Royal Canin® Size Health Nutrition™ Mini Starter Mother and Babydog dry dog food

Royal Canin's Starter formulas are a unique nutritional solution that meets the needs of the mother and her puppies during the first 5 stages of life: gestation, birth, lactation, weaning and growth up to 2 months.

  • Nutritional support for expecting mothers and her developing puppies
  • Supports high energy needs of nursing mothers
  • Supports transition from mother's milk to solid food
  • Kibble easily rehydrated for young puppies
  • 100% Complete and Balanced Nutrition
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

Mini Starter Mother & Babydog is designed for small breed mothers from the end of gestation (3rd trimester) and during lactation and young puppies up to 2 months.

Kibbles easily rehydrate to consistency that is very palatable for both the mother and her weaning puppies.

Where to Buy
Size: 2 lb
Size: 15 lb
Product Information

Birth Program
Royal Canin's Birth Program is a unique nutritional solution which meets the needs of the motherdog and her puppies during gestation, lactation and growth.

Gestation / Lactation Support
Nutritional profile specifically adapted for the motherdog's high energy needs at the end of gestation and during lactation.

Ideal For Transition From Milk
Nutritional response helps to facilitate the transition from mother's milk to solid food.

Easy Rehydration
Kibbles easily rehydrate to a porridge-like consistency that is very palatable for both the motherdog and her weaning puppies.

Start Complex / Digestive Health - Natural Defenses
Developed from scientific research, Royal Canin's Start Complex is a combination of nutritional elements present in mother's milk that actively promote digestive health and help maintain the puppy's natural defenses.

Feeding Guide
Recommended Daily Feeding Portion for the Puppy
Age of Puppy
Adult Target Weight Before 3 weeks 3-4 weeks 4-5 weeks 5-6 weeks 6-7 weeks 7-8 weeks Over 8 weeks
2 lb (1 kg) Mother’s Milk 1/4 cup (10 g) 1/3 cup (30 g) 1/3 cup (30 g) 1/2 cup (40 g) 1/2 cup (50 g) Mini Puppy
4 lb (2 kg) 1/3 cup (30 g) 1/2 cup (40 g) 1/2 cup (50 g)
7 lb (3 kg) 1/3 cup (30 g) 1/2 cup (40 g) 1/2 cup (50 g)
9 lb (4 kg) 2/3 cup (60 g) 1 cup (80 g) 1 cup (95 g)
11 lb (5 kg) 2/3 cup (60 g) 1 cup (80 g) 1 cup (95 g)
15 lb (7 kg) 1 cup (90 g) 1 1/3 cups (120 g) 1 2/3 cups (145 g)
22 lb (10 kg) 1 cup (90 g) 1 1/3 cups (120 g) 1 2/3 cups (145 g)
1 cup = 8 fluid ounces = 90 grams

Recommended Daily Feeding Portion for the Mother
Dog Weight 6 weeks 7 weeks 8 weeks 9 weeks Lactation
2 lb (1 kg) 1/3 cup (34 g) 1/3 cup (37 g) 1/2 cup (40 g) 1/2 cup (43 g) Feed Ad libitum
4 lb (2 kg) 2/3 cup (57 g) 2/3 cup (62 g) 3/4 cup (67 g) 3/4 cup (72 g)
7 lb (3 kg) 3/4 cup (76 g) 1 cup (83 g) 1 cup (90 g) 1 cup (97 g)
9 lb (4 kg) 1 cup (94 g) 1 1/4 cups (102 g) 1 1/4 cups (111 g) 1 1/3 cups (119 g)
11 lb (5 kg) 1 1/4 cups (110 g) 1 1/3 cups (121 g) 1 1/2 cups (131 g) 1 1/2 cups (141 g)
15 lb (7 kg) 1 1/2 cups (141 g) 1 3/4 cups (154 g) 1 3/4 cups (167 g) 2 cups (180 g)
22 lb (10 kg) 2 cups (183 g) 2 1/4 cups (200 g) 2 1/3  cups (217 g) 2 2/3 cups (233 g)
1 cup = 8 fluid ounces = 90 grams
100% Complete and Balanced Nutrition
Mini Starter is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth, gestation and lactation.

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, betacarotene, rosemary, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min)28.5%
Crude Fat (min)20.5%
Crude Fiber (max)3.5%
Moisture (max)10.0%
Calorie Content
This diet contains 4255 kilocalories of metabolizable energy (ME) per kilogram or 383 kilocalories ME per cup on an as fed basis (calculated).
Product Reviews
Royal Canin ® Size Health Nutrition™ Mini Starter Mother and Babydog dry dog food is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best puppy dry food starter I work for an animal shelter and almost always have weaning puppies. It is extremely palatable, the size of the kibble is excellent for all puppies beginning to eat dry food, and seems to always be agreeable with their tiny tummies! A great product.
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best food for Mums and puppies I am a hobby breeder of Bolognese dogs, a very rare, small and beautiful breed. I have always had beautiful puppies but since I started feeding Mum the diet specially formulated for gestating mums, and then this product for nursing Mums and puppies who are beginning to eat, they are healthier, happier and more beautiful. Their hair is far nicer than when I fed them other brands.
Date published: 2016-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Starter food and for small puppies This food is great for tiny puppies never had a puppy not like this food.The pieces of kibble are the smallest I've found which is great for toy breeds puppies with extremely tiny teeth. I only wish our local Petsmart carried bigger bags of this food.
Date published: 2015-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Puppies love it! I bought this after a friend referred it to me and couldn't be happier that I did! The small Pomeranian and Chihuahua puppies love it and have no problem eating it since it's so small.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST starter food for a puppy! So I ended up having to pick my Yorkie/Maltese (Morkie) female puppy up almost 2 weeks early, so she was about 6 1/2 weeks old. She was already super small because of her breed but also due to her age. I had bought IAMS Smart Puppy since that's what the breeder told me she was feeding them, but the bites were HUGE and Lucy (our puppy) barely had one tooth let a lone a whole mouth full! So I went to Pets Mart and told them my issues and they were kind enough to point me in the direction of Royal Canin Mini Starter. Lucy began eating right away. She was eating the wet food mouse formula mini starter for a good month and we began offering her the dry form alone throughout the day and we noticed she loved it! She also loves that it's mixed in with her wet food for her regular meals throughout the day. They are small triangular shape but easy enough for her to chew. She is now 4 months old & we are beginning to transition her to the Xsmall puppy formulas which has the same triangular shaped kibble but a little bigger. So far so good!
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's great! I'm a shih tzu breeder so I need something that makes weaning go smoothly and this starter puppy food makes it so easy. Puppies love it the first time I offer.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent food! My boxer was a little puppy and his mama didn't want to feed him so I spoke with his doc and he recomend the mini starter and is great, he loves it.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smallest kibble for tiny puppies! I love mini starter and so do my Yorkie babies. They wean very well onto solid food with it and it doesn't gag them like bigger kibble.
Date published: 2017-05-02
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