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Orijen Puppy

Type of food

Complete dry extruded

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 12 months

Pack sizes

2kg, 6kg & 11.4kg bags


11.4kg bags = £89.99

AADF rating


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 ingredients (on a dry matter basis)
Hypoallergenic: Free from 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
Certified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO

Price per day




Mixing bowl:

Fresh Chicken (23%), Raw Turkey (10%), Fresh Chicken Giblets 8% (Liver, Heart), Raw Whole Herring (6%), Raw Whole Hake (5%), Fresh Eggs (5%), Dehydrated Chicken (4%), Dehydrated Turkey (4%), Dehydrated Mackerel (4%), Dehydrated Sardine (4%), Dehydrated Herring (4%), Chicken Fat (4%), Whole Red Lentils, Whole Peas, Whole Green Lentils, Whole Chickpeas, Lentil Fibre, Whole Pinto Beans, Whole Navy Beans, Raw Turkey Liver (2%), Pollock Oil (2%), Pea Starch, Dried Kelp, Fresh Whole Pumpkin, Fresh Whole Butternut Squash, Fresh Whole Zucchini, Fresh Whole Carrots, Fresh Whole Apples, Fresh Whole Pears, Dried Chicory Root, Fresh Kale, Fresh Spinach, Fresh Beet Greens, Fresh Turnip Greens, Whole Cranberries, Whole Blueberries, Whole Saskatoon Berries, Turmeric, Milk Thistle, Burdock Root, Lavender, Marshmallow Root, Rosehips.

As fed (BETA):

Nutritional additives (per kg)

3b606 (Zinc: 105mg/kg), 3b406 (Copper: 11mg/kg), 3a821 Vitamin B1: 14.7mg, 3a841 Vitamin B5: 12.5 mg, 3a672a Vitamin a: 3750 IU, 3a671 Vitamin D3: 500 IU, 3a700 Vitamin E: 110 IU.

Technological additives

Tocopherol Extract from Vegetable Oils 121mg, Citric Acid 40mg. Sensory Additives- Rosemary Extract- 80mg Nutritional Additives- Zootechnical Additives- 4b1707 Enterococcus Faecium Ncimb 10415 1×10^9 Cfu..

Typical Analysis

Protein 38.0%, Fat 20.0%, Fibre 5.0%, Ash 8.0%, Moisture 12.0%, Calcium 1.40%, Phosphorus 1.10%, Omega3 1.10%, Omega6 3.00%.


400.0 kcal/100g

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

* NFE carbohydrate level (i.e. not including fibre). Level estimated from available data.


11.4kg bags RRP


Grams per day


Cost per day


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Manufacturer's product description

" Help your puppy thrive with the power of protein-rich recipes that provide peak nourishment. All puppies do best on a Biologically Appropriate diet rich in protein and fat from quality animal ingredients to support their development. ORIJEN™ Puppy diet is packed with 85%* quality animal ingredients like fresh or raw free-run** chicken and turkey, and wild-caught or sustainably farmed fish. Packed with wholeprey animal ingredients like organs and bone, ORIJEN food is made with the most nutrient-dense, succulent parts of the prey to deliver the nutrition puppies need. The result is a diet for your canine companion that is beyond comparison.

The first 5 ingredients are fresh or raw*** poultry and fish ingredients.

85%* quality poultry and fish ingredients, providing a strong source of essential protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Our authentic wholeprey diet features the most succulent parts of the prey like poultry or fish, organs and bone to mimic what your dog’s ancestors consumed in the wild.

Freeze-dried coated for a burst of raw flavour your dog instinctively craves.

Proudly crafted in Canada with the world’s best ingredients. "

Company info
Company name: Champion Petfoods
HQ: Alberta, Canada
Parent company: Mars
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Product country of origin: Canada

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HeatherKP 5 months ago

Why has the rating for this dog food gone down from 96% when I first researched it a year ago to 85% now?

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Beth Swire HeatherKP 5 months ago

I’m led to believe the Brands mars have now taken over and change all the ingredients so that could be the reason why

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HeatherKP Beth Swire 5 months ago

The ingredients have not been changed in the Canadian manufacturing facility, only in the American one.

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Jeremy Dearman 9 months ago

As the saying goes 'you get what you pay for'. Orijen Puppy is the very best we can feed our 4month old Border Terrier, Crumpet. She isn't a piggy eater but loves her Orijen.

