Hunting for the best dog food with 30 Protein and 20 Fat (30/20)? Consider these dog food brands before buying your next bag!
The Best Dog Food with 30 Protein and 20 FatThere are as many types of dog food out there as there are dogs. Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but when we’re looking for the perfect one for our furry extended family, that’s sure what it seems like.
It can be painstakingly tedious to sift through all the hype, commercialism and advertising to find what you’re actually looking for.
Am I right?
That’s what we’re here for! We’ve done the work for you (because we ❤ you!) and are going to look at a few of the best dog food with 30 protein and 20 fat for your high energy pal.
I hope that we’ll be able to give you that one precious nugget of information you’re looking for to help you find the perfect product.
Today, we are going to sift through all the different kinds of dog food to focus on those that are aimed at high performance, high-energy dogs, with a 30% minimum protein, and a 20% minimum fat, otherwise known as 30/20.
These blends are specialized for dogs with a high volume of energy or a heavy workload.
Some dogs are just high energy by default, and seem to run themselves ragged and wind up seemingly always hungry.
Then you have your work dogs, like cattle dogs, service dogs, hunting dogs, and dogs involved in athletics or show. (The 30/20 mix is also a good choice for pregnant or lactating females as well.)
No matter what MAKES them high-energy, the need for a good, quality dog food is still there.
According to many dog owners I’ve spoken with, the right food makes all the difference in the world.
This mix is not good for dogs that are or are prone to being overweight.
It does maintain a healthy weight in dogs that are otherwise on the underweight side of the fence, but maintenance for dogs that tend to get a little pudgy should be managed with a mix designed for that type of thing.
Before delving into the different types of dog food and what separates them from one another, I wanted to take a look at the actual make up of the ingredient list, because even though each touts themselves as “the best performance kibble”, those lists look a whole lot alike.
What do the Ingredients Actually Mean?
I don’t know about you, but I have a sneaking suspicion that – like me – when you looked at your first dog food label, nothing in particular came to mind while reading ingredients like brewer’s rice, by-products, BHA and Ethoxyquin.
On the contrary, there is a definite association when you see ingredients like chicken, salmon or potatoes. I could get on board with that. However, I didn’t have to search far to actually find the nitty-gritty on those other ingredients.
I found an awesome article about some of the most common ingredients found on today’s dog food packaging, and you can even download a PDF file for reference. Just check towards the bottom of the page.
Just a note about the “by-products” that are listed: this often contains organ meat, which is a great blood booster for our pets, so it’s not an automatic write-off. It can, but doesn’t always mean, ground bone or other unsavory body parts.
Let’s be real:
While we certainly wouldn’t consider eating some things just because of what they are, dogs usually just don’t care.
My own Treeing Walker, Bella, got out one day and was completely gone from sight for quite some time. Just when I was ready to call a countywide search party together, she came running into the yard with the front leg of a half-decomposed deer!
I nearly needed therapy, but she seemed rather proud of herself, and as our fur babies often do, brought it straight to me for approval.
Let’s just say I kept a better eye on my little Houdini after that.
Is there a Specific Breed this Mix is Best for?
There are indeed specific breeds that are more acclimated for work, sport and show. The American Kennel Club listed the 15 most active dog breeds:
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- Shetland Sheep Dog
- Russell Terrier
- Siberian Husky
- Golden/Labrador Retrievers
- Border Collie
- Australian Shepherd
- English Springer Spaniel
- Miniature Pinscher
- Irish Setter
- German Shepherd
Having had a couple of these breeds myself, I can tell you that they are true to form as “active” dogs. None of these are suited for apartment life unless you are a daily runner, or otherwise have some form of daily active lifestyle these dogs can be a part of.
Other dogs that will benefit from this blend are, of course, working dogs. You might not think that there are many true-to-form work dogs out there these days, but any rancher can tell you differently.
I have a friend in Oklahoma who couldn’t do without his! He runs a horse farm, and the dogs play an integral part in helping to train the horses, as well as rounding up cattle, pulling and other assorted farm activities.
And let’s not forget hunting dogs. Beagles, Retrievers and Spaniels fall into this category, as do Weimaraner’s and Vizsla’s.
1. Purina Pro Plan Performance 30/20 Formula
First of all, Purina is a household name, it is found just about anywhere, and some people are incredibly loyal to this particular brand.
