Wysong Archetype Burgers Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Wysong Archetype Burgers product line lists one dehydrated dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
Wysong Archetype Burgers Canine Diet
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef and chicken, beef and chicken liver, ground bone, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, broccoli sprouts, flax seed, barley grass powder, wheat grass powder, chlorella, apple, blueberry, cranberry, plums, artichoke, lecithin, dried seaweed, grape seed extract, milk calcium, coral calcium, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus lactis fermentation product, dried yeast culture, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, sage extract, rosemary extract, choline chloride, ascorbic acid, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, manganese proteinate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A acetate, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.9%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||52%||29%||12%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||39%||53%||9%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef and chicken. 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.1
And chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Both beef and chicken are naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is beef and chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from named animals and thus considered a beneficial component.
The third ingredient is ground bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The next eight items include a series of nutrient-rich vegetables…
- Broccoli sprouts
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 four notable exceptions…
First, wheat grass is prized for its vitamin and mineral content. Yet unlike wheat, wheat grass is gluten-free. So, please ignore our software’s unfavorable treatment of this nutritious ingredient.
Next, 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.
In addition, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
And lastly, this food also 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.
Wysong Archetype Burgers Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Wysong Archetype Burgers Dog Food looks like an above average dehydrated 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.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dehydrated raw dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing an abundance of meat.
Wysong Archetype Burgers Dog Food is a meat-based dehydrated raw product using a significant amount of beef and chicken as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
For even more raw diet suggestions, be sure to visit the Advisor’s Recommended Raw Dog Foods summary page.
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
12/13/2009 Original review
07/08/2010 Review updated
01/26/2012 Review updated
07/28/2013 Review updated
07/28/2013 Last Update