Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Labrador Retrievers are beautiful, active and handsome dogs with good health, but with digestive features. One of the main problems is good appetite, which, if over-fed, can lead to obesity of the individual. And this entails problems with joints and hair. Manufacturers of ready-made feeds, when formulating the formulation, take into account the characteristics of the Labrador organism and select the optimal composition of croquettes, their shape and size.
We present a ranking of the 8 best food for Labradors. When compiling it, we took into account the composition, energy value of the product, as well as the opinions of dog owners.
- Rating of the best food for Labradors
- Advance Labrador Adult
- Acana Grass-Fed Lamb
- Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Adult, for Labrador Retrievers over 15 months old
- Eukanuba Breed Specific Dry Dog Food For Labrador Retriever
- Belcando Junior Maxi for large and giant breed puppies from 3 to 18 months
- Hill's Nature's Best Canine Adult Large Breed / Giant dry
- Almo nature holistic “Beef” for adult dogs of large breeds
- Purina® PRO PLAN® Optiderma for skin and coat health, salmon with rice
Rating of the best food for Labradors
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price per kg.|
|Rating of the best food for Labradors||1||Advance Labrador Adult||320 RUB|
|2||Acana Grass-Fed Lamb||RUB 550|
|3||Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Adult dry food, for Labrador Retriever dogs over 15 months||460 RUB|
|4||Eukanuba Breed Specific Dry Dog Food For Labrador Retriever||358 r|
|5||Belcando Junior Maxi for large and giant breed puppies from 3 to 18 months||RUB 400|
|6||Hill's Nature's Best Canine Adult Large Breed / Giant dry||RUB 350|
|7||Almo nature holistic “Beef” for adult dogs of large breeds||340 RUB|
|8||Purina® PRO PLAN® Optiderma for skin and coat health, salmon with rice||RUB 300|
Advance Labrador Adult
Advance Labrador Adult is sought after by Labrador Retriever breeders in Europe. It is fully adapted for the health of individuals of this breed of dogs from the age of 2 years. The main ingredient of the composition is chicken in the form of fresh meat (17%) and dehydrated poultry protein, easily digestible by the pet's digestive tract. The developers took into account the absence of allergies in healthy retrievers, therefore the main plant component of the feed is barley, rich in protein and the necessary amount of valuable BJU. In addition to this cereal, the composition contains corn, wheat and maize flour, fresh peas and maize. Hydrolyzed and fresh fat, including fish oil, was used as a source of animal fats. The value of the product is increased by egg powder, yeast, protein, beet pulp and mineral supplements. The calorie intake is balanced for a standard sized dog with sufficient activity. Advance Labrador Adult helps maintain healthy cardiovascular health and joints, and most importantly, the weight of the animal. Moreover, the correct dosage of a portion can help burn subcutaneous fat and transform it into the necessary energy. The share of protein is 29%, fat is only 14%. Breeders report good feed acceptance and no adverse side effects.
- natural composition;
- weight loss and maintenance program;
- no side effects.
- not suitable for individuals with gluten allergies.
Acana Grass-Fed Lamb
On the second place of the review is the complete dry food Acana Grass-Fed Lamb for adult Labrador retrievers. Half of its composition is a New Zealand lamb, and the manufacturer uses the whole carcass – muscle tissue, sub-products, cartilage are used. So, the liver is very attractive to taste, even fastidious dogs. There is also a lot of fiber in the product, which contributes to comfortable and problem-free digestion – apple, pumpkin, seaweed, legumes and other plant components. The manufacturer also included some vitamins vital for the animal.
Dogs generally accept Acana Grass-Fed Lamb well, and owners report an improvement in the condition of the animal's coat and teeth. In addition, the product is suitable for dogs allergic to cereal gluten.
The proportion of proteins has been increased to 31%, and the average fat is 15%.
- lack of cereals in the composition;
- 50% fresh and freeze-dried meat;
- A minimum of artificial additives.
- Not defined.
Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Adult, for Labrador Retrievers over 15 months old
Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Adult is a complete balanced food designed to stabilize and maintain the normal weight of Labradors from 1.3 years old, provided they are sufficiently active. The composition is selected taking into account the need to support joints and dense thick wool. The feed contains a balanced amount of protein – 30% and fat – 13%. The composition is based on poultry meat. Royal Canin products are generally not very natural, this feed is no exception – animal protein is used in a dehydrated form, which somewhat reduces its value. In sufficient quantities, the manufacturer added fish oil and a natural source of glucosamine – a hydrolyzate from the shell of crustaceans. Note the absence in the composition of cereals – from plant components used corn, rice, vegetables. Of the alarming components, we note only corn gluten, but in Labrador retrievers, it is extremely rare to be allergic to it.
Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Adult is a croquetted food that is shaped to reduce the rate at which the dog feeds, allowing the pet to eat less and avoid overeating.
- Harmonious composition for the digestive tract;
- Optimal feed price;
- Convenient croquettes that reduce the rate at which the dog can eat.
- Contains dehydrated meat.
Eukanuba Breed Specific Dry Dog Food For Labrador Retriever
Eukanuba food is rapidly gaining popularity among professional breeders and amateur dog breeders, so our review included Breed Specific Dry Dog Food For Labrador Retriever. It contains a special component L-carnitine, which helps to reduce the weight of the animal and maintain the optimal body weight of the pet.
