Saturday, June 27, 2015

Best Dog Food Available in India

I have fed Leo several dog foods. I started with Royal Canin Giant Starter and then switched to others with his growing stages. So I am going to review the dog foods I have tried for Leo. I have mentioned "in India" because you don't get most of the better brands here in India. I am sure the reviews here are going to help the new dog owners in selecting a suitable dog food for their dogs:

  • Royal Canin Giant Starter : This was the first food [in kibble form] we had given to Leo when we brought him home. The kibbles seemed to be big for a puppy but Leo never had any issues eating them. We used to soak the kibbles for 15-20 minutes before giving it to Leo so that they became soft and easily chewable for him. He used to gulp them down as soon as he was asked to eat it. It was suitable for the delicate stomach of 6 week old Leo and he never had any complaints with it. We were happy with this food and Leo grew well while we fed him this.
  • Royal Canin Giant Puppy : Once Leo turned 2 months old, we gradually switched his food to Royal Canin Giant Puppy. This looked almost similar to the Royal Canin Giant Starter we were feeding earlier and gave similar results. Leo enjoyed eating it and never had any health issues with it. We soaked this too for 15-20 minutes before feeding it to Leo to make them soft and easily chewable. Overall, we didn't find anything bad about it but for the price of Royal Canin, one can get better dog foods with better ingredients and higher protein content. But if you do not have access to those, Royal Canin is not a bad choice too.
  • Royal Canin Rottweiler Junior : After a while we realized that we should be feeding the Maxi line and not the Giant one to a Rottweiler. Funny, yeah!! So we got Royal Canin Rottweiler Junior for Leo. The kibbles this time were different in size and shape. They were more angular and not as spherical as the Starter and Giant Puppy ones were. We started giving this in soaked form but Leo soon lost his interest in it. Suddenly, he stopped eating it!! Not knowing what to do, I have him dry and he ate it. He got bored of eating almost the same stuff in the same form for a month, I guess. Leo adjusted well to this food too and never had any issues.
  •  Royal Canin Maxi Junior: Leo's vet suggested that the Maxi Junior variant was the best amongst all the Royal Canin variants and we should be feeding that to Leo. So the next time we got Royal Canin Maxi Junior. Apart from the kibble shape, I didn't find anything different. It was similar to Royal Canin Rottweiler Junior and Leo preferred eating it dry too. He had now started showing some resistance in eating his food so we started introducing other things to him like Rice, Egg etc. Overall, I failed to understand how Maxi junior was different from Junior Rottweiler but then, it didn't do any harm too so I was fine with it.
  • Regal Pup Puppy Food : I had ordered food for Leo online and it was supposed to arrive the next day, but in the mean time we were short of his food, so we got a small (1 kg) pack of Regal Pup. The kibble size was the smallest of all the foods we had tried till now. They didn't look very good to me but I am not sure how they actually are as it was just a kilogram which was fed to Leo. The kibbles looked dry and didn't carry any smell. Leo didn't like them much, too. We never bought it again!
  • Drools Chicken & Rice : I never wanted to buy Drools as the comparatively cheaper price always made me suspicious. I got an irresistible deal once on Drools and thought of giving it a try. So I ordered Drools Chicken & Rice Puppy Food. I wasn't very confident on this food of meeting all the nutritional requirements for Leo so I gave it once a day and fed Royal Canin twice a day to Leo. The kibble size was small and looked almost same as Regal Pup. Within a month I noticed some worms in the Drools food bag. And then, they were not some, the bag was full of worms!! I complained about it in Drools and they replaced my bag but I didn't want to feed my dog something which was so low on quality so I fed the contents of the new bag to street dogs. Nothing more needs to be said about it! Read detailed review about it here : Drools Chicken & Rice Puppy Food Review.
  • Farmina N&D LG Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Food : Here comes the best dog food I have come across till now. After reading a lot of reviews about various dog foods and checking the availability in India, I decided to order Farmina for Leo. The ingredient list of this food is impressive and your dog is going to love this. It smells and looks so distinct that you can make out at the first look that this is what you wanted. The kibble size is normal, neither too big nor too small. It smells highly like non-veg and I had to initially stop breathing in while giving this to Leo as being a vegetarian, it was difficult for me to bear the smell :). I have now got used to it. Leo loved this and we loved the shine on his coat. I am going to order this again and again for Leo. Read detailed review about it here : Farmina N&D Review
  • Solid Gold Hundchen Flocken Puppy Food: When I was researching about the dog foods, I had shortlisted Solid Gold too based on its reviews. So after trying Farmina, I thought of giving Solid Gold a try too. To my surprise, I was disappointed by it. It didn't look as rich as Farmina and didn't have any smell too. It looked like Regal pup but the kibble size was bigger. Leo's coat shine reduced though I am not sure of the reason behind it. Both Farmina and Solid Gold are almost in the same price range and since I found Farmina better than Solid Gold, I am not going to get this again. Read detailed review about it here :  Solid Gold Review

So for now, Leo is being fed Farmina, until I find a better dog food. But looks like my research has ended with Farmina.



  1. Thanks for posting such nice post! Dogs only care about what they get so give them the best food.
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    1. Thanks Petzy. Glad that you liked the post.

  2. Hi there Kiran, I am at the same confusion as you were, many thanks for this wonderful article. I was about to buy Royal canin maxi for my 4 months old pooch, guess I will settle down with Farmina as you have mentioned. Once again, many thanks for taking your time in sharing this, Leo is lucky to have such a good care taker :)

    1. Thanks for your kind comments! :)

      Am glad you liked the post and I hope your pet likes Farmina!

  3. Orijen is another great product. At par with Farmina. My Rottie loves orijen and gobbles it down in a min lol ...