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"Victor" brand dog food???

I am wondering if anyone has any advice or opinions on this food regarding it's quality, or the reputation of the company. I am still looking for a higher quality food for Max and this was suggested by his breeder, although she has not used it herself. I'm not asking if he will do well on it - I know that's impossible to answer without trying it - just wondering how people feel about the quality. I've tried Orijen and Acana which were my first preferences but he cannot handle them. I also tried Petcurean "Now" and he did not like it - maybe because of the kibble size which was ridiculous - like a bowl of biscuits!

Anyways, I've checked the dog food advisor and it rates 5 stars. I also cannot find any recall information. It seems like a very good food, but I'm no expert at spotting bad ingredients so any opinions are most welcome and appreciated before I give this a try!!

I'm looking at the Victor Grain Free Hero Formula.

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not a fan. gave Ripley a greasy coat. so did Merrick.

Ripley does very well on Wellness CORE. have you tried that?

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Last I read on it, Victor is supposed to be a quality food manufactured to European standards that I understand to be higher than our own lousy rules that are allowed to be broken in favor of using waste products and 4D animals in dog food.

I like Natures Logic and Natures Variety.

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Last I read on it, Victor is supposed to be a quality food manufactured to European standards that I understand to be higher than our own lousy rules that are allowed to be broken in favor of using waste products and 4D animals in dog food.

I like Natures Logic and Natures Variety.

Wait...I was thinking Farmina not Victor. Don't think I'm really a fan of Victor, but haven't looked at it lately. Let me take a look.

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I used Victor for a couple years as was very happy with it, especially considering the high rating and reasonable price. All my guys enjoyed it and looked really good. Earlier this year, their skin got dry, coat dulled and they lost interest. I returned a couple bags, thinking it was a bad batch but nothing changed. Not sure if the formula was changed or if my guys needs just changed. I then went to TOW, they loved it, I did too; but I am not crazy that it is made by Diamond and you have to search to find that out. I have started feeding Fromm's Prairie Gold. Not cheap but Jackson's coat is shiner, softer and he acts like he feels great.
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It looks to be better than when they first started making it. Take a look at those vegetables listed in red. They are the waste product from making V-8 juice. Imagine what's left after a factory machine squeezes all the juice out of the veggies, that's what's in the dog food. Still the meat content looks good. I probably still wouldn't feed it just because they are using a waste product, but many wouldn't think twice about it.

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Having a difficult time finding the ingredient list for the Hero formula as it isn't even on Victor's website???

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THANK YOU everyone for the replies - they are all very helpful!

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not a fan. gave Ripley a greasy coat. so did Merrick.

Ripley does very well on Wellness CORE. have you tried that?
I had Max on Wellness CORE for a while but unfortunately it gave him loose stools!

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I used Victor for a couple years as was very happy with it, especially considering the high rating and reasonable price. All my guys enjoyed it and looked really good. Earlier this year, their skin got dry, coat dulled and they lost interest. I returned a couple bags, thinking it was a bad batch but nothing changed. Not sure if the formula was changed or if my guys needs just changed. I then went to TOW, they loved it, I did too; but I am not crazy that it is made by Diamond and you have to search to find that out. I have started feeding Fromm's Prairie Gold. Not cheap but Jackson's coat is shiner, softer and he acts like he feels great.
I know what you mean about TOTW - I am feeding that now and I just don't feel comfortable with it. I will definitely consider the Fromm as a possibility!

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It looks to be better than when they first started making it. Take a look at those vegetables listed in red. They are the waste product from making V-8 juice. Imagine what's left after a factory machine squeezes all the juice out of the veggies, that's what's in the dog food. Still the meat content looks good. I probably still wouldn't feed it just because they are using a waste product, but many wouldn't think twice about it.

You could buy much worse.

Victor Grain Free Dog Food | Review | Rating | Recalls

Having a difficult time finding the ingredient list for the Hero formula as it isn't even on Victor's website???

Found this: http://dogfoodselector.com/victor-gf...samine-review/
The Hero formula is the fourth one down on the Victor website - you have to click the link and then open the pdf file for the ingredients list. Thank you so much Linda for looking into this - seems that it could still be a pretty decent option, but I am definitely going check out the Nature's Logic and Nature's Variety as well and probably try one of those first.

