Feeding Guide for Golden Retrievers

by Sreeraj Krishnan

Do you have Golden Retrievers that always act like they are on the brink of starvation? 

Well, Golden Retrievers are large, amiable, and adaptable dog breeds with a ravening appetite. You might have noticed that no matter how much food you put in their bowls, they are always hungry. They can eat a lot but it doesn’t mean you need to overfeed them. However, you can feed them in appropriate amounts with the help of proper diet charts.

Knowing how much food you can serve your golden retrievers can be a little tricky but is essential for their well-being. Golden Retrievers are prone to obesity and joint problems that can aggravate with inadequate feeding plans. So, you need to feed them well based on their age, activity levels, and weight.

Counting the Required Calories

Not all dog breeds require the same amount of nutrients from their diet. It is important to understand what type of diet and how many calories your dogs need. 

Golden Retrievers require a variety of foods that include all the building blocks of life, such as-

  • Proteins- You need to feed the meals with at least 30% amount of protein to Golden Retrievers in their daily diet. Golden Retrievers are large and active dogs that need a higher content of protein to maintain their muscular body. So, anything less is simply unacceptable. 
  • Fats- Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, when fed in the right amount not only help to reduce the fur loss but also make your pooch’s coat glossy and shiny. The ideal amount of fat to serve a Golden Retriever is approximately 12% to 18%.
  • Carbohydrates- The amount of carbs you can feed your dog varies according to their age and activity levels. The more active your dog, the higher amount of carbohydrates is required by their body.

Apart from this, Golden Retrievers also need a proper amount of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids from their diet. Also, avoid feeding your Golden Retriever with an excessive amount of table scraps or little treats to meet their hunger requirements. 

Golden Retriever Feeding Chart (only for adults)

The quality of food and proper feeding schedule, both play a fundamental role in your dog’s overall health and well-being. Golden Retrievers are extremely active dog breeds and you need to feed them according to their unique dietary requirements. 

Your Golden Retrievers need to be fed just the right combination of nutrients served in appropriate amounts to thrive and live a healthy life.

Refer to the mentioned charts to know of proper feeding guidelines for Golden Retrievers.

1.Feeding Guidelines by Weight

Golden Retrievers generally weigh from 55 to 75 pounds approximately. They reach their full height and weight when they are 12 to 18 months old. Their caloric needs also decrease as they reach between the age of 12 to 14 months.

The average weight of adult Golden Retrievers can range between- Males (30-34 kgs) and Females (25-32 kgs). For calculating the calories to serve them, you can refer to the given charts below-

Feeding charts based on weight for male Golden Retrievers-

Feeding Guide for Golden Retrievers, calorie calculator

Feeding charts based on weight for female Golden Retrievers-

Feeding Guide for Golden Retrievers, calorie calculator

2.Feeding Guidelines by Activity

Based on the activity levels, the caloric requirements also differ for every Golden Retriever. These can be categorized as-

Hyper/ Highly Active GR’s-

 Feeding Guide for Golden Retrievers, calorie calculator

For all the adult and active Golden Retrievers that perform heavy work, you are required to feed them approximately 1720 to 2046 calories per day. They need more calories to maintain their body weight and remain active.

Inactive GR’s-

 Feeding Guide for Golden Retrievers, calorie calculator

If your pooch is probably a couch potato, they will need 1360 to 1652 calories a day to keep their body healthy and fit.

Moderately Active GR’s- 

 Feeding Guide for Golden Retrievers, calorie calculator 

If your pooch loves to play and go on long walks, they need pretty more calories from their food too. A moderately active Golden Retriever requires 1540 to 1850 calories every day from their meals.

As your Goldie turns older, they become less active and need fewer calories. You need to feed them around 900 calories per day, served in two equal meals.

Create A Diet Chart for Your Golden Retriever Dogs

The values mentioned in the food chart can vary for every individual dog based on their weight, metabolism rate and energy levels. You know your Goldie’s more than anyone else, right? So, isn’t it better to calculate the feeding amount by yourself and then serve them to your pooch?

Refer to the calculator to find the appropriate amount of calories your Golden Retriever needs to grow healthy and furry.


The nutritional requirements of one Golden Retriever can differ from the other depending on their age, weight, and activity levels. You can refer to the mentioned calculator to see how many calories you can feed your Goldie. 

A healthy Golden Retriever needs their parents to provide them with the best care and good quality food. Always look out for the appropriate amounts of nutrients to feed your dogs so that they remain healthy and furry in the long run! 

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