Acana Ranchlands Grain Free Dry Dog Food

Editor's Review: 5 / 5.0
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The philosophy of the Acana brand is to make dog food with a high percentage of meat-based protein that will mimic the natural diet of a foraging canine in the wild. Accordingly, 60% of the ingredients by weight are animal-based protein sources with the other 40% coming from regional vegetables and fruits. Fresh ingredients are bought from sources local to the plant so they are never frozen or chemically preserved. The Ranchlands recipe features red meats such as fresh free-range beef, bison, and lamb in addition to lamb and fish meals.

Quick Look

Nutritional Content Information

  • Protein 31%
  • Fat 17%
  • Fiber 3%
  • Moisture 10%

Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup

This dry food has 3850 Kcal per kilogram of kibble, which is 460 Kcal per 250 mL cup (120 g). The calories distribute as 33% from protein, 31% from carbohydrates, and 36% from fat.


Acana Ranchlands comes in three sizes. The 5.5 bag (2.5 kg) costs about $19.99, the 15.4 lb bag (7 kg) $40.99, and the 29.7 bag (13.5 kg) $72.99.

April 26, 2013
Acana Ranchlands Grain Free Dry Dog Food


Main Ingredients

  • Deboned beef — fresh free-range beef from local Canadian producers
  • Lamb meal — a cooked meat product very high in protein & nutrients
  • Herring meal — a cooked fish concentrate high in protein & nutrients
  • Russet potato — a source of easily digestible carbohydrate
  • Peas — provides carbohydrates, protein, and fiber

Other Ingredients List

    Beef liver
  • Herring oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
  • Deboned bison
  • Deboned lamb
  • Sun-cured alfalfa
  • Salmon meal
  • Lamb liver
  • Pea fiber
  • Pumpkin
  • Spinach
  • Turnip greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Kelp
  • Cranberries
  • Blueberries
  • Juniper berries
  • Chicory root
  • Licorice root
  • Angelica root
  • Fenugreek
  • Marigold flowers
  • Sweet fennel
  • Peppermint leaf
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Lavender flowers
  • Summer savory
  • Rosemary
  • Vitamin A supplement
  • Vitamin D3 supplement
  • Vitamin E supplement
  • Niacin
  • Riboflavin
  • Folic acid
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B12 supplement
  • Zinc proteinate
  • Iron proteinate
  • Manganese proteinate
  • Copper proteinate
  • Selenium
  • Yeast
  • Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product
  • Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product

AAFCO Statement

Acana Ranchlands is formulated to meet nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Product Overview

The fresh meats used in this food are from grass-fed free-range animals that are certified antibiotic-free and designed fit for human consumption. That being said, there is also a significant percentage of the protein (perhaps even the majority) provided by lamb and herring meals. These are cooked meat concentrates that are very high in protein and nutrients and do not have the high moisture of fresh meats. Their dryness makes very attractive and even necessary in the manufacture of dry kibble. Since the product contains 60% meat-based products by weight, the result has an attractively high protein level.

Potatoes and peas provide the carbohydrates and help to hold the food together. Both are good sources of nutrients and fiber as well as the kind of carbs that are easy for your pet to digest. The food is grain-free to avoid food allergies or sensitivities. A long list of vegetables, fruits, and botanicals are also included to provide extra nutritional support. Other indicators of a high-quality food are the complete vitamin supplements and the mineral proteinates. Chelating minerals to proteins makes them easier for your pet to absorb and use them. Probiotics, which are supplied as the listed fermentation products, help to encourage good bacteria growth in the gut for a healthy digestive system.

Analysis and review of the Acana Ranchlands show that it is a high-quality meat-based food that will most likely provide great nutrition for your pet. Be sure to monitor your dog’s weight and change how much he eats if you see an inappropriate gain or loss of weight. A healthy dog should look have plenty of energy, look lean and be athletic. Good nutrition and exercise are important factors in a long and happy life for your pet.

Acana is a brand produced by the Champion Pet Foods company of Alberta, Canada. All kibbles are manufactured at their plant on the Alberta prairie.


5 thoughts on “Acana Ranchlands Grain Free Dry Dog Food

  1. My 12 year old English Springer Spaniel is on one of the Acana newest kibble grain free formulas.He has become somewhat picky lately.What can I add to it to make it more tempting to him?

  2. What can I do to make the grain free Acana kibble fodd more tempting for my 12 year old English Springer

  3. Jane, not sure if you have an answer to this yet, but I am adding a fresh egg once a day and about 2 tablespoons of Liberte Kefir plain yogurt.

  4. Hallo,ik heb een vraagje,mijn hondje (boomer)heeft allergie van granen en gevogelte,ik gebruik Acana Pecifica en wil ook Ranchlands gaan gebruiken ,bij de Analyses van Orijen staat de Essentiele vetzuren (Kippenvet)
    Bij Acana staat geen Essentiele vetzuren ,zit dat wel in Acana
    vriendelijke groet m.hessels Enkhuizen Holland

  5. This is without a doubt the worst pet food manufacturer I have ever dealt with. While I am fully understanding that things happen beyond control – Acana has done nothing to ensure delivery of food products back to their local distributors and thus suppliers (as confirmed by Acana – it is completely unavailable in Central NY). When contacted regarding the situation, they showed a complete lack of responsibility or care to rectify the situation. Rather they stated it should be available within 6 weeks locally, and I the mean time I should pay a significantly higher price to order online, or i guess starve my 3 dogs until the food was available locally. Upon my response to the Acana customer service, I was completely ignored. I am Completely dissatisfied and believe all considering this food should perform research and select another brand with appropriate customer service and animal care.

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