Tremendously popular since becoming a nationally-known brand several years ago, Victor makes super premium dog foods at their own facility in Texas. Their foods have no corn, wheat, soy, gluten, or any other processed grain. Victor currently has 17 kibble formulas for dogs and five canned formulas. They have classic multigrain recipes, grain free formulas, and foods with select proteins. Victor uses no artificially-based preservatives. All of their foods use a “Core” of ingredients unique to Victor: organic selenium yeast from Sel-Plex; complex minerals from Avila Pet/Zinpro; prebiotics from Actigen; and all natural yeast culture probiotics from Diamond V. Many of their foods are also high in protein from animal sources and they make foods that are formulated for pups and nursing dams, working, sporting, and other very active dogs, along with normally active dogs. They also make a weight control dog food. The company makes dry and canned cat food and an equine feed as well, though these are small offerings compared to their main dog food business.
Victor has only been making their super premium dog foods since 2007 but we didn’t find any recall notices during that time. Victor is associated with Mid America Pet Food in Texas. We didn’t find any recalls for Mid America Pet Food either. Trinity Hunt Partners is an investment partner with both Mid America Pet Food and with C.J. Foods in Kansas.
Victor Dog Food Coupons
We didn’t find any special coupons for Victor dog foods but you can buy Victor foods for 20 percent off the regular retail price on Chewy.com when you use autoship. This discount is good for your first order, though there are savings each time you use autoship. Shipping is free when your order is more than $49.
Victor Dog Food Reviews
Victor typically gets rave reviews online. Foods made by the company consistently receive 4 and 5-star reviews from online pet food reviewers. The overwhelming majority of customer reviews on sites such as Chewy.com and Amazon are very positive. Victor hasn’t been on the Whole-Dog Journal’s list of dry dog foods as far as we can tell, but we didn’t check every list for the last 10 years. Some of their foods certainly seem to be as good as some of the brands recommended by WDJ in terms of ingredients, nutrient percentages, and manufacturing standards.
Is Victor A Good Food To Feed My Dog?
By all accounts, yes. Victor is a very good super premium dog food brand. They use good quality ingredients and their foods are free of corn, wheat, soy, gluten, or any other processed grain. They use no artificially-based preservatives in any of their foods. Most of their foods are high in animal protein. They are a family-owned company making their foods in Texas. They have grain free foods, foods for puppies and active dogs, high energy foods and performance dog foods, and canned foods. They have not had any recalls. And, compared to many super premium foods, Victor is moderately-priced, making good dog food affordable for many dog lovers.
3 Best Overall Victor Dog Food Recipes/Formulas
Victor currently has 17 kibble formulas and we like lots of them so it’s not easy to narrow them down to the three best recipes or formulas, but we’ll try.
Grain Free Yukon River Canine with Salmon and Sweet Potato
Our favorite, and the favorite of many people who feed Victor dog food, is Grain Free Yukon River Canine with Salmon and Sweet Potato. This grain free formula has changed a little over the years but it’s still a very good grain free, gluten-free dog food. It has 76 meat protein and 24 percent plant protein. It has no corn, wheat, soy, and gluten. It has a single meat protein (fish). This is the most hypoallergenic formula made by Victor. The first five ingredients in this food are: salmon, menhaden fish meal (source of dha-docosahexaenoic acid), sweet potato, peas, and canola oil. It has 33 percent crude protein and 15 percent crude fat with 398 kcal/cup. It has a calculated 32.3 percent carbohydrates. This is an all life stage formula so you can feed it to puppies as well as adult dogs. We really like this food.
Victor Hi-Pro Plus for Active Dogs and Puppies
For anyone who likes a good performance-type dog food with higher levels of protein and fat, we like Victor Hi-Pro Plus for Active Dogs and Puppies. This is an all life stage formula so it’s good for puppies an adult dogs. It has 30 percent crude protein and 20 percent crude fat with 450 kcal/cup which means it provides plenty of energy for active dogs and growing puppies. No corn, wheat, soy, or glutens. The first five ingredients are: beef meal, grain sorghum, chicken meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), and pork meal. It has 83 percent meat protein, 7 percent plant protein, and 10 percent grain protein. It’s not grain free but grain sorghum is a less common grain that supplies good energy to dogs. Oatmeal is a good dietary fiber. This food is very popular with people who buy Victor foods and we think it’s a good food, especially if you’re looking for a dog food that supplies lots of protein and energy.
Victor Grain Free Hero Canine
If you don’t mind a little more plant protein, we also think that Victor Grain Free Hero Canine is a very good food. The first five ingredients in this food are: beef meal, sweet potato, chicken meal, peas, and chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). It has 33 percent crude protein and 16 percent crude fat with 397 kcal/cup. The protein is made up of 75 percent meat protein and 25 percent plant protein with no grains. This food is a good choice for dogs with grain allergies. No corn, no wheat, so soy, no glutens. It also has added joint supplements – glucosamine and chondroitin. This is an adult maintenance formula so it’s not suitable for puppies. Recommended.
