Sportmix Wholesomes Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★½☆

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

The Sportmix Wholesomes product line includes 4 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.

  • Sportmix Wholesomes Large Breed [M]
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Fish Meal and Rice [M]
  • Sportmix Wholesomes with Lamb Meal and Rice [M]
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Chicken Meal and Rice (4 stars) [A]

Sportmix Wholesomes with Lamb Meal and Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Sportmix Wholesomes with Lamb Meal and Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 54%

Ingredients: Lamb meal, brown rice, rice flour, peas, rice bran, menhaden fish meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried beet pulp, flaxseed, dried egg product, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, dl-methionine, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, 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

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis22%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%13%54%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%29%49%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 49%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

The second ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is rice flour. Rice flour is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

The sixth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as can be typical with deep water species.

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 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 eighth 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 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 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 two notable exceptions

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

And lastly, 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.

Sportmix Wholesomes Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Sportmix Wholesomes 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 24%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 54%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Sportmix Wholesomes is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.


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.

Sportmix Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

10/27/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Mike Edwards

    little update… the chicken and rice was giving my whippet/terrier mix itchy skin and he was scratching his ears ALL the time. switched him to 100% Victor pro plus and he cleared up fat. Now we’r test running the fish and rice formula as his itchy skin MAY be in regards to the vaccines he’s had that interact with chicken proteins…either way, our boxer loves the food and has no problems of itchy skin, but our whippet ADORES the taste despite the itchy problems, so hopefully the lamb and the fish flavors due him good

  • Andrea L Smeltzer

    I have 20 dogs eating this food. I primarily feed the fish for the omega benefits for my dobermans. At first, they didnt care for it, but after adjusting to it, they love it. I rotate with the lamb and only use chicken occasionally. Most people do not know that vaccines have chicken and bovine proteins used in the manufacturing of a distemper vaccine. This causes allergic like reactions when they eat chicken or beef dog food. So, if you have an itchy dog, chances are it is because of the vaccines they received and it is best to avoid chicken or beef based dog foods.

    I am on a budget and with Pro Plan’s quality going down, plus smaller bags and higher prices, Sportmix Wholesomes works great for 40 lb bags. I wish they made canned food!

  • Susan

    After eating Victor GF that’s has higher protein, no grains & is lower in carbs to eating Sportmix Wholesomes would be a big adjustment to their Intestinal tract…. have a look at “Canidae” Pure Formula’s easy to digest low in carbs small size kibble, my IBD boy does real well on “Canidae Pure Wild”

  • tstric01

    Recently switched to this food for my Dachshunds from Victor GF bc of finances…but they are barely eating it & I’m not happy with it. Not only have they barely eaten it…they are having very large amounts of loose stools & have even been vomiting it up. The quantity of poop is telling me they aren’t metabolizing it well & are pooping most of what they do eat out. Also large kibble for small dogs…
    Going to find another kibble…Mom is not recommending this to others…

  • Susan

    Your getting a 50% carbs & very low protein & high in grains with the Wholesome Dog food, how is that a proper diet for a dog?? Wholesome is a cheap kibble, are you looking for a cheap kibble? Wholesomes is made by Mid Western Pet foods they also make, Earthborn Holistics their 5 star kibble higher in protein & less carbs & they make Pro Pac Ulitmates another cheap kibble…

  • T Wessel

    I have a hobby kennel and sometimes a dozen dogs. Canidae Pure Wild is too high in plant fiber and too high in alfalfa. It is not a proper diet for my dogs. I’m delighted with the results of Wholesomes during the times when I can’t feed raw.

  • Susan

    Hi gee 12 bags a month, is that 12 bags of kibble? maybe your better off buying a kibble that’s higher in Kcals per cup so you don’t need to feed as much kibble.. I feed Canidae Pure Wild & only need to feed 1 & 1/2 cups a day for a 40lb dog, but I feed less kibble & a cooked or wet tin meal for other meals so I don’t have to feed as much dry kibble..

  • T Wessel

    Most TSC will now let you order online and then pick up at the store. That can help them with stocking! I go through 12 bags a month when I don’t have raw on hand, which is primarily the Winter months.

  • Susan

    Midwestern Pet foods make it & they also make “Earthborn Holistic” & “Pro Pac Ultimates”..both have grain free variety, Earthborn Holistic is the dearest Midwestern Pet Foods have NEVER had any recalls… have a look at Pro Pac Ultimates Bayside Select Whitefish & the Prime meadow Lamb both are grain free rotate between them..

  • Champ Richard Jr.

    Is this dog food good

  • Thanks Susan…

  • Susan

    Hi, it’s best to rotate between a few different brands so your dog doesn’t get sick of eating the same kibble day in & day out also you should add some fresh foods to their diet as well….They have proven by adding 2 tablespoons fresh whole foods to your dogs kibble reduces his/her chances of getting cancer, after cooking if you have any left overs put in fridge for the next day & add to your dogs kibble or feed as a meal if there’s enough… fresh foods are heaps better then eating just dry kibble…

  • Thanks for your advice Rachel, God Bless you!

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  • Well, my dog is suck of the food that i use always and i am in search for new brand which is much better and also i want new bed for my dog can anyone tells me from where i car buy it.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Dustin:
    A few brands I feed along that price range are Fromm Classics and Exclusive.

    Exclusive is sold in feed stores, they have a store locator on their site: ($4.95 s&h under $49/free over $49):

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  • InkedMarie

    Have you looked at Victor and Dr Tim’s? A few of Dr Tim’s comes in 40 and 44/45lb bags. Both foods can be ordered online…check Chewy, Pet Flow, Wag, Pet Food Direct…

  • Dustin

    I’ve been feeding this to my two border collie mixes for a little over a year now. I’m on a budget, and as long as i can get a 40 lb bag for $30-35 off Amazon (TSC 60 miles away is hit and miss if it in stock) I’ll probably stick to this. Used to feed TOTW but it’s getting too expensive, have also tried Eagle Pack and 4Health. Only negative i could say is their stools aren’t always firm (hard picking up when on a walk)… If someone has another great “bang for the buck” type food, i would sure look into it.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Dietary supplements. I read the ingredients. Natural does not mean benign. Granted, some things like fish oil have been shown to be helpful.
    PBS did a special on supplements not too long ago that was very informative

  • Greenteaplease It is a company out of Canada. My dog does not get UTI on a regular basis. Reba is almost 5 and has had one in her entire life.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Be careful with those supplements, a lot of them are phony baloney.
    If your dog has recurring urinary tract infections, I would get an ultrasound and check for bladder stones.
    If your dog has a stubborn case talk to your vet about the possibility of prescription meds being an option.
    The pruritus is a separate issue.
    Go to forums and search bladder stones, also, search allergies for more information.

