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Essential Nautical Living

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

3kg & 12kg bags


12kg bags = £67.00

AADF rating


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 ingredients (on a dry matter basis)
Hypoallergenic: Free from wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and artificial additives
Not clearly labelled:

This product has not been awarded the clear labelling logo because the percentages of the major ingredients are not declared on the label.

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:

Fresh Salmon and Trout (42%), Sweet Potato (23%), Dried Herring (18%), Peas (7%), Dried Salmon (6%), Salmon Oil (6%), Linseed (5%), Herring and Seasonal Fish (4%), Fresh Whole Egg (2%), Lucerne Sprout (2%), Salmon Stock, Potato, Pea Fibre, Vitamins, Minerals, MOS, FOS, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Cranberry, Acai, Blueberry, Mulberry, Apple, Tomato, Orange, Pear, Carrot, Spinach, Cauliflower, Seaweed, Marigold, Ginseng, Green Tea, Ginger.

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

As fed (BETA):

Why is this different from the ingredients list?

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamins: Vitamin A 15, 000 IU, Vitamin D3 2000 IU, Vitamin E 240 IU. ProVitamins: Taurine 1, 500 mg. Trace Elements: Zinc (Zinc Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 50 mg, Iron (Iron (II) Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 50 mg, Manganese (Manganese Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 35 mg, Iodine (Calcium Iodate Anhydrous) 0.96 mg.

Typical Analysis

Protein 29.0%, Fat 14.0%, Fibre 4.0%, Ash 8.0%, Moisture 8.5%, Calcium 1.70%, Phosphorus 1.20%, Omega3 4.00%, Omega6 1.00%.


358.0 kcal/100g

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

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


12kg bags RRP


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Company info
Name: Essential Foods 99 Essential Foods foods listed1010 Essential Foods treats listed
HQ: Copenhagen, Denmark
Manufacturer's product description

" ESSENTIAL NAUTICAL LIVING is our uncompromising grain-free meal for adult dogs of all breeds. As the name suggests, NAUTICAL LIVING is packed with fresh salm-on, trout, herring and the season's fish. Our ingredients are of the highest quality; a quality you'll learn to expect from ESSENTIALS. The meal follows our BOF principle.

TIP: Itchy or matt coat: NAUTICAL LIVING is particularly high in OMEGA-3 fatty acids, which can help cure skin and fur ailments "

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Paws galore 2 months ago

My dogs were on Essential for years, despite the £10 PER BAG price increase this year I still carried on as it’s such a good food however 3 times this year alone, my dogs were without food because of their diabolical delivery system or ingredients were out of stock but they don’t tell you they’re out of stock, you only know when you contact them saying where’s my delivery?! They blame it on couriers/they’ve updated couriers/it’s only a recent thing but it’s not it happens nearly everytime an order is placed. Their food might be too notch but my dogs running out of food is not acceptable. After years of being on this food I changed them all onto Akela, the main attraction of this diet is that it’s based in the UK but it’s quicker to get food from Canada!

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Julie Campbell 4 months ago

I wonder if you could clarify: I’ve always assumed that Essentials is a British product, but recently noticed that it’s HQ is in Denmark… am I buying (and paying more , perhaps?) a British or a European product?

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All About Dog Food Julie Campbell 4 months ago

Hi Julie. Essential Foods is a Danish company but they have their dry foods made in a factory in Lancashire, UK. I hope that helps.

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Julie Campbell All About Dog Food 4 months ago

Thank you!

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Frank Middleton 5 months ago

My springer poodle cross moved to this at 12 months in the hope the fish content would head off any future digestive problems. Five years on and she now eats the large kibble with no digestive problems for this active dog. Buying off the website gets a following day delivery.

It a good product for us.

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Tilly 10 months ago

Nautical is a very good food . I bought the large kibble by mistake but my jack Russells and chihuahua managed to eat it . No problems at all ☺️ I bought the fish

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Amy Sue a year ago

Switched my 20 month old GSD from AVA large breed junior to Essential foods a couple of weeks ago as I found the quality of the AVA large breed adult dropped in quality. So far she is loving it, licking the bowl clean with enthusiasm. Her fur is looking super shiny which i'm sure is the new food. The kibble actually smells nice, like real meat and a bit fruity. My only gripe is that the kibble size is tiny but I did buy the small taster bags to try out. The quality of the food and ingredients are excellent for the price. It's not cheap but not crazy expensive and I know I am feeding a good quality diet so it's worth it. currently i mix the essential with a good quality complete meat tray, such as Forthglade. I also add an egg once a week, and some tinned fish in olive oil such as mackerel, sardine or salmon. She hasn't tried her bag of nautical living just yet, but she loves fish so I'm sure it will be a winner

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Dad 2 years ago

In 2020 the web site is undergoing change and offers a smaller product range. This product in large pellet is not currently offered but the small pellet is. This may change as time goes on. The product is also OOS at Amazon at this time.

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Sarah Palmer 4 years ago

This product contains rosemary, although their website does not state it on the ingredients it is pictured as an ingredient on the back of the packaging. I ordered it and then noticed the image and a salesperson confirmed the presence of rosemary. Had to cancel my order - hoping I get a refund.

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Eddie Harkin Sarah Palmer a year ago

What is wrong with Rosemary?

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