Autarky, which means ‘self-sufficient, is an established dog food brand based in the United Kingdom and has been in operation for over two decades.
They market themselves as producers of hypoallergenic and grain-free diets, which is a popular and growing segment in the industry.
Both the company headquarters and its production facility can be found in Kettering, Northamptonshire.
While the brand is based in the United Kingdom, its products can also be found in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, which is a step many of its competitors have not taken.
For those looking to get ahold of Autarky dog food recipes, you can purchase them at a large number of UK-based pet food stores. You can use their Stockists page to find a store near you.
Alternatively, Autarky products can be purchased from a huge range of physical stores as well as large online retailers like Amazon and PetsAtHome.
Autarky Product Range
Autarky has a relatively small product range of dog food products but has recently expanded. When we first reviewed autarky, their range only included dry dog food with no wet/canned recipes, which is not common for established brands.
However, they have recently added several wet dog food recipes some of which you can see in the below image.
We will also note that there is some variety in the dry dog food range, including the use of different meat and fish ingredients and some niche recipes like puppy food and senior dog food.
At this time, Autraky has not created a range of cat food products, and we have no information that leads us to believe they will in the near future.
The nutrition provided by Autarky recipes is fairly consistent and could be described as average to above average when compared to other dog food brands.
This nutritional profile includes moderate proportions of protein and fat but somewhat excessive proportions of carbohydrates, especially for active dogs.
Below you can see an example of the nutrition provided by an Autarky dry dog food recipe.
As you can see, the sum of protein and fat comes to a little over 50% of the recipe’s calorie content, while carbohydrates are 46%.
If you are interested in learning more about canine nutrition, we highly recommend you read our Dog Food Guide.
Autarky makes use of a small range of meat and fish ingredients in its recipes. There are some notable absences from this list, such as red meat ingredients, including Beef and Lamb.
However, the ingredients that are used are high-quality and can provide highly digestible protein and fat at a relatively inexpensive price.
Ingredients such as Chicken, Turkey, and Whitefish are staples of the industry and are utilized by a huge number of brands.
Other Notable Ingredients
Autarky uses a small range of grain ingredients in some of its recipes, and examples of these grains include Maize, Rice, and Oats.
Many pet owners refuse to feed their pets food that contains grain ingredients, which makes them an extremely controversial addition.
That being said, there are also strong supporters of grain ingredients, especially those that feed brands like Purina Pro Plan or Royal Canin.
Sadly, the grains used by Autarky, especially Maize, are not considered to be the most favored or highest quality by many.
These grains are very dense sources of carbohydrates, which is great for dog food manufacturers to keep their costs low but less beneficial for dog’s health.
However, there are alternative carbohydrate-providing ingredients used in some Autarky recipes, such as Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes.
These starch ingredients are also dense sources of carbohydrates but are preferred by some to grain ingredients.
It is important that starch ingredients such as Potatoes are present in reasonable portion sizes; else, they may skew the overall proportion of a recipe.
Chicken Fat is found in some Autarky recipes and is commonly found in recipes throughout the industry.
Chicken Fat is used to enhance the flavor of dog food recipes and increase the overall proportion of fat. Chicken Fat is chosen over alternatives thanks to its low-cost and high availability.
Read more about Chicken Fat in our article Chicken Fat In Dog Food.
Beet Pulp is another regular addition to dog food recipes of all varieties. Its purpose is to provide soluble fiber, which can aid the digestion of some dogs.
This soluble fiber can help dogs maintain regular stools and digestion and avoid health issues.
Learn more about Beet Pulp in our article Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.
Alfalfa, which is sometimes known as Lucerne, is another regular addition to dog food. It is believed by some to provide health benefits along with some beneficial micronutrients.
However, these benefits are not conclusive, and there are some that doubt them.
Read more about Alfalfa in our article Alfalfa In Dog Food.
Autarky Animal Testing
At this time, we have no information on what type of animal testing, if any, that Autraky participates in.
Many pet food brands avoid disclosing too much information related to their testing regime. They do this because they are afraid or cautious of consumer backlash.
We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory-style testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice and one which we hope will see a significant decline.
Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), Autarky products have never been recalled, which means that Autarky is a recall-free dog food brand.
This is impressive and shows that Autarky takes safety and quality control measures seriously during its production processes.
We hope that Autarky continues this recall-free record and continues to improve the safety and quality of its production.
Despite this recall-free record, we always encourage dog owners to be vigilant of any future recalls of Autarky or any other dog food brand.
Best of Autarky
Succulent Salmon – Adult Review
The above dry food recipe from Autarky is one of our favorites, thanks to its use of Salmon as its primary ingredient.
Salmon is an excellent fish ingredient and can provide high-quality protein and fat. In addition, it is an excellent source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which can provide dogs with several health benefits.
Outside of this Salmon content, the recipe contains a large portion of Rice, Oats, and Maize. These grain ingredients provide a mix of carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and fiber.
Lastly, there is a small portion of Linseed, Yeast, and Alfalfa, which are present to provide some beneficial vitamins and minerals as well as health benefits.
Delicious Chicken – Puppy/Junior Review
The above Puppy recipe from Autarky provides above-average nutrition compared to other dog food brands, which is critical for a growing dog.
This impressive nutrition is thanks to a large portion of Chicken Meal. Meat meals such as Chicken Meal are often feared by some dog owners, but they shouldn’t be.
They are extremely dense sources of nutrition as they have already had their moisture removed, which can be up to 80% of the content of whole meat ingredients.
This puppy recipe uses a large portion of Maize as its primary plant-based ingredient, and this is joined with a much smaller portion of Rice. These grain ingredients provide puppies with a reliable source of carbohydrates and fiber.
Autarky Featured Articles
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Autarky Full Product Range
Dry Dog Food
Delicious Chicken – Puppy/Junior
Delicious Chicken – Adult
Succulent Salmon – Adult
Tantalising Turkey & Potato – Adult
Tasty White Fish & Potato – Adult
Delicious Chicken – Mature Lite
Succulent Salmon – Mature Lite
Wet Dog Food
Adult Grain-Free Delicious Chicken
Adult Grain-Free Luscious Lamb
Adult Grain-Free Succulent Salmon
Be warned – I have previously fed Autarky grain free White Fish for some time to our 10 working gundogs with no problem. Suddenly with a new batch their condition has gone down rapidly, and they are having enormous poos. On complaining to the manufacturer, they tell me they have changed the recipe and the factory has changed hands – they have gone to different suppliers, and added certain ingredients. No warning except for a small new logo on the bag. My dogs are in a state – waking up at night wanting to go out, and poo-ing for England! Autarky customer service have refused to pick up and refund my 10 surplus bags that I definitely will never feed. They suggest that I drive 40 mins each way to my supplier to get compensation .
They have failed in their duty of comprehensively informing customers of a sudden change.
I am warning everyone of the problems, and to beware of extremely poor customer service.