Royal Canin

Last updated date: November 27, 2018

DWYM Score
6.0

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We looked at the top 1 Dry Dog Food and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including Dog Food Advisor, Petsumer Report, Dog Food Guru and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dry Dog Food you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 128 expert reviews, the Royal Canin Royal Canin placed 13th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 20, 2019:
Checkout The Best Dry Dog Food for a detailed review of all the top dry dog food.

Expert Summarized Score
4.5
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
1,150 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
- Dog Food Advisor
Chicken meal is first, and as I’ve said before, leading off with a meat “meal” product is the best way to start. It means it’s from the good part of the animal and is rich in protein. The next three grains are all good choices, and they haven’t lessened standards by using brewers rice or rice flour, which is great to see. Chicken fat is way better than beef tallow, so that’s a welcome addition to add fat to the food.
- PetFoodRatings.org
April 12, 2013 | Full review
The company says they place their emphasis on the nutrients in the food rather than simply looking at the ingredients. In addition, Royal Canin researches nutritional formulas for specific breeds and health symptoms.
- Dog Food Guru
This dog food formula would benefit from a high-quality source of whole protein as the first ingredient with acceptable carbohydrates like oat groats and grain distillers dried yeast being present in smaller quantities
- Dog Food Insider
What experts didn't like
this food includes vegetable oil, a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).
- Dog Food Advisor
we have corn gluten meal. It’s further down here than in most foods, so it’s more forgiveable, but we still don’t like to see it.
- PetFoodRatings.org
April 12, 2013 | Full review
Minus: - Supplements can be sourced from China; risk of poor quality control. - Contains Sodium Selenite – potential risk form of selenium. - Most mineral listings do not read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption). - This food does not appear to contain probiotics (friendly bacteria that benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet). - Contains grain ingredients prone to deadly molds. - Contains genetically modified (GM) grain ingredients linked to health risks. - Contains copper sulfate, supplement recently linked to liver disease. - Contains chicken by-product meal; ingredient determined by the FDA linked to euthanized animals. - Contains DL-Methionine, a synthetic amino acid.
- Petsumer Report
Royal Canin had a recall in 2007 due to melamine in the rice protein concentrate used in some of their dry pet foods
- Dog Food Guru
I've been feeding my 4 year old Chihuahua the Royal Canin Chihuahua kibble, all was good until the last bag I bought had ants in it. I didn't believe it at first, thought maybe we brought in ants on our walk. We live on the 16th floor so I knew we didn't have an ant problem... but then this morning I poured him a bowl and again, ants everywhere in his food.
- PetFoodTalk.com
October 26, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Small dogs need more than just a small kibble. They need more energy than big dogs, and they have a shorter and more intense growth period. Plus, they typically live longer than large dogs, and have a more finicky appetite. Royal Canin Mini formulas are designed to meet the specific needs of small dogs throughout every stage of their life. Small dogs have very distinct physiological traits such as jaw size, bone structure, digestive systems, and high energy requirements which can benefit from specialized nutrition.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wellness Core
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Orijen Tundra
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Taste of the Wild Grain Free
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 8
4. CANIDAE All Life Stages
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
6. American Journey
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Blue Buffalo Wilderness
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Fromm Classic
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Horizon Dog Food
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Natural Balance Dog Food
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
11. Nature’s Recipe
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Iams ProActive Health
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Royal Canin
Overall Score: 6.0
Expert Reviews: 7
14. Diamond Naturals Dry Food for Adult Dog
Overall Score: 5.8
Expert Reviews: 8
15. Purina ONE SmartBlend Natural Formula
Overall Score: 5.6
Expert Reviews: 6
16. Hill’s Science Diet Adult Sensitive
Overall Score: 5.5
Expert Reviews: 4
17. Pedigree Adult Complete
Overall Score: 5.3
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Dry Dog Food

Dogs are like members of our families, so of course, we want to keep them as healthy and happy as possible. The foundation for that is proper nutrition. A consistent, high-quality diet is the key to keeping your dog looking and feeling great. Feeding your dog the best dog food will keep them functioning at their best and can ward off chronic diseases, leading to a longer life. Dry dog food is very common and convenient, as it does not require refrigeration.

There’s a ton of different types of dry dog food out there, so the choices can be overwhelming.  You should look for dog food that is labeled as “complete and balanced,” which means the food contains the minimum amount of all the nutrients necessary for dogs. This standard is regulated by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Keep in mind that buzzwords like “premium” and “immune supporting” are not regulated and should not carry much weight in your choice.

Just as with human food, you want to make sure your dog is eating a diet with real, whole foods and one that is free from artificial preservatives and additives. Make sure your dog’s food contains a high-quality animal protein source, like lamb, chicken or turkey. Leading brands, such as Orijen Tundra, contain multiple protein sources, including chicken, turkey, flounder and egg.

Many veterinarians recommend avoiding dog food that contains grains like corn, wheat and soy, as dogs do not need these starches. Although many healthy dog foods contain carbohydrates in the form of fruit and vegetables, brands like Taste of the Wild tout their grain-free recipe.

Other healthy ingredients include probiotics, which benefit the intestinal and immune systems, and minerals. Minerals should be chelated or proteinated for maximum absorption.

Some dogs need special diets, and diets should be adjusted for puppies and senior dogs. The right dog food for your pet will meet all of their needs and come at an affordable price.

DYWM Fun Fact

Dogs have been humans’ companions for more than 30,000 years. In the beginning, man’s best friend’s diet did not get the consideration it does today. Dogs generally ate the scraps that were left over from their humans. Around 1860, businessman James Spratt introduced the first commercially prepared dog food. Official nutritional requirements for dogs and cats were established in the mid-1980s. Dry dog food, or “kibble” as we know it today, became popular in the 1950s.

As of 2017, commercial pet food was a $26 billion industry. These days, a lot of pet parents are turning to online retailers like Amazon and Chewy to get their dog food delivered straight to their door.

The Dry Dog Food Buying Guide

  • Make sure to feed your dog the proper amount. Overfeeding your dog ups their risk of obesity and associated health problems. There are some formulas to determine how much you should be feeding your dog depending on their size and breed, and your veterinarian can also provide you with guidance.
  • Puppies need small, frequent meals, while adult dogs can eat just one to two meals per day. Some dogs are grazers, meaning that they will eat small amounts throughout the day, but many more will eat all the food that is given to them at a time, which is why it’s important not to overfeed them.
  • Price is an important factor in dog food, as it’s one of the major ongoing expenses associated with being a pet owner. A higher price tag does not necessarily translate to a superior product. A moderately priced brand such as Nature’s Recipe scores high marks for its quality.
  • To keep your dog’s food fresh, make sure it is sealed. Some brands come with resealable tops, or you can put it in an airtight container, preferably made of glass or stainless steel. Make sure you keep your dog food in a cool, dry place. Moisture and heat can compromise the food’s safety and quality.
  • Just like human food, dog food has an expiration date. Dry dog food is generally good for one year. Never give your dog food that smells or looks spoiled.
  • It’s important that the food you choose is a good fit for your dog. If your dog rejects a food or it makes them sick, it may not be the optimal choice for them. Consult with your veterinarian to find the type of food that’s best for your pet.
  • Make sure you wash the bowls your dog eats and drinks from regularly, ideally every day. Once a week, they should be sanitized with a bleach solution. Stainless steel bowls are the easiest to keep clean.