Orijen Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food, 15.4lb

Orijen 80/20 Formula Adult Dry Dog Food is a grain-free formula, containing a rich balance of premium animal ingredients (80%) with fruits, vegetables and botanicals (20%) that dogs would encounter in a wilderness setting. Free-run chicken and turkey, chicken liver, whole eggs and wild-caught fish are farmed or fished within the Canadian region by people known and trusted by Champion Petfoods. The first 5 ingredients are FRESH MEAT, which are low in calcium and phosphorus, helping to make the formula balanced! Using this high amount of fresh meat gives the kibble a unique shape, smell and color. And although your dog may look very different from a grey wolf, they share the same eating anatomy as a carnivore with a diet rich in meat, not carbohydrates or grains.

Quick facts

  • 15.4 pound bag

Top reviews

dangerous

this dog food is dangerous after being on it for 1 1/2 months all three of my dogs showed dangerous high levels for their livers. After being taken off for 2 1/2 weeks all went back to normal. This food can kill your dog be careful.
BreanneUtica, NE

Dangerous food

I am a K9 police officer for a fairly large police department. One of our local pet stores recently started selling Orijens dog food and told us of its high quality. It was supposed to be ideal for large active dogs. Six officers transitioned their K9s to this food. Five of those six officers have had to take their dogs off of it. Two dogs nearly died from gastric and liver problems. These two had to spend days overnight at the vet, one required extensive surgery to save him. The other three also had gastric problems, but did not require medical attention before they were taken off the food. All of the dogs experienced problems within a month, or even just a few days after transition to Orijens food. Only one of the six dogs not experience a problem. Use caution with this food and monitor your dogs for signs of bloat. We will never recommend this product.
CletaOdenton, MD

BEWARE!!

Black currants are toxic to dogs just like grapes and raisins. Also rosemary has been found to be a nerve toxin in some dogs. Please check out.
MoniqueMark, IL

Be Careful

This food has EXTREMELY high levels of protein. Not all dogs need a high protein diet, and in fact for some it can be quite dangerous. While my dog was on Orijen, my vet discovered that he had elevated liver enzymes. Many dog food health websites advocate high protein foods, but these can be very dangerous. Dogs that don’t have a lot of energy and/or have little body fat (like sighthounds) do not need this much protein, and processing it can be very bad for their livers. This is a high quality food, I love that it is made by a small company in Canada, and many people have had great success with it. But know that it is NOT for every dog! Please be careful and keep in mind that more protein is not always better if you are considering this food!
RomeoClinton, NY

Too rich

I fed my champion Shetland Sheepdogs this food for over six months. A few of my dogs did alright on it but others had loose stools and lost on average 2 pounds from the previous year. Upon giving more food to gain weight the dog’s got even looser stools. I e-mailed the company about it and never got a reply. Coats were shiny but not good enough for show competition. Since taking my dogs off this food they have gained weight and coats are coming in to the point I can show them again soon. I do like the philosphies of this company with regards to ingredients but makes me wonder if no grain at all is such a great thing.
AlitaSarona, WI

DOG FOOD

DOG FOOD SMELLED GOOD WHEN I OPEND THE PACKAGE. SORRY TO SAY, MY DOGS DID NOT LIKE THE FOOD SO MUCH. I AM STILL MIXING WITH THE OLD FOOD. HOWEVER I WILL NOT CONTINUE TO FEED IT. THANKS
JewelBrooten, MN

Best Doggie Food in my book!

My mommy got me this new food and I just LOVE it! She used to make my food special, cooking me turkey, beef and veggies. I have allergies and my skin gets very itchy and mommy worries about me. So, she took me to the vet and that’s where we heard about Orijen. It’s super tasty! I can’t wait for mealtime! My skin feels better and I have more pep in my step! Plus, mommy says that it’s cheaper and easier on her than making me special food, and by feeding me Orijen, she knows I’m getting all the vitamins I need to grow up a strong happy doggie! I give Orijen four paws up- I’d give it five but I only have four (LOL)!
JuttaSmithtown, NY

Love it!

