“ Brand: Bakers / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Toys „
I very rarely buy treats like this for my dogs (eg jumbones and meaty twists) as I find that they can be quite messy and not as long lasting as the usual rawhide chews that I buy but seeing as my local Poundland sells the large 300 gram ones for a pound each I thought I might as well stock up as it seemed like a good deal. I've got four dogs and bought eight of the chews. The chews have recently been discontinued from supermarkets as far as I know but they are available from a range of discount stores (B&M, Poundland etc) and a wide range of online retailers sell them too. I have seen them in Tesco in the past and they retailed at around £2.50 each if I remember rightly which I personally wouldn't pay.
The chews come in individual wrappers which are made from a thick plasticy type of material and the inside is foil lined to keep them fresh. The colour scheme is the usual Baker's design - blue with the red Baker's logo. The product name is written clearly on the front of the packet in yellow writing on a red background and information such as the ingredients can be found on the back of the packet. Information about the product is also written on the back with the manufacturers claiming that the chew is low fat and high in taste. The flavour of the chew is bacon and as far as I know this is the only flavour available which will be a disadvantage if you plan on buying these regularly and want to give your dog a little variety. They are best suited to large dogs. I've got three large breed dogs and a medium breed dog and they all found this chew a good size to easily carry around in their mouths.
The first thing that I noticed when I opened this was the really strong, overpowering smell. It smells like burnt smokey bacon and it made me feel quite sick to be honest! My dogs loved the smell though and before I knew it they were crowded around me waiting for their treats. The chew itself is quite average in appearence. I was expecting a rectangular solid treat like jumbones are but instead it is a weird spongey/meaty type of texture and it has twist detail all over it which I think my dogs liked as they enjoy new/different textures. My dogs snatched the treats from me which they very rarely do - they're normally pretty patient and are happy to earn their treats but I think because these smelt so strong they couldn't wait to tuck in! They all settled down and began chewing on their treats. The first thing I noticed was how quick they were all chomping through the chews but not actually eating them, instead they were just chewing them up.
The dogs were a lot more dribbly and messy than usual with these treats as well as quite loud - it sounded just like someone eating chewing gum with their mouth wide open but ten times worse and after 5 minutes the chews did actually resemble big blobs of reddish brown chewing gum and my dogs spent a good ten minutes chewing on them which was messy and kind of gross to watch and listen to. I'm pretty certain that my yellow lab swallowed most of the gunky messy ball of meaty looking stuff whole which luckily had no bad effects! Overall these are messy and stinky dog treats and even though they're only a pound I will not be re-purchasing. My dogs did like them though and the chews kept my dogs entertained for a good 15 minutes or so, so I give them two out of five stars.
Four years ago I rehomed my Rotti from the local animal shelter and was amazed at all the dog chews there were now.
I decided I had to try everything and of course this waws one of these in the trial!
All I can say is that it is the most disgusting thing I have ever given my dog to eat. Bear in mind my dogs will eat anything, and I mean anything. This thing though, after chewing it a bit and making it look like a huge lump of chewing gum he walked away from it never to return to it.
It first off looked plasticy and smelt pretty bad. As the dog chewed it, instead of it breaking apart and being eaten like a normal dog chew it just went to a sludgy chewy mess.
I also heard that Bakers had so much sugar in their products that I vowed never to buy this product or any other bakers product ever again.
Apart from going like chewing gum it was also quite expensive, £3 to just be thrown away, what a waste.
The ingrediants dont really leave much for the enthusiasm either and really this should have been an indicator. Having "Cereals" as the main constitute was not good and the bright red colour could only have come from one place and that is not a natural place!
I usually buy Pedigree Jumbone for Poppy and Coco, but I saw buy one get one free offers on Bakers Maxi Chew which is why I thought I would try them out. Would it prove to be a good alternative to one of their favourite treats?
Bakers Maxi Chew: great taste that lasts a long, long time. Maxi Chew is a unique chew which combines great taste, fantastically long chewing time and a soft and gentle texture which your dog will love.
*About the Product*
Bakers Maxi Chew has a special soft texture that is chewy enough to make the pleasure last, soft and gentle enough to keep your dog's teeth and gums healthy. With a succulent meaty flavour, Maxi Chew is very high in protein, low in fat and contains high quality ingredients like essential vitamins and minerals to help keep your dog in ideal body condition and aid good digestion.
*Price and Availability*
Bakers Maxi Chew can be found on the shelves of most pet shops, in particular the big pet stores like Pets at Home and Jolleyes. You are also able to find it in various smaller pet stores. Alternatively, you can buy it online from www.petsupermarket.co.uk.
This big dog chew is available to buy for £2.34. Now I am not sure about you, but I find this to be extremely high in price. Usually I am more than happy to spend a fair amount on my dogs but in future if this wasn't for sale on offer I don't think I would be willing to spend this much money on just one chew.
You are also able to buy these for small and mediums dog. This is basically the same treat but smaller in lengt and width. And also a little lower, although not by a great deal, in price.
