Best Food for English Bulldogs
Even a bigger challenge than managing their exercise routines is finding the best dog food for your bulldog. There are a few variants of this species, the most popular ones of which are French and English Bulldogs. However, in this discussion, it is the English bulldogs that we talk about, concerning their dietary requirements. We know that some of you just CANNOT figure out what to feed to your bulldog, something that will provide enough calories to this rather active and agile breed of dogs. But worry not, in this discussion, we are going to discuss not only the finer points about bulldog’s dietary requirements but also some of the best dog foods for English bulldogs available commercially in the market right now. A lot to learn from this discussion, all we are asking in return is your undivided attention so that you can understand things better!
The buyer’s guide
Before we talk about the best dog foods available commercially in the market, we want you to learn more about the boxes that you need to check to ensure that the product you are purchasing is a quality one. So, what are those factors? We talk about these in the following lines, under separate headings, only for your convenience!
1- Dietary considerations
When we talk about dietary considerations, we are essentially talking about the macronutrients. These include proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. English bulldogs need more protein than other ingredients. Well, it is protein, which when broken down, furnishes the required amino acids that are so essential for muscle development in your English 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 to your bulldog’s food! 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 normal and you are just exposing your good boy to the risk of obesity. You will understand things more clearly, once we talk about the actual dog food formulas that your bulldog will love to devour. Enough details, for now, we guess!
2- Health considerations
Bulldogs are an active breed, a species that is known for their agility, and service in police and army. So, naturally, what you should be concerned about the most is their skeletal health. And the biggest issue that your bulldog is likely to face in this regard is a joint deformity. Well, what if we told you that you can avert that? You can save your bulldog’s moves by adding two dietary supplements to your bulldog’s diet. These are glucosamine and chondroitin. Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is super helpful for preserving your bulldog’s joint health. Chondroitin, on the other hand, is an ideal choice for you if your English bulldog’s suffering from cartilage breakdown.
What are some of the additional elements that must be present in your English bully’s diet? We know most of you are thinking about vitamins. Yes, it is true, vitamins are important for your bulldog’s health, especially those which you will learn about in the product review phase of this discussion. However, vitamins are not the only fortification you should be thinking about. Antioxidants, minerals, and supplementary additions like biotin are equally important as well. Biotin has a crucial role to play concerning your bully’s skin health.
4- Read the label
It stuns us, the number of people who fall for dog foods that come with a promise of surprise elements that can add more years to your dog’s life. Sorry but that is BULLSHIT. Such dietary formulas do more harm than good to your dog’s health, and we are not sure why some of you even believe that advertising crap. Do not play with your best friend’s health like that, so casually. Make sure that you read the label carefully before you scratch your credit card for a product of such nature.
Best foods for English bulldogs
Right then, we are finally where we wanted to be. We feel that we are all well acquainted with the dietary needs of an English bulldog now. And so, without further ado, let us talk about the best dog foods for English bulldogs currently available in the market.
Let us start with this top of the charts dog food formula that has become so popular with English bulldogs in the last few years. And you will understand the reasons for this fame in a minute! Now, coming towards the main ingredients of this dog food, let us talk in terms of percentages first. The protein content is around 34%, while the rest of the percentage is composed of vitamins, minerals, and other supplementary components. The first ingredient of this dog food formula is deboned beef. But that is not all. Other key ingredients included in this dog food formula include lamb meal, salmon meal, and salmon oil. We are sure that your unasked query about fat percentage is answered by now as well. We mentioned glucosamine and chondroitin earlier, and we are glad to report that these supplementary ingredients are present in this premium-quality dog food.
Want to know more about this dog food recipe? Jump to the pros and cons section, where we have recapped the finer features briefly & concisely!
This is a grain inclusive dog food. But that is not the most illuminating feature of this formula. Let us start with calories. No calories are coming in from fats or other sources which could pose the risk of obesity to your dog. Coming towards the main ingredients, the primary source of protein in this dog food formula is deboned chicken. Then, 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, barley, and peas are added. An adequate amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals make this dog food formula an excellent choice for your English bulldog.
This dog food formula features 31% protein of the total composition. There are three protein sources in this formula. These are turkey, chicken meal, and chicken. Just the flavor of this dog food is going to drive your English bulldog mad, we can promise you that! But there are other benefits as well if you opt for this recipe. Since this dog food comes with a dash of glucosamine, your canine friend’s joint health will be taken care of automatically. Oh, and the combination of Kibbles+ Freeze-dried is simply too good to miss out, do think about that as well! In case you are looking for more reasons to convince you, you can jump to the pros section! Oh, and there are a few cons that you need to be mindful of as well!
The dog formula for English bulldogs under discussion comes without gluten. Gluten’s track record is not a good one in the foodie world, it is a known canine allergen. Coming towards the main ingredients, protein comes from lamb. So, if your 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. Looking for something more? We have recapped the finer features of this product in the pros and cons section.
We know some of you are worried about the fact that some of the best dog foods available in the market contain grains. So let us talk about grain-free dog food. This is a product more suited to active dogs, just like your English bulldog. The protein content percentage is around 28%, the fat content is around 18%., which means that your bulldog will get all that required energy in one dog food if you opt for this product. Another highlight of this dog food product is probiotic supplementation. More about this fascinating product in the pros and cons section.
We know that at this point in the discussion, questions of all sorts are bubbling in your mind. So, to satisfy your curiosity, we are going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions in the following lines. We are sorry we cannot answer all of them, but that’s the best we can do!
1- Should I feed my bulldog grain-free food?
There is a lot of bad air about the word grainy diet. But we can assure you that there is nothing wrong with feeding your bulldog a diet full of grains. However, if your bulldog is prone to issues like gas, then maybe you shouldn’t feed too much of a grainy dog food formula.
2- Which foods are bulldogs allergic to?
One of the biggest no-no items for your bulldog is dairy. Other than that, chicken eggs are not OK for your English bulldog either.
3- Is raw meat ok for my English bully?
Traditionally, dogs can eat raw meat. However, that does not mean that you can dope their diet with raw meat all the time. Some are ok, too much is bad.
4- Is itch related to diet?
Unless it is because of an allergen in your bulldog’s diet, the itch is usually a problem that arises because of conditions like eczema.
5- What is the ideal weight range for English bulldogs?
40-50 pounds is an ideal weight range for your English bulldog. It is good to know how much your dog weighs since it can help you calculate the number of required calories. Usually, 30 calories per pound of your bulldog’s weight are the easiest manner of calculating the number of total calories.
Well, folks, that would be all for now. English bulldogs are much bigger breeds than say Yorkie terriers. So, you can understand why their dietary requirements are greater as well. But we hope that you will focus more on quality than quantity. Your bulldog’s health greatly depends on your choice, so make your call wisely!