Orijen Adult Dog Food – New Formula

February 24, 2011  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Latest Dog Food Reviews, Orijen

We believe this is the best dog food kibble mass produced today.  With 80% meat and no grains, it is very hard to argue that it isn’t. We are unaware of any other dog food that starts out with the first 5 ingredients being meat. We also don’t know of any other dog food that has so much Glucosamine in it, which makes it great for large breed dogs. Glucosamine (min.) 1400 mg/kg, is also great for small breeds. We give this dog food our highest recommendation.

Orijen Adult Ingredient Analysis

  1. Fresh boneless chickenorijen adult dog food
  2. Chicken meal
  3. Fresh boneless salmon
  4. Turkey meal
  5. Herring meal

These are all outstanding ingredients. Fresh boneless chicken would move down the ingredient list, but it still could be in the top 5 ingredients.

Orijen Adult Ingredient List

Fresh boneless chicken, chicken meal, fresh boneless salmon, turkey meal, herring meal, russet potato, peas, sweet potato, fresh boneless turkey, fresh whole eggs, fresh chicken liver, fresh boneless lake whitefish, fresh boneless walleye, sun-cured alfalfa, pea fiber, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), organic kelp, pumpkin, chicory root, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, apples, cranberries, blueberries, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium.

Orijen Adult Guaranteed Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis describes the nutrient content required by AAFCO labeling standards to be identified on every product package. Since these are guarantees, pet food manufacturers work to formulate diets that meet or exceed the minimum requirements.

Crude protein (min.) 38.0 %
Crude fat (min.) 17.0 %
Crude fiber (max.) 3.0 %
Moisture (max.) 10.0 %
Calcium (min./max.) 1.4 % / 1.6 %
Phosphorus (min./max.) 1.2 % / 1.4 %
Omega-6 (min.) 3.0 %
Omega-3 (min.) 1.1 %
DHA (min.) 0.6 %
EPA (min.) 0.3 %
AA (min.) 0.16 %
Carbohydrate (max.) 25%
Ash (max.) 7.5%
Taurine (min.) 0.35 %
Glucosamine (min.) 1400 mg/kg
Chondroitin (min.) 1000 mg/kg
Microorganisms (min.) 120M cfu/kg
pH 5.5
Chicory root 700 mg/kg
Licorice root 500 mg/kg
Angelica root 350 mg/kg
Fenugreek 350 mg/kg
Marigold flowers 350 mg/kg
Sweet fennel 350 mg/kg
Peppermint leaf 300 mg/kg
Chamomile flowers 300 mg/kg
Dandelion root 150 mg/kg
Summer savory 150 mg/kg
Vitamin A 15 kIU/kg
Vitamin D3 2 kIU/kg
Vitamin E 400 IU/kg
Vitamin B1 0.9 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 0.5 mg/kg
Thiamine 50mg/kg
Riboflavin 45 mg/kg
Niacin 450 mg/kg
Pan. Acid (B5) 50 mg/kg
Pyridoxine (B6) 38 mg/kg
Biotin 1 mg/kg
Folic Acid 5.2 mg/kg
Choline 2700 mg/kg
Ascorbic Acid 55 mg/kg
Beta Carotene 0.44 mg/kg
Taurine 0.3%
Lysine 2.45%
Tryptophan 0.38%
Threonine 1.5%
Tyrosine 0.98%
Methionine 0.8%
Isoleucine 1.5%
Leucine 2.9%
Valine 1.85%
Arginine 2.2%
Phenylalanine 1.6%
Histidine 0.8%
Cystine 0.35%
Glutamic Acid
Sodium 0.4%
Chloride 0.64%
Potassium 0.77%
Magnesium 0.1%
Sulphur 0.4%
Manganese 27 mg/kg
Cobalt 0.47 mg/kg
Selenium 0.9 mg/kg
Iron 240 mg/kg
Zinc 200 mg/kg
Copper 26 mg/kg
Iodine 0.18 mg/kg

Orijen Adult Feeding Guide

Suggested Daily Rations

(g/cups per day)
(g/cups per day)
1-5 kg / 2-12 lb 75-100 g / 2/3 – ¾ c 40-75 g / 1/3 – 2/3 c
5-10 kg / 12-22 lb 100-150 g / ¾ – 1¼ c 75-115 g / 2/3 – 1 c
10-20 kg / 22-44 lb 150-275 g / 1¼ – 2¼ c 115-200 g / 1 – 1½ c
20-35 kg / 44-77 lb 275-375 g / 2¼ – 3¼ c 200-275 g / 1½ – 2¼ c
35-50 kg / 77-110 lb 375-500 g / 3¼ – 4¼ c 275-400 g / 2¼ – 3½ c
50-65 kg / 110-145 lb 500-575 g / 4¼ – 4¾ c 400-525 g / 3½ – 4½ c


PREGNANCY: Increase food by 10% in week 7, and 20% during weeks 8 and 9.

