What is the best diet to serve French bulldogs?
The petite French bulldog must be fed carefully to avoid digestive issues. French Bulldogs are also a brachycephalic breed, meaning that they have a short, broad muzzle and an elongated soft palette. This can make eating a challenge, and improper feeding may lead to life-threatening issues, including choking, bloat and intestinal perforation.
Because French Bulldogs are brachycephalic breeds, water consumption is going to have to be one of your biggest priorities. The dogs’ short noses and compact muzzles make them prone to overheating, and they will dehydrate quickly without access to water. You may even want to consider purchasing one of those dog fountains with the cascading water. The circulation system will keep the water fresh and oxygenated and you won’t have to worry about empty bowls.
French Bulldogs are prone to grain allergies and many dog foods have a lot of grains. Therefore, read labels carefully and choose a dog food that is high in meat-based products and low in grains. A named meat, such as beef or chicken should be the first ingredient on the label.
French Bulldogs love to eat so they can become overweight if allowed to free-feed. Don’t leave food out for any longer than 20 to 30 minutes and keep her on a set schedule. If she tries to beg, and you know for sure that she’s not hungry, ignore it. If, on the other hand, you notice your bulldog is leaving a lot of food in the bowl, try dividing the daily ration into two servings and then feed it to them in the morning and evening.
Limit treats to one a day. It will be tempting to give into that cute, wrinkly face but, remember, treats and snacks should only make up 10 percent of your dog’s daily caloric allotment (25-30 calories per every 5 pound, adjusted up or down based on activity level.). Keep treats natural and healthy: string beans, peas, berries, melon, apple slices (no core or seeds—poisonous), and raw baby carrots.