Weruva Kobe canned dog food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Weruva Kobe Gyro
- Weruva Kobe Yume
- Weruva Kobe Master
Weruva Kobe Yume was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Weruva Kobe Yume
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, organic chicken, organic turkey, beef broth, guar gum, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D2 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamin mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, zinc proteinate, ferrous proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||36%||23%||33%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||29%||44%||26%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.2
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is organic chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.3
The third ingredient lists organic turkey. Turkey has a nutrient profile similar to chicken.
By the way, organic ingredients are produced under remarkably strict government standards, standards which restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
The fourth ingredient is beef broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.
The fifth ingredient is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.
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 one notable exception…
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.
Weruva Kobe Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Weruva Kobe looks like an above-average canned dog food.
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 36% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 33% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.
Below-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
However, with not enough carb ingredients present to account for the reading on the dashboard, one must assume the protein or fat (and thus the meat) content have been significantly understated on the label.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a canned dog food containing a significant amount of meat.
Weruva Kobe is a grain-free meat-based canned product using a significant amount of beef as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Those looking for a comparable pork version of this product line may want to check out our review of Weruva Kurobuta Dog Food.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
06/16/2010 Original review
01/16/2011 Review updated
04/24/2014 Last Update