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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 & 12.5kg bags


12.5kg bags = £55.00

Nutritional 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 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

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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):

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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 30%, Fat 16%, Minerals 8,5%, Moisture 8,5%, Crude Fibre 3.5%.


357.0 kcal/100g

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average


12.5kg 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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Frank Middleton 10 days 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 4 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 11 months 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 a year 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 3 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 9 months ago

What is wrong with Rosemary?

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