Sport Dog Food K-9 Series Dog Food Review (Dry)

Rating:

Sport Dog Food K-9 Series Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Sport Dog Food K-9 Series product line includes the 2 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 Food K-9 Series Multiple Protein Formula was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Sport Dog Food K-9 Series Multiple Protein Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 34% | Fat = 24% | Carbs = 34%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, whole ground sorghum, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), whole ground millet, ocean fish meal, oatmeal, pork meal, yeast cultures, salmon oil, glucosamine, calcium propionate, chondroitin sulfate, 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) = 4.9%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis31%22%NA
Dry Matter Basis34%24%34%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%46%27%
Protein = 27% | Fat = 46% | Carbs = 27%

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 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 next ingredient is chicken fat. This item 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 millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

The fifth 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, the phrase “ocean fish” is vague and does little to adequately describe this ingredient. Since some fish are higher in omega-3 fats than others, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this item.

The sixth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The next ingredient is pork meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.

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. 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.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other ingredients.

But realistically, items located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With 3 notable exceptions

First, 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.

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 recipe 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 Food K-9 Series
Dog Food Review

Based on its ingredients alone, Sport Dog Food K-9 Series looks like an above-average dry dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 34%, a fat level of 24% and estimated carbohydrates of about 34%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 31% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 38% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 72%.

Which means this Sport Dog Food product line contains…

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Sport Dog Food K-9 Series is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Sport Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Sport Dog Food. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

03/07/2020 Last Update