I have a 8.5 month old Aussie mix. She’s about 42 lbs now. This food is magic!! I love it! She’s never been “food motivated” and so she’s always been a little reluctant to eat her kibble, but she honestly LIKES this stuff. She’ll do tricks for it like it is a treat. More importantly, her poop is GREAT on this kibble. Finally, it’s easy to pick up! This food is a godsend.

We’ve previously tried Innova EVO, California Natural Lamb and Rice Puppy and Adult, and Canidae All Life Stages. Innova EVO gave her the runs, but she was a new puppy. (The pet food store said EVO was rich enough for puppies. My vet disagreed.) California Natural seemed better, but her poop was always so soft that it was messy to pick up, and she never really liked it. She liked the taste of Canidae better – so much so that she would pick it out when I mixed it with the Lamb and Rice. However, her poop didn’t really improve until we shifted to Orijen.

Magic. This stuff is magic, I say. Besides being the magic food for my dog, it’s also made in Canada with almost all Canadian ingredients. From what I’ve read, they get rice from California and Lamb from New Zealand, but otherwise — everything comes from farms in and around Alberta. No food recalls on this brand!

One word of advice: like with all good dog foods, it’s best to keep the bag tightly closed. It goes stale.

AugustaSpringfield, KY

I really wanted to love this for our boy

We were unhappy with the food our breeder used. High percentage of corn. After reading lots of labels, in theory this seemed to be just what we were looking for. We went through a careful, slow transition, but this turned out to be way too harsh on our Havanese’s GI tract. He ate it just fine, but we would see a progression to larger and more greenish stool, then loss of form until he had a true liquid event. That was the end of that!

For anyone with a toy breed, if you would like another option, we eventually transitioned over to Wellness Small Breed Wellness Super5Mix Adult Health Small Breed Formula Dry Dog Food . This turned out to be both a food he loves and the transition was effortless. He is behaving very puppy-like @ 3 years old which I feel is a good thing. The Wellness food brand was never part of the 2007 animal food recall list for melamine (rice gluten) and is corn, soy and wheat free.

LeighMc Minnville, TN

Orijen and small dogs

As I write this my 17 lbs Bischon Poodle is in the vet hospital after liver shut down yesterday. Looking for the best food on the market for my dog I researched and read the rave reviews for Orijen all natural food. I decided to place my dog on it. She has been on it for a little over 3 months. She refused to eat the past couple of days. I took her to the vet. The high protein level in Orijen food had put my dog into liver shutdown. I fed her according to recommendations. Protein needed for a small dog is 10-13 % Orijen 39%. No where does Orijen put a warning on their food stating that it could be detrimental to small dogs. I would never recommend this product for a small dog. I would never use it for any dog of mine. The normal level of liver enzymes should have been 70-100. My dogs after being on Orijen for 3 months 750. The risks are too high think carefully and make sure you consult your vet. I would hate to see anyone go through what I’ve experienced with my dog.
ErminiaAshdown, AR

Orijen – Champion Dog Food Award 2011-2012 , Washington, DC

First of all, to those afraid their dog will get to much protein from the best quality dog foods ..feed your dog according to his weight and instructions on the bag! Use caution and research for his daily needs according to his weight if feeding high protein wet & dry food at the same time in seperate bowls. If you dont, don’t blame Orijen if he gets elevated liver enzymes. Blame yourself for not doing your homework!
Glycemic Research Institute, Washington, D.C has awarded Orijen another Pet Food of the Year award. For those not familiar w/ this institite, they also do clinical investigations for our gov. Anyway I was doing a research on weight-loss products and stumbled upon the dog food and dog treat awards lol. Below are links, the latter are awards for past certified doggie products […] (lab info)
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OlimpiaFallon, NV

loose stools

Actually caused my dog to have bad diarrhea. We have a border collie who has been on a raw diet due to allergies and we wanted to try a grain free kibble to see if it would be easier to travel with. She liked it first time and then not so much for the next two times and then the loose stools began. I think the quality of the food is good – but not sure what is causing this side effect. Had to stop and go back to raw food supplemented with Sojo’s grain free.
JocelynPotter, NE

