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Autarky Adult Grain Free Dry Review

Type of food

Complete dry extruded

Dog types

Working dogs

Breed sizes

NOT 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 7 years

Pack sizes

2kg & 12kg bags


12kg bags = £43.99

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
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:

Fish (min 25% White Fish Meal, 8% Freshly Prepared Fish), Potato (min 24%), Pea Starch, Sweet Potato, Rapeseed Oil, Fish Oil, Unmolassed Beet Pulp, Peas, Yeast (0.1%), Alfalfa, Seaweed, Carrots, Minerals, Milk Thistle, Parsley, Marine Algae, Glucosamine, Nettle, Marigold, Olive Extract, Mint, Green Lipped Mussel, Yucca Schidigera, Fenugreek, Blackcurrant, Thyme, Oregano, Carob Pod Meal, Aniseed, Pomegranate, Turmeric, Dandelion, Ginger, Rosemary.

As fed (BETA):

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin a (3a672a) 20, 000iu, Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate (E4) 40mg, Vitamin D (E671) 2, 000iu, Manganous Oxide (E5) 67mg, Vitamin E (3a700) 300mg, Zinc Oxide (E6) 127mg, Taurine (3a370) 230mg, Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate (E6) 206mg, Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate (E1) 174mg, Zinc Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate (E6) 178mg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous (3b202) 2.5mg, Sodium Selenite (E8) 0.45mg.

Typical Analysis

Protein 27.0%, Fat 13.0%, Fibre 3.0%, Ash 8.5%.

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: United Petfood
HQ: Gent, Belgium
Brands: Autarky1111 Autarky foods listed
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Manufacturer's product description

" Tasty White Fish & Potato is a natural, grain-free diet made for active working dogs that have an intolerance to grains. Made with freshly prepared fish and carbohydrate-rich potato, this recipe features beneficial inclusions for a dog�s overall well-being and is packed with natural goodness., , The diet includes freshly prepared fish, a quality protein source to support strong musculature, and features slow-releasing carbohydrates from potato, to keep energy levels-up throughout a dog's day. The unique joint care package comprises of olive extract, green-lipped mussel, marine algae and glucosamine working synergistically to give additional mobility support. The recipe includes zinc and B vitamins to help promote a healthy coat and skin, natural antioxidants and prebiotics to support the immune system and digestion., , The recipe also benefits from the addition of yucca schidigera for additional digestive support and less pungent-smelling stool. "


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Phoebe B one month ago

This food literally fixed my German shepherds itchy skin, ingredients are amazing and the price point is so reasonable. I have it on repeat order now and won’t change it.

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Jemma Smith 8 months ago

After having two very ill dogs back in March time when the recipe was changed with no warning, our dogs finally got used to the improved recipe and we have been using the food ever since…

New bag opened Friday and today they are both awful stomachs again! So annoyed I have no idea what is going on with this food, will be ringing my supplier Monday morning

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Torie Warren 10 months ago

I saw that there was a new recipie when it came out as it was clearly shown on the bags of food. It was advised to slowly transition onto the new food as though they are a pup or a completely new food. My English Springer does so well on the salmon and white fish kibble and she has a real sensitive tummy. So it's not all bad as some of the comments below.

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Jo Hewison one year ago

Be warned - I have previously fed Autarky grain free White Fish for some time to our 10 working gundogs with no problem. Suddenly with a new batch their condition has gone down rapidly, and they are having enormous poos. On complaining to the manufacturer, they tell me they have changed the recipe and the factory has changed hands - they have gone to different suppliers, and added certain ingredients. No warning except for a small new logo on the bag. My dogs are in a state - waking up at night wanting to go out, and poo-ing for England! Autarky customer service have refused to pick up and refund my 10 surplus bags that I definitely will never feed. They suggest that I drive 40 mins each way to my supplier to get compensation .

They have failed in their duty of comprehensively informing customers of a sudden change.

I am warning everyone of the problems, and to beware of extremely poor customer service.

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Merva one year ago

Same here with our border collie. She loves her new food, Arden grange ocean white fish and potato. Transition was within a couple of days with no ill effects. I contacted United pet foods to complain and got this response

Absolutely we could have done things better, and if we had the opportunity to do it again it would be different, but human beings make mistakes I’m afraid.

