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Essential Nautical Living Review

Type of food

Complete dry extruded

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 & 10kg bags


10kg bags = £65.00

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 percentage of the first non-meat ingredient is not declared.

Certified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO

Price per day




Mixing bowl:

Fresh Salmon and Trout (42%), Sweet Potato, the Seasons Dried Fish (18%), Peas, Dried Salmon (6%), Whole Eggs (3%), the Seasons Fresh Fish (3%), Omega 3 Oil (3%), Linseed, Alfalfa, Salmon Gravy (2%), Potato, Pea Fibre, Vitamins, Minerals, Mannan Oligosaccharides, Fructooligosaccharides, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Cranberry, Acai, Bilberry, Mulberry, Apple, Tomato, Orange, Pear, Carrot, Spinach, Cauliflower, Seaweed, Marigold, Ginseng, Green Tea, Ginger.

As fed (BETA):

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin a 15000 IU, Vitamin D3 2000 IU, Vitamin E 240 IU, Taurine 1500 mg, 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, Rosemary Extract.

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.


10kg bags RRP


Grams per day


Cost per day


Approved supplier:

Essential Pet Foods


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Company info
Name: Essential Foods 1717 Essential Foods foods listed2222 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 salmon, trout and the season’s fish. The meal follows our BOF principle. NAUTICAL LIVING is blessed with a very generous amount of OMEGA 3. Tested and evaluated here in the UK as a top tier quality food. "

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arst06d 8 months ago

I've been using Essential Nautical Living for several years now. I always check the rating on this site - and it has now dropped to below 80%.

Perhaps AADF could show the progression of the ratings per product as it re-tests periodically, and provide the reasons for the change up or down?

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Robbie Londoner one year ago

Our Dog has been on essential food from a puppy, we always get comments on about how shiny her coat is and how fit and toned she looks, even our Vet asked what are we feeding her. I would highly recommend Essential. If you work out the amount of feed your dog should get a day (Essential guide) the price works out very reasonable.

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LucyL1234 one year ago

Could I please ask. I have heard alot about grain free foods using legumes instead but this can give heart problems apparently. Is there alot of legumes in this product

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Paws galore 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

Thank you!

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Frank Middleton 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 years 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 4 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 6 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 3 years ago

What is wrong with Rosemary?

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