Good Product

I felt comfortable feeding my dog this product but the high protein caused him to urinate too much. Since he is not a very active dog I switched him to Blue Buffalo and his system is doing a lot better.
ShenitaJayess, MS

Superior quality food –

After many fits and starts, I ‘ve totally switched my two Flat coated Retrievers to Orijen. Fantastic quality food and although price per pound is higher in reality w/o the cereal and other fillers of so many other dog foods, its actually only nominally more expensive. I weaned my K-9s (ages 2 and 6) off other commercial foods and have found their stools now on 100% Orijen are normal, not odorous (during the transition there is some how do we say “stink” as this food contains beneficial probiotics that initially are dealing with the grain based old foods in the K-9s digestive tract). Also my k-9s sleep inside at night and travel quite bit with me to training and searches – nothing worse than a dog flatulance and there is none and I mean none of that with this food Yeah! My K-9s are my Search and Rescue partners and this has given them excellent stamina, better coats and they both relish it. I’m using New Zealand dried lamb bits for training and reward treats but occasionnally use just a few Orijen kibbles instead and you would think I was serving them prime rib. Wish I could find a local vendor in RI – shipping is a little steep but many of the vendors will offer you a significant discount on the second order so I order two bags at a time and change-up the flavors from time to time so the K-9s don’t get jaded. Can’t say enough how pleased I am with food.
MarlineSumrall, MS

Best in Class Dry Dog Food

Pet food has an immense range of quality that you can very roughly categorize into three levels. (1) super cheap food that’s basically feeding your dog garbage (1-2 stars); (2) food that’s a good compromise on price and quality, containing some ingredients that aren’t ideal but overall a healthy product (3-4 stars); and (3) “price is no object” foods that make no compromises (5-6 stars). Orijen doesn’t just fall into category 3, it’s the best of it. It’s expensive, but you will not find a better dog food anywhere. Period.

Orijen is a Canada-based company that raises its own chickens, employs its own fisherman to catch fish and deliver them fresh, uses whole eggs instead of dried egg products, and loads its products with the highest quality ingredients you’ll ever find in dog food. It’s good for your dog’s muscles, heart, coat, skin, and is the most biologically appropriate dry dog food there is. Instead of grains for the carb content that it needs to form the kibble, Orijen uses highly digestible fruits and vegetables with nutritious antioxidants and vitamins.

Check out the first 6 ingredients in this product: Fresh deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, russet potato, fresh deboned pacific salmon (a natural source of DHA and EPA), herring meal. Meat, meat, meat, good carbs, meat, meat.

Compare that to the first 6 ingredients in Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small Bites Dry Dog Food, which I just selected by picking the first large size that came up in a search for “hill’s science diet dry dog food.” Chicken, ground whole grain corn, ground whole grain sorghum, ground whole grain wheat, chicken by-product meal, soybean meal. Meat, grain, grain, grain, low-quality animal filler like beaks and feet, and more grain. It’s loaded with grains that are cheap and known to be difficult to digest, often the cause of allergic reactions in dogs, and not nutritious.

If you want a good compromise product, go for something like Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul Dry Dog Food for Adult Dog, Chicken Flavor, 35 Pound Bag, a very good food that’s a bit more affordable than Orijen. If you want the best of the best for your fuzzy-faced friend(s), get Orijen.

Final note: this is extremely rich food. Introduce it very slowly, even more slowly than you normally would a new food, and expect some loose stools during the process. We started with 1/6 new food and upped it by 1/6 every week, so we took a month a half to transition completely to Orijen. That helped a lot.

