Can Golden Retrievers Have Brown Rice or White Rice?

Roberto Manzotti

Rice are quite popular because they’re easy to cook, yummy to taste, and fill you up quite nicely. In fact, these are a staple in south asian countries like China and India.

I love to have rice now and then when I want to make something that’s easy to make and, my Golden retriever likes to beg me to have a taste!

It’s always a good idea to look up a dog food before giving it to your furry friend.

In this blog post, I’ll answer the question, “Can Golden Retrievers have brown rice or white rice?” and answer the question in as much detail as possible.

So, let’s jump right in, shall we?



Can I Give My Golden Retriever Some Rice?

Which Type of Rice Are the Best for My Dog?

A Little About White Rice

All You Wanna Know About Brown Rice

Can Golden Retrievers Have Rice?


Can I Give My Golden Retriever Some Rice?

Most dog owners feel that rice are low-quality and cheap sources of carbohydrates and deem them unfit for their dog’s consumption.

However, I would like you to know that rice are actually safe for dogs to eat. In fact, some kibbles, too, contain rice.

It is true that some dogs are allergic to rice--be it brown or white in color. If that’s the case with your dog, then, steering clear of them is probably the best things to do. The symptoms of a rice allergy include:

  • Hair loss
  • Increase in infections---especially ear infections
  • Itching and irritation of the skin


You should get a comprehensive allergy test done if you think that your dog is allergic to rice just to be sure.

If that’s not the case then, rice is 100% safe for your dog to have.


Which Type of Rice Are the Best for My Dog?

If you read the food labels before buying your dog’s kibble, you may have noticed that high-end dog foods tend to contain brown rice rather. For some dog owner, white rice and low-grade dog food are synonyms.

So, is there really a difference between the two?  They both look the same, though, right?

Here’s the deal.

golden retriever rice

A Little About White Rice

You can cook white rice faster and more easily than brown rice. They’re also easy to chew and can get digested easily by your dog’s body when compared to brown rice. However, they are notorious because they cause stomach issues in dogs. 

The only problem with white rice is that it is highly processed and can cause constipation in dogs.


All You Wanna Know About Brown Rice

Brown rice is considered better than white rice because it contains more starch and protein than white rice. This is because white rice has been processed quite a lot and doesn’t retain as many vitamins, minerals, and nutrients as brown rice does.

Other than that, some studies have also found that brown rice helps fight Alzheimer's in dogs

Because brown rice contains a high amount of fiber, it can also help cure constipation in dogs and help your dog be more regular.

At the end of the day, both white as well as brown rice are safe for your dog to consume and have their advantages and disadvantages. You should feed your dog the kind that he likes as they’re an excellent source of carbohydrates.


Can Golden Retrievers Have Rice?

Brown and white rice are both safe for your Golden Retriever to consume.

  • White rice are an ingredient found in standard dog foods
  • Brown rice are often found in premium dog foods

If your dog isn’t allergic to rice, he can have either of them with no problems.

Generally, brown rice are favored over white rice as they contain more nutrients and minerals and are better for your dog’s tummy as they aren’t as heavily processed as white rice. However, white rice are easier to chew and digest.

At the end of the day, it is your call as to which type of rice you wish to feed your dog.

However, some experts believe that you shouldn’t feed rice too often to your dog because they contribute to weight gain. So, do your research beforehand.

I hope I was able to answer your question in as much detail as possible!

If you still have any queries, leave them in the comments section and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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