The problem occurred around the time of the company changeover, with the out-going purchasing manager mistakenly placing an order for the new recipe bags (when the existing recipe was the one that should have been ordered). By the time this was noticed it was too late to amend and the new business (United) had to go ahead and produce new recipe and bag. In normal circumstances we would have clearly communicated this to our retail and customer base, but these were not normal circumstances with people leaving the existing business (being made redundant) and the whole operation moving to South Wales. Therefore mistakes were made and lessons learnt.

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Lisa one year ago

Exactly the same with my collie - the new "improved" recipe has upset her stomach, she's so sensitive to grain this was perfect - now I have had to stop feeding her it. My boy is fine but it has made his poo a little softer, so he's eating the rest up for me just to get rid of it!

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Merva Lisa one year ago

We moved our collie to Arden Grange adult sensitive white fish after the Autarky debacle. She loves it just like she did autarky and transitioned with having to mix the two for a period. She’s loving it and thriving on it. Hope this helps others

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Marina Eva one year ago

My two dogs have refused to eat the new bag of Autarky I received two weeks ago, just spat it out. From reading other comments, the recipe has changed. I’m fuming, I’ve 12 kg of food to throw out now and my collie isn’t touching any other food, he’s really suspicious of even wet food. What’s going on?

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Nikki Loomes one year ago

My dog has been eating Autarky grain free fish and potatoe since it was launched. It was perfect - he loved it and happily ate it! However - major problem now because he will not eat the supposed new and improved receipe and the original really helped with his skin condition. We now have a 12kg bag that he will not touch and a dilema as to what to feed him going forward. Autarky what are you doing? You should have warned your customers before changing the receipe, although it looks like you wont have any customers if you dont go back to the original receipe!

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Marina Eva Nikki Loomes one year ago

My dogs have refused it too!

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GINNY BELL one year ago

My dog was happy on this until last month. It appears the recipe has been "improved" and my dog can no longer tolerate it. We were unaware as nothing advertises this change and the sites selling are still showing the original packaging and composition. He just got really badly loose the day after I started a new bag. Wasn't sure what it was at first but when I compared the compositions on the bags I could see some ingredients have been changed. I have now had to change to a different food all together (it's a shame as he was doing well on it)

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neeson122 one year ago

Been feeding grain free fish and potato since it was launched, was always good, recently my usually greedy dogs simply refusing to eat and if they do try it have upset stomachs. Avoid and buy another brand.

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Marina Eva neeson122 one year ago

My dogs refusing to eat it too!

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Becklabs one year ago

My Lab is eating the new recipe white fish & potato but now producing copious amounts of soft/loose stools! I thought postbiotics were supposed to aid digestion not cause issues!!

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LolaD Becklabs one year ago

Exactly the same for our Lab, had us extremely worried. We had a few days on Chappie to settle her stomach and transitioned to Pooch & Mutt Health and Digestion which has returned her to normal

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Sarah Gray one year ago

My Rottweiler has been eating this food for 3 years, and like many others, 2nd day into a new bag and she has an upset tummy. This was the only food she could tolerate.. why can’t the recipe just have been left alone!! What am I supposed to feed her now!!??

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Fliss08 Sarah Gray one year ago

I switched to Lukullus Angus beef and Duck all good ingredients my boys love it and one of them has so many intolerances but this has been fine, no upset tummy, clean bowls and a reasonable price. I get it on Zooplus

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GINNY BELL Sarah Gray one year ago

My dog is similar to yours so when it happened I panicked a bit on what to change him to. I spoke to a local pet food supplier who gave me a grain free kibble to try him on and so far he's fine with it (it's a light formula to help with the stomach too)

It's their own branding although he did say the people that make it also make Eden.

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charley4991 one year ago

Our lab has been on this food for a couple of years and much like the comments below, has suddenly gone off it since we opened a new bag just over a week ago. Doesn’t want to eat it (a Labrador!!!) and has had an upset tummy.

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BRYAN COOK one year ago

Hi. I opened a new 12kg bag of this food 2 days ago and instantly my Pointer refused to eat it. We've been using this food for a long time as it's great for her 'red meat' protein allergy and normally she cant get enough of it, but something has changed with this new bag that's putting her off. Not just slow eating, point blank refuses to eat any.

It took us ages to find a food that agrees with her, back to square one now.

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Tan GSD one year ago

Tan is a GSD who has been on Autarky fish & potato for 4 years she has EPI so am careful with her diet until now it has been brilliant. Just bought 2 more bags and she point blank refuses to eat it Tan is very food orientated!

