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Royal Canin Medium Junior was recommended by my puppy's breeder and by my vet. It has a high protein content and the manufacturers say it meets the high energy needs of medium breed puppies. I have a springer collie cross so this should be ideal.
This is a dry dog food but it can be moistened with water. I tried this method of feeding but the kibble took a long time to absorb the water and it didn't look very appetising. The puppy wasn't too keen on it either so I began to feed it dry. She preferred this a little more but if you feed this way you have to make sure there is a really good supply of fresh water available all the time.
The puppy appears to be thriving but she isn't all that keen on the food either moistened or dry so I've bought another high quality brand and mixed a bit in with the Royal Canin.
The kibble comes in various package sizes and there is a feeding guide to help you feed the right amount. However, because the puppy wasn't eating all that well I gave her as much as she would eat. She has put on weight and is developing normally. She's being brought up under the watchful eye of our vet and they would soon spot if anything was wrong.
The package sizes are: 50.0 g, 1.0 kg, 4.0 kg, 10.0 kg, 15.0 kg
The ingredients listed on the Royal Canin website are
COMPOSITION: dehydrated poultry protein, animal fats, maize, dehydrated pork protein*, wheat, beet pulp, wheat flour, rice, maize flour, hydrolysed animal proteins, vegetable protein isolate*, maize gluten, fish oil, yeasts, soya oil, minerals, fructo-oligo-saccharides, hydrolysed yeast (source of manno-oligo-saccharides), marigold extract (source of lutein). ADDITIVES (per kg): Nutritional additives: Vitamin A: 11800 IU, Vitamin D3: 1000 IU, E1 (Iron): 46 mg, E2 (Iodine): 3.6 mg, E4 (Copper): 8 mg, E5 (Manganese): 60 mg, E6 (Zinc): 199 mg, E8 (Selenium): 0.08 mg - Preservatives - Antioxidants. ANALYTICAL CONSTITUENTS: Protein: 32% - Fat content: 20% - Crude ash: 6.4% - Crude fibres: 1.7% - Per kg: Calcium: 11.5 g - Phosphorus: 9.1 g - Manno-oligo-saccharides: 0.5 g - Fructo-oligo-saccharides: 3.4 g. *L.I.P.: protein selected for its very high assimilation.
The analysis is:
Ash (%) 6.4
Biotin (mg/kg) 1.12
Calcium (%) 1.15
Fibre (%) 1.7
Dietary fibre (%) 7.8
Fat (%) 20.0
Linoleic acid (%) 3.17
Lutein (mg/kg) 5.0
Metabolisable energy (calculated according to NRC85) (kcal/kg) 3937.0
Metabolisable energy (measured) (kcal/kg) 4167.0
Methionine Cystine (%) 1.29
Moisture (%) 8.0
Nitrogen-free extract (NFE) (%) 31.9
Omega 6 (%) 3.35
Protein (%) 32.0
Starch (%) 25.8
Taurine (mg/kg) 2000.0
Vitamin A (UI/kg) 19000.0
Vitamin C (mg/kg) 200.0
Vitamin E (mg/kg) 500.0
Choline (mg/kg) 2000.0
Vitamin B1 Thiamin (mg/kg) 4.3
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin (mg/kg) 4.0
Vitamin B3 Niacin (mg/kg) 15.5
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic acid (mg/kg) 26.2
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine (mg/kg) 8.5
Vitamin D3 (UI/kg) 1000.0
Copper (mg/kg) 15.0
Iodine (mg/kg) 3.6
Iron (mg/kg) 231.0
Manganese (mg/kg) 77.0
Zinc (mg/kg) 248.0
As you can see this appears to have a high protein content but like a lot of dry dog foods there is a lot of cereal included. If you want to feed a dry kibble then this is one of the better quality brands. It's quite expensive but it's worth spending as much as you can afford to give your puppy a good start in life. I would start with a smaller sized bag. You'll soon be able to tell if your puppy likes it and is thriving on it. The larger sized bags work out cheaper and it's worth shopping around to get a good price.
We chose this brand of dog food after much research on internet forums as we initially expected to be buying a recognised breed of dog and were impressed by the breed-specific options available. In the end we chose a cross-breed instead but still decided to stick with the Royal Canin range.
Selecting a size-specific product for a puppy relies on the owner knowing how large their dog will end up being, our dog is a mix of beagle and pug (puggle) and, as such, size was a bit of an unknown quantity! The customer care team at Royal Canin were very helpful and there is also an app available to help navigate your way through their products if you are technically inclined!
Purchasing the food was easy, its widely stocked at all of our local branches of Pets at Home, local pet shops and vets in a variety of sizes so we were able to start off with the small sized bag and go from there. Instructions for portion size are easily understood, giving a chart for adult weight and the amount to feed and out puppy always seemed satisfied with this amount twice daily.
I can only compare its effects with those of the food that was supplied with our dog and the difference between the two was marked. Her coat became glossier within only weeks of changing the food (which we did gradually), her trips to the toilet became much more regular and her "business" became more uniform in both colour and firmness. Additionally the actual food itself consisted of small(ish) round pellets which did encourage her to chew rather than gulp.
As time went on we found that she was growing at a rate greater then we had expected (the joys f buying a "designer dog") and she is now the biggest puggle we've ever seen!!!! This wasn't an issue we simply adjusted the intake of food to accomodate the difference in size and carried on as before. At no point did she appear overweight and based on the size of her parents I think her larger size is due to genetics rather than an issue with the food.
Once we had decided that this would be the food for us we then had to consider suppliers and found that by far the most economical way to go. A large bag (15kg) lasts about 2 months and stores brilliantly in an airtight pet food dispenser with no issues. It's not the cheapest product on the pet food market and the prices at Pets at Home are enough to make your eyes water so we elected to join Amazon's "subscribe and save" package, it brings the cost down to about £38 a bag at the time of writing and I don't think that's a bad price to feed a dog for 2 months!
We carried on with the junior food option throughout her first year, it carried on meeting her energy levels as we adjusted the amount by her age using bothe the chart on the packaging and the aforementioned iphone app. The change to adult food came when she did begin to gulp the food down, we decided to go for a larger size of kibble which was simply a transition from the Junior to Adult version and she has continued to thrive!
Royal Canin Medium Junior dog food for puppies and young dogs of medium-sized breeds (11 - 25 kg) from 2 months for harmonious growth a strong immune system and healthy joints