Best dog food for French bulldogs
Whenever the word bulldog is mentioned, the common image that pops up in our heads is that of an English bulldog. This is an important misconception that we want to clear at the very beginning of this article. We are going to talk about French bulldogs specifically in this discussion. And boy oh boy, are they charming or what? We mean to say, just the sound of their bark can make anyone fall in love with them. And we haven’t even talked about skin, color, or built! By built size, these canine beasts can be categorized under the small to medium breed. And now that we are talking about the size, the next question should be about the diet. Which dog food is the best for French bulldogs? A question that we attempt to answer in detail in this discussion.
The Buyer Guide
Before we talk about some of the best dog foods in the market, we need to talk a bit about the determinants of the best foods. What are the factors that one has to keep in mind before setting out for Frenchie food shopping? In the following lines of this discussion, we talk about these factors in detail.
1- French bulldogs dietary needs
Macronutrients are the primary factor to consider, whenever we talk about dog food. Of course, we are talking about proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates here. As you can guess, a French bulldog needs more protein than any of the other ingredients. Let us make things simpler by translating the requirements into percentages. An adult French bulldog needs at least 18 percent protein in its diet. This is the absolute minimum though, and there is no harm in notching up that number to somewhere around 20-22 percent. You must be wondering why protein is so important for your Frenchie. Well, it is protein, which when broken down, furnishes the required amino acids that are so essential for muscle development in your French bulldog. Now when you are shopping for a dog food product, you should read the label carefully to identify the primary sources which are providing protein. This applies to every dog food product and not just the Frenchie foods! In the case of French bulldogs, the major percentage of protein should ideally come from poultry meat, seconded by fish.
Enough with the proteins, what about fat? Not too much of it should be fed to a dog! The reason is that you will probably be a little too late to recognize how fat has turned your good boy into a lazy bad boy. Anything more than 5%, and you are just exposing your Frenchie to the risk of obesity.
2- The must ingredients
We are slowly laying the foundation before we discuss the big stuff! Now, when you are shopping for French bulldog food products, you should know what your dog needs the most. The product you are purchasing must have these ingredients! Of course, you are going to buy a Frenchie food with high-quality lean protein. But you should also look for a nutritionally balanced product. What do we mean by that? Your chosen dog food should feature an adequate amount of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and supplementary compounds. We are sure that you will be able to understand this point much better when we talk about the products in more detail!
3- Should you feed your Frenchie grain-free food?
French bulldogs are gassy! But only at times, and if that is making you skip the whole grains from your Frenchie’s food, then you are mistaken. That the grain consumption can lead to an allergic reaction in French bulldogs is nothing more than erroneous word of mouth. However, if you are still hesitant and unsure about the idea, the best course of action would be to get the vet! Come to think of it, get that guy to make your Frenchie’s entire diet plan!
Top five dog foods for French bulldogs
We think that will do! You are all set to be exposed to the bamboozling variety of dog foods available in the market, made just for your Frenchie! Any bulldog would love to devour on them, Frenchie or no Frenchie!
The first in our list is a grain inclusive formula that promises it will take care of your dog better than you! And considering the efforts manufacturers have put in coming up with this dog food formula, we don’t have any reason to doubt that. No extra calories are coming in from fats or other sources which could pose the risk of obesity to your dog. Ah, but we see you are more interested in the composition of this dog food, so OK. Let us talk about the ingredient list first.
The primary source of protein in this dog food formula is deboned chicken. And that too of premium quality, mind you! Also, there is a dash of chicken meal added as well. If you have never shopped for such products before, let us tell you that dog food is more often than not likely to have a few concentrated protein sources like a chicken meal in this instance. Done with the protein, what about carbs? For providing carbohydrates, wholesome grains like brown rice and barley are added. The role of peas is the same as well. An adequate amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals simply seal the deal for us. But if you are after more dirt on this product, you can jump to the pros and cons section.
