December 29, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Pedigree


Pedigree Dog Food is made and manufactured by MARS, Inc. Pedigree dog food comes in both a dry version and also a canned version. Pedigree also makes dog treats. You will find 8 different formulas of Pedigree dog food.

PEDIGREE LARGE BREED Nutrition Dog Food Review

As with all dog food recipes the first thing we are going to look at are the first five ingredients. The first five ingredients are a good indication of the quality of the dog food. When looking at the first five ingredients you want to make sure there is plenty of meat and grains are minimal.

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PEDIGREE LARGE BREED Nutrition Dog Food First Five Ingredients:

  1. Ground Whole Corn
  2. Meat and Bone Meal
  3. Chicken By-Products Meal
  4. Corn Gluten Meal
  5. Rice

Ground Whole Corn is the first ingredient. Some believe that’s dog’s digestive systems have a hard time digesting this ingredient. Corn in excess has also been linked to many cases of dog allergies. Corn is also introduced to this recipe in the form of Corn Gluten Meal as the fourth ingredient.

Meat and Bone Meal is an ingredient that is also hard to determine the quality of. Meat and Bone Meal is a protein source that is available at a lower cost and used most often by lower quality dog foods.

Chicken By-Products is the third ingredient. This ingredient is impossible to determine the actual quality of. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”

Rice is the fifth ingredient and is of a decent quality.


PEDIGREE LARGE BREED Nutrition Dog Food First Full Ingredients:

Ground Whole Corn, Meat And Bone Meal (Natural Source Of Calcium), Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural Source Of Glucosamine†), Corn Gluten Meal, Rice, Animal Fat (Preserved With BHA/BHT), Wheat Flour, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Wheat Mill Run, Caramel Color, Vegetable Oil (Source Of Linoleic Acid), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source Of Vitamin E], L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate [Source Of Vitamin C†], Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), Iron Oxide, Added Fd&C And Lake Colors (Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Red 40).

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PEDIGREE LARGE BREED Nutrition Dog Food Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein (Min.) —22.0%
Crude Fat (Min.) —10.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) —4.0%
Moisture (Max.) —12.0%
Linoleic Acid (Omega-6 Fatty Acid)(Min) —2.0%
Calcium (Min) —1.0%
Phosphorus (Min.)—0.8%
Vitamin E (Min)—225 Iu/Kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C*) (Min.—70 Mg/Kg
Glucosamine* (Min) —350 Mg/Kg

*Not Recognized As An Essential Nutrient By The AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

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6 Responses to “PEDIGREE LARGE BREED Nutrition Dog Food”
  1. monty says:

    Yeah yeah the corn thing. We have fed Pedigree dog food to our dogs for 19 years now. And we had a Chow Chow live to be 18 years old. And German shepherd live to be 15 years old. Both of these two guys had very good check-up’s with the same vet all of their lives. I recommend it to everyone. Wouldn’t you if you had two very good friends live that long.

  2. D Richardson says:

    dogs who live long on corn or soy based foods, do so IN SPITE of what they are fed

    Dogs are carnivores not cows. Even when canids do eat vegetation, it is NOT corn or soy in bulk

    .44 cents a lb grain dog food is not what dogs should ever be eating

  3. Laura says:

    WATCH THIS VIDEO. Read your labels on your dog’s food. If you see “Meat and Bone Meal” or “Animal Digest” or “Animal Fat” you can bet that it came from a place exactly like in this video. If you think Pedigree is any good you better watch this until the end and then decide if you feel the same way. I also bet that if you pick up a handful of Pedigree dog food, you will see small hairs and you should understand where they came from after watching this. ALSO, when euthanized animals are sent to the rendering plant and then put into your pets food, the drug used for enthenasia DOES NOT break down in the rendering process. Think about that as you feed your next bowl…your dog may look good on the outside but it’s what you are doing to the inside of your pet that is the worst.

  4. hayhaypaula says:

    I just had a litter of huge doberman/shepherd mix puppies. They had diarrhea every time I fed them Pedigree – whether it was the puppy chow, the adult small bites or the large bites. Now my adult male doberman mix is refusing to eat this food. When I temporarily switched to Beneful Healthy Harvest which is a soy based food, all of my 7 dogs had fine, firm healthy looking stools. I am very concerned about the constant diarrhea that only arrives when I feed them with Pedigree foods! Very concerned!

  5. Casie J says:

    I agree you should have switched from pedigree hayhaypaula, but beneful is not much better, if not worse. Soy is terrible for dogs as is what is in pedigree. But I am glad to hear they are doing better now

  6. Carmen S says:

    I understand the cons on the corn/soy. I’ve tried Blue Buffalo and other very “meaty no filler” brands, my dog refused to eat it My cat loved Blue Buffalo but the cat got kidney stones and is now on Royal Canin S/O urinary formula. So, Bear the rottie/hound mix is very picky; just finished a bag of Purina One or rather threw most of it away. So as the bag was almost done, I tried Pedigree Large breed, he actually finished the bowl, didn’t have to throw out 1/2 his food which is mixed with ground turkey or sometimes chicken etc. I guess what I’m trying to say is every dog is different, like people for example I can’t eat wheat and some people can’t have sugar etc. So see how the dogs behaves, make sure there’s no underlying medical issues and find something they eat and they do well with. Good luck.

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