The packaging: As with all Bakers products, Bakers Maxi Chew has the bright blue coloured packaging. This particular product comes in a thick plastic packet. I think that this packaging is actually quite good as the plastic is so thick that there is little chance of it ripping and causing the treat to lose its freshness and go hard. On the back of the packaging of this packet, you can read a list of ingredients as well as a feeding chart and any other important pieces of information.
Flavours: Bakers Maxi Chew is only available in one flavour and I'm not even sure what this is other than meaty. Perhaps in time they will release different flavours as having just the one is quite limited.
Appearance: Bakers Maxi Chews are approximately 7 inches in length and 2 inches thick. They are also shaped in a twist which is embossed. They are a reddish brown colour and are quite chunky and boring looking. The texture of this large chew is smooth but hard. Your dog will definitely have to chew them before swallowing it.
The colour of this treat is red/brown as I said and my one piece of advice is that you do not give them this to eat on light carpet. I made this mistake and it took a fair amount of cleaning to get the stain out.
Smell: Yuck. There is a horrible smell that comes with Bakers Maxi Chew. The second that you open this packet, the smell hits you. It is very strong and meaty. A bit like those horrid dried meat sticks that people eat and I really cannot stand.
I am certainly not a big fan of smelly dog treats so this is a negative from my point of view. Even though you only hold this treat for a moment before giving it to your dog, the strong smell sticks to and lingers on your fingers until you wash your hands thoroughly.
Allowance: On the bottom of the outer packaging, there is a brief guide to the number of this treat that your dog can consume per day. This treat is complementary pet food for adult dogs and you should adjust their main meal accordingly.
Adult weight 15kg: 1 chew per day
Adult weight 20kg: 2 chews per day
Adult weight 30kg: 2 chews per day
Poppy and Coco would be allowed 2 chews per day as they are large dogs but there is absolutely no hope that I would allow this. Not in a million years!
This chew is not suitable for puppies (below 9 months), dogs under 7kg or senior dogs, therefore ensure that you do not give it to your dog if they fall under one of these categories.
What is in them? Vegetable protein extracts, Sugar, Minerals, Meat and animal derivates (minimum 1.15%), Derivatives of vegetable origins, Cereals. Coloured with and preserved with EC additives.
How long does the Bakers Maxi Chew last? The length of time that this treat lasts is one of the positives. This chew lasts roughly 5-6 minutes obviously depending on how quickly your dog chews their food. Poppy and Coco are typical Labradors and the second they have the treat it is like a race for who will finish their chew first. With this chew it is good because it is hard and ensures that my dogs actually chew it rather than swallow it whole.
*Would I Recommend This Product?*
I would not recommend Bakers Maxi Chew for the simple reason that there are much better alternatives that are also lower in price and better for your dogs. This product isn't particularly good for your dogs although they do tend to enjoy devouring it. I certainly do not recommend this product if you do not want to give your pooch a treat that doesn't smell a lot as this does strongly of meat.
Bakers Maxi Chew didn't really have too many positives from my point of view, other than the fact that Poppy and Coco seemed to enjoy it. Unfortunately this was countered by the fact that the ingredients aren't particularly great for your dogs, the treat itself makes quite a mess and the smell is strong and horrible. I think that it is unlikely that I will be buying Bakers Maxi Chew again. In the future I will definitely stick to Pedigree Jumbone.
Our German Shpeherd, Ben will eat anything and everything. He is a real greedy guts! He would happily sit and eat human food all day every day if he was given half the chance but sadly for him he is not allowed (aside from the odd little bit now and then). One thing he does really enjoy which is made for dogs is the Bakers Maxi Chew.
The Bakers Maxi Chew is a soft textured yet chewy dog chew which is supposed to help keep your dog's teeth and gums healthy as well as aiding digestion. They are similar to rawhide bones in the fact that they are chewy but they apparently taste like meat whereas I assume that the rawhide ones do not really taste of much. The Bakers Maxi Chews are brown in colour and look a bit like a stick of meat with a round twisted detail to it.
The ones I usually purchase for Ben are 300g and they are the most suitable size for a dog of his breed. They usually cost me around the £2.00 mark. They also come in a smaller size for a smaller dog and that is 120g.
The Bakers Max Chews come packaged in a foil type of pack. This packaging keeps the chew moist and fresh as well as keeping the smell of the product in. It is blue in colour with a picture of the maxi chew on the front, the Bakers brand and the name of the product on a red background but the name of the product is written in yellow. It is quite a nice pack and it looks appealing and friendly.
When I first got a Maxi Chew out of its packaging for Ben the first thing I did was wrinkle my nose up in distaste at the smell. It smells horrendous and I for one hate the smell. It is like a Pepperami smell but worse. To describe it as a fake meat smell would probably be more appropriate. To touch it is quite hard but yet has a moist feeling which is a little bit yuk! As soon as I had got it out of the packaging, I heard Ben's nostrils sniffing like a sniffer dog and he came trotting straight into the kitchen ready for this new treat.
