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Royal Canin Maxi Puppy Review

Type of food

Complete dry extruded

Dog types

Pet dogs

Breed sizes

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
NOT suitable for medium breed dogs
Adult weight 10-25kg. e.g. Border Collie, Staffie, Springer, Vizsla
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

Dog ages

From 2 months to 15 months

Pack sizes

1kg, 4kg, 10kg & 15kg bags


15kg bags = £74.99

AADF rating


At a glance

Not natural: Contains some added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings and/or other controversial synthetic ingredients
Not high in meat: Contains less than 30% meat ingredients (on a dry matter basis) or meat percentage is unspecified
Not hypoallergenic: Contains wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and/or artificial additives or has an ingredient list that is too unclear to rule out their presence
Not clearly labelled:

This product has not been awarded the clear labelling logo because labelling lacks clarity.

Certified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO

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Mixing bowl:

Dehydrated Poultry Protein, Maize Flour, Rice, Dehydrated Pork Protein, Animal Fats, Maize, Wheat Gluten, Wheat Flour, Hydrolysed Animal Proteins, Minerals, Beet Pulp, Maize Gluten, Vegetable Fibres, Soya Oil, Fish Oil, Fructooligosaccharides, Psyllium Husks and Seeds, Hydrolysed Yeast (0.30%), Algal Oil Schizochytrium Sp, Yucca Schidigera Juice, Marigold Meal, Glucosamine from Fermentation, Hydrolysed Cartilage.

As fed (BETA):

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin a 15500 IU, Vitamin D3 1000 IU, Iron (3b103) 42 mg, Iodine (3b201, 3b202) 4.2 mg, Copper (3b405, 3b406) 13 mg, Manganese (3b502, 3b504) 54 mg, Zinc (3b603, 3b605, 3b606) 136 mg, Selenium (3b801, 3b811, 3b812) 0.07 mg.

Technological additives


Typical Analysis

Protein 30.0%, Fat 16.0%, Fibre 2.5%, Ash 8.2%, Moisture 8.0%, Omega3 0.16%.


379.0 kcal/100g

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

* NFE carbohydrate level (i.e. not including fibre). Level estimated from available data.


15kg bags RRP


Grams per day


Cost per day


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Company info
Name: Crown Pet Foods Ltd
HQ: Somerset, UK
Parent company: Mars
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Manufacturer's product description

" During your large-breed puppy's growth period, they need enough calories and the right nutrients for their developing skeletal, nervous and sensory systems. This can be a challenge for puppies of this size: because they are susceptible to bone and joint problems, high levels of calcium or vitamins can be harmful. As younger puppies gradually lose the '˜antibody shield' provided by their mother\'s colostrum, they also need optimal protein to build their own immune system. ROYAL CANIN Maxi Puppy is specially formulated to support the nutritional needs of large-breed puppies. This formula is suitable for 2 to 15-month-old large-breed puppies that should reach an adult weight of 26-44kg. This formula contains nutrients such as vitamins C and E to help support the puppies' natural defences while their immune systems are still developing. It is enriched with omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) which helps support healthy brain development in puppies. Thanks to a combination of beneficial prebiotics (such as FOS, MOS and beet pulp) and highly digestible proteins, ROYAL CANIN Maxi Puppy also helps to support a healthy balance of intestinal microbiota (gut flora) for good digestion. Additionally, the formula contains an optimal energy content designed to satisfy the energy needs of growing, large-breed puppies. The kibble in ROYAL CANIN® Maxi Puppy has also been specially designed for the unique needs of large breed puppies. Its size and shape help regulate the speed at which your puppy eats and promotes fullness. It also helps to support dental health, thanks to a mechanical brushing effect as your puppy chews. Did you know that a puppy's nutritional needs change as they grow? By the time your large-breed puppy reaches 15 months old, they will need a diet that's specially adapted to meet their nutritional needs as a grown dog. At this stage, you can transition them onto ROYAL CANIN Maxi Adult, available either as a dry kibble diet or with wet chunks in gravy. At Royal Canin, we're committed to creating a better world for cats and dogs. For more than 50 years, we've worked closely with breeders, vets, and pet experts, sharing specialist knowledge and scientific research to create a dedicated approach to individualised, precise nutritional solutions. All of our products undergo an extensive quality control process to guarantee the optimal quality of food. When your large-breed puppy eats ROYAL CANIN Maxi Puppy, they're getting a complete and balanced diet. "


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Toosh 2 years ago

We were also recommended this by breeder and found they get a healthy discount. It's but no least the worst food, but seems to go through them quickly. We are in the process of changing over to Bounce & Bella puppy which is grain free. We haven't fully transitioned yet, but have already seen a huge improvement in their poop, which is much firmer and as a result they poop 2-3 times a day rather than 5-6 (yes we've been checking!)

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vvdenise bran Toosh 3 months ago

same here, my breeder also recommended this food and was adamant that I don't change, but i can see they don't like it, my vet recommended the Carnivore one and since we started to gradually change into it they stopped pooping so much and the poop is more firm and seem to love it tons more

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LluĂ­s Ybero 2 years ago

Does not include Ca and P % content.

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Lisa W 6 years ago

I have to say that my puppy loves this food (although we use the Active variety) and looks and behaves beautifully on it. His stools are also perfect! I've been put off using it a couple of times and so tried Eden and Orjen both of which affected his digestion and temperament terribly! Sticking with it no matter what the reviews say now. Also my old lab was on another food, James Well Beloved Senior, which was supposedly non allergenic! But when I switched her to this brand's senior food her dry skin completely cleared up. I think you should just do what is right for your own dog. They will let you know what agrees with them and what doesn't. Make your own mind up!

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david ryan 8 years ago

Our breeder swears by this food but our puppy doesn,t seem to like it at all and i bought 2 x 20kg bags.We are giving him chicken with it,sardines,natural yoghurt and scrambled egg but he leaves kibble.Has anyone else experienced this please.

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Nick Ayres david ryan 6 years ago

Also recommended by our breeder and liked by puppy for a few months but then refused to eat it. Have tried several brands including Eden which was too rich and Canagan chicken which was rejected after a few weeks. Then switched to Canagan salmon and all seemd ok until a bad attack of gastro enteritis. Now about to switch to Burns pork and potato on advice from Vet.

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IanB Nick Ayres 6 years ago

Worth doing a bit of research into the incentives and discounts breeders get from Mars/RC, in return for their "recommendations"?

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Himanshu david ryan 2 years ago

Giving boiled meat or chicken or fish along with dog food is not recommended... Give meat or fish as treat once or twice a week and keep your dog on dog food diet.. that would probably help you

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vvdenise bran david ryan 3 months ago

my breeder also recommended this food but i can see they don't like it, my vet recommended the Carnivore one and since we started to gradually change into it they stopped pooping so much and the poop is more firm

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Matthew Rhucroft 9 years ago

Interested as to why RC is rated so low here, lower than Wainwrights. RC has been perfect so far for my dog (Dobermann puppy) and my breeder uses it for her dogs. All her dogs are very healthy and look beautiful.

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Meep Matthew Rhucroft 8 years ago

Because of the unnatural ingredients, Canin's ingredient list is outdated, newer, better foods are constantly coming into the market. RC can't say what meat they've used specifically, and how much they use either, there are much better foods out there for the sky high price of this food, when you're just paying for dehydrated animal proteins and gluten.

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vvdenise bran Matthew Rhucroft 3 months ago

give a try to the carnilove, my pups love it and they seem more energetic with it

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