Comparing Spot & Tango vs. The Farmer’s Dog

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Your dog is a member of the family — and you would never give a member of your family scraps. That’s why so many dog owners seek out brands that proudly use higher standards than the typical grocery store dog food, selecting meals that contain quality, human-grade ingredients.

Feeding your dog the highest-quality food is a noble quest, but it can take some work to determine the optimal diet for your canine companion. And with so many brands claiming their food is the best option for your dog, how can you know which is truly perfect for your pup?

If you’re already avoiding unregulated and low-quality dry kibble, you’ve likely come across two brands: Spot & Tango and The Farmer’s Dog. Both these brands deliver fresh pre-portioned meals right to your doorstep, but each offers its own unique benefits. Here, we’ll dive into what brings these two companies together and what sets them apart.

What Spot & Tango and The Farmer’s Dog have in common

  • Human-grade protein, fruits, and vegetables. Both brands prioritize this vital nutrient group with meal options centered around meat your dog will devour. To complete their recipes’ nutrient profiles, both Spot & Tango and The Farmer’s Dog supplement their meals with nutrition-rich fruits and vegetables. This diligence has earned both brands the stamp of approval from the USDA and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
  • Veterinarian-approved formulations. Each company consults with a team of reputable, highly-experienced veterinarians to devise healthy, tasty recipes that your pup will love.
  • Specially cooked to preserve the nutrient profile. When food is cooked at higher temperatures, vital nutrients can be eliminated, so both brands cook their meals at low temperatures to ensure that your pup is getting everything he or she needs.
  • Customized to your dog. Whether you have a 6-pound Yorkie or a 70-pound Dalmatian, both Spot & Tango and The Farmer’s Dog portion each meal accordingly. To get started with either brand, you’ll take a quiz that designs your dog’s meal plan to serve him or her the ideal diet for his or her weight, breed, age, and other important factors.
  • Vacuum-sealed and pre-portioned: Both brands take the guesswork out of serving your dog an appropriately sized meal with pre-portioned containers. Simply remove a single pack, and it’s time to eat!
  • Shipped to your doorstep in environmentally-friendly shipping. Both Spot & Tango and The Farmer’s Dog offer fast and free shipping. The insulated box is entirely biodegradable and recyclable.

Where Spot & Tango and The Farmer’s Dog differ

  • Spot & Tango recipes are developed by animal nutritionists. Although both brands’ food is approved by veterinarians, Spot & Tango goes the extra mile to consult veterinarians and nutritionists during the recipe-writing process. The end result is not only delicious, but designed to support your pup’s ideal health.
  • Spot & Tango offers a topper plan. Transitioning your pup to a new food can be challenging. Spot & Tango makes this effort easier by offering smaller portions of Spot & Tango’s food with your dog’s current food as he or she gets used to the new recipes. The Farmer’s Dog offers helpful tips on its website for transitioning food, but does not offer smaller plans.
  • Spot & Tango offers a Fresh Dry option: Although both brands offer fresh-cooked recipes, only Spot & Tango has a dry food for dogs. Their product, UnKibble, takes all of the benefits of their fresh recipes, and adds the convenience of a dry format.
  • Spot & Tango offers a money-back guarantee. On all trial orders, dissatisfied dog owners can get their money back with Spot & Tango. Plus, PeopleHype readers get 50% off their first box using code PEOPLEHYPE50.

How to get started with your preferred brand

Once you’ve decided which of these brands you’ll go with, simply head to that brand’s website and take the quiz. You’ll enter your dog’s weight, breed, age, and other characteristics. Then, your chosen brand can build you a custom meal plan perfect for your pup. In a matter of days, fresh dog food will appear at your doorstep, and your dog might just love the high-quality, nutritious, tasty food you’ve introduced to his or her life!

Quick Guide: Spot & Tango vs. The Farmer’s Dog

Spot & TangoThe Farmer’s Dog
Meat protein percentage50%30% – 40%
Other ingredientsFruits, vegetables, egg, quinoa, millet, brown riceFruits and vegetables
Potato fillers used?NoYes
Available recipesBeef, turkey, lambBeef, turkey, pork
Cooking processSmall batches at low temperaturesLow temperatures
Money-back guarantee?Yes, on trial ordersNo
First-order discount50%20%
PackagingPre-portioned bagsPre-portioned bags
AAFCO approved? YesYes
USDA certified?YesYes
Vet approved?Yes, and formulated by Animal NutritionistsYes
Nutritionist-developed?YesNo
CostStarts at $2/dayStarts at $3/day
Free delivery?YesYes
Can be mixed with current food?Yes, with topper planNo
Environmentally-friendly shipping?YesYes
Company ownership Family-ownedVenture capital-owned
Dry OptionYesNo

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14 thoughts on “Comparing Spot & Tango vs. The Farmer’s Dog

  • October 7, 2020 at 12:59 pm
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    I have a nearly 4-year-old female Maltese Shih Tzu mix. She is very picky. She refuses to eat any dog food of any kind! She does eat table food but will not eat the same thing two times in a row or two days in a row or even after a couple of days. I’ve run out of ideas to feed her. She doesn’t like much of what I eat and I’m shopping for her more than for me. I have literally spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars trying different things. Please help! Do you offer samples? She is about 2 pounds overweight right now because our activity level is low since I’ve recently had a knee replacement surgery. She should be at 10 to 11 pounds but is currently 13. Please help!

