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I originally found out about Orijen food after talking to an American friend online.I´m from Mallorca (a tiny island on the coast of Spain),so I started to do some research to see if we could get it here.
It´s then when I also found Acana [puppy small breed] and I really love the things I´ve read about both brands.I´m currently feeding my yorkies royal canin yorkshire terrier junior,and although they eat it just fine,they also eat their poop,which is the reason I wanted to change brands.I just think that if I tried a different brand with less grain,they might digest their food better and not want to eat the "waste".

Anyhoo...I´ve discovered that I can only get both brands online,because none of our pet stores want anything to do with them.
So far,I´ve been told that it´s basiclly just fat,and that it´s so rich that it causes diarrea,bad breath and terrible terrible gas.Now,I have no problem with buying this food online,but is it true that it´s really not all that great? I have been reading and reading and people in the US etc seem to really love this brand,so I´m confused and dont know what to do.
We cant get many brands here,so I was really happy to find that I could get Orijen and Acana online at all.

Could you please give me your opnions on these foods? I´m just not sure if it really is a bad kibble,or this island just doesnt want to risk importing a kibble that no one has heard of and then not be able to sell it.
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Neither are a bad kibble. I am of the camp that you feed your dog what your individual dog does well on. I have three dogs that can eat a grain inclusive and be just as great as every- good weights, good poop, good coat, good energy, etc. I have two that can't touch a grain inclusive food lest I want constant diarrhea. On the flip side, Orijen was too rich for my dogs and every one had terrible poop for the entire time we tried it. Every one here does great on TOTW, save for Shambles who eats some raw, some kibble. He does better on a grain inclusive food.

FWIW, I have an avid poop eater. The brand of food she is on is not a deterrent.
 

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Both Orijen and Acana are good brands. For a housepet, I'd recommend Acana. Orijen tends to be too rich for many dogs, causing diahrrea. If you order Acana, get the grain free.
 

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I feed my dog orijen and am more than happy with how well she does on that brand. Better than on Acana actually. I brought her to Sweden and got her Orijen there too, there Orijen had a very good reputation and is one of the top kibble you can buy there. Fortunately for me I have a friend with a pet store that offers it so I didn't have to change food for her, but they have some local kibble just as good there.
 

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If you order Acana, get the grain free.
Just taking a look at I cant see a puppy version of this..do you have a link to it even if it´s on an American site so I can see a picture of the bag? I can find grain free adult versions of Acana but nothing for pups.
 

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I have fed Orijen for a while and all my dogs did great on it, with one exception. I have one dog who has horrid gas on it.

Not sure how true this is with Champion but different brands have different formulas and ingredients for different countries. So while they may have great North American formulas their European formulas may not be.
 

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I feed both Orijen and Acana, both are great, high quality foods, and Kuma does wonderfully on them, no issues with gas, bad breath or runny poop. Now of course, not every dog will do well on them, but that is true of any food.
 

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I have fed Orijen for a while and all my dogs did great on it, with one exception. I have one dog who has horrid gas on it.

Not sure how true this is with Champion but different brands have different formulas and ingredients for different countries. So while they may have great North American formulas their European formulas may not be.
Champion only has one plant and that's right here in Alberta. I dont believe they make different formulas for different countries.

Their food is definitely not all fat, they use very good ingredients, compared to most kibble (Royal Canin is not nearly as good!) I feed both Orijen and Acana in my rotation.
 

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Champion only has one plant and that's right here in Alberta. I dont believe they make different formulas for different countries.

Their food is definitely not all fat, they use very good ingredients, compared to most kibble (Royal Canin is not nearly as good!) I feed both Orijen and Acana in my rotation.
This ^^^

No kibble change their formulas depending on where in the world it's sold. They change the bag, to have the language of the region/country and to fulfill the laws how to list the ingredients in the country in question.
 

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I'm surprised to hear it has a bad reputation there, both of them are very good foods.
 

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This ^^^

No kibble change their formulas depending on where in the world it's sold. They change the bag, to have the language of the region/country and to fulfill the laws how to list the ingredients in the country in question.
I thought Royal Canin was one that did? I will have to look that up again.

Also, I love Aiken!! Went there last your for our anniversary and had a great time.
 

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Their food is definitely not all fat, they use very good ingredients, compared to most kibble (Royal Canin is not nearly as good!)
To the bolded,this is exactly what I wanted to know ;)

I'm surprised to hear it has a bad reputation there, both of them are very good foods.
I think that the problem isnt the quality,but the fact that people dont know about it [Acana & Origen] here yet,and before coming across as stupid,they´d rather say "oh no,we dont have it because it´s rubbish"..you know? ;) Royal canin is very well known here,and they seem to confuse that with it being "the best".

I actually found ONE store (on the whole island!) that sells Acana,Orijen and a few other international brands **squeel of exitement!!**,and the woman there had nothing but great things to say about it.I bought a 5lb bag of Acana and we´ve already started the transition :D
 

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We just transitioned Oliver over to Acana. He loves it and we had no problems whatsoever with the transition.
 

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I thought Royal Canin was one that did? I will have to look that up again.

Also, I love Aiken!! Went there last your for our anniversary and had a great time.
It wouldn't surprise me if they do ... RC just isn't a good food and I don't trust it at all.

Aiken is a great town ... it's such a horse town and dog town, lots, and lots of fun things to do.:D

I heard a lot of criticism against Orijen in Sweden too. Some people don't trust it because the ingredients are "strange" and different. What they don't think about is that those ingredients are local in Canada adn not at all a "strange" way to get the minerals and vitamins needed.
 

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Orijen & Acana are extremely overpriced foods from a misleading company with a history of bad quality and no expertise.

We have a joke about these types of foods in my world, "does anyone have the Karo syrup"
I dont know about overpriced.A 3lb bag of royal canin costs 20€ ($25),yet a 5lb bag of Acana costs just 16€ ($20)..that is VERY cheap to me.I´v read nothing but positive things about Acana/Orijen,but not many people have much to say about Royal Canin.I like what I´ve read about Acana and if my dogs do OK on it,I´ll stick with it *shrugs*
 

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I dont know about overpriced.A 3lb bag of royal canin costs 20€ ($25),yet a 5lb bag of Acana costs just 16€ ($20)..that is VERY cheap to me.I´v read nothing but positive things about Acana/Orijen,but not many people have much to say about Royal Canin.I like what I´ve read about Acana and if my dogs do OK on it,I´ll stick with it *shrugs*
I have a friend who was feeding both her dog and cat crap. So I decided to do some educating. I showed her stuff on the internet, I showed her the analysis websites, I showed her the links to why certain ingredients are bad, etc. But when we went to do an actual price comparison, I was absolutely dumbfounded. Comparing Orijen and Science Diet, there wasn't a major difference in price like there should be to reflect the major difference in quality.
 

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Comparing Orijen and Science Diet, there wasn't a major difference in price like there should be to reflect the major difference in quality.
Science diet is really expensive here too..it´s right up there with Royal canin.I simply cant afford to buy 4 $25 bags a month,which is what my pups were eating now.Acana is way cheaper and you get more in a bag too,and if it´s better in quality,then what more could I ask for? :)
 
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