Royal Canin Weight Maintenance Dry Dog Food

Last updated: November 5, 2021

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Product Details

In our analysis of 99 expert reviews, the Royal Canin Weight Maintenance Dry Dog Food placed 17th when we looked at the top 20 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers 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.
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.
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.
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

What reviewers 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).
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.
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.
Royal Canin had a recall in 2007 due to melamine in the rice protein concentrate used in some of their dry pet foods
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.
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