Black Hawk makes me think of heavily armed flying war-machines more than dog food, but I don’t think they intended for that association. They were originally an Australian company but are now owned by New Zealand’s EBOS Group.
This review is for the Lamb & Rice variety (read: Australian Lamb). They also make a grain free chicken recipe which is 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. Brown rice and oats are a great choice of grain to provide a substantial source of fibre. We also find rye which is an unusual, and controversial, inclusion into dog food (I’ve never seen it in cat food). The nutritional composition of rye is similar to wheat, but it’s higher in indigestible polysaccharides that prevent the nutrients being absorbed. In plain English that isn’t a positive thing, but it’s likely the cooking process gets rid of most of these anti-nutrients. I’d rather not see rye in the food, which makes me question why it’s included.
Some other recipes from Black Hawk don’t include rye, so if you have concerns then you could try a different recipe. Most dogs should be fine with it.
I’m ambivalent with chicken fat, but it’s a source of omega-6 as well as being an energy source. It’s a by-product of the rendering process when the meat is cooked. We find flaxseed high in the ingredient list which is great for heart health. Fish meal is an additional protein source but I’d rather not see undescriptive ingredients in a food. It would be better seeing a named meal such as “herring meal” or “ocean fish meal”.
There’s a variety of other good ingredients including fruits, veggies, and herbs, and some oils to cater for omega fats.
This certainly isn’t a bad food as it has some well chosen ingredients, I’ll give it four stars as it’s definitely better than most foods available in Australia. If anything it’s lacking in meat products, so it’s a low four star, but I’d have no qualms feeding this food to my dog.
Where to buy?
Lamb meal as the main ingredient, backed up by a good choice of grains.
The inclusion of rye, only one meat in the top five ingredients.
* 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, 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.