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Ava Large Breed Puppy Review

Type of food

Complete dry extruded

Dog types

Pet dogs

Breed sizes

NOT suitable for toy breed dogs
Adult weight 1-4kg. e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier
NOT suitable for small breed dogs
Adult weight 4-10kg. e.g. Beagle, Dachshund, Jack Russell
NOT 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 weaning to 8 months

Pack sizes

2kg & 15kg bags


15kg bags = £46.99

Exclusive to

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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)
Not hypoallergenic: Contains wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and/or artificial additives or has an ingredient list that is too unclear to rule out their presence
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




Mixing bowl:

Chicken 51% (Chicken Meal 24.5%, Fresh Chicken 17.5%, Chicken Fat 6.5%, Chicken Gravy 2.5%), Brown Rice (22.5%), Maize (13.5%), Beet Pulp (5%), Whole Dried Egg, Salmon Oil, Brewers Yeast, Minerals, Pre-Biotic Fructooligosaccharide (1600mg/kg), Beta-Glucans, Pre-Biotic Mannanoligosaccharides (400mg/kg), Glucosamine (400mg/kg), Chondroitin (300mg/kg), Yucca Extract (200mg/kg), Cranberry Extract, Green Tea Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Rosemary Extract.

As fed (BETA):

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin a 27, 000 IU, Vitamin D3 2, 025 IU, Vitamin E 450 IU, Zinc Chelate of Amino Acid Hydrate 427mg, Manganese Chelate of Amino Acid Hydrate 53mg, Copper Chelate of Amino Acid Hydrate 80mg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 2mg, Organic Selenium Produced from Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Cncm I-3060) (Selenium Yeast Inactivated) (3b 8.10) 70 mg.

Typical Analysis

Protein 28.0%, Fat 17.0%, Fibre 2.5%, Ash 7.0%, Moisture 8.0%.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

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


15kg bags RRP


Grams per day


Cost per day


Approved supplier:

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Company info
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HQ: Cheshire, UK
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Manufacturer's product description

" Dogs need complete, balanced nutrition for a long and healthy life.

That's why at AVA we take great care to produce food that delivers exceptional nutrition every day.

Here at AVA we believe that the love you feel for your dog can only be matched by the care we take in producing their food.

Our aim is perfectly simple; to use our passion and expertise to deliver exceptional nutrition through our foods.

The first year is crucial for your dog's development, and comes with some very specific nutritional requirements.

It's not just their high energy levels that need to be fed either.

All AVA puppy food is specially formulated to contain the Omega 3, vitamins and minerals that young brains, bones and immune systems need to thrive.

Our Hypo-allergenic formulations contain; only quality protein sources for sensitive stomachs, digestive health supporting pre biotics and +imuvita immunity supporting ingredients.

Every vet-approved AVA product contains immunity supporting ingredients including beta-glucans, cranberry, pomegranate and green tea extract.

Immunity supporting ingredients provide a perfect nutritional balance to support health and immunity - our exclusive blend of superfood based natural vitamins and minerals.

AVA is Veterinary Approved and a perfect choice for those wanting to feed a quality natural food.

AVA - the next step in Advanced Nutrition.

Suitable for dogs from 6wks - 8months.

Not suitable for puppies under 4 weeks old. "

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Martin Harris 2 years ago

My German Shepherd puppy loves this. I tried her on Canagan but she turned her nose up at it, both the Free Range Chicken and Scottish Salmon varieties. Now bought a 15kg bag of AVA Large puppy and she absolutely loves it. And her stools her no longer stinky. You can make many comparisons and choices based on ingredients and price but finally your dog will tell you what's right for them. 10/10 AVA

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Martin Harris Martin Harris 2 years ago

I also tried McAdams, Lily's Kitchen and Orijen. I must have one fussy pup.

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Si James 2 years ago

Best food for American Akita puppy?

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Sam Jones 3 years ago

Hi,Does anyone know (or where to find) the caloric information please?

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Jack Barraclough 4 years ago

After extensive research, having been a few years since I have had to do puppy shopping I ended up buying this for my Akita pup. Having fed previous Akitas a 50/50 kibble, raw diet AVA was not available then. AVA contains the right amount of protein, probiotics vitamins etc and even more importantly a nice amount of oils and fats! For the price, comparing to other dry kibble this is a no brainer the quality for price is unreal. In the process of switching over, little Akita digs through his bowl to find the AVA kibble he loves it. If all keeps well ill continue to feed this in alliance with raw.

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Denise Jones 5 years ago

Does it contain anything to make them hypoactive or cause allergy

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Jason Casson 6 years ago

Thought i would try this as a Cheaper Alternative to Canagan, i was very cautious but the high meat content was very assuring, Our american Bulldog X mastiff pup seems to love it! she "woofs" it down very well and had been merely picking at her food before the switchover, i am very happy as the nutritional value is very similar to Canagan but at over half the price is a bit of a no brainer really, she still has firm stools and seems to love it!

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