It can be a confusing and difficult process trying to select the right dog food for your precious pooch.
There’s no shortage of options available to British dog owners who want to make sure their pup is getting a balanced and complete diet.
If you’re a pet parent like me, you no longer need to rely on some of the big-name brands that you find on your local supermarket.
There’s an array of dog food brands who are offering fresh meals, customized kibble, freeze-dried raw kibble and raw food, giving pet parents plenty of choice.
Pooch & Mutt are one of the leading providers of balanced, complete and fresh dry dog food.
In this article, we’ll take a look at Pooch & Mutt, the recipes that they’ve got on offer, what ingredients they use, what customers are saying about their kibble and our verdict.
Editor's note: The content on this website is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as veterinary, medical or professional advice. The content of our articles does not constitute veterinary advice. It’s always best to speak with your vet or a certified pet nutritionist before making any changes to your pet's diet or feeding routine.
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Pooch & Mutt – The Basics
Pooch and Mutt started in 2007 when founder Guy Blaskey looked to create dog food that included natural supplements to promote healthy and happy lives for British dogs.
Their website explains that Guy worked with some of the top nutritionists in the UK to develop the Pooch & Mutt food range, cutting out the junk you find in mass-produced pet foods and instead include positive nutrition such as supplements and nutraceuticals.
Pooch & Mutt hope to provide British dog owners with a healthy alternative to some of the big-name dog food brands that you find at your local supermarket. Often, these traditional types of dog food can contain mystery ingredients and fillers in their food.
Their website explains that they believe in putting pets first before profits. Pooch & Mutt promise that their dog food is full of healthy, natural ingredients and doesn’t contain any hidden nasties or junk.
They explain on their website that they aim to improve the quality of lives of dogs in the UK without damaging the environment. Pooch & Mutt use biodegradable packaging and recyclable plastic pouches.
While we’ll be concentrating on their complete dry food range for the purposes of this review, they also offer complete wet food and mini-bone dog treats.
How Pooch & Mutt Works
When you land on Pooch & Mutt’s website, you’ve got two options. You can head to shop and select the type of food and the ingredients you want.
Alternatively, you may prefer to go for a subscription plan to save up the 23% (according to their website).
Pooch & Mutt explain that by signing up to a subscription plan, you can change, pause or cancel whenever you want, you can choose when you’d like your delivery to arrive and save money.
Once you’ve selected subscribe and save, you’re brought back to the products page where you can make your selection.
Pooch & Mutt offer a range of functional dry food. These include Calm & Relaxed, Health & Digestion, Joint Care and Slim & Slender. They’ve also got life-stage dry superfood for dogs: adult, small, puppy and senior.
Once you’ve selected your dry food of choice, you can select the subscribe and save option to set up your plan.
At no stage do Pooch & Mutt ask for details about your dog, so it’s up to the dog owner to figure out which kibble option is best for their dog as well as the appropriate-sized bag.
Here’s are the ingredients contained with Pooch & Mutt’s functional dry food range.
Calm & Relaxed – 45% turkey, Sweet potato, Chamomile, L-tryptophan, Brewers yeast, two types of prebiotics, glucosamine, chondroitin, Omega 3&6, yucca, cranberry and full vitamin and mineral package.
Health & Digestion – 45% salmon, two types of prebiotics, parsley, sweet potato, pysllium, glucosamine, chondroitin, Omega 3&6, yucca, cranberry and full vitamin and mineral package.
Slim & Slender – 45% chicken, sweet potato, pea protein, CLA, pysllium, L-carnitine, two types of prebiotics, glucosamine, chondroitin, Omega 3&6, yucca, cranberry and full vitamin and mineral package.
Joint Care – 45% salmon, glucosamine, chondroitin, green lipped mussel, rosehip, linseed, alfalfa, yucca, Omega 3&6, cranberry and full vitamin and mineral package.
It’s a simple process feeding your dogs their Pooch & Mutt meals at dinnertime. Pooch & Mutt provide feeding guidlines on their packaging to provide dog owners with guidance on how much to feed their pups. They write on their website:
Please be aware that these guidelines are only rough, as we know that each dog is different! You know your dog best, so feel free to use our suggestions as a guide – but know that you can increase of decrease the level based on how your dog is doing with the amounts.
Once you’ve worked out the right portion size for your canine companion, you simply scoop the kibble into their dog food before you reseal the bag.
Price And Delivery
Pooch & Mutt offer a range of different sized bags to cater to dogs of all sizes.
