Artemis Osopure Grain Free (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Artemis Osopure Grain Free Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Artemis Osopure Grain Free product line includes three dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Artemis Osopure Grain Free Duck and Garbanzo Bean
  • Artemis Osopure Grain Free Bison and Garbanzo Bean
  • Artemis Osopure Grain Free Salmon and Garbanzo Bean

Artemis Osopure Grain Free Bison and Garbanzo Bean was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Artemis Osopure Grain Free Bison and Garbanzo Bean

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 50%

Ingredients: Bison, salmon meal, garbanzo beans, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes, canola oil, ocean fish meal, tomato pomace, flaxseed, natural flavor, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, Yucca schidigera extract, green tea extract, barley grass extract, dried fermentation products of Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis24%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%16%50%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%33%44%
Protein = 23% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 44%

The first ingredient in this dog food is bison. Although it is a quality item, raw bison contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The third ingredient includes garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (pulse) family of vegetables.

Garbanzos contain about 22% protein, something which must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.

The fourth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fifth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

The eighth ingredient is ocean fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.2

Unfortunately, the phrase “ocean fish” is vague and does little to adequately describe this ingredient. Since some fish are higher in omega-3 fats than others, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this item.

The ninth ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With three notable exceptions

First, we find flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, this recipe includes chicory root. Chicory is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Artemis Osopure Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Artemis Osopure Grain Free Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 50%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the garbanzo beans, peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Artemis Osopure Grain Free is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of salmon or duck meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

04/07/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Susan

    I just got an email from Dr Bruce Syme he makes the “Vets All Natural” products sold in Pet Shops & My Pet Warehouse, the Skin & Coat treats look really good they contain Colostrum but they also contain
    Potassium Sorbate to make them moist & soft…

  • Amateria

    Yeah it’s the only one she likes, because she’s not a fan of hard kibble, which is likely why she hates the Artemis that and the smell likely.
    Well she eats the Ivory a Coat one, but definitely the soft one more often and I realise the ingredients, but it’s not causing her any harm, I’d be a lot more concerned if it was Pedigree she liked as their foods are horrible.

    Meals for mutts uses synthetic vitamin K which I am not ok with and so does Natures Gift but because of how much of it she eats I doubt she would ever get liver failure? I think is what it can cause.

    If I were to buy MM Rusty would need to eat it as well, otherwise the food would get mouldy because Anja doesn’t eat enough of it to go through the bag fast enough.
    But Rusty is never going to get menadione, if he needs vitamin k than kale is an excellent source of it naturally.

    Besides problems with her stomach area, due to a botched spay and sewing both her hernias up, she doesn’t really have any issues, her coat is simply gorgeous and super glossy, I think she was given a specific antibiotic as a puppy that they say puppies should not be given because than their adult teeth get stained yellow, because her teeth are yellow and they shouldn’t be at her age.
    She’s full of energy as a puppy should be, she has a front leg limp from time to time, her teeth kind of grew slightly more outwards than I think they should have, but their not causing her any problems and oh yeah her breath stinks haha, which is quiet common these days anyways, Rusty’s is much worse though but than he needs a serious teeth clean, they are so plaqued up.

    Treat wise, she likes tripe to a degree, my mum and dad continuously keep buying those puppy milk sticks and go through one bag weekly and I’m trying to tell my mum to give her less of them but who ever listens to me right?
    Not a fan of the glycerin and made in Thailand parts of the treat, but I guess at least it’s not made in freaking China like one of those chicken treats my mum brought home once, not only that but they were irradiated as well and before I could stop my mum she had already given 2 pieces to the dogs and they had gobbled them up, thank goodness nothing happened as it could have.
    Rusty is the big eater of the house he will eat anything you buy him, so I keep high stock of K9 Natural, Ziwipeak and Sunday pets treats to ensure he gets a power house of nutrients as often as he can.

    The choice to use kibble with Rusty was just to give him a more crunchy treat and to hopefully add more fish omegas to his body as most of the treats don’t have much fish or any at all and I also kind of prefer salmon for dogs over any other fish as I’ve seen first hand how much changed when he first started the Ivory Coat, unlike the very minimal changes to his coat and leg problems on just hoki fish from the venison and fish Ziwipeak that I bought like 5x.

    K9 Natural was the pinnacle of his change, Ziwipeak didn’t really change anything, he still limped on it, his coat was still dead on it, it just added organs to his diet but not much else and than Ivory Coat finally got a new formula and it was the best kibble ever, his coat came to life and so did he and in the end I think I should just stick to what I know is good for him and if I want Ziwipeak for him than maybe just can it, since clearly the air dried just doesn’t work for him and if Artemis works out in the future than I’ll just buy that and Ivory Coat, might even get some Totw in there for a change.

