Ingredients like ground corn, wheat bran, and soybean meal make up most of the filler of Brazilian dog food, which is also bulked up with bovine (bones and all), chicken oil, salt, and plenty of vitamins, minerals, and artificial coloring. While the contents aren’t necessarily inspiring, the brand names range from curious to downright silly, including standouts like Bancook, Pitty, Dunga, Ringo, and our favorite, Floop.
A team of veterinarians and accomplished animal nutritionists and physiologists started the Icelandic company Murr in 2008 to offer the highest-quality pet foods to an increasingly demanding marketplace. Utilizing local lamb and raw materials from Iceland’s pristine land, this is grub for the most privileged of pups.
The Dutch know how to show serious hospitality, so it’s obvious that they’d take great care of their canines as well. Yarrah is a 100 percent bio-organic company that makes gourmet-sounding varieties like beef chunks with parsley and thyme, turkey pâté with aloe vera, and chicken with nettles and tomato in sauce. Renske is another Dutch pet food brand, and they concoct crazy combinations like duck and rabbit, salmon and potato, and Mediterranean-inspired flavors like beef and serrano (we’re assuming ham and not chile).
Would you guess that dogs are fed BARF in the land Down Under? Believe it. Dr. Ian Billinghurst developed his line of Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods in order to give Australian canines an advantage in their diet. His patties come in typical flavors like chicken, beef, and pork, as well as exciting selections like lamb, rabbit, and, because this is Australia, kangaroo.
From Alpo and Pedigree to Iams and Science Diet, the culinary offerings for American barkers fall into a wide range of doggie delicacies, including chicken and peas, ocean fish and rice, and the ever-popular Turkey and Lamb Tango. There are also the usual suspects in the realm of treats, like crunchy biscuits, chewy, meat-infused nuggets, and harder-textured twists to control tartar.
French pet food company Normandise observes a team of taste-tester animals to determine the success of failure of new recipes, which shows how much they care about their product. Flavors like rabbit, salmon, veal, cod, and shrimp are just the beginning, and the Normandy-based brand also boasts numerous features food textures, such as mousse, terrine, and chunks of meat in either gravy or jelly. Bon appétit!
In 2005, a new dog food brand called Wuma hit the South African market and has since earned distinction among area breeders. While Wuma’s main flavors for adult dogs and puppies are chicken-meal dominant, it also has a kangaroo-based super-premium product called Wuma Plus that loaded with CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, which boosts immune response and supports healthy body functions.
Of course there’d be a brand named after a Greek deity in the country they reigned over, and Artemis pet food doesn’t let the poodles of Peloponnese down. Almost half is comprised of wheat, and the rest is mostly a combination of poultry and meat meal, animal fat, and beet pulp.
Mexican pet owners may be moving away from buying manufactured dog food after the government recently passed a law that taxes processed pet foods at an exorbitant 16 percent, categorizing them as a "luxury good." Table scraps, which many already favor for their pets, might be a more cost-effective option, and most Mexican mutts enjoy a mix of chicken, rice, tortillas, and eggs.
Scandinavians are sticklers for purity in flavor, so it’s no wonder that dog food in Sweden has a bite that lives up to its bark. Bozita Robur is made with local meat and a mix of rice and maize instead of wheat, making it gluten-free. It’s also loaded with vitamins C and E, selenium, and specially processed cereals (SPC) to help keep pups’ stomachs in top shape.
Benevo vegetarian and vegan dog food hails from the U.K., but it’s quite popular in the sections of India that abide by the same dietary restrictions. Benevo also shuns egg, wheat, and dairy, and instead uses a base of corn, soy, white rice, and peas along with yeast, sugar beet pulp, and tomato pomace.