Victor Dog Food: An In-Depth Review


Victor dog food
Even when I am only choosing among the most high-quality dog foods, it can be difficult to choose the right formulas to support my older dog’s joint issues, offer my crazy young working dog fuel to power his energy, and make sure my growing large-breed puppy has the best nutrition to set her up for success and prevent health issues. In Victor Dog Food: An In-Depth Review, I examine the products offered by Victor to see if they meet the needs of my various dogs, and your canine’s needs too.

What matters in choosing your dog’s food?

It is a given that you want to feed your dog the best dog food, but what is important when choosing a dog food? Here is what to consider.

Ingredients

Your dog needs ingredients that nourish their particular medical and physical needs as well as their state of life. A large-breed puppy is going to need very different food than an older toy breed. Choosing food that has the right ingredients for your dog isn’t just about choosing quality ingredients. It’s about choosing the best ingredients for your dog’s needs.

Allergens

Many dogs suffer from allergies. This may be evident in sneezing, coughing, and other respiratory symptoms or it may come out in dry, itchy, flaky skin. Choosing dog food that has a limited ingredient list and avoids fillers is a great way to avoid potential allergens.  Having your dog tested for allergies can be very expensive. If you want to try something yourself before you go in for allergy testing, you can try dog foods that have limited ingredients, allowing you to rule out potential allergens without negatively affecting your dog’s health.

Quality

A great ingredient list won’t mean much if the ingredients used are sub-par. Even worse, irresponsibly sourced ingredients can make your dog very sick. It is extremely important to choose a company that has been around for a while and has a reputation for responsible sourcing of ingredients.

Victor Dog Food

Victor Dog Food has its roots firmly planted in the heartland of America. They create their food in a manufacturing facility in Texas. This is a company committed to family values, which uses only the freshest and most nutritious ingredients to keep your dog in the same top shape as the dogs of professional breeders and trainers.  You can feel confident about the quality of this food since so many breeders and trainers trust the wide range of foods available from Victor to keep their dogs in ideal condition. All foods are formulated to meet or exceed nutritional levels established by AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles. 

Pros

  • Very high-protein diets that are awesome for working dogs
  • High-quality ingredients
  • American company with family values

Cons

  • Not the cheapest dog food available
  • The average dog formulas may still be very high-protein for the average family dog
  • Some people notice dietary upset when changing from other foods too quickly

Victor Dog Food: An In-Depth Review

Ingredients

Victor Dog Food uses high-quality ingredients with a focus on protein from meat such as beef, chicken, fish, or lamb. Regardless of what formula you consider, you’ll find that you can read the names of most of the ingredients without trouble. High-quality protein from meat makes up a significant portion of most diets. However, you can choose higher levels of plant or grain protein if needed.

Variety of formulas

Victor makes formulas for every dog. It is wonderful to find a brand you can trust and stick with throughout your dog’s life. Many breeders, working dog kennels, and other professionals rely on Victor Dog Foods for all of their dogs – regardless of breed, age, or medical needs. They have a wide variety of formulas that can cover every dog’s requirements.

The classic line

The classic line focuses on categorizing their formulas depending on a dog’s energy needs; these formulas differ as far as the amount of protein and whether that protein comes from meat, vegetable, or grain sources. These nutrient-dense recipes are packed with protein from different meats. Hi-Pro Plus is formulated for high-energy dogs of all breeds and life stages. With 88% of its protein from meat and only 10% of its protein from grain, this extremely high-protein diet is perfect for fueling high-octane dogs such as racing greyhounds and working breeds like Belgian Malinois and border collies. A balanced range of protein comes from beef, pork, chicken, and fish meal. The high-meat protein content of this diet is also ideal for growing puppies and pregnant or nursing females. The High Energy and Professional diets are both designed for high-energy dogs that need a little less meat protein than the Hi-Pro Plus diet provides, such as active sporting dogs like pointers and Labradors. The High Energy diet has 79% meat protein and 18% grain protein while the Professional diet has 81% of its protein from meat and 16% of its protein from grain. The protein from grain provides sustained energy for excellent stamina and endurance when working through the day.  Multi-Pro is for dogs of all breeds and life stages who have normal activity levels. It’s the ideal food for dogs that have a regular lifestyle or for high-energy working dogs during their off-season. This food’s excellent digestibility can also improve the immune system. With 72% of protein from meat and 26% from grain, it provides a highly balanced maintenance diet. 

