California Natural Dog Food Review: How Natural Is It Really?

California Natural Dog Food

California Natural Dog Food

Overall Rating



  • Chicken meal is the first ingredient
  • Limited ingredients-great for dogs with sensitive bellies


  • Salt is used
  • A few controversial ingredients used
  • Only comes in 2 sizes: not convenient for some pet owners
  • A bit on the expensive side

In this California Natural Dog Food review, we will be looking at every aspect of California Natural Dog food, from the breakdown of the ingredient list, actual customer reviews, price and sizes available to see whether or not this is a quality dog food that should be recommended to others.

California Natural dog food is not a dog food that I am all too familiar with. Of course like any pet parent I have come across this food several times at various pet food outlets, but never once have I actually considered feeding this food to my dog.

So, without further ado let’s jump right into my honest California Natural Dog Food review.

For this review I will be focusing on the Chicken Meal and Rice Formula for adult dogs.


Name: California Natural

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Flavors Available: Chicken Meal and Rice, Lamb Meal and Rice and Herring and Sweet Potato

Formulas Available: Puppy, Small and Medium Breed Puppy, Adult, Large Bites, Small Bites and Weight Management

Sizes Available: 30 Pounds

Advertised Price: Varies

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Guaranteed Analysis

Nutrient Analysis
Name Value (units)
Crude Protein 29.9 %
Crude Fat 12.4 %
Crude Fiber 1.0 %
Ash 9.27 %
Arginine 2.09 %
Histidine 0.67 %
Isoleucine 1.11 %
Leucine 2.02 %
Lysine 1.92 %
Methionine-Cystine 0.88 %
Methionine 0.59 %
Phenylalanine-Tyrosine 1.58 %
Phenylalanine 0.91 %
Threonine 1.19 %
Tryptophan 0.32 %
Valine 1.29 %
Linoleic Acid 1.9 %
Arachidonic Acid 0.07 %
Calcium 2.11 %
Phosphorus 1.34 %
Potassium 0.83 %
Sodium 0.45 %
Chloride 0.92 %
Magnesium 0.13 %
Iron 108.0 mg/kg
Copper 12.0 mg/kg
Manganese 29.0 mg/kg
Zinc 200.0 mg/kg
Iodine 2.65 mg/kg
Selenium 0.57 mg/kg
Vitamin A 9,910.0 IU/kg
Vitamin D 1,670.0 IU/kg
Vitamin E 387.0 IU/kg
Thiamine 5.81 mg/kg
Riboflavin 5.37 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid 21.3 mg/kg
Niacin 84.1 mg/kg
Pyridoxine 8.6 mg/kg
Folic acid 1.13 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 0.626 mg/kg
Choline 1,210.0 mg/kg
Total n-3 Fatty Acids 0.81 %
Omega-6 FA 1.96 %
Linolenic Acid 0.78 %
EPA 20:5n3 0.02 %
DHA 22:6n3 0.01 %
EPA + DHA 0.03 %
Carbohydrate (NFE) 42.14 %


Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Rice, Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Source of Vitamin E), Flaxseed, Natural Flavors, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin E Supplement, Betaine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Beta Carotene, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract


1. The first ingredient in this food is Chicken Meal. Chicken meal is considered to be a high quality protein source that contains at least 300% more protein than chicken itself alone.

2. The second ingredient is Brown Rice. Brown rice is a high quality carbohydrate that will give your dog the energy he or she needs to thrive.

3. The third ingredient in this food is Rice. Rice is considered to be an adequate source of carbohydrates and fiber, giving your dog the energy he or she needs to thrive as well as promote a healthy digestive tract. However, since this is the second rice ingredient used in this food it is considered to be more of a filler than an added nutritious ingredient.

4. The fourth ingredient is Sunflower Oil. While it is not common for this ingredient to be used in many pet foods today, it is one of the healthier fat sources that can be used. This ingredient is low in saturated fats and is packed with essential fatty acids that will help give your dog a shiny skin and coat in the process.

5. The fifth ingredient in this food is Flaxseed. This is a controversial item that is used. Regardless of what your opinion of this ingredient may be, it has proven to be a source of essential omega 3 fatty acids, but it is also a source of fiber.

6. The sixth ingredient is Natural Flavors. While natural flavors themselves can be considered controversial in itself due to the fact that you are not really told where the flavoring is coming from, these flavors tend to come from various meat, fruit and vegetables sources all in order to boost the flavor of the food.

7. The seventh ingredient is Salt. Now this is an ingredient that should not be listed in any brand of pet food. The only reason salt is used is to enhance the flavor of the food and to entice your pet to eat it. Salt itself is known to cause various heart issues and obesity in dogs.

Flavors and Formulas Available

There are various flavors and formulas available for the California Natural line of dog food. The flavors available for this food are:

  • Chicken Meal and Rice
  • Lamb Meal and Rice
  • Herring and Sweet Potato

The various formulas available for this food are:

  • Puppy
  • Small and Medium Breed Puppy
  • Adult
  • Large Bites
  • Small Bites
  • Weight Management


Sizes and Price

There are only two sizes that most of California Natural’s bags of food come in are 15 pounds and 30 pounds. As for price this will be different depending on the flavor, size and formula you are purchasing. However, a list of the prices for this food are listed below.

Chicken Meal and RiceCalifornia natural dog food

  • 30 Pounds-$49.98

Herring and Sweet Potato

  • 30 Pounds-$61.79

Weight Management Lamb Meal and Brown Rice

  • 30 Pounds-$59.99

Puppy Lamb Meal and Rice

  • 30 Pounds-$79.52

California Natural Dog Food Review and Complaints

As far as actual reviews and complaints left by clients for California Natural dog food, I have found many of them to be both negative and positive. Just take a look for yourself what some pet parents are saying about this food.

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My Final Opinion

After carefully looking at the ingredients of this food, taking into account actual customer reviews and looking at the overall availability of this food, this is a food I have no problem recommending this food to other pet owners, especially with dogs that need to be on a limited diet.

Final Verdict:

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Have you fed your dog California Natural dog food? If so, do you agree with this California Natural dog food review? Let me know in the comments section below.


Vanessa is a Certified Vet Tech in the state of Colorado and has over 10 years of experience in animal nutrition. She owns two dogs: a Siberian Husky mix and a Beagle Black Lab mix.

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