Acana Classic Red Review

Acana Dry Dog Food Review

Acana Classic Red

Quick Analysis



Potential Allergens: beef, lamb and seafood

Est. Calories: 349 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, Acana Classic Red is an above average dog food, earning 7 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.

Ingredient Analysis

When evaluating a dog food, the first five ingredients can tell you a lot about the quality of a product as they make up the bulk of the product. Ideally, you're looking for quality protein sources with a minimum of cheap starches, fillers or by-products. Continuing down the ingredient list, look for ingredients that resemble real food with a minimal number of unpronounceable chemicals - the same as you would for human food.

Acana Classic Red includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • lamb meat meal
  • fresh angus beef
  • fresh yorkshire pork
  • raw grass-fed lamb
  • fresh beef liver
  • pork meat meal
  • fresh pork liver
  • fresh beef tripe
  • freeze-dried beef liver

Questionable Ingredients


Potential Allergens

  • lamb meat meal
  • fresh angus beef
  • lamb fat
  • raw grass-fed lamb
  • fresh beef liver
  • herring oil
  • fresh beef tripe
  • freeze-dried beef liver

Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.

In this case, Acana Classic Red's most plentiful ingredient listed is lamb meat meal, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains fresh angus beef and fresh yorkshire pork as additional quality protein sources.

Additionally, it's worth noting that this product does not list either by-products nor bulk-adding fillers within its top ingredients. By-products are considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients. Common fillers typically used to add bulk to the product are not required in your dog's diet. Together, their combined absence may be indicative of a higher quality product.

Allergen alert: This product contains fresh angus beef, fresh beef liver, fresh beef tripe, freeze-dried beef liver, lamb meat meal, lamb fat, raw grass-fed lamb and herring oil which may be problematic for dogs who suffer from beef, lamb or seafood food allergies.

Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 1160 dog foods in our database, Acana Classic Red has:

  • less protein than average
  • an average amount of carbohydrates
  • an average amount of fat
  • an average amount of fiber
In general, dogs have been shown to do better with a higher protein, medium fat, lower carb diet with sufficient moisture. However, specialty diets as recommended by your veterinarian may prioritize a different nutritional breakdown.

Calorie Breakdown

Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Acana Classic Red has approximately 349 calories per 100g (99 calories/ounce), which is fewer calories compared to the average of the other dry dog foods in the DogFoodDB.

All the product information on this page is based on data collected from the manufacturer's product website as retrieved on July 18, 2018.


Ingredients as published by the dog food manufacturer:

Lamb meat meal, steel-cut oats, fresh angus beef, fresh yorkshire pork, lamb fat, whole red lentils, whole green peas,whole green lentils, raw grass-fed lamb, whole oats, fresh beef liver, pork meat meal, herring oil, fresh pork liver, wholegarbanzo beans, whole yellow peas, sun-cured alfalfa, lentil fiber, fresh beef tripe, dried brown kelp, fresh pumpkin, fresh butternut squash,fresh parsnips, fresh green kale, fresh spinach, fresh carrots, fresh red delicious apples, fresh bartlett pears, freeze-dried beef liver, fresh cranberries, fresh blueberries, chicory root, turmeric root, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rosehips

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the dog food manufacturer.*

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Dry Matter Analysis

The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.

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*Note that some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each dog food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product's maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.

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