The Select Line

In the Select Line, specific proteins are offered, formulated to provide a nutritionally-balanced diet from these select protein sources. This is the perfect line for a dog suffering from allergies or with other specific dietary concerns. Choose from common proteins like beef or chicken with your choice of brown rice or sweet potato, or opt for a novel protein such as salmon or lamb. Each of these diets is formulated for all breeds and life stages. Some are grain-free so that dogs that are sensitive to grains can still have a healthy diet. These diets make up for the lack of grain with high-quality ingredients like sweet potatoes and peas, chock full of vitamins and minerals and also great sources of protein. Of the diets that contain grain, you can expect high-quality grains unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, such as whole grain brown rice, whole grain millet, and grain sorghum.  The ocean fish formula is an amazing diet for any dog who has concerns with dry, itchy skin, bad joints, or heart problems. Menhaden fish meal is the first ingredient, followed not far below by dehydrated salmon. These provide great natural sources of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which will help your dog’s heart, joints, and skin. 

The Purpose Line

The Purpose Line is made for dogs who have certain needs, whether for weight management, joint health, or a low-carb diet. These formulas address specific needs that your dog may have while maintaining nutritionally complete ingredients.  Is your older dog packing on the pounds? The Senior Healthy Weight diet is perfect for them. Do you want to give the best nutrition to growing puppies and female dogs that are pregnant and lactating? Nutri-Pro has one of the highest protein from meat sources anywhere around, at 92%.  Is your dog suffering from joint problems, or do they belong to a breed who tends to be prone to joint problems like Labradors and German shepherds? The Grain-Free Hero Canine for joint health offers plenty of meat protein for active adult dogs, along with glucosamine and chondroitin to provide extra support to joints. This diet also has a much higher source of protein from plants and vegetables than other diets, at 21%, which provides extra vitamins and minerals as well as accessible protein to build your dog’s muscles and joints.

Dry and Canned

Variety is the spice of life, for us and our dogs. I love to top my dog’s food with a little bit of something special every now and then. Victor Dog Food has great canned foods you can pour over your pet’s dry food or serve as a complete and balanced diet for dogs who need a wet diet. The cuts of protein in a delicious stew with ingredients like chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, rice, sweet potato, and other natural ingredients will tempt even picky dogs.

What Do People Say About Victor?

I scoured the web to see if everyday verified buyers of this dog food were as happy with it as kennels and breeders are. People seem to find that this food gives their dogs more energy, is highly digestible, and solved issues coming from lack of fiber or insufficient protein in other dog foods. Lots of people switched from Taste of the Wild and were happier with Victor. 

Alternatives to Victor Dog Food

Not sure that Victor is the right food for you? Here are a few options that may be easier on your pocketbook or meet your dog’s needs more efficiently.

ACANA Heritage Dog Food

ACANA Heritage Dry Dog Food, Red Meat, Biologically Appropriate &...
  • ACANA Red Meat dog food is nutrient-dense and high in protein, nourishing dogs completely with whole ranch-raised beef, Yorkshire pork, and grass-fed lamb
  • With rich inclusions of quality animal ingredients, ACANA dog food uses meat, organs, cartilage, and bone, delivering the nutrients dogs need naturally
  • Our Fresh Regional Ingredients are supplied by people we know and trust, from regional farms, ranches, and waters, and delivered to our kitchen fresh or raw

