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As the owner of three toy poodle cross dogs, I thought they might enjoy this Bakers Complete Small Dog, which looks just like the normal size Bakers but scaled down for little mouths.
Just as predicted, they loved it although the bowl emptied more quickly than with the usual size Bakers Complete.
I don't know what it is about this dog food but I have occasionally tried other brands when the shop has sold out,which on the face of it have looked almost the same as Bakers, only for the substitute to be sniffed at then left in the bowls in disgust - Bakers Complete is the only food for my gang!
In common with the normal size Bakers Complete, the small dog version is made up of various coloured crunchy biscuits interspersed with treasured moist meaty chunks. These are the highlight of dinner time for my dogs and it is a kind of game for the dogs to collect and hide as many of these as possible. I have tried therefore the Bakers Meaty Meals which is made up of similar chunks without the biscuits but they don't bother with that - it's not as much fun!
This brings me to the only down side of Bakers Complete Small Dog. Once the moist meaty chunks are gone you are left with a heap of coloured biscuits. If I feel strong enough to ignore the squeals and pleading barks for more meaty chunks every time I go in to the dogs they will, grudgingly clean up the rest of the bowl. But it does take a strong woman not to keep adding the meaty chunks.
Also, those extra small biscuits which leap out way past the bowl during the search for the meaty chunks are agony if you stand on them with bare feet!
When we bought our dog he was only a few weeks old so I went straight to the shop to look for some puppy food for him, eventually settling on Bakers Puppy which seemed to suit him and he enjoyed his meals massively so I knew he liked it. One day however I just couldn't find it in any of the shops near me so I bought Bakers Small Dog instead and have continued to buy this food ever since as it suits him down to the ground.
It's a dry food, I buy it in a box for ease of storage but you can purchase larger bags and make a bit of a saving (not enough for me to justify taking up the whole kitchen window sill though!). There are shaped biscuits in the food which are mixed with meaty chunks, it's normal Bakers Complete food but all the components of the food have been shrunk down to fit small mouths. Jake is a Jack Russell and you don't get much smaller than that, to be honest he'll happily eat the larger pieces from non-Small Dog food but he does seem to be able to eat a little quicker when he has this one (although whether that's a good thing or not is open to debate!).
I don't measure his food out, he's fed twice a day but often has fresh meat instead of dog food so it's impossible to say how long the box lasts - I don't buy it more than once a week even when I'm being strict and keeping the human food away from him, I've learned how much he can eat in one sitting and just give him that as I don't like to see a dog grazing on an always-full food bowl all day long.
He's healthy and doesn't beg for food (except through greed!) so I'm positive it's feeding him well, he drinks quite a lot and personally I think this food has a pretty salty smell so maybe that's the reason - I did notice a couple of weeks ago when he had an almost exclusive fresh chicken diet that he didn't seem to drink as much so I'm sure there's a connection.
I actually don't know how much this costs but I'm thinking around the £4 mark, I buy it so routinely every week that I don't check the price label these days and just bung it into the trolley when I'm shopping!
I have a white toy Poodle called Daisy who is a year old. I bought her only three months ago as her last owners could no longer look after her due to ill health. Neglected wasn't the word, she was covered in fleas never been groomed and was seriously under weight four pounds under weight in fact that is a lot for a little dog that is the equivalent to a human being four stone under weight. Good news is she has gained two pounds been groomed fleas now gone and is a happy little dog!
Comes in a 1kg box clearly states bakers Complete small dog on the found. It has been designed for dogs with small jaws so it's easier for them to chew as most kibbles are large and it leads to gum problems and sore mouths.
For a toy dog they recommend for a dog 1-5 kg 30 110 grams per day
Small dog they recommend for a dog 5-10 kg 110-180 grams per day.
One mug full is 100 grams.
The food itself contains all the essential vitamins for a dogs daily diet. Of fibre protein energy vitamins d and minerals. Omega 3 and 6 to support skin and maintain a glossy coat.
Daisy is rather a fussy eater I have tried her on all sorts of food expensive and all. She loves this and I will continue to feed her on it. You must make sure water is always available as this is a dry complete for and dogs get thirty more than having wet food.
