Black Gold Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★½☆☆

Black Gold Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The Black Gold product line includes eight dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Black Gold Trainers Blend 24/12
  • Black Gold Puppy Formula 26/17
  • Black Gold Super Blend (3 stars)
  • Black Gold High Energy Blend 24/20
  • Black Gold Performance Blend 26/18
  • Black Gold Kennel Blend 21/8 (1.5 stars)
  • Black Gold Professional Blend 27/10 (1.5 stars)
  • Black Gold Bites and Bones with Healthy Squares (1.5 stars)

Black Gold Trainers Blend 24/12 was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Black Gold Trainers Blend 24/12

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 51%

Ingredients: Beef meal, corn meal, ground wheat, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E), chicken by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate), dried beet pulp, natural liver flavor [hydrolyzed poultry liver (enzymatic)], brewers dried yeast, phosphoric acid, potassium sorbate (a preservative), natural and artificial flavors, lecithin, mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative) and rosemary extract), salt, potassium chloride, brewers yeast, sodium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, biotin, vitamin A acetate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), calcium iodate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), menadione sodium bisulfate complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis24%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%14%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%30%46%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef meal. Beef meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh beef.

The second ingredient is corn meal, a coarsely ground flour made from dried corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

The third ingredient is wheat. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider wheat a preferred component in any dog food.

The fourth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Compared to meat, glutens are inferior grain-based proteins lower in some of the essential amino acids dogs need for life.

This inexpensive plant-based ingredient can significantly boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is poultry fat. Poultry fat is obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

The seventh ingredient is chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except quality skeletal muscle (conventional meat).

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

In any case, although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider chicken by-products an inexpensive, lower quality ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With four notable exceptions

First, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

In addition, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

lastly, this food contains menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.

Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.

Black Gold Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Black Gold Dog Food looks like an average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 51%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the corn gluten meal and brewers yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Black Gold Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of chicken, beef or meat-and-bone meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

Not recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

A Final Word

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Although it's our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.

Each review is offered in good faith and has been designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food.

However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.

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Notes and Updates

03/04/2010 Original review
08/24/2010 Review updated
04/19/2012 Review updated
11/02/2013 Review updated
11/02/2013 Last Update

  • Shawna

    Ingredients don’t lie Billy…  It is as simple as that…  The ingredients in this food are inferior therefore this food is inferior.  Do you know what “brewers rice” is?  It is so nutrient deficient it can only be used in animal feed.  Corn meal and corn gluten meal can acutally cause malnutrition by damaging the hairs (villi) in the small intestines that absorb nutrients — called villous atrophy.  Hydrolyzed poultry liver, brewers dried yeast and natural flavor are all sources of free glutamic and aspartic acids.  Free glutamic and aspartic acids can cause brain damage, multiple sclerosis, aggression and on and on and on…  Meat meal — what kind of “meat”?

    Quality foods use quality ingredients.  It’s that simple..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDD6HJES2OZEI35S2YBRVT7ILY Billy

     c’mon mike be a Sport! put the flag down! cant you see when you own the track you allways get the checkers! Flag that is. Have a great race CHAMP!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDD6HJES2OZEI35S2YBRVT7ILY Billy

     They are thriving on it! no my dogs are far from surviving. my Brothers German shepherd that was imported from Germany from the #1 SHEUTSUND police dog at 6,000 euros is also thriving on it! Whats your point? the food is 90 % digesitibilty. Black Gold Food is Great. i have 4 pure bred aka pedigreed dogs & all have no ticks & fleas. you should try this food, you will find they don’t poop as much cause it is so high in the digest count. And they are show quality.  

  • BryanV21

    Wow. You have all these incredible accolades, but have not shared any links to prove it. You wouldn’t be lying… would you? LOL

  • doggonefedup

    not sure what you are trying to say, what source?
    What animals are you showing and/or breeding? Got any photos? What are their life spans? My GSD’s live 16-17 years on average well past their normal life expectancy.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDD6HJES2OZEI35S2YBRVT7ILY Billy

     REALLY!. look at the source. just dig in a little deeper.
    if that don’t work i’ll help you out.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDD6HJES2OZEI35S2YBRVT7ILY Billy

     Wrong Mike! I have more TOP OF THE LINE ANIMALS in SUPER TOP HEALTH! THAT YOU WOULD SEE ANY WHERE! IN THE WORLD! THE JAPANESE COME TO ME! WHEN THEY WANT THE BEST! AND GUESS WHAT  i feed them?. the stuff you say is no good!. See?

  • doggonefedup

    Billy,
    If it works for you fine. But are your dogs just surviving on it or are they thriving on it? My German Shepherd Dogs are thriving on their diet. They can rub up against other dogs that are full of fleas and not get any themselves. Ticks are not attracted to them, neither are mosquitos. Their fur is soft pliable and shiny. They are very muscular and can run all day long. My three year old crushed a hard bite sleeve on his agitators arm. And I refuse to go anywhere near Petsmart, or Petco, or any of those other um stores.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDD6HJES2OZEI35S2YBRVT7ILY Billy

     MIKE, I’m sorry i hurt your feelings, But you are no authority! in this field. and if you are please do tell.ya the dentist remark is cheap!  it was supposed to be. what about all the ….! you post?. what that’s  Ok ?.i don’t know even if you try the stuff on your dogs, or if you even have any?.(please don’t get mad again). i hope you do have a dog, & not just sit back processing labels! that don’t mean sqwat!. I am not a hater, i have & have had animals since 1976!. I have over 100 Awards, with animals. Billy

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDD6HJES2OZEI35S2YBRVT7ILY Billy

     Patty,first of  all the stuff printed on this page is not fact!, so what response did anyone expect?. Oh this Mr.Dog food expert! so we will follow you like sheep to Petsmart!. No…Not I.. i live in the USA & I will feed my animal the best feed i can buy that brings out the best in them. And Guess what the food that is down played is the best food i have ever come across! i have world record Awards for my animals, just so you know. If my comments Hurt some ones feelings, I offer them a complete & utter retraction,and deeply regret any distress my comments may have caused them or their families & hereby undertake not to repeat any of this in the future. But dont talk bad about something you know nothing about/let alone tried!. who even gave this guy the KEY! to ” hey my opinion counts”.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDD6HJES2OZEI35S2YBRVT7ILY Billy

     look at your source! now ha ha!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Yeah, I’m the official spokesperson for the entire dog world, and I don’t like him trying to move in on my territory:-/

  • Melissaandcrew

    Billy-

    Poor baby. Jealousy is an ugly thing……I would laugh at you, but pathetic people should be pitied and not made fun of..

  • Mike P

    I flagged Billy.I probably used the flag 3 times tops but I can see Billy just as a hate monger and a waste of time.

  • Mike P

    Haha doggone my bad…I think the dentist remark is a cheap shot. I work in sales and not that great at it but still want to be part of the dog world.I wonder who made Billy official spokes person for ” Dog World ” ??

  • Pattyvaughn

    Dr Mike,

    We’ve got another creeper.

  • doggonefedup

    Mike,
    I think Billy has a typo in his comment. He typed ” reading this bullcrap from someone”  and I believe he meant to type “reading this bullcrap AS someone”

  • Mike P

    I can’t believe I am wasting a minute of my life responding to your rude and childish comment. This is a site where people help each other.I would like you to stick around and have an open mind and read some of the great post and articles on DFA. Your above comment shows you probably have nothing worth offering this community except hate and insults.Please find somewhere else to spew your garbage and stop wasting my life reading insults like this.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDD6HJES2OZEI35S2YBRVT7ILY Billy

    I just wasted 5 minutes of my life reading this bullcrap from someone that cant get pussy even if he set out 40 traps at the spca. what a geek. Your a dentist!, probably not all that great either. leave the dog world alone.

  • Stephen

    No I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, thanks for tha compliment, I have a lot of reletives that live in New York.

  • EvesHumanMom

    I don’t know, but she does seem to reiterate this further down “1).Many companies seem to be on the right track, but they are new and have no longevity, nor do they have long term feed trials for growth on giant breeds. Therefore, I can not recommend them to my puppy buyers during the growth stages, because of this. This doesn’t mean it is a bad product, just means it may not support large/giant breed growth very well. SLOW AND EVEN GROWTH IS THE KEY. “

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    I’ve checked out her site before (the Great Dane Lady), but not recently.  Tonight, this quote just seemed to jump out at me.  

    I do not recommend as a complete diet for your puppy, any grain free or raw diets, regardless of brand, for large breed growth. Not until they are 8-10 months old or 3/4 of their normal size, just to be on the safe side. No feed trials have been done on large/giant breeds on the grain free or raw diets to date, so I will not recommend them.

    I wondered if this was still accurate information and if there was any other reason why someone wouldn’t recommend a grain free diet for a large breed pup until 3/4 of his “normal size,” other than the lack of feeding trials?

  • EvesHumanMom

    I’ve just remembered about the Great Dane Lady.  She lists foods from smaller family owned companies:  http://www.greatdanelady.com/index.html

  • doggonefedup

    Stephen,
     Are you located near the Hudson Valley area of New York by any chance? You remind me of two different German Shepherd people that I have a lot of respect for. 

  • K9zvv1

    No I do no bitework while they are in there cages!

  • K9zvv1

    They are all outside in a other half of a garage and all in seperate 10×20 cages and walls in between cages inside where they are all night so there is no fighting at night time just vocal compititions every now and then from smelling deer and other animals outside there windows

  • EvesHumanMom

    Hi, Stephen,

    It would help if we had some parameters for narrowing down the list.  Any of the four or five star foods would be a great place to start:  http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/pinnacle-peak-protein-formula-dog-food/

    Are you looking at a certain price range?  Five working dogs is a good amount of dog food, after all.   How strongly do  you feel about recalls? 

    In addition to the previous suggestions, with working dogs in mind, there is also Pinnacle Peak Protein:  http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/pinnacle-peak-protein-formula-dog-food/

    Eagle Pack Power Adult

    Wysong Optimal Performance:  http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/wysong-dog-food-optimal-performance/

    to name a few more.  And most of the DFA five-star foods are high protein and fat without neccessarily being labelled for working dogs/performance, like Orijen or Nature’s Logic.  Again it depends on what criteria are most important to you, availability in your area, and in the end, on the individual dog.  Hope this helps a little.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    What about Earthborn Holistics Primitive Natural:  http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/earthborn-holistic-primitive-natural/; or one I’m finding I’m interested in trying, Horizon Legacy:  http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/horizon-legacy-dog-food/.  

    I’m not sure either of these are right for your breed, but someone will jump in and correct me if not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Hi Stephen,

    Just wondering… is this rhetoric or are you sincerely open to considering other foods?  Is there a part of you that believes there could possibly be other foods that would be better for your dogs than Black Gold?

    There are a lot of people here who would be happy to put the effort into making intelligent and thoughtful recommendations for other foods for your dogs if they felt you were truly open to suggestions.  I have learned so much here and there are so many kind and knowledgeable people here who are truly happy to offer their sincere help.  

    There are a lot of great foods to choose from, but of course, not every dog will react the same way to each of those foods.  Mine may do better on some that yours don’t do well on and vice versa.  It’s a work in progress.

    Switching foods requires a commitment to the process.  It’s not easy and can be frustrating, but is very rewarding when you find foods that help maintain your dogs optimum health.  

    If you are open to it, there’s so much you can learn here.  I wish you lots of luck finding healthful foods for your pups!  : )

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  • Storm’s Mom

    Thanks for your response Stephen, and apologies for my mistaken understanding of “cage fighting”. 

  • Pattyvaughn

    Cage fighting involves poorly trained, bad tempered, under supervised dogs trying to attack each other through their crates. It has nothing to do with properly training K-9s, which are not supposed to be stupid aggressive. If they are doing this when your not around, move crates until it doesn’t happen anymore. Try another room.

  • doggonefedup

    Cage fighting? fence fighting? Kennel Aggression?
    You either have a couple “alpha” males looking for dominance or you have dogs that are getting aggressive as a result of something missing in their diet. rotties are noted for kennel aggression when when they are fed a protein poor carb rich diet. GSD’s have a tendency to get grouchy on a mineral poor diet.
     I have a very good friend that is a breeder. He has no problem keeping five male shepherds together. They are well nourished and on a raw & kibble diet. He does schutzhund training with all five including bite work. The worst he has ever had was when three of them got into and open mouth shouting match tails going a mile a minute.

  • Stephen

    give me a list of foods that ya think will work for 3 males and 2 female working dogs

  • Stephen

    The cage fighting didnt start until we got this last male in and he is not a titled dog in protection but he was trained with some obedience and protection and he is the one that starts it most of the time with the other male, he does fine when he is not in his cage inside or outside.

  • LabsRawesome

     Oh, okay. I was confused on if you were purposely fighting the dogs or not. I didn’t realize that they were trying to fight thru the cage/fence. My 2 dogs LOVE each other, and our 3 cats, as well.

  • Stephen

    No I do not let the dogs cage fight when im with them but I cant control what goes on when Im not there, and no bitewoprk is when we have a bite suit on or just the sleeve and the handler has the dog on leash and we go from there

  • Stephen

    These boys and girls come from lines of the belgium border patrol as for instance I have 2 of Rik von tiekerhook grandsons and he was one of the top producing stud dogs for the border patrol.

  • Stephen

    Like I told the other person I do not pursue cage fighting 2 of the males chose to give it a try on there on so now there is an aluminum metal wall in between them now.

  • Stephen

    I meant the one that had broken a tooth was one that I got a few months ago and had another male in cage beside him and they werent getting along with each other to well so I had a aluminum piece of metal put up and it has calmed down a good bit now, I dont pursue cage fighting in no way I want all the dogs ta get along but when you bring an aggressive new dog in the pic. you have to deal with it the best ya can.

  • EvesHumanMom

    I thought the same thing after googling “cage fighting” and all the human mixed martial arts stuff came up!  In any case, fence/cage-fighting is potentially dangerous and can lead to injuries and needs to be headed off asap.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Melissaandcrew – I did not realize that, but further down he also says “the energy they have during the bite work…”, which was what initially got my gills up – does the cage/fence fighting that you refer to also involve “bite work”?

  • Melissaandcrew

     Stephen-

    I think most of us are pretty much done with this conversation. The reality is, the ingredients rate lower than road kill that has rotted in the sun for a month. NO matter how good one dog does on it, will not change the rating or quality of the ingredients. If you can afford a canine root canal, you can afford a better food. Obviously you feel this is a good food-most of us don’t.

  • InkedMarie

    We’d be happy to give you a list of foods that have not ever had a recall but something tells me you don’t want it

  • Melissaandcrew

     Storm’s Mom-

    Thanks for the giggle! “Cage fighting” is the same as “fence fighting”-a behavior between dogs that sometimes occurs when the dogs(IMO) have no been properly socialized to each other. Of course, you can get a dog aggressive dog who will do it as well : ) Its not an “organized sport” but rather a foul, bad behavior that MOST owners would attempt to stop.

  • LabsRawesome

     Stephen, you keep stating that your dogs are “cage fighting” what exactly do you mean?

  • Storm’s Mom

    I cannot possibly take you – someone who uses a dog in cage fighting – seriously with regard to what’s best for a dog, or in their best interests.

  • Stephen

    I also forgot to mention the other month I had to take a male dog to vet to get a root canal cause he broke a tooth off cage fighting and the vet said stephen I took his blood and all of his iron,protein etc. etc. levels were perfect and I said it must be the dog food and he said yep…

  • BryanV21

    So you’re comparing this to Nutro, Diamond, and Science Diet? You do realize that those three are hardly “good”, right?

    And those of us at DFA have had experiences with any breed of dog you can name. From large dogs like Newfoundlands to small dogs like chihuahuas.

    It’s hilarious that you talk about profits, as if Black Gold doesn’t care about them… only about a good food. Well if they only cared about good food, then they wouldn’t fill their own with cheap junk like corn, wheat, and “meat” meal. First of all, they’d use a named meal like “chicken” or “turkey”. Secondly, they’d use a food other than corn, which causes higher blood sugar due to it’s high glycemic index. Why do you think corn is used so much for livestock? Because it’s cheap.

    Look at Champion Pet foods. They get their ingredients from local farmers, but the local farmers are low right now. Instead of finding another, non-local, source of ingredients, they are instead just letting people know that they won’t be able to get some foods in some sizes for a while. That tells me they are out to make a good food, and not just an easy buck. Unlike some people.

  • Stephen

    I agree Dave!!

  • Stephen

    Well the dog foods from the pet shops and the feed mills that have a recall list a mile long just isnt what I want ta feed my dogs, I thought that at one time along time ago the dog food was suppose to be good dog food for the dogs and now its all about the “profit” that these companys get (check out science diets ingredients, thats another company that is out to make a huge profit)

  • Melissaandcrew

     Stephen-

    If this food has caused them to be hyperactive resulting in cage fighting, its time to feed them something better. This is not a godo thing. One should be able live peacefully with just 5 dogs.

  • Stephen

    Thanks for your opinion!!

  • Stephen

    I dont just listen to there websight, I listen to all the experinces people have had with Black Gold and also my experinces with the Dog Food!! What kind of dogs do these dog food advisors have and which dog food do they use?

  • InkedMarie

    You may be having good results Stephen but that doesn’t mean it’s a good food. There is a difference. It’s similar to me eating fast food….I might have good results but is that a good diet? No, it is not.

  • Stephen

    Thanks for your opinion, I am just speaking from my opinion on dog foods I used to feed them Nutro, Science Diet, Diamond etc… and I was introduced to Black Gold a few years back and I just like what I see in my dogs, all the energy they have during the bite work and after they finish up and want to do some more. Its alot of stress with them at home they are all trying ta get attention from us and doin a good bit of cage fighting with each other and I just like there energy and there looks now that there on Black Gold, have ya taken a look at there sight yet?

  • BryanV21

    I’ve worked with hundreds of dog owners and very few know much about dog nutrition. The vast majority of them are surprised to find out what a better food can do for them and their dogs. 

    You know why dog food labels are a good source of information? Because ingredients don’t lie. They don’t distort the truth. They aren’t ignorant. They are what they are.
    Now, if you want to tell me corn, wheat, and “meat” meal is good for dogs then go for it. You won’t get the job done, but give it a shot. 

  • Stephen

    Thanks for your information!!

  • BryanV21

    I replied to what you said, and in case you don’t remember or can’t scroll down, here it is…

    “Go to Black Golds website and look at the pictures of all the kennels and people that have different dogs and look at what all of them say!”

  • Stephen

    Thanks, I think the same thing they are only getting there information from the dog food bags and not from the dog owners who have used there dog food and will never use another dog food! 

  • Stephen

    Im not just listening to there website I am talkin about my results with the 5 dogs that I have and lettin people know the good results I have had with Black Gold Lamb and Rice 2314!!

  • Shawna

    Hi Stephen ~~ Four people reviewed Purina Puppy Chow on Amazon.  All four gave the food 5 stars..  Yet, Purina Puppy Chow is not what I would consider a good food.  The ingredients of Puppy Chow aren’t significantly different from those listed at the top of this page.

    However, I do see the Lamb and Rice has better ingredients then those listed above.  Still some questionable ones, like brewers rice, but much better.  What I don’t like about the lamb and rice is the LOW protien amount.  This may be better (high carb) for a “working dog” WHILE actively working.  But it is not better, for optimal health, as a main diet.

    The amino acids, broken down from protein, are used by the body to make enzymes to digest the food they eat.  They are used to build muscle and to make the enzymes that prevent cancer by preventing tumor cells from living — aka apoptosis.  Amino acids are used by the very cells of the body which routinely die and regenerate.  Amino acids are used by the body to make the “master antioxidant” of the liver/body called glutathione—-etc etc etc. 

    They KNOW that you can’t feed too much protein..  But you can feed too little..  Per AAFCO guidelines, the “minimum” protein requirement for puppies is 22% and for adults is 18%.  Are minimums (or close to) really good enough?  In my opinion, the answer is no…not when so much rides on the amino acids derived from those proteins.

  • doggonefedup

    Dave,
    Even some of the best dog foods on the market today have Potato and Pea protein in their mix. From taste of the wild to carna4. What’s so bad about peas? It’s way better than corn, wheat, or any kind of gluten. 

  • doggonefedup

    Stephen,
    I’ve been around German Shepherds for over fifty years. Been in the breed ring, obedience ring, and may different field trials, and I’ve had American, Czech, and German bloodlines. I can tell you without a doubt I would NEVER feed Black Gold to my dogs.
    I’ve always been told if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything.
     My opinion of Black Gold______________________!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Dave,

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    Until I’m convinced you are a legitimate individual working with credible objectives, your recent comments here are subject to deletion.

  • BryanV21

    Seriously? You’re going to listen to the company’s own website, as if they’ll post less than glowing comments there? Taking what a company says seriously is the reason junk food is so prevalent, whether it be dog food or human food.

  • BryanV21

    I’d rather a dog get a lot of protein from peas than from some of the junk in this food. Seriously, this is full of questionable meal, corn, wheat, and by-product. People feeding Salmon & Pea California Natural aren’t the ones getting ripped off, it’s the people paying for food like this.

  • Dave

    Black Gold is good food. I would use it over all the Pea Protein foods people on dog food websites love but don’t understand how they are getting ripped off.

  • Stephen

    Chain companys are retail stores that carry all different dog foods

  • Stephen

    Go to Black Golds website and look at the pictures of all the kennels and people that have different dogs and look at what all of them say! Like the other guy said to keep talkin bad stuff about Black Gold that will help keep the price down on the 25 bags I get every 6 months.

  • Stephen

    Lamb and rice 2213

  • Hound Dog Mom

    If they were out to make the “best food for working dogs” I think they would re-think their ingredients list.

  • BryanV21

    You don’t think Black Gold is interested in making a profit?

    If you think they are the only company that wants to not only make a quality product but also make money, then you’re kidding yourself.

  • Stephen

    Im talkin about all these dog food companys are out to make a profit on there dog food and the guys at black gold are out to make the best dog food for working dogs. Ive had german shepherds since 1989 and been using different dog foods for them and this lamb and rice has been my dogs favorite one and it does wonders for their coat and there digestive system.

  • Shawna

    Hi Stephen ~~ Many foods haven’t been recalled.  And, I am less concerned about who the manufacturer is then if the ingredients are good quality or not.  And the ingredients in this food are POOR quality…..

  • BryanV21

    What is a “chain company”? I want to know how to respond to you, but I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

  • Stephen

    Look at the facts people Black Gold is not a chain company like most of these other dog foods and there dog food hasnt been recalled!!!!

  • BryanV21

    Many, including myself, would disagree.

  • Aamilbarbee30

    I only feed my alapaha blue blood bulldog blue and taste of the wild its the best.

  • Zzrydr

    “Mary+”…sorry U have problems.  We don’t! And no, neither my kids, oursleves OR our dogs eat that McDonald’s garbage!

  • Zzrydr

    We switched to Black Gold Performance Blend for our 4 Large dogs.  No problems!  No “hotspots”, excess itching etc.  And their coat remains smooth.  They are healthy pups!

  • Purejohnsonabs

    ive fed alot of diff 4 and 5 star foods. Black Gold has done my dogs better than any of em. period.

  • Maryssuperpets

    the people that think this food is good for their dogs probablly feed their kids at mcdonalds too.  good luck with both… 

    black gold ummm, methinks it would be better named black death.

  • Tammy

    I HAVE 9 DOGS AND THIS IS THE BEST FOOD I HAVE EVER FEED……………………. I DONT CARE WHAT STAR IT GETS

  • Stephen

    Have you used any type of their dog food? I have 5 import German Shepherds and the lamb and rice is their favorite this is a feed that all of them enjoy. Now my females reproductive systems are back in normal working order.  

