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Bella & Duke Adult Complete | Working Dog Review

Type of food

Complete raw

Dog types

Working 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

500g tubs

RRP

500g tubs = £2.31

AADF rating

92%

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

Price per day

£

Nutrition

Composition

Mixing bowl:

Chicken 68% (Chicken Meat 60%, Chicken Bone 3%, Chicken Liver 5%), Beef 17% (Beef Tripe 8%, Beef Kidney 5%, Beef Liver 3%, Beef Trachea 1%), Sustainable Seasonal Vegetables 12.6% (Carrots 8%, Sprouts 1.6%, Broccoli 1%, Cauliflower 1%, Cabbage 1%), Blueberries 1%, Oil 1% (Pure Olive Oil 0.9%, Herring Oil 0.1%), Sustainable Kelp 0.4%.

As fed (BETA):

Why is this different from the ingredients list?

Nutritional additives (per kg)

None.

Typical Analysis

Protein 15.1%, Fat 5.4%, Fibre 0.4%, Ash 2.9%, Moisture 74.8%.

Energy

103.0 kcal/100g

Dry weight nutrients

Above average

Average

Below average

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

Pricing

500g tubs RRP

£2.31

Grams per day

0g

Cost per day

£

Approved supplier:

Bella & Duke

Company

Manufacturer's product description

" Perfect for active working dogs that are always on the go, this nutritionally complete, healthy, raw meal is packed with 85% premium meat, bone and offal to help them thrive. A great way to add variety to their menu, the delicious combination of chicken and beef is full of the flavours and aromas that we know they’ll love. "


Company info
Company name: Bella & Duke 3939 Bella & Duke foods listed
HQ: Perthshire, UK
Product country of origin: United Kingdom

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Lady Penelope one month ago

Excellent dog food. My dog has had B&D since weaning - she is now 6, a perfect weight and very energetic. Excellent delivery & customer service too.

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Tom *MOT* one month ago

my dog always has constpiation and very hard poo's on bella and duke. too much bone so im going to have to go back to butternut box

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Steen Winther Joerge 2 months ago

So today we fed Bella and Dukes fingerlicking chicken with beef for working dogs. Disappointingly it contained faecal matter (excrement) which you could smell immediately you opened the tub. That is so not on. Will be chucking the whole lot and not buying this brand again.

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Alana K Steen Winther Joerge 2 months ago

I understand your concern but I highly doubt there was faecal matter in the food. It contains tripe which is the lining of a cows stomach which can have a nasty smell (although good for you dog) and can vary from batch to batch. Please contact B&D as they are a very reputable company.

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Lady Penelope Steen Winther Joerge one month ago

My dog has had this food every day for 6 years. There’s no faecal matter in this food! Tripe and fish varieties can smell but are very good for your dog.

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Jojodan 2 months ago

AADF says Bella & Duke is £3.47/day for my 30kg dog. B&D's own site says £4.41 minimum, and that's buying 40 tubs at once (wish I had the freezer space!) Buying 16 tubs at a time is over £5/day. Please update your pricing.

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Roberto75 5 months ago

It seems that Bella and Duke has dropped its rating. I thought it was above 90% and I was wondering if anyone knew why it has dropped?

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Ralphwhippet Roberto75 5 months ago

I've noticed a few other brands have also dropped their ratings too. Hope someone can explain??

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Skipper 5 months ago

I think you need to update your Bella & Duke pricing!.. this product is £2.31 per 500g tub, not the £3.42 that you state, making it a LOT cheaper than you show. Skipper loves this range and has been very healthy on it for over 3 years.

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Roberto75 Skipper 5 months ago

I use this and my cost per 500g tub is £3.10. It can be cheaper if you order in bulk but I don't have the freezer space so it costs more sadly.

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Zendog 8 months ago

I've been feeding a different complete raw food for some time but considering changing. I want to give my dog the best possible diet but cost is a factor. The food I currently buy is listed on here as costing more per day than Bella and Duke but it definitely doesn't cost me that much to feed my dog. Could anyone advise if theyve found Bella and Duke to meet the estimated daily cost or be more/less? I appreciate all dogs are different so there will probably be some variation. I'm just trying to get some opinions as I don't want to swap to a food I then find I can't afford. Thank you

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CK Zendog 8 months ago

Hey. I was concerned about the same thing when I was thinking of switching my staffy from regular dog food to Bella & Duke, but I'm sooo glad I did it. She gets half a tub everyday, so it costs me £1.44 per day to feed her.

If you go on the B&D website, there's a calculator where you can input your dogs weight and it will tell you how much to feed them and the daily cost £. My dog loves the food, I feel at peace with the fact I'm feeding her well (as far as I can see), and turns out I think it's actually pretty reasonably priced (although I haven't tried any others to compare). Hope this helps :)

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Wylie Ck 10 months ago

Hi

I have just started feeding both of my dogs on Bella &Duke

They were on butternut before and before that on dry kibble.

One of my dogs had terrible bronzing on her chin and paws.

