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Chappie Adult Complete

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 old age

Pack sizes

2.5kg & 15kg bags


15kg bags = £24.99

AADF rating


At a glance

Not natural: Contains some added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings and/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
Not hypoallergenic: Contains wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and/or artificial additives 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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Mixing bowl:

Cereals (Including 4% Whole Wheat), Meat and Animal Derivatives 15% (Including 4% Chicken), Oils and Fats, Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Antioxidants.

As fed (BETA):

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Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin A: 10540 IU, Vitamin D3: 1163 IU, Vitamin E: 90 mg, Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate: 17.2 mg, Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate: 93.8 mg, Potassium Iodide: 1.4 mg, Sodium Selenite: 0.57 mg, Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate: 250 mg.

Typical Analysis

Protein 20.0%, Fat 8.0%, Fibre 2.0%, Ash 7.0%, Moisture 8.0%, Omega3 0.15%, Omega6 1.98%.


334.5 kcal/100g

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: Mars Petcare UK
HQ: Melton Mowbray, UK
Parent company: Mars
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Manufacturer's product description

" Chappie Complete Dry Dog Food is a 100% complete and balanced dog food developed with vets.

As well as containing no artificial colours, flavours, added sugar, eggs or dairy, Chappie contains all of the essential nutrients that your dog requires to keep him in top condition every single day.

Developed with vets

No added sugar

No eggs and dairy

No artificial colours or flavours

Healthy Skin and Coat: Chappie contains essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3 and 6, known to help support skin and coat health

Strong Muscles: Chappie contains quality protein to help support strong muscles

Healthy Teeth: The kibbles in Chappie provide a crunchy bite for dogs of all sizes to help support keeping their teeth clean

Chappie Complete Dry Dog food has been developed by our nutritionists and veterinarians of Waltham to guarantee 100% complete and balanced nutrition. "

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robbie7399 2 years ago

Chappie complete I swear by! Had my dog on it for a few years! Not only does it give her all the nutrients she needs but her coat is even better! That's just an added bonus! You will notice a big difference after a few weeks and you will not buy anything else! Getting it online is loads cheaper then at your local store and you get it delivered to your door!

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Sam Mackrory Turner 5 years ago

My JRT has always had dry food, but recently started getting the loudest gurgling noises coming from his tummy. We changed to Chappie dry complete, and not once since the change has his tummy made this noise. Both our JRT's are happy on it and it's very reasonably priced too. Winner!

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Judi Lion 5 years ago

This gets a very low rating on here but was recommended by my vet because it has a very low fat content which was needed for a very sick Collie Cross. He has been on this for a couple of years, his stools are firm most of the time. I would like to try him on another dog food, but they all seem to have a very high fat content, so for now he will continue on his Crappy Chappie!

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Karen Arnett 5 years ago

Hi - I have been feeding my Yorkie Terrier Chappie for the last 6 months after every other food gave her monthly bouts of the runs and colitis. The Chappie has been a godsend however she has started to turn her nose up to it....I mix it with either chicken, tuna, lean meats and I cant get her to eat it. I have tried the dry variety too and no luck.......help......its the only food iv found to help :-(

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Stebbers Karen Arnett 5 years ago

Hi Karen, I also had a issue with a dog in my case a Lurcher who when we rescued him 5 years ago constantly had the runs and wouldn't put on any weight no matter what food we tried. Took him to the vet who said it may be an issue with his pancreas and life long medication may be the only solution. Done some research and read an article about raw feeding, sceptical but intrigued as it kinda all made sense (I'll let you do your own research) about over cooked and processed dog foods, I tried the frozen raw blocks of natures menu. The runs stopped almost immediately, he put on weight and we've never looked back since. We now feed a mix of Autarky dry kibble and the raw Natures Menu Frozen Multipack Complete Meal Dog Food, just to make it affordable, thaw it out the night before so its ready to portion up the next day or so. For a small dog like yours, it should be quite an economical feed. Certainly be worth a try for a month, sold at Pets at home in the freezer, but theres cheaper places to get it if it works. David

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disqus_DYCxyHkUt1 Karen Arnett 4 years ago

If she is turning her nose up to it try adding a little water and let soak for 10 mins. We use hot water from kettle and let it cool. Our dog whines to get to it.

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experientiadocet 5 years ago

I have 8 dogs, labs and springers. They eat a lot of food lol. One is very sensitive to maize (literally one piece of the other dogs food and after 30 minutes he vomits it back up, trust me a real allergy you will know about!). He has an 80:20 food as I know for sure it is maize free, Akela, I can't afford to feed them all on it, his food alone costs me nearly £50 a month, he's a big show type bear of a lab 51kg and not fat but pure bone and muscle so gets through a 10kg bag every 4 weeks.My youngest lab, who will be a year next week, has always had soft movements, not runny as such but difficult to pick up soft. I tried her on the Akela but that made her worse and I was concerned about their calcium phosphorus ratio for a growing pup as it's a bit off. Food based on rice had the same soft effect.I've had long discussions about dog food with my very good vet, he specialises in orthopaedics and has been researching dog food due to a huge increase he's seeing in abnormal bone growth in dogs fed too high a protein level whilst growing. Anyway he explained that soluble fibre is what's needed for dogs that have soft poo as it helps in the absorption of fluid in the colon which means the food stays put longer and comes out more solid. So for the last couple of weeks I've been adding boiling water to oats for a few minutes while I measure out their food, then add some cold water to the food and add a tablespoon of the oats into each bowl, sometimes I just add it dry and pop the cold water on, I always add some water anyway as it slows down their intake and lessens the risk of choking. They love the extra treat and within a couple of days of starting this my young labs poo was solid and still is! Oat bran is supposed to work even better.I don't think the so called better foods are necessarily *better*, it's what suits your dog. I fed raw for years, and did it properly, but stopped as I was stressing too much about getting it right and, I have to say, I don't miss all the thawing, measuring, bone, offal, meat ratio stress. The dogs don't care either and I've not noticed any difference in their look, energy levels, fur condition, health or weight since making the change back to kibble 18 months ago.I'm going to try a bag of this on my young lab to see if the soluble wholemeal fibre elements suit her, I'll come back and update if it'll let me.

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Joppaaaaa 6 years ago

I have a 2 year old Romaian rescue dog with a very sensitive tummy. I have tried numerous foods in order to settle his runny tummy, I started him on Beta, then moved him too James Wellbeloved, tried Wainwrights, Royal Canin and Hills Science. All had the same result on him; squishy, bloody, stinky poos (Colitis) and straining due to runny poos, he would wake me up during the early hours desperate to get outside for watery poos. He was very unhappy and on medication for the Colitis. The vets agreed that I was feeding him quality food and couldn't see where the problem was steming from, we put it down to him being an anxious dog due to his traumatic life in Romania. However last week he went off his food completely, even chicken, I was at a loss. I remembered feeding a previous dog with Colitis Chappie dry and how his condition had improved so decided to try it again with my little Rommie, that was two weeks ago and already improvements are noticable. He eats all his meals in one sitting, his poops are much firmaer and he has his zing back. I do not see Chappie as a cheap, poor quality product at all, it has agreed with two of my dogs but not my terrier who eats Hills Science and is doing extremely well on it. Every dog is different and they don't all eat the same, some thrive on expensive high meat low grain and others don't.

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Cari S. 6 years ago

I have to speak up in favor of Chappie also. Our Jack Russell x Dachshund who is bigger than both of his parents, standing about knee height to an average sized woman and who's healthy weight is 15kg, has always been picky, always. I met my husband and Hamish (my dog) about 8 years ago and thus have been with my dog over half of his life at this point. Two years ago, he developed pancreatitis after ingesting some sheared sheep's wool at a neighbor's. I was helping my neighbor bottle feed her lambs when I looked up and saw him eating the wool. Of course, as soon as I saw him doing it I stopped him, didn't think about it afterwards until three days later, he was clearly having stomach pains. I took him to the vet who after some testing said he had acute pancreatitis. The vet did two things, recommended Chappie or boiled chicken, and gave him something for his pain. He loves chicken but after a day or two of it, he couldn't and wouldn't eat it any more.Fast forward two years, after we cleared up the pancreatitis, we found he had developed diabetes due to the incident and he went off all food, everything. He went from 17kg down to 9kg which was very scary. We finally balanced his insulin dosage and he began to put the weight back on. We have NEVER fed Hamish anything but grain free, junk free, not so cheap, food. In fact the dog eats better than we do, however, recently, he, again, went off of every single food he's ever loved. Acana, Orijen, Canagan, Wellbeloved, Nutro, Royal Canin, Holistic Kitchen, the list of foods he's eaten and then refused goes on and on...won't touch any of the diabetic or sensitive stomach foods with a barge pole. (please keep in mind we are in the UK, some American brands are hard to get here).Both my vet and my neighbor suggested Chappie and with diabetes while a dog can't have too much fat, a dog still needs to eat and you can't force feed a stubborn dog, especially one who's 14 years old. Chappie is the only thing he will eat.It may not be what everyone would choose, but his regular vet, his eye vet and my neighbor have all suggested this food for Hamish. His blood work comes back consistently excellent from the vet. He is listed as diabetes in excellent control. I don't feed him a lot, I mix it with a small amount Canagan dry or Orijen dry. And in using the Chappie wet food in small amounts, Hamish eats, which means he gets a full dose of insulin twice a day as directed. Without proper insulin dosing, my dog's life can easily be reduced to six months, with proper dosing, he can live a full life. I'm a realist, my dog is 14, diabetic and due to the diabetes, he is now blind. But, nobody will argue that he's happy, playful and active. We want the best for him, and that means keeping his diabetes in control. Chappie helps us do that.

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Sam 6 years ago

I have a two year old working cocker boy who prior to having a GI infection at 6 months would wolf his food down. He gradually lost interest in his food and whilst he was fit, able, wet nosed and glossy coated he did gradually start losing weight. We have tried him on a range of different dry foods with limited success and eventually took him to the vet. She advised trying him on wet food and after looking at the options available and listening to others decided on Chappie. That was four days ago and he hasn't looked back. He now eats it all in one sitting, his stools are slightly wetter but manageable, but he is a lot happier and now looks forward to his meals. I could have paid for Hills Sci at nearly £5 a day but decided and tried and tested. Whats in a name?

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Rob Staves 6 years ago

I'm glad you're not our veterinary nurse!

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Katie 7 years ago

Can anyone tell me where to get original chappie dry from online or shops thank you

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Jan Erwin 7 years ago

Have just bought some for my near 12 yo Stafford as he has colitis and took a bad vomiting and diarrhea bug at Xmas as did his near 16 yo mother and my younger bitch. My vet said to try it, I used the meat many many years ago for a spaniel who had a severe tummy and it was all she could stomach. A lot of people think of it as a cheap belly filler, but it's a good food for those of us who can't afford £40 for a 7kg bag of designer food. If my vet says try it who am I to disagree with trying it again.

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Chloe 7 years ago

Love these biscuits. Small (tiny treat) and calming- very good product

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Diamondring 7 years ago

3 Labradors and now 3 rescue Standard Poodles all fed on Chappie Chicken complete. All thriving! I wouldn't use anything else.

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Terry Regan 8 years ago

I agree with Nicky Clark about the negative remarks. My border collie has done well on it, he eats well and enjoys it. His motions are normal and he seems to have no problems with energy or poor health. I thought it was developed with vets? says so on the pack so what's the issue and the one star rating? It seems to be good for him but not being a nutrionist i wouldn't know.
I just know he is happy on it.

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Jackie 8 years ago

this is very interesting I have had many dogs for over 45 years, mainly rescue dogs, worked for a Vet for 10 of those years & fed all my dogs on Chappie both Dry & Tinned upon Veterinary advise. I once had a GSD who suffered from anxiety resulting in an overactive bowel & diarrhoea with blood, the only food she could eat & stay well on was Chappie. All of my dogs have led a very active life well into old age so even though this site gives it a very low rating I have to say I'll stick with a product that I know works !!

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devon007 8 years ago

I am with everyone who says it is great for dogs with sensitive stomachs and poor digestion. My rough collie was a re-homer at 2.5 years old and came to me with the message that he was a bad eater. He wasn't! He just was not getting the right food, poor dog. Anything too high in fat or protein gave him awful problems (we won't go into the resulting problem!). I was recommended to put him on Chappie Complete and he has been happily eating it now for 7.5 years. The only time we get any problems is if someone doesn't listen to me (e.g. kennels) and feeds him the wrong stuff (believe it or not despite taking his meals with me, all bagged up in individual meal portions) I did have a kennel feed him some of their food - and then failed to clean him up after the resulting diarrhoea AND they kept feeding him instead of starving him 24 hours to let him get settled - he came back a wreck and has never been back there! I give him a little bit of sardine or chicken or lean meat or veggie to make it appetising and he is thriving! It works for my dog so I won't knock it!

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Janette Jacobs devon007 8 years ago

In 1988 I bought a rough collie puppy and the lady I bought him from then told me the best food for a collies sensitive stomach was cereal based food, especially chappie. I had him all his life (13.5yrs) and I now have three dogs, GSD, collie and yorkie/Russell they all eat chappie dry and twice a week I mix the wet with it. They are all shiny and thriving!

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Nicky Clark 8 years ago

I notice the bad reviews on here come from people recommending specific other varieties - clearly they have an agenda and I think that is unfair.I would recommend Chappie in either the tinned or the dry varieties to anyone who has a dog with a dicky tummy or sensitive skin. My cocker spaniel had both and my vet recommended Chappie. I was very sceptical as I had always considered it something of a cheap and nasty dog food, but my vet assured me that was way in the past. I tried it and I am so glad I did. My dog's skin is super now and the tummy trouble is a thing of the past. Stupidly, I veered away from it recently to give my dog a change and immediately she had a VERY bad tummy.I will certianly stick with Chappie and recommedn it hioghly to everyone else too.