  • Greenteaplease

    I do add water to her food and they have 2 huge water bowls that I keep full. I also use a natural bladder helper that I buy through a company that specializes in animals. It helps tremendously.

  • Susan

    Midwestern make Sportmix Wholesome, Pro Pac Ultilmates & Earthborn Holistic….have a look at the “Pro Pac Ultimates” grain free Bayside Whitefish, or their Meadow Prime lamb, I ordered the Propac Ultimates Meadow Prime Lamb but was sent out the Bayside Whitefish kibble instead, company said I can keep the Bayside kibble & they’ll send me out the Meadow Prime Lamb….. My cat races over to pinch my dogs Pro Pac kibbles, also the kibbles are easy to digest (I did my kibble test) & the kibbles sound real crunchy, very happy with the Pro Pac Ultimates good value .

  • Susan

    I thought the SportMix Wholesome kibbles all have grains?? they have brown rice & rice flour.. Have a look at “Pro Pac Ultimates” Grain Free formulas there’s the Bayside whitefish Formula, or the Meadow Prime Lamb, both have no grains & have limited ingredients….keep a diary, what kibbles & what ingredients your feeding…look for another kibble with different protein..

  • Mike Edwards

    I just wanted to say that both my dogs LOOOOOVE this food. I have a 45 lb boxer/shepherd mix that will eat anything that’s even remotely edible, so that ‘s not exactly a massive endorsement (she’d eat a plastic spoon if you left it in front of her). However my other pup is half whippet, half Jack russel and he is the epitome of PICKY. For 2 years (since we got him) he would turn up his nose at Victor premium, 4health (grain free or regular), taste of the wild, Kirkland signature’s “Nature’s Domain”, and a couple other trial brands. However, once I switched over to the Sportmix Wholesoms Lamb and Rice or Chicken and rice he’ll eat his food without toppers or doctoring at all. Not gulping it like his greedy sister, but still, he’ll eat just fine. the Wholesomes seem to get good ratings and is inexpensive at Tractor supply and so I rotate between 75% differing flavors of Sportmix Wholesomes and the other 25% a rotation of Nature’s Domain, 4health, and Victor Premium

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Add water to the food and offer frequent bathroom breaks (opportunities to urinate).
    Keep the bladder flushed, regardless of what you decide to feed.

  • Greenteaplease

    I just purchased this food for my Bloodhound that is sensitive to corn. I will report back as she was “prescribed” Hills Science Diet due to a urinary tract infection. All she did was sit and scratch. She likes this food so we shall see.

  • T Wessel

    A nice mix of comments here. I normally feed raw, and haul beef, lamb, and game trim by the ton from the meat shops for my dogs. But my kennel has grown, and I’ve moved farther from the meat shop. So I tried several grain free kibbles to supplement during times when the meat was running low. I found that the grain free options generally had so much plan fiber that my dogs had mushy poo. I tried a couple different TotW and Costco’s comparable Nature’s Domain. While nothing compares to a well balanced raw diet, I finally got tired of the overly hyped “grain-free” kibble. Honestly, if my dog is going to eat that much plant matter, they can go eat hay with my sheep. And as for grain, my LGD will steal grain from the sheep. So I don’t mind some rice in part of their diet. While for the first bag of Fish Meal and Rice (Wholesome’s) a couple of my dogs were not overjoyed, they have since reconsidered. I’ve used the Fish Meal and the Chicken. Until my next load of meat comes in, this is what they are eating. Their stools are normal, and they are eating with vigor.

  • Regina Butler

    I have used the Lamb and Rice version of Wholesome’s SportsMix as well as the Chicken. The chicken didn’t work for us as I believe my dogs have and allergy to chicken. I have 6 dogs currently eating it. 1 Pug, 1 Great Dane and 4 German Shepherds. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this food!!! My Shepherds have super sensitive stomachs and i’ve tried a multitude of other foods over the years. Expensive and not. I was about to be completely done and done again, when I ran into an Earthborn consultant at our local Tractor Supply. He recommended, after our long (2 hour) discussion this food and brand. Which I guess is a “sister” to Earthborn?! My dogs have finally stopped with the constant diarrhea and are FINALLY putting on some weight. It has the perfect combination of fat and protein to cater to all of my breeds. It has essentially saved my dogs, and my wallet is happy too! I now receive orders weekly from CHEWY.COM ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kris S.

    Bought Sportsmix no grain, no corn, no soy for my 3 dog’s since I was looking for something cheaper to feed all 3 of them and 1 has food allergies. They didn’t really like it as muvh as Activa no corn. After they finish one 40lb bag (2 weeks) my dog that has the food allergies broke out with a double ear infection, yeast all over her body and little bumps all over her back. Obviously this was not a food that has no corn no grain and no soy!!! It has been 2 months and she is still suffering from those food allergies because of this dog food!

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  • IVI Dog lover

    The fish flavor has small kibble for smaller dogs.

  • Midwestern Pet Foods

    Susan, The kibble size is about medium. Not really small but not huge either. It would not be small enough for a toy dog, but I do think it would be fine for a small dog. Thank you!

  • Susan H

    What size is this kibble? Would it be suitable for a small dog? Thanks.


    Had all of our rescue dogs on TOTW Salmon and when I retired, I tried to look for ways to save. Switched two of our dogs to Chicken and rice Sportsmix Wholesomes and over several months my Malinois began to smell horrible and his coat was greasy. He scratched constantly, had several hot spots and his ears grew yeast. (The Boxer stayed on TOTW because he is a genetic nightmare and his allergies are many. It took us years to find what worked with him and I wasn’t going to risk a change. His vet bills were out of this world. The Long coated German Shepherd seems hearty and no problems with the change.
    But had to tar bathe the Mal and switch him back to TOTW salmon and that nasty yeast smell has gone away and his ears are also better. It may have been an allergy to chicken, I don’t know. Just my two cents. I haven’t tried the salmon Sportsmix Wholesomes but may when he calms down. I didn’t like the rating of the salmon though. We’ll see. It’s hard to judge a food when the allergy may have been the meat source.

  • Lisa Ware Gibson

    I’ve fed my Dane’s the chicken meal and rice for about 2 years. I did some switching around previous to this trying to avoid a long trip to TSC for the 4Health that worked so well. This was immediately a solution because my dogs liked it and had no health issues. I am just now reading the reviews of it.

