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Last updated: 27 Oct 2020

Gentle Giants Dog Food Review

Key features

Non-GMO dog kibble contains superfoods like cranberries and blueberries

Key features

Dogs who are prone to food allergies will be grateful to see salmon as the principal protein source rather than chicken

Key features

Eight non-GMO fruit and vegetables flavor the kibble and offer your dog countless health benefits

Twelve cans of wet dog food available for a fraction over $25

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Destin Benoit
Published 13:40 pm

From self-professed comic book nerds to those who have never picked up a comic, everyone has heard of the Batman and Robin – commonly known as the Caped Crusades. These days, the actor who played Robin isn’t helping his sidekick save humanity. Instead, Burt can be found alongside his wife Tracy running Gentle Giants: their company that extend the lives of giant dogs and produce exemplary dog food for giant dogs everywhere.

Thankfully, fans of the Batman franchise won’t have to compromise their dog’s health for their love of the Caped Crusaders. Each and every bag of Gentle Giants dog food is awash with nutritious ingredients containing plenty of fatty acids, minerals, and trusted sources of protein. In our Gentle Giants dog food review, we’ve garnered the very best dog food the company have on offer so you can choose what kind is best for your own gentle, giant companion.

Gentle Giants Dog Food Review

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Gentle Giant’s Natural Dog Food is packed full of incredible superfoods such as cranberries, blueberries, apples – the list goes on and on. It’s the perfect choice of kibble for our “gentle giants” by virtue of its 9% minimum crude fat percentage in comparison to its minimum crude protein percentage of 22%. This dog food contains no genetically modified ingredients – if you’re still sceptical, Gentle Giants aren’t opaque in the slightest in relation to their ingredient suppliers, so you can find out for yourself.

A huge selling point of Gentle Giant’s dog food is that the food doesn’t feel greasy in the slightest, and is rather dry and crunchy. The only sensitive ingredient Gentle Giant’s natural dog food formula contains is celery, which contains plenty of beneficial nutrients like vitamins A, C, and K as well as high levels of fiber. And, if you’re feeling generous, Gentle Giants offer the option to buy a pack of kibble as well as a free toy for your pet. It’s a win-win situation: for your dog and the adopted dogs over at the Burt’s residence.

Calorie content: 3,323 kcal/kg (358 kcal/cup)

Minimum crude protein: 22.0%

Minimum crude fat: 9.0%

Maximum crude fiber: 4.0%

Maximum moisture: 10.0%

First three ingredients: Chicken Meal, Pearled Barley, Brown Rice

Specification:
  • Brand: Gentle Giants
  • Model: 33LB
  • Weight: 33 pounds

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Geared towards dogs who have a hard time with food allergies, Gentle Giant’s Seafood formula is 100% grain free as well as completely delicious. Made in the USA, manufacturers shy away from chicken – regarded as the greatest allergen in dog kibble – and boldly decided to feature Salmon Meal as their principal ingredient. To compliment the salmon flavors, whole dried potatoes are included to allow your dog to enjoy several health benefits.

Your dog’s digestive tract will thank you for the change in appetite. As well as a remarkable difference in their desire for dinner, in the first few weeks after switching to Gentle Giant’s Seafood kibble you’ll notice their coat looking healthier and their skin looking well. Although it’s certainly costly in comparison to other brands, this dry dog food truly is one of the best in the business.

Calorie content: Salmon Meal, Whole Dried Potatoes, Whole Dried Peas

Minimum crude protein: 24.0%

Minimum crude fat: 10.0%

Maximum crude fiber: 5.0%

Maximum moisture: 10.0%

First three ingredients:

Specification:
  • Brand: Gentle Giants
  • Model: 18LB
  • Weight: 17.81 pounds

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Is your gentle giant an old soul who finds it difficult to chow down on Gentle Giants dry dog food? The company proudly cater for dogs at all life stages, which is why they’ve released their wet food containing zero fillers, wheat, or corn to speak of. Quite rightly, Gentle Giants are incredibly proud of the fact their product is made of up 90% beef, so they’ve plastered it all over the front of each label of their wet dog food. Alongside beef as the principal protein source, chickpeas work as a fantastic source of magnesium and potassium: two minerals which have even been celebrated for bolstering dogs’ heart health.

One ingredient in particular that demonstrates how high-caliber Gentle Giant dog food ingredients are the New Zealand Green Mussels in this kibble; an anti-inflammatory that also functions as a building block of cartilage. On a similar note, Green Giant’s decision to include sweet potatoes is one that provides our furry friends with countless essential nutrients like carotenoids, phytochemicals, and potassium. Although many companies are criticised for scrimping on the cost of ingredients for their wet dog food, it is abundantly clear that Gentle Giant are not one of those companies.

