Canine Caviar Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Canine Caviar Grain Free product line lists five 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.
- Canine Caviar Grain Free Puppy Dinner (5 stars)
- Canine Caviar Open Sky Holistic Grain Free (4 stars)
- Canine Caviar Wilderness Holistic Grain Free (4 stars)
- Canine Caviar Wild Ocean Holistic Grain Free (5 stars)
- Canine Caviar Open Range Holistic Grain Free (4 stars)
Canine Caviar Open Sky Holistic Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Canine Caviar Open Sky Holistic Grain Free
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Duck meal, chickpea, duck fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), coconut, sun-cured alfalfa, coconut oil, sun-cured kelp, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation culture, sodium chloride, lecithin, choline chloride, FOS or fructooligosaccharide (prebiotic), potassium proteinate, fenugreek, peppermint, taurine, zinc proteinate, papaya, rose hips, Yucca schidigera extract, anise oil, thyme oil manganese proteinate, beta-carotene, vitamin D3, biotin, selenium, vitamin B2, B1, B6, B12, folic acidproteinate, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||29%||17%||45%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||25%||36%||39%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is duck meal. Duck meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh duck.
The second ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.
However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The third ingredient includes duck fat. Duck fat is obtained from rendering duck, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Duck fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, duck fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The fourth ingredient is coconut. Depending upon the quality of the raw material, coconut is rich in medium chain fatty acids.
The fifth ingredient is sun-cured alfalfa. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.
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, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener1 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.
Next, this recipe also includes coconut oil. Both coconut and coconut oil have been reported to have a beneficial effect on a dog’s skin and coat, improve digestion, and reduce allergic reactions.2
And lastly, this food includes 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.
Canine Caviar Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Canine Caviar 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 31% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas in this recipe and split peas contained in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Canine Caviar Grain Free is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of various named meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
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.
Those looking for a grain-based product from the same company may wish to visit our review of Canine Caviar dry dog food.
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01/25/2015 Last Update