Best Victor Formulas Based on Age and Size
Best Victor Food for Puppies
Victor makes several all life stage formulas that are suitable for growing puppies, pregnant dogs, and nursing mothers. They also make Grain Free Active Dog & Puppy which is perfect for puppies. This food has 33 percent crude protein and 16 percent crude fat with 397 kcal/cup. The protein is made up of 75 percent meat and 25 percent plant protein with no grains. The first five ingredients are: beef meal, sweet potato, chicken meal, peas, and chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). No corn, no wheat, no soy, no glutens. As an all life stage dog food, this food would be a good choice for most dogs.
Best Victor Dog Food for Seniors
Victor makes one food for senior dogs – Select Senior Healthy Weight. As with many dog food companies, their senior food doubles as a weight loss food. It has less protein and fewer calories than their other foods. If your senior dog is overweight, this is a food you could consider, though many older dogs need more protein than younger dogs and they may need more calories as they get older since their metabolism can change. The first five ingredients in this food are: beef meal, whole grain brown rice, whole grain millet, menhaden fish meal (source of dha-docosahexaenoic acid), and chicken meal. It has 27 percent crude protein and only 11 percent crude fat with 370 kcal/cup. Seventy-two percent of the protein in the food comes from meat; 13 percent comes from plant protein; and 15 percent comes from grains. No corn, no wheat, no soy, and no glutens. Added joint care ingredients. This is an adult maintenance formula.
Best Victor Dog Food for Allergies
Since many of Victor’s foods are grain free and they don’t contain corn, wheat, soy, or glutens – common allergens for some dogs – lots of their foods could be a good choice if your dog has a food allergy or food sensitivity. Depending on the proteins that bother your dog, you may find some recipes/formulas from Victor that work for your dog so check the ingredients. According to Victor their Grain Free Yukon River Canine formula is their most hypoallergenic dog food. It has a single meat protein source – fish. It has 33 percent crude protein and 15 percent crude fat with 398 kcal/cup. Seventy-six percent of the meat protein comes from the fish in the food while 24 percent comes from plant protein. We think this is a very good food for dogs with allergies. We would also recommend Victor’s Select Ocean Fish with Salmon. It has slightly less protein and fat but the animal protein again comes from fish. It does have whole grain brown rice, grain sorghum, and oatmeal but these are not common allergens for most dogs. No corn, wheat, soy, or glutens.
Best Victor Dog Food for Small Dogs
They may be small but little dogs burn lots of energy for their size. They need more calories per pound than larger dogs. Their stomachs aren’t very large so they need to get plenty of calories in each meal so their food needs to be nutrient-dense. And, they have small mouths and teeth so it helps to feed them kibble that’s small. You can see an image of Victor’s kibbles on their FAQ page. Most of their kibbles should be small enough for small dogs to chew comfortably but some of their foods may have kibble pieces that are bigger than others.
We think Victor’s Grain Free Chicken formula would be a good choice for many small breeds, especially any dogs who may have problems with grains or glutens. It’s nutrient-dense with a good balance of protein, fat, fiber, and carbs. Seventy-six percent o the protein in this formula comes from poultry and fish. The chicken meal in the formula is locally-sourced and delivered fresh. It has antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes that provide good dietary fiber. the first five ingredients are: chicken, chicken meal, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), and sweet potato. It has 33 crude percent protein and 16 percent crude fat with 410 kcal/cup so it provides plenty of energy for small dogs. We think this is a good food for small dogs but you could choose many of Victor’s foods for your little dog and feel good about feeding these foods.
You may also want to consider trying one of Victor’s canned foods for your small dog. They have three grain free foods and two foods that include rice. The canned foods have no corn, wheat, soy, or glutens, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Best Victor Dog Food for Large Dogs
Victor doesn’t make a dog food that’s formulated especially for large dogs but some of their foods could be appropriate for big dogs. Remember that there’s a difference between large dogs and giant dogs, though the line is often blurred. Some people consider adult dogs that weigh over 50 pounds to be “large,” while others put the weight at 70 pounds. Most of the dogs pictured on Victor’s packaging are what we would consider to be large breed dogs – Labradors, German Shepherds, Malamutes. Very active working dogs and sporting dogs can use some of the high protein, higher fat, higher calorie formulas featured by Victor. If you have a large/giant breed dog that is just normally active, however, your dog will probably need a food that has fewer calories. Normally-active big dogs can benefit from a diet that has good protein, moderate fat and lower calories. Added joint supplements are a plus.
We would suggest Victor Canine Hero Grain Free. This formula has 33 percent crude protein and 16 percent crude fat with 397 kcal/cup. Seventy-five percent of the protein comes from meat with 25 percent from plant protein. It also has added joint supplements – glucosamine and chondroitin. The first five ingredients are: beef meal, sweet potato, chicken meal, peas, and chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). We think this would be good food for large breed dogs. Victor has several other formulas that include added joint supplements but they are much higher in fat which can be a problem for big dogs since you don’t want them to become overweight or obese. Hip dysplasia and other joint problems are much more likely to occur in large/giant dogs when they are overweight.
We think Victor has lots of good, moderately-priced foods for dog lovers to consider. Some of their foods include blood meal which can be used to raise the protein percentage in foods. This is usually an ingredient to avoid in pet foods since you don’t know where the blood comes from or what residues might remain. We have tried to avoid recommending Victor foods that list blood meal as an ingredient but they still have many foods that don’t include it. It’s up to you whether you want to buy some of their foods that contain it. Otherwise, we like Victor’s foods very much and recommend them.