SportMix Dog Food Review 2021 – Wholesomes, Premium, CanineX product lines

Written by: Peter Laskay
Reviewed by: Amber LaRock
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This is my detailed review about SportMix dog food.

SportMix products are quite popular in the pet food industry. They were basically developed for sporting dogs to provide these canines with the energy and proteins needed to build muscle.

There are several product lines for this brand. I will present these in my article and try to find out if it is a good idea to buy that food for your dog. Well, let me tell you in advance: 

SportMix products are very good. But if your dog has a sensitivity or allergy, be sure to consider the list of ingredients for each product.

I will also review the 10 most popular products of the brand. You’ll also find other useful information in the article, so it’s worth reading further.

Let’s start!

About SportMix Pet Food Company

SportMix dog food is manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., a subsidiary of Nunn Milling Company Inc. This dog food was first introduced in 1926 in Evansville, Indiana. 

Midwestern Pet Foods also makes other dog foods such as Propac, Propac Ultimates, and Earthborn Holistic Pet Food. The product families are manufactured in the Midwestern United States.

SportMix is ​​quite popular and is currently available in 65 countries. Its products all provide a balanced diet, great taste, and high digestibility. SportMix dog food has never been recalled before.

Of course, like most dog food, it also aims to provide dogs with optimal health and nutrition. The recipes contain high-quality ingredients that provide our four-legged friends with the energy, vitamins, and minerals they need.

Reviews of the best 10 SportMix dog food

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SPORTMiX Wholesomes Chicken Meal & Chickpea Formula

Key features:

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Peas, Chickpeas, Chicken Fat
  • Free of grains, gluten, soy, wheat, corn, by-products, and artificial
  • Contains omega fatty acids
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals
  • 100% balanced diet

The SPORTMiX Wholesomes Chicken Meal & Chickpea Formula is one of my favorites from this brand in many ways. It is grain-free and suitable for adult dogs of any breed and size. 

The nutrients are balanced and easy to digest. If you have a sensitive stomach dog, you will love this product. The source of protein is chicken meal, which is high quality and provides dogs with the amino acids needed to build muscle. However, it also tastes great. 

The other source of protein is the dried egg product. This also has a very high bioavailability.

The carbohydrate sources for this product from SPORTMiX Wholesomes are potatoes, peas, and chickpeas. These are high-quality complex carbohydrates that are easy to digest, rich in nutrients and fiber, and provide plenty of energy for dogs.

The product also contains nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits. Examples are apples, blueberries, cranberries, carrots, and spinach. They contain plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that contribute to overall health.

The other thing that makes SPORTMiX Wholesomes Chicken Meal & Chickpea Formula very healthy and delicious is the chicken fat. This not only gives the food a delicious taste, but also an extra source of energy. 

Essential fatty acids for dogs are omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. These make the skin and coat healthy. The recipe also contains L-carnitine. This product is popular with both dogs and owners.

This recipe is absolutely right for dogs with sensitive stomachs. It has a medium protein content (24%) and does not contain any ingredients that may cause sensitization or allergies. 

If you want affordable, natural, and balanced dog food, be sure to consider SPORTMiX Wholesomes Chicken Meal & Chickpea Formula.


SPORTMiX Wholesomes Grain-Free Beef Meal & Chickpea Formula

Key features:

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef Meal, Potatoes, Peas, Chickpeas, Canola Oil
  • Free of grains, gluten, soy, wheat, corn, by-products, and artificial
  • Contains omega fatty acids
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals
  • 100% balanced diet

If your dog is sensitive to chicken, this may be a good option instead. SPORTMiX Wholesomes Beef Meal & Chickpea Formula is grain-free and suitable for all breeds and sizes of dogs. In addition, it does not contain soy, corn, fillers, and artificial additives. The food is natural, balanced, and mouth-wateringly delicious.

The primary source of protein in food is beef meal. It is rich in nutrients and is loved by dogs. It also contains egg products, which have a very good biological value. 

This Sportmix Wholesome dog food contains potatoes, peas, and chickpeas as carbohydrates. They are high in fiber and therefore support digestion. 

Added vegetables provide dogs with plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Examples of such vegetables and herbs are apples, blueberries, cranberries, carrots, and spinach. They have a very good effect on the health of the immune system.

