|Country of origin:||Australia|
There’s no doubt about it, Cobber is a cheap food at approx $35 for 20 kilos. Pet food manufacturers don’t sell their products cheaply from the kindness of their hearts, so you have to ask yourself “why is it cheap?”.
This review is for Cobber Country Dog. Consider other Cobber foods, such as Working Dog, on par with this.
Please note I was unable to find an official website and ingredient listing, so have used information from a 3rd party source for this review.
From an overall analysis perspective, this food is below average in protein, very low in fat (don’t read that as a good thing, our dogs need fat for energy), and appears to be high in carbohydrates.
The bulk of the food is whole grain cereals which is testament to the analysis, but what’s worse is this is inclusive of cereal by-products. Cereals aren’t very nutritious, but the by-products are nothing short of floor sweepings. Filling a pet food with such ingredients is a cheap and nasty way of profiting from unknowledgable consumers, and worse still could be detrimental to your dogs health. If your dog suffers dry skin and coat eating this food, then this will be the main culprit, and if your dog isn’t suffering they likely will in the long term.
The next ingredient is rendered meats and by-products, the cheapest, nastiest inclusion of meat. This can and will be inclusive of offal, skin, ears, eyes, tumors, and other nasties from what could well be diseased animals, roadkill, and who knows what else. Fats and oils inclusive of tallow is another product from meat rendering, where these animals are minced up in a grinder and boiled up.
We also find fish and fish meal in the food, a non-descriptive source of fish which will be poor quality. Fish meal is the biggest culprit of toxins that can poison your pet over a period of time.
Vitamins and minerals are listed on the ingredients, but I have no information on what’s included.
There are a number of similarly formulated foods that fall well and truly into the 1 star category. This is no different. 1 star.
Where to buy?
Nothing worth mentioning.
* 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%).
Whole cereal grains and cereal by-products, Meat and meat by-products (beef, chicken and/or mutton), Fats and oils (tallow, and/or vegetable oil and/or fish oil), Oilseeds and oilseed by-products, Fish and fish by-products, Minerals, Vitamins, Preservative, Antioxidants.