Ziwi Peak Dog Food : Brand Review 2023

Let’s learn about Ziwi Peak dog food.

This New Zealand-based brand is best known for its air-dried dry food. This convenient raw food alternative utilizes a twin-stage drying process that eliminates pathogens while locking in the nutritional power of raw ingredients.

High in nutritional integrity and packed with quality ingredients, Ziwi Peak foods contain no artificial ingredients, grains, or fillers. According to the company, all of the animal products used in Ziwi Peak foods come from ethical, sustainable New Zealand farms and waters.

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Ziwi Peak’s Background

In 2004, New Zealanders Kimberly and Peter Mitchell decided to start a new pet food brand – one that utilized high-quality meats and delivered unadulterated nutrition. Peter had been connected to the pet food industry since the 1980’s, working as a supplier of commoditized meat.  

Those years of experience in the meat and pet food industry had made something obvious. The market was filled with low-quality foods based on ingredients the Mitchells wouldn’t feel comfortable feeding their own dogs. People wanted a better pet food: one that mirrored the whole-prey, meat-rich diet that cats and dogs would find in the wild.

The quality of Ziwi Peak’s ingredients is the cornerstone of the brand’s success.

Peter says, “If we slogged it out on price and volume, we wouldn’t stand a chance. We have opted for the premium end of the market and have made damn sure that the products we are producing and presenting are more than capable of justifying that premium in the minds of our distributors and end-users.”

Today, all Ziwi Peak products are still manufactured at their family-owned New Zealand plant from New Zealand sources. This facility and all Ziwi Peak products meet or exceed New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industry and AAFCO standards.

What types of food do they offer?

While Ziwi Peak’s specialty is their “raw equivalent” air-dried dog food, they also offer a selection of moist foods and treats.

All of their formulas are approved for all breeds and life stages, so the brand doesn’t offer special formulas for puppies, seniors, overweight dogs, or large-breed dogs. You may want to consult a trusted veterinarian if your dog has specific health issues.

Here is a list of the different recipes available:

Air-Dried Dog Food

  • Mackerel & Lamb
  • Venison
  • Lamb
  • Beef
  • Tripe & Lamb

Moist Dog Food

  • Mackerel & Lamb
  • Venison
  • Lamb
  • Tripe & Lamb
  • Rabbit & Lamb
  • Beef

Dog Treats

  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Venison

What makes Ziwi Peak dog food different?

In order to see what makes Ziwi Peak dog foods different than the other foods on the market, let’s evaluate the “Ziwi Difference” – five key areas in which Ziwi Peak stands out from other brands.

1. Regional Meat from Ethical Sources

All of the meats used in Ziwi Peak dog foods come from the farms and oceans of New Zealand.  

New Zealand’s temperate climate allows the company to exclusively use meat from animals that live free-range and feed on grass all year round. Ziwi Peak only works with farms and fishermen who are dedicated to sustainable, humane management.

New Zealand is known for its strict food regulations. This is an island nation with strict bio-security, meaning that all of the animals used in Ziwi Peak products are at a very low risk of infectious disease. Its seafood industry has been ranked the most sustainably managed in the world.

All of the ingredients that go into Ziwi Peak foods come from human grade, export certified facilities, while the finished products meet or exceed stringent New Zealand food quality regulations.

2. Air-Dried Foods Contain 98% Fresh Meat, Organs, Bone, and Seafood

Ziwi Peak’s air-dried foods are based on the idea that dogs in the wild naturally consume whole prey – animals consisting of meat, organs, and bone. That’s why these foods are primarily meat products. Protein from meat is in its most biologically available form for dogs – meaning that this meat-packed food is highly digestible, nutritionally dense, and fuels your dog naturally.

In addition to meat, organs, and bone, here’s what else you’ll find in Ziwi Peak air-dried foods:

All Ziwi Peak products contain a 3% minimum green-lipped mussel, a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin. This addition helps to support joint health – a particularly pressing concern for large dogs like Newfoundlands and Rottweilers.

Ziwi Peak dog foods also incorporate green tripe for digestive health and palatability, along with other natural ingredients like parsley for fresh breath and kelp for its concentration of vitamins and minerals.

Their moist foods are somewhat different and contain lower concentrations of meat.

Depending on the recipe, these moist foods contain other ingredients like olive oil, agar-agar, and chickpeas.

While Ziwi Peak’s moist foods are high-quality products rich in real human-grade meat and free of artificial ingredients and fillers, they don’t pack the same punch as Ziwi’s air-dried foods do.

3. Energy-Dense

One 2oz scoop of Ziwi Peak food contains a minimum of 263 calories – that’s 25% more than an average premium kibble and about 63% more than the average freeze-dried raw food.

Because this food is packed with calories and protein, it will help your dog to feel full longer. This nutritionally dense food allows you to feed your dog less and perform less backyard cleanup.

4. Air-Dried to Lock Nutrition In and Pathogens Out

Ziwi Peak foods deliver the convenience of kibble and the nutritional integrity of raw food. You can pour the food into a bowl, leave it out unrefrigerated, and safely leave it in storage for up to 21 months. It’s completely safe to handle and doesn’t require any rehydration or challenging preparation.

All of this is made possible by Ziwi Peak’s air drying process. After the ingredients are mixed together, the food is placed on a baking sheet and enters a twin-stage air drying process. This slow drying process takes several hours and effectively kills pathogenic bacteria like listeria and salmonella while not violating the fresh ingredients’ nutritional integrity.

