Updated 08 May 2013
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Taste of the Wild 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 12 months to old age
Pack sizes 2.3kg, 6.8kg & 13.6kg bags
RRP 13.6kg bags = £53.99

Nutritional rating

76%

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

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Nutrition

Ingredients List

Duck, Duck Meal, Chicken Meal, Egg Product, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Potatoes, Roasted Quail, Roasted Duck, Smoked Turkey, Natural Flavor, Tomato Pomace, Ocean Fish Meal, Salt, Choline Chloride, Dried Chicory Root, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Raspberries, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract. Total Meat Content: 54% minimum.

Energy

375.0 kcal/100g

Typical Analysis

Protein: 32% Minimum, Fat: 18% Minimum, Calcium: 2.1%; Phosphorus: 1.4%.

Nutritional additives (per kg)

vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average

Average

Below average

Pricing

13.6kg bags RRP

£53.99

Grams per day

0g

Cost per day

£

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Made by: Diamond Pet Foods 1212 Taste of the Wild foods listed
Company HQ: Missouri, USA
Parent company: Schell & Kampeter
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Nutritional rating

76%

Review

high meat content

High meat content

hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic

natural

Natural

clear ingredients list

Clearly labelled

Taste of the Wild recently began importing into the UK from the USA but have already made a big splash amongst natural feeders. As the name suggests, Taste of the Wild is formulated to recreate what our dogs' ancestors might have once eaten in the wild, the idea being that modern dogs are relatively unchanged from wolves. The foods therefore contain plenty of meat from multiple animal sources along with high-end fruits and vegetables. Importantly, and to many dog owners' delight, Taste of the Wild does not contain any grains.

The theory that dogs should eat the same as their wolf predecessors (and therefore need a huge proportion of meat and no grains) is not a new one and neither is it one that I personally support (dogs may be physiologically very similar to wolves but their lifestyles and different nutritional background over the last 15-30,000 years makes them quite distinct in my opinion), but whatever the philosophy behind them, Taste of the Wild foods are unquestionably made to a very high standard.

The five adult varieties all include a relatively high proportion of good quality meats from both fresh and dried sources. Unfortunately, although a 'total meat content' is provided, the proportions of fresh and dried meats are not specified which makes it difficult to gauge the true meat content of the finished product. The wide variety of meats (and other ingredients) helps to ensure that the foods contain a good range of natural nutrients. This isn't always a good thing though - for example, if your dog is prone to dietary allergies or intolerance, a diet with a single meat source is usually better.

Taste of the Wild includes a number of high-end vegetables and fruits as well as five different probiotics. Regrettably, these are also accompanied by a couple of more questionable ingredients - salt and digest (listed as 'natural flavour'). Both of these ingredients are added to the food to make it taste better, so if your dog is particularly fussy these might be a bonus, but both are also fairly controversial - click on the links to find out why.

Despite these two faults, Taste of the Wild is certainly a very high quality food and its rating of 4.2 may be less than it deserves. Unfortunately, where the information is not provided (in this case the individual meat percentages) we have no alternative but to assume the worst and downgrade a food.

Conclusion: Taste of the Wild is an excellent, natural, grain-free food despite the slightly unclear labelling and added salt / digest.

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