GemmaUniversity Of Richmond, VA

the best!

just the best dry food for my little Yorkie – the only one I buy.
ErichYoakum, TX

orijen dry dog food

My dogs absolutely love this food. I did a food test by putting each dog food we have at home next to the Orijen, every time, our dogs chose the Orijen bag! Thanks, The Cohen family, and the three fur-kids
LemuelMoran, MI

bad diarrhea

My 7 year old beagle loves this food. When we first got it i mixed with her old food for 2 weeks, she would eat all of Orijen before her old food. Her stool was fine during that 2 weeks, but once we were out of her old food her stool became liquidy that it was impossible to pick up. Now it has been 7 weeks and we see no sign improvement… still bad diarrhea.
LissaYankeetown, FL

Quality, not Quantity…

…because it is FAR too expensive in quantity! 🙂

Orijen dry dog food is rich in proteins as it is nearly 100% meat from a variety of pure sources: chicken, fish, etc.
We mix this dog food during the dinner feed 50/50 with lesser grade Iams Healthy Choices as I’m not so sure a pure Orijen diet is a good idea for our aging Rottweiler. The food smells very strong and it is a very dark color – very different than lower-grade commercial dry dog food.

The bag is sealed when it arrives, and has a very good shelf life while sealed (air-tight) in the bag. When opened, poor the bag into a sealable (air-tight) container for storage and keep in a cool, dry place.

The dog food is so expensive, one could actually cook fresh food for the dog at lesser cost. But there is an advantage in dry dog food in that it is more convenient, and the kiblets help to keep the dogs teeth clean.

MohammedDover Afb, DE

Balance is everything

My Beagle was a troublesome eater. I did research and found Orijen but feared what a high Protein diet might do to my little Diva. So, I used innovation. I mix frozen green beans, chopped up apple, broccoli, and Kir yogurt or a small can of Chef Michael and mix it with her food. The cost of Orijen is irrelevant because as many of you have said I use a small amount of it. By adding different vegetables and fruit, everyday she has a unique meal. Polo is a beautiful animal and is exceedingly happy with no health problems, and my mind is at peace. One size does not fit all but with a little creativity you can have your own win-win.
ShaneFonda, NY

Why?

This is the second bag of Orijen grain-free adult dry dog food I have purchased. The first was gobbled up by my little Papillon.The second bag has caused her to have diarrhea,and throw up. I have smelled the food and it does have a sour odor. My daughter who lives in Austin,Texas buys this food for her dog and has had no problem. She buys locally. There is not a store in Amarillo,Texas which carries this brand. Could something have happened in the shipping of this food to me? The vet put her on Carafate and Amoxi which seem to cure the diarrhea. However, she will not touch the dog food now and I have been giving her Prescription Diet i/d (gastrointestinal health). I am puzzled. The date code is good, and the first bag was fine. I would appreciate any feedback you have on this product.
GeoffreyNahma, MI

great for picky eaters

we mix this food with royal canin for our morkie – who is a finicky eater – he loves it.
GlendoraColeman, FL

orijen dog food

this is excellent dog food. Little bit pricey but cost comes with quality.
I mix it with my dog’s regular food Purina Pro plan.
When you change your regular dog food to this do it gradually.
Rebeka
BrandeRiegelwood, NC

Love it!

I have a 8.5 month old Aussie mix. She’s about 42 lbs now. This food is magic!! I love it! She’s never been “food motivated” and so she’s always been a little reluctant to eat her kibble, but she honestly LIKES this stuff. She’ll do tricks for it like it is a treat. More importantly, her poop is GREAT on this kibble. Finally, it’s easy to pick up! This food is a godsend.

We’ve previously tried Innova EVO, California Natural Lamb and Rice Puppy and Adult, and Canidae All Life Stages. Innova EVO gave her the runs, but she was a new puppy. (The pet food store said EVO was rich enough for puppies. My vet disagreed.) California Natural seemed better, but her poop was always so soft that it was messy to pick up, and she never really liked it. She liked the taste of Canidae better – so much so that she would pick it out when I mixed it with the Lamb and Rice. However, her poop didn’t really improve until we shifted to Orijen.

Magic. This stuff is magic, I say. Besides being the magic food for my dog, it’s also made in Canada with almost all Canadian ingredients. From what I’ve read, they get rice from California and Lamb from New Zealand, but otherwise — everything comes from farms in and around Alberta. No food recalls on this brand!

One word of advice: like with all good dog foods, it’s best to keep the bag tightly closed. It goes stale.

