Sport Dog Elite Series Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4.5 stars.
The Sport Dog Elite Series product line includes the 4 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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- Sport Dog Elite Series Sled Dog (5 stars) [A]
- Sport Dog Elite Series Herding Dog (5 stars) [A]
- Sport Dog Elite Series Working Dog [A]
- Sport Dog Elite Series Sporting Dog (4 stars) [A]
Sport Dog Elite Series Working Dog Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Sport Dog Elite Series Working Dog Formula
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Turkey meal, dried sweet potato, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), coconut meal, cassava root, ocean fish meal, yeast cultures, salmon oil, calcium propionate, choline chloride, potassium chloride, kelp meal, natural flavors, zinc amino acid complex (chelate), sea salt, iron amino acid complex (chelate), inulin (chicory root), dried pumpkin, dried carrot, dried blueberry, dried cranberry, Yucca schidigera extract (probiotic), vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, manganese amino acid complex (chelate), ferrous sulfate, copper amino acid complex (chelate), selenium yeast, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin (vitamin B3), l-carnitine, d-calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin A supplement, biotin (vitamin B8), vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, green tea extract, folic acid, rosemary extract, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product (probiotic), Lactobacillus casei fermentation product (probiotic), Bifidobacterium bifidum fermentation product (probiotic), Enterococcus faecium fermentation product (probiotic)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.3%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||32%||19%||41%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||27%||38%||35%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.
The second ingredient includes dried sweet potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried sweet potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can have a slight affect on our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.
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 coconut meal, also known as copra meal.
Copra meal is a by-product of coconut oil production and is more commonly found in farm animal feeds.
Although copra meal contains about 25% protein, this ingredient is lower in some essential amino acids. So, its nutritive value is considered inferior to other oil meals (such as soybean meal).
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient is cassava root, or tapioca starch. Cassava root flour is a gluten-free, carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The sixth ingredient is ocean 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 next 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 4 notable exceptions…
First, we find salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
Next, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.
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.
In addition, 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.
And lastly, this food includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
Sport Dog Elite Series Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients alone, Sport Dog Elite Series dog food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.
Which means this Sport Dog product line contains…
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 dried sweet potato and coconut meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.
Sport Dog Elite Series is a grain-free dry dog food that utilizes a notable amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Sport Dog Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
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12/07/2019 Last Update