Sportmix CanineX Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.
The Sportmix CanineX 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.
- Sportmix CanineX Chicken Meal and Vegetables [M]
- Sportmix CanineX Beef Meal and Vegetables (1 star) [M]
Sportmix CanineX Chicken Meal and Vegetables was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.
Sportmix CanineX Chicken Meal and Vegetables
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken meal, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, dried beet pulp, krill meal, natural flavor, dried egg product, dried apples, dried blueberries, dried carrots, dried spinach, dried cranberries, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dl-methionine, l-lysine, taurine, l-carnitine, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, Yucca schidigera extract, beta-carotene, mixed tocopherols (preservative), rosemary extract, green tea extract, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, manganese sulfate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||36%||28%||29%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||27%||51%||22%|
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 includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
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 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.
The fifth ingredient is dried 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 krill meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
Krill are small crustaceans closely related to shrimp.
After the natural flavor, we find dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The ninth ingredient is dried apple, a dehydrated, nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.
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, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.
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, 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.
Sportmix CanineX Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients alone, Sportmix CanineX 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 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 33% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 88%.
Which means this Sportmix 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 peas and flaxseed, this still looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.
Sportmix CanineX is a grain-free dry dog food using a significant amount of named meat meals as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.
However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 27% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.
Sportmix Dog Food Recall History
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Sportmix product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Midwestern Pet Foods Recalls Multiple Dog and Cat Food Brands (3/28/2021)
- Deadly Dog and Cat Food Recall Expands: More Brands, Over 1000 Lots (1/12/2021)
- Sportmix Dog and Cat Foods Recalled Due to Deadly Mold Toxin (12/30/2020)
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Notes and Updates
02/27/2020 Last Update