Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.
The Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine product line includes 5 cooked-then-frozen recipes.
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.
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- Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Beefy Rice [S]
- Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Fish Stew (3 stars) [S]
- Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Pork, Pasta and Potatoes [S]
- Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Chicken and Veggies (3 stars) [S]
- Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Turkey Mac and Cheese (2 stars) [S]
Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Beefy Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Rudy Green's Doggy Cuisine Beefy Rice
Frozen Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Ground beef, brown rice, carrots, peas, canola oil and water sufficient for processing
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%
Red denotes controversial item
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|Dry Matter Basis||24%||20%||48%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||20%||40%||40%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is 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.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
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 carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fourth ingredient lists 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 fifth 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 sixth ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list. We would assume these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.
Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine dog food looks like an above-average wet 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 65%.
Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing only a modest amount of meat.
However, with 40% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 20% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine is a plant-based cooked frozen dog food using a modest amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 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.
Rudy Green’s Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
04/11/2018 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