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I am converting my dogs to Victor Hero. Too early to have an opinion.

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I am converting my dogs to Victor Hero. Too early to have an opinion.


Well, tried two bags and even increasing the feeding size my dog is losing weight on it. Not going to work for us.


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My Jax has been on Victor Grain Free ALS since he was 4 months...coat looks great and no gastro issues. But he is 18 mos. now and ready for a change, so we are transitioning to the Alaskan formula...just wanted to stick to the same brand if I can. We will see how it goes, and if it doesn't work out, we will try one of the oft-recommended ones. It sure is a good price for a 5 star food, but I know every dog is different...
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I use Victor "All Stages", beef formula and my dog looks great, has a lot of energy, and has a very shiny coat. His poop is very solid and he doesn't have much of it, so I know he's digesting well. I started out on the puppy formula. The only problem is that he doesn't seem to like it(current formula or the puppy formula). I say that because when I feed him, he rarely eats it right away. He sniffs it and walks away and will sometimes go all day without eating until he finally gets so hungry that he can't wait any more. When I feed my Dachshund(who eats basic Walmart food), Mojo would inhale every bit of it if I let him. He loves it! I switched to the Victor Chicken & Brown rice w/ Lamb meal formula with the bag I have now and he seems to like it better, but still doesn't want it as much as the cheap Walmart food. I'm torn because he looks great and the food seems to be quality food, but he just doesn't seem to like it. I often times pour some chicken broth on the food and then he'll eat every bite.
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I use Victor "All Stages", beef formula and my dog looks great, has a lot of energy, and has a very shiny coat. His poop is very solid and he doesn't have much of it, so I know he's digesting well. I started out on the puppy formula. The only problem is that he doesn't seem to like it(current formula or the puppy formula). I say that because when I feed him, he rarely eats it right away. He sniffs it and walks away and will sometimes go all day without eating until he finally gets so hungry that he can't wait any more. When I feed my Dachshund(who eats basic Walmart food), Mojo would inhale every bit of it if I let him. He loves it! I switched to the Victor Chicken & Brown rice w/ Lamb meal formula with the bag I have now and he seems to like it better, but still doesn't want it as much as the cheap Walmart food. I'm torn because he looks great and the food seems to be quality food, but he just doesn't seem to like it. I often times pour some chicken broth on the food and then he'll eat every bite.

Might be a good idea to have him checked out and a cbc run at your vets.

Of course you know just because the Walmart food is tasty doesn't mean it's a quality food. Probably just has a goodly amount of dog delicious grease poured on it.

I'm sorry your boy doesn't care for his food. There are many reasons a young male dog goes off his food. Be careful about adding toppers to get him to eat or changing foods a lot to encourage him to eat. You could make a picky eater out of him. A proven method that might help is to gibe him 10-15 minutes to clean his food up and then pick up any leftover. No treats or anything till next regular feeding. Put food down for 10-15 minutes and pick up left overs and nothing till next regular meal. They usually learn pretty quickly to eat while they have the chance. You could also do this in his crate so he doesn't get distracted.

If limiting meal times doesn't work you might consider changing foods. Next step would be considering neutering as that can make a difference.

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We've just switched to Victor Grain Free Hero and the dogs can't seem to get enough of it. We were feeding Kirkland Nature's Domain Salmon and sweet potato and they decided they didn't like it anymore. They love the Victor and they look and seem to feel great.
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I've been feeding the Victor beef formula for a number of years now, and have never had an issue. The Belgians have thick, lush coats, and the Doberman is sleek, shiny and holds condition well. I do use 1/4 cup of Sojos freeze dried raw and Nupro for the Doberman, the Belgians all get straight Victor dry
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I switched to victor about a month ago after Purina pro plan sport and a brief stint of diamond naturals my opinion is that it’s a fantastic food I’m feeding the hi pro plus it’s cheaper at my local feed stores than on chewy and dogs are excited to eat it my year old male Doberman has gained 2 pounds since being on it and his muscle tone is better I’d recommend it
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