Canine Nutrition



Skinners foods are tried tested and trusted by professionals and enthusiasts alike. Customers are assured of high quality and consistency as only the finest natural ingredients are selected.

Through recommendation, the benefits and suitability of these diets for working dogs soon became more widespread and before long many of the country’s top kennels were feeding Skinner’s foods with excellent results. In the early 1980’s due to customer demand, Skinner’s in conjunction with their nutritionists developed other foods to suit a wider range of dietary needs.

Skinners Dog Foods proved to be an instant success, not only with working dogs, but customers with show dogs and pet dogs alike.

Other products in the Skinner’s range were launched during the 80’s and early 90’s and following a change in the VAT status on working dog foods, Skinner’s launched their Field & Trial range in the early 1990s. Originally just two foods: Crunchy & Muesli, the range now comprises eight specifically formulated diets, including the recent addition of the two very popular Hypoallergenic foods, namely Duck & Rice and Salmon & Rice.

Whilst Skinner’s past and present is firmly connected to the working gundog sector, we are proud to supply our foods to a wide range of customers, including several police forces, many husky racing teams, and many show dog, obedience and agility dog customers


MODERATE
ENERGY
Field & Trial Muesli Mix is a tasty blend of ingredients, carefully formulated to meet the moderate energy requirements of adult dogs in light training or work, particularly during the closed season.

Beef provides the high levels of protein needed for strong muscles and teeth and bones. Top quality oils give extra energy, whilst cereals, biscuits and vegetables boost the carbohydrate content guaranteeing the sustained stamina needed for a full day in the field. With a variety of tastes, textures and a delicious moist glucose syrup coating, even a fussy dog will tuck in and enjoy a full ration of Field & Trial Muesli.

Ingredients

Free from artificial additives and preservatives.

Protein pellets containing beef meat meal, terrier meal, cooked flaked maize, extruded whole-wheat biscuits, wheat glucose syrup, dried meat greaves, cooked flaked peas, cooked wheat flakes, oils, vitamins and minerals.

Field & Trial Maintenance contains easy-to-digest chicken, providing the correct level of protein for the maintenance of strong muscles, teeth and bones. Specially formulated to meet the needs of working dogs, undertaking light to moderate work or in the closed season.

High levels of top quality oils ensure that your dog's coat and skin are kept in great condition, whilst a mixed blend of cereals provides a good source of carbohydrate. A full balance of 27 vitamins and minerals promotes general good health

Ingredients

Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives.

Whole wheat, maize, poultry meat meal, barley, chicken fat, full fat soya bean meal, sugar beet pulp, vitamins & minerals.


LOW
ENERGY
Field & Trial Duck & Rice Hypoallergenic has been specifically formulated to exclude ingredients that are known to cause sensitivities or allergies. It is free from wheat gluten, maize gluten, barley gluten, soya and dairy products.

Made from the wholesome goodness of duck, rice, and naked oats, Field & Trial Duck & Rice also contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates needed for health, vitality and sustained stamina. As a valuable source of energy and to maintain healthy coat condition, Duck & Rice is also coated in natural sunflower oil.

Ingredients

Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives.

Whole rice (40%), duck meat meal (20%), naked oats, peas, whole linseed, sunflower oil, sugar beet pulp, vitamins and minerals.

Field & Trial Salmon & Rice Hypoallergenic. Some working dogs can benefit from a fish-based diet, particularly those with sensitivities to meat; such as chicken, beef or lamb.

Field & Trial Salmon & Rice contains Scottish salmon from a sustainable source, whole rice, naked oats and peas. It is formulated to give an excellent balance of Omega 3:6 fatty acids, which can help support your dog's immune system. As a valuable source of energy and to maintain a healthy coat condition, it is also coated in natural sunflower oil.

Salmon & Rice also contains enhanced levels of Glucosamine and Chondroitin to help protect the joints of your dog.

Ingredients

Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives.

Whole rice (40%), salmon meal (17.50% dry weight), naked oats, peas, sunflower oil, whole linseed, sugar beet pulp, vitamins and minerals.


MODERATE-HIGH
ENERGY
Field & Trial Crunchy contains easy-to-digest chicken needed for strong muscles and teeth and bones. Specially formulated to meet the needs of all breeds of working dogs with moderate to high energy requirements.

Chicken oil gives extra energy, while rice and cereals ensure the sustained stamina needed for a full day in the field. The combination of bio-available carbohydrates and proteins provides easily accessible energy.

Field & Trial Crunchy is also an ideal intermediate food for puppies of 8 – 18 months of age, providing the correct nutrition during this important growth period.

Ingredients

Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives.

Chicken meat meal, maize, whole wheat, white rice, barley, chicken fat, full fat soya bean meal, sugar beet pulp, vitamins & minerals.

Field & Trial Puppy is specifically formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of puppies and young working dogs during their first and most crucial stages of development.

By feeding Skinner's Field & Trial Puppy from weaning up to approximately nine months of age, you will ensure that your puppy receives all the proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and oils essential for steady growth.

Field & Trial Puppy is wheat-gluten free. It also contains MOS (Mannan Oligosaccharide), a natural digestion enhancer derived from vegetable sources, to help maintain a healthy digestive system.

Generations of working dogs have been raised on Skinner's foods. Field & Trial Puppy draws on unrivalled experience to meet the particular needs of all breeds of working dogs.

Ingredients

Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives.

Poultry meat meal (min 30%), maize, chicken fat, white rice, oats, maize gluten meal, sunflower meal, whole linseed, sugar beet pulp, whole dried egg, vitamins & minerals, yeast, MOS.

Skinner's Ruff & Ready with its variety of colours, aromas and textures keeps dogs interested for longer, making it a firm favourite with even the fussiest of eaters. Ruff & Ready is an appetising mixture of real meat, cooked vegetables, flaked cereals and crunchy biscuits. These healthy and delicious ingredients are blended with protein pellets which contain fish meal for a glossy coat, and a full range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to maintain peak condition. Finally, the mix is coated with wheat glucose syrup which gives the food added natural flavour and a distinctive succulent texture that dogs really enjoy.

Ruff & Ready is a complete, nutritionally balanced food, suitable for all breeds of dogs, including older puppies and younger adult dogs too. It can be fed straight from the bag, or if your dog prefers, moistened a few minutes before serving with a small amount of tepid water to produce delicious mouth-watering gravy.

Ingredients

Free from artificial additives and preservatives.

Protein pellets containing beef meat meal, terrier meal, cooked flaked maize, extruded whole-wheat biscuits, wheat glucose syrup, dried meat greaves, cooked flaked peas, cooked wheat flakes, soya oil, vitamins and minerals.

Like humans, some dogs can suffer from food-related sensitivities which can manifest themselves in many ways including dry, flaky or itchy skin, loose digestion or flatulence. Skinner’s Chicken & Rice Sensitive is made with over 17.5% chicken meat meal, 15% whole rice, plus a high quality white fish meal.

Skinner’s Chicken & Rice Sensitive is hypoallergenic and specially formulated to be free from wheat, wheat gluten, dairy, beef, egg and soya. It also contains a unique blend of traditional culinary herbs known for their beneficial properties: seaweed, alfalfa, thyme, fennel, basil, parsley, peppermint, garlic, paprika, rosemary, sage, aniseed, fenugreek and yucca.

Ingredients

Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives.

Maize, chicken meat meal (17.5% min), whole rice (15% min), oats, poultry fat, white fish meal, vitamins and minerals, brewer’s yeast, culinary herb mix.

Like humans, some dogs can suffer from food-related sensitivities which can manifest themselves in many ways including dry, flaky or itchy skin, loose digestion or flatulence. Skinner’s Lamb & Rice Sensitive is made using grass-fed British lamb and whole rice which is specially formulated to be gentle on your dog’s digestion.

Skinner’s Lamb & Rice Sensitive is a nutritionally complete hypoallergenic food, specially formulated to be free from wheat, wheat gluten, dairy, beef, egg and soya. It also contains a unique blend of traditional culinary herbs known for their beneficial properties: seaweed, alfalfa, thyme, fennel, basil, parsley, peppermint, garlic, paprika, rosemary, sage, aniseed, fenugreek and yucca.

Ingredients

Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives.

Whole rice (40%), lamb meat meal (25%), barley, chicken fat, linseed, vitamins and minerals, rosemary oil, culinary herb mix.

Like humans, some dogs can be prone to weight gain as they become older or less active. Neutered or spayed dogs can also be prone to excessive weight gain due to reduced energy requirements. Older, overweight or less active dogs still need a carefully balanced diet, with high quality ingredients to maintain their health and condition and Skinner's Light & Senior has been specifically formulated to meet these needs.

Skinner's Light & Senior is also supplemented with increased levels of Bio-Plex™ Zinc to help your dog maintain a healthy, lustrous coat; Taurine, a naturally occurring amino acid, which can help keep your dog's heart healthy, and L-Carnitine which can help maintain muscle tone.

Ingredients

Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives.

Maize, oats, poultry meat meal, rice, beet pulp, white fish meal, whole egg, brewer's yeast, sunflower oil, whole linseed, vitamins and minerals.

Skinner’s Puppy & Junior is made from the finest quality chicken and rice and is wheat and wheat gluten free. It is specially formulated to ensure that your puppy receives the correct balance of protein, carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals and oils essential for steady growth.

It is made with 30% chicken meat meal because we know how important nutrition is for puppies and young dogs during the early stages of their development and high quality protein is an essential part of this process.

Skinner’s Puppy & Junior is also suitable for toy and small breeds of adult dog who need higher protein food in comparison to medium and large breeds.

Ingredients

Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives.

Chicken meat meal (30%), whole maize, chicken fat, white rice (10%), oats, maize gluten meal, sunflower meal, whole linseed, beet pulp, whole dried egg, vitamins and minerals, yeast, BIO-MOS™, FOS, yucca.

Repnor Gold is an appetising mix of real meat, cooked cereals and crunchy biscuits. It is coated in a high level of oils and wheat glucose syrup which gives the food added natural flavour and a distinctive texture.

Repnor Gold provides the correct balance of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals to maintain your dog in the peak of condition. Naturally abrasive, Repnor Gold helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums

Ingredients

Free from artificial additives and preservatives.

Protein pellets, flaked maize, wheat glucose syrup, flaked wheat, baked terrier meal, dried meat, extruded wheat discs, flaked peas, soya oil, vitamins and minerals.

Frequently Asked Questions - Answered

Q. Who makes your products?
A. We manufacture all of our own products at our Mills in Suffolk. This means we have total control of every aspect of production from the sourcing of raw materials through to manufacture, distribution and most importantly - quality control.

Q. Do you test your products on animals?
A. We utterly condemn the practice of animal testing and no animals are used, or tested on, in any way by our company.

Q. How long have you been in business?
A. The Stradbroke Mill has been in the Skinner family for seven generations. We have been manufacturing our pet foods since the early 1970's. Our Original Dog Food and Dog Meal are still made to these same recipes.

Q. Who are you owned by? A. The Skinner family owns the business in its entirety. We are completely independent.

Q. Where can I buy your products? A. We have a database of over 4,000 outlets in the UK who either stock Skinner's products, or are able to get our products to order within a few days. We have always supported the independent pet trade and our products can be found in pet shops, country stores and agricultural outlets up and down the country. Our products are not available in mainstream supermarkets.

Q. Can I buy your products overseas? A. Under current legislation, only products manufactured from chicken, duck and salmon are permitted to be exported to other countries. Currently we have distributors in Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Greece and Kenya.

Q. Do you have any hypoallergenic diets?
A. In our Field & Trial range, Duck & Rice and Salmon & Rice are both completely hypoallergenic being free of wheat gluten, maize gluten and barley gluten as well as soya and dairy products. Field & Trial Puppy and Field & Trial Superior are both free from wheat and wheat gluten. In our Skinner’s range, Chicken & Rice Sensitive and Lamb & Rice Sensitive are both free from wheat and wheat gluten, dairy, beef, egg and soya whilst Puppy & Junior and Light & Senior are both wheat and wheat gluten free.

Q. What is Taurine?
A. Taurine is an amino acid that has been shown to have beneficial effects on the heart helping to regulate the heartbeat and maintaining cell membrane stability. Taurine can be found as an ingredient of many of the commercially available sports drinks. We add Taurine to Skinner's Chicken & Rice Sensitive, Lamb & Rice Sensitive, Light & Senior and Premier Large Bite diets.

Q. Can you explain the extrusion process?
A. The extruder is rather like a giant pressure cooker that cooks the ingredients by the introduction of steam. Two long corkscrew-shaped barrels rotate in opposite directions and the ingredients are introduced at one end and are cooked under high pressure as they are forced down the barrel. After extrusion, the food is dried, cooled and is given a coating of fats and oils to enhance its flavour and digestibility.

Q. Do you add any chemical preservatives?
A. No, we do not add any chemical preservatives to our foods. Instead, we use a blend of mixed tocopherols and rosemary oil, which are natural antioxidants. In addition, organic selenium is added to some of our diets, which again has proven to be an extremely beneficial antioxidant.

Q. Do you have a diet for fussy eaters?
A. Humans are very often responsible for encouraging their dogs to be fussy, by offering them too wide a range of foods, titbits and treats. When it comes to mealtimes, dogs are then more interested in what other foods might be available if they leave their regular food. Of course, there are many dogs who do not have very good appetites, and our Ruff & Ready with its mixture of real meat, steam cooked flaked cereals and vegetables usually does the trick with even the fussiest of eaters.

Q. Do you use only British ingredients?
A. Wherever possible we use locally grown cereals. However many of the ingredients we use, such as rice, is not grown in the UK and these are obtained from reputable sources in other countries.

Q. What are Glucosamine and Chondroitin?
A. We add Glucosamine and Chondroitin to Skinner's Light & Senior and Premier Large Bite and Field & Trial Salmon & Rice diets. Chondroitin Sulphate and Glucosamine Sulphate are key structural components in cartilage and are classed as amino-sugars. These have proven benefits to both older and larger breeds of dog, where joint mobility is often challenged.

Q. What are FOS and MOS?
A. FOS (Fructo-Oligosaccharide) and MOS (Mannan-Oligosaccharide) are both classed as pre-biotics and are derived from natural sources. They help to promote a healthy digestive system and can aid in the resistance of pathogenic colonisation. We add a blend of MOS and FOS to our puppy foods, and these aid the production of healthy bacteria in the digestive system.

Q. Are your foods GM-free?
A. Yes. Our raw materials have been carefully sourced and are guaranteed to be GM free.