What are the best diets to serve Golden Retrievers?
Golden retrievers have a tendency to scavenge for food, picking up almost every conceivable thing to taste and chew. That means you definitely need to read our articles on eliminating counter surfing and other ways of food foraging so you can eliminate these challenges.
To understand the Golden Retriever‘s dietary requirements, you first need to understand this breed’s evolution. The Golden Retriever evolved from the Labrador Retriever, and was first exposed to natural food products existing by the sea. Then, the Golden was originally bred as an outdoor working dog. That enabled her to snack while working long hours in the field. That means the breed is prone to both obesity (the constant snacking) and needs regular exercise. Keep the food as natural as possible to align with her evolution.
As for the amount and type of food, that will depend on the individual dog, but make sure you keep your Golden Retriever in good shape by measuring her food and feeding her twice a day, rather than leaving food out all the time. If you’re unsure whether she’s overweight, give her the eye test and hands-on test.
First, look down. You should be able to see a waist. Then place your hands on her back, thumbs along the spine, with the fingers spread downward. You should be able to feel but not see her ribs without having to press hard. If you can’t feel them, she needs less food and more exercise.
You’ll need to take special care if you’re raising a Golden puppy. These dogs grow very rapidly between the age of four and seven months, making them susceptible to bone disorders. They do well on a high-quality, low-calorie diet that keeps them from growing too fast.
Also, remember her evolution and keep it as natural as possible. Never give golden retrievers with food containing the meat byproducts such as the intestine, beaks, neck, or feet.