“ Brand: Green Dog / Type: Dog Food „
My dogs both generally have James Wellbeloved dry dog food. They both seem to thrive on a hypoallergenic dog food which although can be a bit more expensive than other brands the fact that they look so well on it means that I am happy to pay the extra. However, recently at a dog show one of the prizes we walked away with was a small 2kg bag of Green Dog Food Adult in the lamb flavour.
I must admit that I had never heard of the brand 'Green Dog' before and even after finding out that at the show I had walked past their stand numerous times I still hadn't given it much thought. However, after doing a little digging Green Dog is a brand that aims to produce natural dog food which is hypoallergenic so not only suitable for sensitive stomachs but their ingredients also apparently help natural control of worms, ticks and fleas.
The dry dog food can come in either Turkey and Rice or Lamb and for this review I will be reviewing the lamb simply because that is the variety I won. The food itself is small round kibble which is a typical pale brown colour (very simply to that of James Wellbeloved). It is made from 100% natural human grade ingredients (all Green Dog foods are) and is a complete food for all breeds so if you don't need to feed a wet food with it unless of course you want to.
The dry food is made up of lamb, mixed whole grains and vegetables but of course when you are presented with dry, round kibbles you can't really tell! Added to the ingredients is a blend of bioactive herbs which are there to help keep your dog's optimal health at it's best. More importantly the food is hypoallergenic so suitable for those that need a more sensitive food or for those that just want their dog to have a healthy, well balanced feed.
The dog food regardless of size comes in a green paper bag (recyclable) which is obviously in keeping with the Green Dog brand. The lamb and rice is colour coded by a brown label on the front detailing the product name as well as specifications of the product which makes it easy to read and find the information you need before purchasing. On the back there is the usual information such as the feeding guidelines, more information about the dog food, list of ingredients as well as contact information for Green Dog.
The Dog Test
Now my dogs are not fussy in the slightest, they will eat anything put under their noses. However, on this occasion they did both look up at me as if to say "what on earth have you given us". The problem I find is the smell of the food. Normally dry dog food doesn't really have a big smell to it but the Green Dog Lamb flavour does and probably to a dog it is quite an unknown smell. When you open the bag you are met with quite a herbal aroma with hues of tea tree oil rather oddly.
Obviously for a dog or at least my dogs is rather unusual however for me I did find it quite pleasant and a rather nice change. However, as it wasn't me eating it, regardless of what I thought of the smell it didn't matter. Both my dogs ate the dry food rather begrudgingly. The dry kibble to look at does look a lot drier than their usual James Wellbeloved (if that makes sense) it looks as if it has been overdried and I think they both found the texture rather odd.
I was determined to use the whole bag to save waste but I found that they both ate their food a lot slower than usual and would quite easily walk away from their bowls, mill around to see if anything better was on offer and then come back to it. This is very unusual as they never have done that with their usual dry dog food and can only put it down to the fact that they didn't enjoy it which is a shame considering it's great qualities but they just didn't seem to like it.
Despite my dogs really not enjoying it their coats looked incredibly healthy and had a nice shine to it and they didn't seem to have one upset stomach at all despite changing to this from their usual food (gradually changed I may add) so it obviously agrees with them but they just don't agree with it! As for the fleas, ticks and worms this was rather irrelevant as both my dogs are regularly wormed and fleaed and I would wonder how long you need to feed your dog this food for the natural control of these issues to actually work so for me this isn't really a benefit.
Would I actually buy it? No, I wouldn't. I'm glad I won the bag as if I had paid full price and my dogs to turn their noses up at it like they did I wouldn't be pleased. For me I am only awarding 3 stars but it may work for others but my usual non-fussy dogs really didn't enjoy it.
Lamb (28% dry » 61% fresh*), whole white rice, vegetables and herbs (15%), whole brown rice (14%), whole oats, whole barley, lamb fat. Vitamins: A, Beta Carotene, C, D, E, K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, B complex. Choline, Folic Acid, Calcium, Chromium, Iron, Magnesium, Phos, Selenium, Zinc. Plus all other essential elements
Brand: Green Dog
Price: £34.00 for 4 x 2kg bags or £42.00 for a 12kg bag
Availability: Green Dog stockists