  • K9zvv1

    Lamb and rice 23/14 green bag

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  • Mike P

    Dogs love anti-freeze but I would not feed it to mine. This food has more red items and would qualify as a bag of chemicals.You came to the DFA to research food and after reading the review you defend this crap. I just don’t get it…

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Jarrod, there will always be people that swear their dogs do great on these foods that are filled with industrial waste. Dogs are tough little creatures, but lack of nutrition will catch up with them eventually! :(

  • Jarrod

    steve u are a trooper let me give my op whats happening is these people who are defending cant read or r to lazy to read or just have no common sence. they just look at the one star and bash u and not have read or undetstand what u r telling them that one star is based on ingriedients from the bag.and the ingriedients makw this a one star food. now go ahead and give them a rating of customer exsperience with food. from those who have comment here black gold is five star. but again as per on there bag of ingrients that yummy meat meal it is a 1 STAR read the article.and get some common sencw on what he is saying gosh dang there is some slang that come to mind.
    so simplify five star food per customer exp.
    one star food per the facts of the ingriedients on the bsg in black bold lettets.

  • Thahilyfvrd1

    We have 4 dogs (3pitts and 1 jack russell/wennie dog mix:). Recently we switched to Black Gold and even the neighbors have commented on how much healthier and more beautiful our dogs coats are. Even our blue brindle’s coat -which is normally rather course- is soft and shiney!

    Also they responded well to the change as far as it seems *they actual enjoy it *it did not seem to upset thier tummies as happened with some foods we tried aka, no runny mess and *I have noticed an increase in their energy.

    My husband fed Black Gold to his dog years ago. She lived a full healthy life!
     
    Our expierience with the Black Gold brand has been a great! And according to the retailer we’re not the only well satisfied customers! Can’t account for the science behind it, but I hope this helps! 

  • Victoria

    I’m curious if anyone ever asked the company what exactly is in their meat meals?

  • Dave M

    Steve I also have coonhounds – they are my favorite breed. I was transferred to Toronto and they really are rare here. I feed a rotation of high protein kibble, ziwipeak canned – and ziwipeak air dried. Along with some fresh fish once a week if possible. I haven’t gone raw but as close as possible.

  • Antonio

    Mike P, man you are absolutely right about the activity level of this dog when the temp drops, and my problem during the winter isn’t so much the coldness, I mean we do have a week here and there when it stays in the teens, but the biggest issue I normally face is we have a lot of precipitation during the winter months due to the natural humidity and moisture in the atmosphere here in Arkansas. I honestly agree w/ you about the good nutrtion aspect as I practice this myself, but my thoughts are for people that have dogs living healthy lives beyond the norm of breed standard while feeding a black gold or similar product is how can I justly tell them that their food is garbaged based simply on my opinion. I mean many people feel Pro Plan is garbage, but the only complains I ever had w/ Pro Plan Performance was the price just didn’t add up to what I thought it should be by looking at the ingredients. How is that boxer of yours doing by the way Mike P?? Still packing/maintaining the good muscle tone on the grain free diets?

  • Mike P

    Antonio I only ask because you are only a few that stress “exercise” along with nutrition. I believe the emotion a dog gets through daily exercise goes a long way with great food.

  • Mike P

    Antonio good to hear from you. My question is..isn’t your Dobie more active when the weather gets colder? My Boxer is absolutely crazy with energy when it’s cold.I do put winter gear on her and protect her feet when the temps dip into the teens or lower.She doesn’t do as well when it’s hot (90′s) but I always bring plenty of water. Today it was 70 and she drank 20 ounces of water during our two mile walk/run. Nice to see your post…

  • Antonio

    I’ve been busy with work and honestly enjoying the good weather to take time getting my Dogs outdoors more before the cooler months settled in. I’m also in the process of aquiring a Am Pit Bull Terrier, and my wish it to at least get a BH in Schutzhund with the dog, I feel the breed needs some positive press and I’m hoping I can do just that since I have several years experience w/ the breed prior to aquiring my Doberman.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja Dog Food Ninja

    What’s up, Antonio? You haven’t posted in forever! I was starting to wonder where you went.

  • Antonio

    Kristi,

    I honestly believe your story, in fact it seem that most of the negative reviews on this product come from non users of the products, but it seem that the people that actually use Black Gold dog food have had decent results and their pets are seemingly living, long, normal, healthy active lives, and not spantaneously combusting with diseases and other stuff toward the end of their long life spans. So I say if it’s working keep up the good work.

  • Kristi

    I have a large number of dogs and have had them for several years. I have primarily rescue pet Labrador Retrievers, but also Great Pyrenees, Cocker Spaniels a Japanese Chin and a Corgi. I used to feed my dogs higher end foods like Candidae, Eukanuba, Diamond, Solid Gold and Blue Buffalo. They did “okay” on these foods, but they always seemed starved within hours of feeding them. Somewhat like Chinese food for dogs. I changed them over to this awful Black Gold food about 10 years ago and have never been happier with the results I am getting. The dogs are satisfied after they eat and are not looking for more very quickly. The stools are extremely stable and predictable and easily managed. Most everyone comments on how beautiful my dog’s coats are and they are definitely NOT bathed and groomed to perfection – it is the food they are eating. I have had several dogs live long, healthy lives eating Black Gold for the majority of their lives. The vet is very impressed that my dogs seem to maintain a nice steady weight with this food as well. Other foods I have tried give me so much fluctuation in their weights.

    I had to wean off the Black Gold for about 2 years due to a distributor problem and finding a food that gave me the same results was very difficult. In fact, I never found a replacement food that kept my dogs satisfied, at ideal weight, with a predictable stool output. Luckily, I happened on another Black Gold distributor within the past 3 months and my dogs are back on track again.

    By way of disclosure, I am not associated with Black Gold in any way – other than a happy purchaser. I do have one Lab that this food does not agree with. I had to put her back on the food she came to me eating – Pedigree (!!!!) – to get her to keep it down and keep weight on. One of my Cocker Spaniels also has a beef allergy, so that she must eat Blue Buffalo food. No one sent me her to post this, I just happened across this site. And I certainly do not skimp on my dog’s food due to cost. I can afford my dogs and the food they need to keep them healthy. Facts are facts and results are results. I am staying with Balck Gold because it is what works and keeps my dogs healthy.

