Note: Please read the many comments about diarrhoea on Black Hawk dog foods which have continued over a significant period of time. This will likely deter you from feeding Black Hawk to your dog.
Black Hawk used to have a very loyal following due to being an Australian company, but are now owned by Masterpet (CBOS Group) in New Zealand which raised a lot of speculation. Black Hawk maintained the food was still 100% Australian made and the formula wouldn’t change, so it’s interesting to see it now has. Comparing old versus new it’s actually a lot different, so let’s take a look…
We’ll focus on the Australian Hormone Free Chicken recipe. The other three recipes are very similar in composition and analysis.
As with the previous recipe we find Chicken Meal as the main ingredient, which is great to see. They state the food is 52% meat proteins but I’m not entirely sure what that means. 52% of the protein in the food comes from chicken? 52% of the ingredients are chicken (before or after cooking)? It’s not very clear to me…
The next ingredient is peas, which is an ingredient we see often these days in grain free foods. They’re very high in protein and a cheaper inclusion than meat proteins. I wouldn’t say they’re a bad ingredient, but it masks the amount of meat proteins in the food.
Tapioca is prominent as the 3rd ingredient. All kibble’s need a starchy ingredient to bind it together, and tapioca has become a popular choice. It’s gluten-free and not a common allergen which means not many dogs will have an issue eating it, but on the other hand it contains little nutritional merit and is very high on the glycemic index. The fifth ingredient is potato which is also high GI. If your dog has diabetes then it’s worth looking for a food with sweet potatoes or chickpeas instead. Interestingly the previous formula was based on sweet potato, so this is quite a change.
In 4th we have Chicken Fat, an essential ingredient providing omega 6 fatty acids. Animal fats offer an excellent source of energy. A range of oils have been added as a further source of omega fats for overall health, skin and coat. We also find a range of trace fruits, vegetables, and herbs which are nice inclusions.
It’s worth noting many have raised issues with diarrhea with some Black Hawk products (please read comments), so if this is the case we recommend not feeding this product. That said, from an ingredients and price perspective it’s an affordable grain free food which has a much better composition than many other dog foods.
Chicken Meal, Peas, Tapioca, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with Rosemary Extract, Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Potato, Sweet Potato, Chicken Gravy, Sugar Beet Pulp, Essential Vitamins and Minerals (see tables), Salmon Oil, Sunflower Oil, Chicory Root, Di-Calcium Phosphate, Alfalfa, Salt, Apple, Brewers Yeast, Pumpkin Seeds, Natural Antioxidants, Coconut Oil, Yoghurt Powder, Emu Oil, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dandelion Tea, Parsley, Peppermint Tea, Rosemary Extract, Chondroitin, Glucosamine, Carrots, Yucca Schidigera, Spinach, Kelp, Tomato, Beta Carotene.
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- A dense meat protein ingredient in the number one spot.
- Peas will inflate the protein, tapioca is prominent as well as potato as high GI ingredients.