The dog formula for French bulldogs under discussion is made for the more sensitive types of canine species. Of course, when we say sensitive, we are talking about allergies here. So, what is so special about this box of treats? Well, for one, it comes without gluten. Gluten’s track record is not a good one in the foodie world, more often than not it is categorized under the heading ALLERGEN. For another, all the protein in the case of this dog formula comes from lamb. So, if your French bully is not ok with poultry products, then this is a perfect choice for your dog. For carbs, the company has added oatmeal, rice, and peas while the fat source is canola oil. We see some raised eyebrows! Well, for those of you who don’t know it already, canola oil is an excellent source of fatty acids. A notable fatty acid in this regard is the omega-3 fatty acid.
Interested in knowing more about this? Jump to the pros and cons sections ahead!
Kibbles+ Freeze-dried. This is the combo you get if you opt for this dog food product for your French bulldog. However, this is certainly not the only illuminating feature of this product. What we liked the most about this dog food formula was that it features as much as 31% protein. Now that is a truly remarkable number! The protein source in this formula is not one, but three. We are talking about turkey, chicken meal, and chicken here. Just the flavor of this dog food is going to drive your French bulldog mad, we can promise you that!
But there are other benefits as well if you opt for this recipe. French bulldogs are a breed that is more prone to joint deformities and diseases than other dog breeds. Since this dog food comes with a dash of glucosamine, your bulldog’s joint health will be taken care of automatically.
This is grain-free dog food. So, if you are someone who worries about the fact that grains just might make your canine friend full of gas, then simply scratch your credit card for this product. Now, coming towards the finer details of this product, this is a formula more suited for the highly active French bulldogs. Let us back this statement with some numbers. If we were to break it down in terms of percentages, not only is the protein content percentage high i.e. 28% but also the fat content is high enough as well i.e. around 18%. So, if your dog loves to bounce around a bit more than its canine friends, go for this product.
Probiotic supplementation has become a common theme with dog food products, and we are glad to report that the feature is consistent with this product as well. There are more benefits as well, which we are going to talk about in the pros and cons section briefly.
Might be the last on our list, but as good as the previous four products! This is another grain-free dog food formula that features herring fish as the primary protein source. In terms of percentage, 73 percent of the protein comes from fish, while the remainder is supplied by vegetables. Then, for furnishing required fat, chicken fat is added, while potatoes are added as the primary source of carbohydrates. A dash of glucosamine ensures that your French bulldog will not have to suffer from joint problems frequently.
We are one hundred percent certain that at this point in the discussion, questions of all sorts are bubbling in your mind. While we are cognizant of the fact that we cannot answer all of these queries separately, we are going to answer the most frequently asked questions in the following lines concisely.
1- Which foods can cause allergies to my bulldog?
Some plant-derived proteins and proteins from eggs are deemed as major allergens for French bulldogs.
2- Is raw meat suitable for French bulldogs?
Your French bulldog can eat raw meat. But just because it can, doesn’t mean you should feed the poor thing raw meat only. The risk of bacterial infections e.g. salmonella increases if raw meat consumption is increased.
3- Why do French bulldogs become itchy?
This has nothing to do with the diet. The reason for this itchiness is eczema.
4- What is the limit for fiber intake for my French bulldog?
The minimum limit is around 5 percent. The sources which should provide fiber in your French bulldog’s diet include brown rice and oatmeal.
5- What is the average bulldog life expectancy?
The average bulldog expectancy is between 8-10 years. However, the span can increase or decrease as well depending on the diet and care you are offering your Frenchie.
Well, folks, that would be all for now. There is so much more that we wanted to cover, French bulldogs make a fascinating topic to cover. But unfortunately, we are bound by the limitations of time and space. Well, well. Still, we hope that you learned something, if not everything new from this discussion about French bulldog maintenance and care. And on that optimistic note, we bid you farewell from this discussion!