True Colours is an Australian brand of dog food made by the same company who make Man’s Best.
We’ll take a look at the ingredients of Australian Chicken + Brown Rice for the sake of this True Colours dog food review.
Let’s dig in…
True Colours dog food review
What the marketing says
The bag features a beautiful Border Collie. I pick up on this stuff straight away as they’re a breed close to my heart. In fact I’m so into Border Collies I also picked up on his cute white lower right leg compared to his black left leg – I’m sad aren’t I?
In my mind I expect the diet of a Border Collie as a super active breed to be rich in proteins from meats, with decent meat fat for energy. That’s unfortunately not the case with True Colours dog food as you’ll read later, but don’t be put off just yet.
We find lots of marketing with True Colours. The bag says “Feel good dog food” as if it douses your pooch in aromatherapy oil and gives him a back and neck massage.
Apparently True Colours dog food uses “only the best ingredients”, “carefully crafted with pet nutritionists and vets”, and are allegedly “the perfect blend” of meats, fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and minerals, which really depends on where you consider a dog on the omnivore to carnivore scale, and also what you consider the “perfect blend”.
They state “No artificial colours or preservatives Hormone or GMO free”, and I assume the lack of punctuation in that statement is an error and they don’t mean no hormone or GMO free preservatives.
Let’s move on as I feel I’m ripping into the brand a little unfairly, so let’s take a look at the ingredients and see the real True Colours – it’s honestly not that bad!
What the ingredients really say
I’ll pluck out six ingredients which I believe are significant. Most people only read the first ingredient, which in this case is chicken meal, and assume that’s the main ingredient. That’s rarely the case.
If we put the fat content aside (in this case a decent inclusion of chicken fat) we have chicken meal, ground rice, oats, lamb meal, fish meal, and field peas.
The protein of 21% isn’t great – it’s bog standard to be honest. Fat of 14% isn’t much to rave about either, but it’s okay. From a formula starting with chicken meal and rice we’d expect more protein, so that suggests there isn’t as much of these ingredients as we’d expect.
Oats as the 3rd ingredient are likely in the same amount as the first two, and I expect much less of the lamb and fish meal. That would mean the formula has an emphasis towards rice and oats over chicken meal, which somewhat explains the lower protein and what I estimate around 47% carbohydrates.
I’m surprised though, as given the formula I would expect more protein.
It’s good to see a variety of ingredients, and rice and oats are better grains than the wheat and undisclosed cereal grains you find in other Australian dog food brands.
It’s also nice to see a range of chicken, lamb, and fish. A mixture is good.
Peas are fine in moderation, and again compared to other Australian brands packed full of peas to ramp up protein it feels right with True Colours.
I realise aspects of this review have come across a little negative, but as a whole I find True Colours dog food reasonable. Yes, there are more premium brands, but they cost more. There are definitely much worse choices than this.
If True Colours dog food suits your budget then give it a go. It strikes me as a good base diet, and you can address the lowish protein and fat by adding in some fresh meats, organs, and raw meaty bones – all dogs benefit from at least 20% raw, and don’t take my word for it as this was recently established by a Finnish study.
True Colours – not bad!
I’d prefer to see less ambiguity with “natural antioxidants” in the ingredients list though.
I hope this True Colours dog food review has helped you decide, and if it has then all I ask is you tell your friends about this wonderfully written dog food review website! 🐾
What about True Colours Puppy?
There’s one puppy recipe on offer – True Colours Australian Chicken + Brown Rice.
I have to say with 30% protein and 17% fat I find this a decent option given the mix of ingredients. As said with the adult formula, there’s nothing stopping you feeding this as a base diet and mixing in some fresh and raw.
If True Colours Puppy suits your budget then this could be a good option for your puppy. It’s basically an improved version of the adult formulas!
Where to buy True Colours
Ingredients of True Colours dog food (Chicken + Brown Rice):
Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Oats, Lamb Meal, Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Rosemary Extract), Field Peas, Beet Pulp, Kelp, Canola Oil, Salt, Essential Vitamins & Minerals, Natural Antioxidants, Emu Oil, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Tomato Powder, Carrots, Dried Blueberries, Dandelion, Peppermint, Rosemary, Cranberries.
Guaranteed analysis of True Colours dog food:
|Crude Fibre||(max) 5%|
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 47%|
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- Good mix of ingredients
- Good choice of grains