Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Adult Dry Dog Food Review

//Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Adult Dry Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Adult Dry Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Adult Dry Dog Food

Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Adult Dry Dog FoodYorkshire Terrier Adult Dry Dog Food from Royal Canin is made exclusively for your small breed dog. It contains omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids that will nourish your dog’s long and silky coat.

It also includes high-antioxidant levels which will keep your dog’s immune system strong throughout the long life-span of Yorkshires. Even the size and shape of the kibble is made to be easy to grab with a small dog little jaw.

Yorkies are known and valued for the silkiness, gloss, and length of their coat. Coat quality can be directly related to diet and Yorkshire Terrier Adult Dry Dog is specially formulated to help prevent fragile, dry, oily, or dull hair and itchy skin.

The tartar reduction formula aids reduce tartar formation due to the presence of calcium chelators.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken by-product meal, wheat gluten, corn gluten meal
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken fat, fish oil, vegetable oil
  • Carbohydrates: Brewers rice, brown rice, corn
  • Fiber: Powdered cellulose, dried plain beet pulp
  • Fruits and vegetables: none
  • Flavorings: Natural flavors
  • Preservatives: Preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, sodium silico aluminate, fructooligosaccharides, sodium tripolyphosphate, 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], DL-methionine, choline chloride, magnesium oxide, L-lysine, glucosamine hydrochloride, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate], tea, L-carnitine, chondroitin sulfate, rosemary extract

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

Nutrient Analysis

Gauranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein  26 % (min.) 29 %
Fat 16 % (min.) 18 %
Fiber 5 % (max.) 5.6 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 44 % (EV)
Omega 6 3.19 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 0.56 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 250 mg/Kg (min.) NA
Chondroitin Sulphate 50 mg/Kg (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

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

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.

Yorkshire Terriers are known to have a long life expectancy and this formula supplies a collection of nutrients to help preserve health in mature dogs. The inclusion of glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate supports joint health.

Omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids provide healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Yorkies hair is known for its continuous growth and natural softness.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken by-product meal is a named by-product meal; it is a meat concentrate and contains more protein than fresh chicken. In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this ingredient includes feet, beaks and undeveloped eggs. It does not include quality skeletal muscle.

In spite of chicken by-product meal contains all the amino acids a dog requires; it is an inexpensive chicken by-product and a lower quality ingredient.

Wheat gluten compared to meat is an inferior plant-based protein, presenting a low content in some of the essential amino acids dogs need. Corn gluten meal is another plant-based protein booster.

Glutens are less nutritionally full than meat proteins. Glutens can elevate the protein reported on a food label.

Carbohydrates: Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product and it is of only reserved nutritional value to a dog. Brewers rice is made from the small milled fragments of rice kernels and is lacking many of the nutrients contained in whole rice.

Brown rice is a complex carbohydrate. It is higher in fiber making it easier to digest and less irritating for a sensitive digestive tract.

FDA discovered high levels of arsenic in rice, thus it seems that we will shortly be hearing more about too much amounts of this potentially hazardous substance in dog food.

Corn is a low-cost and controversial cereal grain. This grain is of modest nutritional value to a dog. Thus corn is not a favorite component in any dog food because it is a cereal linked to dog food allergies.

Fiber: Powdered cellulose is a non-digestible plant fiber. Aside for the usual benefits of fiber, powdered cellulose offers no nutritional value to a dog. Dried wood is the most frequent font for cellulose. It is cleaned, processed into a fine powder and used to add bulk and stability to dog foods.

Beet pulp is a high fiber by-product and a controversial ingredient. However the inclusion of beet pulp in rational amounts in most dog foods is entirely tolerable.

Fat and oil: Chicken fat is full of linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Fish oil also contains essential fatty acids for skin and coat health. It provides a concentrated font of energy and flavor.
Vegetable oil represents a generic oil of unidentified origin. Without further information, it’s impossible to evaluate an item so unclearly described.

Fruits and vegetables: This food does not contain fresh fruits and vegetables, which are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Flavors: Natural flavor is an unclear term that often indicates the existence of MSG (monosodium glutamate) used for flavoring. This constituent is added to dog food to put off your dog from eating his own feces.

Supplements: Hydrolyzed yeast is a by-product of the production of ethanol. Even though it contains over 40% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

This formula includes fructooligosaccharide used as prebiotics. Prebiotics  support the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestine.

Chelated minerals are easier to absorb and are usually found in superior dog foods.

Rosemary is an ingredient that has outstanding antioxidant content as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

This food does not contain dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Adult Dry Dog Food we give a 3.55 stars score.

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

Like all small breeds, Yorkies are particularly prone to tartar and dental plaque formation. These diseases can be very painful and in severe cases can lead to teeth becoming loose or falling out. Specially designed kibbles help in daily maintenance of good tooth and mouth hygiene.

Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Adult Dry Dog Food main benefits:

  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate supports joint health throughout a Yorkshire Terrier’s long life
  • Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), Omega 6 fatty acids and biotin provide healthy skin and a beautiful coat
  • Tartar control formula promotes good teeth and mouth hygiene

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

Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Adult Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken fat, fish oil
  • Fructooligosaccharides
  • Preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid
  • Glucosamine and Chodroitin Sulphate
  • Omega Fatty acids
  • No sweeteners or dyes
  • Brown rice, corn
  • Chelated minerals

Negative Aspects

  • Vegetable oil
  • Powdered cellulose, dried plain beet pulp
  • Absence of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Natural flavors
  • Chicken by-product meal, wheat gluten, corn gluten meal
  • Brewers rice

Available in: 2.5 lb (1.13 Kg); 10 lb (4.54 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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