Introduction – Background

Orijen focuses on bioavailable ingredients that are regionally sourced and never outsourced. They try to feed your dog as close to what their ancestors (wolves) would eat, only more convenient. 

Ingredients Orijen Original

Fresh chicken meat (13%), fresh turkey meat (7%), fresh cage-free eggs (7%), fresh chicken liver (6%), fresh whole herring (6%), fresh whole flounder (5%), fresh turkey liver (5%), fresh chicken necks (4%), fresh chicken heart (4%), fresh turkey heart (4%), chicken (dehydrated, 4%), turkey (dehydrated, 4%), whole mackerel (dehydrated, 4%), whole sardine (dehydrated, 4%), whole herring (dehydrated, 4%), whole red lentils, whole green lentils, whole green peas, lentil fibre, whole chickpeas, whole yellow peas, whole pinto beans, whole navy beans, herring oil (1%), chicken fat (1%), chicken cartilage (1%), chicken liver (freeze-dried), turkey liver (freeze-dried), fresh whole pumpkin, fresh whole butternut squash, fresh whole zucchini, fresh whole parsnips, fresh carrots, fresh whole Red Delicious apples, fresh whole Bartlett pears, fresh kale, fresh spinach, fresh beet greens, fresh turnip greens, brown kelp, whole cranberries, whole blueberries, whole Saskatoon berries, chicory root, turmeric root, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rosehips, enterococcus faecium. ADDITIVES (per kg): Nutritional additives: Zinc chelate: 100 mg.

The main thing to consider with these ingredients is that there are 8 legumes listed. These have a tendency to be high in non-bioavailable protein. So, just keep that in mind. The following analysis will show a high amount of protein but some of that is coming from these legumes and not animal protein. 

Guaranteed Analysis for Orijen Original

Crude protein 38% (min)

Fat content 18% (min)

Crude ash 8% (max)

Crude fibers 5% (max)

Moisture 12% (max)

Calcium 1.4% (min)

Phosphorus 1.1% (min)

Omega-6 fatty acids 3.0% (min)

Omega-3 fatty acids 1.0% (min)

DHA 0.30% (min)

EPA 0.20% (min)

Glucosamine 1400mg/kg (min)

Chondroitin sulfate 1200mg/kg  (min)

Carbohydrate 19% (NFE)

Orijen offers one of the lowest carb foods I’ve seen which is awesome! They offer a pretty good amount of protein and plenty of fat for energy. 

They also have omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are heat sensitive and may not actually survive the kibble making process in a usable state.

The analysis does include glucosamine. 1400mg/kg of food may not be enough to really help your pet’s joints. A good rule to follow is 20mg per pound of your dog’s body weight.

Flavors available


Six Fish

Regional Red



Orijen offers dry food or freeze-dried foods for dogs.

Shop form puppy, large puppy, senior, and fit & trim variations. 

Approximate Cost

For small dogs under 11lbs $40/month

For medium dogs up to 66lbs $93/month

For large dogs 100lb and up $212/month


This is a pretty solid food with lots of real meat, not by-products or meals. It is one of the lowest-carb diets and high protein and fat which is great for dogs. A downside is that they don’t have a ton of variety as far as flavors go. This could potentially be an issue for dogs with allergies.