Black Hawk Dog Food Review

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Black Hawk Dog Food Review
8 Total Score
  • Decent protein and fat content from meats
  • Well selected grains (oats are a good choice)
WebsiteBlack Hawk Pet Care
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Black Hawk became a huge success as an Australian pet food company offering a better standard of pet food than many leading commercial brands. They’re now owned by New Zealand company Masterpet (EBOS Group) but the product is still manufactured in Australia.

Onwards with our Black Hawk dog food review… let’s find out if it’s any good!

Comparable brands: Taste of the Wild, Canidae, Stay Loyal

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Black Hawk Dog Food Review

Black Hawk dog food has a really good position in the market. It’s affordable compared to other highly rated dog foods, yet boasts far better ingredients than most of the absolute rubbish you find in the supermarkets and pet stores. It has a focus on meat, and even the grain inclusions are better than the cereals/wheat you find in cheaper brands which are terrible for the health of your dog. Being somewhat Australian will also be a bonus to those who only want to buy Australian produce.

Let’s take a look at the Lamb & Rice formula for this review seeing as it has the best composition of the range (higher protein and fat, lower carbohydrates).

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 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.

Black Hawk Original Lamb & Rice Dry Dog Food Review
Black Hawk dog food

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. Compared to higher rated dog foods we have noted some customer feedback which suggests some dogs suffer digestive upset on Black Hawk dog food (read the comments). Please take that into account when feeding this food, and perhaps add it to a rotational diet to offer your dog some variety.

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Black Hawk Products (Original)

The Black Hawk dog food products covered by this review:

If grains aren’t your thing, here’s the review of the Black Hawk Grain Free formulas.

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Black Hawk Dog Food Review Summary

Feeding a dog, for many, can be expensive. In truth the real cost can be from feeding many of the terrible quality foods which eventually lead to huge vet bills and heartbreak. Hopefully Black Hawk dog food offers many a somewhat affordable base diet which can always be supplemented with fresh meats, offal, and species appropriate bones to really boost overall health. Black Hawk isn’t the best dog food reviewed on this website, but it’s still better than many.

Black Hawk Ingredients (Original Lamb & Rice)

The ingredients of Black Hawk Original Lamb & Rice dry dog food (as of May2021) are as follows:

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, 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.

Black Hawk Guaranteed Analysis(Original Lamb & Rice)

The guaranteed analysis of Black Hawk Original Lamb & Rice dry dog food (as of May2021) is as follows:

Protein25%
Fat17%
Crude Fibre4.5%
CarbohydratesEstimated 38%
* May be estimated. Read how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.

Black Hawk dog food recalls

There are no known Black Hawk dog food recalls at the current time.

Previous Black Hawk dog food recalls:

  • January 2020 – Various Black Hawk dog food formulas recalled due to mould. Voluntary recall. Affected formulas: Black Hawk Adult Chicken and Rice (3kg, 10kg and 20kg), Black Hawk Adult Lamb and Rice (3kg and 20kg), Black Hawk Adult Large Breed Chicken and Rice (20kg only) and Black Hawk Puppy Large Breed Chicken and Rice (20kg only).
8 Total Score
A good mix of quality and price

PROS
  • Decent protein and fat content from meats
  • Well selected grains (oats are a good choice)