Black Gold Explorer Original Performance Formula 26/18 Dry Dog Food, 50-lb bag

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Give your intrepid adventurer exactly what they need to thrive with Black Gold’s Explorer Original Performance Formula 26/18 Dry Dog Food! Carefully balanced with all the necessary nutrients needed to lead an active, adventurous lifestyle, this formula gives your dog all the energy they need to hunt, track, explore or just be your sidekick. Formulated with all the essential oils needed to maintain strong cognitive function and gut-friendly prebiotics for increased digestibility, your dog will thrive on Black Gold Explorer.

Key Benefits
  • This wholesome formula is made in the USA with no by-products, artificial colors or chemical preservatives.
  • Includes added glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate for healthy joints and added mobility.
  • Crafted with an essential oil blend of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids for DHA and EPA.
  • This nutrient dense formula contains prebiotics and oatmeal for sensitive stomachs.
  • Made with high protein to support increased energy levels for stamina and endurance.

Provide plenty of fresh, clean water in a clean container at all times. Remember to thoroughly wash your hands after handling your dog’s food or feeding utensils.

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  • Weight
    50.0 pounds
  • Breed Size

    Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds

  • Food Form

    Dry Food

  • Lifestage


  • Made in

    United States

  • Special Diet


Nutritional Info

Beef Meal, Corn Meal, Ground Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid), Brown Rice, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken By-Product Meal (Source Of Glucosamine And Chondroitin Sulfate), Natural Flavors, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Malted Barley, Dried Chicory Root, Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source Of Vitamin K Activity), Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate Monohydrate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Yeast Culture, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract.

Caloric Content

Metabolizable Energy (Me) = 3769 Kcal/Kg Or 384 Kcal/Cup (Calculated)

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 26.0% min
Crude Fat 18.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Zinc 150 mg/kg min
Vitamin E 50 IU/kg min
Omega-6 3.0% min
Omega-3 0.3.0% min
Glucosamine 300 mg/kg min
Chondroitin SulFate 150 mg/kg min
Feeding Instructions

Food requirements will vary depending on breed, environment, temperament, and stress factors. Show dogs and working dogs will require additional amounts of food depending on their degree of activity or stress. Food intake should be adjusted to maintain optimum body weight. Follow the recommended feeding guide below or use the self-feeding method.

Weight Daily Guide
5-10 lbs 3/4 - 1 cup
10-15 lbs 1 - 1 2/3 cups
15-25 lbs 1 2/3 - 2 ½ cups
25-40 lbs 2 ½ - 3 ½ cups
40-60 lbs 3 ½ - 4 ½ cups
60-80* lbs 4 ½ - 5 ¾ cups

*For larger dogs, feed an additional ½ cup per day for each 10 lbs. of additional body weight over 80 lbs.

Transition Instructions

When transitioning your dog to Black Gold Explorer Dog Food, substitute a small amount of current food with Black Gold Explorer, gradually increase over a 6 day period. Suggested transition as follows: * Day 1 - 1/4 Black Gold Explorer, 3/4 current food * Day 2 - 1/2 Black Gold Explorer, 1/2 current food * Day 3 - 3/4 Black Gold Explorer, 1/4 current food * Day 4 - 100% Black Gold Explorer

Customer Reviews
24 Reviews 24 Reviews 4.4 out of 5 Stars

92% Recommend

92% of reviewersrecommend this product

4.4 / 5

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  • Dog is miserable

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    I have a 5 year old hound and pretty sure this dog food has made him hate life. He’s gained so much weight. Isn’t active. Looks sad. Really crazy how much a food change has effected him. Not worth the cheaper price.

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  • A big paws down

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    I have 2 very active Border Collies. They are working dogs and usually devour their food. They have both been on a hunger strike as soon as I fed them Black Gold. They have barely touched it! I will be giving the remainder to a friend. Maybe her dogs will eat it...

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  • Dogs seem to like it

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    We switched to this because one of our dogs is allergic to flaxseed... It didn’t solve our issue. He still scratches 24/7.

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  • My dog loves it

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    My girl Shiloh,has a sensitive stomach,and has certain food allergies I decided to try this after reading the other reviews.She gobbles this up and had no issues changing to this food.I would recommend.

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  • Big and Small Love It!

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    I have a 10 year old Dachshund and a (maybe) 2 year old Rescue (maybe GSD/Dobie or Rottie mix) and BOTH dogs devour this food. The small nuggets are the perfect size for the smaller dog to eat, and, as I free feed my dogs, they're both able to eat their fill and both look great on this food!!

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  • A good alternative

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    Ingredients seem to be above average which is important to me. Pup is not super excited about it but she eats it without fuss. This helps me being that it is twenty bucks cheaper and 20 lbs heavier than her previous do food bag.

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  • They loved it.

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    As soon as I gave the food to my dogs they chowed it right down. The food was securely packaged in a box. It is a good quality dog food at a decent price.

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  • An Awesome Company!

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    Chewy is the best thing that I have found for my dogs. Thanks again for the excellent company, its employees and service!

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  • Black Gold Explorer

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    The dogs like the small nuggets and flavor. No need to add anything extra to entice them to eat.

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  • Amazing!!!

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    This is the best dog food I’ve gotten for my dogs. I have two black labs (10 years & 2 years) Their coats have gotten shinier and they have a lot more energy. I highly recommend this dog food!

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