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Sportmix CanineX Dog Food Review (Dry)

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Mike Sagman
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Dr Mike Sagman is the creator of the Dog Food Advisor. He founded the website in 2008, after his unquestioning trust in commercial dog food led to the tragic death of his dog Penny.

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Updated: March 12, 2024

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Sportmix CanineX Chicken Dry Dog Food

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Which Sportmix CanineX Recipes Get
Our Best Ratings?

Sportmix CanineX Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Sportmix CanineX product line includes the 2 dry dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Sportmix CanineX Chicken Meal and Vegetables 4.5 A
Sportmix CanineX Beef Meal and Vegetables 1 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Sportmix CanineX Chicken Meal and Vegetables was selected to represent both products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Sportmix CanineX Chicken Meal and Vegetables

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

33.3%

Protein

24.4%

Fat

34.3%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken meal (natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin), chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), peas, pea starch, dried yeast, whitefish meal (source of DHA-docosahexaenoic acid), beet pulp, egg, flaxseed, l-carnitine, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid], minerals [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate], rosemary extract


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 30% 22% NA
Dry Matter Basis 33% 24% 34%
Calorie Weighted Basis 26% 47% 27%

Ingredient Analysis

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 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 next 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 fourth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract probably used here as a binder for making kibble. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is dried yeast, which can be a controversial item. Dried yeast contains about 45% protein and is rich in 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.

What’s more, a vocal minority insist yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is something we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, we feel yeast should be considered a nutritious addition.

The sixth ingredient is whitefish 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

The seventh 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 eighth ingredient lists eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The ninth 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.

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 Sportmix product.

With 3 notable exceptions

First, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

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 presence of sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Sportmix CanineX Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 33%, 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 26%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 35% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 83%.

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, dried yeast and flaxseed, this still looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

However, with 47% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 26% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal on a low fat diet. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

Our Rating of Sportmix CanineX Dog Food

Sportmix CanineX is a grain-free dry dog food using a significant amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Sportmix CanineX Dog Food Recall History

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More Sportmix Brand Reviews

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Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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