Orijen Puppy Dog Food

November 26, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Orijen

Orijen Puppy Dog Food

Orijen Dog Food is made and manufactured by, Champion Pet Food. If you prefer a high protein, grain free dog food, Orijen should be considered. This type of food is good for very active working breed dogs.

Orijen Puppy Dog Food Review

Orijen Puppy Dog Food is considered a premium food for those dog owners who are looking for a grain free diet for their dogs. If you are looking for a brand of dog food that isn’t high in protein and contains grains, this will not be a good brand for you. As with any dog food we are going to take a look at the first five ingredients and break down each.

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First five ingredients of Orijen Puppy Dog Food:

  1. Deboned Chicken
  2. Chicken Meal
  3. Turkey Meal
  4. Russet Potato
  5. Lake whitefish

The first and fifth ingredients, Deboned Chicken and Lake whitefish are inclusive of their water content. Meaning once these ingredients are cooked and they lose their water weight they will fall further down in the ingredients list.

Chicken Meal and Turkey Meal are you second and third ingredients. These ingredients are going closely resemble a dogs diet in the natural. A dogs diet should be based off the fact that dogs are carnivores and need a diet based off of meat protein.

The fourth ingredient Russet Potato is a decent quality ingredient and is going to add additional carbohydrates and protein to the recipe.


Orijen Puppy Dog Food Full Ingredients List:

Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, russet potato, lake whitefish, chicken fat, sweet potato, whole eggs, turkey, salmon meal, salmon and anchovy oils, salmon, natural chicken flavour, sunflower oil, sun-cured alfalfa, dried brown kelp, carrots, spinach, peas, tomatoes, apples, psyllium, dulse, glucosamine Hcl, cranberries, black currants, rosemary extract, chondroitin sulfate, sea salt.


Chicory root, licorice root, tumeric root, funugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, zea mays, peppermint leaf, chamomile flowers, dandelion, summer savory, rosehips.


Iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate.


Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.


Mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E), choline chloride, vitamin A, vitamin D3, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12, folic acid, biotin.

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Orijen Puppy Dog Food Guaranteed Analysis:

Protein 42.0%
Fat 20.0%
Carbohydrate 18.0%
Moisture 10.0%
Fiber 2.5%
Calcium (min.) 1.6%
Calcium (max.) 1.8%
Phosphorus (min.) 1.4%
Phosphorus (max.) 1.6%
Omega-6 3.0%
Omega-3 1.0%
Glucosamine 500 mg/kg
Chondroitin 150 mg/kg
Microorganisms 80M cfu/kg
pH 5.0
Ash (min.) 6.5%
Ash (max.) 7.0%
Botanical Analysis
Chicory root 700 mg/kg
Licorice root 500 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 150 mg/kg
Summer savory 150 mg/kg
Rosehips 150 mg/kg
Vitamin A 34 kIU/kg
Vitamin D3 2.0 kIU/kg
Vitamin E 400 IU/kg
Vitamin K 2.5 IU/kg
Vitamin B12 460 IU/kg
Thiamine 65 mg/kg
Riboflavin 55 mg/kg
Niacin 248 mg/kg
Pan. acid 46 mg/kg
Pyridoxine 30 mg/kg
Biotin 0.46 mg/kg
Folic acid 3.5 mg/kg
Choline 3550 mg/kg
Ascorbic acid 65 mg/kg
Beta carotene 0.66 mg/kg


Taurine 0.22 mg/kg
T. Lysine 1.9%
T. Threonine 1.8%
T. Methionine 1.0%
T. Isoleucine 1.8%
T. Leucine 2.0%
T. Valine 2.0%
T. Arginine 3.2%
T. Phen. 1.6%
T. Histidine 1.1
T. Cystine 0.5%


Sodium 0.3%
Chloride 0.5%
Potassium 0.6%
Magnesium 0.09%
Sulphur 0.4%
Iron 250 mg/kg
Zinc 204 mg/kg
Copper 24 mg/kg
Manganese 24 mg/kg
Cobalt 0.55 mg/kg
Iodine 4 mg/kg
Selenium 0.38 mg/kg

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4 Responses to “Orijen Puppy Dog Food”
  1. John says:

    Is this stuff really good? Many site claim too much protein is not good for puppies.

  2. Dan says:

    John,… Dogs in the wild primarily will eat meat pretty much exclusively as long as their is prey to feast upon. They only eat carbs to sustain themselves in between kills.

    Those that claim that high protein diets are bad, are still correct in way. Highly digestible protein diets are safe, such as diets with meat, eggs. Those diets that are artificially boosted by ingredients that register as protein in the analysis, such glutens, protein concentrates. Those are not digestible an hard on organs trying to process junk.

    Orijen is definitely a great food, but as always, it doesn’t mean it the best for every dog.

  3. Matt says:

    Dan you are right. It is important to think about how your dog would eat in the wild. I have been feeding my JRT puppy Orijen Puppy since the day I adopted her. She loves it, and we have no loose-stool problems often stated as a result of this product. I use baby carrots and small chunks of red potato as between-meal carbs (healthy for dogs and naturally occurring), olive oil (as a topper to the dry food as added healthy fats and for coat maintenance), and the occasional RAW lamb shank/chicken leg/egg, etc…(containing excellent fats and proteins). I think it is important to feed variety.

    When thinking about your dogs wild diet, it is important to consider the likelihood that your pet would even be in the wild. In that, it is unlikely that a non-aggressive designer toy breed would do well on this, as it it would probably be the meal for the squirrel, and not the other way around. The other element is the energy content of the food, as it is much more concentrated in high quality dog foods such as Orijen. If you were to feed the same portion (by weight) of Orijen as you would a lesser quality food, you would be unintentionally overfeeding. The product has an excellent table to help appropriate the proper volume.


  4. Nancy says:

    All I know is that we were given a sample package from the local pet store owner and when we gave it to our German Shepherd puppy she went crazy for it! She really loves it. We haven’t given her any today as we have a lot of food to go through before switching her and it’s almost like an intervention happening here! Our GSD loves it! The portions are considerably less with this food vs the brand we’re feeding her now. Smaller portions equals smaller amounts of Poop to clean up. Hope this helps :o)

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