food product line includes 13 dry recipes.

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.

  • Regal Lean Bites (3 stars) [U]
  • Regal Adult Bites (3.5 stars) [U]
  • Regal Active Bites Adult Diet [U]
  • Regal Puppy Bites (4.5 stars)# [U]
  • Regal Puppy Lamb Bites (3.5 stars) [U]
  • Regal Sensi Bites Adult Diet (3.5 stars) [U]
  • Regal Large Breed Adult Bites (3.5 stars) [U]
  • Regal Large Breed Puppy Bites Adult Diet [U]
  • Regal Salmon Bites Salmon Diet (3.5 stars) [U]
  • Regal Lamb Bites Lamb and Rice (3.5 stars) [U]
  • Regal Grain Free Lamb with Buffalo (4.5 stars) [U]
  • Regal Grain Free Chicken with Duck (4.5 stars) [U]
  • Regal Venison Bites Venison and Barley (3.5 stars) [U]

Regal Active Bites Adult Diet was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Regal Active Bites Adult Diet

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 46%

Ingredients: Poultry meal, brown rice, pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potato product, dried plain beet pulp, ground grain sorghum, natural flavor, egg product, brewers dried yeast, whole ground flaxseed, menhaden fish meal, lecithin, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, salt, menhaden fish oil, dl-methionine, l-lysine, monosodium phosphate, canola oil, propionic acid, Yucca schidigera extract, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, glucosamine HCL, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, niacin supplement, organic dried kelp, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A acetate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, citric acid, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, iron sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis25%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%18%46%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%37%40%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 40%

The first ingredient in this dog food is poultry meal. Poultry meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh poultry.

Although the word poultry doesn’t clearly identify the species, poultry meal is most commonly sourced from chicken and turkey.

The second 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 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 potato product, a dried residue of the potato processing industry primarily consisting of potato pieces, peelings and culls.

With the exception of perhaps its caloric content and a small amount of protein, potato product is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.1

The sixth 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 seventh 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.

After the natural flavor, we find egg product, an unspecified (wet or dry?) form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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 five notable exceptions

First, brewers yeast 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, flaxseed is 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.

In addition, we note the use of canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

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.

Regal Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Regal 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 46%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed and brewers yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Regal is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 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.

Regal Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

08/16/2016 Last Update

  • Michele Kelly

    Everyone keeps posting about Mineral Oil, first of all, where do you see mineral oil??????????

  • מזל רבינוביץ

    I have a senior dog (13.5 y) , 62cm tall , 33 kg. Bought lean bites. To keep it’s weight , how many grams a day do i need? Thank you.

  • Willy Tirta Kristianto

    how many composition fish oil inside the regal dogfood, its not specific..

  • Pattyvaughn

    Potato flakes are likes instant mashed potatoes. Some dogs do fine on potato products, some don’t. I don’t know why they would use flakes instead of real potatoes, but with the water already removed they can’t have even more starch in the food without potato being even higher on the ingredient list. Guess I just answered my own question.

    No the mineral oil won’t make them poo all the time but it’s still not good for dogs to constantly have this in their system.

  • Pattyvaughn

    If it were me, I would not feed this food long term, but then I like to rotate anyway.

  • Tenar41146

    Thanks for the reply pattyvaughn!
    Last week I started feeding my dog with Regal large breed adult. Does this mean that now he’ll start to defecate non stop because of the mineral oil?
    Can the mineral oil damage his health in any way if he’ll be eating this food for a long term?
    Why would a 4 star rated dog food include such an inferior ingredient?? that’s disappointing.
    Should I stick with Regal if it will have an overall positive effect on my dog despite this problematic ingredient?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Mineral oil cannot be digested and it depletes the fat soluble vitamins in the food. The only legit reason to use mineral oil in an animal feed is to move food/things through the intestines and that should only be short term.

    The other oils do contribute something to the diet, calories, vitamins, etc.

  • Tenar41146

    # The list of recipes is missing the “Regal Active Bites” recipe.

    # What is mineral oil? and why is it red flagged?

    # Why aren’t the fish oil and poultry fat red flagged?

    # Is the potato flake a decent a decent ingredient? is it  made out of fresh potatos?

    # Are the fruit and vegetables in this product too far down the list to make any significant contribution?

  • Sucker4Rescues

    Thank you so much, HDM!  I’m off to the store…. 

  • Hound Dog Mom

     Yes, I can’t believe I forgot to mention vitamin e. 100 – 200 i.u. every 2 or 3 days would be fine for your little guy.

  • Sucker4Rescues

    Thank you!  Also I read that giving fish oil can deplete Vitamin E stores.  Should I supplement with Vit E and if so, how many milligrams should I give?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Sucker4Rescues,

    I generally recommend about 1 tsp. per 20 lbs. So about 1/2 tsp. would probably work for her. And yes to using human fish oil, you probably should anyways as it’s generally higher quality. 🙂

  • Sucker4Rescues

    How much fish oil would you recommend giving to a 13 lb cavalier mix (Sophie)?  I know there are some very knowledgable people on this board, and I would greatly appreciate any advice you can give.

    About a month ago, Sophie developed a bald spot on her hind end.  It is not inflamed, irritated or itchy.  The vet did a scraping and checked her thyroid, but the test came back fine.  The vet doesn’t think it is allergy related due to the lack of itching. The next step is a punch biopsy, which we haven’t scheduled yet.  I read on the internet that fish oil supplements along with treating the skin with baby oil soaks can help with a lot of dermalogical issues, so I figured we have nothing to lose at this point.  But I’m not sure how much fish oil to use, and I’m wondering if I can use “human” fish oil.  Thanks for your input!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Try adding salmon or krill oil to the food and see if that doesn’t straighten out his coat issues.

  • Moscalej

    i got reagal i my dog got mad gases, and the hair dressed told my that his hair was dray i have a airdale terrier i am looking for a replacement the veterinar recomend hills but after what i read 

  • Stace68200268

    I was at the pet store today to see if they carry regal dog food. They had a red bag and it said regal. But it said vitamin k? in the ingredients. So then I typed in regal pet food and it showed something totally different? Does anyone know where in Windsor, Ontario one can find this dog food? I prefer the no vitamin k in it.  

  • Jennifer Khn

    started using regal and my dog loves it, he prefers the lamb bites but store was out of supply, he is having turkey and rice. I am happy with this brand. 

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I would think you’d have to contact the company that makes Regal dog food and ask them directly.  Or, if they have a website it might be listed there.

  • SueH

    In other brands, you’ve noted that ethoxyquin (sp?) can be used in many fish recipes. How do I find out if it is used in Regal’s Salmon Bites?