Nature’s Variety Prairie Dog Food: Is It What Nature Intended?

When I first came across Nature’s Variety Prairie dog food, it was when I was working as a young employee at a local pet supply store. I was intrigued by the number of flavors that was available as well as the relatively low price (back then, at least.) I decided to try it out with my own dog ( I had only 1 at the time). Upon trying it I was surprised how excited he became during dinner time and how much he loved 3 out of the 4 flavors. I loved how I was able to rotate those flavors after every bag he finished and how I could incorporate Nature’s Variety raw into the mix as well.

It is one of those foods that I used to recommend to everyone, especially if they had a bunch of picky eaters.

So, how healthy is Nature’s Variety Prairie dog food?

Let’s jump into my Nature’s Variety Prairie dog food review to find out!

For this review, I will be focusing on the Nature’s Variety Prairie Chicken Formula.


Name: Nature’s Variety Prairie

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Flavors Available: Chicken, Beef, Lamb and Salmon

Sizes Available: 4.5 pounds, 13.5 pounds, 27 pounds

Price: Varies

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Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min): 25.0%
Crude Fat (min): 14.0%
Crude Fiber (max): 6.0%
Moisture (max): 10.0%
Vitamin E (min): 100 IU/kg
*Omega 6 Fatty Acids (min): 2.10%
*Omega 3 Fatty Acids (min): 0.40%


Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Peas, Turkey Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Natural Chicken Flavor, Menhaden Fish Meal, Montmorillonite Clay, Carrots, Salt, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Cranberries, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Yeast Culture, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Extract, Freeze Dried Chicken, Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, Rosemary Extract


1. Chicken

Chicken is a high-quality protein source. During the cooking process the chicken is reduced by half, reducing the amount of protein in the process.

2. Chicken Meal

Chicken meal is a high-quality protein source that contains as much as 300% more protein than chicken contains alone.

3. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a source of fiber that helps to promote a healthy digestive system as well as alleviate upset stomachs.

4. Brown Rice

Brown rice is a healthy source of carbohydrates and fiber, promoting a healthy source of energy and supporting a healthy digestive tract.

5. Barley

Barley is a quality source of carbohydrates and contains essential amino acids, helping to boost a dog’s energy level.

6. Chicken Fat

Chicken Fat is a highly quality source of fat that is packed with Omega 6 fatty acids. This helps to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.

7. Suncured Alfalfa Meal

Alfalfa meal is comprised of a variety of minerals, vitamins and enzymes that is used to help promote healthy digestion and helps to support all-around well-being.

8. Peas

Peas are a surprising source of protein, as well as a source of soluble fiber, Vitamin A and potassium. This is an ingredient that is primarily used to increase the protein content of a dog food as well as support a healthy GI system.

9. Turkey Meal

Turkey meal is another high-quality protein source that can contain as much as 300% more protein than turkey contains alone.

10. Ground Flaxseed

This is a controversial ingredient that can be found in many holistic pet foods. Regardless of what your personal views may be, it has been known to contain Omega 3 fatty acids. This helps to provide healthy skin and shiny coat.

11. Natural Chicken Flavor

This is an ingredient that is comprised of chicken meat, a variety of fruit and vegetable sources. It is primarily used as a way to enhance the flavor of the food to help entice dogs to eat the food.

12. Menhaden Fish Meal

This is yet another high-quality protein ingredient used to help boost the amount of protein in this food. This ingredient contains as much as 300% more protein than menhaden fish has alone. It also contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, helping to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.

13. Montmorillonite Clay

This is an ingredient that is a natural source of at least 67 different minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. It is also used as a detoxifying agent to help eliminate wastes and toxins from the body.

Nature’s Variety Prairie Dog Food Formulas, Sizes and Price

Chicken  and Brown Rice

Made with chicken listed as the first ingredients, hearty whole grains and tumbled with freeze dried raw food, this is a formula that will provide energy, taste and optional digestive health to dogs of all life stages.

Sizes Available: 4.5 pound bag, 13.5 pound bag and 27 pound bag

Beef and Barley

With beef listed as the first ingredient, made with whole grains and tumbled with freeze dried raw food, this is a formula that is made with health in mind. Providing digestive health, energy throughout the entire day and containing an excellent taste, every dog will benefit from this food with every bite.

Sizes Available: 27 pound bag

Lamb and Oatmeal

With grass fed lamb listed as the first ingredient, made with whole grains, plenty of vegetables, loaded with extra vitamins and minerals and tumbled with freeze dried raw, this is a dog food that will benefit dogs of all ages.

Sizes Available: 4.5 pound bag, 13.5 pound bag and 27 pound bag

Salmon and Brown Rice

Made with fresh wild caught salmon, healthy whole grains, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat, made without fillers and tumbled with freeze dried raw, this formula is perfect for dogs with health issues or seniors. Helps to promote digestive health and with excellent taste, no dog will be able to resist it.

Sizes Available: 4.5 pound bag and 27 pound bag

Nature’s Variety Prairie Dog Food Reviews

As far as reviews or complaints left by customers of Nature’s Variety Prairie dog food, most of the feedback has been fairly positive. Check out what some pet parents have said about this food down below.

Nature’s Variety works extremely well for my dog. I typically purchase the chicken and brown rice formula but alternate occasionally with the lamb and rice formula. The moment I open the bag, my dog usually goes crazy. His stool has stayed firm, making clean up around the backyard a breeze. -Connie Babakian

This food is perfect for my dog as he suffers from IBS. After weeks of frustration dealing with his new health issue, we decided to try this food and have never looked back. While this food can be pricey, it does the trick in managing his issues. -Studio Orange

Buy this food, not blue buffalo! This is one of the few brands of food I trust to feed my dogs. Blue Buffalo never did anything to benefit my dog but this is one of those brands that helped to prevent my dog from getting sick. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but it is well worth the money in the end. -Sedrax

A terrific brand of dog food at a reasonable price. This is one of the few foods that my dog has been eager to eat in a very long time. My only issue is the size of the kibble as it can be too small for big dogs. Other than that, this is a brand of food I highly recommend. -Amazon customer

This is a great brand of food. I am a veterinarian and this is the only brand of food I feed to my dogs. It is also the only brand of food I recommend to my clients. My dogs absolutely love this food and I have never had an issue with freshness. -whataryder

My Final Opinion

I will admit that when it comes to this food, I’m a bit biased. As someone who has personally tried Nature’s Variety dog food with her own dogs, I can testify how beneficial this food can be for dogs. After carefully looking at the ingredients of this food, taking the higher price tag into account, the various flavors available and actual customer reviews, this is a food I highly recommend. It is perfect for dogs of all ages as well as for dogs suffering from various ailments. While it does contain a few whole grains that many people will not like, especially if they are feeding their dogs a grain-free diet and the higher price tag, I believe this food is well worth it in the end.

Final Verdict:

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Highly Recommended

Have you tried Nature’s Variety dog food? If so, I would love to hear about your experience! Drop me a detailed comment down below.

Nature's Variety Prairie


Overall Rating



  • Chicken is the first ingredient
  • Plenty of flavors available to give dogs lots of variety


  • Contains whole grains which most customers won’t like
  • Can be a bit pricey

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