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Bakers Complete Dog Food Review

Updated on October 21, 2010

Bakers Complete dog food is made by Purina, a major US company. It is one of the best selling dog foods around, and can usually be found dominating supermarket shelves.

However it receives a lot of negative publicity from dog owners. There are many reports by dog owners of hyperactivity, itchy skin, cancer and other health related problems, which they believe was caused by feeding their dogs Bakers for many years.

This hub will look at the Bakers Complete dog food impartially providing the information for dog owners to make their own decisions as to what they feed their pets.


The first ingredient on the Bakers Complete dog food label is a carbohydrate in the form of ‘cereals’. ‘Cereals’ is a general term for all kinds of grains. By using the term cereals on the label, the manufacturer can use whatever grain is cheapest at the time. This is usually used with the manufacturer’s profit margin in mind as opposed to the quality of food for your pet.  Cereals are also a common bulking agent.

The protein in Bakers Complete is in the form of meat and animal derivatives. This is low quality protein as it comes from the less desirable parts of an animal such as the feet and guts. It uses the bare minimum level of protein, and it is recommended to provide a higher level of protein in your dogs diet than what Bakers provide.

Bakers Complete contains various sugars and it appears in 5th or 6th place in the ingredient list. It contains more sugar than most dog foods on the market.

Although sugar is vital to your dog’s health, too much sugar is obviously very bad. The level of sugar in Bakers could explain the complaints of hyperactivity from some owner’s dogs.

Bakers Complete dog food label
Bakers Complete dog food label

Additives and Preservatives

Bakers Complete contains 13 E numbers. To put this into perspective, a McDonalds hamburger contains 7 E numbers. These are used for a variety of purposes such as colourings and preservatives. This list includes:

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) -  E320
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) -  E321
Propyl Gallate - E310
Citric Acid - E330
Potassium Sorbate -, E202
Propan -1,2-diol - E490
Iron Oxide - E172
Indigo Carmine - E132
Tartrazine - E102
Sunset Yellow - E110
Quinoline Yellow - E104
Titanium Dioxide - E171
Carbon Black - E153


As of writing this hub, Bakers Complete can be bought for £2.50 for 1kg, £6.50 for 3kg and £23 for 12.5kg.

Bakers Complete is one of the cheapest dog foods on the market. The price along with its attractive packaging and strong marketing are surely the main reasons for its popularity.

Due to the lack of substance within the food, Bakers complete is not as filling as better quality dog foods. Because of this the price of the food can be deceiving. A more expensive dog food could cost the same, as the portion sizes you feed your dog would be smaller.


Using Bakers Complete dog food is really a question of price over quality. The old adage of “you get what you pay for” rings very true.

It is a very popular dog food on the market and dogs love it. It receives many good reviews by dog owners who buy it, but unfortunately is open to criticism due to the low quality protein and carbohydrates used. It is packed with additives, preservatives and sugars. Bakers Complete is the equivalent of us eating McDonalds 3/4 times a day.


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      Dannie Darko 

      6 years ago

      Not quite, because I can get better quality working dog foods like CSJ or Rufus for less than half the price of Bakers (about £11 for 15Kg). Do dog owners not know about this?

      I feel like starting an information compaign to stop all these poor dogs being poisoned! :(

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      Alan Murray 

      7 years ago from Ipswich, United Kingdom

      That is my point Kyran. Bakers is a budget food so you get budget ingredients. You get what you pay for.

      They were doing 2 for 1 at the weekend in a Pets at Home near me.

      Pay more for better quality ingredients, or the same but avoiding the traditional brand names. Bakers are only popular because of their price and marketing.

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      7 years ago

      The quote used last is not however true “you get what you pay for” 2/3 of what you pay for bakers is used to fund the adverts if you don't mind paying the same price for a less well known dog food you can reward your dog with higher quality ingredients does your dog not deserve it?


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