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Irkana 10 months ago

Encantada con este pienso, mi Timmy tiene 7 meses y le encanta, sus cacas muy bien y ya se le va notando el ep pelaje mas brillante , lo recomiendo uno de los mejores pienso

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ralf sfeir 11 months ago

We transitioned our puppy to this brand and the result was obvious. No more diarrhea and less gas. My only worry is that this brand got bought by Mars and that the quality might reduce. Time will tell !

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Ashley 2 years ago

I don’t normally write reviews, but felt I really had to. I tried so many foods for my puppy: Wolfworthy, Green Pantry, Burns, Royal Canin on recommendation of vets/trainers etc. They all gave my puppy diarrhoea and/or dry flaky skin. I finally moved onto Orijen over 3 days and her stools are finally pickupable!!!! Plus, she no longer wants to eat her poo and her skin/coat is glowing! I’m so happy I made the decision to move onto Orijen. I’m never looking back!

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Andres Rada 3 years ago

Hi, I'm feeding a 12 pounds Maltese dog with Orijen Puppy. She loves the food, and its always in good mood, her coat smells perfect, and hair is brilliant. My only doubt is that the grooming lady, told me that 85% of protein for maltese dogs could lead to Kidney problems... is this right? Should i change her diet to one with less % of protein? thanks

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TheAncientAviator Andres Rada 2 years ago

My Great Pyrenees mix made it to a good age of 15 for such a large dog and passed away from suspected kidney failure. He had a cyst on one kidney for several years and as a result of this condition a low protein diet was recommended. Knowing the significance of protein in a dog's diet, I did a lot of research to see what level might be best. To my surprise I found that there were NO scientific studies that even attempted to establish high/low protein intake with kidney disease. One author writing on the subject called the advice relating to reducing protein to treat kidney disease "folklore". The processing of the reduction product of protein (nitrogen) is handled by the kidneys and the theory is that reducing the amount of filtration required by the kidneys slows the progress of the disease. Again, there are NO scientific studies that have clearly demonstrated this conjecture. Omega 3 fatty acids may be more effective than reducing protein for improving kidney health and function. There are observational studies that include both reduced protein and increased fatty acids (among other things) that have shown positive results but these have not identified which component of the treatment was actually having the greatest effect. That said, my Great Pyrenees ate Orijen Original and lived comfortably until the last few weeks before he passed away.Dogs need a good deal of protein in their diets and reducing it can lead to a variety of other problems, so be careful about the advice you take about what to feed your dog. The All About Dog Food website that you are looking at is excellent for unbiased advice.Finally, I have two other dogs, a Staffy and a Standard Poodle aged 5 and 10 years respectively. Both have been on Orijen Original (a relatively high protein food) for most of their lives. They are extremely healthy and active with beautiful coats. Stick with the Orijen, it has quite a lot to recommend it and I’m sure your Maltese puppy will have a long happy and active life.

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Buuurns2k Andres Rada one year ago

This advice is rubbish andres protein is vital for growth and muscle growth u don’t need as much protein when dog is in senior ages above 8yrs as muscles with not grow anymore Orijen has the right ingredients for all dogs

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Victoria 3 years ago

We had our whippet puppy on Orijen puppy for approximately 3-4 months. Initially we were happy with the food, however he was very hyper (which at the time we put down to his puppy behaviour).
Around 4 months he had explosive diarrhea during the night, completely out of nowhere. His whole crate was covered in poo. We fed him plain chicken and rice for a week because we thought he had eaten something unusual. Following this we returned him to Orijen, and then we kept experiencing the same thing in a cycle. Eventually we changed him to Tribal (mix of the dry pressed food and the wet ‘pâté’) upon the advice of a vet and we haven’t looked back since. He is in great condition, has a settled tummy and also much more balanced in terms of his energy levels.
We believe Orijen was too rich for his stomach, and the huge amount of mixed proteins in the food was too much. I can see why some dogs do well on it, but I would advise trying a small bag of this before diving in.

