Sportmix CanineX Dog Food Review (Dry)

Rating:

Sportmix CanineX Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Sportmix CanineX product line includes 2 dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Chicken Meal and Vegetables [M]
  • Beef Meal and Vegetables (2.5 stars) [M]

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

Protein = 36% | Fat = 28% | Carbs = 29%

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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis32%25%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%28%29%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%51%22%
Protein = 27% | Fat = 51% | Carbs = 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 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 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. Krill are small crustaceans closely related to shrimp.

Because it’s considered a meat concentrate, krill meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh krill itself.

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 have 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 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 3 notable exceptions

First, we notice Yucca schidigera, a natural extract made from a flowering desert plant and used in pet foods to control fecal and urinary odor.

In addition, this food also 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

Judging by its ingredients alone, Sportmix CanineX dog food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 28% and estimated carbohydrates of about 29%.

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%.

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.

Bottom line?

Sportmix CanineX is a meat-based dry dog food using only a significant amount of named meat meals as its main sources 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.

Recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

08/27/2018 Last Update