General principles of feeding the French Bulldog
French Bulldogs are quite picky about food. The owners need to find a special approach, to understand the preferences of the animal. However, any dog is a predator and should always remain so, so you should not pamper your pet too much. It is necessary to develop and get used to a special meal plan.
The table indicates that dairy products can make up a fairly large part of a dog’s diet. However, many pets do not like dairy products, and some develop digestive problems.
Natural food for the French Bulldog
Natural food is specially prepared food for the dog. Under no circumstances should you put ordinary human food into a bowl! Our, human, food contains additives, a lot of salt, seasonings, preservatives. such food is dangerous for the life of a pet.
Below is a small French Bulldog feeding table that shows the ratio of food to the dog.
Now let’s take a closer look at each item in the table.
About half of the diet should be lean meats. This could be:
- Skinless chicken meat;
- Rabbit meat;
- Lean pork (very rare).
The French Bulldog must eat meat, but such food will be quite expensive. Sometimes you can replace meat with offal. Bulldogs like liver, hearts, lungs.
Many Bulldogs like to eat milk porridge such as buckwheat, rice, oatmeal.
Cereals must be well washed and cooked until they are digested. Porridge can be diluted with lean beef, fish, you can add some vegetables, fruits.
Fish should not be the main protein source for your dog, but it can sometimes be fed to your pet. Many dog breeders claim that with frequent feeding on fish, pet hair becomes shiny, thick.
The French Bulldog can be fed both river and sea fish. But it’s worth noting that river fish have a bad reputation for their potential for helminths. To protect the four-legged pet from infection, it is enough to boil the fish for 30 minutes, or freeze it for 2-3 days. Suitable for food: carp, pike, carp, bream, herring, hake, capelin, perch, etc.
Feeding 6 to 10 months
At the age of 6-10 months, the baby should receive adequate nutrition.
Some breeders believe that already from 8 months a French Bulldog puppy can be fed only 2 times a day.
Types of food for the French Bulldog
We can say that all dog owners are divided into two “camps”:
- Adherents of natural nutrition;
- Dry / Prepared Food Adherents.
No one can unequivocally answer which food is more correct to feed the French Bulldog, so each dog breeder will have to choose independently.
Most veterinarians advise one thing: do not combine both types of feed. Many owners in the morning, when there is no time to prepare food, prefer to give dry food, and in the evening. natural. With such a diet, the French, like any other breed, can begin to have digestive problems. In addition, the balance of nutrients is disturbed.
Particular attention should be paid to the choice of feeding site.
We advise you to study important recommendations:
- The feeding place must be permanent. The animal should not run around the apartment in search of food;
- Place the bowl away from the draft;
- The place should not be walkable. The animal will feel discomfort if they step over it;
- It is best to purchase a special metal stand, on which bowls suitable for the age and breed of the dog will be fixed.
Thus, the ideal place to feed your dog should be located in a quiet corner of your apartment, where nothing will distract the animal from food.
French Bulldog puppies are fed small portions, but often. As the dog gets older, the size of the portions changes. There should be just enough food so that the animal can eat, but not overeat. At first, it is worth observing how much food is eaten in order to adjust the serving size. If you notice that your dog is malnourishing the food in the bowl, add less food during the next feeding. Conversely, if the bulldog eats the entire portion and continues to stand near the bowl, then you have poured too little food for him. Each dog has its own, special appetite.
How to properly feed the French Bulldog and his puppies, what kind of food and how many times a day
French Bulldogs are very popular: young children like them, touch their owners with their little face and interesting facial expressions. When establishing this breed of dogs, you should understand that they require special care, you also need to know what to feed the French Bulldog. Proper pet nutrition is the most important and relevant topic for every dog owner.
This article will tell you how you can feed the French Bulldog, how to make the right diet, what nutritional features this breed of dog has. As a rule, most people are trying to get a newly born dog, so special attention in the article will be paid to how to feed a French Bulldog puppy. Read about the features of the French Bulldog breed in our special article.
Any living organism loves consistency in food intake, dogs are no exception. The French Bulldog should be fed at the same time every day. So, the bulldog will adapt faster to family life, will experience less stress.
