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Brothers Complete Dog Food Review

Reviews September 17, 2020

Brothers Complete Dog Food Review

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Brothers Complete Dog Food Review

Brothers Complete Dog Food is a family business that started in their pet food store in Florida in 2006. The company only makes a few recipes but they are top quality, especially for dogs with certain allergies.

Keep reading our unbiased review if you would like to learn more about Brothers Complete and find out if these foods are a good choice for you and your dog.

Brothers Complete Dog Food – Top 5 Recipes Reviewed

Brand Score

Brothers Complete Dog Food
Brand
Overall Score
Pros
  • High in meat and animal protein
  • No grain, potato, sweet potato, hormones, antibiotics, chemical preservatives, or sugar
  • Made in small batches for freshness
  • Made in the United States
Cons
  • Eggs are a good animal protein but they are also an allergen for some dogs – this could be a problem in dog foods that are supposed to be for dogs with allergies
  • All of the recipes include peas and pea starch in the first few ingredients
Pros
  • High in meat and animal protein
  • No grain, potato, sweet potato, hormones, antibiotics, chemical preservatives, or sugar
  • Made in small batches for freshness
  • Made in the United States
Cons
  • Eggs are a good animal protein but they are also an allergen for some dogs – this could be a problem in dog foods that are supposed to be for dogs with allergies
  • All of the recipes include peas and pea starch in the first few ingredients
Ingredients
Overall Quality
Customer Experience
Recall History
Formulation
Nutritional Standards
Research
Price

Our reviews are based on extensive research and years of professional knowledge of dog food brands. In order to remain objective, we do not accept gifts of free products or write sponsored posts on this site.

We’ve examined Brothers Complete dog food closely and graded the brand according to the PupJunkies.com standard. Our criteria include ingredients, quality, customer experience, recall history, working with veterinary nutritionists to formulate the food, nutritional standards, research, and price.

About Brothers Complete Dog Food

Brothers Complete is independently owned and operated. After operating a pet store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for years and learning the kinds of dog foods customers liked and didn’t like, the Brothers Complete family decided to start making their own dog food.

They set out to design the healthiest dog kibbles possible with the help of an animal nutritionist with over 30 years experience in the dog food industry. It took four years in development and 10 years in production to produce Brothers Complete dog food.

Brothers Complete says that they use “human grade” ingredients. Completely free of grain, potato, sweet potato, hormones, antibiotics, chemical preservatives, and sugar.

According to Brothers Complete, over 90 percent of the protein they use is species appropriate, animal-sourced protein. Presumably, this leaves 10 percent plant protein. They also use enzymes, special prebiotics, and unique probiotics that are encapsulated to protect them from activating prematurely.

Nutrients and minerals are carefully calculated and balanced so they will provide optimum nutrition for your dog.

Company headquarters for Brothers Complete Dog Food is in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

Brothers Complete uses human grade proteins and most ingredients are sourced from the United States. Brothers says that they do source venison and lamb from Australia and New Zealand. This is not unusual for many dog food companies. Cassava root (for tapioca) is also imported because it is not grown in the U.S.

Their dog foods are grain-free, potato-free, and sweet potato-free.

The last information we have for Brothers Complete is that it was made by C.J. Foods which is now Alphia. C.J. Foods combined with American Nutrition in 2020 to form this pet food manufacturing giant. Chewy.com customer service reports that the foods are manufactured in Kansas.

According to Brothers, their food is made in small batches and placed in their warehouse at 60 degrees within two days of manufacture, ready to be shipped to retailers. This helps preserve the food’s freshness.

Recall History

We didn’t find any recalls for Brothers Complete dog foods since their creation.

What Kinds Of Dog Food Does Brothers Complete Offer?

Brothers Complete dog food makes the following formulas:

  • Chicken Meal & Egg – Brothers Dog Food (Advanced Dog Nutrition)
  • Lamb Meal & Egg – Brothers Dog Food (Advanced Allergy Care)
  • Turkey Meal & Egg – Brothers Dog Food (Advanced Allergy Care)
  • Venison Meal & Egg – Brothers Dog Food (Advanced Allergy Care)
  • Goat Meal & Egg – Brothers Dog Food (Advanced Allergy Care, Healthy Weight Control)

Small sample packs for most recipes (nominal cost)

  • Freeze Dried Chicken Dog Treats

Several of these dog foods are marked “Advanced Allergy Care” but the company states that they are not limited ingredient diets. All of their foods use multiple sources of protein, including eggs which can be an allergen for some dogs.

Brothers Complete Dog Food: Top Five Recipes Reviewed

Here’s a look at some of the bestselling Brothers Complete dog food recipes on Chewy.com to give you an idea of what’s popular and what other dog lovers are choosing for their dogs.

All Brothers Complete kibbles are available in 5-lb and 25-lb bags.

