CONTEST: What do Royal Canin, the South of France and dog breeding have in common? The answer is...

The International Dog Breeders Convention, to be held in La Grande-Motte, France, in January 2014!

Enter our contest for a chance to attend this convention and tour Royal Canin’s Campus in France.

Tell us how you live Royal Canin’s Pet First philosophy on a daily basis for your chance to win. Your response must be between 300 and 400 characters and may be submitted in English or French. Click on these links to read the Contest Rules and our Privacy Policy.

We invite everyone to enter and are looking forward to examples of the wonderful breeders we have in Canada.

Enter your answers below in the comment section of this post!

Looking forward to seeing you in France!

Good luck!

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Comment by Valerie Leach on November 22, 2013 at 12:08pm


Valerie and Phil here from Star's Chihuahua's. We have been breeding Chihuahua's for more than 12 year and can't  imagine our lived with out our beautiful Chi babies. Quality happy healthy confident  puppies are what we strive for in our breeding program while maintaining the highest of standards. Six year ago we teamed up with Royal Canin and it was one of the best moves we have made for our fur family. The quality food is outstanding and it shows is our mature dogs as well as in our young adults and puppies. We love that you produce a food just for Chihuahua's that meets there needs and gives us the  peace of mind knowing they all receive a balanced diet. Our Vet visits our home often and tell me we have the best Chi's he has ever seen, which is  high praise.  We use many of your products,the starter for moms and babies and the caned muse it the best on the market as are all your products. We never open just one tin  because everyone has to have a taste and it has become a treat in our house. We  also used the milk which has been a life saver when a mom needs some help with feeding. But that being said there is two sides to Royal Canin, the second being the support of the Staff. Dr Emmanuel is always there to answer questions and took the time to visit us in our home and answered  many of my questions,  he also listened and respected my input. The Managers (Sabine) keeps in touch and stops by from time to time for a visit, she is always so pleasant and helpful. She answers my emails and addresses any concerns quickly,    All the staff is helpful and pleasant when ordering or picking up food. I am treated like a person not just a number.  Royal Canin  knows how important we breeders are and say thank you with there reward program. The puppy packs are great!, my new families are always happy to receive them ,and  I recommend they put all there pets on a RC diet.

I would love  to go to France with Royal Canin and meet breeder from all over the world. To have this opportunity would be amazing. I have  many  friends who breed in Canada and the U.S who would benefit form everything I learn, If picked I would be proud to represent Royal Canin and Canada!! 

Comment by BackRoad Farm on November 22, 2013 at 8:01am

Welcome to Backroad Farm where quality and health are the focus of our English type Golden Retriever breeding program. I chose to partner with Royal Canin because their philosophy of putting the needs of the pet first, mirrors mine. Simply put, quality nutrition optimizes genetic potential. Royal Canin and Backroad Farm: dedicated to life long learning, supporting the health of our dogs.

Comment by BackRoad Farm on November 22, 2013 at 7:23am
Welcome to Backroad Farm where quality and health are the focus of our English type Golden Retriever breeding program. I chose to partner with Royal Canin because their philosophy of putting the needs of the pet first, closely resembles mine. Simply put, quality nutrition optimizes genetic potential. Royal Canin and Backroad Farm: dedicated to life long learning, supporting the health of our dogs.
Comment by Whiteheather Westies Reg'd on November 20, 2013 at 10:00pm

I consider myself very blessed to have found the true passion in my life journey, dog breeding.

I am a student of 20 years as a dog breeder, West Highland White Terriers, and I estimate that I still have a good 20 years (at least) remaining in my lifespan to contribute to my passion.   As a lifelong learner in this fascinating science, I have rolled along with text book "expertise", " sire superpowers", cytology/smears/flagging signs; to currently conducting progesterone, surgical implants, frozen semen, Trans cervical implants, fresh chilled semen; to standing on my head and rubbing my belly in counter clockwise motions, all for the sake of positive acceptance by the fertility gods.  Okay, not so much on the head stands! But hey, whatever it takes...right?

Many scientific reproductive advancements have presented themselves in my short 20 years of breeding experience, and I am very intrigued and excited by what is yet to come!   It has to be at least as fascinating as the past 20 years.   Harvesting ovaries?  How exciting this could be! 

As a dedicated breeder, I am engaged in continued learning on the very important role nutrition plays in our breeding program.  This encompasses:   pre & post breeding, maintenance diets of the young and old, and ensuring that we serving the health needs of those who have so loyally served us, and made our breeding dreams come true.  We are very pleased with RC as the choice food for our beloved Westies.    

