TimberWolf Legends (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

TimberWolf Legends Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The TimberWolf Legends product line lists seven 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.

  • Timberwolf Legends Dakota [A]
  • TimberWolf Legends Southwest [A]
  • Timberwolf Legends Wilderness [A]
  • TimberWolf Legends Ocean Blue [A]
  • TimberWolf Legends Black Forest [A]
  • TimberWolf Legends Mediterranean [A]
  • TimberWolf Legends Wild and Natural [A]

TimberWolf Legends Wild and Natural was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Timberwolf Legends Wild and Natural

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 40% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 33%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, chicken, chickpeas, chicken fat, herring meal, whitefish meal, peas, dried beets, lentils, dried chicken liver, salmon oil, herbal blend: (cinnamon, rosemary, cumin, coriander, turmeric, fennel seed, basil, fenugreek, ground ginger, peppermint, thyme), kelp, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, vegetable blend: (carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, tomatoes), flaxseed, dried sweet potatoes, dehydrated alfalfa, natural flavors, vitamin mix: (B5, B12, E, B2, B1, B6, folic acid, A, niacin, biotin, D3), chelated mineral mix: ({proteinates} (zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, cobalt), dried eggs, dried whey, dried cranberry, dried blueberry, sea salt, choline chloride, potassium chloride, prebiotics: (inulin, fructo-oligosaccharides, mannan-oligosaccharides), methionine, carrots, taurine, lecithin, l-carnitine, rosemary extract, probiotics: (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bacillus subtillis, Bifidobacterium thermophilum, Enterococcus faecium, Bifidobacterium psoudolongum), Yucca schidigera

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis36%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis40%20%33%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%40%27%
Protein = 33% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 27%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The third ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The next two items are herring meal and whitefish meal, additional protein-rich meat concentrates.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The seventh 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 eighth ingredient includes beets, the root portion of a sugar beet plant. As the name implies, beets contain a high concentration of sucrose (sugar).

The ninth ingredient lists lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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 five notable exceptions

First, we find salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Next, we note the inclusion of 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, although dried 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.

Next, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, this food 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.

TimberWolf Legends Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, TimberWolf Legends looks like an above-average dry dog food.

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 40%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 33%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 37% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas, peas, lentils, flaxseed and alfalfa meal, this still looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

TimberWolf Legends is a grain free meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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.

TimberWolf Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

02/19/2018 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials