Jock is a moderately sized dog food brand based in South Africa and is best known for its range of dog food for large breed dogs.
While many of the international brands are present in South Africa, there are several local options, including Jock, as well as others like Montego and Field + Forest.
Jock goes into great detail on their website about how they strive to maintain excellent product quality and service. They go on to mention that they have successfully implemented ISO 9001:2015, which is an impressive step.
For those of you wondering where their production takes place, it is done within South Africa at dedicated facilities, and then this food is then distributed throughout South Africa and to other neighboring countries.
Lastly, Jock dog food can be purchased at several hundred pet food stores throughout South Africa, including small and large stores.
You can use Jock’s Store Locator Tool to help you find a nearby store to your location.
Jock Product Range
Jock has a relatively modest range of dog food recipes available which are split into several different groups.
Firstly, Jock has a specific range for large breed dogs known as Grandeur and this range contains three unique recipes.
It is very unusual to see a brand that has such a large percentage of its recipes for large breed dogs, but this is a bonus for large breed dog owners.
Outside of their Grandeur recipes, Jock also has a generic recipe for most dogs, as well as a puppy recipe and a cost-effective value recipe.
At this time, Jock does not produce any wet or canned dog food or other products such as dog treats.
Sadly, the nutrition offered by Jock dog food recipes is not impressive, and this nutrition is below-average when compared to other dog food brands.
Often the proportion of protein and fat found in the recipes is insufficient and only just high enough to meet regulatory levels.
You can see an example of this below, which is the nutritional profile of one of their dry dog food recipes.
As you can see, the sum of nutrition from protein and fat is 45%, whereas the carbohydrate proportion is significant at 55%, which is a huge proportion.
The vast majority of dogs would be better suited to a diet higher in animal-based protein and fat with far fewer carbohydrates.
If you’d like to read more about canine nutrition, we’d highly recommend you check out our Dog Food Guide for a detailed discussion.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Sadly, Jock dog food recipes do not contain any high-quality meat or fish ingredients, as most brands do.
Instead, Jock makes use of several unnamed or generic meat ingredients, many of which we will discuss shortly.
Probably the best meat ingredient of these is Poultry which is found in some of their recipes.
Poultry is almost certainly made up of either Chicken, Turkey, or Duck and therefore could be a valuable source of animal-based protein and fat.
However, this ingredient is still vague, and it isn’t clear which animals are used or what type of meat it is, either whole meat or meat meal.
Other Notable Ingredients
The most concerning ingredients in Jock dog food are unnamed meat ingredients such as Animal Fat and Meat & Animal Derivatives.
These ingredients are extremely unaccountable, which means that dog owners will not know their source or their contents.
This could enable Jock to easily change them without any notice or change on the ingredient list. Moreover, these unnamed meat ingredients are often from questionable or low-quality sources.
Despite this, these ingredients will provide some nutrition to dogs in the form of animal-based protein and fat.
On the plant-based side, Jock relies on grain ingredients like Maize, Rice, and Maize Flour.
Grain ingredients can be controversial, with many dog owners in the western world preferring grain-free dog food.
Despite this, grains can still provide valuable nutrition and are very cost-effective. The grains in question are dense sources of carbohydrates and can also provide some plant-based protein and fiber.
Sadly, Jock makes use of Soy Protein Isolate in some of its recipes which is a concentrated form of protein derived from Soy Beans.
Plant-based protein concentrates such as Soy Protein are not high-quality additions to dog food recipes.
Many in the industry make it clear that animal-based proteins are superior and should be the primary source in dog food recipes.
Further ingredients we found in Jock dog food recipes which researching included Derivatives of Vegetable Origin and Vegetable Protein Extracts.
We have very limited understanding or knowledge of what these ingredients are, and they are not something we are familiar with from western dog food brands.
These are likely made from vegetable by-products or processed vegetables and could be similar to some we are familiar with, like Pea Protein, Potato Protein, or Pea Flour.
A more familiar ingredient we found in Jock dog food recipes is Beet Pulp which is used by hundreds of brands across the world.
Beet Pulp is a by-product of sugar beet processing, and this remaining product is a dense source of fiber.
This fiber is then added to dog food recipes to boost overall levels and help assist dogs in having consistent stools and digestion.
The use of Beet Pulp in dog food is similar to other ingredients such as Tomato Pomace. You can learn more about Beet Pulp, including some concerns around its use, in our article Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.
The last ingredient we found in Jock dog food recipes is Fructooligosaccharides which we were surprised to see present.
Fructooligosaccharides is a non-digestive sugar that is sometimes added to pet food recipes as a food source for beneficial gut bacteria.
If these gut bacteria are thriving, it can provide several health benefits to dogs allowing them to absorb more nutrition and defend against bacteria.
You can read more about this unusual ingredient in our article Fructooligosaccharides In Pet Food.
Jock Animal Testing
At this time, we have no concrete information on what type of testing or trials that Jock participates in for its products.
This is not uncommon, and many dog food brands avoid disclosing detailed information about their testing or trials online.
We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory-style testing of animals for pet food is an outdated and cruel practice and one which we believe should be eliminated.
Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), we can find no evidence that Jock dog food recipes have undergone a recall which makes Jock a recall-free dog food brand.
A recall-free record is always an impressive sign from a dog food brand and shows that they take their safety and quality processes seriously.
Despite this, we’d encourage all dog owners to be vigilant of any future recalls from Jock or any other dog food brand to ensure their dogs remain healthy and safe.
Best of Jock
Given that over half of Jock’s dog food recipes are designed for large breed dogs, this leaves very few options for the best overall choice, so we went with the above Multistage recipe.
Multistage is Jock’s adult and active dog recipe and is typical of their range in its nutritional value and ingredients.
As we mentioned earlier, the nutrition provided by this recipe is far from ideal and is extremely high in carbohydrates.
This is due to a large portion of cereals and other plant matter such as Derivates of Vegetable Origin.
On the animal-based ingredient side, this recipe utilizes Meat & Animal derivates which provide some animal-based protein and fat.
While a recipe like this would typically be rated extremely poorly, the economic reality of South Africa means that other recipes with higher content are far from affordable, and recipes like this must suffice.
Jock Featured Articles
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Jock Full Product Range
Dry Dog Food
Grandeur Large Breed Adult
Grandeur Large Breed Junior
Grandeur Large Breed Puppy