Q:

What do golden retrievers eat?

A:

Quick Answer

Adult golden retrievers should eat 2 to 3 cups of premium dog food per day. Look for brands high in animal proteins with the primary source of fats coming from animal fats and low or minimal amounts of grains. Avoid dog food that contains animal byproducts and artificial additives. Apples, carrots and broccoli can be fed as snacks.

Know More

Full Answer

The exact amount of food a golden retriever needs each day is dependent on age, metabolism, health and activity level. When puppies are between 4 to 7 months old, they grow rapidly. To avoid developing bone disorders, they should eat high-quality and low-calorie foods to prevent them from growing too quickly. Determine how much puppies should eat by feeling their ribs; they should be easily found by running hands along their sides.

Golden retrievers should always have access to cool, fresh water. Avoid letting them free feed, and train them to eat on a schedule. Puppies generally eat three times per day, while adults are often limited to twice per day. The transition from eating puppy food to adult dog food usually occurs between 12 to 20 weeks, which is when puppies typically start to lose interest in puppy food or stop finishing their meals.

Learn more about Dogs

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What colors can a golden retrievers be?

    A:

    Golden retrievers can come in dark golden, golden and light golden shades. These are the only three breed standard colors recognized by the American Kennel Club. The AKC does not recognize any alternate color patterns for the breed.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Are Golden Retrievers good dogs?

    A:

    According to PetGuide.com, a Golden Retriever makes a perfect family pet or companion. Golden Retrievers are intelligent, eager to please and usually patient and gentle with children. Because of their intelligence, they can be trained to fulfill many roles.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do golden retrievers have black tongues?

    A:

    Golden retrievers can have partially black tongues. While the Chow Chows and Shar-Peis are commonly-known breeds with fully black tongues, many other purebred dogs, or dogs with mixed heritage, can have black spots or sections on their tongues.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do golden retrievers shed?

    A:

    Golden Retrievers shed heavily during the winter and summer months. Golden Retrievers shed moderately in the fall and spring. Owners can help reduce shedding with proper grooming.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore