California Natural Herring and Sweet Potato Adult Dry Dog Food

Editor's Review: 4 / 5.0
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This is one of several products offered by this company that feature a limited ingredient list that may be more agreeable to some dogs that have various food sensitivities. This formula can be used easily in a rotation diet that features different California Natural foods. The rotation diet philosophy is purported to reduce or prevent the development of food sensitivity and to make eating more interesting for your pet.

Quick Look

Nutritional Content Information

  • Protein 21.07%
  • Fat 11.68%
  • Fiber 3.66%
  • Moisture 10%

Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup

This food provides 3474 Kcal per kilogram and 419 Kcal per cup. When trying to decide how much to feed your dog, start with the recommended amounts for your dog’s size and weight. You should closely monitor your dog’s weight and adjust feeding amounts if he appears to be gaining or losing weight.


This food comes in 5 lb. 15 lb. and 30 lb. packages. The 15 lb. package can be ordered for $27.99 and the 30 lb. package for $46.99.

January 17, 2013
California Natural Herring and Sweet Potato Adult Dry Dog Food


Main Ingredients

  • Herring – a high-quality fresh fish product
  • Barley – a whole grain that provides carbohydrates, fiber, and nutrients
  • Oatmeal – a whole grain that provides carbohydrates, fiber, and nutrients
  • Herring meal – a fish concentrate that is drier and much higher in protein than fresh fish
  • Herring oil – provides essential fatty acids

Other Ingredients List

  • Sunflower oil (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid)
  • Sweet potato
  • Natural flavors
  • Dicalcium phosphate
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Vitamins (Vitamin E supplement, Betaine hydrochloride, Bitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, beta carotene, Vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, folic acid)
  • Minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate)
  • Potassium chloride
  • Rosemary extract

AAFCO Statement

California Natural Herring & Sweet Potato Adult Dry Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient profiles for maintenance.

Product Overview

This food features fresh herring and herring meal as well as herring oil. This kind of cold water fish provides great protein and Omega 3 fatty acids. The company states that no ethoxyquin preservative is used in any of their products, a problematic ingredient that is used in some fish meals. Minerals that are chelated make them easier for the intestines to absorb, and are a feature of other high quality foods. A good fatty acid ratio created by fish and sunflower oils will help your pet maintain his healthy skin and coat. No wheat, corn, or soy ingredients are included.

The food appears to be slightly lower in protein than some other higher quality feeds. Though ‘sweet potato’ appears in the name and is mentioned as the source of energy and fiber on the website, it is actually the seventh listed ingredient, which means that it is included in lower weights than either herring or sunflower oil. It appears that most of the carbohydrates and fiber in this product come instead from the barley and oatmeal that are listed higher in the list. These are both whole grains. This dry food has no probiotics, these being left out because some dogs may develop sensitivities to them.

Rotational feeding is designed to reduce food sensitivity by switching protein sources periodically. Since each type of meat has a different nutrient profile, it is thought that changing results in more complete nutrition over time. In addition, since the dog is not eating the same kind of food for very long it doesn’t have time to develop sensitivity to any one ingredient. The variety inherent in rotational feeding may also be a benefit for dogs who are more picky eaters.

Natura, which manufactures California Natural products, is a division of the Proctor and Gamble Company. All of the dry kibble formulas produced by Natura are made in Fremont, Nebraska. Natura states that their only animal testing consists of non-invasive field trials in which they study only palatability, digestibility, and stool quality.


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