  • Mike Edwards

    I’m thinking of adding this into the rotation for my pups… I usually feed victor premium, but I figure at 3.5 for most of the ratings and 4 for the chicken it’s just about on par with the Victor and I’d like to get a solid rotation going (especially since the cheapest source for victor closed up around me and the next closest place is a bit higher. it would be nice to have them used to another brand so that I can grab a bag from tractor supply when the other feed store that carries victor closes).

  • V AMG

    Give this a try. You also get an extra 10% if you sign up for auto delivery that you can cancel at any time.

  • Diego Duarte

    Where can somebody find said coupon deal?

  • Susan

    Earthborn Holistics makes Sportmix & ProPac Ultimates….have a look at the Propac formula’s grain free & grain kibbles..

  • Shawna

    LOL….resorting to more insults…

    Why are your opinion based facts more relevant than my science based facts? Shoot, at least one of your cited facts even agrees with me….

    For the record, you didn’t insult me as I’m a hard core conservative. Can’t really call myself a Republican any longer but definitely a conservative. But way to insult all the Liberals on this forum, I’m sure they’ll take you seriously after that!!!

  • V AMG

    You sound like a typical liberal. Facts mean nothing to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • V AMG

    Don’t tell me, debate the vets and medical journals. My dogs exceed the average lifespan by at least 40%. Do your homework.

  • Shawna

    So we’re resorting to insults are we? Restrict “put a limit on; keep under control.” How is endorsing lower protein not putting a restriction on protein?

    “High protein has long been associated with diarrhea, and digestive issues.”

    I think the raw feeding community, especially raw feeding vets, would greatly disagree with you on this.

    Did you even read your link? I will note that in the later stages of the disease as blood urea nitrogen rises protein restriction will help with symptoms but protein does not damage the kidneys (bolded emphasis mine). It states “While protein restriction may be appropriate for treatment of existing kidney disease, we find no significant evidence for a detrimental effect of high protein intakes on kidney function in healthy persons after centuries of a high protein Western diet.

    Regarding the Hills link – nobody here considers dogs “obligate” carnivores. Faculative yes but not obligate. However have you noticed how Hills feeds “obligate” carnivores – still mostly carbs. Hmmm? I also find it interesting that this article on Hill’s website is the EXACT SAME information as that posted in your PetMD link. I’m not sure how linking the same data a second time actually clarifies anything?

    Your first link – Interesting that you site material from Kronfeld as he is one of the researchers that determined protein had no deleterious effect on the canine kidneys. I already linked his work in the post you are replying to but here it is again “These results do not support the hypothesis that high protein feeding had a significant adverse effect on either renal function of morphology in dogs with 75% nephrectomy.”

  • Azul

    Congratulations, you have over 40 years experience of being completely wrong.

  • Cannoli

    i think you are confused in the usage of the words “too much” and instead should be using over feeding if i understand you correctly. if you overfeed your dog with protein and exceed their caloric intake then yes this is an issue.

  • Cannoli

    ha Shawna you actually spent your time reading that ridicolous article.

    I wish i had that kind of time to waste

  • V AMG

    Yeah, I’m sure the majority the breeders, scientists, and vets are wrong, and your right. lol
    First of all, we are NOT talking about protein restriction. You need to understand English as a prerequisite for this conversation.
    I have over 40 years of experience breeding, and raising champion Dobermans, and I am quite sure too much protein in a dog’s, diet will shorten lifespan. Period!
    High protein has long been associated with diarrhea, and digestive issues. This applies to humans and dogs… Ask any vet or doctor, or simply Google it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here is evidence from 1983, and earlier.

    And here is scientific fact documented from the early 1900’s to through the 21st century.

    If you choose to ignore the obvious, be my guest.

  • Shawna

    Science “Protein requirements actually increase by about 50% in older dogs, while their energy requirements tend to decrease. When insufficient protein is provided, it can aggravate the age-associated loss of lean body mass and may contribute to earlier mortality. Older dogs should receive at least 25% of their calories from protein, typically provided by diets containing at least 7 g protein/100 Kcal ME.”

    There’s more science on this if interested.

    Grains in and of themselves aren’t bad but they have prolamin proteins and anti-nutrients that make them problematic for some dogs. They can cause a whole host of diseases. Here’s one I recently found on wheat and Border Terriers “The Clinical and Serological Effect of a Gluten-Free Diet in Border Terriers with Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome”

    There hasn’t been much research done on dogs yet but in humans they know that lectins, in grains and certain other carbs, can even cause autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
    “Of particular interest is the implication for autoimmune diseases. Lectins stimulate class II HLA antigens on cells that do not normally display them, such as pancreatic islet and thyroid cells.9 The islet cell determinant to which cytotoxic autoantibodies bind in insulin dependent diabetes mellitus is the disaccharide N-acetyl lactosamine,10 which must bind tomato lectin if present and probably also the lectins of wheat, potato, and peanuts. This would result in islet cells expressing both class II HLA antigens and foreign antigen togetherโ€”a sitting duck for autoimmune attack. Certain foods (wheat, soya) are indeed diabetogenic in genetically susceptible mice.11”

    Most vets don’t know about the dangers of these foods yet. It’s not taught in school so how could they.

  • Shawna

    This is the most ridiculous article I’ve read in a long time. Let’s look at the actual science.

    Article “Protein is a calorie dense nutrient and many of the high protein diets are extremely high in calories and can quickly lead to weight gain.”

    Science “High-Protein Low-Carbohydrate Diets Enhance Weight Loss in Dogs” Journal of Nutrition

    More Journal of Nutrition “Weight Loss in Obese Dogs: Evaluation of a High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diet”

    Article “If a dog has kidney or liver issues consuming too much protein can increase the workload on these organs and upset the balance of nutrients leading to exacerbation of disease.”

    Science (20 year old science to boot) “Mythology of Protein Restriction for Dogs with Reduced Renal Function”

    More science “Long-term renal responses to high dietary protein in dogs with 75% nephrectomy.”

    Article “Feeding large breed puppies something that is too high in protein may make them put on weight too quickly causing abnormal joint development and making them more prone to issues like arthritis in the future.”

    Science “Optimal feeding of large breed puppies

    For some reason, dietary protein level continues to be incriminated by some owners, breeders, and veterinarians, despite the lack of supportive evidence.”

    A different, more science based, point of view also written by a vet and also on PetMD website.
    “Dogs need meat! Dogs thrive on meat-based diets. (Caution: an ALL meat diet is hazardous too!) Dogs can and do assimilate grains such as corn, barley, oats, wheat and soybean meal. Remember, though, that grains provide mostly carbohydrates and only limited amino acid (protein) profiles. Extra carbohydrate intake, above the immediate needs of the dog (which occurs often with grain-based diets) prompts internal enzyme factors to store that extra carbohydrate (sugar) as fat.”

