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What Do Golden Retrievers Eat?

What Do Golden Retrievers Eat? What To Feed Them

Ever wondered what do golden retrievers eat to keep such a healthy coat and what is best? It can be difficult to choose the right food for your golden. There are so many options available. A high-quality diet is important for goldens, as they are sensitive to food concerns. It is not necessary to pay more for a higher-quality of food. The price is misleading. Cheaper foods need to be fed in larger quantities, sometimes up to several cups per meal. You can choose from a wide variety of healthier foods to feed your golden today.

What To Feed Your Golden Retriever

What To Feed Your Golden Retriever

Goldens will normally consume two cups of premium foods per day. You can adjust the amount based on your activity level and metabolic rate. A poor diet can cause skin issues in Goldens, which will result in expensive vet bills. To purchase food, you will have to visit a pet store. The grocery store brands don’t provide the nutrition that goldens require for good health. Don’t assume that pet food available at your veterinarian’s clinic is safe. Read the ingredients to make an informed decision.

Don’t be fooled by flashy advertising. Many of the foods that are advertised as being high-quality may not be. They could also lack nutritional value. Grain-free food may factor in the taurine deficiency of Golden Retrievers or other large breeds. This can lead to serious heart problems in your dog

Here are some guidelines for

  • Choose foods that are free from chemical preservatives. Do not feed food containing Ethoxyquin or BHA/BHT, propylene Glycol, sodium nitrate/nitrite, BHA/BHT, BHA/BHT, BHA/BHT, BHA/BHT, BHA/BHT, Propylene Glycol, and/or sodium nitrate/nitrite. These additives may cause cancer. You can find food preserved using Tocopherols, which are vitamins C and E. Also look for rosemary and other herbs.
  • Always check the “buy by” date when purchasing natural preserved foods.
    Be sure to have it at least a few months before the date. Visit stores that have a high turnover of food to ensure you always get a new bag. Never buy a bag with grease stains. And never give your dog mouldy dog food. Store dog food in an airtight container and in a cool dry area. Consider buying smaller bags of food, such as 10-15 pounds instead of the larger 20-40 pound bags if you have only one dog.
  • Choose a food with meat as its first ingredient, such as turkey, lamb, or chicken.
    Avoid foods with grains as the first ingredients. Look for different meat proteins among the first seven ingredients. Multiple sources of protein are generally considered beneficial unless your dog has an allergy to certain proteins. Some dog food brands list multiple types of grains as the first seven ingredients. Your dog’s diet must include animal protein!
  • Don’t eat food that contains animal digestion
    The intestines and all the contents of the intestines are shown. The majority of by-products are not desired. By-products are usually beaks and feet, as well as feathers, heads, and other parts of the animal that were not intended to be eaten. By-products of poultry can include feathers, chicken feet, and heads.
  • Do not eat foods with sugar, artificial flavours or colours or high levels of salt.
    Semi-moist foods for dogs are usually loaded with sugars and artificial colours. Heat destroys vitamins, so adding vitamins and minerals after baking is beneficial. Please consult your veterinarian before adding any vitamin/mineral supplements to your dog’s food.
  • Ingredients that are suitable for human consumption make up the best foods.
    The majority of dog food contains meat that is not suitable for human consumption. Some of these products include meat from sick animals, meat that has been rejected by slaughterhouses, such as the tumours removed from the meat, and, as horrifying as it may sound, even roadkill. It is no wonder that so many dogs get cancer from eating meat from these sources. Do not hesitate to ask your dog food provider what type of meat they use.
  • Many dog foods contain grains such as brown rice, barley corn, wheat etc.
    Some goldens from our rescue program do not respond well to a diet that contains corn or soybeans. These ingredients don’t appear to be good for most goldens. Many goldens have corn or wheat allergies. Check his food if you notice your golden is getting many hot spots or has skin problems. The quality of grain products can vary greatly. White rice and ground brewers’ rice have much fewer nutrients than brown or whole rice. Pet food manufacturers often use the leftovers from the mill to make pet food. These products include brewers’ rice, rice bran and corn gluten meal. Instead, choose whole grains such as brown rice, whole oats, oatmeal or barley.

Golden Retriever on the Ground

Grain-free foods

Grain-free foods are becoming more popular as companies strive to provide foods that are easier for consumers to digest and have lower levels of complex carbohydrates and grains. It is a common misconception that grain-free dog food is low-carb. However, many vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, green beans, and tapioca, replace grains in grain-free foods.

According to studies, legumes, sweet potatoes, peas and beans, as well as pea starch have been found to block taurine’s function. Taurine is a sulfuric compound that is vital for Golden Retrievers to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. A taurine deficiency can lead to dilated cardiomyopathy in Golden Retrievers, congestive cardiac failure and even death if left untreated.

Before feeding your dog any grain-free food, read the label and ask your vet if it is safe to do so.

Dog Treats

Watch out for many of them
These biscuits are loaded with sugar, artificial colours and preservatives. You can make your biscuits or buy them at a local dog bakery. These dog food companies offer high-quality treats for your dog.

Is your dog overweight?

You can reduce your dog’s kibble by 1/3 and add half a can (no-salt variety) of green beans to each meal. Some diet dog food can contain fillers that do not provide any additional nutrition. Green beans are at least healthy. You can also use pumpkin in a canned form. Goldens usually love it! Feed your golden a measured amount twice daily, and do not free-feed. Most adult Goldens will consume 1 cup of premium food twice daily. Is your dog overweight? Your dog’s ribs should be visible and it should have a waist. Many veterinarians have a different definition of a fat dog. Typically, they will allow dogs to be heavier than necessary. It could be that they don’t want to insult clients or risk losing their business. Allowing your golden to become too obese is like cutting years off its life. Weight control will also help your dog move better. Our experience has shown us that fat goldens are a common problem. Our rescue program regularly receives goldens that need to lose between 30 and 40 pounds! We have lots of experience in losing weight! When an adoptive family allows weight to creep back on, it is upsetting and discouraging. If you love your dog, you won’t overfeed it. Ribs and Waists are important! Are you able to feel them and see them? Open the green bean cans if you don’t see them!