This brand earned 4.7 star review on Amazon and a 4.9 star review on the Purina Pro Plan Website. The majority of reviewers said that they would recommend this blend to others and cited some of their reasons for doing so:
- Healthy, shiny looking coat
- Lots of energy
- Weight maintenance
It was noted a few times that dogs suffering from food allergies were able to tolerate this brand better than any other they had tried.
Many reviews were from shelters and rescuers who stated that they had dogs come to them that were absolutely emaciated, but within a week or two of being fed Purina Pro Plan, their health was back and they were thriving.
Some of the key components I liked about this plan myself are the ingredients including chicken, amino acids (to nourish muscles), omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine (for healthy joints and mobility) and antioxidant rich nutrients (for an immune system boost).
Purina Pro Plan is made in the USA and highly recommended by breeders, trainers and veterinarians.
2. Eukanuba Premium Performance 30/20 Formula
Next, we’ll take a look at Eukanuba Premium Performance 30/20 Formula. This one received a 4.4 star rating on Amazon, and a 4.6 star rating on the Eukanuba site.
Reviews said many of the same things reviewers said about the Purina brand such as healthy looking coat, energy levels and weight maintenance, but almost every single one of them mentioned that their dogs absolutely loved this food.
Some of the downsides that consumers listed in their less-than-five-stars included concerns about fillers being used in the ingredients and the fact that it is not manufactured in the United States.
I noted that the ingredients listed chicken and the proteins are animal-based, calcium, and brewer’s rice. There are no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.
Their website states that there are 0% fillers and they offer a 110% money back guarantee. This dog food also offers DentaDefense, which reduces tartar buildup within 28 days.
3. Diamond Brand Naturals Extreme Athlete Formula
This formula is actually a 32/25 blend, thus the “extreme athlete” formula. This dog food is for the truly active and hardworking dog in your life.
Diamond currently has a 4.2 star rating on Amazon but is currently unrated on the Diamond site.
Most of the reviewers on Amazon agree that Diamond is the absolute best value out there, considering the quality of the ingredients, which I have to admit, I was impressed with.
Listed ingredients include chicken, eggs, pearled barley and an array of actual vegetable and fruits. I was even more impressed to find glucosamine chondroitin listed, as well as B vitamins and live microorganisms… truly impressive among its competitors.
Diamond is made in the United States and even offers tours of their state-of-the-art facilities.
4. Halo Vigor
The last dog food we will look at here today is Halo Vigor for dogs, especially designed for active dogs.
As far as our 30/20 mix goes, this one falls a little short, weighing in at an actual 26% protein, 16% fat, but this dog food is probably the most natural – as far as ingredients are concerned – that I have run across.
Their website states that there are absolutely no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, and the labeling on the bag says “no soy, no grain, no corn”.
This particular formula of Halo is currently unrated on Amazon, but their other mixes have all received 4-5 star reviews. There doesn’t seem to be ratings on their product website, but there IS a complete satisfaction guarantee that if you and your pet are not completely satisfied they will refund your money or replace the product.
Conclusion – Which is Best for Your dog?
This is a loaded question, for sure. First of all, you know your dog best. Considering the reviews of these particular products, it boils down to choosing between price, ingredients, and added health bonuses within the formula.
Both Purina and Eukanuba run about neck and neck in the price range department, with Eukanuba being slightly higher. Local sales and promotions might off set this depending on your locality as well.
If your dog’s teeth are a priority, the bonus of DentaDefense in Eukanuba makes it a better choice, whereas Purina – in my opinion – seems to promote better joint health and mobility.
If price is of no concern to you, and you are an avid protester of grains, corn and by-products, there is no question that you will want to go with Halo.
Although the protein and fat content are just a bit lower than the other formulas we’ve looked at, it is my opinion that the quality of the ingredients and the types of vitamins and minerals present in Halo’s recipe will offset that somewhat.
There are also other formulas you might want to take a look at on their website, as you might want to go with something a little different, depending on your pet’s needs.
If I were the one deciding between these four, in my personal opinion, I would have to go with Diamond.
Their ingredient list is only slightly different from Halo’s in that they do have meals and by-products, as I said earlier, I was amazed at their inclusion of vegetables and fruits.
Diamond also had the greatest number of reviews on Amazon, which tells me that it is purchased more than the others are (and those that purchase it feel the need to come back and leave a favorable review).
It’s one thing to have a 4 star review with a couple hundred reviewers, but when there are almost 2,000, which definitely changes the odds.
How about you? What would your choice be of these four choices, and why? Or do you have another brand that is your go-to? We would love to hear from you!