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Should You Feed #RoyalCanin to Your Chi

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On this blog and on our Facebook page, I have been asked from time to time what dog food I would recommend for Chihuahuas. I have often recommended Royal Canin® so I was excited to get the opportunity to do a post for them.

I actually learned about them years ago when I worked at a Pet Hotel at a local  PetSmart®. One of the training classes we took there was about pet health nutrition and the different food they had available. Royal Canin was one of the top foods recommended in the class for dog health.

What makes Royal Canin so special? Well the main thing is they make a specific formula for the needs of each breed including Chihuahuas.


Royal Canin Chihuahua food


There’s one for Chihuahua puppies too.


Royal Canin Chihuahua puppy foodEven though the Royal Canin company originated in France, all their food sold in the United States is made in the U.S. or Canada.

The food is made so there is less waste in your Canine so that mean less pooper scooper duty, which is always a plus.

The Chihuahua brand is also made specially to encourage a healthy coat  with the proper balance of vitamins and minerals.



I decided to bring along my trusty sidekick (my 5 year old granddaughter) and my Chi Kilo and head on down to the local PetSmart to see if they actually had the Chihuahua formula in stock. If they didn’t, I could always get the food specifically for Chihuahuas at the online PetSmart store. In fact you can check out all their breed specific formulas here. But they did have it, along with loads of other breed formulas.


Cathy,Kilo,and May in PetSmartI bought a bag for Kilo to try. To be honest, even though I truly believe in the company and have recommended them for years, I never bought this food because I have 3 (and sometimes more) dogs in the house.

Since Chihuahuas are so small, and don’t require that much food, it makes sense for my Chihuahua to have her very own food, made specially just for her breed.

But the real test, would she like it? Even though Kilo is a chubster, she tends to be picky.


Royal Canin kibble

One thing I noticed  when I opened the bag was the pieces of kibble were tiny, just the right size for Chihuahuas.

kilo eating

When I put the bowl down for Kilo, she devoured it in a few minutes flat. So if you have a picky eater, you might want to give Royal Canin a try.

Before I close, I want to give a disclaimer that it is probably a good idea to check with your Veterinarian before switching your dog’s food. And I’m not a Veterinary professional. Nor do I play one on TV.

Have you tried Royal Canin before? Leave a comment below and let me know.




Saturday 19th of October 2019

I have two chihuahuas, and my 15 year-old female is especially picky! I have fed them the Royal Canin Chihuahua food (adult) before and it has literally been the ONLY dry dog food that she and my male chihuahua have ever eaten in like a few minutes - GONE! I’m not kidding! The kibble size is perfect for them too. Sadly I had to stop feeding them this great food due to money becoming tight on my end and this food was a bit pricey for me (even though chis don’t eat much food and the smaller bag it comes in lasts a decent amount of time); I just can’t afford over $18 for a bag under 5 lbs. If anyone knows where I could purchase it cheaper, please let me know! I would LOVE to feed this to them again - I had absolutely no problems with pickiness!! I highly recommend to other chi owners who have picky chi eaters! The only downside in my opinion is the price. Otherwise it’s PERFECT for chihuahuas!


Sunday 20th of October 2019

Thanks for sharing your experience Tami! I don't know where to find it cheaper. I'd contact the company and let them know how much your dogs love it. Sometimes companies will send out coupons and freebies when you contact them with your feedback, It's worth a try.


Saturday 19th of September 2015

I got Bentley my 10 week old chi from a local breeder and she recommended Royal Canin. I was concerned that I'd have trouble with him it turns out he loves his Chi Royal Canin.


Saturday 19th of September 2015

That's great Marianne! I assume you are feeding him the puppy formula?

jessica tennant

Monday 24th of August 2015

I have feed royal canin to mine since they started eating dry food. My vet recommended it.


Monday 24th of August 2015

It's a great food. Thanks for visiting Jessica!

susie platt

Friday 17th of July 2015

My chi daisy absolutely loves royal canin as she was a picky eater I am really pleased .


Friday 17th of July 2015

That's great Susie!


Tuesday 28th of April 2015

Great post - we just tweeted it! Ours went live yesterday - loved the Royal Canin campaign!


Tuesday 28th of April 2015

Thanks Nichole!