This is the fourth in our multi-part series on the best food for your Yorkie. At the end of our series, we will compare the top foods from each of our studies in the hopes of giving you a good picture on what food is best for your Yorkie. We hope to give you enough information to make an informed choice for yourself, and we hope that the information we provide will lead you to look carefully at the choice you make when it comes to your Yorkie’s food.
As with our last review, we will be looking at 5 quality foods for your Yorkie. We will be reviewing each food in terms of kibble size, ingredients and nutrition, cost, recall information, ownership, and, of course, a taste test. In this review we are looking at (in alphabetical order):
- Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear
- Acana Wild Prairie
- Orijen Regional Red
- Orijen Senior Dog
- Go! Sensitivity + Shine Duck Recipe
Each of these foods has a good kibble size for Yorkies. The GO! has the smallest kibble. The Acana and Orijen pieces are all similar in size. We are providing pictures for your reference, with a piece of kibble on a quarter so you can gauge the size of the pieces for your Yorkie.
Ingredients & Nutrition
The best way to compare the ingredients and nutrition is with the chart provided below.
Here are a few highlights for you that we found the most interesting.
All of these foods use a meat meal (Chicken meal, for example, is a rendered whole chicken, minus feathers, head, feet, and entrails ground up. Chicken by-product meal on the other hand is a rendered whole chicken minus feathers, ground up).
The Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear uses duck as the single source of animal protein.
Both the Orijen foods are 75% meat and 25% fruits and vegetables with 0% grain.
Both the Orijen and Acana foods’ ingredients pass a “fit for human consumption” test before being used in their foods.
The GO! boasts ingredients unique for dogs with food allergies, with no beef, wheat, corn, or soy
The Orijen Regional Red and Orijen Senior Dog has the highest protein at 38% and the GO! has the lowest at 22%. The GO! also has the lowest fat content at 12% and the Orijen Regional Red has the highest at 18%.
|Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear
||Acana Wild Prairie
||Orijen Regional Red
||Orijen Senior Dog||Petcurean GO! SENSITIVITY + SHINE™ Duck
|First Ingredient||Duck meal
||Deboned chicken||Fresh deboned wild boar||Fresh boneless chicken||Duck meal|
|Second Ingredient||Deboned duck
||Chicken meal||Fresh deboned lamb||Chicken meal||Oatmeal|
|Crude Protein (Min)||25%||31%||38%||38%||22%|
|Crude Fat (Min)||17%||17%||18%||15%||12%|
|Serving size per day for smallest weight category||1/2 – 3/4 cup
||1/2 – 3/4 cup||1/3 – 3/4 cup||1/2 – 3/4 cup||1/4 – 5/8 cup
Cost is always a consideration, especially if you have more than one Yorkie. For these foods, the prices have a slight range – the cheapest being the Acana Wild Prairie at $3.77 per pound and the most expensive being the Orijen Regional Red at $5.05 per pound. We used prices at K9cuisine.com for prices. We divided the price into the pounds of the smallest bag available to get a cost per pound. Here are the per pound prices from lowest to highest for our current 5 foods.
- Acana Wild Prairie – $3.77 / lb
- Orijen Senior Dog – about $4.00 / lb
- Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear – $4.07 / lb
- Petcurean GO! SENSITIVITY + SHINE™ Duck – $4.11 / lb
- Orijen Regional Red – $5.05 / lb
1. Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear
2. Orijen Regional Red
3. Acana Wild Prairie
4. Orijen Senior
5. Petcurean GO! SENSITIVITY + SHINE™ Duck
Catherine ate all of the test samples we set out for her. The GO! was definitely her least favorite (always ate it last), the Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear was definitely her favorite (always ate that first). We did the taste test a number of times to be certain of her rankings. Interesting side note, again, our cat jumped in and tried to battle Catherine for some food – this time it was the Orijen Red Meat. I had to give Lexi (the cat) her own pile so she wouldn’t spoil the test. Lexi actually tried to get into the Orijen bag.
- Acana is owned by Champion Pet Foods and is manufactured in their own facilities in Alberta, Canada.
- Orijen is owned by Champion Pet Foods and is manufactured in their own facilities in Alberta, Canada.
- Petcurean is owned by Petcurean Pet Nutrition, a Canadian and family-owned company.
The recall information I have reviewed goes back to 2009.
- Acana – no recalls. They do not buy bulk ingredients from overseas. They get local, sustainable ingredients, with better quality control.
- Orijen – no recalls. They do not buy bulk ingredients from overseas. They get local, sustainable ingredients, with better quality control.
- Petcurean – 2003 voluntary “market withdrawal” of a small amount of food made at a Merrick Pet Food plant for possible high BHA levels. Since that time Petcurean no longer outsources it’s manufacturing and maintains tight quality control.
Based on everything, this time our favorite is the Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear. The food is moderately priced at $4.07 per pound, Catherine absolutely loves it, and we love the ingredients, the quality, and the company. This is definitely a food we highly suggest that you try for your Yorkie.
We will be revisiting this food along with our choices from our other reviews in our final review of our series.