Victor Dog Food is manufactured by a small company based in Texas. They pride themselves on their high-protein, “Super Premium” dog food, which they manufacture for “typically active” dogs, as well as highly active and working dogs.
Let’s take a further look into the Victor brand and some of its top recipes.
Contents & Quick Navigation
- My List of the Best Victor Dog Food Options in 2018:
- Overview of Victor
- Who manufactures Victor?
- Victor Recalls history
- What formulas does Victor have?
- Victor’s Top 5 Dog Food Products
- What is the average price and how long will it last?
Victor is dedicated to producing what they call “Super Premium” dog food. All of their dog foods are free from corn, wheat, soy, and glutens, as well as artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. They also use local ingredients where they can, plus, a large part of their products are GMO-Free.
Victor’s recipes are high in meat protein, and they claim that all their recipes contain ingredients that work together to support a strong immune and digestive system. However, their recipes contain a sparse amount of vegetables and no fruits.
Victor mainly produce dry kibble, but they do have a small range of canned foods, as well as cat food and horse feed. They have a wide range of grain-free dry dog food options, as well as formulas for different life stages.
Victor claims that its number one priority is “providing the animal the best nutrition possible” and that cost has never been a consideration when formulating pet food.
Victor dog food is owned and manufactured by Mid America Pet Food in Texas. This small company produces all of Victor’s products on site in their own facility.
While Victor Dog Food has been available since 2007, Victor as a brand name goes way back to the 1940s.
- At the time of writing, there have been no recalls for Victor Dog Food. While they have not been in production for long, this is still commendable.
Victor has 17 dry dog food formulas listed on their website. There are many grain-free varieties, and they produce foods for “normally active dogs,” as well as for active dogs and sporting dogs.
- Yukon River Canine
- Lamb Meal
- Ultra Pro
- Active Dog & Puppy
- Hero Canine
- Ocean Fish with Salmon
- Chicken Meal & Brown Rice
- Beef Meal & Brown Rice
- Lamb Meal & Brown Rice
- Senior Healthy Weight
- Nutra Pro
- Hi-Pro Plus
Below are the pros and cons of all the recipes included in this review:
The majority of Victor’s recipes seem to include 3 meat-based ingredients in the first 5 ingredients, which is the ideal. What I like about Victor is that on their website you can see the percentage of meat vs. plant protein, and the former always far outweighs the latter.
Each of Victor’s recipes (except for Yukon River Canine, which contains salmon) contains beef meal as their primary protein source. While this ingredient may sound unconvincing, it is actually a meat concentrate that contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh beef.
Victor includes good-quality, named fats, including chicken fat, flaxseed, and canola oil (used in the Yukon recipe instead of chicken fat). These all provide your dog with nourishing fats that help keep her skin and coat healthy, as well as providing her with good sources of energy.
Victor’s regular recipes usually contain two of the following carb sources: grain sorghum, whole grain millet, feeding oat meal, and whole grain brown rice. These are all healthy, whole grain sources of carbs for your dog, which are full of fiber and vitamins.
Victor’s grain-free recipes contain sweet potatoes and peas as alternatives to grains. These are both excellent grain-free alternatives, as they not only provide carbohydrates but contain lots of antioxidants as well.
The majority of Victor’s recipes have reasonably low levels of carbs. In the regular, lower-protein formulas, however, the number of carbs can rise to almost 50% due to the inclusion of more grains.
For me, the downside to Victor’s recipes is that they do not include many whole food sources of antioxidants. While they comply by adding vitamin supplements, it seems that most of their recipes only include a few vegetables (dried tomato pomace, dried carrot, and dried kelp) and no fruits.
For a dog’s immune system to stay healthy, I always prefer to see a few fresh, antioxidant-rich ingredients.
As well as beef meal, this recipe contains chicken meal, pork meal and menhaden fish meal, making it varied in protein sources.
The high protein and fat levels make this food great for active puppies, as well as highly active or working dogs (who exercise more than an hour a day). It will not be suitable for overweight or less active dogs, as the high fat content may cause weight gain.