EstellDolph, AR

Best in Class Dry Dog Food

Pet food has an immense range of quality that we like to roughly categorize into three levels. (1) super cheap food that’s basically feeding your dog garbage; (2) food that’s a good compromise on price and quality, containing some ingredients that aren’t ideal but overall a healthy product; and (3) “price is no object” foods that make no compromises. Orijen doesn’t just fall into category 3, it’s the best of it. It’s expensive, but you will not find a better dog or cat food anywhere.

Orijen is a Canada-based company that raises its own chickens, employs its own fisherman to catch fish and deliver them fresh, uses whole eggs instead of dried egg products, and loads its products with nothing but the highest quality ingredients. It’s good for your dog’s muscles, heart, coat, skin, and is the most biologically appropriate dry dog food out there. Instead of grains for the carb content that it needs to form the kibble, Orijen uses highly digestible fruits and vegetables with nutritious antioxidants and vitamins.

Check out the first 6 ingredients in this product (the whole list is good, but I have to stop somewhere so this review doesn’t get too long): Fresh deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, russet potato, fresh deboned pacific salmon (a natural source of DHA and EPA), herring meal. Meat, meat, meat, good carbs, meat, meat.

Compare that to the first 6 ingredients in Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small Bites Dry Dog Food, which I just selected by picking the first large size that came up in a search for “hill’s science diet dry dog food.” Chicken, ground whole grain corn, ground whole grain sorghum, ground whole grain wheat, chicken by-product meal, soybean meal. Meat, grain, grain, grain, low-quality animal filler like beaks and feet, and more grain. It’s loaded with grains that are cheap and known to be difficult to digest, often the cause of allergic reactions in dogs, and not nutritious.

If you want a good compromise product, go for something like Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul Dry Dog Food for Adult Dog, Chicken Flavor, 35 Pound Bag, a very good food that’s a bit more affordable than Orijen. If you want the best of the best for your fuzzy-faced friend(s), get Orijen.

Final note: this is extremely rich food. Introduce it very slowly, even more slowly than you normally would a new food, and expect some loose stools during the process. We started with 1/6 new food and upped it by 1/6 every week, so we took a month a half to transition completely to Orijen. That helped a lot.

MervinLittle Plymouth, VA

Incredible, Incredible Food!!

My pup (3 year old maltese) has a serious allergy to grain and a generally screwed up digestive system. The first year of his life was sort of trial and error when it comes to the right kind of dog food for him and a lot of long nights with upset stomachs. Eukanuba (which can barely be called dog ‘food’) nearly killed him and he ended up having to get fluids injected because of how dehydrated he got on it. Hundreds of dollars to the vet later, we did research on dog food and the common grain allergy. We have tried all of the good grain-free brands, like Evo, Wellness, Merrick, etc. Orijen has been the best of the bunch.

If you are worried about your dog having too much protein, I haven’t really had a problem at all despite my little dog. He has been on Orijen for over two years and he is pretty much all lean muscle (all 13lbs of him!), despite being mostly sedentary outside of daily walks. He has clear, tear-stain free eyes, a shiny coat, and has never been sick since starting on this food. I can’t help but think his excellent quality food has been keeping him healthy!

Orijen is expensive, but worth it!

MathewRanger, GA

Great Stuff

As for the quality of this food if you’re unfamiliar with holistic foods, this stuff is top quality. It has many forms of meat, no grains whatsoever, and no controversial ingredients, etc… You know the drill, a top quality food that is unavailable in grocery stores. Actually one of the best on the market amongst hundreds of different kinds.

This stuff is pricey but your dog will eat less so it sort of offsets the price a bit. With regular food your dog is eating corn, potato peelings, rotten rice, and animal guts and blood swept off the floor of the slaughter house. That food is so low in nutrients your dog must eat tons of it and poop out all the poison that shouldn’t be in the food. With a great food like Orijen your dog will eat less, absorb most of it, and have fewer and more solid stools.

