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25 Best Golden Retriever Puppy Foods

Written by: Z


Z is a Special Project Coordinator of HomeLife Media and a writer for She has 3 dogs namely Skye, Luna, and one of them is a rescue, named Tesla.Read more
| Published on January 19, 2023
Choosing a food for your new golden retriever puppy can be confusing! While good advice can be gleaned from your rescue, breeder, or veterinarian, there are a wide range of opinions about which puppy food is best and you may receive contradictory advice. We asked our 800,000 member golden retriever community on facebook the following question: “What food did you feed your golden retriever puppy?” We received hundreds of replies, and summarized the top responses below.
Please be sure to consult your veterinarian before making any health changes to your golden retriever puppy’s diet. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

25 Best Foods for a Golden Retriever Puppy

Purina One Large Breed puppy

Author: Jim R.

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We use Royal Canin that is specifically for golden adults. Our dog has sensitive skin…our vet recommended this for her skin. It has been good so far.

Author: Sue S.

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Purina pro plan lamb and oatmeal has been the best for my golden. She has allergies and was on other expensive foods that caused her DCM. Changed to the Purina and she does great. Also she will be 12 years in April

Author: Pamela B.

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My vet recommended Science Diet Large Breed Puppy.

Author: Marilyn L.

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It’s your fur baby, I used purina puppy chow and mixed some cottage cheese with it and I have had a lot of high breed puppies from saint’s, Golden’s and black lab’s all healthy and lived long happy lives, don’t fall for the more expensive food look at the ingredients! No wheat, gluten corn meal, no dyes of any kind! Or you can make your own food congratulations on your new fur Baby

Author: Sandra R.

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We’ve had two goldens who were always given Pedigree their entire lives, both canned and dry, on the recommendation of our first vet. But my son’s golden has a sensitive stomach, and that one gets Hill’s Science Diet dry.

Author: Rick K.

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I used Iams puppy up to senior plus. My golden lived almost 16 years!

Author: Doreen C.

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My 12 year old golden has a chicken allergy & we feed her Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach & Skin.

Author: Jodi Mackenthun F.

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i’ve had good luck with our goldens and lab with Nutro Ultra

Author: Kariane D.

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I used Rachel rays for my golden. She is still on it and loves it every minute

Author: Shawna S.

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Dogs are not meant to eat corn, others fillers, preservatives etc. They are designed to thrive on meat, period. Raw is best but if you’re buying a dog food and beef, venison, etc is not the number one ingredient, you are feeding an unhealthy, cancer promoting diet. If the list is a mile long with ingredients you cant even pronounce, you are feeding an unhealthy diet. Cancer rates in dogs are higher than they have ever been. After we lost our Golden to a sinus tumor I did a lot of research. Diet is key. I feed a mixture of raw, cooked beef etc, high quality canned. There are some good dry dog foods but Pedigree is not one of them. Fromm is one that I leave out for them if they choose to eat it. I refill it maybe every 3 weeks and we have 3 large dogs. Our new family member is a Golden. They are the best.

Author: Gia L.

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Purina Large Breed Puppy Chow! Do not use any grain free diet…will cause DCM. Just the puppy chow will be good.

Author: Justin M.

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Opinion will always be conflicted, you gotta start trying to see what works better for your dog. I tried so many brands but now i just make home cooked meals, chicken with veggies or fish fillets with veggies, i change the protein every week and he loves it. His coat is shinier no more skin allergies and that makes me happy.

Author: Nelson B.

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I had 5 Goldens and 1 Husky all ate Purina one all lived long lives and healthy.

Author: Lynn Catania C.

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We used Science Diet for all of my Golden’s 14 1/2 years. First the large breed puppy food, then large breed adult.

Author: Carol W.

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I used Blue Buffalo and would add canned UNSALTED green beans or carrots.

Author: Maryanne D.

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Honest Kitchen chicken is good for all ages. My Goldens have loved it for years. Raw dehydrated.

Author: Priscilla I.

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We use Hills Science Diet for sensitive stomach and skin. Our pup (6 year old golden) loves it, it keeps her coat beautiful and her poop is perfect! We tried other brands over many years and were having an issue with the food we were using (ratty tail and loose poop). Our vet suggested Hills and within weeks Gabi did a complete turn around. She always gets complements on her beautiful coat and feathering. We recommended it happily to all golden parents.

Author: Patti H.

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Orijen!! No fillers what so ever. No potatoe, corn, by- products. My dogs love it!!

Author: Lorraine V.

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Fromm Puppy and added cooked unsalted frozen peas, carrots, or green beans. For a treat I added a cooked egg cooked in a touch of olive oil. My golden has a great coat and super healthy at 4 1/2 years old

Author: Michele S.

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Blue Wilderness! Our dog had very sensitive skin in which he lost a significant amount of hair. He was eating a Vet prescribed hydrolyzed protein dog food for several years. We decided to try Blue Wilderness. After he had been eating this for about 4 to 6 months, we noticed his hair was growing back. Woohoo, we are so happy!

Author: Lori S.

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I fed our Golden Nutri Source his whole life. He lived to 15 and was never too fat or too thin He was never sick and didn’t look old when he finally was.

Author: Lynn B.

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4 Health large breed puppy and add raw kibble. You’ll want something that has the nutritional needs of a quickly growing puppy.

Author: Lisa F.

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Victor beef and brown rice. All 3 my goldens lived to 15 yrs and it was leg issues not cancer

Author: Pat B.

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We fed our first Golden Canadae because she couldn’t eat corn and was recommended by our dog trainer. She lived to be 13 and we feed our current Golden Canadae. Both have done well on it.

Author: Pat Kremer L.

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As always, be sure to consult your veterinarian before making any health changes to your golden retriever’s food. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links above may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

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