Updated 30 Oct 2018
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Burns Original

Type of food Dry extruded complete
Dog types Pet dogs
Breed sizes
Suitable for toy breed dogs
Adult weight 1-4kg. e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier
Suitable for small breed dogs
Adult weight 4-10kg. e.g. Beagle, Dachshund, Jack Russell
Suitable for medium breed dogs
Adult weight 10-25kg. e.g. Border Collie, Staffie, Springer, Vizsla
Suitable for large breed dogs
Adult weight 25-45kg. e.g. Boxer, Labrador, Greyhound
Suitable for giant breed dogs
Adult weight 45kg+ e.g. Bernese, Great Dane, Mastiff
Dog ages From 9 months to old age
Pack sizes 2kg, 7.5kg & 15kg bags
RRP 15kg bags = £51.02

Nutritional rating

66%

At a glance

Natural: Free from added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredients
Not high in meat: Contains less than 30% meat (on a dry matter basis) or meat percentage is unspecified
Hypoallergenic: Free from all ingredients that are regularly linked by veterinarians to food allergies and/or intolerance in dogs like wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and artificial additives
Clearly labelled: Each ingredient is clearly and individually stated and there is at least a reasonable indication of the percentages of the main ingredients

Price per day

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Nutrition

Ingredients List

Brown Rice 67%, Chicken Meal 20%, Oats, Peas, Chicken Oil, Sunflower Oil, Seaweed, Vitamins & Minerals.

Typical Analysis

Crude Protein 18.5%, Crude Oils & Fats 7.5%, Crude Fibre 2.2%, Crude Ash 6%, Copper 18mg/kg, Sodium 0.13%, Calcium 1.15%, Phosphorus 0.70%, Magnesium 0.10%, Potassium 0.32%, Sulphur 0.27%, Chloride 0.20%, Essential Fatty Acids 2.09%.

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin A 25,000 iu/kg, Vitamin D3 2,000 iu/Kg, Vitamin E 100 iu/Kg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 1.5mg/kg, Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 55mg/kg, Sodium Selenite 0.6 mg/kg, Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 160mg/kg, Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate 100mg/kg, Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate 130mg/kg.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average

Average

Below average

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

Pricing

15kg bags RRP

£51.02

Grams per day

0g

Cost per day

£

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Made by: Burns Pet Nutrition 2121 Burns foods listed11 Burns treats listed
Company HQ: Carmarthenshire, UK
Manufacturer's product description

" John Burns, recognised that poor nutrition was the cause of many common health problems in pets.

Burns Original is hypo-allergenic, so it is suitable for sensitive dogs. It is formulated without ingredients such as wheat, soya, dairy, artificial colourings and artificial preservatives which are known to cause symptoms of food intolerance including itchy skin, digestive upset, excessive moulting, full anal glands and waxy ears. "

Nutritional rating

66%

Review

hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic

natural

Natural

clear ingredients list

Clearly labelled

high grain content

High grain content

John Burns is a true pioneer of the natural dog food movement in the UK and his Original diets (previously called Adult Maintenance diets) have always been his flag-ship range. They are a selection of simple, natural, dry foods that have changed very little since the founding of Burns Pet Nutrition over 20 years ago.

Largely based around just four high quality ingredients - brown rice, meat meal, oats and peas, Burns Maintenance Diets are very unlikely to cause any dietary intolerances. They are also low in both protein and fat making them ideal for very sensitive dogs.

These strengths can, however, also be the food's weaknesses with some owners reporting that their dogs find it difficult to hold their weight on the foods and that some dogs find them a bit unappetising. This isn't really surprising with over 70% grains (albeit high quality grains like brown rice and oats) and a fairly low meat content.

The recommended feeding amounts of Burns are amongst the lowest around which means a bag lasts much longer and the price per day of feeding Burns works out fairly low.

Conclusion: Good quality, simple, natural diets, especially if you have a dog with sensitive digestion, but low in meat and very, very high in grains.

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