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Dr John Gold Review

Type of food

Complete dry extruded

Dog types

Working dogs

Breed sizes

Suitable for toy breed dogs
Adult weight 1-4kg. e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier
Suitable for small breed dogs
Adult weight 4-10kg. e.g. Beagle, Dachshund, Jack Russell
Suitable for medium breed dogs
Adult weight 10-25kg. e.g. Border Collie, Staffie, Springer, Vizsla
Suitable for large breed dogs
Adult weight 25-45kg. e.g. Boxer, Labrador, Greyhound
Suitable for giant breed dogs
Adult weight 45kg+ e.g. Bernese, Great Dane, Mastiff

Dog ages

From 12 months to old age

Pack sizes

4kg & 15kg bags


15kg bags = £18.99

AADF rating


At a glance

Natural: Free from added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredients
Not high in meat: Contains less than 30% meat ingredients (on a dry matter basis) or meat percentage is unspecified
Not hypoallergenic: Contains wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and/or artificial additives or has an ingredient list that is too unclear to rule out their presence
Not clearly labelled:

This product has not been awarded the clear labelling logo because labelling lacks clarity.

Certified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO

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Mixing bowl:

Cereals, Meat and Animal Derivatives (Including 14% Chicken), Yeasts, Milk and Milk Derivatives, Oils and Fats, Minerals.

As fed (BETA):

Typical Analysis

Protein 20.0%, Fat 9.0%, Fibre 2.5%, Ash 6.0%.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

* NFE carbohydrate level (i.e. not including fibre). Level estimated from available data.


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Company info
Name: Gilbertson & Page
HQ: Hertfordshire, UK
Brands: Arkwrights33 Arkwrights foods listed
Dr John99 Dr John foods listed
Manufacturer's product description

" Dr. John Gold can be fed dry, or moistened to the consistency that your dog prefers. When feeding for the first time, it is suggested that you introduce the food gradually over 7 to 10 days until it replaces all other dog food.

An individual dog\'s requirements vary and may differ from the suggested daily feeding guide overleaf.

Always feed to condition adjusting the amount fed to meet the individual dog\'s needs, dependent upon circumstances and to maintain the desired body weight.

Always ensure that fresh drinking water is readily available at all times. "


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Meg123 10 months ago

My dogs had so much waste on this not one of there best feeds imo..

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Hollie Taffinder 5 years ago

Im just so torn with this food. Our black labrador had it for the first 2 years of her life and even the vet said 'whatever you are doing keep doing it' because she was slim, white teeth, bright eyes, clear ears, shiny coat. We only changed because we got a choccie lab who we thought was allergic to wheat and wanted them both on the same thing because feeding 2 labs different food is damn hard! Now we have discovered she's actually allergic to peanut butter so we dont NEED to buy the super expensive food anymore which was costing us an arm and leg. Do we go back to Dr Johns Gold which was always cheap and cheerful or do we go back to Wainwrights which is wheat free. I also notice that with this other expensive food, they're both so hungry all the time, where as Dr Johns was keeping them fuller for longer and both go to day care whilst Im at work so they need something that lasts. I think Dr Johns is good for some dogs, I know 14yr old labs who swear by the stuff, but I also know its full of wheat, dog trainers hate the stuff and it has such a low score. So im completely torn.

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Leanne Livesey 6 years ago


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Leanne Livesey Leanne Livesey 6 years ago

i have 2 pitbulls grandad 13 yeatlr old sadly being unthinised in a few days and grandson 3 years old and both have been fed on dr johns silver its amazing food for them good stocky bodys and healty coats all dogs are different like babies have different milk needless to say i highly rate this food

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Melanie Gough 6 years ago

It was interesting to read the discussion from Fran Griffin, Neil Lemon and Lokismum. We had rescue large breeds Dogue de Bordeaux and Bull Mastiff. One Bordeaux was fed Raw and the Bull Mastiff had stomach problems as a pup and series of tests until finally Dr John Gold was recommended by the vet. He lived till he was 11 and the Bordeaux also lived till he was 11. So I don’t have a closed mind to any of it but it is rather arrogant to assume that you know what’s best for other people’s pets especially seeing as you’ve never even met them. I think a raw diet is good for some dogs and Dr John Gold can be equally good for others.

