Genesis RAW Dog Food (Raw Frozen)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Genesis RAW Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Genesis RAW product line includes 4 frozen raw 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.

  • Genesis RAW Turkey Blend [A]
  • Genesis RAW Chicken Blend [A]
  • Genesis RAW Lamb Blend (5 stars) [A]
  • Genesis RAW Beef Blend (1.5 stars) [A]

Genesis RAW Turkey Blend was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Genesis Raw Turkey Blend

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 47% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 9%

Ingredients: Fresh turkey with ground bone, fresh turkey hearts, fresh turkey gizzards, turkey liver, carrots, spinach, celery, apples, parsley, garlic, coriander, thyme, ginger, rosemary, salmon oil, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, flaxseed, vitamin and mineral complex

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis14%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis47%36%9%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%61%6%
Protein = 33% | Fat = 61% | Carbs = 6%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

In addition, this ingredient is inclusive of ground bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.

The second ingredient is turkey heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

The third ingredient is turkey gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.

The fourth ingredient includes turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fifth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.

The seventh ingredient is celery. Although raw celery can be very high in water, it can still contribute a notable amount of dietary fiber as well as other healthy nutrients.

The eighth ingredient is apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

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, garlic can be a controversial item. Although many favor the ingredient for its claimed health benefits, garlic has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.3

So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.

Next, olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.

In addition, 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, although the vitamins and minerals added to this product are not detailed sufficiently here to permit us to judge their quality, we’re pleased to find a list of both naturally present as well as added nutrients detailed on the company’s website.

Genesis RAW Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Genesis RAW looks like an above-average raw 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 47%, a fat level of 36% and estimated carbohydrates of about 9%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 48% and a mean fat level of 38%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 6% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 80%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.

However, the higher fat content associated with the Beef Blend may not be appropriate for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

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.

Bottom line?

Genesis RAW is a meat-based raw dog food using an abundance of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

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.

Genesis Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

07/08/2017 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition
  2. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
  3. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • tinab

    The difference is just 3%, right? I’m looking for a new beef mix…my dogs would be fine with 13% fat (beef)…as long as that is the only reason it didn’t score a 5.

  • Yes, you are correct.

  • tinab

    Can you tell me why the beef version is rated 3 stars, when the others are 5? Is it due to the slightly higher fat content? Curious…

  • Harlos

    We are based in Hollywood, FL (where Genesis is made). We have been carrying Genesis for over a year and it has been getting good response from our customers. My dogs are fed a raw diet and Genesis is one of the main foods that we use. Glad to see a local company with a 5 star rating on this site!

  • Cyndi

    Thank you! I was looking on their website and saw the same thing. There isn’t anyplace around me that has it and I looked all over their site and I don’t think you can order on there. Oh well! Thanks again!

  • Caroline Capobianco

    Hi Cyndi, I buy it locally. It is made in Hollywood, FL and sold at independent pet food retailers mostly in FL but some other states too. Here is the website: http://www.yum4dogs.com/genesis-rawreg.html
    Under the “Contact Us” page, there is a section on Shipping and Returns which leads me to believe you can buy it online but I don’t see where. You may need to call them directly. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

  • Cyndi

    Where do you buy this Caroline? Do you order online or pick it up locally?

  • Caroline Capobianco

    I am so happy to see this food reviewed! My Dane loves it. They have 2lb and 5lb chubs, and most recently came out with patties that are scored into quarters to make feeding small dogs easier. My Dane’s favorite is the turkey.