Brothers Complete Turkey Meal & Egg Formula Advanced Allergy Care Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 36% Min
  • Fat – 16% Min
  • Fiber – 4% Max
  • Moisture – 10% Max

Brothers Complete Turkey Meal & Egg Formula Advanced Allergy Care Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is Brothers Complete dog food’s bestselling food on Chewy.com. This is an all life stage formula. Made in the USA.

Here are the ingredients in this formula:

Turkey Meal, Whole Eggs Dried, Pea Starch, Cassava/Tapioca, Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken Liver Dried, Pumpkin, Ground Flaxseed, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Sea Salt, Choline Chloride, Whole Cell Algae Dried (Pure Source of Omega 3 DHA), Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Encapsulated Probiotics [Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product], Enzymes [Amylase (Aspergillus Oryzae), Protease (Aspergillus Oryzae), Cellulase (Trichoderma Reesei), Lactase (Aspergillus Oryzae), Hemicellulase (Trichoderma Reesei), Lipase (Aspergillus Oryzae), etc…

This food does contain chicken liver, in case your dog is allergic to chicken. It also contains both pea starch and peas in the first five ingredients.

According to the dry matter basis (DMB), this food has 40 percent protein, 17.8 percent fat, and 4.4 percent fiber. This formula has an estimated 28.8 percent carbohydrates. It has 415 kcal/cup.

Our rating for this food is 4 out of 5 stars.

Brothers Complete Goat Meal & Egg Formula Advanced Allergy Care Healthy Weight Control Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 30% Min
  • Fat – 15% Min
  • Fiber – 4% Max
  • Moisture – 10% Max

Brothers Complete Goat Meal & Egg Formula Advanced Allergy Care Healthy Weight Control Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is formulated as both an allergy care food and as a weight control dog food. This is an all life stage food. Made in the USA.

Here are the ingredients in this formula:

Goat Meal, Whole Eggs Dried, Turkey Meal, Cassava/Tapioca, Peas, Pea Starch, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken Liver Dried, Pumpkin, Ground Flaxseed, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Sea Salt, Choline Chloride 50%, Whole Cell Algae Dried (Pure Source Of Omega 3 Dha), Mixed Tocopherals (A Source Of Vitamin E), Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Encapsulated Probiotics (Dried Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Acidophilus And Lactobacillus Casei Fermentration Products), Digestive Enzymes (Amylase, Protease, Lactase, Lipase, Cellulase & Hemicellulase), Selective Prebiotics (Organic, Long Chain Inulin), Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Cranberries, Lysine Hcl, Dl-Methionine, Lecithin, Taurine, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, etc…

One customer on Chewy.com asks a very good question: “Can you explain how this is weight control with a standard 15% fat content?” This food also has 400 kcal/cup. The reply isn’t very convincing. “This formula is naturally a healthy way to maintain optimum weight because it’s not filled with high glycemic Carbohydrates such as grain, potatoes and sweet potatoes.

It’s high protein so it won’t contribute to an overweight problem.” You can’t stuff dogs with protein and say a food is a weight control diet. This recipe has a higher fat percentage than many regular dog foods. That said, these are (mostly) good ingredients and this food would be suitable for most dogs as a regular dog food.

Goat meal is a novel protein for most dogs but the turkey meal is not if you are interested in a food for dogs with allergies. The food also contains chicken liver, in case your dog is allergic to chicken.

Peas and pea starch are the fifth and sixth ingredients.

Brothers Complete Goat Meal & Egg Formula Advanced Allergy Care Healthy Weight Control Grain-Free Dry Dog Food has 33.3 percent protein and 16.7 percent fat, according to the dry matter basis (DMB). It has 4.4 percent fiber. Our estimate of the carbohydrates in the food came out to about 36.1 percent DMB. It contains 400 kcals/cup.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

Brothers Complete Lamb Meal & Egg Formula Advanced Allergy Care Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 30% Min
  • Fat – 15% Min
  • Fiber – 4% Max
  • Moisture – 10% Max

Brothers Complete Lamb Meal & Egg Formula Advanced Allergy Care Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is an all life stage dog food. It’s made in the USA.

Here are the ingredients in this formula:

Lamb Meal, Dried Whole Eggs, Turkey Meal, Cassava/Tapioca, Pea Flour, Pea Starch, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken Liver Dried, Pumpkin, Ground Flaxseed, Alfalfa, Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Sea Salt, Choline Chloride, Whole Cell Algae Dried (Pure Source of Omega 3 DHA), Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Encapsulated Probiotics (Dried Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Lactobacillus Casei Fermentration Products), Enzymes (Amylase, Protease, Lactase, Lipase, Cellulase & Hemicellulase), Prebiotic (Organic, Long Chain Inulin), Vegetable Pomace (Carrots, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach), Cranberry Pomace, Lysine HCl, Dl-Methionine, Lecithin, Taurine, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, L-Ascorbyl 2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C Activity), Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12, L-Carnitine.

