Updated 20 Jul 2017
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Orijen Adult

Type of food Dry extruded complete
Dog types Pet dogs
Breed sizes
Suitable for toy breed dogs
Adult weight 1-4kg. e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier
Suitable for small breed dogs
Adult weight 4-10kg. e.g. Beagle, Dachshund, Jack Russell
Suitable for medium breed dogs
Adult weight 10-25kg. e.g. Border Collie, Staffie, Springer, Vizsla
Suitable for large breed dogs
Adult weight 25-45kg. e.g. Boxer, Labrador, Greyhound
Suitable for giant breed dogs
Adult weight 45kg+ e.g. Bernese, Great Dane, Mastiff
Dog ages From weaning to old age
Pack sizes 2kg, 6kg & 11.4kg bags
RRP 11.4kg bags = £72.99

Nutritional rating

97%

At a glance

Natural: Free from added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredients
High meat content: Contains at least 30% meat (on a dry matter basis)
Hypoallergenic: Free from all ingredients that are regularly linked by veterinarians to food allergies and/or intolerance in dogs like wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and artificial additives
Clearly labelled: Each ingredient is clearly and individually stated and there is at least a reasonable indication of the percentages of the main ingredients

Price per day

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Ingredients List

Fresh Chicken Meat (13%), Fresh Turkey Meat (7%), Fresh Whole Eggs (7%), Fresh Chicken Liver (6%), Fresh Whole Herring (6%), Fresh Whole Flounder (5%), Fresh Turkey Liver (5%), Fresh Chicken Necks (4%), Fresh Chicken Heart (4%), Fresh Turkey Heart (4%), Chicken (Dehydrated 4%), Turkey (Dehydrated 4%), Whole Mackerel (Dehydrated 4%), Whole Sardine (Dehydrated 4%), Whole Herring (Dehydrated 4%), Whole Red Lentils, Whole Green Lentils, Whole Green Peas, Lentil Fiber, Whole Chickpeas, Whole Yellow Peas, Whole Pinto Beans, Whole Navy Beans, Herring Oil (1%), Chicken Fat (1%), Chicken Cartilage (1%), Chicken Liver (Freeze-Dried), Turkey Liver (Freeze-Dried), Fresh Whole Pumpkin, Fresh Whole Butternut Squash, Fresh Whole Zucchini, Fresh Whole Parsnips, Fresh Carrots, Fresh Whole Red Delicious Apples, Fresh Whole Bartlett Pears, Fresh Kale, Fresh Spinach, Fresh Beet Greens, Fresh Turnip Greens, Brown Kelp, Whole Cranberries, Whole Blueberries, Whole Saskatoon Berries, Chicory Root, Turmeric Root, Milk Thistle, Burdock Root, Lavender, Marshmallow Root, Rosehips, Enterococcus Faecium.

Energy

391.7 kcal/100g

Typical Analysis

Crude Protein (Min.) 38 %, Fat Content (Min.) 18 %, Crude Ash (Max.) 8 %, Crude FibreS (Max.) 5 %, Moisture (Max.) 12 %, Calcium (Min.) 1.4 %, Phosphorus (Min.) 1.1 %, Omega-6 Fatty Acids (Min.) 3 %, Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Min.) 1 %, Dha (Min.) 0.3 %, Epa (Min.) 0.2 %, Glucosamine (Min.) 1400 mg/kg, Chondroitin Sulfate (Min.) 1200 mg/kg.

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Zinc chelate: 100 mg.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average

Average

Below average

* NFE carbohydrate level (i.e. not including fibre).

Pricing

11.4kg bags RRP

£72.99

Grams per day

0g

Cost per day

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Made by: Champion Petfoods
Company HQ: Alberta, Canada
Sister brands: Acana1616 Acana foods listed
Manufacturer's product description

" Biologically Appropriateâ„¢ | all life stages

Fresh goat, wild boar, venison, arctic char, free-run duck & mutton.

All dogs are adapted to thrive on a varied diet of whole game, fish and fowl, with smaller amounts of fruits, vegetables and grasses.

Brimming with 38% richly nourishing and a limited 16% low-glycemic carbohydrates, ORIJEN nourishes dogs of all breeds and lifestages according to their evolutionary and biological needs.

Unmatched by any other dog food, 2/3 of ORIJEN’s meats are FRESH (refrigerated, no preservatives) or RAW (flash-frozen, no preservatives), including the top 10 meat ingredients.

1/3 of meats are gently dried at 90°C from fresh meats, game and fish to create a concentrated source of richly nourishing protein that cannot be supplied by fresh meats alone.

Nutrient-dense WholePreyâ„¢ ratios of fresh meat, organs, and cartilage provide virtually every nutrient your dog needs to thrive — only zinc is added.

Infusions of freeze-dried liver enhance flavour naturally, making ORIJEN deliciously tasty, even for fussy eaters. "

Nutritional rating

97%

Review

high meat content

High meat content

hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic

natural

Natural

clear ingredients list

Clearly labelled

Before Orijen arrived in the UK, it was the unwritten rule that natural, dry dog foods should have relatively low protein (around 20-25% in adult foods) and a single meat source - too much protein or too many types of meat in a food can only lead to trouble... or so we thought.

The Orijen 80% meat range contains up to 7 meat sources in each variety and a whopping 38% protein. On paper this goes against everything we British nutritionists used to hold true, and yet the high protein and multiple meat sources have done anything but cause problems. As their legions of fiercely loyal supporters will testify, Orijen really works.

The idea behind Orijen is that dogs are essentially unchanged from their wolf ancestors and so should receive a similar diet - plenty of meat, some fruits and veg and no cereals. This is not a philosophy I entirely agree with - dogs for example may not have changed that much physiologically but their lifestyles are entirely different from wolves, and many dogs in the UK have been doing very well on cereal based diets for generations, but nevertheless, the quality of Orijen is obvious and the benefits to the dog are clear to see.

The quality and range of ingredients is very impressive. With 7 meat sources, all of which are of outstanding quality, a fantastic range of natural fruits, vegetables and nutritional supplements, nothing that could be described as a filler or a bulking agent and nothing remotely artificial, Orijen is about as good as it gets.

Although the price tag of a bag of Orijen can be eye watering, this really doesn't tell the whole story. Due to the abundance of high quality nutrients in the the food, you don't have to feed that much - in fact the recommended feeding amounts for most dogs are amongst the lowest around. This makes a bag last much longer and gives a surprisingly reasonable price per day.

Conclusion: A remarkable dog food and not nearly as expensive to feed as you might think.

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