Calorie content: N/A

Minimum crude protein: 10.0%

Minimum crude fat: 7.0%

Maximum crude fiber: 1.5%

Maximum moisture: 78.0%

First three ingredients: Beef, Beef Broth, Chickpeas

Specification:
  • Brand: Gentle Giants
  • Model: 0003CDF-CP12 Case of 12
  • Weight: 10 pounds

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Gentle Giants know that our dogs deserve the very best human-grade food on offer. That’s why they’ve brought canines their real beef and bacon formula, in the hope that optimising their nutrition will support their overall health. The company include absolutely no GMOs, BHA, soy, and wheat and replace these harmful ingredients with essential vitamins and minerals found in their formula. Prospective customers only have to take one glance at this dog food’s guaranteed analysis to ascertain its high-quality composition: it’s certainly not often that we see a minimum of 22% crude protein and 9% crude fat in premium dog food.

Every ounce of beef and bacon found in this first-class dry dog food is farm-raised and made right here in the USA. To compliment this incredible meat flavor profile, Gentle Giants have included premium ingredients like spinach, cranberries, and blueberries. In fact, every ingredient on the list has been specially selected to attain the nutritional levels established by AAFCO Dog Food Nutrition Profiles. Every mouthful of Gentle Giants canine nutrition will keep your canine on their toes with the new and exciting flavors – and you’ll have this family-run company to thank.

Calorie content: 3,325 kcal/kg (358 kcal/cup)

Minimum crude protein: 22.0%

Minimum crude fat: 9.0%

Maximum crude fiber: 4.0%

Maximum moisture: 10.0%

First three ingredients: Beef Meal, Pearled Barley, Brown Rice

Specification:
  • Brand: GENTLE GIANTS
  • Weight: 24 pounds

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Last but certainly not least, Gentle Giants canned dog food is yet another tribute to old giant dog breeds like Great Danes who’s teeth don’t have the strength to tuck into dry food every evening. Proudly made in the USA, the turkey formula is bound to satisfy carnivorous canines by virtue of its 90% turkey ratio. For dogs who suffer from food allergies, the absence of chicken fat and chicken makes this dog food one of the best choices of food for your “gentle giant”.

Not only is it one of the best Gentle Giant dog food choices in terms of non-allergenic ingredients; this turkey food product is by far one of the cheapest too. To find such a high-quality canned food is rare, especially from a global brand that ensure farm-raised turkeys are the only type of birds going into this kibble. For around $25, your dog can join the Gentle Giant family and enjoy all natural, non GMO ingredients that set them up for a healthy and happy life.

Calorie content: 1,145 kcal/kg (423 kcal/can)

Minimum crude protein: 10.0%

Minimum crude fat: 7.0%

Maximum crude fiber: 1.5%

Maximum moisture: 78.0%

First three ingredients: Turkey, Turkey Broth, Turkey Liver

Specification:
  • Brand: Gentle Giants
  • Model: 0004CDF-CP12
  • Weight: 10 pounds

Gentle Giants Dog Food Buying Guide

Company Information

Burt and Tracy Ward set up Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions in 1994. Their charitable non-profit organisation was geared towards nursing rescued dogs back to health for adoption into Southern California homes.

As Burt and Tracy realized that they required a dog kibble of exceptional caliber to properly care for their poorly dogs, they decided to manufacture their own: Gentle Giants dog food. Hiring a specialized team of nutritionists – all experts in their field who came together from all across the country to create this formula – Burt and Tracy firstly tested their formula on their own rescue dogs for two years. As the couple were amazed at the incredible health benefits their own gentle giants were obtaining, they decided that it was only right to share their magic kibble with the world. Therefore, in 2008, the dog food became commercially available, containing all the right ingredients to make our pet’s thrive. The food brand’s presence on the shelves of Walmart, Target, and thousands of other stores all across America and beyond is indicative of its success as a global company.

Why Choose This Brand?

The Burts have a passion for animal rights: Burt Ward even appeared on “The Ellen Show” in 2019 to speak about his commitment to animal rights work and how he and his wife have saved 15,000 dogs since 1993. The pair started out saving Great Danes from shelters in Southern California and since broadened their giant dog quota.

Burt Ward is a famous actor: Interestingly enough, Burt Ward is the actor who portrayed “Robin, the Boy Wonder” in the beloved BATMAN television series. In fact, Bruce Lee’s first filmed fight scene on Batman was fighting Burt! The “Batman” theme heavily features on Gentle Giant’s packaging.

The brand have both wet and dry dog food options: Plenty of dogs (especially our senior canines) struggle with dry dog food due to dental pain and the kibbles being too large. Similarly, your dog may just be picky! As a company who cater for the preferences of all dogs, Gentle Giants have worked hard to produce formulas for pets who require a little extra help eating.

