The unique needs of small dog breeds
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but what many owners may not realise is that even similar dog breeds have different nutritional needs. Pugs and French Bulldogs are both recognised by their squashed faces but even though they appear to share similar physical traits, they have different nutritional needs. Thanks to years of selective breeding that gives each dog their unique characteristics, every purebred has a unique combination of needs that is best served with a diet specifically formulated for them.
French Bulldogs have a short muzzle
The French Bulldog is one of the most recognisable dogs in the world, known for their charming nature, stocky build and big bat-like ears. If you own one, unfortunately, you're also likely to recognise their tendency for flatulence. This flatulence is caused by a number of factors such as the unique shape of their jaw, their tendency to swallow a lot of air when they eat and the way their digestive system operates.
In order to reduce this odorous issue, the ROYAL CANIN® French Bulldog diet has been specifically engineered with a unique kibble shape to make it easier for the French Bulldog's short underjaw to pick up. It has also been specially formulated with highly digestible proteins to improve digestive performance and L-carnitine to maintain the breed’s muscular build.
Pugs are small dogs with big appetites
Like the French Bulldog, the Pug dog has a stocky build and a short, flattened muzzle. But unlike the Frenchie, the Pug has a particular tendency to gain weight not shared by most other small breeds. Because of this tendency to gain weight, Pugs need their weight managed more than most other small dogs if they are to maintain a healthy weight range.
The ROYAL CANIN® Pug diet is enriched with L-carnitine to increase your dog’s ability to burn fat while still maintaining their muscle mass. It also has a lower calorie content to help maintain an ideal body weight while still satisfying their big appetite.
Dachshunds have small legs that work twice as hard
The key difference in the makeup of the Dachshund's nutritional needs is due to how much extra support they need for their hardworking bones and joints. Highly active like many small breeds, their sausage-like frame and extra-short limbs put a lot of extra strain on their bones and joints.
This is why the ROYAL CANIN® Dachshund diet has been enriched with chondroitin and glucosamine and contains moderated calcium and phosphorus levels. These nutrients help maintain healthy bones and joints while giving the Dachshund all the other nutritional support required by any other small, active dog.
Miniature Schnauzers have a coat colour that fades
Miniature Schnauzers are most recognised by their characteristic moustaches and independent natures. They are also well known for the intense colour of their coats. What some Mini Schnauzer owners may not know is that their coat has a tendency to fade as they mature. This is why the ROYAL CANIN® Miniature Schnauzer diet includes increased volumes of specific amino acids to help maintain their coat's magnificent natural colour and an exclusive complex of nutrients (EPA&DHA and Vitamin A) to support the breed’s overall skin and coat health.
Maltese dogs prefer to be tempted
The Maltese is no stranger to pampering, with the breed usually heaped with affection from their owners. They also have a bit of a reputation for being fussy. In order to consume a healthy diet, the Maltese can sometimes need their nutritionally balanced meal to be more enticing than the regular diet that another dog would happily eat.
The ROYAL CANIN® Maltese diet includes a combination of exceptional aromas and textures to tempt the Maltese at mealtimes to put an end to fussiness. On top of this, the diet has an adapted content of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to support a healthy, white coat and the kibble is designed especially to encourage chewing to promote good dental health.
Every small breed has different needs
Even though most small breeds have lots of common nutritional needs, it is amazing how different their specific needs can be. If you've got a small dog breed, it's worth exploring ROYAL CANIN® Breed pages to see what your breed needs.