It is based on dehydrated poultry meat and animal proteins, which are easily digestible and do not burden the digestive tract. The manufacturer added protein hydrolysates as a flavor enhancer, egg white and fish oil, and crustacean shell extract. The composition contains wheat and barley, rice and plant fiber. Mineral supplements are not declared on the packaging, but the mineralogical analysis on the packaging shows the content of vitamins and microelements in sufficient quantities.
The Eukanuba Breed Specific Dry Dog Food for Labradors has one of the shortest formulations – the manufacturer used only the necessary ingredients, which is a good indicator for the digestion of the animal. True, protein in the diet is less than that of the previously considered products – only 23%, lipids – 13%.
- Prevention of obesity and heart problems;
- Short natural composition;
- Reduced calories
- L-carnitine in the composition.
- Reduced amount of protein.
Belcando Junior Maxi for large and giant breed puppies from 3 to 18 months
The next non-specialized food of the holistic class Belcando Junior Maxi in our review, suitable for puppies of large and giant breeds from 3 to 1.5 years. Labrador Retriever owners use it not only for feeding puppies, but also for older young individuals.
The composition of the food is selected taking into account the needs of the growing body of the dog, it includes a vitamin and mineral complex, and natural components are used as a source of these substances – yeast, meat hydrolysates, oils and animal fats, vegetables. The basis of the product is poultry meat: chicken, turkey, duck and fish. The main plant components are rice, corn, oats. The share of protein in Belcando Junior Maxi is 23.5%, of which 75 are meat and fish, easily digestible and not burdening the digestion. The absence of gluten minimizes the risk of allergies and is favorable for the formation of a complete digestive system of the Labrador. Breeders speak positively about Belcando Junior Maxi food, noting good acceptance by pets. The only drawback is the high price, about 60 rubles. per 100 grams, but if you follow the feeding regimen and dosing of portions, it turns out not so expensive for a holistic-class feed.
- Natural composition;
- No gluten;
- Meat and fish in the composition;
- Suitable not only for Labradors.
- High price.
Hill's Nature's Best Canine Adult Large Breed / Giant dry
Hill’s Nature’s Best Canine Adult Large Breed / Giant dry is another non-specialized food designed for giant and large dog breeds, which include Labradors. The ingredients are selected in such a way that the digestive system of such dogs is not loaded, and assimilation occurs in a favorable way without obesity of the animal, because in case of excess weight, the cardiovascular system and joints suffer.
Hill’s Nature’s Best Canine Adult Large Breed / Giant dry food is the first in the review, the main share of which is plant components: corn and brown rice, barley and oats, vegetables. The meat components are poultry flour (28% of the total composition) and fat. Additional ingredients – oil, grape squeeze. Antioxidants help boost your dog's immunity.
Despite the very modest composition, Hill's Nature's Best Canine Adult Large Breed / Giant dry food is in great demand among Labrador owners for several reasons: relatively low price, good digestibility and a good effect on the quality of wool and the well-being of pets. The share of protein – 23%, fat – 14.3%.
- Easily digestible feed;
- Composition balanced in terms of BJU and calories;
- Affordable price of about 390 rubles per kg.
- Mostly herbal composition;
- High allergenicity – a lot of gluten.
Almo nature holistic “Beef” for adult dogs of large breeds
This super premium food is made for dogs of all large breeds. The main components are meat and derivatives of beef and other animals, lipids, and plant components are cereals and rice, chicory inulin, vegetable protein extracts, oils, yeast and some mineral additives. The manufacturer has revealed in detail the mineralogical composition; it fully meets the needs of the body of an adult healthy Labrador retriever. Proteins in the total mass 25%, fats – 14%.
Almo Nature Holistic “Beef” food is suitable even for picky dogs and pets with food allergies, but it is necessary to take into account the presence of gluten in the composition. The attractive taste is provided by natural ingredients, the manufacturer did not use synthetic additives and flavors, and the freshness of the product is preserved due to natural antioxidants – rosemary oil. The meat ingredients used meet the Human Grade standard (for animals and humans).
- Super-holistic class food;
- Lack of synthetic components in the composition;
- Suitable for picky dogs.
- Not defined.
Purina® PRO PLAN® Optiderma for skin and coat health, salmon with rice
Purina Pro Plan Optiderma can be purchased for all large to medium sized dogs, especially those with skin sensitivity and digestive problems. The combination of Optiderma nutrients is special – it has a gentle effect on the epidermis, hair follicles and the digestive system of the animal, promotes comfortable absorption of food, shiny coat and reduces skin irritation. However, we note that the food is not a drug, but can be prescribed by a veterinarian to stabilize the state of the Labrador and maintain it. The product is also used when weight loss is required under medical supervision.
The basis of the composition is whole ocean salmon, rich in fats and valuable protein, which is well absorbed by the dog's body to the maximum. It practically does not cause allergies, does not burden digestion. There is no digestive gluten in the composition, plant components are rice, corn, vegetables, oils and oxidants. With a natural composition, the feed is quite inexpensive – on average, about 300 rubles / kg.
Purina® PRO PLAN® Optiderma is high in protein – 29%, more fat than in the previously reviewed feeds – 18%, so the dosage must be strictly observed.
- High quality salmon protein;
- Stabilization of the condition of the dog in case of problems of the gastrointestinal tract, skin and coat;
- Natural composition.
- Not defined.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.