  • V AMG

    Up to about 2 years they need extra protein (puppy chow). After that extra protein will shorten their lifespan, and cause a variety of health issues. Not trying to tell you what to do with your dog, just use common sense.

  • Cannoli

    i guess my pup will be going to an early grave. he eats a very high protein diet

  • V AMG

    Must be something with the chicken and rice version. My dogs didn’t like it when we tried it about a year ago. The lamb and rice kibble still looks the same, and I have never had any problems.

  • V AMG

    Many of the more expensive foods don’t measure up to Wholesomes brand. I have tried them all. I’m not saying this is the best you can do, but it is far better than some of the stuff costing $70 for a smaller bag.

  • V AMG

    A moderate amount of grains are healthy. Any vet worth his education will tell you that. Also, too much protein will put your dog in an early grave. I’ve been raising Dobermans for over 40 years, and most of them made it to about 15 years. Most vets will tell you that is unlikely. In fact as dogs get older cooked white rice with less protein (ground beef and egg) will keep them going for a long time.

  • V AMG

    In case you are interested, I got a great deal on Sportmix at essentially 2 bags for the price of one with a coupon deal. Free shipping, no tax, and fast service.

  • shatc

    So interesting that you and I share the same story. I too feed our Boxer Exceed from Sam’s Club and was disappointed with the change made about six months ago. I noticed all of the great reviews and affordability of SportMix Wholesomes.I strongly considered Diamond Naturals, but ultimately elected purchasing SportMix Wholesomes – Chicken Meal and Rice from My dog loved the food and I tried the the lamb formula next and she liked it as well, now I have purchased the Fish Meal and Rice formula. I believe that I have found the food to stick with for the long haul. I am thinking of trying their Cat Food next.

  • Deborah Ledbetter

    This happened to me too at around the same time. Never did get an answer as to why the shape of the kibble changed. I switched to another food and the problems stopped.

  • Cait Carpenter

    I know! I do appreciate when companies use quality ingredients, and I love that this affordable food has worked for my dog just as well as the wonderful, high end brands that I sell and the raw diets I have fed in the past from ingredients grown and raised on my own farm. Different diets work for different dogs. This particular one has been great for us!

  • Amateria

    That’s great!
    But you see top of the line doesn’t mean very much in the dog food world or even ours really, every dog is different and some just dont need the very rich high end foods with all that lovely meat haha, some do just fine on 2 protein sources and some live to epic years on Vegan which besides my own food from time to time I would never force on my dog unless he really was allergic to life itself.

    Find whats best for your dogs and just do that.

  • Cait Carpenter

    I have two working dogs, a Malinois and an ACD. The ACD has been on every high-end brand of kibble imaginable, but has continued to have hot spots, greasy skin, and trouble putting on weight. He’s also an older fella, so he’s kind of slow in the mornings and not an enthusiastic either. All of this changed when I tried the fish variety of Wholesome because it was on sale at my work. After two months, both dogs are gorgeous and happy. The ACD’s health problems have ceased, and he’s a bouncy, excited boy who loves his meals. I’m pleasantly surprised at the wonderful results.

  • V AMG

    I don’t normally bother to comment, but thought I would put my 2 cents in. I have raised Dobermans for just over 40 years. Most of my Dobermans have made it to about 15 years, which my vet tells me is on the high side. I was feeding Exceed lamb and rice from Sam’s Club for most of these years. Exceed apparently changed ownership, and the food also took a turn for the worse. I tried a couple flavors of Diamond Naturals, but my dogs would get sick fairly often (runny stools, and throwing up). I switched to Sportmix Wholesomes Lamb and Rice, and I could immediately tell they were much more eager to eat when I filled the bowl. Usually gone in a few minutes. They have never had any problems since I started feeding the Sportmix products. I have tried the different flavors, and they prefer the Sportmix lamb and rice over foods costing twice as much. Been using it for almost a year now. I would rank this product at least 4 stars in my personal experience. Very happy with it so far.

  • Ryan

    Sorry to hear that.

  • Ryan

    Has there ever been a dog food that didn’t have someone complain that their dog didn’t like it or do well on it?

  • Pitlove

    Very cool! I live in Louisiana and work with a couple rescues so I was curious.

  • Karen Jobe

    Animal Welfare Inc, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

  • Pitlove

    Hi- Which rescue group are you with?

  • Karen Jobe

    I’m a Rescuer in Louisiana and recently switched to SM Wholesome Chicken and Rice. I was feeding Diamond Natural Chicken and Rice. With 33 Rescues and 2 in Foster, the SM was a little cheaper at TS and everyone has done excellent on it! Have also fed Victor Chicken and Rice with very good results!

  • InkedMarie

    what a handsome boy!

  • LabsRawesome

    Aww. He is very handsome. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • legendaryhound

    Here is the gentleman Kobe. A Lab and Basset mix as far as I can tell. Turned out feet and short legs ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LabsRawesome

    A Lab/Basset? That’s an interesting combo. I’d like to see a pic of your pup. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • legendaryhound

    I have been using the Wholsomes Sportmix chicken and rice for my three big dogs. I have an Otterhound, a Lab/Bassett mix and a “speckled” puppy who may be part blue tick and Australian shepherd We go through about 60 pounds a month. I buy it from a locally owned and operated feed store rather than Tractor Supply so I feel I’m “shopping locally” rather than supporting the corporate retailer . (TSC was not very good at keeping a supply on hand and didn’t seem interested when I brought to their attention that this was bad practice.)

  • Antisocial Carri Smith

    I used to o have my kids on Purina puppy chow cause my toy pom had a sensitive tummy and it was the only thing that did not give him stone, but when he passed at 13 I decided to find a better food for the others, including his son. I tried 4 health at first but they would only eat enough to stayv alive so I realized they did not like it. I tried the wholesome sport mix but started the kids out on the lamb n rice but they refused to touch it so I tried the chicken n rice, which loved at first bite. I get it from Tractor Supply and am very satisfied with it.

  • We feed the chicken and rice formula and our dogs love it! I love that it can be ordered and shipped to our door for cheaper than we can buy at local chain feed store.

  • Sarah Noel

    I also switch and mix Diamond Naturals and Wholesomes, chicken flavors. My dogs love it, I love the ratings and the prices. Some days (like today) I can get Wholesomes 40# bag or $26.99. Only problem I’ve had is when a new foster comes from the shelter, it may take a day or 2 to adjust.

