Royal Canin Dog Food

October 12, 2008  
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Royal Canin Dog Food

Royal Canin Dog Food is made and manufactured by, Royal Canin USA.  Royal Canin dog food is marketed towards people looking for breed specific dog food. We believe that Royal Canin is an average quality dog food and would be comfortable recommending the right formula that fits your dog’s needs.

Royal Canin is attributed as being the first dog food manufacturer which produced a diet exclusive for large breed dogs and being the first to become ISO-certified. Today, Royal Canin lives up to their standards of excellence by formulating specific formulas for different breeds and ages of dogs as well as prescription diets.  Each Royal Canin product comes with a number at the end of each product name that denotes the amount of protein present.

Among the different recipes designed for different breeds, age and medical conditions, the basic ingredients include chicken meal, rice, chicken fat and whole grains. Since chicken meal is a concentrated form of meat compared to fresh chicken, it provides the main source of protein that dogs need.

Brown rice provides a complex carbohydrate component to the formula, although there are Royal Canin formulas that list down another “rice” ingredient aside from brown rice.

Chicken fat is rich in omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid which is a quality fat component of the diet.

Oatmeal and wheat gluten meal are both whole-grain products. The wheat gluten meal is a source of inferior protein from grains which however can boost the protein levels of the dog food. This however is a point in question because this would suggest that they are using lower levels of animal protein which is what the dog really needs.

Aside from wheat gluten meal, there are some controversial ingredients which have also been incorporated in most Royal Canin formulas such as dried beet pulp, soya meal, and dried brewer’s yeast extract.

Beet pulp is a by-product of sugar beet processing. Being high in fiber, the dog’s digestive system may have a hard time digesting it. Beet pulp is often used as an inexpensive filler for many dog food recipes.

The inclusion of soybean oil can prove to be a trigger for food allergies while the yeast extract has been used as a food additive because of its glutamic acid content.

There has been no mention of the spraying of probiotics on the surfaces of newly manufactured kibble, which is the usual trend in most dog foods today in an attempt to infuse beneficial bacteria into the food.

Customer Reviews

Favorable feedbacks from satisfied dog owners include reduction of flatulence particularly with the gluten-free formulas. Some also reported no more incidence of bladder stones and infections after they had started their dogs on Royal Canin.  Dogs also love the treat-size kibbles.

Although there are some owners who consider the “specific breed formula” as part of a marketing scheme, there are dog owners who saw a big difference when they tried it on the breed of dog for which it has been recommended. This goes to show that each breed of dog has specific requirements for certain nutrients in varied amounts and forms.

Dog owners whose pets have been given any of the Royal Canin recipes and suffered hypersensitive reactions and allergies point out that the dog food contains 4 common allergens—corn, yeast, gluten, and beet pulp.  It’s relatively high price is also another issue raised by some customers.

Please visit the links listed below for Royal Canin dog food reviews by formula.

Have a comment or question about our Royal Canin dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

Royal Canin Dog Food Review

Royal Canin dog food comes in numerous different recipes geared towards your dogs specific needs. We are going to take a look at each formula and review the ingredients.

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74 Responses to “Royal Canin Dog Food”
  1. Michelle says:

    Nichole-TOTW is a much better choice.Good food and a good price.My cats love TOTW,but I have never tried it for my dogs.TOTW is one of the foods that I recommend…..most of the people posting on this forum are nice.Jess really does try to help people,but sometimes he needs to chill out and explain things in a nicer way….good luck to you and your dog.Please keep us updated on how he does on TOTW….btw I saw your dogs picture that you posted,really cute.

  2. wanda says:

    I have a rescue Dalmatian that is allergic to beef, pork, turkey, chicken,peas, yeast. I have tried numerous foods. He is also on Atopica as recommended by the vets otherwise he breaks out, scratches, hot spots and is miserable. My question is two-fold, is there a good dry dog food that someone would recommend and has anyone heard of Atopica and is it bad on the organs if so any substitutions? Thanks everyone.

  3. free samples by mail real says:

    Hello there, You’ve done an excellent job. I will definitely digg it and in my opinion suggest to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this site.

