Dr. Tim's contains more grains than experts' preferred dry dog foods, but it's still recommended as a good-quality food at a reasonable price.
Plenty of chicken protein, but not grain-free. Dr. Tim's tailors its food to your dog's activity level: Momentum for very athletic dogs (Momentum-fed sled dogs have won back-to-back Iditarod dog sled races), Pursuit for active dogs and Kinesis "for the dog that prefers to scale the couch instead of Mount Everest." All list chicken meal as their first ingredient.
The second ingredient? Brown rice flour. (There is a grain-free Kinesis version -- dried white potatoes are its second ingredient.) Some experts say dogs didn't evolve to eat much carbohydrate, especially grain. Rice ingredients can contain arsenic, too, points out Mike Sagman of DogFoodAdvisor.com, so dog owners may want to limit them.
Dr. Tim's includes a few other controversial ingredients, like dried beet pulp -- some call it a filler, while others say it's great for digestion. There's no corn, soy or artificial preservatives.
Each batch is tested for salmonella. Dr. Tim's is made in Ohio by Ohio Pet Foods. All protein, fat and carb ingredients come from North America (the company's website doesn't say where its vitamin and mineral supplements come from). Each batch is tested for salmonella before it's released to stores. Dr. Tim's has never been recalled, a search of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website shows.
A good choice for the price. Dr. Tim's costs as much as the Best Reviewed mid-range dog kibble, Taste of the Wild High Prairie (Est. $29 for a 15-lb. bag) . Taste of the Wild is grain-free, but it's actually slightly higher-carb than Dr. Tim's Pursuit formula. Taste of the Wild was also recalled in the 2012 salmonella scare. Neither food can match the top-rated dry dog food in reviews, Orijen Adult Dog (Est. $45 for a 15-lb. bag) , but reviews say either is a good choice for the price. Note that Dr. Tim's is only available locally in 18 states and some European and Asian countries, but it is widely sold online.
After thoroughly analyzing Dr. Tim's Pursuit variety, Mike Sagman awards the whole brand his highest 5-star rating. He applauds its high meat content, but he does flag controversial ingredients -- including rice, which he says dog owners may want to limit because it can contain arsenic.
Review: Dr. Tim's Dog Food (Dry), Mike Sagman, Updated Jan. 31, 2013
Dr. Tim's makes this site's list of the best dry dog foods. Mary Straus likes that it gets its ingredients from North America and uses low-ash protein meals with more meat and less bone.
Review: Dry Dog Foods (Kibble and Dehydrated), Mary Straus, Updated Oct. 23, 2013
3. Whole Dog Journal
Whole Dog Journal prefers canned foods for dogs, but editors do find a few high-quality dry kibbles to recommend. An accompanying article points out ingredients to look for (and avoid) when choosing your dog's food.
Review: Nancy Kerns, February 2013
Dr. Tim's Pursuit earns this site's top 5-star rating. Editors praise the "excellent" protein sources, good-quality grains and omega-3 fats, and they find nothing to criticize.
Review: Dr. Tim's Pursuit Premium Dog Food, Editors of PetFoodRatings.org, Not Dated
Although relatively few dog owners have reviewed Dr. Tim's Pursuit, all are extremely pleased with it. Owners with small dogs, working dogs and show dogs all report good results.
Review: Dr. Tim's Pursuit Active Dog Dry Dog Food, Contributors to Chewy.com, As of January 2014