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Royal Canin Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Mini Adult Dry Dog Food

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Royal Canin Nutrition Medium Adult Dry Dog Food

Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Chihuahua Adult Dry Dog Food

Royal Canin Nutrition Chihuahua Dog Food

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Dr Tracy Douglas
Published 14:10 pm

Choosing the best food for your dog is about balancing the nutrition that they need to maintain their health and wellbeing, with a taste that they love. Deciding between wet and dry food, different brands, recipes, and ingredients can be overwhelming. However, it doesn’t have to be. Our panel of dog lovers and animal experts have explored the food on offer from Royal Canin and offer you their 10 best dog foods.

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Royal Canin Dog Food Review

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Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Mini is specifically designed to meet the needs of small dog breeds. Created for small breed adult dogs from the age of 10 months to 8 years it contains the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids needed to maintain healthy weight, protect their coat and provide for their daily energy needs. The kibble is uniquely designed to help reduce dental plaque and limit the formation of tartar, helping your dog’s teeth stay stronger for longer.

The flavors are designed to meet the needs of fussy eaters and ensure that your small dog gets the calories and nutrition that they need. However, the food does contain several sources of gluten, so may not be suitable if this is a concern for you, or your dog has a specific dietary intolerance. If this is not the case, then this is a food your small breed will certainly thank you for.

Amount of calories per serving cup: 379Kcal

Minimum amount of proteins: 25%

Minimum amount of fats: 14%

Maximum amount of moisture: 10%

Maximum amount of fiber: 3.2%

First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brewers rice, brown rice, corn, corn gluten meal

Contains chicken

Contains minimum 120mg/kg L-Carnitine, EPA minimum 0.15%, DHA minimum 0.06%

Contains omega oils, amino acids, L-carnitine, Vitamins B1, B6, B12, D3, and A, minerals

Specification:
  • Brand: Royal Canin
  • Model: 512514
  • Weight: 14.25 Pounds

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If you are looking for complete and balanced nutrition for your small breed puppy then Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Mini Puppy is the food for you. Especially designed to provide the balance of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that a small breed puppy needs, this food also offers complex antioxidants to support your puppy’s natural immune defenses. The food also contains a mix of antibiotics and prebiotics, as well as kibble that is specially designed to reduce tartar formation.

Suitable for puppies from 8 weeks to 10 months old the food is developed with highly digestible proteins to ensure your puppy absorbs all the nutrients and energy they need during this intense growth period. The food does also contain sources of gluten, so may not be suitable for dogs with specific dietary requirements.

Minimum amount of proteins: 29.5%

Minimum amount of fats: 18.5%

Maximum amount of moisture: 10%

Maximum amount of fiber: 3.6%

First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brewers rice, chicken fat, corn, corn gluten meal

Contains chicken

Contains minimum 5mg/kg Lutein and minimum 0.18% Taurine

Contains essential amino acids, omega oils, minerals, folic acid, Vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, and D3, Biotin

Specification:
  • Brand: Royal Canin
  • Model: 493013
  • Weight: 13.20 Pounds

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Medium size breeds have different needs to small and large breed dogs and this food is designed to meet that needs. This Royal Canin dog food contains vitamins C and E, as well as chelated minerals and fatty acids to support your dogs skin, intestinal tract and immune system health. Designed for adult dogs from the age of one, it also contains moderate levels of fat and optimal protein to help maintain weight and muscle mass in even the most energetic dogs.

The antioxidant complex and prebiotic mix help to support your dog’s natural defenses, while the kibble is specifically designed to encourage chewing and reduce tartar build up. This product does contain wheat and corn gluten, but unless your dog has an allergy they should love this healthy and tasty food.

Amount of calories per serving cup: 334 Kcals

Minimum amount of proteins: 23%

Minimum amount of fats: 12%

Maximum amount of moisture: 10%

Maximum amount of fiber: 3.1%

First 5 ingredients: Brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, wheat, corn gluten meal, oat groats

Contains chicken by-product

Contains minimum 0.18% EPA, minimum 0.08% DHA, minimum 0.48% omega-3 fatty acids

Contains essential amino acids, omega oils, biotin, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D3 and E, minerals, antioxidants, prebiotics

Specification:
  • Brand: Royal Canin
  • Model: 517430
  • Weight: 30.3 Pounds

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As dogs age, their health, energy and nutritional needs change. Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Mini Mature 8+ is designed specifically to meet the needs of small breed dogs from the age of 8 to 12 years. This Royal Canin pet food is designed to help small breeds maintain their vitality as they develop the first signs of aging. It also helps them to maintain their ideal weight by incorporating L-carnitine, which promotes fat metabolism.

