Royal Canin History

Our History

German Shepherd in front of Royal Canin headquarters

Veterinarian Jean Cathary founded Royal Canin in France in 1968. Dr. Cathary had the vision of a pet food company grounded in science; a company based on the principles of acquiring knowledge about pets, maintaining respect for them at all times and, most importantly, creating advanced cat food and dog food made to satisfy the needs of the pet – not the desires of the pet owner.

Fast-forward to Today

The results of this vision are easy to see. Despite countless fads, based on more than 45 years of rapid scientific progress, Royal Canin remains on the cutting edge of pet nutrition, and we’ve created specialized cat and dog food diets that are unlike anything else the world has ever seen.

Our vision is completed by our daily interaction with partner professional breeders and veterinarians, and by the ongoing research of scientists at Royal Canin. This has allowed us, better than any other company, to remain at the cutting edge of innovation and to bring the best health nutrition to cats and dogs.


Where Are We

Map of the USA

In the United States, you’ll find ROYAL CANIN® associates hard at work at our headquarters in St. Charles, Missouri, in our manufacturing facilities in Missouri and South Dakota and in offices all across the country.  All of the pet food we distribute and sell in the U.S. is made in company-owned plants. 

Royal Canin is a global company, and pet owners around the world can be assured of the same superior nutrition and devotion to quality and food safety regardless of where they live and shop. 

Our worldwide headquarters was built in 1968 in southern France and remains one of the world’s most advanced pet food manufacturing facilities.  The campus also serves as a home to 180 cats and 160 dogs. These animals have access to the campus grounds and they interact with our associates in real and meaningful ways, providing a daily reminder of exactly who we are working for.


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