Frenchies are special and unlike any other dog breed in many aspects so it is no surprise that in the food category there's no exception. There are so many variables for a responsible Frenchie owner to consider when it comes to feeding your French Bulldog.
We get asked every single day for our top recommendations from the safest bowls to use specifically made for Frenchies to food allergies and how to minimize or prevent them. We have put together this complete guide for this reason of our top advice and suggestions.
When you have a dog like a French Bulldog that is generally considered one of the "lazy breeds" you want to make sure your Frenchie is at an ideal weight. Frenchies can become overweight quickly and obesity can lead to many health issues down the road.
It is crucial for a dog owner to recognize when their Frenchie becomes overweight to be able to help the dog maintain a healthy weight and lead a happy healthy life. We are quite surprised that there are no resources or any visual charts online that explains the body condition and what to look for in a French Bulldog ideal weight.
We were able to locate many other breeds such as Dachshund, Golden Retriever, Great Dane etc but none for Frenchies. As this is one of the most important aspect of recognizing if there is an issue with your Frenchie's weight we decided it was important to spend the time to create a visual for our loyal readers.
We believe the idea weight for a male French Bulldog is anywhere between 19-29 lbs.
We believe the idea weight for a female Frenchie is anywhere between 18-28 lbs.It is important to mention these are simply general guidelines and weight can depend on many factors such as body shape height and genetics for instance a male Frenchie that is slightly leaner and taller ideal weight could be around 32 lbs.
For those reasons we provided the visual so you can compare your Frenchie's body type to the drawing and explanation to see where your French Bulldog falls into.
Fawn with mask Frenchie at an ideal weight
Just like an overweight person may have shortness of breath with little to no exercise obese French Bulldogs will experience the same. For a breed like French Bulldogs that already has breathing and respiratory issues being overweight can be a matter of life or death.
Diabetes and heart disease is almost guaranteed in overweight Frenchies. They may also experience joint problems. For a Frenchie even 4 -6 pounds overweight can have devastating consequences due to their already small frame.
If your Frenchie is underweight it could be a signal of a much serious problem. It is best to consult to your vet and eliminate major health concerns such as parasites, gastrointestinal disease or kidney disease etc.
If your Frenchie is fully grown and have not been through any medical procedures in the last four months and he/she looks too thin there are things you can do to help your dog gain a bit of weight and reach an ideal weight.
Statistics prove that more than half of the dogs in the world are overweight. The main signs of overweight or obesity in dogs are: (a) no muscle definition and (b) heavy breathing with little or no exercise.
First step to correcting the problem is determining what is causing the weight gain. There can be multiple factors contributing to your Frenchie's overall health. Here is a list of things to consider :
Humans and dogs have almost identical digestive systems, and many pet owners share meals with their adorable Frenchies. Unfortunately, a lot of human food can be harmful to dogs and other pets. The French Bulldog breed especially have a sensitive stomach.
This makes it vital to know the human food you can feed your pet. If you own a French bulldog, you will understand the dog’s voracious love of human food. These dogs can devour anything edible, a risky behavior considering how harmful your food can be to a dog’s GI tract.
Your French bulldog can tolerate meat such as beef, chicken and turkey. These foods are a rich source of protein for your pooch and can be served raw or cooked.
Whether homemade or ordered from a food outlet, your Frenchie will savor every bit of the meat, but make sure it does not contain wine, chocolate or other ingredients that can cause digestive distress to your pooch.
We know some people are predisposed to lactose-intolerance, but do you know that dogs can also be intolerant of lactose? If your dog does not have this problem, then it is safe to let him or her have cheese.
Why is cheese beneficial for your Frenchie? Because it is packed with plenty of nutrients such as protein, calcium, vitamins, and other essentials your French Bulldog needs to stay healthy.
Please note cheese needs to be given in moderation and contains high calories and fat percentage.
Yes, that staple of the world of dog food. Rice is easily digestible by Frenchies especially for relieving stomach issues. Remember to serve your dog only cooked plain white rice without any seasoning.
