Bil-Jac Small Breed Select Dry Dog Food

Bil Jac Small Breed dry dog food is carefully-produced food for small breeds. It is formed into small pieces so that it is easier to eat for those smaller mouths and jaws. It is made primarily of chicken, yams, and oatmeal. The definition of "Small Breed" is a dog that weighs 3-20 pounds.

About the Product

Back in the 1920s, Bill and Jack Kelly grew up on a farm and developed a love for animals. Both of the brothers served in World War II, and Bill's boot camp featured a kennel of German Shepherds. The dogs were treated poorly and were malnourished, so Bill worked to build them up so they could fulfill their duties as bomb-sniffing dogs in good health.

After the war, still carrying a passion for the care of animals, the brothers decided that nutrition in dog food was in desperate need of improvement. They began exploring what they could do. In 1947, they formed a company called Bil Jac that would produce high-quality dog food at a reasonable price.

Bil Jac was a pioneer in crafting dog food with protein that was not gluten-based, but meat-based. They initially provided frozen dog food. They maintained this practice until the early 1980s when they finally found a formula for a dry dog food that would pass their rigorous quality tests. Since the company has now been in business for more than 70 years, consumers can be confident the products are high-quality.

Bil Jac takes particular pride in producing dog food that has a large amount of chicken. While poultry is out of favor in some circles, the amount of chicken used in Bil Jac dog food makes it naturally high in protein without using fillers or additives. There are abundant natural vitamins and minerals to make it high-quality dog food.

What We Like Best

  • Chicken as the #1 ingredient – The label boasts that Bil-Jac uses 5 pounds of chicken to make the 6-pound bag.
  • Easy to chew - Your dog will have no problems here. If you add a little water, this will be an excellent product for senior dogs as well.
  • Added vitamins and minerals - The abundance of chicken used means there is no need for fillers. Without fillers, it is easy for the dog to digest the vitamins and minerals that Bil-Jac adds to ensure the maximum nutritional benefits. The presence of Omega 3 and 6, which benefit a dog's immune system, also add to the product's quality.

There is plenty to appreciate in this product. The ingredients are mostly of good quality. Also, there are Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that help a dog have a good coat and immune system. There is an easy-to-follow feeding chart.

Since this is a family-owned company rather than a huge corporation, there is a more personal feel to how they produce their products.

The product is also fairly reasonable in price. Bil-Jac markets its products as high-end, premium dog food so that you would expect a premium price. A 30-pound bag costs less than $60.00 at chewy.com. There are numerous brands priced $90.00 and higher for similar-sized bags, including some for over $200.00. Bil-Jac has many of the same qualities as those super-expensive brands, making it appear to be quite a bargain.

The Bil Jac Small Breed Dry Food was named one of our picks for the Best Dog Foods

What We Don't Like

  • Corn - Some corn is used to produce the product. Corn has fallen out of favor from a nutrition standpoint.
  • BPA – There is controversy around BHA. It is strongly suspected of being a cancer-causing agent. Some debate exists about how much a risk BHA is, and there isn't very much in this particular dog food. But its presence will make many dog owners wary.

With this being a high-quality product from a family-owned company, there are only small points that might not sit well with some consumers. Compared to the benefits, drawbacks should not create heartache in feeding this food to your dog.

Wrapping Up

Bil-Jac Dog FoodBil Jac is an excellent, quality product at a reasonable price. Outside of the use of corn and BPA, there's nothing to complain about. There is excellent care in the way the product is produced. You can also add the emotional benefit of supporting a family company that has endured for a long time.

All signs point to this being a product that small dogs will enjoy, with few nutritional concerns and a reasonable price. We are confident your small dog will enjoy this food at mealtime. We recommend this product.