Earthborn Dog Food Reviews: Healthy and Wholesome (Updated 2018)

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Love Your Pet. Love Your Planet.

With a slogan like that you know a brand is onto something good. Earthborn Dog Food was founded in 1926 so it’s fair to say they know what they’re doing when it comes to feeding man’s best friend. Up until now, this quality brand has been a well-kept secret, but hopefully not for long. Earthborn is a product from Midwestern Pet Foods and it’s produced at their Illinois-based factory.

Besides making one of the best pet foods on the market, Earthborn is one of the few companies in the industry that is environmentally-friendly and focuses on sustainability. All their packaging is made in the US and they use natural, clean gas instead of crude oil. It’s light and small in size so more bags can fit onto delivery trucks, reducing their carbon footprint. Even the printing of their brochures, promotional material, and packaging is green. Rather a petroleum ink, they use a non-toxic soy ink which comes from soybeans—a renewable resource—which also breaks down a lot easier in the recycling process.

They have a program called UPCs for Trees and more recently they’ve teamed up with TerraCycle® as part of their Earthborn Holistic® Recycling Program.

At a Glance: Our Choices for the Earthborn Dog Food


PRODUCT

DETAILS

RATING

Primitive Natural chicken and turkey
  • A high protein diet consisting of turkey meal, chicken meal and whitefish meal
  • Contains wholesome grains such as barley
    AAFCO-approved diet with more calories and proteins
  • Highly recommended for pregnant dogs, pups and active adults of all breeds
  • Features minimal amounts of processed, dehydrated and whole-food elements sourced from USA
Earthborn Holistic Grain-Free Weight Control Dry Dog Food
  • Has an exceptional low-fat, low-calorie chicken recipe to keep your pooch healthy and fit
  • Reduced fats and calories to just the right amounts that guarantee optimal health for your dog
  • Consists of a blend of natural fibers
  • Enriched with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate that boosts healthy joint cartilage
Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast Grain-Free Natural Dry Dog Food s
  • Contains just one source of protein -- lamb
  • Suitable for managing your dog’s protein intake
  • Also features a healthy blend of vegetables and fruits
  • The vitamins and minerals are great for your mutt’s immune system
Earthborn Holistic Grain-Free Large Breed Dry Dog Food
  • Consists of a specific balance of proteins, fat and carbohydrates
  • Fortified with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to boost his joints’ cartilage
  • Vegetables and fruits provide fibers to support digestibility
Earthborn Holistic Great Plains Feast (with Bison meal)
  • The first ingredient is lean, red meat bison meal, which guarantees high protein levels
  • Fortified with L-carnitine to maintain muscle mass
  • Void of gluten and grains
  • Fortified with antioxidants including Vitamins C and E
Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch Grain-Free Natural Dry Dog Food
  • Rich in proteins that include herring meal, salmon meal and whitefish meal
  • Enriched with L-Carnitine that aids in converting fat to energy
  • Made without glutens and grains
  • It’s prepared using a highly-controlled cooking process that supports easy digestibility and absorption of nutrients

*Note: The links in the table above, as well as several links in the remainder of the article below, will take you to over to Chewy.com where you can find out more information about the products, such as current prices and customer reviews.

Rating

Is Earthborn Dog Food and Earthborn Holistic dog food good for your furry friend? Absolutely! In fact, it gets 4.9 out of 5 stars from us. First, because their products are that good and, second, their approach to sustainability and awareness of local and global issues can’t go unnoticed. They are clearly a company that puts their money where their mouth is.

Review

Earthborn has a wide variety of foods, with something for every breed of dog. The small breed range is for pups under 20 pounds and the large breed products are for dogs weighing more than 50 pounds.

They believe small breeds need a specific nutritional support to control energy levels and weight. Also, because small breeds can live up to 20 years, the products are formulated to support them throughout their lives.

On the other hand, the large breed products are made with the perfect balance of fat, carbohydrates, and protein for healthy joints, strong bones, and overall health.

For a dog food, Earthborn reviews are above-average and we have to agree. Even though the products aren’t widely available, it’s worth the trouble finding a local supplier.

Watch Goose the Pup review Earthborn:

Pros

Cons

  • The ingredients are a superior quality with a high level of protein. This is usually a sign of a good dog food.
  • They don’t use wheat, corn, or soy and the first ingredient is a protein meal, which has a much higher protein content than fresh meat.
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    They’re environmentally-friendly with a strong focus on sustainability, from the ingredients they use to their packaging, printing and even the delivery of their products.
  • It’s not necessarily a con, but their products aren’t as available as we’d like; however, you can order it online.
  • thumbs-o-down
    The price could be a bit of a barrier at first, but the quality is worth every cent.
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    Again, it’s not really a con, but the calorie count is a little high for a serving. What this means is you don’t have to give your dog as much as other foods. Exceeding the daily recommended amount could lead to an overweight pup and an increase in your doggie expenses.

Product Line

There are two dry food product lines: Earthborn Holistic which is soy-, corn-, and wheat-free and the Grain-Free dog food range for physical well-being.

In the Holistic line, there are puppy, adult, and small breed formulas while the Grain-Free range caters to large breeds, as well as weight control formulas and foods for ‘normal’healthy adult dogs.

Grain-Free Holistic Line

Holistic Dog Food Line

Ingredients

Earthborn uses five basic ingredients with a few supplements in their dog food recipes, namely chicken meal, turkey meal, chicken fat, whitefish meal, and potatoes to ensure natural flavors.There is also a product with Bison as the first protein and herring—a doggie surf and turf!

There is some debate around the use of tomato pomace. Some purists are concerned about pesticide levels in the skin, that’s used to make the pomace while other people like that it has such high nutrient levels.

Recall History

Since 1926, there hasn't been one Earthborn Dog Food recall and we don’t expect to see any in the near future. However, should things change we will update the information immediately. You can also look at the FDA list of recalled products.

Conclusion

It goes without saying we think Earthborn is a quality dry dog food with the right balance of nutrients, minerals, and supplements for your dog, especially the grain-free dog food. They could possibly replace potatoes with sweet potatoes as a source of carbohydrates but, having said that, potatoes are still better than grain. The recipes also have chelated minerals like taurine, which is good for your pup’s brain and heart and we like that there are breed-specific formulas.

The company has been around since 1926 and they have never had a recall. Their philosophy ‘love your pet, love your planet’ sits well with us, which is sometimes as important as the quality of the product.

If anything, we’d like to see Earthborn Dog Food products in more stores, but perhaps managing what goes out means better quality control.

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