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Orijen Puppy Large Review

Type of food

Complete dry extruded

Dog types

Pet dogs

Breed sizes

NOT suitable for toy breed dogs
Adult weight 1-4kg. e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier
NOT suitable for small breed dogs
Adult weight 4-10kg. e.g. Beagle, Dachshund, Jack Russell
NOT 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 2 years

Pack sizes

6kg & 11.4kg bags


11.4kg bags = £96.99

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 (21%), Raw Turkey (11%), Fresh Chicken Giblets 10% (Liver, Heart), Raw Whole Hake (5%), Raw Whole Herring (5%), Fresh Eggs (5%), Raw Turkey Liver (5%), Dehydrated Chicken (5%), Dehydrated Mackerel (5%), Dehydrated Sardine (4.5%), Dehydrated Herring (4%), Whole Red Lentils, Whole Green Lentils, Whole Peas, Lentil Fibre, Whole Chickpeas, Whole Pinto Beans, Pea Starch, Dehydrated Turkey (2%), Chicken Fat (2%), Whole Navy Beans, Pollock Oil (0.5%), 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)

3a370 Taurine: 400mg, 3b606 (Zinc: 105mg/kg), 3b406 (Copper: 11mg/kg), 3a821 Vitamin B1: 9.8mg, 3a700 Vitamin E: 120iu.

Technological additives

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

Typical Analysis

Protein 38.0%, Fat 16.0%, Fibre 6.0%, Ash 8.0%, Carbs 22.0%, Moisture 12.0%, Calcium 1.30%, Phosphorus 1.10%, Omega3 0.90%, Omega6 2.80%.


376.0 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


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Manufacturer's product description

" Help your puppy thrive with the power of protein-rich recipes that provide peak nourishment. All large breed puppies do best on a Biologically Appropriate diet rich in protein and fat from quality animal ingredients to support peak development. ORIJEN™ Puppy Large 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.

*Approximate and derived from the unprocessed state of the ingredients.

**Our fresh ingredients use refrigeration as the sole method of preservation and our raw ingredients are frozen at their peak freshness.

***Our free-run chickens and turkeys are not housed in cages and are able to move in a barn without outdoor access. "

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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KatieG 8 months ago

Is 38% protein too much for a puppy?

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Hobnobs Mum 11 months ago

Why has this rating dropped recently? It used to be around 94% but now down to 85% with no obvious differences. Do you have a new rating system?

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Matt Norrington Hobnobs Mum 11 months ago

Yes, they have a new rating system.

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Jessica Andrews one year ago

Do we know if the recipe has been changed since this was bought out by Mars? I’ve been using alternate brands since it was bought, just in case, but would ideally switch back if the recipe remains the same as before the buy out.

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Ell Cor one year ago

I have been feeding my 4 month old Golden Retriever with this since I got her. I researched for a long time before choosing this and I think she is thriving on it.

However, now that Orijen has been bought out by Mars, I will be keeping a close eye on the ingredients for any unwelcome changes.

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RosieAndRalph one year ago

I don’t usually leave reviews or never found that I needed to as all my dogs have never had any diet/gut issues so most foods I give were fine but I just got a German shepherd puppy and they are known to have sensitive belly’s. I got him and his stool wasn’t the best it was very watery! And NOTHING was helping I tried everything! I used “logic firm” “plain yogurt” and various different dry foods and not a single one helped I used skinners, royal canin, wainwrights and Eden gradually introducing them as recommended by the brand and mixing with his old food (skinners) but none of these foods were helping with his stool until I found Orijen!! I was looking for something with a good amount of fibre in and this had it all although a little expensive it’s definitely worth every penny by the first day of just 25% Orijen and 75% old food his stool was so much better I finally cracked it he loves it too can’t get enough of it which is great! If you have a German shepherd I really couldn’t recommend this food enough I found that fibre really helps with this breed but sometimes you have to sacrifice something else in the process like protein but with Orijen it really is a good balance of everything! along side Orijen he now has pumpkin purée a tablespoon of that everyday. This combination has fixed all issues and I hope this helps anyone struggling with their puppy’s/dogs digestive/gut health issues.

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Buuurns2k one year ago

The best dry food money can buy full of all the ingredients needed to make your pup/dog thrive that clearly other brands cannot compete with its a clear Winner for me this was too rich for my last dog so we gave him their other brand acana but this is perfect

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Kenan Gwallter 2 years ago

If you have a big puppy, this is the best food you can get. PERIOD (as TsVin mentioned earlier).

I have a European Great Dane and I started switching from Royal Canin Giant Puppy to this food about 10 days ago.

With RC, his poops were huge and watery and he drank a lot of water. Like A LOT!

Since I started the switch, his stool improved daily until the point that right now, 1st day after serving him only Orijen, it's absolutely perfect. He also drinks considerably less water and doesn't have to pee/poop that often.

He's missing a few kilograms, even though RC recommends to feed your pup with a lot of their food, it seems that it didn't stick for him. Probably since it's about 50-60% corn and rice. With Orijen the recommended feeding dosage is about 3/4 of RC.

Also, previosly, he didn't really want to eat everything out of his bowl, since RC doesn't really have any taste or smell, but with Orijen he licks the bowl clean every time, which makes me happy.

Right now we're working on getting in tip-top shape, but so far, so good. His coat and energy level are great.

The price may be a bit shocking for most people, but if you love your pup, (s)he deserves the absolute best, and this brand is it.

I can only hope that they won't decrease the quality as everything is more expensive nowadays, in order to keep the same price. If they keep making it at the highest of standards I'm gonna buy it no matter the price.

If anyone is interested, in Romania a 11,4KG bag is about 75Euros.

10/10 from me and my boy.

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TsVin 2 years ago

This is the best dry puppy food on the market. PERIOD

My pup was being fed some disgusting trays when we got her. She was underweight and had the poops. After 3 days on this she was perfect!!! Ever since we have had no troubles with bad poops. She is perfect weight and growing up strong. The vet said to keep up with the food as it seems perfect for her.

Yes, maybe some pup tummies cannot handle it but nothing is suitable for everyone!

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Francesco Gianmattia 2 years ago

Angelino is a 13 months old Newfoundland. He was on Hill's Large puppy but when I discovered this site, I realised there were better foods on the market. The transition was quite slow... approx 1 month to let him get used to it. He had zero problems. No upset tummy and no difference with regards to food quantity vs calories intake. He hoovers his bowl in 3 minutes... loves it. it is more expensive but it seems to be the very best on the market. it is a bit smelly, best if you keep it in the garage!

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Kevin Williams 2 years ago

I tried this along with a number of other brands but he got upset tummy however slow I tried to transition onto it ended up switching to raw and wola the diarrhea was gone 🙂

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christosm0510 . 4 years ago

My dog gets diarrhea when eating this

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Stewart Sharples 5 years ago

We've just switched to this from Royal Canin and couldn't be happier. A long time ago I worked in a pet shop and we had the RC reps in and went to conferences and at the time it was great food (in comparison to what else was out there). But times have changed and there are much better foods out there. It's been less than a week and Shadow is more energetic, his stools are more consistent, smaller and firmer, and his coat is starting to improve already. Shadow has a strong stomach so I have to admit, I cheated and swapped foods in one go and didn't have a single problem. You can even smell the quality of the food (fresh fish). I'd highly recommend this food but if anything changes (early days) I will let everyone know

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Melanie Flynn 6 years ago

I have heard that this food has heavy metals and arsenic in it. Champion foods Are being sued in America for failure to disclose this. Is this food still safe to give move money yet pet?

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ADOSEOFREALITY Melanie Flynn 6 years ago

Yes. read the actual law suit and you will understand it's not as bad as it's being portrayed. Wouldn't be surprised to find that other pet food manufacturers are behind the whole thing.

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Emily Smith 6 years ago

Our 6month black lab has been on this for a few months after veing weened off Arden Grange. I felt I was doing the right thing because I wanted to give him the best I could. Price wise initially expensive yes, but actually you use less so in theory probably works out the same.
However, he's not got along with it too well. Initially suspected it was just the change but it appears that it may be too rich for him. He has loose stools and his coat is a bit dull, compared to Arden.
I'd love to be able to say this has been great but I feel we may be going back to Arden.

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Lauryn 7 years ago

I recently moved my six month old Golden Retriever puppy from Burns to Orijen large puppy after reading the reviews and information on this site. I decided to change foods for two reasons, firstly I was concerned about his coat which had gone quite coarse and secondly he suffered with terrible smelling wind. Since the move to Oijen his coat is soft and shiny and the smelly wind has all but gone. He seems very happy with the food, it didn't upset his tummy at all when transitioning and he is producing regular solid stools. I'm very happy I made the change, the food is expensive but for us it has been well worth it. I would highly recommend.

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Matthew Rhucroft 9 years ago

Lula is a 9 month year old Dobermann. She was on Royal Canin when I first got her, as was her mother. I wanted to get her off RC as I had read bad things about the ingredients and I don't like them as a company. First, I switched to Eden which caused all sorts of nightmares. I was worried about her health and the stools were sloppy for weeks. She has been on Orijen for a few months now and it's perfect, expensive but perfect. I would like to use a UK company but I haven't found anywhere that has a decent fibre content and protein from mixed meats/fishes like Orijen. Highly recommended.

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Beverley davis 10 years ago

Brought this for my St. Bernard puppy , after runny poo and having to eat vast amounts of royal canin , must say it's the best , worth every penny , and he can manage to eat it , unlike the other he was on , solid poo , I would recommend this food ,

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Clara Jackson 10 years ago

After a lot of research I decided to try our black lab puppy on this food. He had previously been fed beta puppy, but didn't seem interested in meal times. Since switching his appetite has improved greatly, his coat is so shiny and he is a lively, happy wee chap, full of energy. His toilet habits have become much more routine, I think due to the fact he has to eat less to get the same nutrition level compared with beta. He has much less gas which is a huge plus! We are still changing over, he's now on 3/4 orijen 1/4 beta, but we wanted to do the change slowly to keep his tummy settled and it seems to be working.

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Paula Adams 10 years ago

I have tried my labrador on a few different types of hypoallergenic dog foods such as Arden grange and James wellbeloved and still my puppy had rashes and dry skin but orijen is by far superior her coat is beautiful and her skin has cleared up within a week of her being on it the vet tried to get me to buy royal canin every chance she got as my puppy was chunky also. I'm so glad I used my common sense and bought a better dog food. I would give this food a 1000 stars

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