The best dog food for Border Collies | Scratch Dog Food

Dog Food For Border Collies

These energetic dogs don’t need grub stuffed full of sugar and high-GI carbs. Scratch makes the healthiest dog food for Border Collies and feeds hundreds of the little legends.

It’s low-starch, low-carb, made fresh, owned independent and most importantly, keeps Border Collies going all day with sustainable energy.

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Scratch has helped thousands of Border Collies thrive thanks to:

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Using low-inflammation food without all the processing

Why do so many modern dogs suffer from skin & stomach issues? Cheap, powdered and over-processed ingredients are a common culprit. ‘Pet food meat’ is used in nearly every dog food out there, and is typically the lowest quality option (often with more bone and carcass than meat and organs).

Scratch uses meat from the human food supply chain and tops off each recipe with healthy oils for a resilient gut, shiny coat and tough immune system.

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Low GI superfoods for sustainable energy 🏃

Border Collies have stacks of energy and need slow-release foods to keep them up & active all day… without the crash and burn.

We believe in the Scratch approach to our recipes: premium animal protein, fat and fibre-packed veggies to keep your Collie full and encourage a stable release of energy.

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A magic 4-oil blend to maintain the signature Collie coat

Healthy, hearty sources of Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids to keep your Border Collie’s coat in tip-top shape, reduce shedding and moisturise flaky skin.

Scratch includes stacks (15-16%) of nourishing fat from salmon, coconut, flaxseed and sunflower oils. Itchy skin and a dull coat becomes a thing of the past. 👋

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Border Collies should eat premium grub that focuses on low-GI energy, and caters to their special dietary needs

Your dog’s food should be doing more than keeping them alive. It should be sustaining them with top-quality ingredients, cutting out filler and enriching their health with wholefoods.

Dry food, wet food, freshly prepared or home-cooked, most of the dog food for Border Collies out there miss the mark.

✅ Scratch is formulated by master qualified nutritionists to meet all the nutritional requirements Border Collies need, as set out in the AAFCO guidelines

✅ Each recipe is chockfull of premium, human-grade meat and real veggies (not powdered crap)

✅ Sustain your Collie all day with low-GI energy sources… rather than burning and crashing

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Freshly made, low-processed kibble that’s actually good for your dog

The majority of Aussie dogs eat dry dog food (or kibble) as part or all of their diet, but it turns out that a lot of it isn’t doing old mate any good.

Not because dry dog food is bad – that’s just the way it’s prepared – but because big dog food companies often do things on the cheap, using high GI ingredients, straight in/straight out fillers, and very little actual meat (plus additives so it lasts longer on supermarket shelves). Eaten regularly, this gets your woofer’s body out of whack and can cause short-term upset and long-term illness.

Scratch puts better ingredients in, and you get a healthier dog out. Pretty simple but business gets in the way. So, is dry dog food bad? No – much of it is but Scratch is the dry dog food should be.


Read more about our kibble philosophy

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Why kibble vs. raw food, chilled food or freeze-dried food?

Dry dog food for Border Collies is the most convenient, preserved by dehydration and receives a quick temperature kill-step to ensure all microorganisms are eliminated.

Compare Scratch to:

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Raw food

Raw food diets are great as they have no processing, but it can be hard to get a complete and balanced diet from raw food alone. It also has other drawbacks like being fresh only for a few days, potential microorganisms such as e-coli, salmonella etc. Cooked protein is also easier to digest than raw.

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Wet food

Wet dog food is processed at a high temperature for a long period while sealed to ensure that all micro-organisms are killed. It generally tastes great but contains mostly water and a lot of gelling agents to make the gravy. The term ‘what goes in comes out’ applies well to wet food, and can be the culprit for less-than-ideal number 2s.

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Freeze-dried food

Freeze-dried grub is generally higher quality than a lot of the dog food out there, but comes with its own drawbacks. Freeze-drying alone isn’t an effective way to kill all pathogens, so carries similar risks to raw. It’s also crazy expensive.

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Or chilled food?

Like dry dog food, chilled dog food has the kill step to eradicate pathogens. It has a short shelf life and is often treated with a lot of preservatives to last the time from factory to home.

3 damn good recipes, all 100% suitable for Border Collies

Turkey, Beef & Lamb

From $83 PER 8kg

Our most popular option for dogs of all ages - even large breed pups.

Sensitive Kangaroo

From $94 PER 8kg

For any woofer that can't seem to shake tummy, skin or joint issues.

Pasture-raised Lamb

From $92 PER 8kg

Clean, mean recipe full of hypoallergenic lamb and some nutritious ancient whole-grains. Great for very active dogs.

Border Collie Puppy

Scratch has what your Border Collie puppy needs to thrive

Growing up is tough work. All three of our recipes are 100% nutritionally complete for Collie puppies. A healthy border collie dog food like Scratch contains:

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Energy from predominantly meat protein

Border Collie puppies grow really quickly during the first six months, so Scratch is packed full of healthy energy sources to support them.

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Plenty of amino acids

Tons of DHA for brain development

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And tons of protein

Stacks of human-grade, premium animal protein (at least 24%). Our recipes are up to 32%!

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…And keeps senior Collies going long into the golden years

All three of our recipes are suitable to adult & senior Border Collies, and packed full of features your senior will benefit from, including:

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Gut and immune boosting ingredients

Help fight infection, deal with stress and protect from cancers later in life.

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Special additives for longterm health

Our grain-free kangaroo recipe even includes Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Collagen for extra joint support.

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A tailored feeding guide

Take out the guesswork with a diet plan, personalised to your Border Collie.

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Plus, we donate 2% of every order

to Australian environmental & dog welfare initiatives

Don’t just take our word for it!

I’m gob smacked!

I moved Peggy my blue Merle border collie on to scratch food after almost three years of constant scratching with red raw skin. It was ongoing even with trying an elimination diet, cortisone shots & Apoqel tablets everyday. I ordered Scratch and we did the transition and after the first 4 kilo bag low & behold the redness on the belly went first and everyday brought more improvements. I’m gob smacked I can’t believe it everyday I roll her over expecting it to be red again after so long her tummy is like a smooth puppy again. Peggy must feel amazing too I’m sure of that. I can’t speak highly enough about scratch. Thank you Scratch!

We noticed a MASSIVE improvement

We put our dogs on scratch after they had some dietary issues / upset stomaches from feeding them their previous food. We noticed a MASSIVE improvement from feeding them Scratch – for one, our oldest dog (who is 7) seemed to almost act like a puppy again, she was super energetic and just seemed super happy – she is also hates dried dog food, but was more than happy to eat Scratch. Our youngest dog also loves the food and looks forward to each meal time. After a month on Scratch, we noticed such big improvement in both dogs.

Absolutely amazing customer service

We have a growing border collie pup, who came to us on a diet of Pedigree food. She loved Scratch so much that she needed no transition period, just straight into it. Her coat is shinier, her poops are way less smellier and Scratch really fills her up. We feed a mix of raw food and scratch, the website calculates everything for you and is so easy to use. Absolutely amazing customer service when my vet asked me to ask a few questions. And love the deliveries addressed to Daisy (pup). We also ordered the beef treats and she goes completely crazy for them!

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over 40,000 Aussie dogs