Food Bag

Available in
4LB / 13LB / 26LB

Holistic blend of US-sourced catfish, whole grains and vegetables for all breeds and all life-stages.  Excellent for ingredient sensitivities.

  • Made without chicken meat or “chicken fat,” making it an excellent alternative for dogs with ingredient sensitivities.
  • Healthful whole grains including brown rice, barley, millet and oatmeal.
  • Probiotics benefit the immune system by promoting digestive health.
  • Glucosamine and the Green- Lipped Sea Mussel (perna-canaliculus) naturally support proper joint and connective tissue health. The Green-Lipped Sea Mussel is also rich in amino acids, chelated minerals, and fatty acids.
  • Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, including blueberries, cranberries, carrots and spinach to help maintain a strong immune system.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils adding luster to the fur and have a healing, anti-inflammatory effect on skin.
  • To help ensure your dog’s nutritional safety, Best Breed pays a premium for EU-approved natural ingredients.
  • Best Breed Freshwater Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages, including growth of large size dogs (70lbs. or more as an adult). This formula will benefit dogs of sizes and life stages (puppy through senior).

Watch the best breed story here.

Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

While this might appear to be the launch of a new product, longtime Best Breed customers will know that this is actually the relaunch of a formula that was very popular for us for about a decade beginning in the late 90s. In 1997 we found a supplier of extremely high quality catfish in the South. It was an amazing source of fish that had very little odor and was high in protein and low in ash (ash is a primary metric for measuring the quality of meats – typically the lower the better). We developed and launched the “Catfish with Vegetables” formula with great success. Dogs loved the taste and their parents loved that it did not have that “fishy” smell we all know about.  It was a unique protein source that was truly high quality. After about 13 years of being on the market, we started receiving shipments of catfish that were not up to our standards, so we made the painful decision to remove the catfish from the formula and replaced it with salmon. After about a decade later, we reconnected with that same supplier and learned that the ingredient we were buying back in the 90s was available again and the issues we were having before had been fixed with new management. With great excitement we took the original formula and created “Freshwater Recipe.”

Freshwater Recipe offers a blend of high quality protein from catfish and whitefish, non-GMO healthful grains and vegetables. The formula provides lots of omega-3 fatty acids to help reduce inflammation in the body and improve skin and coat health. We also added the New Zealand Green-lipped Sea Mussel for joint health and probiotics for gut health.

Lastly, like all of our diets, the Freshwater Recipe is formulated without low-grade ingredients that are harder for your dog to digest and may be harmful to his health. Some of these ingredients include animal by-product meal, cheap fillers, any sort of gluten (e.g., corn gluten), and artificial preservatives, flavors, and colors.

Sincerely,

Catfish Meal, Brown Rice, Pearled Barley, Oatmeal, Whitefish Meal, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Millet, Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Lecithin, Dried Carrots, Dried Spinach, Dried Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, Dried Kelp Meal, New Zealand Green Mussel, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Monosodium Phosphate, DL-Methionine, Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, L-Lysine, L-Carnitine, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Citric Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product Dehydrated.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (Minimum) 26.0%
Crude Fat (Minimum) 15.0%
Crude Fiber (Maximum) 4.0%
Moisture (Maximum) 10.0%

Nutrition Analysis

This data is composed of calculated values using ingredient nutritional analysis and actual lab analysis of our foods. It is not intended to represent absolute values and therefore not guaranteed as in the above table.  The information should be used as a helpful guide when determining if a specific formula is suitable for a known dietary requirement.  Should you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Calcium 1.3%
Phosphorus 1.0%
Ash 6.1%
Potassium 0.7%
Sodium  0.29%
Magnesium 0.1%
Zinc 184 mg/kg
Manganese 60 mg/kg
Iron 362 mg/kg

It is important to remember that your dog’s nutritional needs are unique and will vary with his environment, age and activity level. We recommend feeding to condition, this means using the following guide as a starting point, monitoring his weight and adjusting amounts accordingly. Feeding at least twice a day is optimal. Make sure fresh, clean water is available always.

Body Weight (lbs.)


Cups Per Day**


Up to 10 1/4 to 3/4
11-23 3/4 to 1-1/4
24-36 1-1/4 to 1-3/4
37-49 1-3/4 to 2-1/4
50-62 2-1/4 to 3
63-75 3 to 3-1/2
76-89 3-1/2 to 4
90 or More 4 Cups Plus 1/2 Cup For Every 10 lbs. over 90

** 1 cup equals approximately 114 grams of food.

Best Breed Freshwater Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages, including growth of large size dogs (70lbs. or more as an adult).

Puppies: May feed up to 33% more than suggested adult levels to maintain optimum body weight.

Pregnant Females: Minimal increase needed during first 6 weeks. Weeks 7 through 9 increase up to 25%.

Lactating Females: Immediately after whelping nutritional demand increases by 50% when compared to maintenance levels. During peak lactation increase feeding up to 300% of regular intake.

Contains 450 Kcal per cup ME (metabolizable energy) and 4.0 oz. of food per standard 8 oz. measuring cup.

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