Wysong Archetype Burgers (Freeze-Dried)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Wysong Archetype Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of rating of 5 stars.

The Wysong Archetype product line includes 4 freeze dried, raw 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.

  • Wysong Archetype Quail [M]
  • Wysong Archetype Rabbit [M]
  • Wysong Archetype Pollock [S]
  • Wysong Archetype Chicken (3.5 stars) [M]

Wysong Archetype Rabbit formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Wysong Archetype Rabbit Formula

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 50% | Fat = 22% | Carbs = 20%

Ingredients: Rabbit, natural flavor, taurine, organic blueberry, organic barley grass, chia seeds, broccoli sprouts, carrots, plums, whey, sea salt, dried kelp, yeast extract, citric acid, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, yeast culture, minerals (potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), calcium carbonate, vitamins (ascorbic acid [source of vitamin C], vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), dried Bacillus licheniformis fermentation product, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus lactis fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis48%21%NA
Dry Matter Basis50%22%20%
Calorie Weighted Basis41%43%16%
Protein = 41% | Fat = 43% | Carbs = 16%

The first ingredient in this dog food is rabbit. Rabbit is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered rabbit” and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart, esophagus or other tissues accompanying the flesh.1

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

After the natural flavor, we find taurine. Although taurine is an important amino acid, it’s not considered an “essential” nutrient in dogs.

However, because it IS considered an essential nutrient in the feline diet, taurine has probably been included in this particular recipe because this product is also marketed as a cat food.

However, taurine has probably been included in this recipe because the food is designed to also be fed to cats. Taurine is considered an essential nutrient in a feline diet.

The fourth ingredient includes blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is barley grass. Similar to wheat grass, barley grass is prized for its rich natural vitamin and mineral content.

The sixth ingredient lists chia seed, an edible seed nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber.

However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

Next, we find a series of nutrient-rich vegetables and fruit

  • Broccoli sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Plums

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 find yeast extract. This is the common name for a broad group of products made by removing the cell wall from the yeast organism.

A significant number of these ingredients are added as specialized nutritional supplements while others are used as flavor enhancers.

However, the glutamic acid (and its chemical cousin, monosodium glutamate, or MSG) found in a minority of yeast extracts can be controversial.

That’s because even though the Food and Drug Administration designated these food additives to be safe decades ago2, the agency continues to receive reports of adverse effects.

So, detractors still object to the use of yeast extract and other glutamic acid derivatives and blame them for everything from Alzheimer’s (in humans) to obesity.

In any case, since the label reveals little about the the actual type of yeast extract included in any recipe, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this ingredient.

Next, 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 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 Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wysong Archetype looks like an above-average freeze-dried 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 50%, a fat level of 22% and estimated carbohydrates of about 20%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 55% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 15% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 40%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chia seed, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Wysong Archetype is a meat-based freeze-dried raw dog food using an abundance of named meats 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.

Wysong Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

12/25/2017 Last Update

  1. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the definition of meat published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (2008)
  2. L-Glutamic Acid, FDA Select Committee on GRAS Substances