Canidae Dog Food Review

Canidae Dog Food Review -  A Complete Analysis

Does your dog have food allergies or sensitivities?

For dog owners looking for the some of the best dog foods in Australia, and also want novel kibble recipes or just a way to help with their pup’s itchy skin, this is a great option loved by owners and dogs alike. 

Other Canidae Dog Food reviews only focus on their better-known PURE Grain-free line, but we did in-depth research on all their products available in Australia. Here’s everything you need to know to choose the best dog food for your pup:

  • Excellent ingredient list with natural, whole foods, and zero fillers.
  • Their limited-ingredient products only have 7 to 8 ingredients + nourishing vitamins & minerals, perfect for dogs with allergies.
  • Wide flavour variety to fit your dog’s taste & health needs, including exotic protein sources like bison & salmon.
  • Their puppy food options are very limited.
German Shepherd puppy licking lips

Canidae Dog Food Review

Canidae Dog Food Review

Taste

Ingredients

Protein content

Additives

Variety

Price

Taste 3.5/5

Most pups love the taste of their Canidae food! Both the PURE Grain-free and whole-grain lines are popular among dogs of all ages. Even their weight-management options (with fewer carbs and fat) are well-received by most dogs. Plus, if you have a super picky eater at home, their wet food options are extra tasty.

Ingredients 3.5/5

While Canidae has both “regular” and specialty dry dog food, most owners recognize them for their PURE Grain-free line.

Keep in mind only the Canidae PURE line has a limited ingredient list. Other options available in Australia & NZ, like the “All Life Stages” line, are NOT grain-free nor have a limited ingredient list, while some PURE products have grains (mainly brown rice). It’s important to be aware of these differences and always read the packaging, especially when buying online.

Keep in mind some products from the PURE line have grains (albeit whole grains), so always read the labels before buying.

However, all Canidae products use wholesome, easily recognizable ingredients with animal protein and a healthy carb source. If your dog has food allergies or sensitivities, the limited ingredients of the Canidae PURE Dog Food line are a good option, especially in the case of pups that can’t eat common ingredients like poultry or peas.

Overall, we really like the composition of the PURE line, but we’re taking off 1 star because labelling can be confusing (some PURE products are grain-free, others aren’t) and some products from the All Life Stages line use sunflower or soybean oil.

Protein content 4/5

Canidae Dog Food’s #1 ingredient in all their products is animal protein. We really liked that in the PURE line most products have animal protein as the first two ingredients, usually from two different sources (i.e. Bison flavour has bison and lamb). Some items even have 3 different animal protein sources.

Their PURE grain-free products have between 30% and 32% of protein, which is well above the AAFCO-recommended amount of 18% minimum [1].

Make sure any dog food you buy has at least 18% crude protein.

That means that your pup will have enough protein to build muscle and thrive without any supplementation. Keep in mind that most Canidae Grain Free reviews forget to mention that part of the protein sources in the line are presumably plant-based (like peas and chickpeas).

Additives 4/5

Since experts at RSPCA Australia advise against pet-grade food with sulphites (linked to dangerous B1 deficiencies [2]), it’s really important to keep an eye out for the additives in your dog’s food.

“Choose human-grade meat as some pet meat and bone products will contain preservatives that can be bad for your dog’s health – RSPCA Australia” [3]

Canidae prides itself on only adding human-grade ingredients and no fillers to their food, so you can be sure your pup won’t ingest harmful additives. Canidae uses tocopherols (a form of Vitamin E), lecithin and rosemary extract as healthier preservatives that won’t threaten your dog’s health.

On top of the usual minerals and vitamins your pup needs to thrive, Canidae also includes live probiotics on their dry kibble: probiotics help your dog digest their food, feed their gut microbiome and avoids excess bloating.

Because of all the healthy additives and zero sulphites, we’re giving Canidae 5 out of 5 in this category.

Variety 4/5

Pups and their owners have many options to choose from! On top of their better-known PURE line (with both grain-free and whole-grain options), you also have the “All life stages” line and several other products to fit your dog’s needs.

Their PURE limited-ingredient line offers great variety for dogs with allergies or food sensitivities, and you can usually find at least 4 or 5 different flavours from that line to choose from when you get it in-store.

Canidae also carries dry and wet dog food options, as well as treats (both grain-free and regular) that you can use during training or just daily life. They have puppy and adult options, as well as products targeted at senior dogs (with extra add-ins for joint support) and others for weight management. This is especially important since obesity can be very dangerous to your dog. As researchers from a UK University found:

“Obesity in dogs is linked to decreased longevity and diseases such as osteoarthritis, as well as emotional disturbance and vitality” [4]

If you have a multi-dog household, many owners recommend the Canidae All life stages line that feeds dogs of all sizes, ages and needs. Keep in mind the latter doesn’t have grain-free options.

We’re taking a star off because while they do offer size-specific food in Australia, it’s difficult to find in-store and not all online retailers carry it. Plus, their small-breed options are much more limited flavour-wise. This is especially important for those with toy and small dogs and seniors that can have a harder time eating large kibble.

Price 4/5

While this isn’t the cheapest dog food available, it is pretty affordable considering the wholesome ingredients. On top of it, most retailers offer free shipping on orders over a certain threshold, and dog food in general is above that value especially if you buy for large dogs (so 10 kgs or more at a time).

We’re big proponents of investing in high-quality foods to save in vet bills down the road, so paying a bit more upfront is worth it.


Canidae Puppy Food Review

What about the a puppy food review? This guide wouldn’t be complete without our thoughts on Canidae Puppy food. Unfortunately, while the brand has different puppy options, Canidae Dog Food Australia only carries one.

That means puppy owners only have access to their Puppy Grain-free chicken & sweet potato flavour or will have to feed them the All Life Stages food. While less-than-ideal, it isn’t too bad since you do have access to both grain-free (the PURE Puppy option) or whole-grain options (All Life Stages).

However, we don’t like that there are no different options based on your dog’s size. As such, small and toy puppies will have to eat the same kibble as larger dogs. The lack of large-breed options is a concern with large and giant breeds since overfeeding or feeding a diet that’s too calorie-dense can cause brittle bones and decalcification.

Of course, you can always portion control your pup’s intake, but this can be tiresome and you need a vet’s advice. This isn’t as much of an issue with puppy food targeted at large and giant breeds. If that’s your case, we recommend a puppy food adapted to your particular dog’s size.

Jack Russell puppy eating.

Do Not Buy If

While this is a great option for many pups, you shouldn’t buy this brand if:

  • You’d rather buy local: Canidae Dog Food is made in the US and shipped all the way to Australia. If you’re concerned with your carbon footprint and buying local, this isn’t the brand for you!
  • You have a giant breed puppy: As we have already mentioned, giant puppies need careful portion control to keep them from growing too fast and giving their bones a chance to really strengthen and absorb calcium. Puppy food targeted at your dog’s adult size is less calorie-dense and will make it easier to keep them properly fed while taking care of their specific needs. Since Canidae Puppy Food is only available for “all-breeds”, you might have an easier time if you choose other brands.

The Verdict

We really like this brand, especially if your pup needs a limited-ingredient diet. In general, both dogs and owners love Canidae and their grain-free options are reasonably priced, taste great, and have no unhealthy fillers or preservatives. We say, give it a chance!

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References
  1. AAFCO. “Calorie content – Pet food”. Available https://petfood.aafco.org/Calorie-Content#protein  
  2. RSPCA Australia. “Are preservatives in pet food products a concern?”. Available https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/are-preservatives-in-pet-food-products-a-concern/
  3. RSPCA Australia. “What should I feed my dog?”. Available https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/what-should-i-feed-my-dog/  
  4. A.J. German, S.L. Holden, M.L. Wiseman-Orr, J. Reid, A.M. Nolan, V. Biourge, P.J. Morris, E.M. Scott. “Quality of life is reduced in obese dogs but improves after successful weight loss”. The Veterinary Journal. Volume 192, Issue 3, 2012, Pages 428-434, ISSN 1090-0233, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2011.09.015. Available https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1090023311003698?via%3Dihub
Eloisa Thomas

Eloisa Thomas is a dog lover & anthropologist. She enjoys writing content that will actually help people understand their dogs better.

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