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Essential Foods The Beginning Large Breed

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The Beginning Large Breed dry dog food by Essentials has been specifically formulated for puppies and juniors with an expected adult weight of 15kg and above, and should be fed from 13 to 28 months old. This unique recipe has been developed to support this specific sensitive growth stage that younger, large breed dogs experience.

Containing no grain ingredients, only the highest quality, and proudly made in the UK. Using 74% eggs, chicken, duck, salmon and trout. The chicken is always cage free, born and farmed in the UK, and their ducks are sourced from British Certified farms. The delicious Atlantic salmon is farmed in Scotland and full of Omega 3 for healthy skin and coat, and the Rainbow Trout is fished by hand from the River Avon.

Packed full of protein and vitamin B thanks to the fresh eggs, which also contain essential amino acids that dogs immune systems are not able to produce enough of by themselves. Essential Foods have made sure to add important prebiotics mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS), fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and alfafa which are natural ingredients that promote the growth of bacterial flora within the gastrointestinal tract for a healthy gut.

This meal follows their Behavioural Optimizing Foods (BOF) principle, which has been developed to maintain healthy blood sugar levels for your dog. The high fresh meat content combined with the low temperature at the time of preparation, allows your dog to gain exceptional nutritional values and stimulated instincts thanks to these delicious meals. Essential Foods say that their BOF principle has had great reports of positive mental changes with drastic and small behavioural developments.

Recommended Storage

The food should be stored in a cool dry place (5-18?), away from direct sunlight and in an airtight container.


Feed from 13 to 28 months old.

If you are just starting your journey with Essentials, we suggest that you gradually phase in this tasty new food over the course of 4-7 days, or make the change from one day to the next which works equally well. We advise that you spend the first 2-3 weeks identifying the correct portion size, overfeeding will result in softer stools. When your dog’s stools are solid and they feel satisfied, you have found the correct portion size.

Always ensure fresh drinking water is available.

If your pet gains or loses weight adjust amount accordingly.

 Weight in Kg's15kg20kg25kg30kg40kg50kg60kg70kg80kg
2 Months 180g 210g 240g 280g 360g 440g 510g 580g 650g
3 Months 190g 230g 270g 300g 370g 450g 520g 590g 660g
4 Months 200g 240g 280g 310g 380g 460g 530g 600g 670g
5 Months 210g 250g 290g 320g 390g 470g 540g 610g 680g
6 Months 220g 260g 300g 330g 400g 480g 550g 620g 690g
7 Months 230g 270g 310g 340g 410g 490g 560g 630g 700g
8 Months 230g 280g 320g 350g 420g 500g 570g 640g 710g
9 Months 220g 280g 330g 360g 430g 510g 580g 650g 720g
10 Months 210g 270g 330g 370g 440g 520g 590g 660g 730g
11 Months 200g 260g 320g 370g 450g 530g 600g 670g 740g
12 Months 190g 250g 310g 360g 450g 540g 610g 680g 750g
13 Months Adult 240g 300g 350g 440g 540g 610g 680g 750g
14 Months Adult Adult 290g 340g 430g 530g 600g 670g 740g
15 Months Adult Adult Adult 330g 420g 520g 590g 660g 730g
16 Months Adult Adult Adult Adult 410g 510g 580g 650g 720g
17 Months Adult Adult Adult Adult Adult 500g 570g 640g 710g
18 Months Adult Adult Adult Adult Adult 490g 560g 630g 700g
18+ Months Adult Adult Adult Adult Adult Adult Adult Adult Adult


 fresh and dried chicken, duck, salmon, trout, egg 74 %
Of which is fresh (% of whole recipe) 48 %
Protein 28 %
Fat 14 %
Of which is Omega 3 1.6 %
Of which is Omega 6 2.5 %
Minerals / crude ash 8 %
Fibre 3.5 %
Water 8.5 %
Calcium 1.4 %
Phosphorus 1.3 %
Glucosamine 0.09 %
Chondroitin 0.07 %
Kcal/Kg 3620


Fresh chicken and duck, sweet potato, dried chicken and duck, peas, fresh salmon and trout, fresh whole egg, linseed, chicken fat, potato, liver stock, lucerne sprout, vitamins, minerals, MOS (mannan oligosaccarides), FOS (fructooligosaccharides), glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM (metylsulfonylmetan) cranberry, acai, blueberry, mulberry, apple, tomato, orange, pear, carrot, spinach, cauliflower, seaweed, marigold, ginseng, green tea, ginger