Championed by vets' practices all across the country, Royal Canin has become food many associate as being the healthiest for our hounds. However, much of this success is down to assertive marketing rather than genuine quality.
Royal Canin is marketed as healthy, 'tailored' nutrition - indeed, the range is impressive, with different varieties for specific breeds as well as ages.
Much of the 'health' status is boasted through its use of additives such as glucosamine, though often in lower doses than the better quality foods (see panel to the right)
Unfortunately, a close reading of Royal Canin's ingredients list reveals a disappointing truth - several low quality fillers are used, along with ingredients that dogs do not digest particularly well. These ingredients and fillers include brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, corn, wheatgluten, corn gluten meal, dried plain beet pulp, vegetable oil, and dried yeast, all of which are present in Royal Canin.
The large puppy formula does get the calcium phosphorous ratio correct, but it also has a high protein content at 34%. This would not necessarily be a concern - it's lower than Orijen's - but much of the protein in Royal Canin's mix is from low quality sources, such as 'hydrolysed animal proteins' - a very unnatural form of processing.
Sadly, the quality does not match up to the price and marketing.