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.

From growth to adulthood

Medium-sized puppies


Medium-sized dogs, the MEDIUMS, are those whose adult weight ranges from 11 to 25 kg. Brittany, Beagle,English Cocker Spaniel, French bulldog... These utility and companion dogs account for nearly one third of the breeds recognized by the Federation CynologiqueInternational.

Hunting dogs, herd dogs, guard dogs, sled dogs. Most of these MEDIUMS are utility dogs recognized for their bravery, their dynamism and their physical ability to work outdoors. They have the ability to make intense efforts, but nowadays they sometimes experience a more urban lifestyle.Nevertheless, they remain active dogs. Even though their growth may be qualified as intermediate compared with that of small-sized dogs (the MINIS whose growth is rapid) or that of large-sized dogs (the MAXIS whose growth extends over almost their first two years of life), the period during which the MEDIUMS’ body is being built is crucial.

An immunological fragility

During the first weeks of their lives, MEDIUM puppies gain 5 to 10% of their weight every day and experience a gradual dietary change so as to switch from a liquid lacteal diet to solid food. Weaning starts around the 3rd week of age, preferably with the re-hydrated food which is given to the mother during her lactation period and which is perfectly suited to them.Kibbles are progressively used dry to reach the end of weaning around the 7thweek of age. Between the 4th and the 12th week of age, the puppy is to got hrough a risk period in terms of immunity. The immunity passed on by his mother via colostrums decreases progressively, although his own defences are not optimal. They’ll be so only after the vaccine boosters are given. A Health Nutrition* food suited to the puppy’s growth from weaning through 12 months of age contributes to supporting natural defences through specific nutrient intakes.

For harmonious growth in 12 months

From birth through 12 months of age, the puppy is going to multiply his weight by 40 to 50. His metabolism requires twice higher energy intakes than those of an adult dog, even though his digestive system is still immature. A Health Nutrition growth food should supply this energy without representing too large a volume in the stomach, while promoting a good digestive tolerance. Maximum digestive safety is achieved with high-quality protein and a dietary fibre profile favouring a good balance of the intestinal flora. Controlled calcium and phosphorus intakes enable to contribute to a strong skeletal development.

According to the breed, the Health Nutrition growth food for MEDIUM puppies should be used until 12 to 14 months of age.