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Dan Nicky Clark 7 years ago

umm don't the positive reviews recomend chappie and there for potentially have an agenda...

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Morbidly Dan 6 years ago

Our agenda is that it has made our sick and possibly dying (in my case) dogs better, so we want to share this so that others who may be in the same boat, will try Chappie and hopefully it will work for them.

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Judi Lion Dan 5 years ago

My Agenda is that my dog was at death's door. The vet recommended Chappie. This was 2 years ago. He has been happy, fit, has a glossy coat and, more importantly, is alive thanks to Chappie.

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Rachel 8 years ago

It's interesting that this has only been given a one star rating by the experts as this is food I was advised to put my dog on by my vet and was recommended by the nutritionist at the pet store I purchase it from. I had a similar experience to Fraser with my collie x husky suffering terrible diarrhoea with blood in it. I was being charged a lot of money for 'inconclusive' test results and feeding him very expensive 'high quality' food prescribed by the vet. Eventually I changed to a different veterinary practice and was advised to try Chappie as it is basically only 2 ingredients with no additives. Marley and me have never looked back.

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Victoria 8 years ago

Chappie is terrible , it has left over animal fat , how can anyone think this is good for there dog, i would put a dog on natural instict , its the best food you can give you dog

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Jamie Victoria 8 years ago

Well, the facts don't actually back up your statement. Chappie being one if not the lowest fat commercial dog foods on the market. And is recommended for weight control.

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Morbidly Victoria 6 years ago

Some dogs just do not do well on foods that are rich in protein and especially beef.

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Judi Lion Victoria 5 years ago

Many people say it's terrible and call it Crappy Chappie. It is very low in fat, the "best foods" are normally high in fat. My dog was at death's door and my vet told me to put him on Chappie. He hasn't looked back, is healthy, has a glossy coat and still has bags of energy at 13. So he will stay on Chappie!

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clare 8 years ago

I have to stick up for Chappie. My last Gt Dane had pancreatitis and had to be on a diet of less than 8% fat - Chappie was the only food I could find so low in fat and it was recommended by my vet. I would mix it with lean chicken and leftover veg and she got on very well with it. I've kept my other Dane on it (with leftovers) until recently and she's always been fit and healthy, touch wood. I've only changed her to a 'better', more expensive food as she's now 9 and I think she could probably do with more protein, vitamins, etc. The only thing I would mention is that since they changed the recipe (and shape) a year or so ago, my poor Dane had terrible wind!! Thankfully it's nowhere near so bad with her new food (Eden)!

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clare clare 7 years ago

As an update to my last comment posted about 1 1/2 years ago when I had recently - and very gradually - moved my Dane over to Eden... well she didn't get on with that at all. She very quickly went off it and for the first time in her life started turning her nose up at her food. About six weeks later she got bloat (GDV) for no apparent reason. Despite being an old lady for a Dane (9 1/2), she thankfully survived the op and my vet suggested I put her back on the Chappie as she'd got on so well with it. So much for my good intentions! Of course, I can't say for sure the new food was to blame but once back on Chappie (with added leftovers), she started enjoying her food once again and never had another problem with her diet. Sadly we lost her recently, just short of her 11th birthday, but it was due to old age. She'd had no other health problems all her life. Just thought I should add this to my last comment.

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Fraser Malcolm 9 years ago

I have a staffordshire bull terrier and as a puppy he had terrible diarrhoea with blood in it. After £400 of vet bills and trialling various expensive foods such as Royal Canin and Burns and also brown rice and chicken diets, we were ready to move him onto a prescription diet. The vet we used had just been to a seminar at the Glasgow University Veterinary Medicine school given by a pet nutritionist who advocated that Chappie was one of the best foods particularly for sensitive stomachs. I was sceptical and reluctant to move out dog onto Chappie. He has now been on it for around 6 months and has been fine since. We have also mixed the food with some higher quality foods as we had some left over and the higher fibre content in Chappie as stated below seems to do the trick. I wish we had found out about chappie sooner!

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Laura Vitty 9 years ago

This is the only food I've found so far that doesn't give my labradoodle a runny tummy. I think the high protein foods may be too rich for him and the high fibre content of this dry food helps too. I feed Chappie original dry food every day now and he really likes it. Tried all the expensive brands but constant diarrhoea.

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LocalNumberFife Laura Vitty 8 years ago

Try 'Gentle' - much much better quality!I sell dog food - and I recommend it above all others.

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Igmu Gleska 9 years ago

this is a terrible food!

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