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Editor’s Comments

Here is an extremely high-quality kibble that uses premium meat for 60% of the protein. The remaining 40% of the protein comes from vegetables, fruits, and other botanicals. This biologically appropriate food is great for a wide variety of dogs in different life stages. It is comparable in price options to Victor, but there are some important differences in ingredient makeup. Acana has deboned beef and deboned pork as the first ingredients, followed by beef meal. Many people prefer meat meal as the first ingredient because of its higher protein levels and lower water content. However, if you prefer a food with whole meat as the first ingredients, Acana may be right for you.
  • Comparative in price to Victor
  • Debonded beef and pork as first ingredients instead of meat meal
  • Higher protein content from vegetables, fruit, and botanicals

NUTRO ULTRA Dog Food

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NUTRO ULTRA Toy Breed Adult Dry Dog Food 4 Pounds
  • Contains One (1) 4 Lb. Bag Of Nutro Ultra Toy Breed Adult Dry Dog Food With A Trio Of Proteins From Chicken, Lamb And Salmon (New Look, Same Product – Packaging May Vary)
  • Features Trio Of Protein From Chicken, Lamb, And Salmon—Chicken Is The #1 Ingredient—Specially Formulated For Toy Breed Adult Dogs
  • Our Premium Dog Food Kibble Is Made With High-Quality Ingredients And Provides Complete And Balanced Nutrition For Toy Breed Adult Dogs In Every Bowl

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Editor’s Comments

If you are looking for a food that meets the needs of your small breed more effectively, you may love this option from Nutro Ultra. This recipe uses chicken as the first ingredient, along with plenty of protein from salmon for healthy skin, heart, and joints. Antioxidants from blueberries, coconut, and chia seeds will also keep your little dog in peak condition. This recipe offers ingredients you can recognize for a more affordable price than other options of comparable nutritional value.
  • Formulated for small breeds
  • More affordable
  • Especially good for older dogs

Hill’s Science Dog Food

Hill's Science Diet Dry Dog Food, Adult, Sensitive Stomach & Skin,...
  • This adult dry dog food promotes digestive health while nourishing skin
  • A source of prebiotic fiber to support a balanced gut microbiome in your grown dog
  • This dog food is formulated to be highly digestible for optimal nutrient absorption & easier stool pick-up

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Editor’s Comments

Hill’s is a highly trusted name in dog food, recommended by veterinarians and even sold in veterinary clinics. This recipe is specifically formulated for dogs who have sensitive stomachs and skin, so if you are worried about your dog’s digestion or coat, this option may be perfect for your pet. The first ingredient is chicken, assuring you that plenty of protein comes from meat. Whole grains including yellow peas, cracked pearled barley, whole grain sorghum, and brown rice offer nutrition and carbohydrates to keep your dog full of energy.
  • Lower protein from meat in all recipes
  • Clinically proven to be effective
  • High-quality grains

Wrapping up Victor Dog Food: An In-Depth Review

Choosing the perfect food for your dog’s needs isn’t easy. If you are looking for the highest quality ingredients in a diet specially formulated for your dog, with options to offer lifelong support for their changing needs, Victor dog food may well be the right choice for you.  Victor is an especially good choice if your dog needs good amounts of protein. This could be because of their energy and work level or because they are pregnant, lactating, or growing. Regardless of your dog’s needs, you are likely to find great food that your canine friend will love with Victor.

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Coral Dawn Drake

My fiance, Justin, and I live with our two little dogs, Sofie and Lisa, and three chickens in Gainesville, Florida. Justin and I are homebodies who occasionally enjoy a good adventure. I love living in Gainesville, and I love Florida. I can’t imagine anywhere more beautiful or strange than this hot, marshy place where people are guaranteed to be nothing other than themselves. Justin is always reminding me to relax. Relaxing doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m always busy. Making art or editing photos, digging in the yard or trying to grow some new moss or plant. There never seems to be enough time to do everything that I want to do. Life is so, so full and I want to plunge into every second of it.

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