Royal Canin Boxer Adult Dry Dog Food Review

//Royal Canin Boxer Adult Dry Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Boxer Adult Dry Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Boxer Adult Dry Dog Food

Royal Canin Adult Boxer

Royal Canin’s Boxer Formula is designed especially for adult Boxers. This formula is rich in protein which builds muscle and contains appropriate fat levels, vitamins, and minerals.

Boxers are very energetic dogs. Lots of exercise can put pronounced stress on your Boxer muscles and joints. This recipe includes glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate that promote muscle development and help protect the joints.

Boxer breed dogs are known to be predisposed to cardiac conditions. Royal Canin Boxer formula contains particular nutrients to help support healthy cardiac function such as taurine, EPA and DHA.

This formula also contains an exclusive antioxidant complex to help support cellular health protecting them from free radicals (cancer causing agents).

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken by-product meal, wheat gluten, pork meal
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken fat, fish oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil
  • Carbohydrates: Brown rice, brewers rice, oat groats
  • Fiber: Dried plain beet pulp, powdered cellulose
  • Fruits and vegetables: Dried tomato pomace
  • Flavorings: Natural flavors
  • Preservatives: Preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid
  • Sweeteners: Absent
  • Dyes: Absent
  • Supplements and minerals: sodium silico aluminate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, potassium citrate, salt, taurine, hydrolyzed yeast, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], choline chloride, L-tyrosine, glucosamine hydrochloride, L-carnitine, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), DL-methionine, L-lysine, trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate], tea, chondroitin sulfate.

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 24 % (min.) 27 %
Fat 18 % (min.) 20 %
Fiber 4.1 % (max.) 4.6 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 44 % (EV)
EPA 0.2 % (min.) NA
DHA 0.08 % (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?” and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

Boxer Adult Breed Royal Canin is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) are omega 3 fatty acids. They are highly unsaturated fatty acids. Being unsaturated is a benefit because it is easier for the body to break down and consume these fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are a vital part of normal metabolism. They cannot be produced by the body, so they must be consumed through the diet.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken by-product meal represents a controversial ingredient. It is a source of protein. Critics claim this ingredient is equivalent to uneatable waste of poor nutritional value. Chicken by-products meal is made from what’s left of a slaughtered animal after the edible parts have been detached. These include for example feet, backs, livers, kidneys and so on. However, giblets (livers, hearts, gizzards and necks) and other organs can be sold as edible meats too. So this ingredient contains also eatable parts from slaughtered animals as a source of protein.

Wheat gluten is another controversial ingredient. It is a protein source from vegetal origin. Glutens are nutritionally poorer than meat based proteins. Glutens can be used to increase the protein percentage on the dog food label.

Pork meal is recognized as a good, highly palatable protein source. It is a meat concentrate and contains more protein than fresh pork meat.

Carbohydrates: Well cooked Brown rice is easily digested by dogs. It contains B vitamins, iron, manganese, selenium and omega 3 fatty acids. It is also an excellent source of fiber which is important to support intestinal health. Brown rice is a high–quality complex carbohydrate source for energy.

Oat groats is an oat without the hull. The hull is mostly fiber and contains minute nutritional value. Oats are high in protein, fiber, iron, zinc, and B vitamins. Oat groats are very digestible and very palatable. They are a good source of energy for your dog.

Brewers rice represents the small fragments of rice kernels. Brewer’s rice is an easily digested carbohydrate that contains fiber. These fragments contain fewer nutrients than a whole grain of rice but they are not necessarily a bad ingredient.

Fat and oil: Chicken fat is a high quality source of essential fatty acids, energy and linoleic acid that helps to support healthy skin and coat.

Fish oil is obtained from fish like tuna, salmon and sardines. It provides energy and contains essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Fish oils are recommended for the prevention and treatment of numerous health conditions like joint conditions, skin problems, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Vegetable oil is used to name any oil of plant origin. Generally it refers to lower quality oils like corn oil. It is used as a substitute to more expensive fats and oils like animal fat and sunflower oil.

