Review of Sport Dog Elite Series Dry Dog Food
Sport Dog Elite Series Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Sport Dog Elite Series product line includes the 4 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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|Sport Dog Elite Series Sled Dog||5||A|
|Sport Dog Elite Series Herding Dog||5||A|
|Sport Dog Elite Series Working Dog||5||A|
|Sport Dog Elite Series Sporting Dog||5||A|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Sport Dog Elite Series Herding Dog was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Sport Dog Elite Series Herding Dog
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Buffalo meal, dried sweet potato, dried potato, pork meal, coconut oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), catfish meal, cassava root, yeast culture, 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), Bifido bacterium bifidium fermentation product (probiotic), Enterococcus faecium fermentation product (probiotic)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.6%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||33%||6%||54%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||33%||13%||54%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is buffalo meal. Buffalo meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh buffalo.
The second and third ingredients include dried sweet potato and dried potato, dehydrated items usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, they 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 fourth ingredient is pork meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The fifth ingredient is coconut oil, a natural oil rich in medium-chain fatty acids.
Medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to improve cognitive function in older dogs.1
Because of its proven safety2 as well as its potential to help in the treatment of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) and chronic skin disorders, MCT can be considered a positive addition to this recipe.
The sixth ingredient is catfish meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.3
The next ingredient is cassava root. Cassava is a root vegetable and the source of tapioca starch. This item is rich in carbohydrates and calories while its nutrient profile is otherwise unremarkable.
The eighth 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.
The ninth ingredient is salmon oil, which 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.
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 Sport Dog product.
With 3 notable exceptions…
First, we find 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.
Next, 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.
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 potatoes and yeast culture, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.
Our Rating of Sport Dog Elite Series Dog Food
Sport Dog Elite Series is a grain-free dry dog food that utilizes a significant amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Has Sport Dog Food Brand Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Sport Dog.
No recalls noted.
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- Pan Y et al, Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs, British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 103, Issue 12, June 2010, pp 1746-1754 ↩
- Matulka RA et al, Lack of toxicity by medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in canines during a 90-day feeding study,Food Chem Toxicol, Jan 2009, 47(1) 35-9. ↩
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩
06/07/2021 Last Update