The chew itself is about 7 inches in length and 2-3 inches in width. To me the chew also felt a little heavy but it didn't seem to be for Ben. This was the perfect size for Ben and he took it from me gently and trotted away to the living room to sit on his blanket with it. He got to work on it straight away, balancing it between his paws and chewing the life out of it. As he was chewing I could see that the harder exterior of the chew was a little misleading as he was getting through it as though it was as soft as bread and when I touched a bit that had fallen to the floor, the inside of it was really soft. It doesn't take Ben long to get through one of these chews, probably about 8-10 minutes in all. He would be more than happy to eat them all day long but I do restrict them a little bit and keep them as more of a treat.
A word of warning with these chews which I didn't know when Ben had his first ever one and that is they contain alot of red colouring. When the chew is chewed, the red colouring comes off of the chew and marks anything and everything! It absolutely ruined his blanket with reddish pink stains everywhere and his tongue was also a darker pink because of it! Ben also has a little blotch of tan colour on his chin as well as his paws being completely tan - these were also stained pink and he always ends up needing a bath after eating one of these!
The meaty smell of the chew does linger and gives your dog meat breath, just a word of warning! It is not the nicest of kisses to receive!
These are really nice treats for a dog and they are worth the money for an every now and again treat. Dogs love them and I am sure Ben would be more than happy to live in a house made of them! The only downside to them is the fake meat smell which lingers for ages especially on the breath and the fact thay they have a fair bit of red dye in them which does stain. I do recommend them as a treat every couple of weeks rather than a regular thing.
I have two Chihuahuas and a Staff (weird mix I know!). The Staff is not really too fussed about treats and chews as she can easily munch her way through most of them but my Chihuahuas are really fussy. The love the soft meaty treat which i use to train them but Chihuahuas often suffer with bad teeth because they get small bits stuck in between them.
These come in 2 sizes: 300g and 120g and cost between £1.50 and £2.50. They can be quite messy when bits crumble off and can be quite sticky when being chewed (not nice but bearable). I dont think they smell too bad, slightly meating with thats dog chew twist but apart from that i can fault them.
Im not sure if the 300g treats are for large or small dogs because my Staff is only 6 months olds and she gets through one in about 5-10 minutes (so not much teeth cleaning done there then!) but it takes the little ones a good half hour of continuous chewing to even get half way through one! This is good because i know their teeth are having a really good clean and they are enjoying themselves.
I would recommend these for small to mediun dogs because the larger bredds would have it down in a few bites. I would also recommend them as a treat and not to be given daily.
My dogs are very fussy when it come to finding the perfect treat for them as they wont eat hard chews which are great for their teeth and gums, I think this is down to them both being lazy and they can't be bothered to chew on them for hours.
I have tried many moist chews such as denti stix, but these are devoured within seconds and don't even get chewed on so as for the teeth cleaning and better breath benefits of these chews, well ass I can say is they are non existent.
I needed a moist chew that would be interesting and big enough so the dogs would sit and chew their way through it, I found this ideal a few Christmases ago when my dogs nanny bought her a Bakers Maxi Chew as part of her stocking.
THE MAXI CHEW
At first I was sceptical as this seemed like a hard chew that the dog usually turned her nose up at, it is very hard to touch but in fact it is a meaty moist treat that the dog now enjoys and it takes her at least ten minutes to eat it instead of the usual ten seconds.
The chew is roughly 7-8 inches long and 2 inches thick, it is round with a twisted detail to it. When I first give these to the dogs they struggle to manoeuvre around the house within as it is rather heavy at 300grams a chew, but once they get settled down they soon chew their way through it without difficulty.
When you first open the chew you are hit with an intense meaty smell, that can only be described as a pepperami smell that truly awful but the dogs seem to love it as they both come running, which can be daunting as they are very big dogs and I am such a little person.
These chews have been really good as both dogs love them, they certainly get the dogs chewing and not gulping the treat down but they certainly don't do anything for their breath, so I will be sticking to tooth paste and tooth brush for that aspect of things.
The other down side is that these contain a lot of red colouring, which with white dogs does not mix to well as it stains their paws where they hold the chew between them while eating it and obviously there mouth areas as well.
PRICE / AVAILABILITY
These Maxi chews cost £1.43 from Tesco, for a 300 gram chew designed for large dogs.
You can also buy these for small and mediums dogs and range from 120-300 grams each,
They are basically the same treat but much smaller in width. These cost anything from £1.19 - £1.43 each and can also be purchased for many supermarkets and pet shops.
These are packaged in a heavy duty plastic wrapped that keeps the chews wet and moist, the packaging is ideal as it keep the smell and freshness in.
The only benefit with these it the fact that the dogs really like to chew down on them, but they smell horrid and they make the dogs smell meaty so I limit them to only one chew once a fortnight as a treat.
I am so glad I found these treats, but that is all they really are a treat. They are one of the only things I have found on the market that makes the dogs sit and take time over eating them.
So if any of you fellow dooyooers have any ideas what else I could try, so they don't swallow treat whole I am willing to try anything.
Recommend if you want to spoil your dog, but beware of the awful small and the mess these create as the dogs get covered in red sticky goo.
Chewable dog toy