Royal Canin Mini Aging 12+ dog food: advice, dosage, composition

Discover our decryption of the information on the labels of Royal Canin Mini Aging 12+.

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Label information

For which dogs?

Royal Canin Mini Aging 12+ kibbles are kibbles formulated for small dogs (under 10kg) and aged 12 or over. They are part of Royal Canin's Senior range.

Ingredients and additives

Composition: rice, maize, dehydrated poultry protein, maize flour, vegetable protein isolate, corn gluten, animal fats, hydrolyzed animal protein, mineral s alts, beet pulp, fish oil, vegetable fibres, tomato (source lycopene), soybean oil, fructo-oligo-saccharides, yeast hydrolyzate (source of manno-oligo-saccharides), borage oil, marigold extract (source of lutein).Nutritional additives: Vitamin A: 30000 IU, Vitamin D3: 800 IU, E1 (Iron): 46 mg, E2 (Iodine): 4.6 mg, E4 (Copper): 14 mg, E5 (Manganese): 60 mg, E6 (Zinc): 146 mg, E8 (Selenium): 0.1 mg - Sensory additives: Tea extract (source of polyphenols): 150 mg - Preservatives - Antioxidants.

Analytical composition

Protein: 26%
Crude fat: 14%
Crude ash: 5% Crude fibre: 2.1%

Sources: brand website and product data sheet

Dosage: how much Royal Canin Mini Aging 12+ kibbles can I give my dog?

Dog weight2kg3kg4kg5kg6kg7kg8kg9kg10kg
Sedentary dogDog with normal physical activityVery active dog

Label analysis

Nutritional profile of the food

The calculated energy density of these kibbles is around 3620Kcal per 100g.
25.3% of total energy is provided by protein
41.7% of total energy is provided by assimilable carbohydrates 33% of total energy is provided by lipids or fats

energy density=%assimilable carbohydrates3.5 + %proteins3.5 + %lipids8.5


Quantitative protein analysis

The calculated protein-calorie ratio of Royal Canin Mini Aging 12+ is approximately 72 g of protein per 1000Kcal.
The protein-calorie ratio is a quantitative indicator, which does not take into account the quality of the proteins used in the recipe. Here, he informs us that these kibbles contain enough protein for a small active whole dog as well as for a small sterilized or sedentary dog. On the other hand, they are not concentrated enough in protein to cover the needs of a small dog who is both very sedentary and sterilized.

Qualitative protein analysis

Source(s) of animal proteinDehydrated poultry proteinOr 2 ingredients out of 18 listed
Vegetable protein sources

Hydrolysate of animal proteins



Corn flour

Vegetable Protein Isolate

Corn Gluten

Or 5 ingredients out of 18 listed

The phosphorus content of these kibbles is 0.50%, for a protein-phosphorus ratio of 52.

Find out more about: the protein-phosphoric ratio

" Least"

The first two ingredients in the ingredient list are rice and corn, two sources of complex carbohydrates (mostly starch) and vegetable protein. These are therefore the ingredients used in the greatest quantity before cooking in these croquettes.
The origin of the animal proteins and their percentage are not specified in the list of ingredients. These croquettes seem very rich in vegetable proteins, to the detriment of animal proteins.A very low level of phosphorus also supports this idea.

To read to understand: The protein needs of the dog. Proteins, what are they? What are they used for in dogs?


In these kibbles, lipids are mainly provided by animal fats, fish oil and soybean oil. The respective omega-6 and omega-3 contents are 3.01% and 0.80% including 0.45% EPA and DHA (long chain omega-3). Their omega-6/omega-3 ratio is 3.8.

" The most"

These kibbles are sources of long-chain omega-3s and have a balanced omega-6/omega-3 ratio.

To read to understand: The lipid needs of the dog. What are lipids? What are they used for in dogs?

Available carbohydrates

In Royal Canin Mini Aging 12+, the main sources of available carbohydrates are rice and corn. The estimated percentage of available carbohydrates of these kibbles is approximately strong>43 %.

Absorbable carbohydrates are carbohydrates that provide energy in the form of calories to the dog. Their percentage is calculated according to the following formula: %assimilable carbohydrates=100-%proteins-%lipids-%cellulose-%ash-%moisture. When not specified by the manufacturer, humidity is estimated at 10%.

" The most"

Rice is the most digestible source of assimilable carbohydrates for the dog and it is the one that is used in the greatest quantity in these kibbles before cooking.

" Least"

It seems that there is an overrepresentation of vegetable proteins to the detriment of animal proteins. With around 43% of assimilable carbohydrates, these kibbles contain a very large amount, which is likely to cause some digestive problems for dogs that do not digest starch well.

To read to understand: The carbohydrate needs of the dog

Calcium and phosphorus

The percentages of calcium and phosphorus in these kibbles are 0.50% and 0.71%, i.e. a calcium/phosphorus ratio of 1.4.

" The most"

These kibbles follow FEDIAF recommendations in terms of calcium and phosphorus content.

To read to understand: The calcium needs of the dog

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