Royal Canin Mini Starter Mother & Babydog Dry Dog Food

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Whether we’re talking about their bodies or their lifestyle, small dogs are a little bit different from the rest of the canine world. Fortunately, Royal Canin Mini is distinctly different, too. It’s specifically designed to help your small breed dog stay healthy and beautiful at any life stage. Mini Starter is designed for small breed mothers from the end of gestation (3rd trimester) and during lactation and young puppies up to 2 months.

Key Benefits

  • For dogs between 9 and 22 pounds
  • Contains nutrients present in the mother's milk to promote digestive health
  • Specially adapted for the mother's higher energy needs
  • Helps to facilitate the transition from mother’s milk to solid food
  • Kibbles easily rehydrate to a porridge-like consistency that is very palatable for both the mother and her weaning puppies

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  • Weight
    15.0 pounds
  • Brand
    Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition
  • Breed Size
    Small Breeds, Extra Small & Toy Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Puppy, Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States

Nutritional Info


Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Chicken Fat, Wheat Gluten, Corn, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Fish Oil, Sodium Silico Aluminate, Vegetable Oil, Potassium Phosphate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine, Fructooligosaccharides, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Choline Chloride, Butyrate, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, L-Tyrosine, Vitamins [Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Source of Vitamin E), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Niacin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement], Marigold Extract (Tagetes Erecta L.), Trace Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Carnitine, Beta-carotene, Rosemary, Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid.

Caloric Content

4,255 kcal/kg, 383 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 28.5% min
Crude Fat 20.5% min
Crude Fiber 3.5% max
Moisture 10.0% max

Feeding Instructions

Adult Target Weight < 3 Weeks Daily Feeding (cup) 3 - 4 Weeks Daily Feeding (cup) 4 - 5 Weeks Daily Feeding (cup) 5 - 6 Weeks Daily Feeding (cup) 6 - 7Weeks Daily Feeding (cup) 7 - 8 Weeks Daily Feeding (cup)
2 lbs Mother’s Milk 1/4 1/3 1/3 1/2 1/2
4 lbs Mother’s Milk 1/4 1/3 1/3 1/2 1/2
7 lbs Mother’s Milk 1/4 1/3 1/3 1/2 1/2
9 lbs Mother’s Milk 1/4 1/3 2/3 1 1
11 lbs Mother’s Milk 1/4 1/3 2/3 1 1
15 lbs Mother’s Milk 1/4 1/3 1 1 1/3 1 2/3
22 lbs Mother’s Milk 1/4 1/3 1 1 1/3 1 2/3

1 cup = 8 oz

This is only a guide. Optimal feeding amounts may vary according to your pet's temperament, activity level and environment. If you have any questions regarding your pet's health, please contact your veterinarian.

Transition Instructions

We recommend at least a 7 day transition before you begin feeding the new food exclusively. Start by mixing 75% of the old diet with 25% of the new diet on Day 1 and Day 2. On Day 3 and Day 4, mix 50% of the old diet with 50% of the new diet. On Day 5 and Day 6, mix 25% of the old diet with 75% of the new diet. On the 7th day, you can feed the new food exclusively. This allows your pet’s digestive system to smoothly adapt to the new food.


Frequently Asked Questions

How are Royal Canin diets preserved?

All of our dry diets are preserved naturally with mixed tocopherols, citric acid, and rosemary extract. Our canned diets are naturally preserved and sterilized during the cooking and canning process.

Where do the ingredients in Royal Canin diets come from?

We select our ingredients based on multiple factors, including the supplier’s compliance with our quality and food safety requirements, consistent availability, and on the nutrients required to meet the dietary needs of the pet.Royal Canin is making strides towards sustainability by attempting to obtain sources of raw materials as close to each manufacturing facility as possible. In some cases, we use international suppliers, because only those suppliers can offer raw materials that comply with our quality and food safety standards.

Why do some Royal Canin diets contain by-products?

Royal Canin chooses ingredients because they deliver high-quality nutrients that support our customized pet food formulas. Using chicken by-product meal instead of chicken meal for example will allow Royal Canin to maintain its highly customized nutrient standards while achieving a more secure and sustainable supply.

Why do some Royal Canin diets contain grains?

Grains can be a healthy part of any cat or dog’s diet. As always, we focus on the nutrients each ingredient provides and grains can provide many important nutrients.

How do you ensure Royal Canin diets are safe for my pet?

Our Quality and Food Safety systems are state-of-the-art and we continue to invest heavily in new technology to make sure they remain that way.* We put our suppliers through a rigorous selection process that doesn’t end with our first purchase.* We monitor every load delivered to our plants to verify the safety and quality of the ingredients we use to make pet food.* We perform tests on finished pet foods before they are shipped to our customers.* We manufacture every pet food we sell, in plants that we own; our plants are ISO 9001:2008 certified for Quality Management and ISO 22000 certified for Food Safety.

How do I know which Royal Canin diet is right for my pet?

Based on size, age, lifestyle, and breed, each cat or dog has unique nutritional needs. For healthy pets, use our Product Selector to find the right diet for your cat or dog.If your pet is experiencing health issues, please refer to your veterinarian for more information. Your veterinarian will consider multiple factors when recommending an appropriate diet.

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  • Mother & Babysog Dry Foos - Royal Canin

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    Haven’t started this pup of solid food yet, but I have used it a few years back for a pup I helped with - puppy ate this like crazy! He loved it! The current foster “baby” is just 4 weeks old. Will be starting her on this next week at 5 weeks. Excellent food, a bit pricey, but is a great, quality food for puppy and mom?

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    Thank you Chewy for always being fast and fresh. You always have fresh product never selling short dated or expired like I find in the brick and mortar stores. I am very satified.

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  • Start your puppies right!

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    This is the tiniest kibble I’ve ever found. I raise tiny Yorkies and wean my puppies on this kibble and they love it with no choking issues like with bigger kibble. It’s also great for nursing moms.

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  • the best for pregnant dogs and puppys

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    I purchased this bag of food for my Yorkie that was pregnant she is somewhat of a picky eater and she loves eating this food and so do the puppies they absolutely love it

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  • My chihuahua loves this

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    My chihuahua is small for her age. She ate the food from the breeder but didn't love it. She also eats the RC chihuahua food but she really loves this one. She needs a smaller kibble due to her mouth size. This one she eats no problem and i am no longer worried about her not eating.

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  • Angiestonefrenchies

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    Yall have the best service yalls delivery is fast your customer service is the best.we order from yall all the time.the dog food is fresh the greenies are fresh.if i was rating yall 1 to 10 yall would get a 11.thank you for putting your customers first and our babys

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  • Yuk yuk yuk!

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    No way I'd feed this junk to my Schnauzer! Are y'all reading the ingredients?

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  • My poodles love Royal Canin,

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    I only use Royal Canin for my Poodle Moms and puppies, My puppys start eating at four weeks and are weaned at six weeks. Royal Canin has proved to me it is the best dog food.

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  • Great puppy food

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    Our 9 week old Labradoodle is thriving on this food.

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  • not enough

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    Perfect product. Love the size of the food, perfect for this tiny puppy, But, the bags I have purchased instore seam to be a lot more full than the one I received in my online purchase and that was disappointing. I'm not sure I want to order the dry food online.

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