I do not recommend this food for dogs or puppies prone to or already suffering from joint conditions, as there is no glucosamine or chondroitin in this dog food.
This animal protein in this formula is derived solely from salmon, nor does it contain chicken fat, which makes this a good choice for dogs with allergies to beef, pork, or poultry. This food is also grain-free, so it is suitable for dogs with grain allergies.
As with the above recipe, this one does not contain ingredients to support your dog’s joints. So, if your dog is prone to joint conditions, it may be better to choose a food with glucosamine and chondroitin.
Due to its lower protein and fat content, this formula is a good choice for typical dogs who exercise about an hour a day. However, the carb content is fairly high here, so if your dog is overweight, this food may not be the best choice.
Due to the low fat content, plus the fact that the omega fatty acids are low here too, I would recommend this food for short-haired breeds.
There are no ingredients for joint support, so it’s not the top choice if your dog is prone to or suffering from joint conditions.
Though not high in fiber, this formula contains a little more compared to the other recipes, so if your dog suffers from digestive problems such as diarrhea or constipation, this food could be a good option.
This is another formula suitable for dogs with grain allergies, which contains sweet potato and peas as healthy alternatives to grains.
As with the above recipe, the macronutrient balance here is suited more to active dogs. This recipe, however, contains glucosamine (850 mg/kg) and chondroitin (250 mg/kg) to support your dog’s joints. For me, these levels make it more suitable for dogs prone to joint conditions, such as German Shepherds.
The levels of omega fatty acids are quite high in this formula, so it is also a great choice for dogs with long coats.
This senior recipe is formulated for dogs in the last quarter of their lives. It is low in fat to prevent weight gain and is slightly higher in fiber than the other recipes to keep your dog’s digestion regular.
There are high levels of joint-supporting nutrients here (glucosamine - 1100 mg/kg and chondroitin - 300 mg/kg), which I think makes it a great choice for dogs already suffering from joint problems.
While this recipe is low in fat, the carbohydrate levels are higher than desirable, so if your dog is already overweight or prone to weight gain, it may not be the best choice.
Victor seem to sell their dog food primarily in bags of 40 lb (18.14 kg), and prices can range from $37 - 70*, depending on which formula you choose. The Hi-Pro plus formula is about $70, which equals $1.58/lb.
*all prices in this post are given approximately by looking on average at 5 of the top online retailers. The final price can vary.
Below I have drawn up a chart showing how long a bag of 40lb Victor Dog food can last you. Bear in mind that these calculations are based on feeding a “typically active dog,” and that inactive/senior dogs and very active or working dogs may require a different amount.
Weight of adult dog, lb / kg
How long does it last**?
10 / 4.5
5 1/4 months
20 / 9
4 1/4 months
30 / 13.6
40 / 18
60 / 27
1 2/3 months
80 / 36
1 1/3 months
100 / 45
*Victor uses a standard 8 fluid oz. measuring cup, which weighs approximately 113g (4oz.)
In terms of price, Victor’s prices range more from recipe to recipe, but it tends to be much cheaper than Fromm Gold. 4health offers the best prices overall for all of their recipes.
You might be surprised to know that when compared to a bag of Orijen Dog Food (weighing 25 lb), a bag of 40 lb Victor Dog Food lasts a very similar amount of time. This is because the recommended daily intake for your dog is much less with Orijen, as they include lots of high-quality protein and fiber, which help to fill up your dog.
It is true that Victor Dog Food is less costly compared to Orijen - Orijen costs about $4/lb, while Victor’s most popular recipe costs about $1.58/lb. However, it is worth noting that there are higher-quality dog foods like Orijen that, despite their smaller bags, can last you almost as long as a larger bag of dog food that is not as high in quality.
Victor Dog Food Review
Victor Dog Food is a good-quality dog food that comes at a reasonable price. They provide high-protein recipes for dogs of different activity levels and a wide range of grain-free options.
Unfortunately, they don’t include a great deal of fruit and vegetables, which, for me, is a big downside of this brand, and brings down its overall quality.