Jinx is a relative newcomer to the dog food market and has chosen to build out its online presence similar to many other new brands.
Jinx focuses on utilizing ‘clean’ and ‘functional’ ingredients in its recipes as well as providing optimal nutrition.
While this approach may sound quite vague and without substance, the food produced by Jinx is worth considering.
However, despite impressive dog food recipes, Jinx has entered an extremely competitive environment with dozens of other brands competing for the same dog owners’ attention.
For those of you wondering where Jinx produces their food, they do make mention to in the FAQ Section of their website.
Here they state that they vetted dozens of facilities across the United States to find one that satisfied their strict requirements. However, despite this statement, they do not explicitly state where or who they chose for their production.
As we touched on earlier, Jinx has put its focus online, and this is the easiest way to purchase their products.
Here they offer several discounts and subscription offers that make their food more affordable, especially to new customers.
However, unlike some other newer brands, you can still purchase Jinx food from physical stores, and at the time of writing, they are available at almost 1000 stores across the United States.
You can use their Store Locator Tool to see if there is a store that stocks Jinx dog food near you.
Jinx Product Range
Jinx has a relatively small range of dog food products when compared to other brands. This range includes four dry dog food recipes, two dog food toppers, and three dog treats.
The dry food recipes from Jinx at split 50/50 between grain-free recipes and grain-inclusive recipes as to appeal to both sides.
Both of the toppers available from Jinx are freeze-dried, which is unusual as most toppers tend to be similar to wet dog food.
Lastly, Jinx’s dog treats consist of two jerky-style treats that also include some plant matter as well as a dental chew.
While Jinx has a fairly limited number of dog food recipes to analyze, we found that their recipes are above average when compared to other dog food brands.
This above-average nutrition includes satisfactory proportions of protein and fat for most dogs.
You can see an example of the nutrition provided by a Jinx dry dog food recipe below.
As you can see, the protein and fat proportion of this recipe make up almost 60% of its nutritional content.
While the carbohydrate proportion is still substantial, it is in line with other similar recipes.
If you would like to learn more about canine nutrition, we recommend reading our Dog Food Guide for a detailed discussion.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
- Chicken Meal
- Turkey Meal
- Whitefish Meal
Jinx utilizes a moderate range of high-quality meat and fish ingredients in its recipes, including those listed above.
Several of these ingredients are industry favorites and are used by the vast majority of brands as reliable sources of animal-based protein and fat.
They are often preferred over others as they are cost-effective, easy to source at scale, and highly nutritious.
Other Notable Ingredients
Jinx includes several grain ingredients in their grain-inclusive dog food recipes. Examples of these grain ingredients include Pearled Barley, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, and Oats Groats.
Grain ingredients can be controversial additions to dog food recipes, with some dog owners being strongly against their use.
However, other dog owners, especially those that feed larger brands like Purina Pro Plan, are supporters of their use and point out that they are dense sources of nutrition.
Grain ingredients, such as those used by Jinx, can provide a mix of carbohydrates, fiber, some plant-based protein, and beneficial vitamins and minerals.
However, Jinx also produces some grain-free food, and in these recipes, they utilize legume ingredients such as Ground Peas, Chickpeas, and Lentils.
These three legumes are the most popular inclusions in grain-free dog food and are used by hundreds of brands across the world.
They are so popular as they are dense sources of plant-based protein in addition to carbohydrates, fiber, and some vitamins and minerals.
However, there have been links in recent years between the high usage of legumes in grain-free dog food and increased rates of Canine Heart Disease.
You can read more about this concerning link in our article Best Dog Foods Without Peas.
Menhaden Fish Meal is a minor fish ingredient that regularly features in pet food recipes but is one that many dog owners will not recognize.
Menhaden Fish are small oily fish that are harvested for their fish oil. However, once this fish oil is extracted, a nutritious fish meal remains that is high in fish-based protein and fat.
For this reason, many brands use small amounts of Menhaden Fish Meal to supplement the animal-based content of their recipes and boost protein and fat levels.
Using ingredients like Menhaden Fish Meal is preferred by many to using plant-based ingredients. If you’d like to learn more about Menhaden Fish Meal, we recommend reading our article Menhaden Fish Meal in Dog Food.
Chicken Fat is another minor animal-based ingredient that is used widely in the industry. Chicken Fat is added to dog food recipes to improve their palatability and flavor to make them more appealing to dogs.
It can also supplement the levels of animal-based fat in the recipe to give it a more even nutritional profile.
Chicken Fat is often chosen over alternative fats due to its low cost and the fact that manufacturers can purchase it in large volumes.
Learn more about the use of Chicken Fat and whether it can trigger Chicken allergies in dogs in our article Chicken Fat In Dog Food.
Jinx recipes include a small portion of Dried Beet Pulp as a minor plant-based ingredient. Dried Beet Pulp is a poorly understood ingredient and is a by-product of sugar beet processing.
While this by-product may have gone to waste in the past, it’s now used in pet food recipes as a reliable source of soluble fiber.
While dogs do not need a high portion of fiber in their diet, some fiber can help maintain stable digestion and stools.
Read more about Beet Pulp, including why some dog owners are concerned with its use in our article Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.
Lastly, Jinx recipes include a tiny portion of Flaxseed Meal which is extremely similar to traditional Flaxseed.
Flaxseed is one of the most popular minor additions to pet food recipes thanks to its high levels of the beneficial Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which can provide several health benefits to dogs.
However, Flaxseed can provide several more benefits to dogs that most owners are not aware of. You can learn more about these additional benefits in our article Flaxseed In Dog Food.
Jinx Animal Testing
At this time, we have limited to no information on what type of animal testing or trails that Jinx performs for its dog food products.
Given that they are a smaller dog food brand, this isn’t surprising as many others are in the same position. Some avoid disclosing detailed information to their customers as they fear backlash.
We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory-style testing of animals in the pet food industry is a cruel and outdated practice and one which we hope will decline.
However, given that Jinx is a relatively small brand that only came into existance a few years ago, the lack of recalls in its lifetime is not a shock.
We hope that Jinx carries this recall-free record forward for as long as it cans and aims to improve its safety and quality processes during the production of its food.
Regardless of their current recall record, we encourage all dog owners to be vigilant of any future recalls from Jinx or any other dog food brand to ensure that their dogs remain healthy and safe.
Best of Jinx
Salmon & Sweet Potato Review
Salmon is always a favorite of ours, and so picking Jinx’s Salmon, Brown Rice, & Sweet Potato recipe was an easy decision.
Salmon is the primary ingredient and is present in satisfactory portion size. Salmon is an excellent fish ingredient to be used in dog food and contains high-quality protein and fat, as well as a higher level of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
This is reflected in this recipe as it has a minimum of 1% of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which is far more than most dog food recipes.
Outside of this Salmon, the recipe utilizes a mix of plant-based ingredients such as Pearled Barley, Peas, Brown Rice, Oats Groats, Sweet Potato, and more.
These ingredients provide a mix of carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and fiber to dogs.
Lastly, small portions of Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, and Brewers Yeast aim to provide a range of minor health benefits.
Jinx Featured Articles
Jinx has not been featured in any of our articles to date.
Full Jinx Product Range
Organic Chicken & Sweet Potato
Grain-Free Organic Chicken & Carrot
Salmon & Sweet Potato
Grain-Free Salmon & Carrot
Dog Food Toppers
Freeze-Dried Salmon Topper
Freeze-Dried Chicken Topper
Chicken & Sweet Potato Jerky
Salmon & Pumpkin Jerky
All Smiles Dental Chew