The kibble is the perfect size for small teeth and jaws and is designed to limited tartar formation and reduce dental plaque, helping your dog keep their teeth healthy and strong. As with the puppy and adult versions of the Health Nutrition range, this product does contain wheat and gluten.

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Amount of calories per serving cup: 360Kcals

Minimum amount of proteins: 25%

Minimum amount of fats: 14%

Maximum amount of moisture: 10%

Maximum amount of fiber: 3.5%

First 5 ingredients: Brewers rice, corn, chicken meal, corn gluten meal, chicken fat

Contains chicken

Contains minimum 40mg/kg L-Carnitine

Contains essential amino acids, taurine, vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D3, and E

Specification:
  • Brand: Royal Canin
  • Model: 512613
  • Weight: 13.15 Pounds

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If you have a Bulldog, then you are more than likely aware of the digestive upsets and flatulence problems they can have, especially if given food that is not specifically designed for their breed. Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Bulldog Adult Dry Food is designed to reduce these problems by providing balanced fibers. It is also specifically designed to strengthen the skins protective barrier and help to protect your dog’s joints by limiting inflammation. The kibble is designed for the Bulldog’s unique muzzle shape and aids in dental health by encouraging your dog to chew their food.

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Amount of calories per serving cup: 277Kcals

Minimum amount of proteins: 22%

Minimum amount of fats: 12%

Maximum amount of moisture: 10%

Maximum amount of fiber: 3.9%

First 5 ingredients: Brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, brown rice, wheat gluten, chicken fat

Contains chicken by-products, egg

Contains EPA minimum 0.24%, DHA minimum 0.1%, glucosamine 760 mg/kg, chondroitin sulfate 75 mg/kg

Contains taurine, biotin, vitamins B1, B6, B12, C, D3, and E

Specification:
  • Brand: Royal Canin
  • Model: 417803
  • Weight: 30.9 Pounds

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Maintaining a healthy weight is just as important to a small breed dog as it is a medium or large breed. If you need support maintaining your dog’s weight, then Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Mini Weight Care is the food you need. It is formulated to control appetite, maintain weight and support dental health. With 12% less kilocalories than Royal Canin Mini Adult, it is ideal for small dogs from 11 months to 8 years who have lower energy requirements.

As well as helping your dog maintain an optimal weight, this food provides all the vitamins and minerals they need to stay healthy improve their vitality. It is created to meet the needs of even the fussiest palette and the kibble pieces are designed to reduce dental plaque and limit tartar formation.

Amount of calories per serving cup: 311Kcals

Minimum amount of proteins: 28%

Minimum amount of fats: 9%

Maximum amount of moisture: 10%

Maximum amount of fiber: 8.8%

First 5 ingredients: chicken meal, corn gluten meal, corn, pearl barley, wheat

Contains chicken

Contains minimum 120mg/kg L-Carnitine

Contains taurine, essential amino acids, fatty acids, minerals and vitamins A B1, B6, B12, C, D3, and E

Specification:
  • Brand: Royal Canin
  • Model: 1534132
  • Weight: 13.25 Pounds

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Different dog breeds have different nutritional needs and Yorkshire Terriers are no exception to this. This Royal Canin pet food is specifically designed to meet the needs of this dog breed. Yorkshire Terriers do not molt, and this can cause problems with the health of their skin and coat. This food’s ingredients are specially formulated to protect and nourish the breed’s long and fragile coat, while the aromas and flavors are designed to stimulate even the fussiest of appetites.

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Amount of calories per serving cup: 338Kcals

Minimum amount of proteins: 26%

Minimum amount of fats: 16%

Maximum amount of moisture: 10%

Maximum amount of fiber: 5%

First 5 ingredients: Brewers rice, brown rice, chicken by-product meal, chicken fat, wheat gluten

Contains chicken by-product

Contains Omega-6 Fatty Acids minimum 3.19%, Omega-3 Fatty Acids minimum 0.56%, Vitamin E minimum 500IU/kg

Contains taurine, ascorbic acid, biotin, glucosamine, lutein, and chondroitin sulfate

Specification:
  • Brand: Royal Canin
  • Model: 451410
  • Weight: 10.21 Pounds

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Chihuahua’s are known for being fussy eaters and Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Chihuahua is specifically designed to meet the challenges of keeping these dogs happy and healthy. With kibble that is specifically designed to meet the needs of small teeth and jaws, while maintaining dental health, the food helps to promote good digestion and support a healthy coat. It also provides fiber and high-quality complex carbohydrates to help reduce fecal smell and volume.

