Weruva Kobe Dog Food gets the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
- Weruva Kobe Master
- Weruva Kobe Yume
- Weruva Kobe Gyro
Weruva Kobe Yume Dog Food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Weruva Kobe Yume
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: American style kobe 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 Kobe 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
However, this isn’t just beef. It’s Kobe beef, a Japanese delicacy considered by many to be the finest beef in the world. Rich in omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, this meat boasts the highest ratio of unsaturated to saturated fat of any beef.
Kobe beef is raised in an organic, antibiotic-free environment and appears to be a major component of each Weruva Kobe product.
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. However, because they add moisture to a dog food, they’re a common finding in many canned products.
The fifth ingredient lists 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.
We also note 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 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 62%.
Near-average protein. Average fat. And near-average carbs… when compared to a typical canned dog food.
However, considering the ingredients panel, we believe the protein and fat figures (as reported by Weruva) are notably understated.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this is the profile of a wet food containing an abundance of meat.
Weruva Kobe Dog Food is a grain-free canned product using an abundance of quality named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 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.
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
10/20/2012 Last Update