The ratio of omega fatty acids in SPORTMiX Wholesomes Beef Meal & Chickpea Formula is very well balanced. Your dog’s skin and coat will be very healthy. The added L-carnitine helps maintain a healthy weight. 

SPORTMiX Wholesomes Grain-Free Beef Meal & Chickpea Formula is a favorite of dogs and owners. The taste of kibbles is hard to resist and you don’t have to be afraid that your dog will produce allergic reactions. 

The recipe also has a good effect on the digestive system. The amount and quality of stool develop in a positive direction in the dogs observed.


SPORTMiX Wholesomes Large Breed with Chicken Meal & Rice Formula

Key features:

  • The first 5 ingredients are Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Brewers Rice, Chicken Fat, Rice Bran
  • Contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate
  • Free of high-water, low-protein meats, grains, corn, wheat, and soy
  • Highly palatable
  • Contains fibers and omega fatty acids

I love this food because it is grain-free and suitable for all large-breed dogs. It perfectly meets the nutritional needs of large dogs. 

Chicken-meal is the primary source of protein that supports the building and maintenance of lean muscle mass. It’s delicious anyway, dogs love it. This is also taken care of by the added chicken fat. 

You will not find any harmful ingredients or fillers in the recipe. It contains complex and healthy carbohydrates such as brown rice, brewers rice, and rice bran. Not only are they safe and high in calories, but they also have adequate fiber content. This has a good effect on your dog’s digestion and also reduces the risk of obesity.

PORTMiX Wholesomes Large Breed with Chicken Meal & Rice Formula also contains glucosamine and chondroitin. These ingredients are responsible for joint health. For large dogs, these are essential supplements. 

Glucosamine promotes the improvement of articular cartilage. And chondroitin helps with water retention, which makes the cartilage nourished and more flexible.

There are also other useful nutrients in the SPORTMiX Wholesomes Large Breed with Chicken Meal & Rice Formula. L-Carnitine is used to maintain the ideal body weight in dogs. The added vitamins promote overall health and omega fatty acids promote skin and coat health. 

You also don’t have to worry about artificial preservatives and dyes as this food doesn’t contain any of these. Undoubtedly, this product is one of the best recipes of the SportMix brand. 

Based on the observations, many dogs have gained more activity and mobility from this dog food. The experience is similar for dogs in terms of digestion. 

In short, be sure to consider SPORTMiX Wholesomes Large Breed with Chicken Meal & Rice Formula Adult Dry Dog Food if you have a large-breed dog with a sensitive stomach.


SPORTMiX CanineX Chicken Meal & Vegetable Formula

Key features:

  • The first 5 ingredients are Chicken Meal, Peas, Chicken Fat, Flaxseed, Dried Beet Pulp
  • Contains omega fatty acids
  • Added glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate help promote joint health
  • Features Antarctic krill meal and L-carnitine
  • Made in the US

If you have a really active dog, be sure to consider SPORTMiX CanineX Chicken Meal & Vegetable Formula grain-free dog food. This recipe maximally satisfies the nutritional needs of these dogs. 

The outstanding 32% protein content is provided by the chicken meal. It is a well-digestible premium quality protein source. Helps build and maintain lean muscle mass. Krill meal is another source of protein that also contains healthy fats.

SPORTMiX CanineX Chicken Meal & Vegetable Formula also contains a so-called Xtreme Pack. This component contains an Antarctic krill meal, which is an extremely good source of omega-3. In addition, krill does not contain harmful heavy metals and toxins.

There are no artificial ingredients, fillers, or anything in the recipe that can cause sensitization or allergies. In contrast, it contains good sources of carbohydrates such as flaxseed and peas. 

With the added fresh fruits and vegetables, you can be sure that your dog is getting all the important minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Examples of such vegetables and fruits are apples, blueberries, carrots, spinach, and cranberries. 

The EPA and DHA content of the product has a good effect on the health of the heart, kidney, liver, joints, brain, eyes, skin, and coat.

Other useful ingredients can also be found at SPORTMiX in CanineX Chicken Meal & Vegetable Formula. L-Carnitine has a good effect on body weight and muscle development. Taurine is responsible for heart health. Various vitamins, choline, chelated minerals and potassium promote the overall health of the dogs and the development of bones and teeth. Added probiotics support the dog’s digestive system and help absorb nutrients.

