The Canidae Dog Food product line earns The Advisor’s overall rating of 4.5 stars. The following sub-brands are reviewed on this website:
- Canidae All Life Stages (Dry)
- Canidae All Life Stages (Wet)
- Canidae Grain-Free Pure (Dry)
- Canidae Grain-Free Pure (Wet)
- Canidae Grain-Free Pure Ancestral (Dry)
Canidae All Life Stages is a vet-formulated product designed for dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes. It’s available in both dry and wet formulas to suit your feeding preferences. The dry version is reviewed here in the section below.
Canidae Pure is a limited ingredient diet made for dogs with food sensitivities. Each simple recipe includes about 7 to 10 ingredients.
Canidae All Life Stages Dry
Canidae All Life Stages Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Canidae All Life Stages product line includes 5 dry dog foods.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
Use links below to compare price and package size information at an online retailer.
- Canidae ALS Large Breed (3.5 stars) [A]
- Canidae ALS Lamb Meal and Rice (3.5 stars) [A]
- Canidae ALS Multi-Protein [A]
- Canidae ALS Platinum Less Active Formula (3.5 stars) [A]
- Canidae ALS Chicken Meal and Rice [A]
Canidae All Life Stages Large Breed formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Canidae All Life Stages Large Breed
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Turkey meal, brown rice, peas, oatmeal, millet, rice bran, canola oil, suncured alfalfa, flaxseed, natural flavor, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, salt, potassium chloride, mixed tocopherols (a preservative), butternut squash, parsley, sage, carrots, blueberries, zucchini, green beans, pumpkin
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||26%||14%||52%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||23%||31%||46%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.
The second ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The third ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The fourth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.
The fifth ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.
The sixth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.
The seventh ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.
Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.
In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.
The eighth ingredient is suncured 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, 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.
Next, flaxseed is 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.
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.
Canidae Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Canidae All Life Stages Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, alfalfa and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Canidae All Life Stages is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meals as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 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 better kibble from the same company may wish to check out our review of Canidae Grain Free Dry Dog Food.
Canidae Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Canidae product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Canidae Dog Food Recall (5/5/2012)
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Important FDA Alert
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Notes and Updates
05/19/2019 Last Update