This comparison is of two similar dog foods. Both Eukanuba’s Chihuahua Formula and Royal Canin Chihuahua are formulated, supposedly to meet the specific needs of the Chihuahua breed. Eukanuba states on their website that this food includes all the nutritional benefits of their Total Health System, with extra customized nutrients to meet the needs of the breed. It includes a Prebiotic to promote digestive health; Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate for healthy joints; antioxidants and vitamins to support the immune system; and L-Carnitine to burn fat and maintain a healthy weight.
The site also says that the food includes real chicken as the #1 ingredient. That much is good. However, it’s followed by chicken by-product meal. As I’ve written before, by-products of any kind are bad news and won’t be found in healthy pet food. As a product from the rendering industry, by-products contain the poorest quality of meat possible, along with meat from 4-D animals and whatever garbage went into the rendering vat.
The third item is corn meal, another poor choice, because many dogs are allergic to corn. From that point on, I have no problem with the remaining ingredients.
I should also add that the ingredients list above was found on the company’s website. I had a printed sheet from a few months ago that showed an entirely different set of ingredients. As I write this, I’m assuming that the company website now shows the current list of ingredients you would find when you shop.
Royal Canin designed their product for pure breed Chihuahuas over 8 months old. Their website seems to focus on specific needs relevant to that breed. The picky appetite of the Chihuahua is discussed and the need to address both the taste and smell of food, because the breed is so demanding and fussy about food.
It also addresses the cardiac issues and dental problems that can occur in older Chi’s. Royal Canin deals with the fragile jaw and teeth of the breed in the design, shape, and density of the kibble. And then we get to the actual ingredients.
Notice that the first ingredient is corn, a cheap alternative to meat and as stated above, many dogs are allergic to corn. Chicken meal is fine, but brewer’s rice is a waste product of the brewing industry and has little to no nutritional value. Then they add yet another corn product.
According to naturalnews.com, dogs cannot convert soy protein to usable fuel, so I question why they would have included that.
I have no problem to the remaining ingredients in this food, but any pet food that relies so heavily on corn as its main protein is not my idea of quality food.
Truth be told, I would not give either of these breed specific dog foods to my pet. And the other truth is that dogs don’t really need a breed-specific food. There just isn’t that much difference in the genetic make-up of dogs and their needs are so similar that as long as the food is formulated for size, they can all eat pretty much the same formula, as long as they are healthy.