  • Jessica C

    I’m having issues with this dog food as of September 2015. My dogs have eaten the Wholesomes Chicken and Rice dry formula for about 6 months, and have done very well on it until now. I picked up a bag with the expiration code of 15DEC16E1EXP , and my dogs immediately got severe diarrhea. I mixed cooked rice with the food for several days, and their stools got better, but as soon as they were completely back on the Wholesomes, the diarrhea began again. After a week, I gave up, and am returning the food. (Diarrhea resolved overnight once off the food) I left the company a message, expressing my concerns. I did notice the kibble shape had changed, as well as the scent of the food- kind of rancid. I also noticed this coincided with internet retailers now offering 40 lb bags of the food for just 29.99 with free shipping. Needless to say, I will no longer buy this food, nor will I recommend it to others.

  • Susan

    Hi, Earthborn Holistic, Sportmix & ProPac Cultimates are all made by Midwestern Pet Foods & have had No Recalls…..

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Andrea:
    I personally would not feed anything, kibble or otherwise, if I thought it smelled funny. Trust your nose! I suggest taking it back to where you bought it from and exchange it for a new bag of kibble.

  • Andrea Bailey

    I just bought a bag of the chicken meal and rice formula and to me it has a real funky smell. I don’t know if this is normal or a bad bag. I usually buy their fish meal and rice and no problems with it. Does anyone buy the chicken and ever notice a bad smell to it?

  • LabLover

    I called Sportmix today and asked how much ash was in the Chicken and Rice, they said 7.95% max. Really not too bad IMO

  • Laura L

    o yes i do a lot of checking on dog food advisor lol and i just searched the whole fda dog food and nothing

  • Bobby dog

    Here’s where you can find recall info on DFA:

    Sign up for e-mail alerts:

    Check out the FDA website for recall info too.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I don’t think they’ve ever had a recall but I don’t use this food. Here’s the website if you want to contact the company:

  • Laura L

    has this brand sportmix wholesomes any of thembeen recalled ever? i have looked but foun nothing

  • Miss Priss

    I switch back and forth from Diamond Natural to Wholesome. I’ve never had a problem and I own 20 dogs. All rescues, all sizes and ages. In fact, I’ve never had a dog sick from dog food…ever. Sometimes, when I can afford it, I buy a big bag of Taste of the Wild, Diamond, and Wholesome and dump them in the dog food container. It is mixed well and the dogs love it. I do have a lot of American Eskimos, several Basenjis, JRTs, Chi-mixes, and a few mixed breeds, Nothing upsets these dogs’ stomachs, causes skin rashes, or any other health issues. $29 for 40#.

    I might add that I feed a couple neighborhood dogs that aren’t fed half the time by their owner. I can afford Wholesome for those dogs.

  • Crazy4cats

    Do you mean which Sportmix flavor would be a good replacement? The chicken and rice looks like a solid food. It would be even better if you add a little fresh or canned foods to it. Such as eggs, sardines, or left over lean meats and vegetables.
    Also, Victor carries a few foods with beef that could rotate with your current foods.

  • brittany

    I feed diamond naturals beef meal and rice but due to all the past recalls I was not aware of before o want to switch food and sport mix wholesome is looking pretty good for the price which one of these would be a good replacer for the diamond?

  • Rin

    My dogs (Border Collie and Aussie) usually eat Taste of the Wild, but this food had a comparable score on DFA so I bought it. Huge mistake. They are massively allergic to something in this food and are tearing their hair out and chewing 24/7. I am taking the bag back to Tractor Supply and hoping they will give me a store credit to go back to my original food. Utterly disgusted.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Robyn:

    If you are able to order on-line you will find an almost endless selection of foods for your pup at very reasonable prices. Many sites offer free shipping on any order over $49. For example, Chewy has a flat s&h fee of $4.95 for orders under $49 and free shipping for orders above $49. With a dog that size you would have no problem meeting that requirement. Chewy also has an excellent return policy.

    If you are looking for a particular dog food look at their website. Most have a search feature for on-line retailers along with retail locations.

    Several sites also offer frequent buyer programs (you have to ask), reduced prices for auto-ship orders, and some even honor coupons. I have received excellent prices and customer service from Petco, Petsmart, Chewy, and Petflow. If you sign up for e-mails from these companies you will also receive info on sales or free shipping specials as well. Here are some sites to check out:

  • Robyn Husick Seavers

    I have a Saint that turns three this month weighing in at 150# he eats between 6-8 cups a day. None of these 5,4,3 star foods are sold near me in Indiana I don’t recognize any of them so I haven’t seen them anywhere. I use to use sports mix (black) for my first Saint (he was 10 and passed in Dec) but they kept raising the price so I stopped buying it. Seems I am using a one star brand which disturbs me. I need to switch.

  • JW

    Hi, I have a 90 pound black lab that will eat ANYTHING that doesn’t try to eat him first. ๐Ÿ™‚ He also has allergies and can only have fish based foods. I decided to give Wholesomes a try, he loved the first bag. He would not touch the second bag. He literally stopped eating for about 4 days, I thought he was sick, although he’d chow down if we gave him anything else and acted totally fine. I ran to the store and bought his old brand, Premium Edge, and he was very, very happy. I will never buy Wholesomes again.

  • Fishermanroly

    Wholesomes Is better and .75 cents a pound.

  • MJfromGA

    We have tried Prey model, but frankly as he grew it got too expensive and we had to drop for the kibble. He is doing just fine on his current mix of foods. I don’t want to dive into another argument about the food, so I’ll leave it at that.

  • Fishermanroly

    Agreed i just wish the made a better bag we always have to dig through to find the ones that aren’t torn

  • Fishermanroly

    Another option is BARF diet it really is not that bad and can be done at less than a dollar a pound i would do it but i have to many dogs so they get raw only in the A.M and kibble in the P.M makes the kibble last longer i get 40lb boxes of chicken at 24.99 and chicken livers .69lb and gizzards, tripe etc not to mention we raise Quail so the get eggs daily and quail when we process them.

  • Fishermanroly

    My male Boerboel male is 170+ lbs and my female is 140+lbs also a male pup at 145lbs and my two male shepherds are around 90 each and the female 75+lbs feel my pain lol but they are our family .

  • Fishermanroly

    I use to feed fromm and it is an awesome feed but i have 3 GSD’s and 2 Boerboels and they loved it but i was paying close to 40.00 for a 33lb bag thats why i went with the Wholesomes chicken and rice at $30 for 40lbs you cant beat it.

