AUTARKY ADULT SUMMER DOG FOOD 15KG (CHICKEN DINNER) £20.99 @ gjwtitmuss
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AUTARKY ADULT SUMMER DOG FOOD 15KG (CHICKEN DINNER) £20.99 @ gjwtitmuss

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Found 26th Jun 2014
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Suitable for: all breeds from 12 months to 7 years.

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AUTARKY MATURE LITE AUTUMN DOG FOOD 15KG (CHICKEN DINNER)
Suitable for: all breeds from 12 months to old age.

This food is better for your dog than Royal canine or any of the Purina foods and is far cheaper

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First ingredient is Maize. Not exactly a high quality food like Burns or Orijen.

Purina was a lot better years ago from what it's become today.
Royal is far better than Autarky. Look at the ingredients. There are some dry dog foods cheaper than royal and similiar quality like james wellbeloved, burges or burns but autarky is defo not one of them.

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d3k

Purina was a lot better years ago from what it's become today. Royal is … Purina was a lot better years ago from what it's become today. Royal is far better than Autarky. Look at the ingredients. There are some dry dog foods cheaper than royal and similiar quality like james wellbeloved, burges or burns but autarky is defo not one of them.

Some of the Burns range are over 70% maise... James wellbeloved. Royal and Burns are all below the minimum average meat content and Royal is particularly poor quality for its price and definately below Autarky, Royal canine is more on par with Pedigree chum and Bakers.
Edited by: "Looking4Glitches" 27th Jun 2014

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us_agent2012

First ingredient is Maize. Not exactly a high quality food like Burns or … First ingredient is Maize. Not exactly a high quality food like Burns or Orijen.

Orijen may be one of the best if you can afford to pay more than £60 a bag

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allaboutdogfood<< Link

Burns Choice range is one of their more recent innovations and, as far as retailers tell us, are not doing so well. They provide a slightly cheaper option for Burns customers whilst still being natural and sticking with most of the core Burns ingredients.
It is (a little bit) less expensive because the relatively expensive brown rice found in the traditional Burns foods has been replaced with cheaper maize (corn to us Brits), but this saving comes at a cost: maize falls a long way short of brown rice in terms of its nutrients and from our experience it is much more likely to cause dietary intolerance than rice.
With a disappointing 16-19% meat (compared with 70% maize!) this food falls a long way short of the standards you would expect at this price.
Conclusion: A middle-of-the-road dog food but still at a premium price.



Autarky is an excellent choice for natural feeders on a budget. Their range of dry foods are produced to high standards and are available at a fraction of the cost of the big natural brands.
Autarky's ingredients list is very impressive, especially at such a low cost. The Adult Chicken variety contains a respectable 26% of good quality chicken meal. It also includes an excellent array of top end natural ingredients including vegetables, fruits and a wide range of nutritious herbs.
Unfortunately, the grain content doesn't quite meet the same high levels. The food's first (and therefore most abundant) ingredient is maize and additional maize gluten (listed as prairie meal) is also added to top up the protein levels. Maize and maize gluten are highly contentious ingredients that some nutritionists have linked with dietary intolerance in dogs.
A bag of Autarky comes in at about half he price of the major British natural dry foods and with fairly low recommended feeding amounts, the price per day is amongst the lowest around.
Conclusion: A good quality, natural food at an unbeatable price.



