Weruva Kurobuta (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Weruva Kurobuta Dog Food receives the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.

The Weruva Kurobuta product line includes two canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.1

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

  • Weruva Kurobuta Hero
  • Weruva Kurobuta Pagoda

Weruva Kurobuta Pagoda Dog Food was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Weruva Kurobuta Pagoda

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 33%

Ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken broth, pork, water, guar gum, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D2 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine 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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%23%33%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%44%26%

The first ingredient in this dog food is organic chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2

The second ingredient includes organic chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The third item is pork. Pork is defined as the “clean flesh of slaughtered (pork) and is limited to… the striate muscle… which is found in the tongue, in the diaphragm, in the heart, or in the esophagus; with or without the accompanying and overlying fat and the portions of the skin, sinew, nerve and blood vessels which normally accompany the flesh”.3

The fourth item is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

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.

We also note this food contains chelated mineralsminerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Weruva Kurobuta Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Weruva Kurobuta looks like an above-average canned dog food.

Since this recipe contains a number of quality organic ingredients, we feel compelled to accord this line somewhat favored status as we consider its final rating.

That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.

Just the same, we still need to evaluate the product’s protein, fat and carbohydrate content.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 23% and an estimated carbohydrate content of 33%.

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%.

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 content has been significantly understated on the label.

With no sign of any plant-based protein concentrates, this is the profile of a canned dog food containing a generous amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Weruva Kurobuta is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using an abundance of organic poultry as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Those looking for a comparable beef version of this product line may want to check out our review of Weruva Kobe Dog Food.

Special Alert

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

05/20/2014 Last Update

  1. Weruva Customer Service via email 9/11/2011
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for meat published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition