Made with the highest quality ingredients

high quality animal protein

Chicken meal is our primary sources of protein. Lamb, turkey and eggs are also used in some of our products. Our aim is to provide the full profile of amino acids required by your dog.

gluten free

We use no maize or wheat in any of our products. This helps prevent common allergies and itchy skins. We use rice and sorghum which are beneficial grains.

omega 3 fatty acids

A blend of oils, including fish oils, provide the correct ratio of omega 3 to 6 fatty acids. We use natural antioxidants and include fats at the required level in the food to allow for growth and performance requirements.

joint support

Glucosamine and chondroitin are added in all our products for added joint support at all life stages.

digestive health

Prebiotics, inulin, FOS and MOS are added to all formulations to aid in the healthy growth of gut flora. 

Activated clays are added to help bind any toxins in the gut.

added nutrients

Biotin, niacin, zinc and other vitamins are added to support a healthy coat and skin. The oil content and absence of gluten also help against skin sensitivities. Diatomaceous earth with its numerous benefits is also added to all formulations.

reproductive health

The addition of folic acid, biotin, beta-carotene and zinc aids in reproductive health, supporting bitches throughout pregnancy and lactation, as well as breeding males.

Ca : P ratio

The correct calcium to phosphate ratios are added, according to the product.

Welcome to Ultimate Canine Nutrition. We are proud to introduce this high quality, locally produced product, which focuses on health and well-being of our canine companions.

Our aim is to provide a locally produced product which offers high quality protein, free of wheat and maize, with the correct balance of nutrients, to provide a complete and balanced canine diet. The diet is focused on dogs with higher energy and specific nutrient needs, such as working and service dogs, show dogs and breeding dogs, and on discerning owners wanting to feed a unique diet to keep their canines in top condition.

UCN was developed by a veterinarian specializing in reproduction, and a breeder with a passion for canine nutrition and the community of discerning breeders who's passion it is to improve and promote dog breeds, and a renowned animal nutritionist.

Many months of research into factors effecting digestion, immunity and performance related to nutrition, lead to the development of this diet. The result is a high quality affordable diet, focusing solely on simple nutrition to provide results.

We source our own high quality raw materials, and produce small batches to ensure quality. Our main protein sources are poultry meal and egg. This combination provides a complete profile of essential and non essential amino acids. (what are amino acids).

We use an oil blend with the preferred Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio, with the main source of Omega 3 being from fish oil (source: Sardine, Pilchard and Anchovy) (benefits of Omega 3). These oils not only promote healthy skin and coat, but have benefit for joint and heart  health as well. Omega 3 from fish oil is a source DHA, which is a major structural component of the brain and retina of the eye, benefits to developing puppies are well documented.

Rice and sorghum are included in our diet. The benefits of rice include its ability to provide fast and instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements and stabilize blood sugar levels (benefits of rice). Sorghum is a gluten free super grain with many health benefits, providing a source of dietary fiber. (benefits of sorghum)

We have included a high quality A Grade Lucern in our diet. Apart from being a source of protein, it also contains vitamins A, B, D and K and is becoming popular as a health promoting supplement for animals and humans.

Attention to the needs of our canine companions does not stop there. The gastrointestinal tract is the nutrient processing and absorption center of the body. The statement 'you are what you eat' is very true, but if the processing center is not functioning, the nutrients are lost.  If the gastrointestinal tract is not functioning optimally, it directly affects many other processes in the body, including the immune system, the body's ability to heal, reproduction etc. Addition of pre-biotics, which support and promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines and activated clays for the absorption of toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, further support the gastrointestinal tract. We have included Bio Mos which helps promote gastrointestinal health and integrity. Gastrointestinal health and integrity are essential for animal performance and Bio Mos feeds the gastrointestinal  tract and thus plays a critical role in animal nutrition and production. The inclusion of Calcium Butyrate and Nucleotides promote gastrointestinal health and increased resistance against pathogens.

The diet includes chondroitin and glucosamine for joint health.

Special attention has also been given to the needs of pregnant and breeding bitches with the addition of beta carotene, folic acid and organic zinc. The full complement of vitamins and minerals has been added.

As mentioned before, we have paid special attention to sourcing the best quality raw materials. Our poultry meal is imported from The Netherlands. The company only uses chickens which are fit for human consumption. Our salt is hand harvested on the West Coast of South Africa, contains natural minerals and trace elements and is pure and unprocessed. It does not contain any anti-caking agents or artificial additives.

We look forward to extending the range to provide for the special needs of puppies and young, growing dogs.

About Us

Dr. Rachel Shuttleworth

Veterinarian | Co-Director

Specialist in Animal Reproduction; BVSc, MMedVet(Gyn)

Nadine Snyman


Experienced Animal Trainer and Breeder

Jacques Snyman

Logistics and Distribution

Chantell Taylor

Orders and Breeder Support

Our Partners


We aim to support breeders by giving them access to high-quality nutrition at affordable prices, and providing education and back-up.


We look for sustainable ways to support animals in need, as well as to encourage the healthy bond between people and animals.

Small Business

We encourage entrepreneurs who see an opportunity for their communities to benefit from our product.

Dog Lovers

Whether you own a pet, a working dog, a show dog or a sporting animal, we are passionate about supporting you and your companions.


We rescued Kiara completely emaciated with diarrhea, bronchitis and eczema. We managed to sort all her health issues except for the eczema. She was on cortisone and allergex everyday for 9 months, still having breakouts at times. (…..)nothing helped. Not until we found UCN. We fed her only UCN except the occasional vegetable for treats. After 6 months she hadn’t had a break out and her skin was looking less flaky and less dry already. She was also much less constipated and her feces was a lot smaller, darker and didn’t really smell. She even started growing hair on her tummy again because she wasn’t dragging herself and scratching anymore. We were so happy after a year on the food that we also switched our other rescue, Osiris, onto it. He was a bit lean and struggled with his anal glands as his feces was quite irregular and his stomach very sensitive. Both are now healthy with good digestive systems and Kiara has not had a breakout in a very long time. UCN is also way more affordable than any other dog food I was able to find that was developed for food allergy/sensitive dogs. My pups are definitely customers for life!
Michel Theron
Well done on a superb website and of course food!! I am excited for you all in how UCN has developed and grown. Right from the start of using this food (which I do exclusively from birth onwards for my shelties!), my dogs have been testimony with their lush coats, superb health and vitality and consistent stools. I recommend UCN to all I see when they comment on my beautiful dogs. All the best going forward with UCN. I’m looking forward to using the weaning porridge for my next litter – last litter, I spent ages crushing the food myself for a porridge for weaning, so this is great that it comes ready-made!
Joanie Wylie

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Tel: (081) 521-0694 (Jacques)

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