Many of you by now may know that my best mate owns a little white poodle called Daisy. (Liz my mate) and Daisy are usually to be found round mine (like now they are huddled up on the sofa eating my food watching my tv lol) and often Daisy stays with me overnight to keep me company. Think shared ownership here! Because she's here so much I have loads of food for her and treats and the likes in my cupboards and the other day whilst I was out shopping in Asda I picked up a box of this, her usual food of choice!
The dried food comes in a see-through bag and within a blue and brown outer box. On the front of the box there is a photograph of the food and a happy looking dog on there and we are told that it is Purina Bakers Complete 'Small Dog'' and that it has little pieces for smaller mouths 'With tasty beef & vegetable medley' and that the box I purchased weighs 1kg. Other information listed all over the box includes giving us plenty of information letting us know that the food is a good source of fibre, protein, energy and calcium and there is a nutritional chart stated as well as the ingredients used given, there is a general feeding guide also listed and contact details for Purina (Nestle) are given. This is a nice enough informative box.
The Food Itself:
This dried mainly cereal made food is 35% smaller and of course made for smaller dogs in mind than the other varieties of Bakers Complete foods.
In appearance, yep the food is dry and small. You get bright green and rusty brown coloured balls and small beige and brown bone shapes that have a sort of cereal based aroma to them. The feeding guide on the side of the box which is given tells us 1 mug of the food gives us a 100g portion and that very small dogs such as Chihuahuas, Pekingese, King Charles Spaniels, West Highland White Terries and other small dogs weighing from 1kg to 5kg need between 35g-110g per day of this food and that dogs such as Fox terriers, Dachshunds, Whippets and other dogs weighing from 5kg-10kg need about 110-185g a day of his food a day.
The food looks good quality when I/we put it down and Daisy loves this one! Of course I can't comment on the flavour of this all I can go on is her reaction to it and she wolfs it down! It crunches as she eats it, stays fresh out for a very long time but always makes her very thirsty indeed after munching it so it is important of course to have a ready supply of cold, clean water available to your pet at all times.
So Daisy dog loves it which is one of the main things of course but this also is a complete food and gives her all the nutrients that she needs so we are all happy and at about £2.98 a 1kg box or £5.00 for a 3kg one this not only is an excellent quality food that the mutt likes but one that my purse (and my mates) approves of too, lasting Daisy absolutely ages!
Available in all good supermarkets and pet shops and in other varieties and flavours too!
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Why Bakers Complete for Small Dogs
Made by Purina, Bakers Complete is, as its name suggests, a complete pet food for adult dogs. This variety, the "small dog" is specifically produced for smaller adult dogs and contains a mix of dry biscuits and meaty chunks which are, according to the box, 35% smaller in size of that found in the regular version of Bakers Complete. My dog is a Yorkshire Terrier and I always used to buy him the regular Bakers to compliment the meat he has given to him for his meals. Because Barney will not eat regular wet dog food I have always been concerned that he isn't getting the right amount of nutrients and vitamins a dog should have when he eats the Chicken Roll or Ham that I buy him from the supermarket so try to always have something else available to him which is specifically made for dogs.
He will eat dog biscuits and kibble and loves the treats that are available to buy and particularly enjoyed the meaty chunks that come in Bakers Complete (he tends to pick these out first and hides them ready to be eaten when he feels like it) but over the past couple of years I have noticed that as he has got older he seems to have some difficulty in chewing the chunks due to their size. I still bought them for him though and when I could I tried to chop up the chunks to make them a better size for his mouth and teeth which did make it a little for easier for him and allowed him to continue enjoying them.
It was only quite recently that I spotted the Small Dog variety of Bakers Complete and deciding that this was something that would suit Barney a lot better I have now switched from the regular to these and I must admit, they are far better for my little Yorkshire Terrier and it also saves me from having to chop up his food for him.
What is it and What do we think?
Bakers state that their complete dog food is "prepared with the individual needs of smaller dogs in mind. Our tasty small dog recipe made with meaty chunks and tasty crunchy kibbles means that you can indulge your little dog's taste-buds with a balanced meal every day" (source: the box). The dry dog food combines a mixture of dry kibble and moist chunks made from cereals for a source of carbohydrates, protein to help maintain a good body condition, vitamins and minerals for healthy teeth and strong bones and fibre for good digestion and healthy blood and as my picture shows looks an appealing mix of colours and textures. My box contains 1kg of the dog food and is the 'beef and vegetable' variety (other choices are available too) and I usually have a bowlful down on the floor for Barney to pick at whenever he wants.
