Victor Dog Food Review, Recalls & Ingredients Analysis in 2021

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.

My List of the Best Victor Dog Food Options in 2021:


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Overview of Victor

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 produces 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, and 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.

Who manufactures Victor?

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.

Victor Recalls history

  • 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.

What formulas does Victor have?

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.

Grain-Free:

  • Yukon River Canine
  • Lamb Meal
  • Chicken
  • Ultra Pro
  • Active Dog & Puppy
  • Hero Canine
  • Ocean Fish with Salmon

Regular:

  • Chicken Meal & Brown Rice
  • Beef Meal & Brown Rice
  • Lamb Meal & Brown Rice
  • Senior Healthy Weight
  • Nutra Pro
  • Hi-Pro Plus
  • Performance
  • Professional
  • High-energy
  • Multi-Pro

Victor’s Top 5 Dog Food Products

Below are the pros and cons of all the recipes included in this review:

Dog food

Pros:

Cons:

  • Suits active dogs, even sporting breeds
  • Can be consumed by pregnant and lactating females, as well as growing pups
  • Not suitable for dogs prone to or suffering from joint conditions and weight problems
  • Some dogs developed allergies and digestive issues
  • Good choice for dogs with allergies to grains, gluten, soy, wheat, and corn
  • Good choice for dogs with grain allergies
  • Not suitable for dogs prone to or suffering from joint conditions
  • Contains chicken fat and other ingredients that some dogs may be allergic to
  • Good choice for dogs with low to medium energy levels
  • Ideal for pets of all breed sizes
  • Not suitable for dogs who need ingredients that will target joint, skin, and coat health
  • There are pet parents that had to add wet food or gravy, while other dogs had allergies 
  • Good option for highly active dogs prone to joint conditions
  • Suitable for dogs with grain allergies
  • Made with unique VPRO Blend that help canines have superior immune system function and digestibility
  • Has chicken fat so we can't recommend it to pets allergic to poultry
  • It has a distinct smell that picky eaters won't be a fan of
  • Packed with protein and nutrients
  • Suitable for senior dogs of all breed sizes
  • Has L-Carnitine that converts fat to energy
  • High carbohydrate content
  • Contains grains

Overview of Ingredients in Victor’s Recipes

Protein

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.

Fats

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.

Carbohydrates

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.

Antioxidants

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.


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#1 Victor Hi-Pro Plus

30 %
Protein
20 %
Fat
33 %
Carbs
3.8 %
Fiber

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 because 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 since there's no glucosamine or chondroitin in this dog food.

#2 Yukon River Canine

33 %
Protein
15 %
Fat
35 %
Carbs
3.8 %
Fiber

This formula has premium-quality protein sources such as dehydrated salmon and menhaden fish meal. It's also free of grains and glutens, making it suitable for canines who are allergic to the likes of soy, wheat, and corn.

You can feed this dog food to adult dogs of all breed sizes, from large dogs such as Boxers to small or toy dogs like Yorkshire Terriers!

If your pooch doesn't require a specific diet to help with joint problems, we recommend this dry kibble.

#3 Chicken Meal & Brown Rice

24 %
Protein
12 %
Fat
47 %
Carbs
4 %
Fiber

Due to its lower protein and fat content, this formula is a good choice for low to moderately active dogs. However, the carb content is fairly high here, so if your dog is overweight, this food may not be the best choice.

We would also recommend this dog food for short-haired breeds since it has low fat content and omega fatty acids.

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 like hip dysplasia.

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.

#4 Hero Canine

33 %
Protein
16 %
Fat
34 %
Carbs
3.8 %
Fiber

Is your canine companion allergic to grains? This formula is also a great option, especially for highly active pups.

It also has glucosamine and chondroitin that supports joint health, which makes it a great choice for breeds of all sizes that suffer from joint problems, such as German Shepherds.

With a dog food that's packed with protein and nutrients, this is one to consider for feeding your fur buddy.

#5 Senior Healthy Weight

27 %
Protein
11.5 %
Fat
44.5 %
Carbs
4.5 %
Fiber

Is your doggo on his golden years is needing a diet that offers weight control, joint health, and digestibility? You might want to try this recipe.

Formulated for senior dogs who are less active, this dry dog food is nutrient-dense and contains premium quality protein - fish, chicken, and beef meals - to sustain energy.

It also has gluten-free grains so we won't recommend them if your fur baby requires a grain-free kibble.

What is the average price and how long will it last?

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

Grams/day*

How long does it last**?

10 / 4.5

113 g

5 1/4 months

20 / 9

141 g

4 1/4 months

30 / 13.6

198 g

3 months

40 / 18

283 g

2 months

60 / 27

367 g

1 2/3 months

80 / 36

424 g

1 1/3 months

100 / 45

509 g

5 weeks

*Victor uses a standard 8 fluid oz. measuring cup, which weighs approximately 113g (4oz.)

**approximately

Average Price and Duration in Comparison with Other Dog Food Brands

Victor Dog Food seems to last roughly the same amount as Fromm Gold Dog Food and 4health Dog Food.

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.


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Victor Dog Food Review
  • Overall Quality of Ingredients
  • Meat Content
  • Grain Content
  • Quality/Price Ratio
  • Long-lasting
4.5

Summary

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.

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