    I also bought a storage container today to put the kibble in, we finally left the house and so it was a perfect time to buy it and some other supplies.

  • Susan

    Hi, yesterday I ordered the old Osopure Duck formula for $44 for 3.5kgs, I have tried the Duck Osopure old formula I got sample & 2 other Fresh Mix formulas samples a few months ago…..
    If you look at TOTW Pine Forest with Venison & Legumes formula it has nilly the same ingredients as the new Osopure formulas but TOTW Pine Forest has more protein, no coconut & the tomato pomace & salt is further down the ingredient list, dogs will probably prefer TOTW cause it has more protein at 28%min…
    If you get 2 normal size envelope & put $3 worth of stamps on one & write your name & address on the $3 stamped envelope then fold it half & put it in the other envelope addressed to Artemis & write 3 formulas you want sample of written on the back of the Artemis Envelope then you put your self addressed envelope in, they will send you out 3 samples in a big yellow envelope with your self addressed envelope sticky taped to the front of the yellow envelope…. Have a look at Fresh Mix Artemis Small breed formula it has OK ingredients…
    Have you emailed “Meals For Mutts” on their F/B page & their MfM food site & asked for samples of their Duck & Turkey, Salmon & Sardine & the Turkey HP grain free formulas ??
    The Nature Gift Anja is eating it’s not their Nourish kibble is it ?? their kibble Nourish has Potassium Sorbate to keep the kibble moist Potassium Sorbate can irritate the Skin, Eyes & Respiratory Tract….

  • Amateria

    Well Rusty’s eyes seem less teary already, need at least one month to be 100% certain it’s the food and not just seasonal change.

    Anja hates the food, I left it with her other kibble on her table, but she only eats the Ivory and supermarket one, she refuses to eat the Artemis, I think the smell has put her off to be honest and I would not be surprised.

    So because I don’t want Anja to be just on the Natures Gift, if I buy Artemis in the future, I’ll need to buy it with Ivory or Totw as well that way she gets two sets of kibble not just one.

  • Amateria

    Besides today and for funeral preparations none of us really want to leave the house, my mum even signed up for meals on wheels as she’s lost her will to cook, for now the kibble will have to survive in the container I put it in until we get past this awful grief stage.

    It’s good that you got her off of hills though, I mean $6 a bag and yes I know coupon but still, that leaves much to be desired.

  • Susan

    Always leave kibble in its original bag then put about 1 kg of the kibble in a air tight container, I buy those air tight containers in Coles they have a blue rubber seal & blue clip lock seals, they’re called Sistema, buy them when they’re on special 1/2 price, I get the 1kg air tight container has a little flap you open & kibble comes out or you remove the lid…. I also buy the Sistema little air tight containers for treats to keep them fresh.. I’d complain & email Artemis about not having a seal lock on kibble bag,….Hills has a new Velcro seal, it’s excellent, I wish all kibble bags had the Velcro seal ….. I got a kitten about 1 month ago & RSPCA said the kitten needs too eat what she has been eating while she’s been here at RSPCA, so she doesn’t have any stomach up sets, its best to buy her the Hills Kitten kibble then she said, Hills have given these $10 off vouchers, so the bag will only cost $6… I told her about the Hill ingredients being crap, she said yes she knows but still feed her what’s she’s use to eating then slowly introduce to a raw diet, I told her I wanted to feed this cat a raw diet… I feed the Hills for 2 days & that was it she doesn’t like the Hills Kibble after trying better foods, smart kitten, now I fed her Ziwi Peak air dried & the wet raw tin food… Ziwi Peak sent me out 3 sample bags of air dried & 3 tins of the cat wet raw food, she can eat everything, not like poor Patch but we are getting there with Patch…

  • Amateria

    It’s definitely much smaller than the Ivory Coat one, but more rectangular rather than flat.

  • Susan

    Ivory coat kibble are big & very hard, I test Patches kibbles & soaked a few Ivory Coat sample kibbles in a cup of warm water & they sunk to the bottom of the glass & took hours to go soft, a good kibble should float to top of water & only take 15mins-50mins & become soft…. Is the new Osopure kibble small? Patch doesn’t chew a kibble when they’re big but if they’re small he chews them, weird? Holistic Select kibbles are nice & small, I bought the Senior & the Adult Anchovy, Salmon & Sardine with Rice, kibble small & went soft 20-30mins, easy to digest…

  • Amateria

    Well it arrived today and smells like dog food lol, Ivory Coat is good smells like fish and doesn’t really have a dog food smell to it.

    Anja wasn’t interested in it at all, but the bully stick may have done that haha, bought the bigger one this time and she loves it which is great.

    I poured some tripe powder on her food that I got and that worked she ate her food and dug her nose around in it trying to pick out the individual crumbs heh.

