Black Gold Explorer Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Formula Dry Dog Food, 40-lb bag

By Black Gold
Rated 4.35 out of 5 stars


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  • Dry dog food crafted with high-quality chicken protein and nutritious grains to fuel your active pup.
  • Features TruMune–providing unique mobility and immunity support.
  • Made with prebiotics for digestive support and oatmeal for your sidekick’s sensitive tummy.
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin help maintain your fur-iend’s joint health.
  • No corn, wheat, soy, by-products, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

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Health FeatureHigh-EnergyDigestive Health
Special DietNo Corn No Wheat No Soy, Sensitive Digestion, With GrainNo Corn No Wheat No Soy, Sensitive Digestion, With GrainNo Corn No Wheat No Soy, With GrainNo Corn No Wheat No Soy, With GrainNo Corn No Wheat No Soy, With Grain
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Questions & Answers

6 Customer Questions

I see it says made in the USA. Are the ingredients also from the USA?
Answer by ChewyOct 16, 2019
All Ingredients used in Black Gold Pet Food are sourced from the United States.

How many calories per cup?
Answer by ChewyApr 21, 2019
There are 355 kilocalories per cup.

What size are the pellets?
Answer by ChewyFeb 07, 2018
The kibble is 10.5 millimeters. It is a nice small size kibble making it easy to eat for all ages and sizes of dogs.

What is the sodium content of this food?
Answer by ChewyOct 27, 2023
The sodium content of this recipe is 0.343% on an as-fed basis and 0.375% on a dry matter basis.

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Rated 4.35 out of 5 stars
20 Ratings
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20 Customer Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Wes on Nov 23, 2023

Wanted this food work out.

Really thought this was going to be my replacement food after a recent recall of my dogs previous food I went searching for a new food. Came across this brand which I’d never heard of and based on ingredients and price I was excited. My dogs have never been picky so I ordered different variations of this same brand based on my 4 different dogs needs. “eg my old goldendoodle needed the mature version. My two labs needed the regular. And my German shepherd needed the puppy” all 4 dogs won’t touch it and start whining when I put the bowl in front of them. And it’s all 3 of the flavors. Never happened with any other dog food before giving two stars because it has good ingredients and is definitely a value. My guys and girls just thought something wasn’t right about it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Vicki on Nov 4, 2023

Great food

Love the small kibble, easy for them to chew and lower risk of choking on. Food lasts, poop is firm, dogs allergies are much better. Great brand

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Deb on Jul 6, 2023

This was awful!

I ordered this for my 3 greyhounds, who usually eat anything. They literally would not touch this. I don't know if I got a bad batch, or what was going on, but even the squirrils that I feed my other dog food to for a snack would not eat it. I still have a half full bag and a cannister full of it and they won't touch it, even when mixed with wet or other dry food. Very disappointing.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Ivycalifornia on Mar 20, 2023

best food ever

I work in animal ERs, transport dogs all over the US, foster tons of dogs and work in rescue. For a while, victor was my fav but my giant breeds would get constipated so after tons of research I gave this a shot. I have two huge shepherds, a chihuahua, and foster dogs all on this and it’s the BEST overall food experience we’ve ever had. Everyone has great poops, less poops, great energy, great coats, I just cannot say enough. This will be my new transport dog ‘house’ food and it’s much more affordable that what I’ve been doing. If this ever gets discontinued I think my head will roll off my body in terror hahaha it’s literally the BEST!!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By FormerBlackGoldfan on Mar 21, 2023

Pea Protein

Man i used to feed black gold all the time but they are changing the formulas, adding pea protein to all of them! I refuse to buy it anymore if it has pea protein in it. Its nothing but a cheap waste product from pea production. And it artificially bumps the protein levels in the food. It isnt a good ingredient, I let the beet pulp ingredient slide, but this is just showing they are completely degrading what was once a great dog food.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Monica on Mar 10, 2023

No more farting

I recently switched to this food. My dogs love it and best of all they have both stopped farting.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen on Jan 17, 2022

Black Gold Dog food

Needed more dog food & you have Black Gold which is hard to find! Thank you!!!!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Frank on Jul 25, 2021


I have a kennel full of beagles & a German Wirehair Pointer. Dogs are tired of eating the same Feed day in and Day out, switched to Black Gold and they look Great, My pointer has always been very picky with feed, First Time I’ve ever seen him Finish his Bowl that Fast !!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on Feb 6, 2020

Very Well Loved and Well Tolerated!

Our mini dachshund used to eat the Precise Naturals Chicken and Rice Formula, which, unfortunately, was discontinued a few years ago when the company went out of business. Our little baby is 12 years old and was eating the Precise Chicken and Rice Formula (Dry Food) his entire life. He never had a problem with it. We raised 3 other mini dachshunds on the Precise food as well, and we were devastated when we found out it was discontinued. We searched around all over the internet for dry food Chicken and Rice Formulas, and found that this seemed to best match the ingredients in the food that we were aiming to replace. To our surprise and great relief, our little baby ended up liking this food even better than his previous food. He really enjoys this food and seems like he truly can't get enough of it. He loves the taste. He does have a sensitive stomach, but has no problems at all with this food. His stool is normal as well. We did not have any issues with the transition between the two foods. We do soak the kibbles in water to soften them for him, as he does have some difficulties chewing in general. We found that this method does work, and it takes approximately 3 hours to soak the kibbles to the point where they can be squished with your fingers and hand fed if needed. We are extremely relieved we found this food and would highly, highly recommend this food (especially to those still looking for a replacement for the discontinued Precise Naturals Chicken and Rice Dry Food Formula)!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Katie on Jan 29, 2020

The best food

I've been feeding my dogs this food for years. Used to feed them a brand that was discontinued and was recommended to Black Gold which I believe is the same formula. My dogs have NEVER had stomach issues and have always had solid poop- signs of a good food. Many people I know feed their dogs the cheap brands and guess what? They all have stomach issues. Pay the extra money for this... your dog will thank you.