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Goldendoodle Foods

The 5 Best Goldendoodle Foods


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Okay, I know what you guys are saying – “Ash, you’ve told us time and again that designer dogs are undesirable (see 9 Weeks to Whelping and The Truth About Designer Dogs), so why in the world are you even giving space to something like a Goldendoodle?

Well, Goldendoodles are not technically designer dogs. They’re not dogs that have been bred, and inbred, and inbred again for undesirable characteristics like ridiculously small size, which is only going to lead to your veterinarian not even wanting to treat your dog because its organs are so freakishly small.

A Goldendoodle is actually a crossbreed. I’ve owned crossbreeds in my life, and found them very lovely dogs. In fact, Doberman/Boxer crosses were what led me to my love of purebred Boxers. There’s a far cry between breeding two different types of dogs for desirable characteristics, and breeding them for pure freakishness. If you’re breeding to create brachycephalic dogs, or dogs whose feet are so close to the floor that if they gain so much as a pound they can’t walk properly, or to create other defects that idiots somehow find desirable, then that’s wrong.

But if you’re breeding to get the best of both breeds, as seems to be the case with the Goldendoodle, then you get a pass. The poodle is a noble dog, especially in its “Standard” incarnation. The Golden Retriever is an outstanding dog. Combined, the good just gets better.

So, if you got yourself a Goldendoodle, then good on you! There are few hybrids more pleasing. Now, you’re wondering how to care for your Goldendoodle. Well, it’s kind of a new thing, since Goldendoodles are one of the newer mixes, and sometimes this means that identifying the best Goldendoodle foods might be a bit of process.

Feeding Your Goldendoodle

So, how do you feed your Goldendoodle? My vet and I are not exactly on the same side when it comes to feeding. We sort of tend to agree to disagree, because what I do is throw a bunch of generic food into a basin and then let my guys have at it. I don’t measure; I don’t put out separate bowls. And I don’t make a big deal out of feeding.

My vet thinks that’s a big deal, LOL! Stephen, if you’re reading this, go back to being an animal doctor and leave me alone!

Anyway, as I was saying, I don’t sweat the food, but I know that some people do. So, with that in mind, I’m going to offer up the foods and treats that most owners of Goldendoodles think are best for their dogs.

1. Wellness Natural Original Chicken

Wellness Natural Original Chicken is a grain-free recipe that is made from all-natural foods. It is grain-free, and heavy on protein, combined with real veggies and loaded with essential minerals and vitamins. It’s fully green, too, so if you’re worried about your dog not getting natural nutrients, you can put that to rest.

2. Marrow Roasts

Marrow Roasts make great treats. They’re made from natural grains and dogs love them!

3. Flavor Name: Original Turkey & Chicken

The best foods for dogs are natural foods, and brown rice and turkey is the best. Try Flavor Name: Original Turkey & Chicken for a taste sensation that will please your dog and provide him with all the nutrition he needs. This dog food is absolutely grain free, and provides a full, balanced meal for your dog. If you’re concerned about finding meat byproducts, wheat, soy or corn in your dog’s food, you won’t find them in this product. There are also no artificial flavors or preservatives.

4. Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dry Dog Food

Wellness Core dry dog food contains probiotics and fiber, both of which are proven to promote good digestive health in our dog. This food contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that are designed to promote resistance to disease and deliver a shiny coat, healthy teeth and gums, and good ocular health. Because this food is so high in protein, it promotes lean muscle mass, too. It also contains antioxidants from natural vegetables and fruits that will promote our dog’s overall health, and it contains 80% more meat than most other dog foods.

More About CORE

I typically just feed Janice and Leroy generic dog food and toss a multivitamin into their diet from time to time. My vet is in full agreement with me on that. In fact, the only thing we disagree on when it comes to feeding is that Stephen thinks I should be feeding on a schedule, whereas I free-feed. If you do want to feed a specific food, though, I recommend CORE products. It’s good, safe nutrition for your dog.

CORE offers a number of dry dog foods formulated for specific needs. Adult dogs that are not breeding can benefit from one type of food, and there are other foods that are specifically formulated for bitches that have been bred or who are nursing. Then, when the puppies are born, CORE has specific foods for them.

Most of the time, your dog will not overeat on any CORE diet. You might need to watch a bit, though, to see if the eating patterns need to be adjusted, and, of course, you should always provide your dog with access to fresh water at all times. With a good diet and plenty of exercise, and, of course, regular checkups from your veterinarian, your dog can live a long, healthy life.

What About Transitioning?

If you are changing your dog from one diet to another, it is important to do it slowly. Your dog’s body is going to need a bit of time to adjust to the new nutrient level. So if you’re changing from one type of dog food to another that might have a higher nutrient level, mix the new food into the old food for a few days. By the end of the week, you should have the dog on the new food.

When switching foods, it’s important to make sure that your dog does not have allergies to the new food, so again, take it slow.

Read the Nutrient Lists

One thing that you should always keep in mind when considering the best Goldendoodle foods is that the nutrient lists on your bag of dog food often don’t mean all that much. You might see, for instance, that one dog food brand is very high in protein, and of course, that is very good for your dog. But if it’s low in other nutrients, it might not be among the best Goldendoodle foods. Many dog foods, for instance, are very high in Vitamin C, and you might think that’s a good thing. I’m not saying that it isn’t, but the thing is, Vitamin C is not an essential nutrient for your Goldendoodle. So a food that is really high in Vitamin C, but lower in other nutrients, might not be the best thing.

About Moisture

Regular readers know that I use generic food for Janice and Leroy. But something that I saw at the store the other day kind of gave me pause. There was this massive bag of dog food, twice the size of what I usually buy, and so much cheaper! I read the outside label, and it all looked like it was pretty much the same thing as I always feed my guys. But then when I looked at the nutrition label on the side, I discovered that this bag of dog food that seemed to be every bit as good as what I was already feeding had, as its weight, about three times more moisture than my regular dog food. In other words, I’d have been paying for water.

So, before you go “Hey, that’s a great deal!” look at what you’re paying for. I can get my dogs water out of the tap at no charge, and I don’t want to be paying for it in my dog food.

The Final Word

Your dog food is only as good as its nutrient content. Expensive dog food is not necessarily better than cheap dog food. So what you need to do is read the label and find out if you’re paying for actual nutrients, or if you’re paying for fillers and water.

I’m not compulsive when it comes to nutrition on dog food bags, because I know that almost any dog food is just fine. But I will not pay a premium price for fillers, and neither should you. The best Goldendoodle foods are most of the time neither more nor less than you would feed any other dog, so proceed accordingly. Just make sure that your Goldendoodle has the best food he can enjoy, but don’t feel like you have to go nuts with it.

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