BLACK GOLD Explorer Original Performance 26/18 Dry Dog Food, 15-lb bag -

Black Gold Explorer Original Performance 26/18 Dry Dog Food

By Black Gold
Rated 3.85 out of 5 stars

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About This Item


  • Contains high-protein levels and high-energy levels for stamina and endurance.
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate support your furry sidekick’s joint health.
  • The omega-6 and omega-3 essential oil blend supports your paw-tner’s skin and coat health.
  • Contains taurine for heart health.
  • Made without artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

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Questions & Answers

3 Customer Questions

Is this small pellets?
Answer by ChewyJun 10, 2022
Black Gold uses 8 MM die which results in Kibbles equal to or slightly larger than a Pea.

what is the % of calcium and phosphorus
Answer by ChewyAug 20, 2022
This recipe has a phosphorus content of 1.3% as fed and 1.4% on a dry matter basis, and a Calcium content of 2.2% as fed and 2.5% on a dry matter basis.

does this food come in a a paper bag or plastic bag
Answer by ChewyJul 20, 2022
The bag of the 26/18 Original Performance is a Poly Woven style of bag.

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Rated 3.85 out of 5 stars
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Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Jasme on Feb 9, 2023

is a good dog food but not for my dogs

Normally my dogs are emptying their bowls in a minute, well with this food the bowl is never empty always is a good amount left. My hound eats everything and never has leftovers except now half a bowl is left and that's odd. My pit is a bit of a picky eater but he just eats a very small amount almost like just what he has to eat the rest stays in the bowl. The size of the food is small, it's very oil, and the smell is like old wet socks.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By AJ420 on Jan 8, 2023

Great Dog Food! Prices Jacked Up!!

Black gold is a great food, always given me good results. My dogs love it and it keeps them healthy and slick. People compliment my dogs healthy appearance and shiny coats.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Hunter on Dec 21, 2022

Not Dogs Favorite

I have Setters and both of them turned their noses up at this refused to eat, Switch back to their previous brand... No matter what I will not switch again

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sassy on Aug 24, 2022

Good food but your charging to much

I just switched my 2 German shepherds over to this and they love it! BUT I found this at my local store for $36.00 plus tax. Chewy you are charging 20 dollars more. I hate to cancel my subscription but as a senior I have to go with the cheapest. I do love you guys and so sorry for this. If you carge a reasonable price I will be back! Thank you.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Jutz on Sep 5, 2022

Chemical smell

Our two dogs have been eating black goals for sometime now but I got an order that overwhelm the whole house. It was a very strong chemical smell and my dog would not touch the dog food. I don’t know what happened because I’ve been till then we didn’t have a problem. I switch dog foods.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By NotHappy on Jul 26, 2022

Paid too much

Found this feed locally for 34.00 plus tax. I paid over 50.00 to chewy now I have to wonder how a Mom and Pop feed store can sell it for 34.00 and make a living. It is a good feed you are just charging too much for it

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Charlie on Jul 27, 2022

My dog likes it

My Siberian Husky likes it way more than Purina dog food! So I'll probably buy this from now on!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By ShellyK on Apr 13, 2022

Dogs love it.

Was looking for an alternative to Purina Pro Sport since our dogs have started tuning their noses up at it. Tried Black Gold and the dogs love it! Have one dog that hadn't eaten regularly for weeks, she is now gobbling up her food. We have Vizslas.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By kate on Dec 8, 2020


Black gold 26/18 preformance 15 lb bags have a chemical smell to the dog food- I DONT RECOMMEND THIS FOOD

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jackie on Mar 31, 2020

Sasha likes!

My dog is not a fussy eater but she seems to enjoy, what I buy I don't stick with one brand but look for food that's aren't chicken normally but look for the best bang for the buck, but I tried this because of price and she eats all that's in her bowl, she is a pitt,roti,lab, mix!