5. Free of Artificial Ingredients, Grains, and Fillers

Because they are packed to the brim with real meat content, Ziwi Peak air-dried foods don’t leave much room for low-value ingredients like corn, soy, and wheat.

Many other dog foods are packed with fillers that don’t offer much nutrition. Dogs effectively digest nutrients from meat, and aren’t as good at metabolizing carbohydrates. High-glycemic carbohydrates like potato and corn are particularly poor choices for dogs. These ingredients can cause spikes in blood sugar and encourage obesity.

Ziwi Peak foods are free of common artificial ingredients like preservatives, colors, and flavors.

Recall History

At this time, Ziwi Peak has never had a recall, voluntary or otherwise. While recalls aren’t always indicative of a bad brand and an unexpected issue could arise at any time, this clean record does look good for Ziwi Peak. It suggests that the company stands by its claims of operating a sophisticated, controlled plant that is held to stringent quality standards.

Where can you buy Ziwi Peak dog food?

Ziwi Peak dog foods are available online, plus through various brick-and-mortar retailers and veterinary offices in multiple countries around the world.

Click here to find a retailer.

Customer Reviews

97% of 131 reviewers on Chewy.com say that they would recommend Ziwi Peak’s popular air-dried lamb formula.

The positive reviews tend to focus on the food’s ability to appeal to finicky dogs, help reduce allergy-related health problems, and improve skin and coat condition.

Whether they were leaving a positive or a negative review, most customers recognized that Ziwi Peak is an expensive dog food brand. Most of the negative reviews concentrate on the cost factor.

The Positive

“We started on Ziwi Peak because my fussy little puppy–now 3–wasn’t eating for us. No matter what dog food we purchased, still no luck. When we were somewhere and he quickly gobbled up a Ziwi Peak treat, we gave the dog food a try. Success! He’s now 3 years old. The product is more expensive, but for my small dog who doesn’t consume that much, it is well worth it. Ziwi Peak is my product of choice.” – Cody2013

“I feed a no grain kibble, raw lamb cubes from the Pacific NW and Ziwi Peak Lamb or Venison when available to my Cotons de Tulear. Before I added Ziwi Peak, I my dogs coats were lacking in density and felt a bit dry. After adding Ziwi Peak their coats became profuse and beautiful. In my opinion, I think Ziwi Peak added what ever was missing in their diet and improved both the texture and density of their coats.” – BevKo

The Negative

“I transitioned my German Shepherd pup from Orijen to Ziwi Peak at around 8 months of age. Looking at the cost of Ziwi Peak vs other raw, my calculations showed that it was cheaper than Primal and Stellas. I also enjoyed not having to deal with thawing and messiness of raw. During the first month on Ziwi Peak, I noticed that he was not gaining weight so I increased his feedings. Stools were small and had minimal if any smell which was an added plus. I was up to almost 8 scoops of Ziwi Peak per day and thought that this can’t be right… … At 8 scoops per day…this was no longer a cheaper alternative to Primal or Stellas. I’ve purchased, beef, lamb, venison, and venison/fish. He loves it and don’t deny that this is a great product. When I measured the weight of the scoop, I only got 1.4 oz and the bag reports that it should be 2oz — 30% below what is advertised. I asked our local rep and they reported was that each scoop was 2oz. Only after further independent testing did Ziwi Peak finally confirm/admit that the scoops are not truly 2oz as reported on the bag. I am told that they will likely remove the scoops from the bag. False advertisement or honest mistake? I’ll leave that for you to decide and suggest that you measure/weigh out what your dog requires. For the record, I still use Ziwi Peak but am waiting to see how this plays out.” – CowboyTX

“This is an excellent product but costly to feed to 6 dogs! I use it primarily as training treats. The dogs LOVE it and it holds up well in pockets, doesn’t crumble or break and the pieces are small enough to carry ample amounts in my pockets without bulk.” – wildrosa

Ziwi Peak Air-Dried Lamb Dog Food Review

First 5 Ingredients: Lamb – Meat (Includes Up to 3% Finely Ground Bone), Lamb – Liver, Lung, Tripe, Heart and Kidney, New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel, Lecithin, Chicory Inulin

Ziwi Peak air-dried lamb dog food delivers all the nutritional value of raw lamb meat, organs, and bone – with the convenience of dry kibble. In keeping with Ziwi Peak’s promise to deliver meat-based foods, this formula contains 98% lamb meat, organs, and bone, plus seafood. Because this recipe is made with a single protein source, it’s ideal for dogs with allergies.

Natural glucosamine and chondroitin from green-lipped mussels help to support joint health.

It contains absolutely no fillers, grains, or artificial ingredients. Unlike many other dog foods that pump up protein content with low-value ingredients like potato protein, pea protein, and even animal byproducts, this food contains 95% digestible protein from human-grade meat.

Ziwi Peak’s air-dried lamb formula is, like all other Ziwi Peak foods, on the high end of the price spectrum. On Chewy, an 8.8lb bag will cost over $100. It’s important to recall, though, that you’re getting more calories per ounce.

According to Ziwi Peak, the nutritional density of its food makes it ultimately less expensive than raw, freeze-dried, or dehydrated food.

Ziwi Peak air-dried lamb dog food is available in four different bag sizes: 16oz, 2.2lb, 5.5lb, and 8.8lb.  

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