  • Fishermanroly

    I noticed that is why i mentioned it i got family over there and they get it at TSC for 29.99 I have been using it since it came out no problems healthy dogs and stools at 1st they did not like it but now they want nothing else.

  • MJfromGA

    Are you serious? You’re the one who acted like a know-it-all when all I did was post a comment here. I didn’t start an argument. I mentioned nobody in my OP and didn’t ASK for any comments (advice included).

    I’m here to read reviews on dog food and post my personal experiences, not to get advice I didn’t even ask for by random people who now neither me nor my dog. You know, since you ASKED.

    You are the one who was rude to me with your sarcasm and randomness when I did absolutely nothing to you. At least BCnut apologized for offering me advice I didn’t ask for, which I appreciate.

    I can see why these forums are just a small team of (the same) posters attacking other members just like in that Pedigree thread.


    I don’t want to (or can’t truly afford to) buy/feed the dog food you want me to, so you decide to blast me for feeding what I do feed over and over again, make recommendations I didn’t ask for, and finally call me rude when I don’t bend to your will and try defend my position of why I feed what I do when I’d have not NEEDED to defend it if you had not offered advice I never asked for…

    Not many people would want to stay here after this sites regulars act like this to people…

    And then can’t even answer a simple question as to how in the world 4 cups is half of 5 cups (based on your own comment). Won’t even admit when you’re wrong about something. The arrogance is astounding.

    Move on? You have no right to say that to me. How about YOU move on? Yeah, it’s not a nice thing to be TOLD, is it?

  • LabsRawesome

    Please do that. Thank You.

  • Crazy4cats

    Oh Labbsy, you are being naughty.

  • Crazy4cats

    You are lucky. It sounds like you have a lot of good choices and prices where you live.

  • LabsRawesome

    I don’t see that happening.

  • LabsRawesome

    If you’re not here for help or advice, then why are you here? To fight and argue with people? Or just to be rude? We have all heard you. You don’t need or want our advice. Please move on.

  • LabsRawesome

    Heck yeah!! That’s what I’m talking about. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Betsy Greer

    Mine too, Labs. $1.00 per pound for grain inclusive and $1.33 per pound for grain free.

  • MJfromGA

    You really need to stop. I didn’t ask you anything before you went trying to tell me this and that like you’re some kind of expert. This site isn’t an expert advice column last I checked and I didn’t post seeking advice, only posted my personal experience with this food.

    You came at me telling me I could feed my dog a lot less when you don’t know my dog or me. You also TOLD me to check out that site when not once did I say I was interested in a new dog food.

    As a dog owner, I do like to know about other foods and whatnot, so I checked it out anyway, but still… never ASKED you for that.

    As for you saying I could get Victor dog food and feed half? Not really since it says 4 cups per day at least (the weight formula says 51/4 for an 80 lb dog). And 4 is not half of 5.

    I never asked you personally even one single question so I don’t think you’re right for acting like that but it’s whatever.

  • LabsRawesome

    No I don’t even look online for dog food. I can get everything cheaper at the store.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, but not here. Have you seen the Amazon or Sport Dog prices? I think you are very lucky you have it locally.

  • LabsRawesome

    I should clarify, I was talking about Victor grain inclusive being $1 per pound. At my local independent pet store. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kimi_Forever

    the fromm he suggested is 37.99 for 33lbs thats a 1.15 a lb..sorry you were so uptight about 15 cents a lb…

  • Crazy4cats

    If you can’t get it locally, however, it costs much more. I only have one store here that carries it and she charges very close to what Amazon charges. I wish some more stores would carry it and maybe drive the cost down a little.

  • Crazy4cats

    Sorry, I really thought that Fromm’s Family Classics was $1 or less a pound. I hope you are not confusing it with their two other lines of kibble. Also, if you are going to buy Diamond, do you have a Costco membership. If yes, then you should consider the Kirkland brand. They are only about 85 cents a pound and are rated higher than the Diamond Naturals. They carry both a lamb and rice and a chicken and rice varieties. The Kirkland brand and the Nature’s Domain brand that Costco carries are both made by Diamond. I do believe that myself and the others are really trying to help. Not just to make you spend more money. Take care.

  • LabsRawesome

    I’ll come back later and ask you some questions. When you answer them I will get mad. I have no point. Or explanation for this behavior .

  • LabsRawesome

    If you didn’t want help or advice then what was the point of posting? Just curious. The reason that you didn’t get an answer on your Diamond question was probably because you had already alienated everyone with your rude comments so they were over trying to help you.

  • theBCnut

    I just read back over all your posts. I had some time to waste. I’m sorry we tried to give you advice you clearly didn’t ask for. Usually when people come here about all the foods their dog won’t eat, it is because they are asking for suggestions about foods they might try. Obviously not in your case, but that seems to be the habit we’ve fallen into. So for your one question, we generally do not suggest or recommend Diamond because of their recall history, but other than the fact that they may poison your dog at any time without notice, they read like an OK food on paper.
    No, you haven’t thanked anybody anytime for their advice, but then since it was all unsolicited, I guess that’s to be expected. And I guess that also explains why you got snarky in every post after someone suggested the price of food in FL. Sorry, we couldn’t help you. Have a good day.

  • MJfromGA

    I hope nobody else wastes their time either. Like I said, the little buddy system you people have going on here is cute. I said thanks many times for advice that I could not use. I didn’t ask for the “advice” to begin with and the little bit of advice I did ask for (asked about the Diamond food we are thinking of trying next), I got no answer to. You want to talk about a waste of time? I certainly wasted my time posting here, so I think we can call it even.

  • theBCnut

    You may find this hard to believe, but some of us read every single post on every single thread, so they start to run together and we don’t go back and read everything that someone ever wrote before we try to help. We do expect that if we, in good faith, try to help you, even if you can’t actually use our advice, that you will appreciate that someone bothered to take their time to try to help you. Obviously that isn’t the case, so I hope that no one else bothers to waste their time.

  • MJfromGA

    I said I tried Canidae all life stages, as well as some other brands. Tried this brand, as well? So how you’re saying there is no rotation is really beyond me. Seriously.

    It’s clear to see that people here team up for no reason judging by the thumbs up I see. Betsy isn’t even reading what I am writing, keeps responding and gets thumbs up. Just because my comments are long doesn’t mean you can skim and respond off of that.

    I already told you I looked at the dog food, and then you tell me to look at it again as if I didn’t already say I looked. So excuse ME for being the rude one… Also, how is over $40 for a 30 lb bag $1 per pound? Maybe my math is off but…

    Also, for an 80 lb ADULT dog (my dog is still growing) it’s 4 cups a day on the Victor dog food bag Beef Meal flavor. On the weight management it’s 5 1/4 cups a day and he gets an average of 5 cups a day so that says a lot about how I’m supposedly feeding him WAY too much (I’m not).