    Also got the Sunday pets beef treats this time around and they have a surprisingly low amount of smell.

    Also the packet of hoki fish is better this time around, less crumbs.

    Bummed out about it not having a zipper though (no idea what you call it lol), had to put it in a plastic container and wrap it in several layers of cling wrap as the damned container has no lid ugh.

  • Amateria

    Bison and salmon as I want Rusty to continue eating fish as I started giving him more Ivory Coat again and his coat kind of woke up again and the bison side because Anja loved the Totw bison, so hopefully this will appeal to her diva taste buds :p

  • Susan

    Hi, which formula did you get?? I can’t decided….some brand kibble fish formulas are real fishy & smell like rotten fish, I might try the duck or turkey, I got a duck sample in the old Osopure formula & Patch liked it…

  • Susan

    Hi, Artemis never had 1.8kg bags in the Osopure, the old Osopure is 3kg bags for around $44… Pet Circle still has the old Osopure formulas & the old ingredients are there…I hope the coconut oil works, start off with very very small amount for 1 week, I haven never tried the oil, I’m going to buy a small fresh whole coconut from Woolworths this summer & try Patch on the fresh coconut & a bit of the milk & see how he goes.. People give their dogs a whole coconut to play with & the dog has to break thru the coconut skin but you have to peal off a bit of the coconut skin/hair, it can give dogs diarrhea, tooo much roughage.. A lot of Staffys break thru the shell my nut Patch would probably break thru the skin but I’m worried about him eating the outside skin/hair & getting diarrhea, we haven’t had diarrhea in ages…

  • Susan

    Hi, Osopure has been reformulated again 2016 & there’s no sweet potatoes or potatoes, it has Garbanzo Beans, Lentils, Peas, Pea Flour, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil…..I think their old formula was better.. also they have a new Turkey formula…

  • Amateria

    I read your post about the whole shipping back to them, seemed like an awful amount of work just to refund a bag of food.

    I don’t really remember their old ingredients, just that they weren’t really worth $30 for a 1.81kg bag, I really want to try coconut oil though so I got it and it was on special anyways paid $24, hopefully I’ll have good luck with it.

  • Susan

    Hi I was looking at Osopure, on My Pet Warehouse they’re $1 cheaper then Pet Circle, I think I like Osopure old formula, it has Sweet Potatoes & Potatoes. I was at Pet Barn today & Wellness Complete has 3 new grain free formulas, fat & protein is lower then Core….I might try the Wellness Complete G/F that way if Patch does sloppy poo’s I can just take the kibble back, where when I buy online I have to pay for postage back.. I’m going to send Artemis Australia a stamped address envelope & get the 3 samples & get 1 Osopure cat as well

  • Amateria

    Interesting ours doesn’t have tapioca, noticed that immediately, I wonder if anything else is different.

    Nope can’t seem to find anything just that.

  • Amateria

    This food has been reformulated and I was even thinking of trying it, I haven’t had much success with raw coconut oil, but this is cooked and so I think it will make a world of difference and if not ah well was worth a try.

    New ingredients list:
    Bison, Salmon Meal, Garbanzo Beans, Peas, Lentils, Pea Flour, Sunflower Oil, Tapioca, Tomato Pomace, Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Salt, Choline Chloride, Dried Chicory Root, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Pumpkin, Coconut Oil, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Animalis Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Reuteri Fermentation Product, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid.

  • sandy

    This food had been reformulated and will be update shortly. There are 3 formulas now.

  • Jess

    This is weird. I don’t recall seeing rice nor chicken in the Osopure range. I thoguht it was a grain-free range?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It appears Artemis has revamped their product lines, product packaging and website. There are now three Osopure formulas with novel protein sources, a new line called “SOS” which appears to be a limited ingredient line and a new higher protein “Pro-Power” formula in their Pro line. Unfortunately, I don’t see their “Maximal” formula listed anywhere on their new site. Being grain free and 42% protein it was their best food (imo), it would be a shame if they discontinued it.

  • Hi Gary… Of course, each dog food recipe varies in its design (sometimes significantly and many times only subtly). Since dogs are a lot like us humans, each responds to a particular food (or ingredient) in its own unique way. So, it would be impossible for me (or anyone) to compare two or more dog foods and choose the one that would be better for your dog than the others (or to provide a specific result you’re looking for). Unfortunately, choosing the right dog food still involves at least some trial and error. Wish I could be more help.

  • gary

    Hi Mike,
    The large breed Osopure contains no beet pulp and substitutes ‘rice bran’ for the ‘rice’ present in the small breed mix. Protein drops to 25% and fat to 15%……but I assume this is a better option than their ‘Fresh Mix Adult’?……

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