Golden Retrievers

Raw Feeding for Golden Retrievers: Maximizing Health and Longevity

Golden Retriever standing on edge of cliff looking out over forest.

Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and it's easy to see why - their friendly demeanor and loyalty make them a beloved family pet. From choosing the right type of food to managing portion sizes and incorporating healthy treats, understanding your Golden's nutritional needs can help ensure a long and happy life for your furry friend.

A breed like Golden Retrievers known for their lustrous coats and high energy need the proper nutrients to maintain shiny fur and healthy joints. Raw diets like Huntaway provide a good source of Vitamin E, which can help improve a dog’s coat and skin health, while ingredients like bone and omega-3 fatty acids support joint and cartilage health.

Headshot of Golden Retriever.

Why Huntaway?

Whole Ingredients

Our dog food is a biologically appropriate balance of venison meat, offal, and bone. Our recipe also includes healthy fruits and vegetables such as swiss chard, kelp and beets. For dogs that are prone to dental disease and cancer, having ingredients like parsley can help support fresh breath, and polyphenol rich vegetables can reduce oxidative stress or inflammation in the body. You can read more about our ingredients.

In addition to being a wonderful balance of foods for your dog, venison is a hypoallergenic and novel protein. A novel protein is a variety of protein that has not dominated our food system for a long time (like beef, pork, chicken and turkey). For Golden Retrievers who suffer from allergies, this can be a great option since their immune systems are less likely to have a reaction to a novel protein over a conventional one.

Huntaway raw dog food contains no grain, soy, wheat, corn, GMO’s, hormones or antibiotics.

Simple to Portion

Our raw dog food comes in 3 ounce cubes. This makes portioning easy for your pup. 

Additionally, there is an option for subscriptions to make sure you never run out. You can choose between Small, Medium and Large boxes, set to arrive every 1-8 weeks.

Earth Friendly

Our wild venison are an invasive species in New Zealand. 

They disrupt the local environment and farm land, and currently do not have any natural predators, resulting in the population growing rapidly. By mindfully harvesting this species, and making sure no part of the animal goes to waste, there is a reduced amount of stress on the surrounding ecosystem. You can read more about our sustainable practices

Golden Retriever at the beach.

Making the Switch for your Golden Retriever

Regardless of if you’re switching your dog to raw entirely or using Huntaway as a topper, we recommend introducing raw food over approximately four weeks. To portion, you can calculate 2-3% of your dog’s body weight, which is the general recommendation for how much to feed in ounces. Please note that this is a starting point, and should be adjusted based on activity level. For puppies or lactating dogs, please consult your vet for guidance.

To serve, put portions in the refrigerator to thaw for around 12 hours. Similarly to other raw meat, handle with care, keep Huntaway separate from your other food, and make sure to wash surfaces and bowls thoroughly with soap and warm water after your dog is finished eating. Any food that is not consumed within 30 minutes should be discarded.

Golden Retriever in the long grass as the sun sets.

If you're thinking about introducing Huntaway to your Golden Retriever, scroll down to purchase or email us at with any questions.

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