Coconut oil contains more than 90% saturated fats. This ingredient is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. In addition, saturated fats included in coconut oil provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, augmenting athletic performance and supporting weight loss. In dogs, coconut oil can aid in the balance the thyroid function, help overweight dogs lose weight and sedentary dogs to feel energetic.

Fruits and vegetables: Dried tomato pomace corresponds to a mixture of tomato skins, pulp and crushed seeds. It is a good source of soluble fiber and rich in the antioxidant lycopene. It slows digestion, which facilitate mineral absorption. However there are higher quality and lower quality tomato pomace. So depending on the tomatoes used, some pomaces will contain high levels of antioxidants and vitamins and others possibly will not.

Fiber: Dried plain beet pulp is used in dog food as a fiber supplement. It is an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber. It helps to promote general digestive health in dogs. Some consider this ingredient as a controversial ingredient claiming that it is a filler and an artificial food for dogs. It is associated to some digestive problems in equines but there is no scientific evidence that it is bad for dogs.

Powdered cellulose is a source of fiber. It is almost completely indigestible to dogs. It can be considered as a controversial ingredient. Pure cellulose is a white, fragrance-free powder most often made from paper or wood pulp. However cellulose also is present in all plant cells and in many vegetables, fruits and grains. Cellulose powder is not the finest fiber supplement and some veterinarian nutritionists recommend avoiding it.

Flavors: Natural flavors is a very general term. It can contain herbs or meat meals to more problematic ingredients like animal digest.

Supplements: Chondroitin sulfate is a supplement recognized by minimizing the symptoms of osteoarthritis and joint conditions. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

Glucosamine hydrochloride is another dietary supplement. It also helps to prevent the destruction of the joint cartilage. It provides additional joint support.

Salt is added to dog foods as a flavor enhancer. It is generally present in adequate quantities in the raw ingredients. However, as dogs enjoy the taste of salt, it is regularly added to dog foods. Unnecessary salt has some health implications for dogs. I believe that the amount of salt included in this dog food is not a problem because it is far down in the ingredient list. But you should be careful if your dog has a history of heart conditions or high blood pressure.

L-carnitine is an amino acid. It is a dietary supplement known by its support in heart disorders and weight loss programs. L-carnitine has a crucial role in the metabolism of fats.

Taurine is another amino acid. Dogs can produce it and it is not an essential nutrient for most dogs. However, a number of studies demonstrated that taurine supplementation can help in the treatment of heart problems.

Chelated minerals (e.g. zinc proteinate, cooper proteinate, manganese proteinate) are attached to an easily absorbable substance. So they get into the bloodstream more readily.

This food does not contain sweeteners, dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Royal Canin Boxer Adult Dry Dog Food we give a 3.4 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Royal Canin Boxer Adult Dry Dog Food seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

The Boxer is a brachycephalic breed thus he has a short muzzle. The wave-shaped kibble of the Royal Canin Boxer Adult Dry Dog Food is designed to make it easier for this breed to pick up kibble and encourages chewing.

Royal Canin Boxer Dry Dog Food main benefits:

  • Formulated exclusively for Boxers over 15 months
  • Helps maintain muscle mass
  • Supplemented with L-carnitine
  • Support healthy cardiac function containing taurine, EPA and DHA
  • Contains an antioxidant complex to help maintain cellular health
  • Supplemented with glucosamine and chondroitin

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Royal Canin Boxer Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Pork meal
  • Oat groats
  • Brown rice
  • Preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid
  • Glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate
  • Taurine and L-carnitine supplementation

Negative Aspects

  • Chicken by-product meal, wheat gluten
  • Dried plain beet pulp, powdered cellulose
  • Dried tomato pomace
  • Brewers rice
  • Salt

Available in: 6 lb (2.72 Kg); 30 lb (13.6 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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