Orijen Tundra

Last updated date: August 28, 2019

DWYM Score
9.6

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We looked at the top 1 Dry Dog Food and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including Dog Food Advisor, Petsumer Report, Dog Food Guru, Labrador Training HQ, Business Insider and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dry Dog Food you should buy.

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.

Editor's Note September 5, 2019:
Checkout The Best Dry Dog Food for a detailed review of all the top dry dog food.

Expert Summarized Score
9.9
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
237 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
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

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wellness Core
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Orijen Tundra
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 9
Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food
3. Taste of the Wild Grain Free
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 8
4. CANIDAE All Life Stages
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
6. American Journey
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Blue Buffalo Wilderness
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Fromm Classic
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Horizon Dog Food
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Natural Balance Dog Food
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
11. Nature’s Recipe
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Iams ProActive Health
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Royal Canin
Overall Score: 6.0
Expert Reviews: 7
14. Diamond Naturals Dry Food for Adult Dog
Overall Score: 5.8
Expert Reviews: 8
15. Purina ONE SmartBlend Natural Formula
Overall Score: 5.6
Expert Reviews: 6
16. Hill’s Science Diet Adult Sensitive
Overall Score: 5.5
Expert Reviews: 4
17. Pedigree Adult Complete
Overall Score: 5.3
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Dry Dog Food

Dogs are like members of our families, so of course, we want to keep them as healthy and happy as possible. The foundation for that is proper nutrition. A consistent, high-quality diet is the key to keeping your dog looking and feeling great. Feeding your dog the best dog food will keep them functioning at their best and can ward off chronic diseases, leading to a longer life. Dry dog food is very common and convenient, as it does not require refrigeration.

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There’s a ton of different types of dry dog food out there, so the choices can be overwhelming.  You should look for dog food that is labeled as “complete and balanced,” which means the food contains the minimum amount of all the nutrients necessary for dogs. This standard is regulated by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Keep in mind that buzzwords like “premium” and “immune supporting” are not regulated and should not carry much weight in your choice.

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Just as with human food, you want to make sure your dog is eating a diet with real, whole foods and one that is free from artificial preservatives and additives. Make sure your dog’s food contains a high-quality animal protein source, like lamb, chicken or turkey. Leading brands, such as Orijen Tundra, contain multiple protein sources, including chicken, turkey, flounder and egg.

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Many veterinarians recommend avoiding dog food that contains grains like corn, wheat and soy, as dogs do not need these starches. Although many healthy dog foods contain carbohydrates in the form of fruit and vegetables, brands like Taste of the Wild tout their grain-free recipe.

Other healthy ingredients include probiotics, which benefit the intestinal and immune systems, and minerals. Minerals should be chelated or proteinated for maximum absorption.

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Some dogs need special diets, and diets should be adjusted for puppies and senior dogs. The right dog food for your pet will meet all of their needs and come at an affordable price.

DYWM Fun Fact

Dogs have been humans’ companions for more than 30,000 years. In the beginning, man’s best friend’s diet did not get the consideration it does today. Dogs generally ate the scraps that were left over from their humans. Around 1860, businessman James Spratt introduced the first commercially prepared dog food. Official nutritional requirements for dogs and cats were established in the mid-1980s. Dry dog food, or “kibble” as we know it today, became popular in the 1950s.

As of 2017, commercial pet food was a $26 billion industry. These days, a lot of pet parents are turning to online retailers to get their dog food delivered straight to their door.

The Dry Dog Food Buying Guide

  • Make sure to feed your dog the proper amount. Overfeeding your dog ups their risk of obesity and associated health problems. There are some formulas to determine how much you should be feeding your dog depending on their size and breed, and your veterinarian can also provide you with guidance.
  • Puppies need small, frequent meals, while adult dogs can eat just one to two meals per day. Some dogs are grazers, meaning that they will eat small amounts throughout the day, but many more will eat all the food that is given to them at a time, which is why it’s important not to overfeed them.
  • Price is an important factor in dog food, as it’s one of the major ongoing expenses associated with being a pet owner. A higher price tag does not necessarily translate to a superior product. A moderately priced brand such as Nature’s Recipe scores high marks for its quality.
  • To keep your dog’s food fresh, make sure it is sealed. Some brands come with resealable tops, or you can put it in an airtight container, preferably made of glass or stainless steel. Make sure you keep your dog food in a cool, dry place. Moisture and heat can compromise the food’s safety and quality.
  • Just like human food, dog food has an expiration date. Dry dog food is generally good for one year. Never give your dog food that smells or looks spoiled.
  • It’s important that the food you choose is a good fit for your dog. If your dog rejects a food or it makes them sick, it may not be the optimal choice for them. Consult with your veterinarian to find the type of food that’s best for your pet.
  • Make sure you wash the bowls your dog eats and drinks from regularly, ideally every day. Once a week, they should be sanitized with a bleach solution. Stainless steel bowls are the easiest to keep clean.