Royal Canin and Farmina N&D are two of the most common yet premium dog food options available in India. Most dog owners wonder which one to choose for their puppy since they keep hearing good things about both these companies.
Having talked to countless pet owners, veterinarians and our own experience as dog owners for years, we are here to finally make the pick for the best spot. We will take into account numerous factors while deciding which dry food is better overall.
Value for Money- When it comes to price, Royal Canin is significantly cheaper than farmina N&D. Even the low grain variant of Farmina is pricier compared to rc. For a price sensitive dog owner, we believe Royal Canin will fetch more value for every rupee spent.
Food Quality- Quality comes at a price and that is true for Farmina as well. This may come as a shock to many, but Farmina is miles ahead of Royal Canin in terms of food and ingredients quality. Does that mean Royal Canin is bad quality? No, just that Farmina uses much better ingredients in their food almost justifying the premium they demand. Also, a major portion of Royal Canin diet is grains mostly rice. In contrast, there are 100% grain-free variants of Farmina where the quanity of meat and meat derivatives along with plant and vegetable protein is more. Obviously, Royal Canin has considerably more fillers than farmina.
Farmina uses mostly meat. However, Royal Canin contains meat derivatives as well. Derivatives mean those organs like intentines which are not actual meat and should be preferably discarded. Farmina specifically mentions that they don’t use meat derivatives like feathers, beaks, bones etc in their premium range,but we are not so sure about Royal Canin. Overall protein percentage is also higher in Farmina as a result.
Not just on paper, our experience suggests farmina can give much better results in terms of growth and energy level than Royal Canin although at a steep price. If price is not an issue, Farmina wins hands down in terms of overall food quality. For the variants with low grains, farmina uses oats,spelts (wheat) in place of rice and corn for better digestion.
Packaging quality- Packaging of Royal Canin is quite inferior compared to Farmina. Worms in sealed packets can be common in Royal Canin packets at times. We don’t know if some of them happen due to a manufacturing defect or inadequate pest control and storage by their distributors, till date we never found worms or decayed food for farmina. Which such defects for Royal Canin are rare(1 in 50), still they happen at times.
So, we are glad to announce that Farmina is the winner in terms of food quality and packaging keeping in mind that we considered onlygrain-free and low grain variants in our comparison(Not Farmina Cibau).
For a price sensitive customer, Royal Canin is not bad either and is still the most popular option among dog owners. Both these foods are equally liked by dogs and puppies alike. Both of them are certified and approved by AAFCO. Undoubtedly, they are much better than many of the popular dog food brands like Pedigree and Drools(yes, drools focus as well).
Have you used any of these dry food brands and noticed different results? Let us know in the comments below.