Based on observations, dogs ’skin, coat, health, and digestion can improve a lot thanks to this dog food. In addition, it is easy to digest and high in protein.


SPORTMiX Wholesomes Grain-Free Whitefish Meal & Chickpea Formula

Key features:

  • The first 5 ingredients are Whitefish Meal, Potatoes, Peas, Chickpeas, Canola Oil
  • Free of grains, gluten, soy, wheat, corn, by-products, and artificial ingredients
  • Contains omega fatty acids
  • Fortified with vitamins and antioxidants
  • A complete and balanced diet

Like the previous product, SPORTMiX Wholesomes Whitefish Meal & Chickpea Formula is grain-free and suitable for any adult dog. 

The primary source of protein is whitefish meal. It is a very easily digestible delicious ingredient. If your dog prefers fish, be sure to consider this product. It also contains omega fatty acids, which have a good effect on the skin and coat of dogs. 

In addition to whitefish, this product also contains egg products. It is also a very high quality source of protein.

Canola oil contains additional healthy fats for your dog. Potatoes, peas, and chickpeas are extremely useful sources of complex carbohydrates. The product does not contain such cheap fillers as wheat, corn, and soy. 

There can also be no complaint about the fiber content of the food. These have a very good effect on the digestion of dogs. The immune system is supported by the added fruits and vegetables and the vitamins and minerals they contain.

Dogs and their owners are generally happy with the SPORTMiX Wholesomes Grain-Free Whitefish Meal & Chickpea Formula. Not only is it delicious, but switching to this recipe solves many digestive and skin problems. 

If you need a dog food that contains fish that can be eaten by dogs with sensitive stomachs, consider this product.


SPORTMiX Wholesomes with Lamb Meal & Rice Formula

Key features:

  • The first 5 ingredients are Lamb Meal, Brown Rice, White Rice, Peas, Pea Starch
  • Contains omega fatty acids
  • Supports immune function and digestion
  • Free of high-water, low-protein meats, corn, wheat, or soy
  • 100% complete and balanced diet

PORTMiX Wholesomes with Lamb Meal & Rice Formula has been developed to improve the condition of dogs ’skin and hair. Dog food contains limited ingredients and does not contain artificial colors or preservatives.

The primary source of protein is lamb meal, which is very good for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Other sources of protein are beef meal and dried egg products. They provide all the necessary amino acids to the maximum and, in addition, make the food very delicious.

The product contains grains, but these are highly digestible brown and white rice. They contain a lot of fiber, which will make intestinal function and stool consistency optimal. Other carbohydrate sources are peas and rice bran. 

There are a few vegetables and fruits in the recipe. However, cheap fillers cannot be found in it either. The added vitamins and minerals support the overall health of the dogs. There is no shortage of omega fatty acids either. They do get into dog food because of the dogs’ healthy skin and coat.

SPORTMiX Wholesomes with Lamb Meal & Rice Formula is a truly mouth-watering product. Dogs love the taste very much. Based on the observations, it has a very good effect on the skin of sensitive dogs. The digestion of most dogs has improved a lot. If you are looking for simple but healthy and delicious dog food, be sure to consider this product.


SPORTMiX Premium Energy Plus

Key features:

  • The first 5 ingredients are Meat Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken Fat, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Brewers Rice
  • A great energy source for dogs
  • Naturally preserved formula
  • Contains flaxseed
  • Tasty flavor

SPORTMiX Premium Energy Plus is special dog food. It is designed for dogs that are very active, participate in competitions, or serve as working dogs. The protein content comes from meat meals. However, the meat cuts and the exact type of meat are not specified. Therefore, this food is not suitable for sensitive dogs.

The product also contains chicken by-product meal and menhaden fish meal. These are good sources and they also taste great. Carbohydrate sources are flaxseed and brewers rice. The latter two are considered to be of very good quality. They are high in fiber and nutrients. 

Chicken fat provides energy and essential fats. In addition, the food also contains omega fatty acids, which promote skin and coat health.

Due to meat by-products, corn, and unspecified meats, this recipe is not for all dogs. However, due to its high nutrient content, it is excellent for athletic dogs that need plenty of calories. In the absence of sensitivity, omega fatty acids significantly improve the skin and coat of dogs from the product. 