Like many others I need to find an alternative for her, disappointed in Autarky

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Jill F one year ago

Sorry to same my springador is having exactly the same problems. We opened a new bag of Autarky Grain Free Fish & she has had an upset stomach ever since and refuses to eat her dish clean. She’d been on this food for 6 years and this is the first time. It’s too coincidental to be anything other than a change in recipe. It’s a pity as I have 4 more of the new bags & will have to find a new food for her.

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Rich P one year ago

My 2 dogs have loved the fish and potato grain free food and eaten it for several years. The new recipe has caused upset stomachs and now neither dog will eat it. 😢

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Izzyfish one year ago

Same here, my Spaniel cross was thriving on grain free fish recipe. Since opening a new bag she is trying but struggling to eat it! It seems too hard for her to crunch even if soaked! I will be looking for a new diet🥴

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Emma Bone one year ago

This has changed! I’ve had 11 dogs sick!

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MelBrown one year ago

Everything is wrong for our usually greedy rescue dogs. I wanted to find a grain free, meat free food that all could eat and enjoy - they did until the change of recipe.

Nearly 2 weeks in, 5 little street dogs who are used to eating who knows what would not go near it for days and then spat it out. The 2 big UK rescues who would eat a scabby horse had horrendous diarrhoea and sickness.

Such a shame, the kibble is like bullets. Back to Fish4Dogs or another brand I think☹️

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Chantel Louise Carr one year ago

They have changed the recipe!! The new biscuits caused a round of sickness and diarrhea in all three of my dogs. They are not fussy but spit these biscuits out. Such a shame as before they changed I did not have a bad word to say. Next time warn your customers!

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FreyaK Chantel Louise Carr one year ago

Definitely changed and very slow to reply to emails, they eventually offered to send me some turkey and potato to try but mine have always thrived on Autarky white fish, I don't want a different food

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Emma Bone FreyaK one year ago

There’s a big issue here. There’s a few people with these issues and the company aren’t taking any accountability.

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FreyaK Emma Bone one year ago

Their customer service is dreadful, ignored two emails, then I used messenger, finally got a reply saying they'll send a bag of turkey which is no use as mine can't take chicken... needless to say I never received the bag of turkey anyway

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Sue Foreman one year ago

The recipe and shape of the kibble has changed. One of mine has to have fish and potato, no meat protein, no rice, only some whole pasta. They do not like the new food, in fact won't eat it unless 10% compared to amount of another food added. Having to cook for the allergic one and need a balanced diet, preferably grain free kibble.

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FreyaK Sue Foreman one year ago

Exactly the same with my spaniels, two dogs who never refuse a meal just walked away from it and refused to eat it

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Serena Abbott FreyaK one year ago

Mine are same, did eat new bags to start with (well my old boy didn't, walked away from bowl and looked so sad) but woke up to diarrhea and sickness with my other two, from then had all 3 refusing to eat it, none of my dogs are fussy eaters but to see them so sad when i try and fed them is heart breaking, i've tried to disguise with tray meat but they suck it off and spit biscuits out. i've sent my concerns to aurtarky but i notice this site has the old recipe for the aurtarky white fish and potato

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April 3 years ago

I am looking for the best food for my American bulldog - he is 40kg and 19 months. So far ive found with many other dog foods he is recommended around 350g this food suggests 470g!!! Something isnt right there.

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Derek Williams 3 years ago

The manufacture mentions the range is for working or active dogs. Is this a high energy food perhaps not suitable for pet dogs.

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alison Derek Williams 3 years ago

We’ve used this with our GSD/Lab mix - he’s young/hyper but certainly hasn’t done any work! He has a sensitive tummy but his stools are fine on the grain free variety.

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Kristy John 4 years ago

is the kibble size in this suitable for a small chihuahua? thankyou x

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Victoria 7 years ago

My wcs bitch is doing really well on the turkey & potato. Concentration, behaviour, well being & condition have all improved since I have been feeding her Autarky. I would definitely highly recommend it.

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Katie Brown 7 years ago

Hi can anyone confirm this is suitable from weaning to old age? It doesn't really specify on the autarky website?

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All About Dog Food Katie Brown 7 years ago

Apologies Katie, that was an error on our part. It is suitable from 12 months of age. The Autarky puppy food is listed here: https://www.allaboutdogfood...

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