Orijen Six Fish Dog Food — Our Review
All Orijen dog food, including Orijen Six Fish Dog Food, is made by Champion Petfoods located in Alberta, Canada. The company was founded in 1975 and its products can now be purchased in over 60 countries.
Maybe it goes without saying, but PaceSetz does not test dog food products. That’s why we rely on credible info we think does a good job with a particular aspect of pet products rather than give our own opinions and judgments. What we can (and will) tell you is that many of us at PaceSetz have dogs that we consider family. While there are a number of options when it comes to what we feed our dogs, each of us considers Orijen to be among the finest dog food available anywhere.
Recently, Orijen won the Eco-Excellence Awards in the pet food category. In fact, thanks to the new trophy they collected, Orijen continues to be the most awarded pet food company in history, according to the company itself. Impressively, Orijen now has racked up more awards that we can count.
Before the Eco-Excellence award, Orijen was already on top when it came to the Glycemic Research Institute in Washington, D.C., which awarded Orijen “Pet Food of the Year” a few years ago. Additionally, the company can also claim to be “Manufacturer of the Year” in Western Canada. Orijen has also won the annual Growing Alberta Leadership Award for community spirit. I guess what we’re trying to point out here is that Orijen’s award streak is unlikely to end anytime soon. And this doesn’t even count the best ratings from trusted websites like Reviews.com and Amazon.com.
In terms of their Six Fish recipe, it’s the latest—and in many ways the greatest—dog food from Orijen. While it tends to be more pricy than the other Orijen concoctions, running around $100 for a 25 lb. bag, it’s not as expensive as it sounds. That’s because Orijen doesn’t use cheap fillers. Instead, they use large amounts of protein and fiber. Studies show that protein and fiber are two of the most filling macronutrients. This means Six Fish saturates your dog’s appetite. And that means you have to feed your dog less each day.
Because it’s loaded with 85% wild-caught fish (from New England’s cold Atlantic waters), Six Fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, one type of fat your dog doesn’t want to cut back on.
According to some vets, Six Fish is especially good for active dogs. And for dogs with food allergies that can’t eat beef, dairy, chicken or egg. Because it’s loaded with 85% wild-caught fish (from New England’s cold Atlantic waters), Six Fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, one type of fat your dog doesn’t want to cut back on.
Six Fish is also recommended for dogs with long coats that need more oils to stay shiny. The fish recipe also suites dogs with skin allergies or dermatitis, thanks to the fact that omega-3 reduces inflammation, which helps sooth itchy, score skin.
And because it does not contain the common allergens beef, chicken, dairy or egg, Six Fish is also good for dogs with digestive problems. Plus, it’s grain free, like all Orijen dog foods.
Because a full 2/3 of Orijen’s fish is fresh, we’ve heard stories where dogs turn up their nose because of the odor. That being said, each of us at PaceSetz have personally experienced the exact opposite with our pets. In fact, for what it’s worth, our dogs find Six Fish deliciously tasty.
We wish Six Fish were less expensive, however. But greeted with wagging tails and face licks after each workday makes this product hard to ignore. If you care about your dog’s health and you’re willing to spend for a premium dog food to maintain it, Orijen Six Fish is an easy recommendation.
The not so good
No matter what, you’re going to shell out a minimum of $85 on a 25 lb. bag of Orijen dog food. The Six Fish recipe tends to run closer to $100.
The bottom line
Orijen is certainly at the top of our “best dog foods” list. While this brand sets the standard for quality, for everything that it offers—high in nourishing protein and low in carbohydrates—if it were cheaper, it’d be a no-brainer. Still, we’ll argue that Six Fish is well worth the extra cash. But if you aren’t ready to make the jump, or if you just want something cheaper at the register, then take a look at the Guaranteed Analysis, the pet industry’s version of the Nutrition facts panel printed on every package of human food sold at the supermarket. Overall Orijen Six Fish Dog Food beats other dog food brands by a large margin. Doesn’t man’s best friend deserve the very best?