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Amaroor 4 years ago

How much would you recommend giving to a whelping bitch? (15kg bull terrier)

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Jo Allan 4 years ago

My working cocker spaniel has been on this since she was 11 weeks and is thriving.. it’s a great quality product. Her coat is shining, toilets a lot smaller due to the lack of nasties in the product and she loves it. Highly recommended

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christosm0510 . 4 years ago

My dog gets diarrhea when eating this

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Stephanie King 6 years ago

My puppy has been on this for the past few months but I am still unsure how much i should be feeding him. The feeding guide on the packet is really confusing. It looks like whether your puppy is 5kg or 10kg the feeding amount should be the same, this cant be right? Can anyone shed any light on this? I am really impressed with the food despite this so dont want to have to change

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Pixel Hero 6 years ago

We changed our Cockapoo puppy onto this and like Amy below, he got diarrhoea, we put it down to change in diet and continued, but after 4 weeks he still was suffering, he also had bad wind too. Will be moving to one with a bit less protein in it. Cost us around £100 in vet appointments and digestive repairing food over the last few days to get him back to normal.

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Lynda Fisher 6 years ago

I have just put my two three months old Chihuahuas on Orijen puppy food, they were itching terribly on RC food, their coats were dull, also quite patchy in places, so after doing a lot of research on the web, this one came tops for me. Their coats absolutely gleam now, seemed to change overnight! Their poo doesn't smell, I know they are eating top quality food. Ok it's a little expensive, but they don't eat so much, as it is a richer, filling food.

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Kelly Dory Browne Lynda Fisher 5 years ago

Hi how much do you feed daily mine are 3.7 kilos and 2.5 vet says this is idea weight forbids their size and they should stay at this weight

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Lynda Fisher Kelly Dory Browne 5 years ago

Hi Kelly, I have now changed to Orijen Fit & Trim for my now 9 month old Chihuahuas, Barney weighs 3.4kg & Lola 3.7kg, I was told by the vet's that they needed to be around 3 kgs, so have put them on the new Orijen slimmer kibble. I feed 3 times daily , 40grams each per day roughly 14 grams each feed. They haven't put on anymore weight so I find they doing well., Also the kibbles are virtually the same size as Orijen Puppy.

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ANNA HABLAK 7 years ago

We've been feeding my 7 month old working cocker spaniel puppy this dog food for the past 2 months and I've never looked back. She's a healthy, happy pup, with a beautiful shiny coat and is super excited to get fed this every meal even after such a long time. Her energy levels are completely appropriate (not too energetic like some of the cockers can get), and I firmly believe that this complete dog food has contributed to that. I recommend it for anyone's dog!The food itself smells wholesome, perfect kibble size for my medium puppy and she loves the flavour.We were careful to slowly change from James Wellbeloved as we've read that some puppies had severe diarrhoea. We had no problems switching.

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Amy 8 years ago

This food made my cocker spaniel quite poorly. We tried to slowly introduce it but he had bad bad diarrhoea, when we spoke to the vet they questioned why we were changing him to such a high protein/high meat content food, they said it really wasn't needed. Orijen also gave him terrible wind. I'm sure for some pups it works great but I thought that the most expensive food would be the best for my pup this wasn't the case!! If you are thinking of trying I recommend buying the smallest bag possible to try it out.

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Gareth Gordon 8 years ago

Hi, Just took ownership of a 6mth yellow lab pup. She is currently fed on Pro Plan Puppy as she was fed on this by the breeder. Stools are loose and i am thinking about changing to Oijens Puppy. Seems a bit pricey and could do with some advice from Lab Retriever owners.

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Elizabeth 8 years ago

Being a 30 year + dog owner and after feeding Orijen foods for 3 years continuously, from Puppy and then to Regional Red and 6 Fish, I cannot agree at all with the last reviewer. Dogs most certainly do not need the inferior carbohydrates that are so cheap to grow and make vast profits for the shareholders of multinational organisations. I, and my dogs have found Orijen an outstanding food. It smells wholesome; the ingredients are all exact and identifiable and clearly listed on the bag. So many dogs these days suffer with skin complaints and inflammation which was never the case 50 and 60 years ago when they ate meat, bones and scraps from human meals. I believe it is all down to the inferior maize, and low grade grains bulking out the majority of dog foods. I have fit, athletic, strong dogs instead of fat ones with skin problems and inflammation, so, I'm well pleased with Orijen.

