Pig head dog food recipe

by | Feb 7, 2012 | 18 comments


We often get pig heads.  Sometimes they come cut in half but often a whole head.  If you are not squeamish then they really are an ideal source of dog meat…lets face it…not so many years ago the components of a pig’s head was thought of as good human food.  I and my sisters certainly grew up eating it and the dogs got what we couldn’t/didn’t eat.  Brawn, tongue, cheeks, homemade haslet etc…if you haven’t had braised pig cheeks in a thick brown gravy with mash you have missed a real tasty dish and as a teenager coming home drunk (ish) lol…attacking the brawn and spreading it on toast with brown sauce?? wow…1970’s kebab lol!!!


1 pig head, several large potatoes, some carrots, bag of rice.  But you can instead chuck in any veg trimmings, barley or couscous you may have.




Wash the pigs head!

pig head in pot

Plunge in large saucepan of boiling water then boil until you can stick a skewer into cheeck area with ease (2 hours +)

boiled pigs head

Lift out of stock...now this stock will be very fatty...if your dog is healthy and has no eating fat problems like dogs with pancreatitis then...


...add veg trimmings, rice or barley or couscous or pasta to stock and simmer for 15 mins. Today we are using chopped carrots, potatoes and rice!

Cook veg in stock

...If your dog cannot do fat...leave to cool remove solid fat from top then use the stock as previous (save that fat...brill for roast tatties!)

skinless pig's head

Once head has cooled strip off all the skin...we will come back to the skin in a moment!


Pick out all the meat...this is cheek area, brain (may have to crack the skull bone), tongue ( may have to force the jaws) and pick all the rest of the bones clean...

One average sized pigs head will give you about 20 portions of meat content.  We pay £1 for a head and once it picked down portion it up and remember this is high quality fat and meat and they don’t need the volume as if you was feeding from a tin…a dog about the size of a lab needs no more than 2  to 3 cooked ounces (about 100g).  Add the veggies etc etc from the stock so now you have say 20 portions of pig head meat and veg/rice/barley/couscous etc.  Add 1mug of cheap whole meal mixer to each dinner. So…5p for the meat/fat, 5p for the veg, 10p for the rice/barley etc and 10p for the mixer.  That’s just 30p to feed a Labrador size dog…compare that to balls in a bag or tinned meat with 80% water in it!!



drying pig skin

Easy!! Next time you have the oven on place skin on the baking tray and bake it until crispy...pork cracking dog treats without the salt and additives! 🙂

How to store

As a general guide if meat protein is present in recipe then it will last around 3 to 5 days stored in a cool place.  If it has second class protein in it eg. cheese, lentils, eggs, etc, then they will store for about 10 days in a cool place. You can use cake tins lined with baking paper – greaseproof. If there is no meat or second class proteins present then it will last around 3 weeks before they go soft like human biscuits.

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By Jamie Shanks

BDWS is owned and run by me, Jamie Shanks. I’ve been a professional dog walker since 2010. When I’m not walking dogs, I’m usually at home entertaining my three dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden. 


  1. Hey,
    I’m trying this for my 8 months old shepsky and was wondering if I have to add a mixer to this? And what is the mixer for really?

    • You can or not if you want to… The mixer is to bulk it out for cost-saving.

  2. Your recipes are so interesting to read & I can tell just as interesting to make,as well as super-quick & easy too..I’ve been perfecting my chicken liver cake for my puppy and may just try a bite myself…yum!!

    • Thanks for the comment… Yeah lots of people seem to like making the liver cake using chicken livers, might need to try out some recipes with it!

  3. You say do not feed the dogs the bones after cooking them. After cooking them in a slow cooker for 14-16 hours, I find the chicken bones crumble in my hand. If I blitz them they turn into a nutritious looking paste which tastes like a slightly gritty liver pâté. It looks like the sort of ingedient that would be perfect in a Kong. Any advice?

    • I’m sure that’s fine when they are cooked like that and very small but I was thinking more about larger bones as when cooked they shard like glass.

  4. I have ordered a pigs head coming on tuesday just hope that the dogs like it

  5. Sorry, am I being daft…. Once you’ve added the potatoes and rice etc to the stock….. Then what…. Do you cook it, and for how long? Thank you

    • Hey Claire,

      Thanks for pointing out that wee error. Chopped veg and stuff is simmered for 15 mins then stripping the pigs head off it’s meat.

  6. Hi! You’re recipes look awesome, looking forward to trying a few. Two of my dogs are showing signs of liver issues. Can you recommend any recipes for a healthy liver?

  7. Hi Jamie. Going to try pigs head recipe. What do you use as a meal mixer? Sorry if it is noted elsewhere but couldn’t find reference to it. Thanks. Lou

    • Hey Lou. Cool, I wish more people would try it. Just any cheap mixer, good pet shops should stock them but if you want a top brand try Burns mixer, but any one will do.

    • Thanks Jamie. Head arriving tomorrow. I’ll let you mo how I get on!

  8. Exactly what I was looking for..thought I would need to adapt a regular brawn recipie to make it dog safe but I typed in oigs head brawn for dogs and this popped up top of my list! Fab 🙂

  9. website is looking brill jamie…esp the you tube links …yu is soooo clever….clicked and rewarded xxx

  10. hiya sheron
    that’s great and a good tip re the foil and not having to cook twice…i boil and then skin the whole head so i have a full tray of very dried out crackling i can store to use as training treats. Will your dogs eat raw fish? or do you cook that too? good luck getting the lites, I dont feed my lot beef…spaniel ears and beef don’t do well together but if you call your nearest meat supplier…as in the supllier the butchers buy off, they should be able to tell you where you can get tripe from.
    Thanks for responding…nice to know the articles are being read.
    hugs to your slobber buckets from my slobber buckets. x

    • PS
      Sheron….if you use kongs… then to make them doggy lollies for hot days…use the stock mixed with some rice or chopped fruit etc and freeze 🙂 i seal the bottom with peanut butter and stand them in an egg carton until frozen

  11. hi if you cook the head or half head in the oven with some water and covered in some foil the ear will puff up and you will get awesome crackling without having to cook it twice. I skimmed the stock and made dog brawn (they have kennel cough) with the left overs and put the boiled stock in the freezer for later use. thanks for giving me the idea – my three very large 40kg oversize boxers loved the brains and eyeballs! they have been managing on venison, offal chicken and fish for the last thirteen years and are always happy to try new food stuffs.. tomorrow we are off to try and get some lights – I did try to get some tripe but my butcher doesnt stock it.
    kind regards Sheron, Nellie, Ollie and Boris


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