There are a few people who are a little weary of Canidae. Canidae now makes a grain free formula which is excellent. It’s almost as good as Orijen and cheaper as well. If you want one of the better foods on the market and a good price, Canidae grain free is your ticket. But if you absolutely want the Lamborghini of dog foods then Orijen is your buy, although Canidae is a Porsche and still pretty darn good.

DorthySaint Marys, WV

Love it!

I have a 8.5 month old Aussie mix. She’s about 42 lbs now. This food is magic!! I love it! She’s never been “food motivated” and so she’s always been a little reluctant to eat her kibble, but she honestly LIKES this stuff. She’ll do tricks for it like it is a treat. More importantly, her poop is GREAT on this kibble. Finally, it’s easy to pick up! This food is a godsend.

We’ve previously tried Innova EVO, California Natural Lamb and Rice Puppy and Adult, and Canidae All Life Stages. Innova EVO gave her the runs, but she was a new puppy. (The pet food store said EVO was rich enough for puppies. My vet disagreed.) California Natural seemed better, but her poop was always so soft that it was messy to pick up, and she never really liked it. She liked the taste of Canidae better – so much so that she would pick it out when I mixed it with the Lamb and Rice. However, her poop didn’t really improve until we shifted to Orijen.

Magic. This stuff is magic, I say. Besides being the magic food for my dog, it’s also made in Canada with almost all Canadian ingredients. From what I’ve read, they get rice from California and Lamb from New Zealand, but otherwise — everything comes from farms in and around Alberta. No food recalls on this brand!

One word of advice: like with all good dog foods, it’s best to keep the bag tightly closed. It goes stale.

BradlyDumont, MN

MAGIC FOOD!

Our five year old Thai Ridgeback was getting a little chunky after a particularly snowy winter. The owner of our dog walking service mentioned Orijen food as a way to slim her down. We had been feeding her Science Diet, 1/2 sensitive skin, 1/2 light food. We always considered her to be reasonably healthy and active. Twice before I had attempted to switch her to “fancier” holistic foods and both times she began losing hair. I suspected lamb as the culprit but it could have been some other ingredient. I have never reviewed anything before or felt passionate enough about a product to sing it’s praises until now.

The minute you open the bag you notice the food smells wonderful. It looks high quality. The dog LOVES it. It’s is excruciating to wait for that first bag that is mixed 50/50 to be finished so you can completely transition. We knew right away that this was a good choice, but as time went on I was stunned at all the aspects of her health that improved. 1) Ashy-ness that she had developed on her elbows went completely away. 2) Her coat grew noticeably thicker and shinier over several months. 3) <Gross-out Alert> Her stool is firm and smaller; she stopped farting, and no longer experiences anal sack leakage. 4) After a year of feeding her this food she is now visibly leaner and looks awesome for 6 years old. This is the best thing we could have done.

Now the economy of it. Science Diet is $45 bucks for 30lbs. This stuff is $65. BUT, since she digests more of the product we literally feed her 2/3’s the amount we used to, and she seems more satisfied, doesn’t stand by her bowl and beg for more. It’s basically a wash on price!

In response to the reviews that claim this food is dangerous, I have a hard time believing those aren’t planted by a rival company. She just got a full check up and three year rabies shot at our vet. There isn’t anything wrong with her liver. The vet said they were not familiar with Orijen yet, but they agree that she is noticeably healthier and the higher protein content is perfectly safe. It’s about what is not in this food that makes the difference for me. No pesticides, no cheap stabilizers, no filler grains, no ground up bones and connective tissues. I’m not a vet or nutritionist but I am a first-hand witness to the positive effects of this wonderful food. Thank you Orijen!!!

LaureneParkersburg, IA

Strongly Recommend

I have a 6 year-old black lab mix and a 2 year-old lhasa-poo that were both having major allergy issues…they would puke every day on Iams, Eukanuba and even the low-res stuff the vet gave me. I tried a pre-packaged raw diet, but it was a bit pricey for 3 dogs. I found this one and I’ll never go back to another. I haven’t had any issues with this one in the year they’ve been on it…my dogs love it and my third black lab has the most BEAUTIFUL coat! I’m extremely happy with the results of this food!
ForestLoomis, WA