Updated 10 Sep 2013
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Barking Heads Grain Free

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Barking Heads Grain Free

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Natural
Contains less than 30% meat (on a dry matter basis) or meat percentage is unspecified
Contains no common allergy causing ingredients
Free from all cereal grains
Ingredients list is clear and leaves no room for misinterpretation
Type: Dry extruded complete
Suitable for: All breeds from 12 months to old age
Pack sizes: 2kg, 6kg & 12kg bags
3 varieties:
RRP: 12kg bags = £63.99
Country of origin: United Kingdom
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£1.40 / day

for your 16kg dog

Based on feeding the manufacturer's recommended daily amount from a 12kg bags bought at the rrp to a dog weighing:

Nutrition

Ingredients List *

Freshly Prepared Deboned DuckClick to see what we think about Duck in dog food 33%, Sweet PotatoClick to see what we think about Sweet Potatoes in dog food, Dried DuckClick to see what we think about Duck in dog food 14%, PeasClick to see what we think about Peas in dog food, Lentils, Freshly Prepared Deboned TroutClick to see what we think about Fresh Fish in dog food 5%, Duck FatClick to see what we think about Specified Animal Fats and Oils in dog food 4%, LucerneClick to see what we think about Alfalfa / Lucerne in dog food, DuckClick to see what we think about Duck in dog food StockClick to see what we think about Gravy / Broth / Sauce in dog food 1.5%, SeaweedClick to see what we think about Seaweed in dog food, Hip & Joint Care Pack (GlucosamineClick to see what we think about Glucosamine in dog food 350 mg/kg, MSMClick to see what we think about MSM in dog food 350mg/kg, ChondroitinClick to see what we think about Chondroitin in dog food 240 mg/kg).

Typical Analysis

Crude Protein 23%, Fat Content 15%, Crude Fibre 3%, Inorganic Matter 8%, Moisture 8%, Omega-6 2.3%, Omega-3 0.6%. Nutritional Additives (Per Kg): Vitamin A 16,650 IU, Vitamin D3 1,480 IU, Vitamin E 460 IU, Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 617mg, Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate 514mg, Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate 101mg, Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 37mg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 4.55mg, Sodium Selenite 0.51mg.

Dry weight nutrients (In general, unless your dog has health issues, you probably won't have to worry about these figures. Click for more information?)

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* NFE carbohydrate level (i.e. not including fibre). Level estimated from available data.

Pricing **

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12kg bags RRP

£63.99

Grams per day

263g

Cost per day

£1.40

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Made by: Pet Food UK
Company HQ: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Sister brands: Aatu33 Aatu foods listed
Manufacturer's product description

" With our grain-free duck recipe, we've outdone ourselves. Not only is this food free from grain (you've probably picked up on that by now), it also contains a whopping 50% duck. A lower carb energy is provided with complex sweet potatoes, peas and lentils. Seriously? Youíve got to be quackers not to! "

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Natural

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Barking Heads is now one of the UK's leading natural dog food brands but as the anti-grain movement gains momentum, they, like many cereal based producers, are having to go back to the drawing board or risk getting left behind.

The launch of the three grain-free foods from Barking Heads - Quackers, Fish'n'delsih and Turkey Delight has been hotly anticipated for some time so let's see how they compare with the other grain-free foods on the market.

First off, apart from the meat source, the three varieties are almost identical - the same proportions of the same ingredients which would make switching between them very easy to provide a bit more variation in your dog's diet.

Each variety contains 50% meat and while that might not seem like that much compared to all of the 70% and 80% meat foods out there, it is important to note that unlike many foods that advertise a certain percentage of 'meat ingredients' which often includes the added fats, digests and so on, the 50% meat in Barking Heads is all from good quality, real meat sources. Having said that, over two thirds of this is fresh meat - an excellent quality, highly palatable ingredient but since it contains lots of water which is lost during processing, the proportion of meat left in the finished product will be considerably less than the 50% that went in at the start. By our calculations, the 'dry matter' meat content of Barking Heads Grain Free is only about 29% which is quite a lot less than many competitor brands.

The carb source in Barking Heads Grain Free is a mix of sweet potato, peas and lentils, all of which provide a wide array of natural nutrients without any of the problems often associated with some grains. Sweet potato in particular is one of the best carbohydrate sources available to dogs.

Although we'd like to see a few more natural nutritious ingredients like fruits, vegetables and/or herbs to help ensure a broad spectrum of natural nutrients, the few that Barking Heads does contain are excellent choices: Lucerne and seaweed are packed full of all sorts of nutrients and the joint care pack will be great news for many owners of at risk dogs like large breeds and older dogs.

The one area where Barking Heads really falls down is the price. £60 and up for 12kg of food puts it right at the top end of the dog food price range and with several less expensive, arguably better grain-free foods already available in the UK, Barking Heads may have there work cut out.

Conclusions: Slightly low meat content and could use a bit more ingredient diversity but overall a very good food for the millionaires amongst us.

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** The suggested feeding amounts and costs are only approximate and may vary considerably from dog to dog. Please take a look at our feeding guide for more information or click here to see how our figures are calculated.

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