Royal Canin is one of the most popular super premium foods on the market, not just here in the UK but across Europe and beyond. They have taken customised nutrition to new heights and now have specific foods for dozens of different sizes and ages of dogs as well as a wide range of foods for individual dog breeds and a veterinary range for targeting particular health problems. Everything about Royal Canin screams quality - the pristine packaging, the well-above-average price tag, even the name itself all communicate excellence but does the food itself live up to the hype?
In short, no.
Firstly, there's no evidence to suggest that different breeds, sizes or even ages of dogs necessarily benefit from specialised diets. Fortunately, Royal Canin seem to agree as the ingredients of the majority of their foods are more or less the same, confirming the widely held suspicion that their vast range is more about appealing to customers and occupying shelf space than actually serving any nutritional purpose.
Virtually all of the Royal Canin range is based heavily on poultry meal, white rice, maize and wheat, none of which are particularly desirable in a dog food. Poultry meal is ok but it is always best to look for meats with named animal meat sources (like chicken, turkey, duck etc.); white rice is little more than a starchy filler while maize and wheat have both been consistently linked to dietary intolerance and digestive problems.
The other problem is that no percentages are provided for any of the ingredients making it very difficult to gauge the true quality of the food and also allowing the ratio's of the ingredients to change from batch to batch.
Looking specifically at the Medium Adult variety, there are also a number of other concerns. First off, although a meat ingredient may come first, suggesting that it is the most abundant ingredient, it is almost certainly only there because of a controversial practice known as 'grain splitting'. Ingredients have to be listed in order of their amount so the nearer the top, the more there is. By splitting a grain into two components - in this case maize and maize flour and also wheat and wheat flour, the grains drop down the ingredient list making it appear that meat is the first ingredient. In reality, it's likely that the real ingredient list would read 'maize, wheat, dehydrated poultry protein...' which is hardly the mark of a super premium food.
Further down the list we find more controversial ingredients: unspecified animal fats and hydrolysed animal proteins but most worrying of all are the un-named antioxidants. The term 'antioxidant' includes all sorts of additives, from natural vitamin E to some of the most contentious chemicals found in pet foods like BHA and BHT. As always, our advice where information isn't given is to assume the worst.
Like all of the Royal Canin range, the Medium Adult variety is not cheap. The relatively low recommended feeding amounts do help to reduce the cost per day a little but considering the quality of the ingredients it can only be described as vastly overpriced.
Conclusion: a budget food at a premium price.


Edited by: "Looking4Glitches" 27th Jun 2014

Can recommend this food as all three of ours do very well on it. We buy it from Costco which works out cheaper than this deal if you have a membership.

I switched all my 4 dogs to a grain free diet years ago, would never feed something like this. There are many affordable dry dog foods that actually contain meat. For what its worth I feed mine simpsons or applaws.

Yes it is about £14 if I remember rightly in Costco, if you are a member

No need to be a member of Costco, just get someone that is already a member to do you a favour.

Worth looking at Skinners duck or salmon varieties...the others don't seem great, but those 2 varieties will beat the contents of many brands twice the price!! Generally about £26 per 15kg for the duck, bit more for the salmon.

EBT

I switched all my 4 dogs to a grain free diet years ago, would never feed … I switched all my 4 dogs to a grain free diet years ago, would never feed something like this. There are many affordable dry dog foods that actually contain meat. For what its worth I feed mine simpsons or applaws.



EBT have you ever known Applaws cause dry skin with your dogs? Caused issues with 2 of mine, had them on it for a fair while, and coats were dull as well as skin flaky. Switched to Fishmongers (60% fish) and their coats/skin improved hugely. Just wondered if others had the same issue, I know it's supposed to be an excellent food but just didn't suit mine.

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amethystl

EBT have you ever known Applaws cause dry skin with your dogs? Caused … EBT have you ever known Applaws cause dry skin with your dogs? Caused issues with 2 of mine, had them on it for a fair while, and coats were dull as well as skin flaky. Switched to Fishmongers (60% fish) and their coats/skin improved hugely. Just wondered if others had the same issue, I know it's supposed to be an excellent food but just didn't suit mine.

If it was the Dry form of Applaws, the only different ingredient that may of been a problem is cellulose.

Cellulose

low grade ingredient
Cellulose is the scientific term for dietary fibre. It can come from the cell walls of all plants and is almost entirely indigestible to dogs which is good as its undigested form provides a wide range of benefits.
Despite the benefits cellulose can have, it can be a controversial ingredient. As I mentioned above, cellulose is present in all plant cells and is abundant in many vegetables, fruits and grains. Some vegetables like sugar beet contain a very high proportion of fibre and are used as good quality, whole-food fibre supplements. Pure cellulose, on the other hand, is a white, odourless powder most often made from paper or wood pulp! (it really is!).
Cellulose is found in many light diets since it helps to bulk out the diet whilst providing almost zero calories.
As fibre supplements go, cellulose powder is not the best and some nutritionists recommend avoiding it altogether.

amethystl

EBT have you ever known Applaws cause dry skin with your dogs? Caused … EBT have you ever known Applaws cause dry skin with your dogs? Caused issues with 2 of mine, had them on it for a fair while, and coats were dull as well as skin flaky. Switched to Fishmongers (60% fish) and their coats/skin improved hugely. Just wondered if others had the same issue, I know it's supposed to be an excellent food but just didn't suit mine.



It doesn't suit mine as much as the salmon and potato simpsons, it's just readily available if I let my simpsons run out. I'm in the breeders club and pay £34 for a 15kg sack of simpsons, you just have to order 2 at a time. I've never tried fishmongers, I'd stick with what suits.
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