    I see how this site works. I will use it’s functions in the manner instructed and refrain from posting on these comment sections or reading the comments within. Good day to everyone.

  • Betsy Greer

    It would’ve been a great food to add to a rotation, but apparently, there’s no rotation contemplated.

  • LabsRawesome

    Actually Victor is around $1 per pound. It’s definitely cheaper than Pure Balance, if you can pick it up locally.

  • Betsy Greer

    You’re right, that was rude.

    Sorry to have so obviously upset you. I was actually just curious to see if the product would be available locally to you. It actually does cost $1.00 per pound.

    I won’t respond to you further.

  • MJfromGA

    I think I’ll stop posting here. Clearly you’re not hearing me. I told you that I already checked their prices and it was too much IMO. I am not willing to pay more than like $1 or so per pound and I can really barely pay that at this time.

    I am not working right now and I have absolutely no extra money to spend. I put a little away to make sure he can go to the vet etc. but I’m on a very tight budget and no money can be wasted. Hence why I tried this food to begin with and why we’re sticking to Pure Balance right now.

    Repeatedly telling me to spend more money on dog food is not helping me and it’s not going to help me. I’m sorry if that sounds rude, but it’s true. Thank you everyone for the suggestions, though.

  • Crazy4cats

    Well, good luck to you. I have two 80 pounders. I know exactly how it is. Just be sure to add some eggs, sardines, lean meats and fruits or veggies to the kibble now and then and he’ll be fine.

  • Betsy Greer

    Will you please do me a favor? Click on this link, it’ll take you to the Victor website: Across the top of the page, click on on “Find a Dealer,” and put in your zip code. Victor has a lot of great quality, very budget friendly choices. If you can find the product locally, the approximate prices are $39.99 for a 30 pound bag of grain inclusive or a 40 pound bag of grain free.

  • MJfromGA

    Way more expensive, actually. I know I seem kinda wishy washy, but frankly he is expensive to feed. I feed him all the food he needs, but can’t afford costly brands.

    I got him from the shelter and they told me he’d be a max of 60 lbs fully grown like my previous Lab mix and our 54 lb GSD mix as well as most of the other dogs that we have owned.

    I love him to bits, but frankly I really was not super well equipped to feed an 82 lb dog (and he’s not even done growing yet). We are shopping around, so thanks.

  • Crazy4cats

    How about Fromm’s? Do you have Fromm’s Family Classics available in your area? I think it is about the same price as the Diamond foods only without the recall issue. I hope you find something

  • MJfromGA

    I have tried Merrick, Blue, and Earthborn Holistics in the past because our cats eat those foods. He was a LOT smaller then, though.

    Those foods are WAY too expensive to feed an 82 lb dog, and he eats the same amount. Actually, I find it quite mythical that they eat less of more costly foods.

    If I found that to be true, perhaps I’d buy a higher quality. Our cats run through the Merrick (the food they eat most of the time) just as quickly as the store bought foods such as Meow Mix.

    I tried the Canidae all life stages recently, which was a 44 lb bag for $50 (bit more than I like to pay but still) but he could tell there was fish in it and rejected it 100% and I ended up having to give it to our other dog so as not to waste it.

    I sometimes buy food with fish because normally he can’t taste it if it’s not the main ingredient. He hates fish except Salmon (which he loves) and they must have used some other kind of fish.

    I checked out the Victor, costs more than I’m generally willing to pay. I’m seeing 40 lb bags for like $58. It is not cost effective to buy bags smaller than 30 lbs for him and to me it does not seem true that they eat less of it and are satisfied.

    He might not NEED anymore food nutrition wise, but his tummy feels empty without enough food in it and he isn’t happy, which means I’m not happy.

    BTW… I think we will try Diamond Naturals Beef Meal and Rice next. It’s at Tractor Supply co. for $31 for a 40 lb bag, so loving the price. Do you think that is a decent food to try? I really cannot spend a lot on dog food yet he is allergic to soy, so don’t have a LOT of options.

  • MJfromGA

    You’ll notice that my username says GA and not FL so yeah… I don’t live in FL so I don’t pay what you pay? Easy enough to understand, right?

  • Betsy Greer

    If you’re ever considering alternate budget friendly foods to rotate with the Pure Balance, check out Victor. It’s very nutrient dense, more so than the Pure Balance, so you’d feed less of it and potentially pay less too.

  • Fishermanroly

    Not True its not the protein its the calcium you need to be careful with . I breed Boerboel’s and all are beautiful healthy dog’s . Also never feed puppy food to a large breed puppy that’s where you run into problems where they grow faster than there bodies can handle. I have fed RAW meat and organs in the A.M and The sportmix wholesomes chicken and rice formula in the afternoon just want to make sure my dogs are getting what they need one of my male pups is 140 lbs and lean at 8 months old. So dont think because you dont feed puppy food to a puppy he will not grow.Also the chicken and rice is a 4 star food the other formulas aren’t.

  • Fishermanroly

    $37? its $29 for a 40 lb bag in florida

  • MJfromGA

    Hello, everyone. I just joined and am glad to have the feedback so soon. He is very active and runs around outside off lead a lot and also gets a long leashed walk with our oldie each day, as well.

    If he gets less than this amount of food, he feels hungry like his tummy isn’t full and he acts all whiny and goes to his bowl a lot. I have gone to the vet about his eating and gotten advice etc.

    He is at a good weight condition for his age and whatnot. Because he is not fat, and because he acts really hungry if I lessen his food, I am supposedly feeding him what he’s supposed to eat.

    Vet said he will not be done growing until next year because he has some kind of big breed in him, and he’s an early neuter so his growth plates didn’t close properly etc.

    BTW, he hates this food and eats his Pure Balance most of the time now.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Betsy! Yeah she could go from a 3 star to a 5 star food for about the same price. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Betsy Greer

    Victor is exactly the food I was thinking of food her too, Labs. If she could find it local, she’d really be in business.

  • LabsRawesome

    That is a lot of food My Lab only eats 2 cups of kibble and 1 can per day. For the same price as Sportmix you could try Victor and feed half the amount you’re feeding now. Here’s victor’s site check out their dealer locator.

  • Betsy Greer

    You’re feeding your 82 pound Lab mix twice what I feed my 72 pound Golden Retriever. You could be feeding a much more nutrient dense food with fewer fillers which increase stool volume and contain antinutrients that your dog doesn’t need and which could possibly cause unhealthy reactions, for about the same price you pay to feed this food.