For my Alaskan Klee Kai (5kg), I can expect to pay £13.99 for a 2kg bag of Pooch & Mutt functional, grain-free dry food. If opt to sign up to their subscription service, the price is reduced to £12.59. Alternatively, a 10kg bag costs £57.99 (reduced to £46.97 on their subscription plan).
Pooch & Mutt offer free delivery on orders over £39.99 – so you could stock up on a couple of bags if you’ve got small dogs like me.
What Are Customers Saying?
Pooch & Mutt get 4.1 stars out of 5 based upon 40 reviews on independent review website Trustpilot.
A Husky owner gave the company a glowing five-star review.
Pooch & Mutt make my husky a happy boy! My Husky Benji loves Pooch & Mutt treats and dry food, he never turns them down (and he’s a fussy boy). Everything from the Fresh Breath mini bone tube treats, to calming crunchies to his Health & Digestion dry food, none of these give him an upset tummy and he’s always happy to see the packs!
Picky Maggie is enjoying her Pooch & Mutt dog food.
I have a 7 month old cross breed puppy, Maggie who is very fussy. I wanted her to have a grain free diet and I have tried quite a few different brands, even tailor made dog food but she was leaving most of the meals. I am very happy to say Maggie is jumping up and barking excitedly when I mix her food. She has complete puppy food mixed with the wet food. She loves it.
A Cavachon owner explained how Pooch & Mutt dog food had cleared up her tear stains.
I came across Pooch & Mutt on a trip to a supermarket. They have tried the small breed one and the Salmon one and they finally eat their biscuit mixed with a little cold meat and a tiny tiny slither of cheese. One of my dogs had bad tear staining and weak eyes (a badly bred Cavachon who I rescued from a puppy farm). The vets were so impressed with the difference in a few weeks and asked me what had changed. I told them about the change in diet and said they were really impressed with how she is coming on.
I like that Pooch & Mutt offer a range of functional dry food options for dogs of all shapes, sizes and personalities.
One of my Alaskan Klee Kai is very anxious so it was great to be able to go with Calm & Relaxed for him. My female mini husky has struggled with a sensitive stomach in the past so I liked that I could feed her Pooch & Mutt’s Health & Digestion offering.
The packaging is easy-on-the-eye and the feeding guidelines are easy to follow. If you’re happy to go with balanced and complete kibble, you won’t go wrong with Pooch & Mutt.
However, I do prefer when dog food companies provide the option to customise their food to meet your dog’s specific needs.
Having struggled with my picky eaters in the past, I do prefer fresh dog food meals over kibble because I find my Alaskan Klee Kai enjoyed the enhanced taste and smells.
Although my Klee Kai can be fussy, if your dog likes kibble but you want to adopt a healthier approach to their nutrition, Pooch & Mutt could be a good option for you.
As I mentioned above, it would be great if Pooch & Mutt offered to tailor their dry food to meet your dog’s specific needs. This is an element that they don’t currently offer but they do provide a free nutrition consultation to help pet parents.
Their reviews on Trustpilot were generally positive about their average score is 4.1 which is slightly low compared to some other dog food companies in the UK.
Is This The Best Dry Food For Dogs?
Pooch & Mutt do a great job at providing British dog owners with a healthy option where dry dog food is concerned.
They offer the option to sign up to a subscription plan so you can get their food delivered direct to your door – too.
While I think Pooch & Mutt are good option for dog owners in the UK, I do feel that pet parents with picky eaters like me may benefit from fresh dog food meals that are frozen and shipped to your home.
You can check out our updated dog food delivery guide here.
Anything Else To Consider?
If you’re thinking about making the switch to a different dog food brand, you should speak to your vet to learn how you can do this without risking an potential stomach upset.
Pooch & Mutt do provide guidance on their website on how to transition your dog from their old food to their new food. They write online:
When switching dog foods it is recommend that you introduce the new food gradually replacing 25% of their existing food for the first 2-3 days, then 50% for a further 2-3 days. Finally, 75% for a final 2-3 days.
Pooch & Mutt Conclusion – Our Final Thoughts
We’ve reached the end of our Pooch & Mutt dog food review.
They’re a good choice for pet parents who want to feed their dog nutritionally enhanced kibble rather than store-bought dry dog food that can contain additives and fillers.
Pooch & Mutt offer a range of different recipes to meet the needs of dogs: Calm & Relaxed, Health & Digestion, Joint Care and Slim & Slender.
They don’t customise their meals to meet your dog’s specific needs unlike some other dog food delivery companies, but they do provide a free consultation with their pet nutritionist.
Overall, you won’t go wrong with Pooch & Mutt if you decide to give their functional dry food a go.