Updated 20 Nov 2017
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Orijen Puppy

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 12 months

Pack sizes

2kg, 6kg & 11.4kg bags


11.4kg bags = £74.99

Nutritional 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 (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
Certified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO

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Ingredients List

Fresh Chicken Meat (11%), Fresh Turkey Meat (7%), Fresh Whole Eggs (6%), Fresh Whole Herring (6%), Fresh Chicken Liver (5%), Fresh Whole Flounder (5%), Fresh Turkey Liver (5%), Fresh Chicken Heart (4%), Fresh Turkey Heart (4%), Fresh Chicken Necks (4%), Chicken (Dehydrated 4%), Turkey (Dehydrated 4%), Whole Mackerel (Dehydrated 4%), Whole Sardine (Dehydrated 4%), Whole Herring (Dehydrated 4%), Chicken Fat (4%), Herring Oil (2%), Whole Red Lentils, Whole Green Peas, Whole Green Lentils, Whole Chickpeas, Whole Yellow Peas, Lentil Fiber, Whole Pinto Beans, Whole Navy Beans, Chicken Bone and 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.


433.3 kcal/100g

Typical Analysis

Crude Protein (Min.) 38 %, Fat Content (Min.) 20 %, 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.) 1.1 %, Dha (Min.) 0.35 %, Epa (Min.) 0.25 %, Glucosamine (Min.) 1500 mg/kg, Chondroitin Sulfate (Min.) 1200 mg/kg.

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Zinc chelate: 100 mg.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

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


11.4kg bags RRP


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

" Biologically Appropriate for puppies.

Fresh free-run chicken and turkey, nest-laid eggs and wild-caught fish.

All puppies require a diet rich in proteins and fats from a variety of fresh whole meats to fully support their rapid growth and development.

With 38% richly nourishing protein, and a limited 17% low-glycemic carbohydrates, ORIJEN nourishes puppies according to their evolutionary and biological needs.

Unmatched by any other puppy food, 2/3 of ORIJEN meats are FRESH (refrigerated, without preservatives) or RAW (flash-frozen, without preservatives), including the top 10 ingredients.

1/3 of meats are air dried at 90°C from fresh chicken, turkey and fish to create a concentrated source of richly nourishing protein to support your growing puppy.

Nutrient-dense WholePrey ratios of fresh meats, organs, and cartilage plus fresh whole fish and fresh whole eggs provide a natural source of virtually every nutrient your puppy needs.

Infusions of freeze-dried chicken and turkey liver enhance flavour naturally, making ORIJEN deliciously tasty for the fussiest of puppies. "

Nutritional rating



high meat content

High meat content





clear ingredients list

Clearly labelled

Orijen Puppy is fantastic. 80% meat, 20% nutritious vegetables, fruits and herbs, no fillers, no additives and a nice clear ingredients list. Who could ask for more? No wonder then that Orijen Puppy was the first dedicated puppy food to receive our full 5 star rating.

Like all of the Orijen range, the idea behind the Puppy formua 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.

Starting with the meat conent, Orijen Puppy is primarily chicken based but also contains meat from turkey and fish sources. This is great for providing more nutritional variety but may not be ideal for dogs that are prone to dietary intollerance who often do better on single meat source diets. All of the meat is of an excellent quality and comes from ethical, non-intensive Canadian farms.

Of course, so much meat means there's no shortage of protein in Orijen Puppy but since it all comes from high-quality meat sources that dogs have evolved to process very efficiently, that shouldn't be any cause for concern.

The quality and range of vegeatbles, fruits and herbs is second to none, each one highly nutritous and chosen to fit in with the 'ancestral diet' of the dog. It would be difficult to label any ingredient as a filler or bulking agent and with nothing even remotely artificial, Orijen Puppy really is about as good as it gets.

Naturally, all of this comes at a price. With slightly smaller bags than most competitors but at a higher recommended retail price, Orijen Puppy is an expensive option. Even when you weigh in the relatively low feeding amounts, the price per day is still high which may be enough to put many puppy owners off.

Conclusion: One of he best dedicated puppy foods on the UK market but with an understandably hefty price tag.

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