Updated 17 Jan 2019
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Markus Mühle Natural Dog Food

Type of food

Dry cold pressed 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

5kg & 15kg bags

RRP

15kg bags = £38.90

Nutritional rating

81%

At a glance

Natural: Free from added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredients
High meat content: Contains at least 30% meat (on a dry matter basis)
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
Certified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO

Price per day

£
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Nutrition

Ingredients List

28% Dried Poultry Meat Meal (Chicken), Whole Maize Meal, Brown Rice Meal, 8% Game Tripe Meal (Venison), 5% Venison Bone Meal, Maize Germs, Jerusalem Artichoke Meal, Beet Root Meal, 5% Sea Fish Meal, Linseed Oil, Rapeseed Oil (Cold Pressed), Fruit Powder (Acticell), Herbs, 2% Powdered Egg Yolk, Dried Peat, Dried Herb Mixture (Stinging Nettles, Field Horsetail, Pansy, Fennel, Coriander, Marjoram, Common Horsetail, Walnut Leaves, Burdock Root, Parsley, Blackberry Leaves, Dandelion), Salmon Oil, Dried Mojave Yucca, Seaweed Meal.

Italicised text = Information not usually on label but provided by manufacturer to help with our ratings.

Energy

364.0 kcal/100g

Typical Analysis

Protein 25.0%, Fat 10.5%, Fibre 3.3%, Ash 7.0%, Moisture 11.0%, Calcium 1.3%, Magnesium 0.18%, Potassium 0.69%, Phosphorus 1.0%, Sodium 0.39%.

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin A (10.500 IU/kg) Vitamin D3 (1050 IU/kg) Vitamin E (200mg/kg), Vitamin B1 (3.5 mg/kg) Vitamin B2 (7 mg/kg), Vitamin B6 ( 4.2 mg/kg), Vitamin B12 ( 42 mg/kg), biotin (210mg/kg), folic acid (0.35 mg/kg), niacin (21 mg/kg), Vitamin C (140mg/kg), pantothernic acid (7 mg/kg), choline chloride (1050 mg/kg), iron (200 mg/kg), cobalt(1mg/kg), selenium (0.25 mg/kg), copper (10 mg/kg), zinc (65mg/kg), iodine (1.6 mg/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

£38.90

Grams per day

0g

Cost per day

£

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Company info
Made by: Lupo San
Company HQ: Langenhahn, Germany
Sister brands: Lupo33 Lupo foods listed
Manufacturer's product description

" Why is Markus Mühle different?

Markus Mühle natural dog food is as natural as possible complete dog food, which contains all the important nutrients naturally provided by prey. This top quality cold pressed product is suitable for all dogs and is full of power. The nutritional specialists at Markus Mühle exclusively offer a complete dog food, which works hand in hand with nature.Over thousands of years, dogs have developed as prey animals. In the wild they would feed on berries, herbs, fish and insects, but mainly on a variety of prey, of which they eat not just meat, but bones, offal body fluids, tripe, stomach, and partially digested grass, fur and more. This kind of diet would provide them with all nutrients they need to stay healthy and thrive. The best diet for dogs would be natural prey- but this is not easy to achieve. This fact is the principle behind the development of Markus Mühle. And the result is a unique as natural as possible complete dog food.

The analyses of animal experts have proven that Markus Mühle natural dog food is rich in minerals and provides a balanced proportion of amino acids as required by dogs.

Markus Mühle is a family run business based in the Westerwald in the middle of Germany. Using the cold pressed method makes this dog food simply unique. The chunks promote teeth cleansing and satisfy the chewing instinct. The dog food is gluten free, contains protein only from poultry, venison, fish and eggs and has no artificial flavourings or attractants. "

Nutritional rating

81%

Review

high meat content

High meat content

hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic

natural

Natural

clear ingredients list

Clearly labelled

The German dog food, Markus Mühle (sometimes spelt Muehle), is the perfect demonstration of how important branding is here in the UK. They have a single, very high end, cold pressed food and sell it an extremely competitive price, but they have always found it difficult to break into the UK. The only reason I can see for their difficulties is their frankly awful packaging. The giant sunflower logo combined with the German text make it quite unattractive and largely unintelligible to the average Brit. Compare that with the big supermarket brands with their excellent branding and questionable contents and it is clear that packaging is much more important to a brand's success than what's inside.

Anyway, rant over. Looking inside the bag, you'll notice that Markus Mühle doesn't look like other dry foods. Rather than being cooked by the normal processes of extrusion or baking, Markus Mühle is cold-pressed. This means that the food isn't exposed to the normal, potentially damaging high temperatures and should, therefore, retain much more of its natural nutrients.

Markus Mühle's ingredients score very well. The combined 41% chicken, turkey, venison tripe and fish meal and good quality whole grains provide an excellent basis for the food. One of those grains is, however, maize which has attracted criticism from many canine nutritionists but it's well worth noting that the maize has been thermally preheated which should make it much easier to digest and much less likely to cause problems than the standard form.

As well as the meat and whole grains, Markus Mühle uses an impressive range of nutritionally dense, natural ingredients from common supplements like linseed oil and seaweed (algae meal) to more unusual additions like jerusalem artichoke and pineapple. Mixed herbs are listed and, again, more clarity as to what herbs this refers to would help.

With its low suggested feeding amounts and its incredibly competitive recommended retail price, Markus Mühle costs surprisingly little per day to feed.

Conclusion: If you can get over the packaging, Markus Mühle is an excellent, cold-pessed food at an excellent price.

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