NOT suitable for toy breed dogs Adult weight 1-4kg. e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier
NOT suitable for small breed dogs Adult weight 4-10kg. e.g. Beagle, Dachshund, Jack Russell
Suitable for medium breed dogs Adult weight 10-25kg. e.g. Border Collie, Staffie, Springer, Vizsla
NOT suitable for large breed dogs Adult weight 25-45kg. e.g. Boxer, Labrador, Greyhound
NOT suitable for giant breed dogs Adult weight 45kg+ e.g. Bernese, Great Dane, Mastiff
From 12 months to 7 years
4kg & 15kg bags
15kg bags = £56.99
At a glance
Not natural: Contains some added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings and/or other controversial synthetic ingredientsNot high in meat: Contains less than 30% meat ingredients (on a dry matter basis) or meat percentage is unspecifiedNot hypoallergenic: Contains one or more common allergy causing ingredients or has an ingredient list that is too unclear to rule out their presenceNot clearly labelled: It is difficult to tell exactly what is in this food due to a lack of labelling clarityCertified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO
Helps support your dog’s natural defences, thanks particularly to an antioxidant complex and manno-oligo-saccharides.
Helps promote optimal digestibility thanks to an exclusive formula including very high quality protein and a balanced supply of dietary fibre.
OMEGA 3: EPA - DHA
Enriched formula with omega-3 fatty acids (EPA-DHA) to help maintain healthy skin. "
Royal Canin is one of the most popular super premium foods on the market, not just here in the UK but across Europe and beyond. They have taken customised nutrition to new heights and now have specific foods for dozens of different sizes and ages of dogs as well as a wide range of foods for individual dog breeds and a veterinary range for targeting particular health problems. Everything about Royal Canin screams quality - the pristine packaging, the well-above-average price tag, even the name itself all communicate excellence but does the food itself live up to the hype?
In short, no.
Firstly, there's no evidence to suggest that different breeds, sizes or even ages of dogs necessarily benefit from specialised diets. Fortunately, Royal Canin seem to agree as the ingredients of the majority of their foods are more or less the same, confirming the widely held suspicion that their vast range is more about appealing to customers and occupying shelf space than actually serving any nutritional purpose.
Virtually all of the Royal Canin range is based heavily on poultry meal, white rice, maize and wheat, none of which are particularly desirable in a dog food. Poultry meal is ok but it is always best to look for meats with named animal meat sources (like chicken, turkey, duck etc.); white rice is little more than a starchy filler while maize and wheat have both been consistently linked to dietary intolerance and digestive problems.
The other problem is that no percentages are provided for any of the ingredients making it very difficult to gauge the true quality of the food and also allowing the ratio's of the ingredients to change from batch to batch.
Looking specifically at the Medium Adult variety, there are also a number of other concerns. First off, although a meat ingredient may come first, suggesting that it is the most abundant ingredient, it is almost certainly only there because of a controversial practice known as 'grain splitting'. Ingredients have to be listed in order of their amount so the nearer the top, the more there is. By splitting a grain into two components - in this case maize and maize flour and also wheat and wheat flour, the grains drop down the ingredient list making it appear that meat is the first ingredient. In reality, it's likely that the real ingredient list would read 'maize, wheat, dehydrated poultry protein...' which is hardly the mark of a super premium food.
Further down the list we find more controversial ingredients: unspecified animal fats and hydrolysed animal proteins but most worrying of all are the un-named antioxidants. The term 'antioxidant' includes all sorts of additives, from natural vitamin E to some of the most contentious chemicals found in pet foods like BHA and BHT. As always, our advice where information isn't given is to assume the worst.
In pet food, price and quality don't always go hand in hand and nowhere is that more true than with the Royal Canin range. At nearly a pound a day to feed an 18kg dog but ingredients more inline with many budget foods, you wouldn't have to look far to find a food to give you more bang for your buck.
Conclusion: a budget food at a premium price.
This food is suitable for the following breed sizes:
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This food does not contain any added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredients. For more information on our logos tap here
This food contains some added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings and/or other controversial synthetic ingredients. For more information on our logos tap here
High meat content
This food contains at least 30% meat ingredients on a dry matter basis (once all of the food's water has been taken out of the equation). For more information on our logos tap here
Not high in meat
This food contains less than 30% meat ingredients on a dry matter basis (once all of the food's water has been taken out of the equation). For more information on our logos tap here
This food is free from all ingredients that are regularly linked by veterinarians to food allergies and/or intolerance in dogs like wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and artificial additives. For more information on our logos tap here
This food contains one or more ingredients that are regularly linked by veterinarians to food allergies and/or intolerance in dogs or uses ambiguous terms making it impossible to rule their presence out. For more information on our logos tap here
This food is free from all cereals including wheat, rice, maize, barley and oats. For more information on our logos tap here
Not grain free
This food contains one or more cereals or has an ingredient list that is too unclear to rule out cereal content. For more information on our logos tap here
Each ingredient is clearly and individually stated and there is at least a reasonable indication of the percentages of the main ingredients. For more information on our logos tap here
Not clearly labelled
It is difficult to tell exactly what is in this food due to a lack of labelling clarity. For more information on our logos tap here
Certified nutritionally complete
This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO. For more information on our logos tap here
Not certified nutritionally complete
This food does not comply fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO. For more information on our logos tap here
The price per day of feeding this food based on feeding the manufacturer's recommended daily amount from 15kg bags bought at their rrp to a dog of:
Note: All suggested feeding amounts and costs are only approximate and may vary considerably from dog to dog. Be sure to contact the manufacturer if in any doubt.
33 out of 100 - Poor
Our unique nutritional ratings are calculated based on a number of characteristics including the quality and quantity of the stated ingredients, certain nutritional and technological additives and the processing methods used to create the food. They are designed to indicate how healthy a food is likely to be for the majority of dogs when fed on a daily basis for an extended period. Click here for more information