The Best Foods For A Labrador Retriever

Labradors are an active breed.

They need their time at the dog park or out hunting with you. Daily exercise is key for avoiding obesity and joint problems.

They also well-known for being greedy (you know what I’m talking about!).

Too many dog foods have a large number of fillers in them. Not only does your dog get less usable calories, but you end up feeding them more in order to keep them nourished.

If your lab has any kind of food intolerance or allergy, consider moving up to a hypoallergenic food.

1. Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula Dry Dog Food

Eukanuba Dry Dog food is specifically designed for labs. The formula contains antioxidants and the first ingredient is chicken (rather than chicken meal)

Although this is formulated specifically for the breed, this food will suit other large breed dogs such as Irish Water Spaniels and Retrievers including Flat and Curly-Coated, Golden and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

Eukanuba reduces plaque through the use of DentaDefense kibble bits that brush teeth while your dog is eating.

Joint health is supported with Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate and their immune system is strengthened through antioxidants like Vitamin E.

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2. Royal Canin Labrador Retriever

The Royal Canin has formula specifically for Labradors, and it not as expensive as you would expect (around $2 per pound when bought in bulk).

Labradors tend to be prone to weight gain – the Royal Canin kibble has particular shape to help slow down the speed of eating.

The protein is from chicken meal, and primary carb is from brown rice (new formula)

This formula is intended for pure breed Labrador Retrievers who are older than 15 months and weigh at least 30 lbs.

Along with at least an hour of activity every day, it is recommended that owners feed their lab an average of 4- 10 cups of Royal Canin Dry Dog Food per day.

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NOTE: If you have a Labrador puppy (aged up to 15 months), use the Royal Canin Puppy formula.

3. Wellness Complete Health Large Breed

While not specifically breed-focused, the large breed formula is a high end food suitable for Labradors.

Primary protein is deboned chicken, main carbs are peas, potatoes, and chick peas.

This formula is far superior to other foods with corn or grain-based fillers. It is not cheap, but is grain-free.

Wellness Complete meets the needs of these large breeds in by utilizing Glucosamine and Chondroitin to help with potential hip issues.

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4. Blue Buffalo Wilderness

Blue Buffalo is one of the best brands of dog food.

This is a hypoallergenic formula, so if your Labrador has any possible issues (itchy ears, skin, or runny stool, then this is the formula to choose.

This salmon-based formula is grain-free, has no corn or soy, nor any chicken by-product meals.

Pricewise this is the most expensive on the list, but is the best for your lab.

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5. Iams ProActive Health Labrador Retriever

Iams is a more general (rather than premium) brand of dog food, however this formula does have straight chicken as its primary protein source.

Carbs are predominantly corn-based (so not suitable for a dog with allergies)

It has about 25% protein and is free of wheat and soy.

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What Do You Choose?

For too long we have fed our dogs cheap foods. Because Labs will eat just about anything, it’s easy to presume that anything will do.

However, if you want your dog to live a long and healthy life, then spend some money on a really good-quality dry food.