Best Dog Foods for Golden Retrievers

Golden Retriever Waiting for the Best Dog Food

What’s the Best Dog Food for
a Golden Retriever?

When choosing the best dog food for your golden retriever, it’s critically important to consider whether your pet is a puppy… or an adult.

That’s because…

Golden retriever puppies have a greater risk of developing a debilitating form of hip dysplasia than smaller breeds… unless they’re fed a diet containing an amount of calcium that’s safe for large breed puppies.1

So, if you’re feeding a golden retriever puppy, please consider choosing a dog food from our best large breed puppy foods page.

On the list below…

The Dog Food Advisor research team has uncovered 10 top brands that meet or exceed nutrient guidelines2 for adult golden retrievers.

Including a few considered safe for both puppies and adults.

We’ve also listed some of our best grain-inclusive recipes and best grain-free dog foods to satisfy your personal preferences.

Buying tip: Some 4-star dog foods may actually be superior to 5-star brands when you also take into account the companies that produce them… and their prices.

Best Dog Foods
for Golden Retrievers

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top 10 best dog food brands for golden retrievers for October 2019.


Health Extension Grain-Free Chicken and Turkey Dog Food

Health Extension Grain-Free Chicken and Turkey Dog Food

Rating:

Health Extension Grain-Free Chicken and Turkey is one of 6 recipes included in our review of the Health Extension Grain-Free dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Organic deboned chicken, chicken meal, deboned turkey, turkey meal, potatoes
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Golden retriever adults and puppies
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Health Extension Grain-Free Chicken and Turkey derives the bulk of its meat protein from deboned poultry and poultry meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 30% protein, 20% fat and 42% estimated carbs… which produces a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

A superior, all life stages dog food. Highly recommended.

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Horizon Complete Large Breed Adult

Rating:

Horizon Complete Large Breed Adult is one of 4 recipes included in our review of the Horizon Complete dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, whole grain barley, whole grain oats, chicken, whole grain rye
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (whole grain barley, whole grain oats, whole grain rye)
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adult goldens only (not for puppies)
  • See all 4 available recipes

This Horizon Complete recipe derives the bulk of its animal protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 31% protein, 13% fat and 48% estimated carbs… creating a fat-to-protein ratio of about 43%.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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Sport Dog Food Active Series Dock Dog Dry Kibble for Golden Retrievers

Sport Dog Food Active Series Dock Dog

Rating:

Sport Dog Food Active Series Dock Dog is one of 5 recipes included in our review of the Sport Dog Food Active Series dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Buffalo meal, oatmeal, dried sweet potato, pork meal, coconut oil
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (oatmeal)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Golden retriever adults and puppies
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Sport Dog Food Active Series Dock Dog derives the majority of its meat protein from buffalo meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 17% fat and 43% estimated carbs… which produces a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

An balanced, all life stages recipe. Highly recommended.

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Dr Garys Best Breed Field Dog Diet for Golden Retrievers

Dr. Gary’s Best Breed Field Dog Diet

Rating:

Dr. Gary’s Best Breed Field Dog Diet is one of 13 recipes included in our review of the Dr. Gary’s Best Breed dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, oatmeal, dried beet pulp, chicken fat
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (brown rice, oatmeal, brewers dried yeast)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Golden retriever adults and puppies
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Dr. Gary’s Best Breed Field Dog Diet derives the bulk of its meat protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 31% protein, 14% fat and 46% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 46%.

A top choice for all sporting dogs, including golden retrievers. Highly recommended.

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Wellness Complete Health Large Breed Adult Dog Food

Wellness Complete Health Large Breed Adult Dog Food

Rating:

Wellness Complete Health Large Breed Adult is one of 14 recipes included in our review of the Wellness Complete Health dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, ground brown rice, barley, peas
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (ground brown rice, barley, oats, oatmeal)
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adult goldens only (not for puppies)
  • See all 14 available recipes

Wellness Complete Health Large Breed Adult derives the bulk of its animal protein from chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 29% protein, 13% fat and 50% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 46%.

A classic design for adult golden retrievers. Recommended with confidence.

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Eagle Pack Adult Large and Giant Breed Dog Food

Eagle Pack Adult Large and Giant Breed Dog Food

Rating:

Eagle Pack Adult Large and Giant Breed is one of 7 recipes included in our review of the Eagle Pack dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, pork meal, ground brown rice, oatmeal, rice
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (ground brown rice, oatmeal, rice, dehulled barley)
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adult goldens only (not for puppies)
  • See all 7 available recipes

Eagle Pack Adult Large and Giant Breed derives the majority of its meat protein from chicken meal and pork meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 28% protein, 13% fat and 51% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

An excellent, budget-friendly option. Easily recommended.

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Simply Nourish Large Breed Adult Healthy Weight Turkey and Brown Rice

Simply Nourish Large Breed Adult Turkey and Brown Rice Recipe

Rating:

Simply Nourish Large Breed Adult Turkey and Brown Rice is one of 13 recipes included in our review of the Simply Nourish dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, brown rice, oatmeal, dried peas
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (brown rice, oatmeal, rye flour)
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adult goldens only (not for puppies)
  • See all 13 available recipes

Simply Nourish Large Breed Adult Turkey and Brown Rice derives most of its meat protein from turkey and turkey meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 29% protein, 15% fat and 48% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

A balanced, controlled-calorie recipe ideal for large breed adults. Highly recommended.

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Now Fresh Grain-Free Large Breed Adult Dog Food

Now Fresh Large Breed Adult Dog Food

Rating:

Now Fresh Large Breed is one of 13 recipes included in our review of the Now Fresh dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: De-boned turkey, whole dried egg, potatoes, peas, potato flour
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adult goldens only (not for puppies)
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Now Fresh Large Breed derives the bulk of its meat protein from deboned turkey. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 30% protein, 14% fat and 48% estimated carbs… creating a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

A balanced, large breed dog food ideal for adult golden retrievers. GMO-free, too. Recommended with confidence.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Large Breed Adult Kibble

Chicken Soup for the Soul Large Breed Adult Dog Food

Rating:

Chicken Soup for the Soul Large Breed Adult is one of 7 recipes included in our review of the Chicken Soup for the Soul dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, turkey, chicken meal, turkey meal, cracked pearled barley
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (barley, brown rice, oatmeal, white rice, millet)
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adult goldens only (not for puppies)
  • See all 7 available recipes

Chicken Soup for the Soul Large Breed Adult derives the bulk of its animal protein from poultry and poultry meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 27% protein, 14% fat and 51% estimated carbs… which yields a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

An affordable, protein-rich recipe ideal for large breed adults. Highly recommended.

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Canidae Grain-Free Pure Ancestral Red Meat Formula

Canidae Grain-Free Pure Ancestral Red Meat Formula

Rating:

Canidae Grain-Free Pure Ancestral Red Meat is one of 4 recipes included in our review of the Canidae Grain-Free Pure Ancestral dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Lamb, goat, goat meal, wild boar meal, pork meal
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: Adult goldens only (not for puppies)
  • See all 4 available recipes

Canidae Grain-Free Pure Ancestral Red Meat derives the majority of its animal protein from lamb and goat, as well as goat, wild boar and pork meals. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 31% protein, 15% fat and 46% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

A quality, high-protein recipe. Highly recommended.

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References

  1. Lauten SD, Nutritional Risks to Large Breed Dogs: From Weaning to the Geriatric Years, Vet Clin Small Anim 36 (2006) 1345–1359.
  2. AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles, Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2018 Official Publication, pages 155-159.