Breed-Based Nutrition Options

Just like people, no two dog breeds are alike. In fact, in the canine world, pure breeds are incredibly different from each other. Not only in their physical traits and general behaviors, but also when it comes to specific nutritional needs.

It’s really no surprise that different breeds have different needs. Some breeds have higher energy requirements, while others more easily gain excess weight. A few are known for their long silky coats, while others have dense, waterproof coats.

Pure Breed Ownership on the Rise


According to a recent American Pet Products Association pet owner survey, currently 61% of dog owners report owning a pure breed dog—up 5% since 2008. Royal Canin now offers precise nutritional solutions for 15 pure breeds, 11 of which are among the top 20 most popular American Kennel Club breeds.

Breed-specific nutrition is an ideal solution for dog owners who want to proactively support the unique health needs of their pets. The biggest benefit of feeding your pet a breed-specific formula is the customized nutrition that addresses the individual needs of the dog from the kibble shape to the nutrient profile. Each breed-specific formula is designed for one individual breed’s needs, such as energy requirements, bone and joint health, muzzle structure and eating habits, digestive sensitivities and unique coat attributes.

Kibble Shape


Many breeds have short muzzles, like the English Bulldog or Pug, while others have longer muzzles, like the Beagle or Labrador Retriever. This can affect the way they pick up their food.  A customized kibble shape can help ensure healthy consumption.

Beagles have the tendency to eat their food quickly; a “cross-shaped” kibble helps to slow down the rate of ingestion and encourage chewing. On the other hand, a unique S-shaped kibble helps the Boxer, a brachycephalic breed, pick up the kibble.

As always, you should work with your veterinarian to evaluate the specific health needs of your dog. While breed-specific nutrition offers several benefits, many dogs have other health issues or conditions that extend beyond the characteristics of their breed.

TIPS TO TAKE AWAY

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Breed-specific nutrition is an ideal solution for dog owners who want to proactively support the unique health needs of their pets.
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A customized kibble shape can help ensure healthy consumption.
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Work with your veterinarian to evaluate the specific health needs of your dog.