Out of the box the food has no odour to it at all, it feels dry to the touch and each individual piece is small in size. Barney always picks out the meaty chunks first and then works his way through the kibble and I tend to replenish his bowl on an 'as and when' basis always making sure that he has some available to him. He must like the taste as he eats it without any problems whatsoever and given how fussy he is with other, wet dog food I presume it's something he enjoys as he always goes mad at me whenever he hears the box being shaken.
He has no problems chewing any of the pieces which makes them more suitable for him than the regular Bakers Complete and all in all I have no complaints at all with this from Bakers. The only criticism I could make is that the pieces do tend to get everywhere and are easily broken if stood upon but that's Barney's fault for being a messy eater more than a fault with the actual product although I have lost count the amount of times I've stood on a piece of kibble with my bare foot and ground it into the carpet, let me tell you, they hurt when they're stood on!
Messiness aside, the ingredients that go into Complete seem to be gentle enough for Barney to digest without any upset to his stomach and whilst I personally wouldn't rely on giving him just this to eat even though it is a complete food there would be no reason for other people not to. I like to try to give Barney a balanced and tasty diet so like the fact that Bakers is a pet brand, I know he enjoys the meat that I give him so in my opinion we both get the best of both worlds, he has a varied diet with the added extra treat of good meat whereas I get the reassurance that he is getting the vitamins and minerals a dog should have and these combined makes him a happy and healthy dog who acts much younger than his 9 year real age.
The 1kg box cost around £2.70 from Tesco and tends to last Barney a good couple of weeks, he isn't a big eater with him only being a little dog so how long it will last other dogs is down to their own individual appetites. For the price and the enjoyment he seems to get out of it I think it works out to be great value for money though and would assume that Barney agrees with Bakers claims that this is "Doggylicious". It can be a bit messy and the pieces do get everywhere but that is to be expected from something like this and overall I would have no hesitation in recommending this to other pet owners to give to their dogs.
The Small Dog variety is far better suited to smaller mouths and other than the size of the pieces there is no difference between this and the original Bakers Complete. Barney has been eating the original variety for a number of years now but now that I know there is a product specifically available for smaller dogs I will be buying this instead.
Five stars as a rating for all the reasons mentioned in this review. Thanks for reading.
Please note that this review also appears on ciao under my username.
I own a few small dogs and their diet is quite tough to get right especially when they are fussy eaters anyways. I was told by my vet to stop feeding them a product named Skinners as this was not that good but suggested I went to Bakers.
I saw the Bakers for small dogs in a pack and sadly they only do this in a small pack so if you want anything bigger you will not find it. You have a couple of choices one is chicken the other is beef and I usually opt for the chicken product.
I usually empty the contents into a huge container and then use a scoop to feed my dog and on the back is a guideline to how much you should be feeding your dog which is really helpful.
I fill half a bowl up with this product every morning and my dogs never seem to gulp it down but they enjoy it because it smells nice which is the first thing and it is not huge in terms of size of the food.
They have various shapes inside and some different colours to represent the various nutrients and minerals they are receiving. The dog is done in a bag which people can actually shut over again due to there being a piece of sticky tape on the side so you can close the bag back up if you need to.
This food does contain calcium to help their teeth and I have noticed when brushing my dogs teeth they are much cleaner and less build up of food and dirty so that has been improved over the last few months.
They have omega 3 and 6 oils to help produce a lovely coat which shines but unfortunately for me my dogs have never had a shiny coat ever so this is hard for me to test but the product does have these oils inside.
There are more meaty chunks and that is perhaps why when my dogs eat there correct amount for the day they never go looking for treats and they have lost weight as well. The food is one of those which smells nice and looks tasty for the dog.
The green and yellow pieces inside are for the minerals and you have a few other shapes to give the dog a balanced diet.
The small dog can also come in a box which is around 1.5kg last time I checked and the pack I get is 3kg and it can vary in price the cheapest I have seen this is currently at Sainsbury's and the most expensive was Tesco at over £7.35 which I found terrible.
If you have a small dog Like I have got which is a Yorkshire Terrier then this would do them well, suitable sized pieces of food which they will enjoy and never had a problem yet after 3 months of using them.