Solid Gold Dog Food-Not as Solid as You Think!

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Overall Rating



  • Plenty of healthy ingredients
  • High quality protein as first ingredient
  • Various formulas and flavors available


  • Slightly expensive

Solid Gold dog food always struck me as unique, due to the brands’ creative design. However, it wasn’t until recently I actually took it upon myself to look at the ingredients of the food to gauge its healthiness for the average pet owner. With its long history, can it stand against other holistic brands it must compete against?

Let’s find out!

For this Solid Gold Grain Free dog food review, I will be focusing on the Sun Dancer with Chicken, Tapioca and Quinoa Grain-Free Formula.

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Name: Solid Gold

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Flavors Available: Lamb, Chicken, Venison, Cold Water Salmon and Quail

Formulas Available: Barking at the Moon, Mighty Mini, Buck Wild, Fit & Fabulous, Leaping Waters, Love at First Bark, Sun Dancer, Sunday Sunrise, Wild Heart and Young at Heart

Sizes Available: 4 pounds and 24 pounds

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Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (Min.) 30.0% Taurine (Min.) 0.05%*
Crude Fat (Min.) 14.0% Omega-6 Fatty Acids (Min.) 1.80%*
Crude Fiber (Max.) 4.0% Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Min.) 0.80%*
Moisture (Max.) 10.0% DHA (Doxosahexaenoic Acid) (Min.) 0.05%*
Vitamin E (Min.) 250 IU/kg Lactic Acid Bacteria (Min.) 2×10^5 cfu/g*
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) (Min.) 50 mg/kg* (Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Casei)



Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas, Tapioca, Ocean Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Quinoa, Flaxseed, Natural Flavors, Turmeric, Dried Eggs, Chia Seed, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Salmon Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Chicory Root, Carrots, Pumpkin, Parsley, Apples, Cranberries, Blueberries, Lettuce, Celery, Beets, Watercress, Spinach, Broccoli, Spearmint, Almond Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Sesame Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Thyme, Lentils, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product.


Ingredient Breakdown


This is a high-quality protein source often used as the first ingredient in many holistic brands. It includes parts of the chicken including clean flesh, skin and accompanying bone.

Chicken Meal

Chicken meal is a high-quality protein source that can contain as much as 300% more protein than chicken does alone. It is the rendered and ground-up portion of chicken that can contain flesh, skin, and bone.


Peas are a type of legume that is used in many holistic dog food brands due to their high protein content. It is also used because it is a cost-effective way to increase the protein content on the label.


This is an ingredient that is considered a starch. It is extracted from a cassava plant root and is typically used as a cheap and grain-free alternative for carbohydrates. However, considering it lacks essential nutrients other than the start itself, it is viewed as nothing more than a low-grade filler in dog food.

Ocean Fish Meal

Ocean Fish Meal is another high-quality protein source that can contain as much as 300% protein. This ingredient derives from the clean and rendered tissue of ocean fish with or without extracting the oil in the process. It is also a source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which can help to support healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Chicken Fat

This is an ingredient that is a healthy source of fat and additional protein. It is a source of Omega 3 acids, which can help support healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Tomato Pomace

This ingredient derives from the skin, pulp and seeds of a tomato. It contains fiber and fatty acids, which can help to support a healthy digestive system and a shiny coat.


Quinoa, while technically a grain, is considered to be a pseudo-cereal. However, it is a gluten-free ingredient that contains high levels of amino acids and essential minerals which dogs can benefit from. The downside is that it contains oxalates which some dogs have been known to have trouble digesting.


This is an ingredient that is loaded with dietary fiber, additional protein, manganese, and lignans. It also contains Omega 3 fatty acids, which can help support healthy skin, a shiny coat and general good health.

Natural Flavors

This is an ingredient that can come from a variety of vegetables, fruit and protein sources such as chicken or lamb. It is added to the outside of kibble to entice dogs to eat the food.


Turmeric is usually added into pet foods, not for its wide range of benefits, but for only one purpose: to enhance the color and flavor of a kibble.

Dried Eggs

Dried eggs are an ingredient that contains additional protein and important nutrients your dog needs. It is also a source of antioxidants, helping to promote overall health.

Chia Seed

Chia seed is considered a superfood, both for dogs and humans. Not only is this a source of additional protein, but it contains essential vitamins and minerals such as zinc, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium. It contains important vitamins such as Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B3.



Solid Gold Grain Free Formulas and Price

Barking at the Moon with Beef

This grain-free formula is made with up to 41% real lean beef and made with low carbohydrate ingredients.  This formula is perfect for dogs of all breeds and life stages who need high-quality protein to feed an active lifestyle.

Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 12 pounds and 24 pounds


Mighty Mini

This is a formula crafted with toy and small breed dogs in mind. Crafted with high-quality protein sources such as beef, chicken, lamb or turkey and low carbohydrate sources, it is a formula made for lifelong nutrition in mind. Made with smaller kibble sizes and free from harmful fillers, this is a formula any small dog owner will love.

Flavors Available: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Salmon, and Turkey

Sizes Available: 4 pounds and 11 pounds


Buck Wild

This is a formula meant to help feed your dog’s wild side. Made with grain-free ingredients and a powerful blend of real meat and superfoods, this is a food made with optimal canine health in mind.

Sizes Available: 4 pounds and 24 pounds


Fit and Fabulous

This is a formula from Solid Gold made to help keep canines at their slim and healthy best. It is made with low fat and low caloric intake in mind, making sure to keep dog’s full for longer periods of time with the help of fiber-rich ingredients. Available in two flavors, this is a food to keep your dog at a healthy weight without compromising nutrition in the process.

Flavors Available: Alaskan Pollock and Chicken, Sweet Potato & Green Bean

Sizes Available: 4 pounds and 24 pounds


Leaping Waters

If you have a dog that suffers from a sensitive stomach or food sensitivities, this is the perfect formula for you. It is made without chicken and loaded instead with rich seafood. Packed with natural antioxidants, the perfect blend of superfoods and rich in essential nutrients, this is a formula meant for dogs to thrive on.

Sizes Available: 4 pounds and 22 pounds


Love at First Bark

This is a formula specifically for growing puppies of all breeds. It is specially formulated with the perfect amount of protein from sources such as chicken or beef and 20 core superfoods all meant to help growing puppies grow into adulthood as happy and healthy as possible.

Flavors Available: Chicken, Potatoes & Apples and Beef, Potatoes & Apples

Sizes Available: 4 pounds and 24 pounds


Sun Dancer

This formula from Solid Gold is made with higher levels of protein, perfect for dogs who live very active lifestyles. It is made with real meat and no fillers from high-quality sources that takes your dog’s nutrition as their top priority.

Flavors Available: Chicken, Tapioca & Quinoa and Chicken

Sizes Available: 4 pounds and 24 pounds


Sunday Sunrise

Just as the name implies, this is a formula you won’t have a problem feeding to your dog on a Sunday afternoon. It is specifically crafted with nutrient-rich ingredients and a blend of proprietary superfoods all meant to help dogs with food sensitivities thrive.

Sizes Available: 4 pounds and 24 pounds


Wild Heart

If you want to feed your dog as wild a diet as possible, then this is the perfect Solid Gold formula for you. It is made with exotic protein sources such as Quail and perfect for adult dogs of any size or breed.

Sizes Available: 4 pounds and 24 pounds


Young at Heart

This is a formula specially formulated to feed aging dogs who need a low-calorie diet to meet their daily needs. It is made with easily digestible ingredients and is loaded with plenty of antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals any senior dog needs.

Sizes Available: 4 pounds and 24 pounds



Solid Gold Grain Free Reviews by Pet Owners

So, what have other pet parents said about this food? Take a look below to look at some recent Solid Gold Grain Free dog food reviews left by actual pet owners.

This is truly one of the best foods out there! It is a great food and my dogs go absolutely nuts for it. While I had to switch formulas because it caused my dogs to gain weight, I keep them on this food just due to the ingredients. I love it! -Adra Trout

My Jack Russell devours this food. My dog suffers from arthritis on her hips. After my vet recommended this food, I have never looked back. The food has helped my dog to walk without pain and she practically inhales every kibble. -Preston Mitchell

I own an elderly lab who was having serious coat and skin issues. After switching to Solid Gold, my dog’s coat became shiny and healthy after a few weeks. It is so nutrient dense; my dog has never seemed in better health -Sue D.

This is a wonderful brand of dog food. I highly recommend it for Service dogs as it keeps them energetic and healthy for work. -A.C. Peters

This food suits my dog. While my dog is still a puppy, this food has made his skin and coat healthy and keeps his stool firm. -Momsie 2 2


Solid Gold Dog Food: The Bottom Line

After carefully looking at Solid Gold dog food by carefully looking at the ingredients, looking at the number of formulas the line has available, considering what other pet owners have said and look at its price, I don’t have an issue recommending this food. There are so many different formulas available, with different sizes available and a variety of different prices, every pet owner can find the perfect formula to meet the needs of their best friend which can fit easily in their budget.

Final Verdict:



Have you fed your dog Solid Gold Grain Free dog food? If so, did you agree with our review? Let me know in the comments below!


Digital marketing specialist and Internet enthusiast. When Vanessa isn't working on or other marketing ventures, she spends her time making homemade dog treats and reading up on the latest advances in the veterinarian field.

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