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Burns Active

Type of food

Complete dry extruded

Dog types

Working 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

12kg bags


12kg bags = £36.33

AADF rating


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 ingredients (on a dry matter basis) or meat percentage is unspecified
Hypoallergenic: Free from 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
Certified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO

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Mixing bowl:

White Rice 38%, Chicken Meal 27%, Chicken Oil, Oats, Peas, Whole Linseed, Fish Meal, Beet Pulp, Sunflower Oil, Seaweed, Vitamins & Minerals, Yucca Extract.

As fed (BETA):

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin a 25, 000 IU/kg, Vitamin D3 2, 000 IU/kg, Vitamin E 150 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.

Typical Analysis

Protein 24.0%, Fat 20.0%, Fibre 3.5%, Ash 6.5%, Moisture 8.0%, Sodium 0.19%, Calcium 1.63%, Phosphorus 0.95%.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

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


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Company info
Name: Burns Pet Nutrition
HQ: Carmarthenshire, UK
Parent company: Wind Point Partners
Brands: Burns2525 Burns foods listed11 Burns treats listed
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Manufacturer's product description

" Developed to meet the higher energy and nutritional requirements of active working dogs. Active Chicken & Rice contains everything an active adult dog needs for health and vitality. This delicious, premium quality food is formulated with carefully balanced ingredients to provide all the essential nutrients an active dog needs. "


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George Lindsay 5 years ago

My dog, a 2 year old Tibetan Terrier has been fed Burns' food since he was a puppy. Starting on puppy kibble, then on to adult kibble plus their wet food called Penlan (one 150gm pouch plus 60-70 gm Alert kibble and a topping of cooked chicken as his main meal) and he is extremely healthy, has had no dietary problems and he eats this in record time. I am a strong supporter of the Burns dog food products - and their telephone nutritionist support is excellent.

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Alison Werner 6 years ago

Dogs need Protein and Fat to live a long healthy life, but BURNS main ingredient is a horendous 38% Carbs as the first item on the list....I wouldn't touch this food, it's poor quality hence it's star rating.

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Kelly Roberts 10 years ago

I think Burns food is fab and this in particular is great for my working spaniels. When my first dog was a puppy, she was on Burns Puppy food, then at 9 months we put her on the adult Burns food. She stared losing weight rather than put any on so we put her back on the puppy and weight gain resumed. She was obviously too active for standard adult food. By the time she was 18m, we struggled hugely to keep weight on her, so we tried the working food, and she has been full of energy since. Her coat is glossy and silky and she is full of energy on her walks, then calm at home. Her diet (as is the other 4 new dogs!) is supplemented with the odd chicken wing and some home cooked meaty casseroles but I find this is a great base food.

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debs Kelly Roberts 9 years ago

Hi Kelly, although my Springer isn't working - he is mega active, very muscular, but struggling big time with trying to gain weight without making the garden look like an elephant has been! Was on Arden grange, (but on DOUBLE the amount he should of been), he was 2 in April, and is castrated, did seriously think about putting him back to puppy food for a bit, do you think this would benefit mine or just go on to this one? Many thanks Kelly, Debs

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Kelly Roberts debs 9 years ago

Hi Debs,
I definitely think he'd be better off either on puppy food or this, probably until he reaches old age and becomes less active (if that ever happens with spaniels!) I think the 'problem' for spaniels with foods like Arden Grange & Burns is that they are made for ALL dogs, and most dogs don't get half as much exercise as mine (and yours by the sounds of it!) Most of the people in my neighbourhood walk their dog around the block in the evening and they get a run off lead on the weekend if they're lucky. The calories most dogs burn is nothing in comparison to spaniels, and most good dogs food reflect that in their calorie density. My 5 are fed the highest of the recommended feeding guide, even on Burns Active, but I think cockers are known for non-stop moving and need the energy from food to keep them going!I ran out of this food about 10 days ago, and while waiting for a new bag to be delivered, I had to just feed them 100% homemade. They get this anyway but normally mixed in with the biscuits. Even though I was making huge quantities of stew with minced beef/chicken, veg, oats & brown rice, they seemed constantly hungry and I couldn't keep up with all the cooking. Despite my constant cooking and extra meals, my already skinny dogs have lost weight! Thankfully, the bag arrived yesterday.I think I'll keep them on this until they are older, then may have to swap to a puppy food as they slow down a bit, and eventually the adult food. I think you'll find yours keeps weight on a bit better with puppy and if that works, stick with it, but if thats not enough, give this a try.

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Piers Smart 10 years ago

This is why Scampers refuse to sell Dentastix! There are so many healthier alternatives.

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Val Finch 10 years ago

I was quite shocked to see that the experts have given a 1 star rating for this product. I have been giving my boxer one of these per day thinking I was doing the right thing looking after his teeth and gums. Seems not. I will now have to look at the alternatives. Mind you Max loves 'em.

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Brenda Lee Val Finch 10 years ago

I agree with Val Finch - my dogs love Dentastix, but I guess many of us like junk food!. I'm also now looking for an alternative, which could be pigs ears, so looking for a reliable source.

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Val Finch Brenda Lee 10 years ago

I have given Max pigs ears as well, but found that after chewing for a short while he tries to swallow them which in turn makes him gag. I always think he is going to choke, so have stopped given them to him. Just recently I have been giving him REWARD dental sticks, which he also likes (he'll eat anything, really), but I don't know whether these are any healthier. Recently I bought cookery book for dogs which I think is the way to go - at least you know what they are eating.

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Maisie Goldsworthy 10 years ago

I have had some considerable finding a food that suited my extreamly active terrier, he is a working terrier, agility dog, stud dog and mainly faimly pet all rolled into one and i found that alot of foods he would loose weight on, some foods he was fussy about eating and others would irritate his skin (mainly from wheat ingredients). Burns active has suited him down to the ground and he is looking his very best at the moment (roll on the summer). He loves the food and i havnt had any problems with him, infact he has gained his weight back!!! I would highly reccomend this food to anyone in the future with a dog with an active lifestyle. :) id defo give this a 5 start rating!!

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