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Matthew Rhucroft 8 years ago

I've been waiting to write a review until I could form an opinion correctly. I switched my Dobermann pup from Royal Canin to Eden at 4 months old and had big problems. I then switched her to Orijen as it is so highly rated. Eventually her stools toughened but she just wasn't putting on weight and if I fed her more than the RDA her stools were runny. The problem... the food is too rich with not enough carbs! She's a Dobermann, an athletic growing dog, she needs carbs. These 80/20 are not necessarily the way to go. Dogs most certainly are not wolves in the same way we're not apes. She is now on a 60/40 food from Millie's Wolfheart. I would recommend speaking to Millie's excellent customer service team about your breed. They have a range of foods available, dog food shouldn't be a one size fits all solution.

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Sally 9 years ago

I know this gets a wonderful press but it just didn't work with my dog at all. I appreciate that it works very well for a lot of dogs though. My pup had severe runs on this kibble. I had introduced it very slowly as well and he was just really sick on this. For me, it has too many ingredients and I'm pretty sure some of the bottom ones on it's list are off no nutritional use in a dog's digestion as the amount is so small. I now give him Ziwipeak which is moist for a kibble, fresher, with good raw meat. Less ingredients as well. He adores the Ziwipeak and so does his body!

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Pippa D. 9 years ago

I'm currently feeding this to two of my cavalier King Charles spaniels, both of whom are now over a year old, but on Orijen's site it was listed as appropriate for adult toy breeds (they're not quite adults, but still) and I thought I'd give it a go.One of the cavs has always suffered from digestive problems - foods have done everything from making her itchy to making her "go at both ends." Orijen, adult and puppy, have not done this and she's tolerated them very well. She is finally putting on a little weight and gaining her adult coat since I changed her to Orijen puppy, and both of them have soft, shiny fur.Couldn't recommend Orijen enough as a general rule. Of course each dog may react differently but after such a struggle finding a kibble to suit my sickly girl, this was a godsend.

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Rachel 9 years ago

I love Orijen food, I have been feeding it to my 4 year old Labrador since he was a puppy and he is the picture of health and vitality. You don't need to give massive portions as it is full of goodness. It is also really easy if you go away to take the exact quantity and it doesn't smell like wet food would. What a great product! You probably pay a bit more than other foods but definitely worth it.

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Nina Gray 9 years ago

My dogs favorite is the minty ones. I agree with what Polly said... the smell hits you as you open the packet and this is probably the attraction for many dogs.

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Joanna Bain 9 years ago

I started my Toy Poodle, Walter on Orijen at 11 weeks, after finding this site and comparing the ingredients with the brand his breeder had given me a supply of, and recommended I continued to use. The food his breeder recommended was a leading brand, and I was shocked to see on your site that the ingredients listed were mostly in red!
Walter is now 7 months old and has continued to thrive on Orijen, I am so pleased. He is strong and healthy, has a healthy appetite, is well behaved and calm, his coat is beautiful, and his stools are firm and clean. Orijen is not cheap but worth every penny!

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Ali Mace 10 years ago

Confused! The approximate feeding guide on here varies a lot to what's on the bag.

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All About Dog Food Ali Mace 10 years ago

Hi Ali - sorry about the confusion. Our guides are based on the figures provided by Orijen but since they are averages calculated for 6 month old puppies according to the puppy's actual weight (rather than predicted adult weight) they will appear quite different from those on the packaging and they certainly won't apply to all puppies. They are only really intended for price comparisons and you should always refer to the packaging for the exact recommendations for your puppy.

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Danielle 10 years ago

Hi I have a 4 1/2 month old Basset Hound she is currently on Pedigree vital complete dry food for large puppy. She did eat it but now she seems to hate it! Wont go near the bowl or she sniffs it and lays down. I have tried different gravy on it still nothing. I have bough Iams puppy and she prefers that but isnt over keen. I dont want to put her on a commercial food but I have no idea what to try now....I have bags of food that she just wont eat. HELP I am all so looking for a basset hound forum or group I can get involved in, any recommendations?

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melissa Danielle 9 years ago

Danielle, try a grain free diet! I feed my 4yo Basset Hound with Orijen and she is in top shape! (no more itching, no licking, no weight gain, healthy teeth, good breath...) Not only is it high quality but given the choice, she will systematicaly go for Orijen. Hunting dogs are meat lovers!