I am 2/3 or more, towards my personal goal of becoming a CKC Breeder of Merit.  Attending the 2014 International Dog Breeders convention would project me into an environment of likeminded individuals.  Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for me.  The value of this experience to learn, share, network, discover emerging practices, connect with subject matter experts, would be priceless. 

 If I were chosen to go to France, I would pay back my experience exponentially, by sharing my new gift of knowledge with my fellow breeders,  and the next generation of breeders to follow.

Bonne chance mes Amies! 

Comment by Faberly Boxers on November 19, 2013 at 4:26pm

Royal Canin’s Pet First philosophy mirrors my own. As a breeder, I have already committed to the health and wellness of my animals, and take pride in sharing my knowledge with those around me.  I strive to keep my kennel in top form, and Royal Canin’s specific formulas allow me customize for the individual.  Thank you Royal Canin, proper nutrition allows my dogs to thrive in any life stage!  

Comment by KushNivas Standard Poodles on November 19, 2013 at 2:20pm

We have been breeding poodles for 10yrs. Royal Canin helps breeders through their products, seminars and bulletins on medical and technical advances. Conferences sponsored by RC are outstanding. Topics are relevant to breeders of today and speakers experts in their field. The Convention in France would give me the chance to connect with other breeders world wide. Exchanging thoughts and practices would not only benefit my breeding program but those I talk to at home.

Comment by Chaparral on November 19, 2013 at 10:49am

My name is Susan Buttivant and I am a fan, breeder and steward of two French dog breeds, the Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens and the Bergers des Pyrenees.  Our passion for these dogs has given us a great appreciation for the French culture, the people and their management of dogs as partners in farm work and country sport.  Royal Canin products are very popular in France and very highly regarded, as it is here.  For myself, the advantage of being able to transport dogs internationally and be able to know they will be fed the same quality product is assuring.  The French food culture encompasses the whole lifestyle and is very important for humans and just as important for their animals so it does not surprise me that this Royal Canin seminar is being held in a region that holds their animals in such high regard and also maintains the philosophy that high quality foods are required to maintain high quality dogs.

Comment by Emmanuel PRO Technical Service on November 19, 2013 at 9:08am

Hello everyonne,

Glad to read your nice posts, not gonna be easy to decide! Just wanted to give you some more details about the conference since I was asked for it, here is a brief overview of the scientific program:


- Advances in Genetics (Dr Angela Hughes)

- Optimising the reproductive process (Dr Alain Fontbonne)


- Nutrition during gestation (Dr Aurelien Grellet)

- Milk and immunity (Dr Sylvie Chastant)

- Nutrition during weaning ( Dr Aurelien Grellet)

- Hygiene (Dr Philippe Pierson)


- Delivery and neonatology (Dr Andrea Munnich)

- The future of canine reproduction (Dr Sylvie Chastant)

Great speakers, great topics, the lucky winners are definitely going to enjoy it!!!!  

Comment by Faberly Boxers on November 16, 2013 at 12:19pm
When I think about Royal Canin, I can't help but think that the best interest of the animals comes first. The innovation and sustainability inside each and every bag is a testament to that. When I chose a diet to raise my dogs, I researched various brands and types of food. The evidence of quality is quite apparent from the moment you pick up the bag, let alone open it up. There are no gimmicks, no flashy words or pictures, just the facts...a superior diet that sells itself. Recommending Royal Canin to clients, friends and those seeking out information, comes without a second thought. The size, breed and purpose specific lines make it very easy to find the right diet for any dog or cat. My Boxers are stunning, healthy and stand out in a crowd. Their body condition, coat quality and cognitive function is second to none. I am thrilled with the results I have had over the years!
I am passionate about nutrition and genetics, attending the International Convention would be an amazing opportunity to learn, network and share experiences.
Kudos to Royal Canin for your research, high standards and rapport with breeders. Nutrition is a fundamental part to breeding quality dogs.
Thank you!
Comment by Treeverwood Goldens on November 15, 2013 at 2:12pm

Quelle ne Royal Canin, le sud de la France, et élevage chien ont en commun: moi qui participent à l'International Dog Breeders Convention !!  

We strive to help our dogs live Longer, Healthier lives starting with their diet.  As a breeder of Golden Retrievers, we switched to Royal Canin dog food and haven't looked back.  We were so impressed with the food and Royal Canin's Pet First Philosophy and support.  Through research, our mentors and Royal Canin's seminars and webinars helping our dogs achieve longer, healthier lives has been made possible.

What a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience the breeding world through France's eyes!

Elaine Johnston


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