LACTATION: Increase food by 50% and feed 3 or 4 times daily.


Protein (minimum)……………….25.0 %
Fat (minimum)…………………….14.0 %
Moisture (maximum)…………….10.0 %
Fibre (maximum)……………………4.0 %
Ash (maximum) …………………….7.0 %
Calcium ……………………………..1.7 %
Phosphorous ………………………1.0 %
Calcium / Phosphorous ratio ….1.7: 1.0
KCal As Fed….540 (155grams/8oz cup

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8 Responses to “Orijen Adult Dog Food – New Formula”
  1. Jeri McKercher says:

    Hi, We are looking for a new brand of dog food for our small 11 year old dog. He has been on IAMS lamb and rice since birth and has done very well with it. Our concern is that he is getting older and should be on a senior food. I see that you don’t recommend your senior for small dogs so I looked and found this Adult Dog Food – New Formula. I read about it and have only one concern. The “chicken meal”. What is the ingredient in this chicken meal? If we are going to switch brands, I want the best ingredients for him.

    Thank you.


  2. Alicia Farrar says:

    Chicken meal is pure chicken meat and skin (no feather, entrails or other garbage) that is rendered to remove most of the water content. The protein content is 65% and the fat level is 12%, compared to regular fresh chicken which contains about 70% water with 18% protein and 5% fat. A much better choice as the primary protein in dog food. In commercial pet foods, the ingredients are listed before the cooking process. This means that if you had a food that listed fresh (70% water) chicken as the first ingredient, followed by grains or what have you, the fresh chicken would actually move further down the list and not be the first ingredient in your pets food. Pretty deceiving huh?
    In closing, my point is, chicken meal (or lamb meal if you wish to stick with that)is the absolute most important ingredient that you can have in a pet food.
    Hope this helps!

  3. Jeanne says:

    I’ve had my 2.5-year-old black lab on a raw diet (meat & veggies) and Orijen from puppyhood. Although it’s expensive, Orijen is well worth the cost, in my opinion. I’ve had folks comment time and again about how healthy she looks, how shiny her coat is, and one person who had a show dog background thought she was a show dog, too! She gets kibble in the morning, and raw diet in the evening. Having the kibble makes it great traveling with her, and the nutrition is outstanding. Where I live, purchasing low cost meat such as heart, kidney, tripe, chicken parts, beef bones, etc., is just as cheap as canned food, and so much better for her. I’ve even developed a relationship with a grocery store butcher, and he freezes meat they can’t sell and gives it to me free!

  4. Jessy says:

    I started my puppy on Origen puppy intill 8 months then switched to the adult formula. As long as she isn’t getting table scraps she don’t have any bad gas problems. Always has solid stool. And serving size is like half of what I fed my old dog that was the same size. I only feed my 65lbs dog 3 cups a day and she looks very healthy no bones showing but still has a waist.

  5. Anna says:

    In my opinion, the best dog foods out there are: Brother’s Complete, Earthborn Primitive, Back to Basics pork, Natural Balance organic, and Natural Life Pet Products. Orijen is okay. Eukanuba can be good. Of Orijen, if you find a bag that’s 0.88 lbs, it only costs like $2.99. You can get samples online from Earthborn and Natural Life Pet Products on the other hand.

  6. Pam says:

    Anna – you had me until you mentioned Eukanuba. I hope you were kidding with that because Eukanuba is one of the worst foods out there.

  7. Ian Chesterfield says:

    Hey Jeri,

    If you wanted the best of ingredients for your dog, then why would you have had him on IAMS?

  8. Lynnan kendrick says:

    Lynnan kendrick says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    August 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm
    So, for a 4 lb 7 yr old long haired chihuahua, which Origen , or acana, wld u recommend?
    I also have a 7 lb 1 1/2 yr old coton de tulear, which wld u recommend?
    Neither are very active…companions!
    They like to share each others food.
    I am at a loss…I’ve tried 3 varieties of acana…ranch land, grassland, & 1 w duck & fish. The last smelled & neither dog cared for it. The coton is more prone to loose stools than the chihuahua.
    It seems there is little concensus.
    What about nutro ultra – someone recommended it to me.
    Are these high protein foods to rich for them?

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