The best dog food for Golden Retrievers | Scratch Dog Food

Dog Food For Golden Retrievers

With tons of energy, large (and fast-growing) bones and a higher-chance of hip and joint issues than other breeds, the perfect Golden Retriever dog food is high in quality meat protein, well balanced and low in inflammatory ingredients.

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Golden Retriever Eating

Is your Golden Retriever’s grub doing them justice? 

The perfect Goldie grub should keep them going all day, supporting their stacks of energy without the crash. They need a rich mix of oils to nourish their skin & coat, prone to dryness. Most importantly, they need the perfect nutritional balance to keep them growing safely, from puppyhood right through to the golden oldies.

Scratch has helped thousands of Goldies thrive thanks to:


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Using low-inflammation food without all the processing

Why do so many modern dogs suffer from skin & stomach issues? Cheap, powdered and over-processed ingredients are a common culprit. ‘Pet food meat’ is used in nearly every dog food out there, and is typically the lowest quality option (often with more bone and carcass than meat and organs).

Scratch uses meat from the human food supply chain and tops off each recipe with healthy oils for a resilient gut, shiny coat and tough immune system.

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A magic 4-oil blend to maintain the signature Goldie coat

Healthy, hearty sources of Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids to keep your Goldie’s coat in tip-top shape, reduce shedding and moisturise flaky skin.

Scratch includes stacks (15-16%) of nourishing fat from salmon, coconut, flaxseed and sunflower oils. Itchy skin and a dull coat becomes a thing of the past. 👋

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Avoiding the ingredients causing most sensitivities

Golden Retrievers require delicate diet handling. It’s common in the breed to experience a host of intolerances and food allergies, and to be – in general – more sensitive than the average pup.

Scratch kicks allergies to the curb with none of the common food triggers… the most frequent being dairy (17%), chicken (15%) and wheat (13%).

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Goldies should eat premium grub that caters to their sensitive skin, tummies and special dietary needs

Your dog’s food should be doing more than keeping them alive. It should be sustaining them with top-quality ingredients, cutting out filler and enriching their health with wholefoods.

Dry food, wet food, freshly prepared or home-cooked, most of the dog food brands out there miss the mark.

✅ Scratch is formulated by master qualified nutritionists to meet all the nutritional requirements Golden Retrievers need, as set out in the AAFCO guidelines

✅ Each recipe is chockfull of premium, human-grade meat and real veggies (not powdered crap)

✅ Sustain your Goldie all day with low-GI energy sources… rather than burning and crashing

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Freshly made, low-processed kibble that’s actually good for your dog

The majority of Aussie dogs eat dry dog food (or kibble) as part or all of their diet, but it turns out that a lot of it isn’t doing old mate any good.

Not because dry dog food is bad – that’s just the way it’s prepared – but because big dog food companies often do things on the cheap, using high GI ingredients, straight in/straight out fillers, and very little actual meat (plus additives so it lasts longer on supermarket shelves). Eaten regularly, this gets your woofer’s body out of whack and can cause short-term upset and long-term illness.

Scratch puts better ingredients in, and you get a healthier dog out. Pretty simple but business gets in the way. So, is dry dog food bad? No – much of it is but Scratch is the dry dog food should be.

Read more about our kibble philosophy

Why kibble vs. raw food, chilled food or freeze-dried food?

Dry dog food is the most convenient, preserved by dehydration and receives a quick temperature kill-step to ensure all microorganisms are eliminated.

Compare Scratch to:

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Raw food

Raw food diets are great as they have no processing, but it can be hard to get a complete and balanced diet from raw food alone. It also has other drawbacks like being fresh only for a few days, potential microorganisms such as e-coli, salmonella etc. Cooked protein is also easier to digest than raw.

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Wet food

Wet dog food is processed at a high temperature for a long period while sealed to ensure that all micro-organisms are killed. It generally tastes great but contains mostly water and a lot of gelling agents to make the gravy. The term ‘what goes in comes out’ applies well to wet food, and can be the culprit for less-than-ideal number 2s.

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Freeze-dried food

Freeze-dried grub is generally higher quality than a lot of the dog food out there, but comes with its own drawbacks. Freeze-drying alone isn’t an effective way to kill all pathogens, so carries similar risks to raw. It’s also crazy expensive.

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Or chilled food?

Like dry dog food, chilled dog food has the kill step to eradicate pathogens. It has a short shelf life and is often treated with a lot of preservatives to last the time from factory to home.

3 damn good recipes, all 100% suitable for puppy & adult Golden Retrievers

Turkey, Beef & Lamb

From $83 PER 8kg

Our most popular option for dogs of all ages - even large breed pups.

Sensitive Kangaroo

From $94 PER 8kg

For any woofer that can't seem to shake tummy, skin or joint issues.

Pasture-raised Lamb

From $92 PER 8kg

Clean, mean recipe full of hypoallergenic lamb and some nutritious ancient whole-grains. Great for very active dogs.

Scratch has what your Golden Retriever puppy needs to thrive

Growing up is tough work. Our Turkey, Lamb & Beef recipe is 100% nutritionally complete Golden Retriever puppy food. Their food needs to contain:

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A special calcium:phosphorus ratio

To support their rapid growth, from birth to adulthood.

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Tons of DHA

A chemical which plays an integral role to a puppy’s brain, central nervous system and overall development.

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Stacks of protein (from 24 to 30%)

And it’s all human-grade, premium and with low-processing.

…And keeps senior Golden Retrievers going long into the golden years

All three of our recipes are suitable to adult & senior Goldies. Scratch is packed full of features your senior Golden Retriever will benefit from, including:

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Gut and immune boosting ingredients 

Fight infection, deal with stress and protect from cancers later in life.

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Special additives for longterm health

Our grain-free kangaroo recipe even includes Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Collagen for extra joint support.

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Tailored feeding guide

Being overweight isn’t ideal at any age, but for seniors – prone to joint and ligament issues – it’s even more harmful. Take out the guesswork with a diet plan, personalised to your Golden.

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Scratch has helped 1000s of Goldens… and counting

Golden Retriever Pup

Barney thoroughly enjoys his food

I had bought into Scratch initially for my 4.5 year old golden retriever as he has gone off his existing food – I believe from a change of recipe / ingredient. After find out of about Scratch from a couple of other GR owners, I switched over and the transition was easy. Barney’s coat is great, he has loads of energy and throughly enjoys his food.

Thank you Scratch team

Lily is an elderly girl and has always had a sensitive tummy to commercial dry foods making her a bit smelly at times and her legs were getting stiff. I heard about Scratch online and was really interested in the idea of food to suit her conditions it made sense and I wanted to see if it could help Lily who was just not enjoying meal times anymore. I slowly switched her over mixing scratch with some rice and she’s back looking forward to her food with even a bounce in her step and with no tummy troubles And for me there’s no more lugging home heavy dog food bags as it’s delivered to my door in lovely packaging couldn’t be happier. Thank you Scratch team.

We wouldn’t go back now!

We’d been feeding our dogs home prepared raw food with the intention of just using Scratch in the morning. After not very long, we switched completely to Scratch. We found it difficult to get the balance right with raw and this lead to occasional upset stomachs. That’s completely disappeared with Scratch and our 8 year old Golden Retriever is happier, healthier and drools considerably, like he does for treats, for all of his meals now he loves Scratch that much. We’ve been feeding him vet recommended kibble for years, but we wouldn’t go back now. Thoroughly recommend Scratch to everyone.

4.9/5 Average Rating from
over 40,000 Aussie dogs

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