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Durkha & Kukuje Are Reinventing Yak Cheese Chews

Kukuje GmbH facility in Hamburg Germany partners with Durkha Dog Chew to make quality yak cheese chew production available in the US.




(PRESS RELEASE)Yak Cheese Chews were first introduced to the pet care industry in 2003. In 2022, Durkha Dog Chew in Kent, WA, and Kukuje GmbH in Hamburg, Germany, teamed up to reinvent the Cheese Chew. Dogs and dog parents love Yak Cheese Chews because they are a long-lasting, grain, and gluten-free and a healthy alternative to Rawhides. Whereas Rawhide cannot be broken down in a dog’s stomach and can swell and cause blockages, Cheese Chews are 100% natural and are only made with cheese and lime and are easy for dogs to digest.

When COVID shut down a majority of the world in 2020, Neil Pokharel, CEO at Durkha Dog Chew, connected with Narendra Shrestha, managing director at Kukuje GmbH in Germany. With Neil’s product development strategy and Narendra’s skills in cheese making stemming from being a third-generation member of a family that had the art and experience in the cheese making process, they set out to producing Yak Cheese Chews in Germany with the artisanal cheese craftmanship while using modern machinery. Two years later, Durkha and Kukuje partnered, and they now have the best quality Cheese Chews made with 100% pristine cow’s milk from Germany.

These Cheese Chews are identical to Yak Cheese Chews from Nepal. Introduced to the U.S. market in 2021, Cheese Chews have been exactly what the pet industry market and consumers have been searching for in a quality Cheese Chew. “I had a vision of a healthy Cheese Chews for our fur babies across the globe and that vision was turned into a reality when I met Narendra,” says Neil Pokharel, CEO at Durkha. “With his high-level commitment towards quality and his precision towards creating a perfect product, we now can proudly share the news that we have the Cheese Chews for our customers that no one in the industry has.”

Mud Bay, pioneers in natural pet care, has partnered with Neil and Durkha Dog Chew for many years. “We appreciate the ease of working with him in addition to the high quality of products they produce” says the director of Mud Bay “Our trust in their transparency and quality of products is the reason we have partnered for many years on both Durkha branded treats in addition to partnering on private-label goods. We appreciate this partnership and look forward to its growth.”

“With a high demand for a quality Cheese Chews for companies and consumers in the US and around the globe, I had to use generations old Cheese Chew making experience that was passed on to me from my family,” states Narendra Shrestha, Kukuje GmbH managing director “We are the only company outside of Nepal that has been successful in preserving the actual texture of the original Yak Cheese Chew from Nepal while still creating a healthy Cheese Chews that represents the Nepali art and the cheese making traditions. This is something that has never been done before outside of Nepal.”

Both the Traditional Cheese Chews and the Premium Quality Cheese Chews are offered for purchase. Whether you are looking to purchase the Traditional Cheese Chews directly from Nepal/US or our Premium Chews from Germany/US, stop by Booth #1881 at SuperZoo.


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