Yes. Contrary to popular belief, dogs can process grains, wheat and other carb-rich foods without any issue. Dogs might be carnivorous but their diet is not limited to meat and kibble.
You can prepare a hearty meal of grains or wheat for your pooch. The dietary fiber will aid the dog’s digestion.
As long as it is no salt and no butter popcorn, your Frenchie can indulge in this healthy snack once in a while as he keeps you company while you binge-watch your favorite TV series on Netlix. We call that pupflix and chill.
Please note: you should only feed your Frenchie completely air-popped corn to avoid a choking incident.
You can give your Frenchie dog a scoop of this super delicious treat, but make sure you buy an all-natural brand without sweeteners like xylitol. Peanut is not only delicious but a scoop is full of calories, protein, and fiber.
Your Frenchie can enjoy several types of fruits and vegetables. Some of the veggies and fruits you can feed your dog include apples, bananas, cucumbers, mangos, oranges, spinach, strawberries, cranberries, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, and others.
Your Frenchie’s diet shouldn’t consist of only commercial dog food. Spice it up with some human food for a more balanced and varied nutrition. However, feed in moderation to avoid overfeeding and overweight.
This question will depend on many variables. Age of your Frenchie, amount of daily activity and how often you feed your dog. Some people have extremely busy schedule and can only feed once daily while others have more time to feed smaller portions throughout the day.
Off course we recommend feeding minimum twice daily smaller portions rather than one big meal a day which can cause health issues in the long term. You want to develop healthy habits early on.
It is recommended to feed your French Bulldog puppy three small meals when they are under six months of age. By 6-9 months you can move to two meals daily as your Frenchie matures and ready to conquer the world !
For an adult French Bulldog with normal weight of 25 lbs baseline we would recommend 575 calories per day. This is based on our golden rule which is approximately 23 calories per pound of body weight per day.
We came up with this formula after speaking to many breeders and French Bulldog vets and experts. This formula can be your guideline at how much your Frenchie should eat per day.
As mentioned prior ideally the calories should be divided to smaller portions throughout the day. (twice or even three times if your schedule permits)
There are many websites claiming you should feed your Frenchie upwards of 800 calories per day! This is probably true based on dogs that are in the same weight range but different breeds and highly active.
French Bulldogs are unlike any other breed. They are not hyper highly active dogs and that should be taken into consideration when calculating the perfect amount your Frenchie needs to eat per day.
If you have any reservations in regards to the specific amount always consult with your veterinarian (hopefully specializes in Frenchies) or your breeder about these numbers.
If you want a more accurate calculation based on weight and activity level check our Frenchie Dog Food Per Day Calculator.
Frenchies are not your typical dog breed. They will overeat. A typical French Bulldog will never get enough food. You will have to watch your Frenchie while he/she is eating especially if you feed your Frenchie around others.
Make sure your French Bulldog only eats the food designated for him/her. Their natural hunger is a normal characteristic the French Bulldog breed, however, you should be extra mindful to not overfeed your Frenchie.
Frenchies love their food so much they scurf it down. Eating so fast can cause some discomfort, vomiting, gas and is a hazard of choking. In certain breeds like the French Bulldog Gastric Dilatation Volvulus can occur due to fast eating and their large chest.
This condition is life threatening with serious irreversible damage or worse, death. We will cover this topic in a future Pawsletter however, what we can say right now is that there is no home remedy.
You must immediately take your dog to the ER if he/she shows any signs of attempting to vomit (unsuccessfully) pacing back and forth hunched over and restless. For the reasons above it is recommended to slow down your Frenchie from eating fast.
The following are methods to slow your French Bulldog down while eating:
A bowl is not just a bowl. Your Frenchie bowl is one of the most important essential products in their life since he or she will eat and drink out if it multiple times a day. Buying the wrong bowl could put your French Bulldog at risk.
Just to give you an idea in 2012, Petco issued a recall for stainless steel bowls that were radioactive. We recommend looking at these features and finding whats right for your French Bulldog:
To conclude we recommend looking for a bowl from a reputable company that is health conscious, cares about dogs and performs regular tests for possible contaminants. Always research and question quality. Never settle for less because our dogs deserve only the best.
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