Updated 20 Dec 2018
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Bakers Adult

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 12 months to 7 years
Pack sizes 1.4kg boxes, 2.7kg bags, 5kg bags, 12kg bags
RRP 12kg bags = £24.00

Nutritional rating

23%

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
Not hypoallergenic: Contains one or more common allergy causing ingredients or has an ingredient list that is too unclear to rule out their presence
Not clearly labelled: It is difficult to tell exactly what is in this food due to a lack of labelling clarity
Certified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO

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Nutrition

Ingredients List

Wholegrain Cereals 55% (Including min. 4% Wheat, 4% Maize), Meat and Animal Derivatives 15% (Including min 7% Beef), Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Oils and Fats, Vegetable Protein Extracts, Glycerol, Vegetables (0, 3% Dried Pea and 0, 3% Dried Carrot), Minerals, Propylene Glycol.

Typical Analysis

Protein 21%, Crude Fibre 3%, Crude Oils and Fats 10%, Crude Ash 8%.

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vit A: 17 500 IU; Vit D3: 1020 IU; Vit E: 83 IU, Ferrous sulphate monohydrate: 222 mg; Calcium iodate anhydrous: 2.78 mg; Cupric sulphate pentahydrate: 32 mg; Manganous sulphate monohydrate: 17 mg; Zinc sulphate monohydrate: 358 mg; Sodium selenite: 0.39 mg;.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average

Average

Below average

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

Pricing

12kg bags RRP

£24.00

Grams per day

0g

Cost per day

£

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Company info
Made by: Nestlé Purina
Company HQ: Missouri, USA
Parent company: Nestle S.A.
Sister brands: Beneful55 Beneful foods listed
Beta1212 Beta foods listed
Bonio44 Bonio treats listed
Omega11 Omega foods listed
Pro Plan1616 Pro Plan foods listed
Winalot1616 Winalot foods listed11 Winalot treats listed
Manufacturer's product description

" BAKERS ® ADULT has a new, improved recipe that is now rich in turkey, with more variety of wholesome wholegrains & country vegetables for quality, tasty goodness. And don't worry, our recipe is still made with the same amazing taste that our BAKERS ® dogs know & love to gobble up!

This recipe has been created with the perfect nutritional balance for your adult dog & contains the every day nutrients he needs to get on with all the playful & cheeky things that happy & healthy BAKERS ® dogs love to get up to!

BAKERS ® new improved recipe, so that your dog can enjoy the perfect balance of taste & goodness in every bowl, every day! "

Nutritional rating

23%

Review

natural

Natural

low meat content

Low meat content

contains wheat

Wheat

contains byproducts or derivatives

By-products / derivatives

Bakers is the UK's most popular dog food, alone accounting for over a quarter of the market. It is so widespread and comprehensively marketed that for many pet owners, it is the first and last brand that crosses their mind when considering food for their dog.

Nestle Purina, who own Bakers (as well as many other pet food brands including Beneful, Beta, Bonio, Felix, Friskies, Just Right, ProPlan, Purina One, Purina Veterinary Diets and Winalot) are the world's second largest pet food producer only below Mars Petcare.

But despite its success, Bakers has increasingly become a byword for low-grade pet food amongst pet nutritionists and more discerning pet owners - this unflattering reputation mostly stemming from the wide range of artificial additives used in the food and its extremely unclear ingredients list which made identifying any individual ingredients effectively impossible.

Recently though, sensing the changing attitude of consumers, Purina have been taking some big steps to improve their formulas and address some of the criticism being directed their way.

The changes started in 2016 when all of the artificial colours were replaced with natural alternatives and in 2018 Bakers removed the remaining added artificial flavours and preservatives from the recipe altogether whilst also increasing the food's meat and vegetable content. The new recipe is undoubtably a huge improvement and great news for the millions of dogs on the food so, and I never thought I would say this, well done Bakers!

BUT, despite the improvements, Bakers still has plenty of issues. Most notably, the ingredient list is still just about as impenetrable as ever. Terms like 'cereals', 'meat and animal derivatives', 'derivatives of vegetable origin' and so on are so ambiguous that together they could account for virtually any ingredient imaginable. Broad umbrella terms like these are generally used to either mask less popular ingredients or to allow the manufacturer to alter the recipe depending on ingredient prices - which may help keep prices down but can also play havoc on dogs with sensitive digestion.

While a few individual ingredients and their percentages are now identified, they still only provide a glimpse of the full picture. The listing 'Cereals (wholegrains 55% including min. 4% wheat and 4% maize)' for example gives no clue as to what cereals the remaining 47% of the listing is made up of.

15% meat is an improvement but it is still relatively low which is why vegetable protein extracts have to be added to boost the overall protein level. Vegetable proteins are not as easily digested by dogs as meat proteins so we don't like to see them used as protein supplements, especially when the source vegetable is not declared.

And while all of the most contentious additives have been removed, the food still contains propylene glycol which is controversial mainly due to its links with asthma and allergic reactions.

The cost of feeding Bakers has come down considerably (due to a combination of lower recommended feeding amounts and a reduced rrp) now making it one of the cheaper options out there. Nevertheless, it has to be said that you can still do a whole lot better in terms of ingredient quality and clarity at this price or even lower.

Conclusion: The new recipe is a VAST improvement on the old but it still has a long way to go before we can recommend feeding it.

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