Leaps & Bounds Grain Free Dog Food Review

WebsiteLeaps & Bounds
Country of OriginAustralia
Available fromPetbarn

* Note – The guaranteed analysis shown below is that of the original formula. It’s not currently available on the Leaps & Bounds website.

Leaps & Bounds is essentially a home brand (or phantom brand) of Petbarn. If you’ve read our review of the original formula it was given a mediocre 3 stars and we noted it was very low in fat at 10% which suggests very little meat content. Many consider grain free foods superior, so let’s take a look at Leaps & Bounds Grain Free to see how it compares.

Leaps & Bounds grain free review

The main ingredient in the Chicken & Vegetable recipe is actually “meat and meat meals” derived of poultry and beef, so not the chicken we would expect. It’s the same story for the Kangaroo recipe which you pay more for, which is comprised of an ambiguous mixture of kangaroo, beef, poultry, or lamb meat. Ambiguity often means the manufacturer will use whatever can be sourced cheaply at the time, with price being the driving factor not quality. At least meat is the main ingredient, so that’s a small plus point.

Leaps & Bounds Grain Free Dog Food Review

The second ingredient is vegetable and vegetable meals (derived from peas, soy, carrots, garlic, tomato, pumpkin). Again, the ambiguity suggests a poor quality of vegetables, likely inclusive of vegetable by-products such as carrot tops and rotten tomatoes. They won’t be the nutritious vegetables you’d have with your steak dinner.

Next up we have tapioca and potato starches to bind the kibble together. This is the substitute for using grains as a binder, and although is a better inclusion than the wheat we find in the original recipe, it isn’t much better. Tapioca is high in sugar and potato is high GI.

Leaps & Bounds Grain Free Dog Food Review

The remainder of the food is a run of the mill combination of chicken fat and digest, essential oils (ambiguously labelled as oil seeds), and a vitamin and mineral pack formulated by another manufacturer.

The original formula was mediocre but arguably better than other supermarket brands, and the grain free is no different. 3 stars.

Where to buy Leaps & Bounds

You can buy Leaps & Bounds directly from Petbarn (or click and collect).


Meat and meat meals (poultry and beef), vegetable and vegetable meals (derived from peas, soy, carrots, garlic, tomato, pumpkin), tapioca and potato starches, chicken fat stabilised with natural mixed tochopherols (source of vitamin E), chicken gravy, whole oil seeds, salt, potassium chloride, chicory root inulin (prebiotic), beet pulp, yucca, essential vitamins and minerals, natural antioxidants, kelp meal, egg powder.

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6 Total Score

  • Ambiguous ingredients

  1. Iv been using leaps and bounds for 8 years now. My 6 dogs love the grain free kibble. Iv always mixed there dinners with fresh cooked chicken/beef mince with loads of fresh vegies. They’ve always looked lean and healthy, so Im sticking on my good wicket.

  2. My dog is around eight years old, small breed. He’s very skinny, I would feed him a bowl of royal canin dry food and a bowl of wet food every day. He didn’t really like the dry food and would only eat it if he was very hungry. He’d eat the wet food straight away but I noticed his poos were very sloppy and sometimes had blood in them. I haven’t been able to get him to gain weight— until I bought leaps and bounds dry food. The vet recommended I give him puppy food for a little bit, since it’s good for quickly fattening dogs up. He’s already gaining weight and he loves the dry food. I haven’t even given him any wet food! He eats enough dry food for a daily intake. It just goes to shows that the expensive stuff like Royal canin isn’t for every dog.

  3. Have brought this product for 3 weeks for new X 2 french bulldog puppies,they love it, dry food for small breed puppies,even my 4 YO cross Maltese/chauahha loves it now, Highly recommend, only wish small breed for puppies food comes in the 20kg bag

  4. My dog really likes leaps and bounds and his poo’s are very consistent too. We recently bought Savourlife to change it up and he has been leaving his bowl of food, even if we mix tuna into it. But loves leaps and bounds.

  5. Tried this for my border collie as it was one of the cheaper grain-free foods at Petbarn. At about $20 for a 2.3kg I found it to be good value. It may not be rated 5-star here, but my dog has never had a more shiny coat and his digestive issues have disappeared (that being said, it may not work for every dog). He’s also a fussy eater, and would barely eat the more expensive brands of grain-free, but absolutely loves this one. Definitely worth a try

    • Well truth be told it’s actually not bad at all, if I was strapped for cash I’d use it, better then any Purina or Mars product.

      • agreed, it’s definitely better than those. Has helped me through this christmas period with being able to afford giving him G/F! Each to their own though, may not be as good for other peoples pets but I’ll definitely keep going with it for now

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