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Amount of calories per serving cup: 323Kcals

Minimum amount of proteins: 26%

Minimum amount of fats: 14%

Maximum amount of moisture: 10%

Maximum amount of fiber: 3.5%

First 5 ingredients: Corn, chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, wheat gluten, oat groats

Contains chicken by-products

Contains Omega-6 Fatty Acids minimum 3%, Omega-3 Fatty Acids minimum 0.53%

Contains EPA/ DHA, biotin, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate

Specification:
  • Brand: Royal Canin
  • Model: ROY-350
  • Weight: 10.23 Pounds

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Labrador Retriever’s are very active dogs whose joints need a little extra protection to maintain good levels of mobility throughout their lives. Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Labrador Retriever Adult Dry provides the nutrition they need for this. Designed for Retrievers from 15 months old the food also promoted healthy skin and coat development, while the kibble is shaped to encourage chewing and slow ingestion.

Amount of calories per serving cup: 276Kcals

Minimum amount of proteins: 28%

Minimum amount of fats: 11%

Maximum amount of moisture: 10%

Maximum amount of fiber: 5.2%

First 5 ingredients: chicken by-product meal, brown rice, oat groats, brewers rice, corn gluten meal

Contains chicken by-products

Contains EPA minimum 0.24%, DHA minimum 0.1%, Glucosamine minimum 820mg/kg, Chondroitin Sulfate minimum 75 mg/kg

Contains Vitamins B1, B6, B12, C, D3, and E

Specification:
  • Brand: Royal Canin
  • Model: 453735
  • Weight: 30.6 Pounds

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If your dog has a digestive disorder, then typical dog foods can be difficult for them to digest, making meal times a chore and affecting their overall health. Royal Canin Canine Gastrointestinal Low Fat Dry is specifically designed to meet the needs of dogs suffering from conditions such as enteropathy, pancreatitis, bile acid deficiency or bacterial overgrowth. Its low-fat formula contains the nutritional balance your dog needs to stay healthy and is easily absorbed into their system.

Amount of calories per serving cup: 240 Kcals

Minimum amount of proteins: 20%

Minimum amount of fats: 4.5%

Maximum amount of moisture: 10%

Maximum amount of fiber: 3.6%

First 5 ingredients: Brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, wheat, barley, natural flavors

Contains chicken by-product

Contains EPA minimum 0.09%, DHA minimum 0.04%

Specification:
  • Brand: Royal Canin
  • Model: FBA_30111483828
  • Weight: 33.1 Pounds

Royal Canin Company Information

The Royal Canin company was founded by veterinarian Jean Cathary in 1968. Based in France, Dr. Cathary’s vision was to create pet food that was grounded in science. His company is based on the principles of acquiring knowledge of pets, showing and maintaining respect for them always, and creating advanced food that satisfies the needs of the pet, rather than the desires of the owners. Royal Canin is now a global company. Its headquarters remains in Southern France, while the U.S. division of the company has its headquarters in St. Charles Missouri. It also has manufacturing facilities in Missouri and South Dakota.

Why Choose this Brand?

One of the main reasons for choosing this brand is that it puts the nutritional needs of the animal first. The foods Royal Canin create are based on continual scientific research, rather than fashions and fads.

Everything that is offered by the company is based on over 45 years of experience and hard work and the company partner with veterinarians and professional breeders to continually research and improve the food they offer. If this was not enough of a reason to choose this company, then the fact that they offer foods that are age, stage and breed specific, as well as foods for dogs with specific dietary and health needs should tip the balance.

Royal Canin is not only known for their well-balanced and complete pet nutrition products. The company also has a few specialty products under its Royal Canin Veterinary line. These include the Precise Nutrition for Digestive Health Support, the Precise Nutrition for Urinary Support, and the Hydrolyzed Protein for Pets with Food Sensitivities.

These Royal Canin Veterinary Diet formulations are the result of the company’s ongoing collaboration with the veterinary community. Royal Canin veterinary products provide specialized diets. These address the unique nutritional needs of sick cats and dogs. Each formulation is specific to the dietary requirements of a particular pet disease.

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Dr Tracy Douglas
Dr Tracy Douglas
General Practice Veterinarian, currently working at the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Dr. Douglas began her veterinary career as a Veterinary Nurse in Highton Veterinary Clinic, Highton Victoria, and then as an Emergency Veterinarian in Uintah Pet Emergency, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tracy is particularly interested in surgery, neurology and internal medicine, which gives her a well-rounded knowledge on animal health and well-being. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne, while her undergraduate bachelor of science is from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
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