Skinners is a dog food brand based in the United Kingdom. They first started producing dry dog food in 1970, but their Mill has been operational since the 17th century, and they have been producing animal feed for over 100 Years.
They moved to a new manufacturing facility in the year 2000 and since then have expanded and strengthened their product range.
Skinners is available to purchase at a huge range of small and independent pet food stores across the United Kingdom. Also, it can be purchased at large online retailers like Amazon or PetsAtHome, as well as directly from Skinner’s website.
Skinners Product Range
Skinners have an extensive range of dry dog food recipes. At this time, they do not produce any wet/canned dog food or any of the other niche types, such as freeze-dried or raw.
This dry dog food range includes a number of specialty recipes such as those for puppies, senior dogs, working dogs, and those with a sensitive stomach.
Skinners do not produce any breed-specific recipes or recipes aimed at certain dog sizes like large or giant breeds.
While the nutrition provided by Skinner’s dog food recipes varies, it is generally below-average to average.
This includes low proportions of protein and fat and excessive proportions of carbohydrates.
However, there are some Skinners recipes, such as those for working dogs, with more satisfactory nutritional profiles.
Below is an example of the nutrition provided by one of Skinner’s better recipes.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Skinners have a moderate range of meat and fish ingredients in their recipes. This range includes many of the favorites of the industry, such as Chicken and Salmon.
These ingredients are favorites as they are relatively inexpensive but can provide excellent nutrition, high in protein and fat.
Other Notable Ingredients
Skinners uses a large range of grain ingredients in its recipes. Examples include Wheat, Maize, Rice, Oats, and Barley.
Some of these grains are deeply unpopular with some dog owners, such as Wheat and Maize. Many believe that these are low-quality and processed. However, others such as Oats and Barley get less of a bad rap. Learn more about Barley in our article Barley In Dog Food.
Chicken Fat is a common addition to dog food regardless of its price point. It is added because it can increase the proportion of animal-based fat in a recipe and improve its flavor. Chicken Fat is chosen over alternatives because of its low cost and high availability.
Read more about Chicken Fat in our article, Chicken Fat In Dog Food.
Some Skinners recipes contain Eggs or Egg products like Dried Egg. Eggs are an excellent addition to any dog food recipe and can provide nutrition in the form of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
One of Eggs’ advantages over other ingredients is that they are highly digestible, meaning that little of their nutrition is wasted when passing through the digestive system.
Lucerne (known as Alfalfa in other parts of the world) is a plant that is believed to provide a number of health benefits. It is a widespread addition to dog food in the premium dog food space.
Learn more about Lucerne in our article Alfalfa In Dog Food.
Beet Pulp is added to dog food recipes to provide soluble fiber, and it regularly features in Skinner’s recipes. Soluble Fiber can be important to some dogs to ensure they get regular digestion and stools. Beyond its fiber content, Beet Pulp provides little to no nutrition.
Read more about Beet Pulp in our article Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.
Skinners Animal Testing
We have no information on what type of animal testing, if any, that Skinners participates in.
We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory-style testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice and one which we hope will seriously decline.
This is a positive indicator and shows that Skinners takes safety and quality in its production seriously.
However, we encourage all pet owners to be vigilant of any future recalls ensuring their pets remain healthy.
Skinners Featured Articles
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As we mentioned earlier, there are many Skinners recipes that offer less than satisfactory nutrition, but the above recipe breaks this mold. While Skinners promote this recipe for pregnant dogs, it can also be suitable for more active dogs with high protein requirements.
The recipe’s primary ingredient is Chicken Meal, which is an incredibly dense source of high-quality protein and fat. A meat meal simply means that the meat has been processed to have its moisture removed.
Beyond this, the recipe uses a mix of Maize and Brown Rice to provide a moderate proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.
There are also some minor ingredients present, such as Beet Pulp, which is added to provide additional soluble fiber to aid digestion.
Skinners Full Product Range
Dry Dog Food
Field & Trial Puppy Duck & Rice
Field & Trial Puppy Lamb & Rice
Field & Trial Puppy
Field & Trial Junior
Field & Trial Junior Duck & Rice
Field & Trial Grain Free Chicken & Sweet Potato
Field & Trial Chicken & Rice
Field & Trial Turkey & Rice
Field & Trial Duck & Rice
Field & Trial Lamb & Rice
Field & Trial Salmon & Rice
Field & Trial Light & Senior
Field & Trial Maintenance
Field & Trial Maintenance Plus
Field & Trial Large Bite
Field & Trial Crunchy
Field & Trial Muesli Mix
Field & Trial Superior
Field & Trial Working 23
Ruff & Ready