If you have a non-sensitive very active dog, be sure to consider this product.


SPORTMiX Wholesomes with Fish Meal & Rice Formula

Key features:

  • The first 5 ingredients are Menhaden Fish Meal, Brown Rice, Rice Flour, Rice Bran, Chicken Fat
  • Contains omega fatty acids
  • 100% complete and balanced diet
  • Supports immune function and digestion
  • Free of high-water, low-protein meats, corn, wheat, and soy

This recipe is made specifically for active dogs. The primary source of protein is menhaden fish meal, which is very good quality and well digestible source. 

SPORTMiX Wholesomes with Fish Meal & Rice Formula is also suitable for dogs with sensitive stomachs as it does not contain corn, soy, wheat, artificial preservatives, or other harmful additives. The added omega fatty acids support the skin, coat, and immune system of active dogs.

This dog food also contains a sufficient amount of plant fiber. This and the single protein source have a good effect on the whole digestion. 

Potatoes and peas may be associated with an enlarged heart or Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy. This recipe does not contain these ingredients.

 If your dog has an active lifestyle and you want to choose a dog food that is easily digestible for him, be sure to consider this product.


SPORTMiX Wholesomes Puppy Variety

Key features:

  • The first 5 ingredients are Pea Flour, Chicken Meal, Pork Meal, Pea Protein, Chicken Fat
  • Helps remove loose food particles and tartar
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals
  • Great for training as a reward
  • Gluten-free, grain-free 

This is a very good quality grain free treat. Suitable for all breeds of dogs. You can give it to your dog as a reward, or with meals. The biscuits are suitable for all dogs, regardless of size. 

The protein sources of treats are chicken meal and pork meal. Your dog will love their taste. SPORTMiX Wholesomes Puppy Variety Biscuit Dog Treats is not only positive for me because of its taste. Thanks to its crisp texture, it helps prevent tooth problems. Your dog’s teeth will be clean and healthy. However, it also perfectly satisfies the need to chew.

That’s not all. The treat also contains healthy nutrients such as green tea extract, various vitamins and minerals, and DHA. 

It is also good for dogs with sensitive stomachs as it does not contain corn, wheat, soy, and any artificial ingredients. If you want something special for your puppy, I definitely recommend the SPORTMiX Wholesomes Puppy Variety.


SPORTMiX Wholesomes Heidi’s Jerky Sticks

Key features:

  • The first 5 ingredients are Chicken Meal, Peas, Pea Starch, Water, Coconut Glycerin
  • Free from artificial flavors, colors, grain, and gluten
  • Contains chicken and egg proteins
  • Featuring nutrient- and fiber-rich wholesome veggies
  • Made in the US

It is also a treat for dogs who prefer softer products. It is grain free and suitable for any dog. You can use it as a reward snack or with meals. Sticks have a protein content of 26%. The protein source is chicken meal. It is, of course, well digestible and tastes great. 

Wholesomes Heidi’s Jerky Sticks are not only delicate but soft textured. Because of this, every dog ​​will love it, even the older ones.

The product gets very good reviews from dog owners. Dogs love the taste of sticks and will do anything for them. In addition, canines with sensitive stomachs can also be consumed. If you prefer a softer snack, be sure to consider this one. 


Other Sportmix products

Of course, SportMix doesn’t just have the above 10 products. The following are not included in the review section but feel free to check them out.

What types of dog food does SportMix have?

As you can see above, SportMix has quite a variety of dog foods. I’m sure you’ll find the right one for your dog. 

What can be said about all SportMix products as a whole is that each contains dry food and meat meal as the primary source of protein. Among the versions, you will find life stage specifics and dog size specifics. 

Let’s see what the main categories are:

SportMix original formula

This is the basic recipe for the brand. It is high in protein and has a balanced carbohydrate content. It is a very good source of energy for almost all dogs.

However, if your dog has some sensitivity, it may not be the best choice. This is because this dog food contains various fillers such as corn. 

There are two types of products from the original formula: Small Bites, and High Protein.

SportMix Premium formula

As their name suggests, SportMix Premium products are a quality improvement over the Original Formulas. You may want to consider these dog foods if your dog is actively playing sports or competing. 