Bottom line

Read the ingredients. Consult your veterinarian. Research reliable sources. To ensure your dog lives a healthy and long life, you should ensure he is fed the best nutrition.

Best Dog Food for Golden Retrievers

Which is the best dog food to feed a golden retriever?

You must consider the age of your dog when choosing food for your Golden Retriever.


Golden retriever puppies continue to grow up until the age of between 12 and 24 months. To reduce the risk of hip disease caused by diet, don’t switch to an adult recipe until your puppy is 12 to 24 months old.

The Top Recommendations

You can use this guide to help you select the right food for your dog’s age.

Dog Food Advisor has listed the top brands. Each brand contains a certain amount of calcium, as well as other nutrients that are considered safe by Golden Retrievers. The recipes are marked “best for” adults…or puppies.

Best Dog Food for Golden Retrievers 2024

The Dog Food Advisor has compiled a list of the top dog food brands that are suitable for Golden Retrievers in 2024.

1. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Adult Chicken

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Adult Chicken

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Wilderness Adult Chicken was one of the 12 dry recipes that were analyzed on Blue Buffalo Wilderness products.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain-Free Chicken gets the majority of its protein from. The dry matter label analysis shows that the recipe contains approximately 44% fat, 38% protein and 17% estimated carbs.

This recipe contains chelated minerals and zinc amino acid complex, which are excellent ingredients for large breeds. Highly recommended.

2. The Wellness Complete Health of Large Breed Adult

Wellness Complete Health Large Breed Adult

The Wellness Complete Health Large Breed Adult recipe is one of thirteen dry recipes that we have included in the review on this product line.

The majority of the animal protein in Wellness Complete Health Large breed Adult comes from poultry, and meals made with chicken. The dry matter label analysis shows that the recipe contains approximately 46% fat, 29% protein and 13% fat.

The classic grain-inclusive large breed design is free of meat by-products, BHA, and other cancer-causing synthetic preservatives. Easy to recommend for adult goldens

The Wellness Complete Health of Large Breed Adult

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3. Diamond Naturals Large Breed Adult

The Diamond Naturals Large Breed Adult Formula is one of thirteen dry recipes that we covered in the review on Diamond Naturals.

Diamond Naturals Large Breed’s meat protein comes primarily from fresh poultry, and a meal of chicken. The dry matter label analysis shows that the recipe has 26% protein, 15% fat and 52% carbs. This creates a ratio of fat to protein of approximately 57%.

This formula is a good choice for budget-conscious, high-quality dogs. It contains 3 chelated minerals and zinc proteinate, which are expensive items that are not usually found in a product of this quality. This is a top choice for adult goldens. It is easy to recommend.

4. Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon

Southwest Canyon is included in our review of the Taste of the Wild line.

Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon gets the majority of its animal proteins from fresh lamb and beef meal. The dry matter label analysis shows that the recipe has 32% protein, 17% estimated fat and 43% carbs. This results in a ratio of fat to protein of approximately 52%.

Southwest Canyon contains Salmon Oil. Salmon oil naturally contains omega-3 fatty acid types EPA and DHA. These two fats are of the highest quality and bio-available to dogs. These fats promote joint health, healthy skin and coat. A super popular brand. Recommended.

5. Iams ProActive Health Large breed dog food

Iams ProActive Health Large Breed gets the majority of meat protein from poultry. The dry matter label analysis shows that the recipe is 25% protein, 14% fatty and 53% carbohydrate estimated… resulting in a ratio of fat to protein of approximately 56%.

Iams has offered this classic grain-inclusive large breed design for many years. This design is especially popular among professional breeders. It’s great that it is also free of BHA, and other dangerous chemical preservatives. Highly recommended.

6. Large Breed Adult Dog Food Chicken Soup for Soul

The majority of the animal protein in Chicken Soup For the Soul Large Breed Adult comes from chicken. The dry matter label analysis shows that the recipe has 26% protein, 13% dietary fat and 53% carbohydrate estimates… resulting in a ratio of fat to protein of approximately 52%.

This formula is also derived from natural antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables to support a healthy immune system… which helps increase resistance to diseases. This is a top choice for golden retrievers and other breeds that weigh more than 50 pounds when mature.

7. Eagle Pack Adult Large Giant Breed Dog food

Eagle Pack Large Giant Breed is one of 7 dry recipes that we evaluated in the review for Eagle Pack.

Eagle Pack Large Giant Breed Adult gets most of its protein from poultry meal and porc meal. The dry matter label analysis shows that the recipe has 28% protein, 13% fatty acids and 51% carbs. This results in a ratio of fat to protein of approximately 48%.

Flaxseed is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and helps to improve joint health. Highly recommended.

8. Holistic Select Senior Health

Senior Health is covered by 11 recipes in the review on the Holistic Select line.

Holistic Select Senior Health gets the majority of its protein from fat. The dry matter label analysis shows that the recipe contains approximately 43% protein, 31% fat and 13% estimated carbs.

This dog food is also free of artificial colours, synthetic preservatives or generic animal by-products. This recipe is ideal for goldens over the age of 50 due to its low-fat content and inclusion of glucosamine and chondroitin. Highly recommended.

Final Thoughts

That is our list of some of the best foods to feed your Golden Retriever for this year. We are always looking for new foods and healthier kibble to feed your beautiful family members. Please always feel free to send any feedback or suggestions to add to this list! 

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