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Leanne Livesey Melanie Gough 6 years ago

well said i posted a comment to say dog are like babies not all drink the same milk like dogs can need special food and constant change of food isnt good for a dog either as there stomach wont handle it trying and seeing whats best for ur dog is the best way top brands like royal canin are expensive dont be fooled by the label either only u as an owner should u see whats best for ur dog

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lenusikpak 7 years ago

Our stuffy had problems with ears. The vet advised us to buy Royal Canine hypoallergenic food. When we went to veterinary shop they told us that there is no better food than Dr. John and asked us to give it a try. They even showed us 2 dogs living next to the shop, small bulldog and rottweiler. They looked amazing, stunning, muscled. We also spoke to the guy that had 64 pit bulls some time ago and he also confirmed that he fed them only with Dr. John and none of his dogs has ever had any health problems.We also have a lab and malamute. It's been nearly 1 month since we started to feed them with Dr. John. They look great! Even the shape of their bodies changed. Stuffy doesn't have any skin problems anymore. 14-years-old malamute became very energetic! unbelievable how much she started to run around.I would definitely recommend this food. And it doesn't coast anything to keep your dogs healthy and clean.

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Fran Griffin 7 years ago

It's serious scary that most people are unable to look at their dogs and see their coats are not right, their shape is not right, and yet think their dogs are healthy. They also look at their bulky poop and think it is normal. I see so many dogs these days who are clearly fed crap, and their owners think they look great. I have also heard people joking about their dogs farts, thinking it's great "sounds and smells just like my old mans hahahaha". Probably because "the old man eats crap too" and who is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at some point in the future, or suffers a massive heart attack". It's not until they switch their dogs to a more natural diet that they realize just how wrong their were. Coats change, the bulk changes, their dogs develop firmer muscle, no more stinky smelly farts, and less bulky stools. Eyes much brighter. I can tell a raw or a more naturally fed dog just by looking at them. One couple I knew had been taking their old dog to the vet for years with sores on it's feet (apart from that they considered it very healthy). They changed it's diet and lo and beyond - the sores disappeared and their old dog who was slowing right down, suddenly sprung back to life and went on a further 3 years. Just a co-incidence? Hardly.

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Lokismum Fran Griffin 6 years ago

I do so agree with you Fran Griffin. I also can tell a kibble fed dog very easily. It is the difference between a human athlete and an ordinary person. I have fed raw for about thirteen or so years and I could never go back. How can anyone feeding this food think they are giving their dog good health?

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Deano Lokismum 2 years ago

Absolute nonsense. I’ve fed both diets to multiple dogs (10+) for near on 20yrs and you really can’t tell the difference just by looking at them. Stop scare mongering folk.

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Gamekeeper Lokismum 11 months ago

I am sorry to say it but you really are talking dog snobbery. As an active full time game keeper I feed my working dogs on Dr Johns Gold and as a treat some raw meat ( From the estate ).

As is the rest of the estates working dogs. I would challenge you to look at my working dogs and say they are not being fed correctly. But you can carry on being the Silly Snob that you are. Whilst I continue to feed my dogs a good balanced diet.

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MT Gamekeeper 8 months ago

Correct. All this fancy dog food costing as much as human food is a total ripoff. We've had dogs since the 80s and nobody was talking about "grain free" or "ooh my dog is gluten intolerant" LOL. The dog food world has gone crazy.

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Hollie Darby 7 years ago

I love Dr Johns. My black lab has a glossy coat, amazing figure, bright eyes & clean ears. We have the chocolate lab on the puppy food & her coat has improved & again great figure. I love this stuff & although it's scored as "bad" I just don't get. We were recommended it from someone whose lab was on it for 10 years! And she's the most energetic 12 year old lab I've ever met. I'd say give Dr Johns Gold a try. We find it better than the Platinum.

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Des McSweeney 8 years ago

my massively healthy black lab has been eating it for two years, I don't understand some negativity elsewhere on this food.

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Neil Lemon Des McSweeney 7 years ago

You may as well feed the dog macdonalds every day. Cheap food expensive vet bills later

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