- 1 Adult French Bulldog
- 2 The best food for a French Bulldog puppy
- 3 How often a French Bulldog puppy should eat?
- 4 How to react if your dog refuses to eat
- 5 Best food for a French Bulldog puppy: processed or natural food?
In this article we will discuss what’s the best food for a French Bulldog, both at a young age as well as in his adulthood.
Adult French Bulldog
The nutritional value of the diet depends on the dog’s lifestyle. In the case of an active dog, his diet should be more high-calorie than that of a “stay-at-home”. Meat should be the basis, with roughly 70% of the daily ration. The best food for a French Bulldog is lean beef, lamb, horse meat, and rabbit. It can be given raw, but previously thawed.
You can also give boiled by-products such as liver, kidneys, tripe, heart, etc. Usually, the amount of meat is calculated based on the dog’s age, namely 20 g per 1 kg. The remaining 30% of the food intake includes cereals, vegetables, fruits, herbs and dairy products. Porridge can be cooked from buckwheat, rice, barley and oatmeal. These should be cooked in water without salt and meat and vegetable ingredients are added at the end of cooking. It is also useful to season the dish with vegetable oil.
It is not recommended to give milk to adult dogs, as their body absorbs it very poorly. Rather, you can give your French Bulldog dairy products such as kefir, yogurt, and cottage cheese. Vegetables can be given both raw (if the dog eats them) and boiled. Examples of appropriate vegetables are pumpkin, zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, beets and carrots.
Fish can be included in the diet in lieu of meat but no more than 1 to 2 times a week. River fish is given boiled, but sea fish is best given raw. This food must obviously be boneless. If dog loves fruits, then it is recommended to give them as a treat. In some cases, such a treat is a great stimulus in training sessions with your dog.
Prohibited food type
In an attempt to diversify your dog’s diet, you may affect his health. For example, you should not give sour milk and meat at the same time. In addition, there are food types that should not be included in your dog’s diet:
- Flour products (bread, pasta, etc.)
- Sweets (cookies, muffins, candies, ice cream, etc.)
- Smoked meats
- Pickles and marinades
- Bones – tubular, hard
- Pork, lard
You should not give your French Bulldog spicy, fried or fatty food. If a dog owner prefers dry food, then only choose premium and super-premium quality food. If the dog suffers from food allergies, then it is worth choosing hypoallergenic food. Proper nutritious nutrition is the key to the health and longevity of your French Bulldog.
The best food for a French Bulldog puppy
In order for the puppy to grow up healthy, cheerful and well-developed, he needs a balanced diet. When choosing natural or ready-made food for French Bulldog puppies, you need to take into account the tendency of this breed to food allergies. The list of products and the consumption rate is determined taking based on the age of the dog.
Diet of a French Bulldog in his first 12 months
The main intake of a 1-month old French Bulldog puppy should be his mother’s milk. If this is not possible, the puppy should be fed with cow or goat milk.
Best food for a French Bulldog puppy at 2 months old
French Bulldogs are active and cheerful dogs, so they need high-calorie food. But at the same time, you need to monitor the weight of the dog and avoid overfeeding that can lead to rickets and limb problems.
At the age of two months, boiled or raw meat, previously scalded with boiling water, cottage cheese, raw grated vegetables and cereals can be introduced into the diet. Percentage: 60-70% of animal proteins, 30-40% – carbohydrates, fiber (vegetables, cereals).
Meat and fish that can be part of the diet include lean beef, lamb, poultry, sea fish, and offal. Beef and lamb can be fed raw, thawed or frozen, poultry and fish must be boiled and bone free. You can and should give cereals (oatmeal, buckwheat, rice), vegetables (pumpkin, zucchini, carrots, beets, cabbage) and greens.
You cannot feed the puppy with the food that you prepare for yourself, because many of them are good for humans but not so for dogs.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of the food that should not be given to a dog (neither a puppy, nor an adult dog):
- Fried, smoked, spicy, too salty foods.
- Sweets, sugar, cakes and candies.
- Fatty meat, pork, river fish (especially raw!).
- Fatty dairy products.
How often a French Bulldog puppy should eat?
The feeding rate of a French Bulldog puppy depends on age and weight. At the age of 2-3 months, a small pet is fed 5-6 times a day, 4 times at 4-6 months, 3 times at 7-12 months and 2 times a day passed his 1-year birthday.
How to react if your dog refuses to eat
A French Bulldog may refuse to eat because of poor health or because the food is not suitable (when switching to a new diet). If your dog does not eat for several days and looks sickly, you need to see your veterinarian.
Best food for a French Bulldog puppy: processed or natural food?
The puppy can be fed with natural foods or processed foods. When choosing which food is best for the diet of a French Bulldog puppy, you need to take into account his preferences and your capabilities. If you have little time to prepare a special menu for your dog, it is better to choose ready-made canned food for dogs or dry food (from 6-7 months of age). However, make sure you buy premium, veterinary food that has balanced content, contains an optimal ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
If you need to switch the puppy from natural food to processed products, you should transition gradually without mixing both in the same meal.