X-Small Ageing +12 Royal Canin Review

//X-Small Ageing +12 Royal Canin Review

X-Small Ageing +12 Royal Canin Review

X-Small Ageing +12 Royal Canin

X-Small Ageing +12 Royal Canin

Smaller dogs need more than just a miniature kibble. They need additional energy than larger dogs, and they have a shorter growth period.

Additionally, they live longer than larger dogs, and have a more choosy appetite. Small and toy dogs require a diet that meet their particularities.

X-Small Ageing +12 is a dry dog food. It is prepared with selected nutrients, EPA and DHA and a patented complex of antioxidants to support healthy aging in your small dog.

In addition, special formulated kibbles help to decrease dental plaque and limit tartar development.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken meal, brewers dried yeast, hydrolyzed yeast; essential amino acids: L-tyrosine, DL-methionine, L-lysine, L-arginine L-tryptophan, L-carnitine, taurine
    Fat and Oil: Chicken fat, vegetable oil, fish oil
  • Carbohydrates: Corn gluten meal, corn, brown rice, wheat gluten
  • Fiber: Brewers rice, dried chicory root, psyllium seed husk
  • Fruits and vegetables: absent
  • Flavorings: Rosemary extract, marigold extract, green tea extract
  • Preservatives: natural mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) and citric acid
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements: Fructooligosaccharides, potassium chloride, manganese proteinate , copper proteinate, zinc proteinate calcium iodate, sodium selenite sodium tripolyphosphate, calcium carbonate, L ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin supplement (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, choline chloride, lysotene;
    Sulfate and oxide based mineral: zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium sulphate, magnesium oxide

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 22 % (min.) 24 %
Fat 16 % (min.) 17 %
Fiber 3.5 % (max.) 3.8 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 42 % (EV)
EPA 0.175 % (min.) NA
DHA 0.075 % (min.) NA

NA (not available); EV (estimated value)

The protein % is above the level established by AAFCO. This represents a modest value. However it may be appropriate to prevent or not intensify kidney problems in an old dog.

Compared to a classic dry dog food the 42 % carbohydrates is a value above average.

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.

The elements illustrated in the table as EPA and DHA are very long-chain omega 3 fatty acids and are particularly known for their anti-inflammatory role.

Addition of EPA and DHA to dog food has many benefits such as:

  • They protect cardiac and kidney functions
  • They limit the risk of tumours

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: The main protein ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is a good quality meat concentrate.

Other protein source we found in the ingredient list is brewers dried yeast. Brewers yeast can be a controversial element. Opponents argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. However, like all allergies, this element will only be a problem if your dog is allergic to the yeast.

I believe that unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious ingredient.

Fat and oil: Chicken Fat and fish oil offer essential fatty acids for skin and coat health. They provide a concentrated font of energy and flavor. These elements are highly quality ingredients.

Vegetable oil is a generic oil of unknown source. Thus, it’s not viable to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described.

Carbohydrates: Brown rice is a complex carbohydrate that once cooked can be fairly easy to digest. Corn is a cheap and controversial cereal grain of poor nutritional value to a dog. Corn gluten meal has few essential amino acids that dogs require.

Fiber: Brewers rice is only modest nutritional value to a dog. Dried Chicory Root and Psyllium Seed Husk are good sources of fiber that helps support healthy digestion.

Flavors: natural herbal extracts enhances the flavor of food and are considered safe ingredients

Preservatives: this food uses natural preservatives which are usually considered safe.

A very positive aspect in this food is that it does not contain any sweeteners and dyes.

Sulfate and oxide based mineral supplements are harmless but poorly absorbed and thus mostly useless.

Sodium tripolyphosphate interacts with saliva minerals and reduce the formation of tartar plaque. Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) are used here as a prebiotic which help to maintain intestinal flora health.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Royal Canin X-Small Ageing +12 we give a 3.55 stars score to this dog food.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone, Royal Canin X-small Ageing +12 seems to be a recommended dry dog food for small dogs above 12 years of age.
X-Small Ageing +12 main benefits:

  • Digestive support (FOS, dried chicory root, psyllium seed husk)
  • Good source of animal protein (chicken meal)
  • Sodium tripolyphosphate and specialized kibbles help to reduce dental plaque and limit tartar formation
  • EPA & DHA: support a beautiful coat and healthy skin
  • Patented complex of antioxidants to support healthy aging (e.g. vitamin E and lysotene)
  • Kidney health: controlled phosphorus level to help maintain healthy kidneys

As explained in the detail ingredient analysis, the carbohydrates sources like corn, corn meal are cheap plant based ingredients. They can considerably increase the total protein % reported on the food label. This factor must be taken into account when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

X-Small Ageing +12 dog food has a plant-based kibble using a reasonable amount of chicken meal as its major source of animal protein.

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

X-Small Ageing +12 – Royal Canin

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken meal, Essential amino acids
  • Fish oil, Chicken fat
  • Brown rice
  • Dried chicory root, psyllium seed husk
  • Rosemary extract, marigold extract, green tea extract
  • Dried chicory root, psyllium seed husk
  • Rosemary extract, marigold extract, green tea extract
  • Natural mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) and citric acid
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • FOS
  • EPA and DHA content

Negative Aspects

  • Hydrolyzed yeast
  • Vegetable oil
  • Corn gluten meal, corn
  • Brewers rice
  • Fruits and vegetables: absent
  • Sulfate and oxide based mineral


Available in: 2.5 lb (0.9 Kg); 13 lb (5.9 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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