|Country of origin:||Australia|
|Available from:||My Pet Warehouse, PETstock, Jumbo Pets|
07/06/2017 – Review updated due to formula change.
Black Hawk became a huge success as an Australian pet food company offering a better standard of pet food to many of the commercial supermarket brands. Accordingly they gained a loyal following which was marred somewhat when New Zealand’s EBOS Group bought the company under the umbrella of Masterpet. The product is still manufactured in Australia.
When it comes to Australian brands I find Black Hawk is in a good position. More recent brands such as Ivory Coat and Stay Loyal offer a higher meat content, but also at a higher price. If you’re looking for a decent food at a reasonable price then this is worth considering.
This review is for the Lamb & Rice variety (read: Australian Lamb). They also have a range of grain free foods which are reviewed here.
Lamb is the top ingredient, and as it’s “lamb meal” we know we have a solid animal protein source and what I expect from a decent food. This is backed up with Chicken Meal and Fish Meal to offer your dog a variety of protein sources. I would prefer to see a less ambiguous fish ingredient as it’s hard to ascertain what this is, but we can hope this is rich in omega fats and oils typical of fish ingredients. Other premium fish-based foods list the specific type of fish, such as salmon.
Rice is a cheap inclusion in pet foods but is easily digested. Brown rice (which this food used to contain) would be a more nutritious choice. We also find Oats in the food which are a great choice of grain, being a source of fibre and slow-burning energy.
Chicken fat is a source of omega-6 as well as a source of energy. The remainder of the food shows a variety of nice inclusions – various oils, glucosamine, and chondroitin, all good for health and joints, plus additives for calcium and a range of fruits, veggies, and necessary vitamins, and minerals.
This certainly isn’t a bad food as it has some well chosen ingredients, but customer feedback has shown a number of dogs suffer digestive upsets with this food. It’s rated 3.5 stars accordingly, which is an honourable rating and this food is much better than most.
Where to buy?
Meat meals as the main ingredients, with a balanced and considered ingredients list.
Most dogs seem to do well on this food, but it’s worth reading the comments as diarrhoea seems to be common with Black Hawk products.
* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).
Lamb Meal, Chicken Meal, Fish Meal, Ground Rice, Oats, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols [source of Vitamin E], Citric Acid, Rosemary Extract), Field Peas, Beet Pulp, Kelp Meal, Canola Oil, Brewers Yeast, Egg Powder, Essential Vitamins & Minerals (see tables), Chicory, Salt, Di-calcium Phosphate, Natural Antioxidants, Fish Oil, Emu Oil, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulphate, Tomato Powder, Carrots, Dried Blueberries, Dandelion, Peppermint, Rosemary, Cranberries.
Previous ingredients – Lamb Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Ground Oats, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols source of Vit E, Citric Acid Rosemary extract), Rye, Flaxseed meal, Fish Meal, Canola Oil, Emu Oil, Dried Carrots, Dried Kelp, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Chicory, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulphate, Dried Blueberries, Dandelion, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tomato Meal, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Amino Acid Chelated, Iron Sulphate, Vitamin A-Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Sulphate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Folic acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate.