Orijen Tundra

Last updated date: August 28, 2019

DWYM Score
9.6

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Overall Take

Orijen Tundra boasts a grain-free formula with a variety of high-quality proteins as well as fruit and veggies. It has no preservatives or anything artificial. It's on the pricey side, but in terms of nutrition, it leaves little to be improved upon. In our analysis of 130 expert reviews, the Orijen Orijen Tundra placed 2nd when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.9
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
237 user reviews
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What experts liked
Orijen (USA) is a grain-free meat-based dry dog food using an abundance of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars. Enthusiastically recommended.
- Dog Food Advisor
Plus: - The mineral listings read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption). - Contains kelp – health promoting ingredient. - This pet food contains several animal protein sources – chicken, turkey, flounder, egg, mackerel, liver, heart, herring, kidney.
- Petsumer Report
Very high meat content and high quality at that, potatoes in 2 places, whole eggs, fish oils for heart health, sunflower oil for coat and skin, many fruits and veggies.
- PetFoodRatings.org
April 4, 2013 | Full review
They set the standard for how pet foods should be made – with lots of protein, fewer carbs, no preservatives or anything artificial, and everything in the ingredient list named and identified.
- Dog Food Guru
Orijen Dog Food receives the highest rating for ingredient quality and nutritional value, with a conspicuous lack of controversial or low nutrition ingredients. Its top five listed ingredients include all meats or meals, fish or poultry.
- PetFoodTalk.com
October 26, 2018 | Full review
The bottomline is this is a great food and you should be able to feed it to your dog with confidence
- Dog Food Insider
December 12, 2014 | Full review
Orijen prides itself on finding quality ingredients that come straight from the US (mostly Kentucky where the company is based). Fresh ingredients that are never frozen mean that your dog is getting the best quality of food that he can get. This also means that Orijen is supporting local small businesses (farmers, fishermen, and ranchers).
- Labrador Training HQ
February 6, 2018 | Full review
Orijen is so far ahead in the premium dog food industry that their main competition is their sister company ACANA. If you’re looking for the best dog food, Orijen is it. Period.
- Woof Whiskers
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Made in the United States, biologically appropriate diets, high-protein formulas, carbohydrate-limited and low-glycemic, formulated for different life stages, minimum 38% crude protein, traditional kibble and freeze-dried options, all grain-free recipes
- Business Insider
August 28, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Minus: - This food does include probiotics (friendly bacteria that benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet), however they are not listed in the Guaranteed Analysis (no company guarantee bacteria is viable). - Contains multiple legume ingredients that could cause gastrointestinal issues in some pets.
- Petsumer Report
Is there anything not to like? Well, not everyone agrees that dogs need so much protein in their diet. Or that you have to spend quite this much money to feed your dog.
- Dog Food Guru
It is very expensive but if you can afford it, your dog will probably love it.
- Dog Food Insider
December 12, 2014 | Full review
Hefty price tags are always a con for any product, even if the quality of the food is outstanding (as seen here). Orijen’s price tag is definitely higher than a lot of the competitors out there, but the competitors don’t have the quality of ingredients that Orijen does, either. So, there is definitely a trade-off.
- Labrador Training HQ
February 6, 2018 | Full review
No wet food products currently available, some recipes may contain plant proteins like peas and dried alfalfa, many recipes contain common proteins and other ingredients that may trigger allergies in some dogs (like chicken, beef, and fish)
- Business Insider
August 28, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Orijen Tundra Dry Dog Food Orijen Tundra Dog Food is formulated to be biologically appropriate food for all life stages. With 38 percent richly nourishing protein and limited to 16 percent low-glycemic carbohydrate, it aims to nourish all dogs according to their evolutionary and biological needs. A full 2/3 of the meat is fresh (refrigerated, without preservatives), or raw (flash-frozen, without preservatives), including the top 10 meat ingredients. Nutrient-dense WholePrey ratios of fresh meats (including muscle meat, organs, and cartilage) provide virtually every nutrient your dog needs to thrive. Carbohydrates are limited and fast carbohydrates are replaced with low glycemic, locally grown vegetables, fruits, and botanicals. This helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, reduces the potential for fat storage and promotes overall good health. 1/3 of the meat and fish are specially prepared at 200F from fresh meats and fish to create a concentrated source of richly nourishing protein that cannot be supplied by fresh meats alone. Infusions of gently freeze-dried liver enhance flavor and palatability naturally, making it deliciously tasty, even for fussy eaters. Features: Made in Canada For dogs of all life stages Brimming with nourishing protein Nutrient dense Highly palatable Contains zero grain, potato or tapioca Item Specifications: Flavor: Boer Goat, Wild Boar, Venison, Arctic Char, Free-Run Duck and Mutton Guaranteed-Analysis: Crude Protein: min 40% Crude Fat: min 18% Crude Ash: max 9% Crude Fiber: max 5% Moisture: max 12% Calcium: min 1.8% Phosphorus: min 1.3% Omega 6 Fatty Acids: min 2.5% Omega 3 Fatty Acids: min 1% DHA: min .35% EPA: min .2% Glucosamine: min 600 mg/kg Chondroitin Sulfate: min 800 mg/kg Calories: ME 3860 kcal/kg, 460 kcal/8ounce cup 41% from protein, 17% from vegetables, 42% from fat Ingredients: Goat, wild boar, venison, arctic char, duck, wild boar liver, duck liver, mutton, steelhead trout, wild boar kidney, mackerel meal, whole pilchard, lamb meal, mu

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