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Gary 10 years ago

This is my Puppies second week of Orijen Puppy (1 full week & 1 week of final weening) I did a lot of research on the best food for her and Orijen was the food which kept getting best reviews and everyone seemed to love it. I can honestly say I wasn't expecting much change in her, but I was wrong. She has an amazing coat which has always been dull (Idiot breeder fed her cheap adult dog food) her mood is consistent with no crashes, she isn't interested in stealing the cats food anymore and her stools are firm and much smaller. Defiantly worth the price and couldn't ask for a better food for my growing pup Jess.Also thank you to WhichDogFood for the amazing site.

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Lozz5159 10 years ago

MUST ADD : I tried to give Orijen a five star rating but on my phone, it proved difficult :o( Due to this, I think I accidentally rated it 3 stars and may have brought the user rating down :o(
So sorry, Orijen!

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All About Dog Food Lozz5159 10 years ago

Hi Lozz5159 - sorry about the problems voting on your mobile. I'm guessing from your previous post that you'd prefer to give Orijen Puppy 5 stars so I've updated your vote for you.

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Lozz5159 All About Dog Food 10 years ago

Thank you so much :o)
I felt so bad about it.

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Ponkbutler Lozz5159 10 years ago

I've had the same thing from my iPad

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Lozz5159 10 years ago

I started feeding Orijen to my puppy about 2 months ago and I must say, it's brilliant!
When I first got my puppy, he was being fed Royal Canin by the breeder but tended to itch himself a lot and also chew his paws excessively. I decided to try a grain free food and did some research. Orijen, through a lot if feedback, looked the best. Luckily, my local independent pet store stocks it :o)
The change in my puppy has been amazing! He no longer itches as much and he has not chewed his paws since the food change.
It's not that expensive in the long run as I bought a 13kg bag two months ago and I still have half the bag to go before I have to buy more :o)
I've also tried him on Fish4Dogs, which he was not interested in at all (despite the smell) and Eden, which he completely turned his nose up at...
I can not recommend Orijen enough! Even my vet complemented his body condition and shiny coat (puppy is broken-coated so that truly is astonishing).
The piece of mind an owner gets through feeding top-quality food like Orijen is also second to none.
My puppy adores it and is always super excited at meal times. A bag lasts a long time and it is super healthy! What more could a dog owner want in a food?
5 stars, Orijen!

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Ponkbutler 10 years ago

My Old English Sheepdog suffered from flatulence and loose stools with both Orijen and Eden, but fares much much better with Ziwipeak air-dried. Her taste preferences are Ziwipeak, Origen and the Eden in that order. The flatulence with Eden was worse than Origen, but the loose stools worse with the latter. Her taste preference is for Natural Instinct which I also prefer for her as a raw food, but when travelling etc. we put her on Ziwipeak. She transitions to it quite easily. In my experience it is superior to any of the former dried foods. I would no longer recommend a dry dog food made from dehydrated meat ingredients, such as Orijen and Eden and I am not convinced that ingredients like lentils, pea fibre and chickpeas are such a good idea either.

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Sally Ponkbutler 9 years ago

I couldn't agree with you more. My dog is healthy and happy on Ziwipeak. He was quite ill on Orijen.

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Elizabeth 10 years ago

I read the last comment so have to tell of my experience with my 10 month old Border Collie who has thrived on Orijen Puppy and Orijen 6Fish since changing from another brand about 6 months ago. My knowledge of these products after owning dogs for 30 years is exclusively due to Whichdogfood as I hadn't heard of either of these companies before.
About 9 out of 10 people we meet comment on the condition of my dog's coat and his stools are clean, small and neat to clear up.
I have also used Eden in the last few months to ring the changes and also find it very good but dog seems to prefer the taste of Orijen.
In my experience both Orijen and Eden are top quality products and the original outlay of the purchase price works out much cheaper than expected in the long run.

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Kimberly Ann McQuinn Elizabeth one year ago

I just got 2 border collie crosses. The food they were on they put garlic in adult food and I’m definitely not wanting that for my pups. I just bought my first bag of Origen. One of my border puppies went crazy for it. Here’s to hoping they will be ok on it 😊

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Polly Flit 10 years ago

Love these - well...my dogs do - the smell is just BAM right there when you open the packet and NO rubbish in them either - it's a definite win for me!

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