  • http://Facebook.com/Toxed2loss Toxed2loss

    I agree with Savanah, short term you may see increased energy, etc. but it’s long term that you need to bear in mind. I am a Toxic Injury Consultant with > 28 years of research into food additives, processing and practice. The concerns that Mike expresses in his concientious reports barely scratch the surface on the known toxicity and egregis effects of these food additives.

    Sure, you can choose to feed this. You can choose to be offended, or not. I just hope that when your dogs begin having problems that you choose to think about diet, and give your dogs a change based on the data reviewed here. You could well be astounded, just like I was. I have not used this brand but decades ago I used Old Roy, a food with similar ingredients. How I wish I knew then what I know now.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja Dog Food Ninja

    Aga, what “higher brand food”? Is this about the Blue recall? Any company can have a recall. It happens in the human food chain all the time.

    Did you read the above detailed description of what the ingredients in this… ummm… “food” are? This is a bag of industrial waste and chemicals. Please rethink your choice of food for the sake of your animals.

  • Aga

    I have 4 dogs and for the past year I’m using Black Gold and we love it. Dogs are doing very well on this food. Last year I almost lost one of my females cause I was feeding her higher brand food and we didn’t realize that the company have a recall on their food. I wouldn’t change Black Gold for any other brand.

  • Gordon

    The red flags here light up like a Xmas tree! But some dogs are resilient and very adaptable to lesser quality and useless carb rich ingredients.

  • Stephen

    Black Gold Lamb and Rice dog food does really good for the 5 import german shepherds that a Captain of the Blue Ridge Drug Task Force helps me get in from across seas from various countrys and they all like the lamb and rice the best. Keep up the great work Black Gold.

  • Savannah

    If the food works for your dog great but read the ingrediants. REALLY! MEAT MEAL!? what kind of meat? hmmm anything. If McDonalds works for your kids good, keep feeding it and there will be problems later. Same with this crap

  • Bob K

    Terri – What did you feed your dogs before Black Gold? This is a 1 star dog food and could be a step up from what you previously fed your dog. Perhaps you can find a 3 or 4 star dog food that provides better nutrition at a lower price, that would be a win for both your dog and you with better nutrition for your pet and more money in your wallet.

  • Terri Green

    Our dogs ( 10 year old lab/bordercollie/springer mix) have done incredibly well since I switched to Black Gold. They are more active and the improvement in mobility is amazing; the larger one can go up and down stairs, jump into the car and moves without pain now. We’re very happy with it and they are healthy and happy too.

  • kscott

    As Lh pointed out, you do see hunting dogs all over the Black Gold website. The food is named after a Champion coonhound. As a retailer and user of the product I speak to the fact that hunting and non-hunting breeds will, in fact, benefit from this food. If anyone feeding this product has any negative results-THEY ARE NOT FEEDING THEIR DOG PROPERLY!

    “Controversial ingredients” raises a question. The answer is simple: AAFCO does not require the grade of ingredients be listed. Try to find a brand that lists the GRADE of their corn and meat products. And, unless you like to waste money on trendy “organics”, you eill find an ingredient list similar to this on the majority of food brands.

    “I won’t waste your time (or the time of my readers) by re-hashing what I’ve already spent so much time trying to accurately convey in my review. All I can do is suggest you re-read it. I can assure you it is factual. And accurate. And I stand by its content as well as its ultimate conclusion.”

    The ingredients are listed, as you state. The negative response to your “imperical study” is due to your villification of the manufacturers of the product.
    “Since in this case the source animal is not known, this meat can come from anywhere. Road kill, dead zoo animals, diseased or dying livestock… even euthanized cats and dogs.”
    Really?
    Bottom line…never base what you buy on someone elses review. If you think you’ll like it, buy it. If you were wrong, don’t buy it again

  • Antonio

    That’s a good question Lh, I have never personally used Black Gold products, the availability has always been a problem, but it does seem that people opinion of the product are either hit or miss, generally nothing in between. Meaning they either really like it or really hate it, I honestly don’t have a real opinion about this product again as I’ve never used it personally w/ my dog(s). But the ones that swear by it says it works wonderfully and their dogs generally do appear quite healthy, and those that hate the product generally hate it and will not touch it again. So I’m a clueless as most others are about the actual quality of this food.

  • Lh

    It is interesting to me that all the attackers of this food review- which, like all other food reviews presented on this website is presented in an empirical non biased manner- are using words and phrases direct from the Black Gold website. Further, they all seem to have some relation to hunting dogs. That is fine, but if you go to the Black Gold web site, guess what, it seems like the owners and others pictured are hunters, too! So, my point is, it appears that the owners are sending their buddies to post. Why not let the product speak for itself it it is so fantastic? Btw, I have fed many, many rescue dogs over the years (against my will- for some reason people think us rural folks can always use another dog when they get tired of it) and I have tried many brands. Even starving dogs didn’t want much to do with this food.

  • Antonio

    Steve,

    Just out of curiosity which blend of Black Gold are you feeding? I have a cousin that’s into coon hunting and he’s looking at trying Black Gold but wasn’t sure which formula to try.

  • Steve

    Mike,

    I in no way intended to minimize or discredit the work you have done and if it appears I have done so I apologize. That was not my intent. I have read the FAQ and I would not expect anyone, at least without federal grant money, to personally inspect each dog food manufacturing plant or conduct laboratory tests on every recipe of dog food out there. I also recognize that many people are passionate about there pets as well as what they feed them much in the same way our prior generations were passionate about Ford v. Chevy. I appreciate what you’ve done and I am just putting my experiences out there for others to see. I do have the resources to basically feed whatever food I feel is best for my dogs. I have tried many different brands and combinations, including Taste of the Wild, Eukaneuba, Iams, Pro Plan, Diamond Naturals, Diamond High Energy, etc. I did not settle on Black Gold as my food of choice based on any factor other than results. I have invested substantial amounts of money on my hounds, and I would not base what I feed my $2,000 treeing walker coonhound on the cost of the bag of dog food. Nor would I spend thousands on gear and travel to show dogs if I couldn’t afford to feed them anything but the discount brand dog food. I wouldn’t do the same for our pound hound either. My hunting dogs are out in the elements, including up to -40 wind chills we had here last week and are very healthy. They also hunt and show in the heat of summer, which can put as much if not more stress on them. I’m just putting my experience out there for others to see and to use as they evaluate what food is best for them.

    I also agree that it would help everyone involved if the manufacturers were required to list in more detail the ingredients that are contained in the food so the consumer can make a more informed choice on what they buy to feed. That probably won’t ever happen though since it would put a higher burden on the dog food manufacturers, increase their cost, expose the actual ingredient which may be not so pleasant to the reader, etc.

    Again, thanks for compiling this comprehensive list of dog foods and ingredients to aid the dog owner in deciding what food is right for them.

    Steve

  • Melissa

    “All I am saying is that my experience has been different from what one would expect after reading the review of the food and the final rating of 1 star. Am I just lucky that the 3,000 pounds of food I go through in a year has been a special batch? I doubt it. But as I said before I’m not looking to create a following.”

    Steve-

    No where in any of these reports or any where on the website, have I ever found a comment from Mike that a dog will do better on one “star” level than another, or better on one “brand” or another.

    Nor do I think reading a review of protein/ingrediant quality makes a reader “expect” or “anticipate” the performance of the food itself for their particular dog. Its informational, breaks down the “quality” and contents of the food, and then its up to the reader to decide if its something they wish to feed. I personally, would choose NOT to feed this food since I have the ability and resources to “do better”. In the past, I have fed many different brands of foods, with mixed results-I had a rescue thrive on Dad’s 20 yrs ago, and I had a doberman get thin on Blue 2 yrs ago. To each their own, and at the end of the day, its up to the owner to find what works for their dog and their pocketbook. After reading this site, one can at least make a choice with “eyes wide open”.

    Melissa

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Steve… I’m sorry you disagree with my report. However, contrary to your criticism that “the label is not more precisely stated”, I must respectfully ask, whose fault is that? Just how much more precisely stated would you like for that ingredients list to have been?

    The words used on this label are placed there not by me (or by others) but by the manufacturer (Black Gold) itself. And those very same words you complain to be “not precise” are selected by the company based upon the actual ingredients used to make the very product you defend.

    What’s more, the ingredients as well as the words used to describe them are “precisely” defined by the Official Publication (2008 edition) of the Association of American Feed Control Officials.

    It was Black Gold’s choice to use generic “meat meal” in this recipe rather than chicken, beef or lamb meal. And no one else’s.

    So, then, what “precisely” is meat meal? Per the official AAFCO definition, meat meal is

    “The rendered product from mammal tissues, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices.”

    Hm-m-m-m. Well, at least we know this meat comes from a mammal. Could it come from road kill? Diseased or dying livestock? Or dead zoo animals?

    I can understand how you might find it difficult to believe rendered “meat” can include things like these. But I can assure you, it can.

    Many government entities within the US actually mandate (by law) the disposal of road kill by rendering. Also, many municipalities require euthanized cats and dogs to be disposed of in a similar manner.

    Rather than reprint the extensive evidence verifying our claims of this dubious practice (rendering road kill), I suggest you read my detailed and documented Comment to Da. Please pay special attention to the government documents I provide as legal proof of this routine practice.

    And there are many others, too.

    Now, in addition to the anonymous meat meal, what about all those other low quality agricultural by-products? And that potentially toxic menadione? What about the plant-based protein-boosting corn gluten used as a less-expensive meat substitute?

    I won’t waste your time (or the time of my readers) by re-hashing what I’ve already spent so much time trying to accurately convey in my review. All I can do is suggest you re-read it. I can assure you it is factual. And accurate. And I stand by its content as well as its ultimate conclusion.

    With all due respect, Steve, did you really read my FAQ, “How We Rate Dog Food“.

    Or my public confession of our method’s inherent shortcomings, “The Problem with Dog Food Reviews” (which was linked to in this review)?

    In both of those articles, I remind all my readers that our reviews are not based upon results or experience. For how could I (or anyone) personally possibly test-feed and scientifically observe the more than 2,500 recipes represented on this website alone?

    Regarding your criticism of my lack of consideration of the company itself… I’m sorry I didn’t personally go to visit the Black Gold manufacturing plant before I wrote the article. Or any of the other companies reviewed in these pages. But I’ll leave that to someone else with more time on their hands than I.

    Steve… that’s why I created a blog rather than a a one-way pulpit. I welcome reports of actual real-life experience (like yours, here). I truly believe these first hand reports are worth much more than any manufacturer’s marketing hype and certainly more than from this well-meaning reviewer.

    In any case, thanks for your comment. For without thoughtful comments like yours, this blog could indeed become that one-way pulpit I so deeply abhor.

    Although I can’t agree with most of your arguments against the value of a government-regulated, AAFCO defined pet food label, I truly appreciate your taking the time to share your years of experience with this product.

    Black Gold may be a 1-star dog food to me, but it’s obviously a “5″ to you and your dogs. :)

  • Steve

    To clarify, I disagree with many of the findings, specifically the ratings, based on the assumptions made because the label is not more precisely stated. As an example, to quote the findings: “Since in this case the source animal is not known, this meat can come from anywhere.” Then the article includes some types of meat meal sources that are “offensive” to many readers. I have no idea where Black Gold gets their meat meal. I am not going to speculate that it is from dead zoo animals or euthanized cats or T-Bone steak trimmings. I realize lots of people read this and I’m glad this site it here. I do think lots of people will see a certain brand of dog food they have fed, see the rating and think they need to change because its only a 1 or 2 star food. The findings are based off the label and not a scientific study of each food. I also understand it would be extremely expensive to lab test every type of food available. My disagreement I guess is basically that lots of labels are judged based on what is not listed, and assumptions are made that may or may not be warranted. I would feel much more confident in the ratings if the factories producing the dog food were studied, or more in depth study of the dog food was done. If that were the case, I might re-evaluate my feeding decision based solely on the ratings.

