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Essential Highland Living

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

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Mixing bowl:

Turkey (Dried, Fresh), Sweet Potato, Fresh Salmon, Chickpeas, Peas, Fresh Aberdeen Angus Beef, Wild Birds (Quail, Pigeon, Pheasant, Guineafowl), Linseed, Omega 3 Oil, Whole Eggs, Turkey Liver Stock, Alfalfa Sprouts, Vitamins, Minerals, MOS (Mannan Oligosaccharides), FOS (Fructo-Oligosaccharides), Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Cranberry, Acai, Bilberry, Mulberry, Apple, Tomato, Orange, Pear, Carrot, Spinach, Cauliflower, Seaweed, Marigold, Ginseng, Green Tea, Ginger. Total 79% Meat Ingredients.

As fed (BETA):

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin a (Retinyl Acetate) 15000 IU, Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 2000 IU, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol Acetate) 240 IU, Taurine 1500mg, Zinc 50 mg, Iron 50 mg, Manganese 35 mg, Copper 15 mg, Iodine 0.96 mg, Selenium 0.3 mg.

Typical Analysis

Protein 29.0%, Fat 17.0%, Fibre 3.5%, Ash 8.5%, Moisture 8.0%, Calcium 1.60%, Phosphorus 1.20%, Omega3 1.80%, Omega6 2.60%.


362.0 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


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Company info
Name: Essential Foods 1919 Essential Foods foods listed1111 Essential Foods treats listed
HQ: Copenhagen, Denmark
Manufacturer's product description

" ESSENTIAL HIGHLAND LIVING is a complete and unique, grain-free meal inspired by the highlands of Scotland. It is prepared with masses of delicious local and regional ingredients such as Norfolk Black turkey, Aberdeen Angus beef, pigeon, partridge, wild duck and of course Scottish salmon. Formulated for normal and the more active dog, ESSENTIAL HIGHLAND LIVING is an obvious choice of variation for you to serve as well as our other LIVING meals. HIGHLAND LIVING complies with our BOF principle to give you the security of a stable blood pressure for your dog while it savours the many tasty and healthy flavours from the Scottish Highlands.

Allergy info: HIGHLAND LIVING does not contain chicken or white potatoes. "

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TRESVAN 7 months ago

Please note the company have recently changed food bags to 10kg from 12kg with no notice to customers, making it considerably more expensive 😢

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Amy Sue 2 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. Works for us so far :)

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