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  • August 5, 2020 at 3:56 pm
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    I have a Cavalier King Charles. She is 9 years old and has pancreatitis. Do you make special low fat Blends of dogs with this problem?

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  • July 25, 2020 at 3:47 pm
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    Do you have a special liver diet food?

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  • July 9, 2020 at 1:27 pm
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    My dog is the same as Bob’s Maltese. HE is a Lasa. Eats something for a period of time then stops. Would like a sample of spot &tango

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  • June 14, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    My dog is 12 fixed, has some energy but sleeps alot. He is slightly overweight & has allergies to chicken. Would like to have dry food. He eats dehydrated food & I make him a mixture of 97% lean ground beef, mixed vegetables, sweet potatoes & regular potatoes. He has lost about 20lbs. It is a lot of work but it has helped him to lose weight & feel better.

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  • April 6, 2020 at 6:02 pm
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    Hi,
    We have a Maltese who is going on 15 and is a very finicky eater. In fact, we’ve had issues where the Vet’s been concerned about him losing wight because he wasn’t eating. He shows an interest in eating and will come up to it and sniff and then walk away. For a while, he was just eating rotisserie chicken with rice and chicken broth, then didn’t want that, then he was eating ham for a while, then didn’t want that. most recently, he would some left over hot roast beef that had a small amount of gravy, now he’s not interested in that but acts hungry!! What happens if we try your food and then after a day or tow or three, he turns his nose up to that too??

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    • June 13, 2020 at 3:13 pm
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      We have a very picky eater just like the Maltese above. We would like a sample trial to see if she will eat it.

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    • July 4, 2020 at 7:50 am
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      Sound like I have my parents trained, and Im a little spoiled syndrome. My dog suffers the same affliction as well…lol! My vet said they will eat when they are hungry, and its true. When I put my foot down and she realized what was for dinner was what was on the plate, she indeed ate it. Ok, that bring said, I love my dog as much as anybody in my family. I do believe dogs have the same tastebuds in terms of if it no longer is tasty to them they wont eat it if they dont have to. Im not interested in my dog eating just because she knows thats all shes getting. I want her to look forward to eating, and feel happy with what I gave her. The same happy she gets when I save a bite of steak or chicken for her from my meal. Yes my dog is spoiled. No theres no use in anybody trying to change it. I love dogs, they are the best, I will always have a dog, they make life so much more enjoyable and I truly appreciate their unconditional love. I’m really excited to try this dog food. I think it will be best to try first over farmers dog because they have the smaller portions for transitioning to full Spot & Tango diet, and it says money back guarantee AND 50% off first box, and Im always partial to small business owners. I hope you find your dog some good new dog food. I guess variety is the spice of life, EVEN for dogs.

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    • August 5, 2020 at 10:38 pm
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      I have a Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie) who is also a picky eater. He won’t eat the same food more than 4 days except chicken. I’ve wasted so much money on brand name and expensive dog food it’s not funny.
      Yes, I would also like to know if you do samples.

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    • September 1, 2020 at 10:34 pm
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      He needs a appetite stimulant. It starts with a C but I just can’t remember the name. My dog stopped eating for a week and his poop turned almost white. I thought he was dying. But this appetite stimulant brought his appetite after one dose. Just tell your vet about it and they should know the answer. I hope this will help.

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  • December 3, 2019 at 11:11 am
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    My dog is allergic to lamb, salmon, peas, barley, oats, and soy, is there any dog food out there that doesnt contain these ingredients? I have only found 2 from 4health but it has tomatoes puree in it and my dog wont eat it. So is there anything else out there?

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  • October 6, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    My dog recently had her teeth removed for health reasons. Will she be able to eat your food? Are there any hard things in there that may irritate her gums?

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    • October 27, 2019 at 1:53 pm
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      I have an 8 year old Chihuahua.
      He weights 6lb. He only has a few teeth and a very pickie

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      • November 23, 2020 at 9:27 am
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        I have a 6 year old 135 lb rott with hip an thyroid issues
        Looking for good quality food that I can afford to feed him since he is a large breed

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