I’m sure by now that you’ve all seen this new dog food floating around on our website or on others. You may be asking yourself what is Go Native? Why should I buy it? Is it right for me? Amongst many other questions, we have decided to take the time to briefly educate you on why this new food is something worth talking about! Without further ado, let’s jump straight in!


What is Go Native?:


Go Native is a super premium and grain-free dog food that is suitable for all breeds and all life stages. It is made by Connollys’ Red Mills who also make Leader and Engage, two of our most popular feeds. Red Mills are based in Goresbridge Co. Kilkenny where Go Native is produced in their state-of-the-art kitchens.


“All our fish and fowl are fully traceable and sourced from trusted, sustainable, ethical farms and fisheries. Only organic Atlantic Irish salmon and herring and naturally fed duck and free-run chickens make it into our Go Native range.”

- The Go Native Website.


What sets Go Native apart from the rest is the fact that it uses locally sourced ingredients, grown and reared by Irish farmers in Kilkenny and Monaghan and caught by Irish fishermen in Mayo; among other counties. This produce is fully traceable back to the source where Red Mills provide the seeds, feeds and crops to grow and raise it. This means that you know exactly where the free-run duck, potatoes, broccoli, herring, salmon and free-run chicken are coming from.  The ingredients are combined, cooked and then cold-formed in Red Mills’ Kitchens before they are hermetically sealed and prepared for delivery.


Go Native FTK

When you take a bag of Go Native home you’ll know that it was made using fresh Irish Grown ingredients, cooked by Red Mills expertly trained chefs, packed using the latest natural preservation techniques and then delivered to us by Red Mills themselves. The entire journey of Go Native, from farm to kitchen, to kitchen to store, is fully transparent.


That’s great... But what’s in it for me?:


Go Native offers you and your pet a wide range of benefits. From supporting your dog’s bones and joints to putting a subtle shine in his coat. Go Native is surprisingly good for your wallet too. If you don’t believe us, just have a look below and see how much Go Native costs per day (c/pd) as compared to another leading brand!


Go Native Duck with Apple and Cranberry 12kg bag - C/PD

10kg dog 20kg dog 30kg dog
125g per day 215g per day 290g per day
€0.88 c/pd €1.50 c/pd €2 c/pd


‘Another Leading Brand’ 15kg bag ‘Duck and Rice’ - C/PD

10kg dog 20kg dog 30kg dog
170g per day 300g per day 400g per day
€0.81 c/pd €1.40 c/pd €1.94 c/pd


You will probably notice three things here:

  1. The c/pd difference between the two foods is negligible, with only a maximum of 10c in the difference.
  2. You are required to feed more of the ‘Leading Brand’ food to achieve the same daily nutritional quotient for your pet as you would for Go Native.
  3. Because Go Native is so full of natural goodness, without any filler ingredients, you actually only need to use very little of it per day, even for a 30kg dog.


Go Native ChickenOn paper, a 12kg bag of Go Native should last a 10kg dog 96 days, a 20kg dog 56 days and a 30kg dog 42 days. In contrast, the Leading Brand food will last your 10kg dog 88 days, your 20kg dog 50 days and your 30kg dog 37 days. You get a full week more out of Go Native than you would with another brand!


Ok, that sounds reasonable... But what effect does it have on my dog?:


An important question and one that should be asked of any dog food. No amount of facts and figures, promotions and marketing, or sales techniques and pitches will ever hide a food that lacks in this department. You will know immediately whether this food is right for your pet or not. However, Go Native is on the cutting edge of dog nutrition, without lacking in palatability either. Its high meat content coupled with its grain free ingredients not only provides a high-quality source of nutrition but a tasty one too.

Kibble size is another important aspect. Go Native’s kibble size is the same across the board (around 2.5cm to 3cm wide), with each nut carrying the same amount of nutrition throughout the bag. The Puppy variant does, however, have a smaller kibble size (1.5cm to 2cm) more suitable for puppies. Regardless, all Go Native flavours are reliably suitable for all breeds and all life stages!


Typical ingredients in Go Native Chicken and Potato with Broccoli 12kg bag:



Fresh Chicken 40%, Dehydrated Chicken 25%, Potato Starch, Sweet Potato, Chicken Fat 7.5%, Pea Starch, Whole Linseed, Dried Seaweed, Alfalfa, Hydrolysed Liver Protein 1%, Sodium Chloride, Yeast Extract, Dried Apple, Glucosamine Hydrochloride 600mg/kg, Chondroitin Sulphate 225mg/kg, Oregano, Carrot Powder, Spinach Powder, Broccoli Powder, Rosehip Extract, Cranberry Extract, Blueberry Extract, Marigold Extract, Turmeric, Ginger Extract, Yucca Schidigera.

If you’re still not convinced; the above ingredients essentially mean the following benefits for your favourite pet!

  1. Grain-free and Paleo-based, ensuring a low allergy risk.
  2. No Wheat, Maize, Soya or Corn and use of potato flour makes it 100% Gluten Free.
  3. Features no genetically modified ingredients. Everything is Irish grown.
  4. Supports the development of strong bones, healthy muscles and shiny coats.
  5. Contains only ultra-premium, single-source, free-run and sustainably caught Chicken, Duck, Herring and Salmon.


Our Final Say:


Overall, we find Go Native very impressive! Its use of free-range protein sources and high meat content is excellent to see. It’s highly nutritious, beneficial to your pet, has a good cost per day, is grain-free, features no fillers and is packed with amazing botanicals that will help your pet access their full potential.


Go Native Rating


We do have two very tiny issues with it though. We love that there’s a Puppy variant but it does lack a dedicated Senior variant, though this is somewhat covered by the high Chondroitin and Glucosamine present in the Salmon and Herring flavours. While Go Native is made to cater for all breeds and sizes, we fear that a small portion of dogs may find the kibble too big or too small to chew, thus bringing its breed and size suitability down.

Two of our staff conducted a test with their own pets, between their current food and Go Native. In both cases, both pets were presented with two bowls; one filled with their normal food and one filled with Go Native Duck and Cranberry. After plenty of sniffing and some thoughtful consideration, both dogs dug into the Go Native!

In conclusion, we give the Red Mills’ Go Native Range 4.5 paws out of 5! This earns it the golden paw of approval from us, having scored more than 85% in our rating system!


Signing off on Go Native


After all of that, I’m pretty sure we’ve covered most of the bases? Should you have any further questions regarding Go Native or anything else we stock, you can always lift the phone to us or send us an email with your query. We’re always happy to help our fellow pet lovers!

Go Native SealIf you’re still not convinced of Go Native’s superior quality, why not call into one of our stores or speak to a member of our web team in order to organise a test? Go Native is sold in 800g packs that would be ideal to try your pet on! Subscribe to our newsletter too to stay up to date on all offers, including ones on Go Native!

Bye for now pet-pals!