I changed to butternutt and it took 9 months to get rid of it .

My smaller dog had gone completely off butternutt and my other dog who had the bronzing then got terrible smelly breath from butternut.

I have been feeding both on Bella and Duke for a week now , the smelly breath has drastically improved and the other dog is enjoying her food again tho she always been a meat eater and hated any kind of vegetables so this is pleasing to see that she got her appetite back.

Both are doing great so far ( fingers crossed) .

Their poop has improved significantly.

They are on Ba brilliant lamb and tippy tap turkey with lamb.

It’s has taken me years to find the right food for them .

There are so many nasties in dry food /treats what is not always shown on labels and can be such a minefield.

Some dogs are better on dry kibble and some are better on raw fed.

I wish I started on raw feed years ago .

It is easy to find faults in everything but most important is that you find food what is right for Your Dog.

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Giorgia De Stefano one year ago

I’ve been feeding the Bella and Duke Superfood range to my French Bulldog for years and Ive had no issues with it at all. Of note if also their incredible customer service. She has maintained a healthy weight, has great teeth, and does not suffer from any allergies, skin issues and/or other health conditions which unfortunately characterises this breed.

Ive noticed that the rating on allaboutdogfood.co.uk has lowered for this line however and therefore I skipped this month and put in an order for a Paleo Ridge hamper. I don’t mind changing things up a bit, give her a bit of variety, however I wouldn’t mind understanding why exactly the rating has lowered and whether it is worth considering making the change for good.

I was recommended this website by a behaviourist and dog nutritionist therefore I place faith in your rating system but i would like to understand the sudden change. Of course, I just wish to give my pooch the best food possible.

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K9_Kadaver one year ago

My dog, an Eastern European Village Dog who's about 30kg, Has done horribly on kibble which led me to explore a lot of different raw food brands. He used to be eating less kibble than my mother's French bulldogs and still gaining weight despite running in farm fields all day. He's also exceptionally picky.

Homemade raw diets aren't an option for me because I don't have faith in myself to get ratios right. Bella & Duke is honestly the one that I've found works best for him and stays in an okay price range for me. It's the only raw food that he was willing to immediately eat without me having to mix it. He likes every flavour too, even the duck! Which was surprising since he never seemed to like duck. The bone & organ content is really good when compared to other brands I've tried, like Nature's Menu for example. The only downside to me personally is the subscription aspect but,, hey I'll live LMAO

I've also never had any experiences with it smelling bad or worse than other raw foods, I couldn't find much of a smell to it when it was defrosted. My dog's poops also kept to the good raw food type, which if you don't know is basically smaller, a bit darker and solid.

The customer service is also really nice and helpful, it's a good side benefit. They also offer a lot of nice treats or add-ons, beef pizzles, defrosting boxes & their own feeding board for example. Another thing they have is training and behavioural advice that they offer to their subscribers.

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Michael Gough one year ago

I have fed Bella and Duke to my chocolate Labrador for 18 months. At a recent routine vaccination appointment, the vet said that my lab is “ what labs should look like”. The food quality is superb and my dog wolfs it down. Furthermore the stuff that came out of her back end when she was on dry good, was foul ! Diarrhoea after dry food! After Bella and Duke- normal stools!

Her coat is shiny and she is lean!

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Harrison Traynor one year ago

I have owned dogs all my life, and this is by far the most disgusting product i have unfortunately fed to my Husky. Today I had to write a review because When preparing it I physically threw up in my mouth, because the stench was so wretched.

I believe They use any part from an animal they can to bulk out their product. we have found hair, bits of bones among others in the food. Which leads me to believe that they just get any parrts they can and grind them all together.

without fail my dog has thrown up this food every time she has eaten it, we thought maybe it was because she wasnt used to the raw aspect so we started cooking the product to help ease her in, still she throws it up, and the utter stench when cooking this, you would not believe. It is absolutely revolting. I have been a professional Chef for over 10 Years, working on Superyachts and 3 rosette restaurants.

Believe me when I tell you, no food should smelly like this when cooking it.

STAY AWAY.

HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARD

CHEAP / NASTY / DANGEROUSLY PREPARED

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Alana K Harrison Traynor one year ago

IMO this is untrue. Bella and Duke are well-renowned and use human-grade ingredients. Maybe it isn't for you, but the smell is probably due to it containing tripe which can smell quite a bit! The hair and bone are healthy components, they provide calcium and other minerals that are needed for a dog's health. It is not a health and safety hazard as long as you handle it correctly and safely like all raw food.

As for your dog vomiting after the food, as you say she may not be used to raw food, sometimes a slow transition over to it can be better. Also, you should never cook raw dog food due to the bone content, you can 'flash fry' it but never cook completely.

Hopefully, you can find a nutritious food that suits your dog x

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Cera Slater Harrison Traynor one year ago

I also found Bella & Duke food to absolutely stink in comparison to other raw completes I'd tried. She's a lab and will eat anything so, naturally, she wolfed it down and it didn't have any negative side effects but for me, I would never use it again!