All profits go straight towards helping rescue dogs: The Great Danes, Greyhounds, and St. Bernards that the Wards adopt are at the heart of Gentle Giants dog food. All profits obtained from the dog food go straight towards feeding and paying the veterinary bills of the gentle giants living in the Ward’s home. It’s extremely satisfying that our money spent on bags of Gentle Giants kibble to help our own pets is helping other dogs reach their full potential.

Ingredient Analysis

Carrying out an ingredient analysis of dog food is a part of the buying process that is often overlooked. In fact, many consumers have learned first-hand just how important this stage actually is when opening their brand-new dog food to find unhealthy, greasy mush. This time, however, we’ve done all the work for you. Detailed below, we’ve undertaken an analysis of ingredients often found in Gentle Giants dog food so you can understand the ways in which they may benefit and harm your dog.

Beet Pulp: The quality of beet pulp in dog food is a highly debated topic. Critics of beet pulp – the fibrous by-product of sugar beets – assert that it’s no more than a filler. Contrarily, advocates of including beet pulp in dog food are quick to point out that the sugar is completely removed when making sugar beets, so the leftover beet pulp constitutes an exemplary source of soluble and insoluble fiber for our pooches. We’ll leave it up to you to decide!

Beta Carotone: As an antioxidant, beta-carotene (otherwise known as Vitamin A) is predominantly found in vegetables like carrots. Dogs’ bodies crave beta-carotene: when eaten, this antioxidant is immediately absorbed by the intestine and transported to the liver, where it’s converted to vitamin A by blending it with fats.

Dried Kelp: Busting with minerals, vitamins, and amino acids, dried kelp’s high percentage of iodine is beneficial for the thyroid and metabolic rate. Although many owners believe their picky pooches may despise eating seaweed, dogs actually adore its refreshing flavors.

Dried Spinach: Boasting an abundance of vitamins A, B, C, and K, dried spinach is a dog’s digestive system’s best friend. Although scaremongers renounce spinach due to its high levels of oxalic acid possibly leading to kidney damage, the amount of dried spinach in Gentle Giant’s kibble is miles under this level.

Pearled Barley: Operating in kibble as a brown rice substitute, pearled barley is a beneficial carbohydrate. However, it should be fed to your dog in moderation.

New Zealand Green Mussels: It isn’t often that we stumble across New Zealand Green Mussels in pet food: their denomination as a “superfood” has evidently led to a rapid increase in their price. For this reason, it’s an indication of how seriously Gentle Giant’s take their role providing dogs with high-quality kibble. Green mussels contain both eicosatetraenoic acids (ETAs) and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) – thankfully, their acronyms mean we don’t have to embarrass ourselves by attempting to pronounce these complex words. As fatty acids, ETAS work as an anti-inflammatory for dogs, and GAGs are critical for dogs’ development of healthy cartilage.

Whole Dried Peas: In moderation, whole dried peas can be beneficial towards a balanced diet. We’re inclined to be wary of this vegetable commonly found in dog food as nutritionists slam peas for being too “starchy”. However, peas actually contain vitamin C, K, B6, and plenty of iron and calcium. For giant dog breeds in particular, the high amount of protein peas contain is essential for their development.

You may also like our dog food guides, such as dog food for picky eaters, and senior dog food.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • The company have had zero recalls: In over a decade of operation, Gentle Giant dog kibble hasn't been recalled. This fact is a testament to the family-run pet food brand's dedication to quality and the health of giant dog breeds everywhere.
  • All their ingredients are sourced for their value: Gentle Giants are extremely careful when it comes to finding the high-quality ingredients that make them market leaders. Their protein sources are predominantly farm-raised chickens from all across America.
  • The family-oriented company have dogs' best interests at heart: What's most important about Gentle Giants is that the family-run company genuinely care about the health of dogs everywhere – and this commitment to dogs' health shows through the quality of their ingredient list. We couldn't recommend this dog food anymore!
Cons
  • Gentle Giants' food is labeled for all life stages: Let us explain why this erroneous labeling is problematic. Small dogs, in comparison to larger dog breeds, have completely different nutritional needs – one example being that they require more calories per pound than larger dogs. It is therefore much better for members of small breeds to look elsewhere for a food, and Gentle Giants' attempt to reign small dog owners is, in our opinion, a little deceitful.
  • Their packaging is a complete eyesore: Having scoured Gentle Giants' website and packaging for article research, we can say with great certainty that the company's website looks like a word font generator has thrown up on it. Although we may be being fastidious by saying so – after all, the company's food packaging in no way reflects the quality of their premium ingredients – it sure would be nice not to feel dizzy every time we bring out their kibble.
Destin Benoit
Destin Benoit
A former Special Forces Canine Handler, Destin Benoit has extensive knowledge and experience with military canine training. He has worked with multiple military dogs in the most stressful places and situations in the world. Currently, Destin is a SOC Canine Handler, aiding in the protection of the US diplomats abroad.
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