    To put my experience in perspective, I’ve fed over the course of a year 9 coonhounds (of different ages and breeds), one yellow lab senior female, 9 puppies, 1 english mastiff, and one pound hound of various heritage. Of these, 2 coonhounds have earned the title of show champion, the black and tan mentioned in my earlier post, after switching to black gold, won best of breed and best of class twice, and best of show once, one treeing walker coonhound won his night hunt cast against other dogs 2 times, and the puppies all flourished and had more activity than I cared for. The yellow lab did not lose weight while nursing the 9 puppies and retained her overall body conditioning level (at least as good as can be expected while nursing 9 very active puppies). I don’t believe that Black Gold made all this possible and I’d like to think that my training ability was a major part of the process. I do truly believe that black gold did not hurt my dogs in any way, or I wouldn’t continue to feed it.

    Of all the dogs listed above, there was not one that did not look forward to getting fed black gold dog food. I’ve had some of them look at and reluctantly eat other brands of dog food that were rated higher. I’ve had less waste to clean up, the dogs have stayed fit and I can take a dog and watch it hunt all night long on the gps and not see it run out of energy. I have also taken them to the vet for annual checkups and have not received any negative reports or seen any health problems.

    Does all that mean Black Gold is the best dog food out there? No. All I am saying is that my experience has been different from what one would expect after reading the review of the food and the final rating of 1 star. Am I just lucky that the 3,000 pounds of food I go through in a year has been a special batch? I doubt it. But as I said before I’m not looking to create a following. If I didn’t feel my dogs were doing well on the food I wouldn’t feed it.

    Steve

  • http://dogoninn.com Kristin

    Steve,
    I’m honestly glad you’ve found something that works well for your dogs. But for goodness sake, look at the ingredient list! How can you feel good about feeding your dogs slaughterhouse waste or even worse?!
    As far as this website in general, how can you disagree with many of the finding? They’re based strictly on the government regulated labels; that is, the ingredients in the food, nothing more, nothing less. The ratings aren’t saying your dogs will or will not thrive on it, they’re simply telling you the quality (or in this case, lack there of) of the food you’re feeding.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Steve… Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and opinion. However, we do not rate dog foods on results. For that is something no individual could possibly do for the thousands of products made in North America alone. We leave that “testing” to our readers (like you). Just the same, we do rate dog foods based on the ingredients that were used to make them. And unfortunately, Black Gold is made with some of the most inferior quality ingredients we track.

    To see why we focus on government-regulated label information only and why we ignore everything else, please see our FAQ page and look for the topic, “How We Rate Dog Food”.

  • Steve

    I like the fact that this website exists. I disagree with many of their findings but there still needs to be something to judge the dog foods by. I have had numerous dogs and I can say that Black Gold has gotten a lot higher rating based on my experiences with the dogs I have fed it to than the website gives them. I’m not looking to create a following, in fact it would be nice if lots of people quit feeding their dogs black gold dog food. That would increase the supply, lessen the demand and allow me to buy it by the pallet for next to nothing.

    I have switched dogs from the higher rated dog foods to Black Gold and seen an improvement in their coats, energy levels and performance. I my hunting lab had a huge increase in energy at 6 years old when I switched her. Likewise, my female black and tan coonhound had a poor coat that was almost turning chocolate colored. I switched her to Black Gold and her coat was a shining black as coal color in about a month. Was it the dog food or something else? My guess it was changing from the 3 star dog food to the 1 star. But that’s just me and my experience.

  • Jonathan

    Why does this food have so many defenders? If your dogs seem health on it, great. But Mike is not picking on it for fun. The ingredients are awful! It’s made from nothing but industrial waste! Every single ingredient in this food is a nutritionally devoid by-product of some sort of milling or slaughter house. Those are just facts. Whether your dog seems to be doing well on it or not is immaterial. The review is based solely on the FACTS that they have printed right on the bag. If scientists concocted a way for me to survive off of dirty toilet water and yak cud, I wouldn’t eat it. Even if they showed me a dozen other people “doing great” on eating it, I still wouldn’t. Some things are just trash.

  • http://SouthernLegendsPlantation.com Ronnie Boyce

    Mike ,good reading! And realistically other dog foods may not list all that is considered bad in their products. At any rate our working dogs have been on Black Gold for about a year now, they look better, their coats are in great shape, they have more energy, and we feed less. Their stools are solid and easier to manage, and there is less of it. And in the field last year, they had more go power in them. WE have Pointers, German Short Hairs, English Setters, Brittanies and Labrador Retrievers. One of our Expert Quail Guides, Scott Nelson suggested this and we have been very pleased with it. As well we were pleased with the Racing Flag brand, but were priced out of their market with their steep increases, with their top of the line product, went to antoher, and then to Black Gold. Several Vets who hunt with us were impressed as well with our Gun Dogs and their physical condition..
    Ronnie Boyce-Huntmaster- Southern Legends Plantation

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Brooke… I got all the info on this product right off Black Gold’s own package. Nowhere else. The ingredients speak for themselves.

  • Brooke

    all of my dogs are on black gold and ive had great results. i dont know where you got your info on this product but my dogs love it. Their coat, stool, and health is great. I give them 10 stars as well.

  • Houndhuntress

    Im not sure were you are finding your info…..but everything that i have looked into on this food has been great! We have 8 dogs on this food and they perform great for us in the woods and events. Their energy level is great, coats shine, health is great. It really helps with the clean up of kennels with solid stools and less to pick up! We have ages from 10 months – 14years old walker hounds, bloodhound, german shepards. Blackgold is also very easy to get a hold of if you ever have any questions. So we give them 10 stars!

  • Tony

    I will tell you I have raised, trained and showed dogs for 40 years, all types hunting dogs tracking bloodhounds and just pets. I have tried every diet and every dog fod. Black Gold is by far the best I have used. My dogs perform better have a better coat and are in better health. The comment I just read sounds like someone is pushing thier brand of food and probabely not tried Black Gold. The only issue I have with Black Gold is how the company Handles the distributors they just don’t care .

  • sANDRA REICHERT

    WHY THAN DOES OUR 13 ages 1 to 13 year old ADULTS AND PUPPIES DO SO WELL ON THIS COMPARE TO THE BETTER BRANDS, coats,bowels,energy and weight all great