These recipes are high in protein. This provides the amino acids needed to build and maintain optimal lean muscle mass. You can also find sources of omega fatty acids in them. Examples are flaxseed, fish oil, or canola oil. 

There are five types of SportMix Premium products. These are High Energy, Energy Plus, Stamina, Maintenance, and Puppy Small Bites.

SportMix CanineX formula

SportMix CanineX products are also extremely high quality. This recipe does not contain gluten, corn, soy, or any sensitizing ingredients. 

In addition, omega fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin are added. So the CanineX formula is great for dogs with sensitive stomachs, and also has a good effect on joints, skin, and coat.

There are two types of these products: Beef Meal and Vegetables; and Chicken Meal and Vegetables.

SportMix Wholesomes Formula

The following products belong to the Sportmix Wholesomes variations: 

  • Chicken Meal and Rice
  • Lamb Meal and Rice
  • Beef Meal and Rice
  • Fish Meal and Rice
  • Performance Chicken Meal and Rice
  • Large Breed Chicken Meal and Rice

SportMix offers the widest selection from Wholesomes Formula. These recipes contain one source of protein and healthy complex carbohydrates. They do not contain fillers and artificial additives that could be a problem. These dog foods have limited ingredients and are well digestible.

SportMix customer reviews

Overall, customers are satisfied with SportMix products. These products are very good at providing dogs with the right amount of energy. This is especially true of Premium formulas, which are great for supporting muscle building and maintenance. That is, these products are most beneficial for sports and working dogs. 

Proteins are well digestible and provide enough nutrients for dogs. The balance of other macronutrients is also optimal, so you don’t have to worry about dogs not getting enough energy during the day. Most customers can’t wait for the SportMix brand to have wet dog food as well.

What do customers like about SportMix dog food?

The most positive factor for customers regarding SportMix products is their relatively high protein content. They do not contain excess moisture and soy. 

Other useful ingredients are usually found in these dog foods. Examples include omega fatty acids, which are responsible for the health of dogs’ skin and coat. The added glucosamine and chondroitin support the joints of athletes or elderly dogs.

What do customers don’t like about SportMix dog food?

Chicken meat by-products are common in SportMix products. These should not be a problem in healthy dogs. However, in many dogs, these ingredients can cause sensitization or allergies.

We often find unspecified meat meals in Premium formulas. According to SportMix, they are only made from premium meats, but in many cases the meat meal is a lower quality part of the animals.

Another questionable ingredient is corn. It is a great source of energy, however, it can cause sensitivity in many dogs. Corn is not considered a premium ingredient, but rather a cheap source of energy.

SportMix recall history

SportMix has never had a recall. The products are of good quality and the production facilities and conditions are adequate. This is a very good performance considering how long this brand has been around.

Frequently asked questions about SportMix dog food

Is SPORTMiX good dog food?

SportMix dog food does not contain harmful additives and artificial ingredients. These recipes are suitable for healthy dogs. However, if your dog has any sensitivities or allergies, consult your veterinarian. This is because some SportMix dog foods contain questionable ingredients, such as unnamed meat meal, chicken by-products, or corn.

Is SPORTMiX good for puppies?

The SPORTMiX Puppy Small Bites recipe perfectly meets the nutritional needs of growing puppies.

Is SPORTMiX dog food grain free?

SportMix Wholesomes also includes three gluten- and grain-free formulas.

Which company makes SportMix dog food?

SportMix dog and cat food products are crafted by Midwestern Pet Foods.

Does SportMix have any recall?

No, SportMix, manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, has never had a recall before. The company has an unblemished safety record.

Do SPORTMiX Foods Meet AAFCO Requirements?

Yes, SportMix products are designed to meet the requirements of AAFCO.


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Hey, my name is Peter, and I am the owner of this site. I have loved animals since I was a kid. I am constantly training myself; I recently obtained an accredited certificate in pet nutrition. But I am constantly learning about training, grooming for dogs and cats. I am currently a happy owner of two dogs, six cats, and two red-eared sliders. My goal is to provide my visitors with the most authentic information possible on any pet-related topic.
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My name is Amber, and I am a licensed vet tech with 10 years of experience in the field. I spent the majority of my career working in emergency medicine but recently transitioned to creating accurate pet care information online. There is nothing more important to me than helping pet owners understand their furry friend’s health, and giving you the tools you need to offer your pet the best future possible!