  • MJfromGA

    I got this from the feed store at about $37 for a 40 lb bag. Great price, and looked like a decent dog food for my soy allergic Nigredo. It was the chicken and rice formula, not the lamb or fish. He’s an active 16 month old 82 lb Lab mix (in photo). Usually eats 5 cups a day approx. Not selective, either. But he didn’t like this food at ALL and I don’t have money to throw away so we had to fight through the entire bag. Won’t buy again at all.

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  • chelsea

    i feed the lamb sometimes but mostly the fish. i have Great Danes and they arent supposed to be fed over 22% protein because they grow so fast and it can destroy their joints to have a higher protein. (several vets have said this to me) my blood hound and shih tzu also eat this food. all do amazing. great coats, weights, and stools, and they LOVE it. Its cheap enough to feed them all without breaking the bank and it doesnt have corn so my shih tzus allergies dont act up. I think this is a great choice in feed

  • MisterPotatoHeadToYou

    My dog is 50 lb. and we walk 30 minutes daily. I feed her just under two cups per day which is less than my friends feed their similarly-sized dogs and she’s still holding her weight and might slightly be heavy. Vet says she likely just has low metabolism. She likes the Chicken Meal & Rice and has no gas. Great price to boot.

  • Randy Thompson

    I feed the chicken and rice to my GSD and my girl put on weight very easily. Her coat appears shinier and fuller and she appears to have more umph than she did with higher protein foods that had fillers. She likes it, and I am getting it at a fair price. I would like to see the analysis above on the chicken and rice rather than the lamb meal.

  • Pattyvaughn

    The protein level may be acceptable in this food but for large and giant breed dogs, it’s calcium that has to be regulated not protein, and even that is only for puppies. Limiting protein is a myth that has been disproven.

  • Shawna

    Why do you feel the protein level is “perfect” for large and giant breed dogs? Twenty-four percent is only marginally more than the minimum required by AAFCO (especially for growing puppies).

  • Shanna Pittman

    The protein level in this food is perfect for large and giant breed dogs. I have been feeding Wholesomes since they started carrying at my local Tractor Supply this year and all my Bloodhounds do great on it. Coats look great, no horrible gas and poop is firm and reduced as it should be. They have done better on this than Evo and Merrick BG and they love the taste! For the price and quality you can’t beat it!!!



  • Pattyvaughn

    I think he is saying he has tried so many different foods because he is not going to use Diamond.

  • Corey Rigoni

    I’m not sure why you would go with Diamond since they have been recalled more than anybody. Many of the dog foods that have been recalled in the last couple of years were manufactured by Diamond. You’ll never convince me that Diamond is a safe food to feed.


    Emailed Sportmix asking if Wholesomes was ethoxyquin-free. Received a fast response assuring me it was. Seems like a good alternative to Diamond Naturals.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Serving amount is just a suggestion. Some dogs have a faster metabolism and need more, some dogs have a slower metabolism and need less.

  • jags52

    I have been feeding my dogs the chicken rice and they have gained a lot . We give the right amount to there size and they are still gaining. Anyone else having the same problem?

  • Gabe

    Rodger I have been using sport mix wholesome chicken rice formula in all my 6 show dogs they are doing amazing on this kibble we use to use eukanuba , diamond brands , purina pro plan I never had same results. Earthborn it is made by sportmix I would advise you add a spoon of plain yogurt for the sensitive stomach ! Good lucky

  • RogerF1970

    I have tried Sportmix Wholesomes Chicken Meal and Rice for 5 months. all 3 of my dogs have gotten an upset stomach and are eating grass and vomiting. I had been using Pro pac mini chunks until the store quit carrying it,so I talked to the sales rep and she suggested i should try the sportmix. I am now feeding 2 of my dogs earthborn and the 3rd has the most sensitive stomach were are trying Merrick-duck & sweet potato. With all of the recalls that are going on with other manufactures (Diamond) I dont know what else to try.I have always liked midwestern pet foods.

  • Gabriel Siqueira

    I want more information about the Sportmix Wholesomes Chicken Meal and Rice qualified 4 stars ! if you guys are happy using it. I’m feeding my dog loyall Loyall Active Adult Formula 26/19 I’m not real happy about my dogs coat. I’m looking forward for more informations and reviews about Sportmix Wholesomes Chicken Meal and Rice. Best regards

  • Gabriel Siqueira

    I want more information about the Sportmix Wholesomes Chicken Meal and Rice qualified 4 stars ! if you guys are happy using it thanks. I’m feeding my dog loyall Loyall Active Adult Formula 26/19 I’m not real happy about my dogs coat. I’m looking forward for more informations and reviews about Sportmix Wholesomes Chicken Meal and Rice. Best regards

  • I was just wondering about that i never even thought to look at protein % lol

  • Pattyvaughn

    Pure Balance has 30% protein and 17% fat, this is both lower protein and lower fat. Too low for me to be OK feeding it even with protein boosting additions.

  • I noticed this is rated 3.5 stars like pure balance but i’m curious if this is about the same thing as pure balance. Better or worse than pure balance. My dogs are doing good on pure balance but i have to give them a skin/coat supplement because if i don’t they’ll look dull and have dry skin. They are also tired of it.

  • Shawna

    Got it!! That makes more sense.. I thought maybe you were abandoning paleo or something.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ No fears that you wanted to “marry the food” though…

  • Jamie as Guest

    Thank you for review! I feed the chicken/rice. Perfect fat/protein and it beats the heck out of comparable foods. (IE Diamond-4health) Midwestern is a milling company so all of their ingredients are milled on site. Logical explanation of every part of the single grain listed. Dogs coats look great, they maintain good weight and stools, not complaining. Perfect for my pack which is also supplemented with raw. ๐Ÿ™‚ I add spoonful of plain yogurt to their kibble couple times a week. I feed wholesomes in rotation with pro pac. For the price it just can’t be beat.

  • Dog Food Ninja

    Oh come on, I didn’t say I wanted to marry the food. Lol. There is a certain percent of the population that simply will not or cannot pay more for the really good foods, and if I can get someone to use this in my store rather than dog chow or Beneful, then its a positive step.

  • Shawna

    Grain or grain free at only 24% protein, I’m really surprised you would endorse this food DFN?

  • Dog Food Ninja

    Although I’m not a fan of grains in any amount, this is a really decent food at a very low price point from a reputable producer. My store has been selling it pretty well and the dogs eating it seem to be doing well. Of course I always recommend probiotics and fish oil with grain based foods…