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Alana K Cera Slater one year ago

Interesting! I've used B&D myself and ive never thought that 🤔

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Gary Harrison Traynor one year ago

Hi, you mention at the bottom of your review that no food should be smelly like this when cooking it, are you cooking this food as it’s supposed to be fed raw?

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Zendog Harrison Traynor 8 months ago

You shouldn't be cooking it. Of course it will stink when cooked if it contains hair and bone which you would know as a chef! Hair and bone are natural and healthy for a dog to eat. Hair is a natural wormer. I've never fed this food and am just checking on what's available but it has an excellent reputation. Raw food doesn't suit all dogs but many husky and malamute owners I've met feed raw as it generally suits the breed well. It's worth bearing in mind that dogs often enjoy foods that humans find disgusting but if it makes your dog sick I'm not sure why you persisted in feeding it at all.

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Lady Penelope Harrison Traynor one month ago

Cooking it??? You don’t cook raw food. Bone must be fed raw. No wonder your poor dog was sick.

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IanB 3 years ago

It isn’t clear how Bella & Duke’s advertising that this has enhanced protein and fat especially for working dogs can be justified, when if you look at the rest of their range, the protein and fat in the ‘Premium’ is exactly the same, and in the ‘Enriched’ is higher?

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K9_Kadaver IanB one year ago

I don't think there's a difference in the working dog food Vs the normal dog food, foods labeled "for working dogs" just is exempt from VATs

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JorgeLuisBorges 4 years ago

Can anyone explain the ‘not nutritionally complete’ logo on this food? It’s got a high nutritional rating, so how can’t it be complete!? I’m guessing it’s some kind of technicality - but it would be good to understand it, and the rating, better.

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All About Dog Food JorgeLuisBorges 4 years ago

Great question! You can find more info on all of our profile symbols as well as our nutritional scores here: https://www.allaboutdogfood...
In short, the 'nutritionally complete' logo is awarded to foods that comply fully with FEDIAF and/or AAFCO nutritional guidelines for complete foods. These guidelines are provided by the world's two largest pet food industry bodies and are designed to ensure that complete pet foods meet all of a pet's nutritional requirements. They are far from perfect but they are the best we currently have.
Right now the only way to meet these criteria in every batch of food is to add a synthetic multi-vitamin and mineral complex. These synthetic additives go against the natural-feeding principles of some raw food producers like Bella & Duke so they forgo the added nutrients and FEDIAF/AAFCO compliance in favour of the natural nutrients present in the food's raw ingredients. You can contact Bella & Duke for more info on this.
Both approaches have their own pros and cons but it is a distinction that's worth bearing in mind.

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JorgeLuisBorges All About Dog Food 4 years ago

Makes sense - thanks!

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Helen Emma 4 years ago

My German Shepherd loves Bella and Duke. He has a beautiful shiny red sable coat. He is lean and the vet says he is in excellent shape. I have deliberatley restricted excercise until his growth plates close, but he gets a species appropriate high protein diet. Customer service is good at Bella and Duke.

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Lindsay Smith 4 years ago

I love this natural way of feeding my dog. I tried many different brands and she struggled to maintain a healthy weight on all of them. On Bella & Duke she is healthy, happy and thriving. The quality of the food is clear, with ethical sourcing and excellent customer service.

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Jude McCoy 5 years ago

Amazing food, which my dog loves. You can see the quality as soon as you open the tub! Fantastic customer service too. A wonderful company who actually listen and respond to their customers.

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Claire Henderson 5 years ago

My dog is thriving on bella and duke. His coat is so shiny and everyone comments on how well he looks. He adores the food and now looks forward to meal times unlike when on kibble. The company uses human grade meat and is constantly researching to find the best things to use in their food. Lots of testing, best quality and tonnes of knowledge so couldn't ask for more. As someone who needs support with my dog and always has a lot of questions, I feel totally supported by their fantastic customer services too. An amazing company and well worth the money!

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Autumn Phoenix 6 years ago

Have just started feeding Bella and Duke to one of my schnauzers - he absolutely loves it. Package arrived quickly and everything was still frozen, unlike some others.The cartons are easy to store in the freezer, easy to defrost and serve from, and great because you don't have to find alternative storage containers to keep in the fridge. There's a good variety of flavours which have all been wolfed down, and bowl licked doubly clean.Highly recommended.

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Stan Rawlinson 6 years ago

As a leading UK Dog Behaviourist and nutrition commentator. I am very fussy about what I feed my six dogs. Five of them are Working Cockers and actually work as gundogs on four major shoots in the UK. I have tested and tried all types of dog food culminating in a number of reviews that are first on Google, including Dog Food and Behaviour which is also first on Google.I tested Bella and Duke on all my dogs and switched from the raw food I was feeding to this brand within 6 weeks. I cannot praise it more highly. It is a quality product at what I believe are very affordable prices. Try it and see the difference.

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