The Puppy and the Dog They have been man’s companion through the ages and adapted to their owners, but they have their own behavioural and nutritional demands. Knowing and respectingthem will guarantee their health and well-being.

The cat’s feline nature is always a matter of fascination.He adapts with apparent ease to daily life, and yet he has behavioural and nutritional requirements of his own. Knowing them and respecting them will guarantee his well-being and his health.

Because of its composition, a Royal Canin Health Nutrition food provides all essential nutrients measured out with utmost precision in order to contribute every day and on a long-term basis to the well-being and health of every animal, according to his age, his size, his physiological condition and his breed.

Innovation for the sake of dogs and cats’ health. For over 40 years, Royal Canin has worked with breeder partners and veterinary nutritionists to go ever further into innovation and precision to enable us to formulate nutritional solutions which perfectly meet dogs and cats’ real needs.

Living with your puppy


To support your puppy in his new life as well as possible, you are given a few essential rules and pieces of advice on the best way for you to support his learning and his integration into the family circle and to provide the care he should be given for healthy growth.

Feeding him

A good diet makes for a harmonious growth

From birth to the end of growth is a period of intense development making precise health nutrition essential for harmonious growth and the prevention of pathological problems.

Giving your puppy a proper diet

A rule worth remembering is that a puppy must eat neither too much, nor too little, and should never be overfed under the pretext of pleasing him. Overfeeding has detrimental consequences. It leads to early excess weight gain and predisposes the large breed puppy to osteoarticular problems. In a small-sized breed, it may encourage multiplication of the cells making up the adipose tissue, and promote obesity at adulthood.

Well-chosen energy content and observance of energy intake, determined according to proper bases, guard against the risk of excess weight gain. Dogs need no “variety” in their diet and are even a poor “tasters,” and choose their food based on a highly developed sense of smell.

Specific qualitative requirements

After weaning, the number of meals need to change with age, starting with four meals a day in the weeks following weaning, before switching to three, and then to two at mid-growth. Ideally, food quantities should be based on the growth curves of the different types of dogs, their specific requirements and the animal’s weight.

Protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, trace elements... Every nutrient in the food has a specific role. Excesses and deficiencies in any can be detrimental to the puppy’s health. A large breed puppy is more demanding than a small breed with regards to calcium intake. If they eat the same food, a larger breed runs the risk of suffering from calcium deficiency.

Royal Canin Health Nutrition is precisely suited to breed, size, age, sensitivities and specific features. At the end of growth, health nutrition provides the necessary nutritional maintenance that meets the adult dog’s requirements.

Getting to know the growth-related requirements of your

The meal: an important moment

Food, love and a place to sleep are very important elements for your puppy. As far as health nutrition is concerned, here are the 10 commandments for the dog owner, compiled by behaviorists and veterinarians.