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Royal Canin Partners with Taye Diggs to Help Dog Lovers Choose the Best Breed


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This Valentine's Day, Royal Canin is partnering with actor and author Taye Diggs to help fellow dog lovers pick a breed that fits their lifestyle with the "Chews Your Match" program. Through an online quiz available on MyPetReference.com, visitors can learn more about the type of breeds that are best-suited for their activity level, environment and lifestyle. 

"As a dog owner that has a busy lifestyle, I realize the importance of choosing a breed that's right for both you and the dog," said Diggs. "Research and education are great ways to get the puppy/owner match right the first time, and I'm excited to partner with pet nutrition leader Royal Canin to help encourage potential pet owners to understand how to choose the right pet for them."

Many often just consider size and looks when searching for a new puppy, but there are many elements to consider during the search, such as:

  • Lifestyle: Activity level, work hours and hobbies should be considered when choosing a breed. If someone lives in a city and isn't very active, a German shepherd puppy may not be the best breed, but a Great Dane might be a good match.
  • Living Space: In combination with lifestyle, the amount of space and size of the dog should be considered as well. For example, a Labrador could be fine in a small apartment with the occasional visit to the dog park, but they are happiest in big yards where they are able to explore.
  • Family: Golden Retrievers are famous for being family dogs, but if there are allergies in a family, they can be problematic due to shedding. Dog temperament and family circumstances should be a large part of the evaluation of the correct breed.
  • Grooming: Some dog breeds require more grooming than others and some shed more than others. Both of those influence the amount of cleaning required, so this is a big factor to consider when choosing a breed.

"The goal for any puppy/owner relationship is for it to be a positive and lasting one," said Dr. Laura Pletz, scientific services manager at Royal Canin in St. Charles, Mo. "A dog is much more likely to find a forever home when that home is a match for his or her needs and temperament. These needs are unique for each breed, and at Royal Canin we work hard to understand these differences. Through extensive research and scientific knowledge, we work to ensure each dog is receiving optimal nutrition based on their individual needs."

Every dog is different, but there are certain traits that are associated with breeds that influence a dog's personality, behavior and preferences. Even with mixed breeds, the combination of traits that make up the dog strongly influence the dog's personality. That is why Royal Canin offers more than 200 science-based diets ranging from breed-specific foods, including golden retrievers, Labradors and German shepherds, to diets based on special needs (such as digestion, joint and weight), dog size, lifestyle, age and more. Royal Canin also ensures the shape and size of the kibble varies based on differing breed's needs, such as jaw size and shape, said company officials.

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