  4. Genevieve says:

    Royal Canin ne convient pas du tout à mon chiot…
    Elle a beaucoup de flatulences et souffre de diarrhée…
    Par contre son poil est vraiment très beau et brillant!! Mais l’avantage n’est pas assez suffisant je ne peux pas donner cette nourriture à mon chien…

  5. roy says:

    There must be a cheaper equivalent around, Dickinsons comes to mind but I would not want to give free advertising. It just seems expensive for what you get.


  6. vicki says:

    We have a boxer with severe allergies. He gets fed Royal canine Boxer 26 and is perfect weight (80 lbs) his coat is shiney he loves the food….Sometimes his poops are a tad soft but besides that we have no complaints! He can eat it without getting a rash or puking and thats the most important

  7. Alicia Mangham says:

    We have a four year old Yorkie. We brought her home at
    eight weeks and fed her the food recommended by her breeder.
    her coat was growing in very thin and sparse. She was fragile
    and weighed less than four pounds. She also slept more than
    she should. We were positive it was not bad breeding. We
    had our vet thoroughly test for health issues. We decided it had
    to be diet so we tried several foods over a period of several months.
    No real changes in her health. I decided to try Royal Canin because
    It was breed specific. My son has a mobile grooming service in the
    Metroplex and he told me a lot of his customers use Royal Canin.
    The first thing we noticed was she loved the food. After about six months
    she had gained a pound. Her coat grew full and thick for the first
    time in her life and she is full of energy. We have a Golden Retriever
    puppy who has been with us for seven months and her coat is incredible.
    We are very grateful and will remain loyal customers. It is wonderful
    to find a product worth bragging about and pet food I feel good about
    feeding to my pets. Thank you

  8. Marg Mitchell says:

    Have 3 yrs old part Chihuahua/terrier, around l6 lbs. Have always fed him the Royal Canin (orange/white) Non allergenic bag, large size. Ran out of food, went and bought him the Dermacomfort (green/white bag), reduced allergin, as store did not have his normal food. He refuses to eat this?? Yet is says for skin irritation and itching. Any comments back pls. Thanks

  9. Ted Levecque says:

    Royal Canine is now Made here in Ontario Canada, I use the Cat Food for my wife’s Siamese. I don’t use there Dog Food as I like Fromms/

    This Company also supplies Medicam sold by Vets, I tried it and wasn’t satisfied especially the Price.

  10. jenn says:

    Some of the formulas are horrendous, and some are not the worst. The adult medium 25 is the best of the lot, it’s not terrible and many dogs have a hard time eating anything, as in they’re so picky they will let themselves become sick. Royal Canin, for some reason, is highly palatable to almost all dogs, and that is a huge upside. Yes, it’s not one of the good foods we now all know about, but it’s much better than having a dog that won’t eat. But again, some of the formulas are similar to the science diet corn first foods, but some are chicken meal first, brown rice, oat, etc. I can’t hate on Royal Canin, it’s better than SD and helps out a lot of dogs that have issues.

  11. Sallyann says:

    I have been using RC Chihuahua 28 for about the past 8 years. They all have loved the flavor of the food and they had good stools and coats etc. RC’s website at the time I started using it stated how all this research went into the food, chi’s need 28% protein etc. Now they are not making the “Chihuahua 28”, it is just Chihuahua. The protein dropped from 28% to 27% and the ingredient list has changed. Chi 28 had a first ingredient of chicken, now it is corn!So much for their research! To me, corn is a cheap source of protein. As the ingred changed so did the price and package size. Price up, quantity down. I need to find a better food for my 8 chihuahuas!

  12. LabsRawesome says:

    Sallyann, RC breed specific food is just a marketing gimmick. Chihuahua’s don’t need any different nutrition than any other dog. If you look at their different formulas, they ALL have pretty much the same ingredients, just in different order. What a joke! Take a look at The Dog Food Advisor website. Pick a 4 or 5 star food from that site, their are some really nice people on that site. They can help with any questions you might have. 🙂

  13. Tammy says:

    I feed my dog the Pug 25 RC. She loves it. I was told that it was the best dog food for her. She’s also my son’s therapy dog, so I want the best for her.

  14. Shawna Cannon says:

    My yorkies love this food. Without any added favors or wet food , they will eat this. And an added bonus is that it actually does make a difference in their coats. As long as they are eating RC Yorkshire Terrier their hair is shiny and sleek and pretty.. Whenever I can’t afford RC and I get a different brand it goes back to being flat and oily and dull. So I don’t know about everyone else but I love this food.

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