The ingredients, other than the main meat protein, are almost identical to the Brothers Complete goat recipe. Likewise, the nutrient percentages are the same, even though this food is not labeled a weight control dog food.

This formula has 33.3 percent protein and 16.7 percent fat, according to the dry matter basis (DMB). It has 4.4 percent fiber. Our estimate of the carbohydrates in the food came out to 36.1 percent DMB. It has 400 kcals/cup.

Our rating for this food is 4 out of 5 stars.

Brothers Complete Chicken Meal & Egg Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 36% Min
  • Fat – 16% Min
  • Fiber – 4% Max
  • Moisture – 10% Max

Brothers Complete Chicken Meal & Egg Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is an all life stage food. It’s made in the USA.

Here are the ingredients in this formula:

Chicken Meal, Whole Eggs Dried, Turkey Meal, Pea Starch, Cassava/Tapioca, Pea Flour, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkin, Ground Flaxseed, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Sea Salt, Choline Chloride, Dried Whole Cell Algae (Pure Source of Omega 3 DHA), Prebiotics [Organic, Long Chain, Highly Branched Inulin Fos], Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Cranberry Pomace, Vegetable Pomace, Dl-Methionine, Lysine HCl, Lecithin, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, L-Ascorbyl 2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C Activity), Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12, Encapsulated Probiotics [Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentration Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentration Product], Enzymes [Amylase (Aspergillus Oryzae), Protease (Aspergillus Oryzae), Cellulase (Trichoderma Reesei), Lactase (Aspergillus Oryzae), Hemicellulase (Trichoderma Reesei), Lipase (Aspergillus Oryzae)], Taurine, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, L-Carnitine.

According to the dry matter analysis for this food, it has 40 percent protein, 16.7 percent fat (approximately), and 4.4 percent fiber. Our estimate of the carbohydrates in the food came out to 30.3 percent. It contains 395 kcal per cup.

Our rating for this food is 4 out of 5 stars.

Brothers Complete Venison Meal & Egg Formula Advanced Allergy Care Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 30% Min
  • Fat – 15% Min
  • Fiber – 4% Max
  • Moisture – 10% Max

Brothers Complete Venison Meal & Egg Formula Advanced Allergy Care Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is an all life stage formula. It’s made in the USA.

Here are the ingredients in this formula:

Venison Meal, Whole Eggs Dried, Turkey Meal, Pea Starch, Cassava/Tapioca, Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken Liver Dried, Pumpkin, Ground Flaxseed, Alfalfa, Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Sea Salt, Choline Chloride, Dried Whole Cell Algae (Pure Source of Omega 3 DHA), Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Encapsulated Probiotics (Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product), Enzymes [Amylase (Aspergillus Oryzae), Protease (Aspergillus Oryzae), Cellulase (Trichoderma Reesei), Lactase (Aspergillus Oryzae), Hemicellulase (Trichoderma Reesei), Lipase (Aspergillus Oryzae), Prebiotics (Organic, Long Chain, Highly Branched Inulin), Vegetable Pomace (Carrots, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach), Cranberry Pomace, etc…

This formula is almost identical to the Brothers Complete goat and lamb formulas.
This formula has 33.3 percent protein and 16.7 percent fat, according to the dry matter basis (DMB). It has 4.4 percent fiber. Our estimate of the carbohydrates in the food came out to 36.1 percent DMB. It has 400 kcals/cup.

Our rating for this food is 4 out of 5 stars.

How Much Does Brothers Complete Dog Food Cost?

All of the Brothers Complete Dog Foods are very expensive.

What Do Customers Think Of Brothers Complete Dog Food?

Most customers give the foods high ratings. Nearly all customers say they would recommend the recipes to others.

Overall, Is Brothers Complete Dog Food A Good Choice?

Yes, Brothers Complete dog foods are very good foods. Some 90 percent of their protein is from animal protein, leaving 10 percent from plant sources like peas. All of their foods are formulated with eggs which are an allergen for some dogs.

This seems confusing when some of the foods are sold as foods for dogs with allergies. Nevertheless, we do think these are very good foods as long as you check the ingredients and make sure your dog isn’t allergic to anything in the food.

Where Is Brothers Complete Dog Food Sold?

You can find Brothers Complete dog food at Chewy.com and other online retailers. Their foods are also sold at some pet food stores.

Carlotta Cooper

Carlotta Cooper is a long-time contributing editor for the weekly dog show magazine DN Dog News. She's the author of The Dog Adoption Bible, a Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) award winner. In addition, she is an American Kennel Club Gazette breed columnist and is the author of several books about dogs. She has been reviewing pet foods and writing about dog food for more than 10 years.
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