Mixed food and its consequences
- Dry food meat = excess protein. Protein overfeeding puts a load on the kidneys, which subsequently leads to renal failure, provokes degenerative changes in the liver, and can also cause allergies.
- Dry fish food = excess phosphorus. Excessive intake of a trace element contributes to the development of urolithiasis. As a result of the accumulation, the liver and intestines are affected, anemia develops and the number of leukocytes decreases, and small hemorrhages appear. Bone tissue loses calcium and accumulates phosphate, which leads to the development of osteoporosis, and in puppies to rickets.
- Dry food porridge = excess carbohydrates. As a result, excess weight gain and related problems.
- With a mixed type of diet, the owners “terrorize” the gastrointestinal tract, thereby provoking the development of chronic gastritis.
How to properly soak feed
The granules are soaked with clean drinking water (not boiled), temperature is about 40 ° C. The feed is poured in a different ratio, depending on the preferences of the animal and the manufacturer, usually 1: 2 or 1: 3. Instead of water, some use low-fat kefir or home-made yogurt, and for puppies up to 5-6 months old, they pour boiled milk into drying, provided they have normal stools. Soaked feed should be eaten within 2-3 hours, as it quickly sours and is inseminated by bacteria.
The rule is simple: if your dog likes to crunch and there are no restrictions for this, let him eat dry food, and if the animal prefers a mushy type of food, soak it.
How to calculate the amount of feed yourself
To independently calculate how much dry food a dog needs per day, you can use the table in which the required amount of kcal per day is indicated, but you need to know the energy value of the selected food.
|Kcal per 1 kg of body weight|
Daily feed requirements for puppies of large breeds (up to 25-44 kg) from 2 to 12 months
(gram / measuring cup = 240 ml)
|Puppy age||26 kg||28 kg||30 Kg||32 kg||34 kg||36 kg||38 kg||42 kg|
Why dry food?
Let’s first briefly summarize the benefits of dry food. With them on the market, more and more dog breeders give them preference and there are reasons for this:
- The first, of course, is convenience and you can’t argue with that (poured food and it’s in the bag);
- Dry food is an easy way to provide your dog with a balanced, nutritious food (at least premium food). With them, you do not need to bother too much about whether your pet received all the vitamins, trace elements and nutrients. you can be sure that everything;
- If necessary, you can choose a therapeutic or special diet that will meet the needs of the pet at a certain period of his life (pregnancy, illness, active loads, obesity, allergies, etc.);
- Feeding industrial products is more profitable from a financial point of view. The amount of dry food for a dog per day is incomparably less than the volume of a nutritious “lunch” from natural products and its cost.
- And finally. saving time that will have to be spent daily on cooking.
Feed class and energy value
Industrial feeds are conventionally divided into 4 classes, which differ in the quality of the ingredients used in production, balance, nutritional and energy value (Kcal / 100g).
- Economy class feeds have an energy value of 250-300 Kcal. They are made from low-quality products and require the introduction of vitamin and mineral supplements into the diet.
- The premium class has a nutritional value of 300-350 Kcal. Its advantage is to increase the amount of animal proteins in the form of by-products and waste, as well as the inclusion of vitamins and trace elements.
- Super Premium foods are balanced, complete diets suitable for continuous feeding. Energy value 360-450 kcal.
- Holistic feeds with an energy value of 360-450 Kcal differ from the super-premium class in that they are produced from the highest quality products allowed for the food industry.
Is it possible to soak the feed?
You can soak dry food if the manufacturer has not set any restrictions, in which case there will be a mark on the package. over, it is recommended to soak the food for puppies up to 3-4 months old, for animals with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and oral cavity, as well as for elderly dogs who are losing teeth.
Is it possible to constantly feed the dog only dry food?
Many people worry about whether it is possible to constantly feed the dog only dry food? Some, fearing the possible consequences of such a monotonous diet, try to diversify the pet’s diet by mixing food from their own table into the bowl. Let’s try to understand the consequences of this approach.
How much water does a dog need?
How much water does a dog need per day if it only eats dry food? On average, a dog should drink 50 g of water / 1 kg of body weight per day. But you don’t need to give it out in portions, it is necessary to provide free access to clean drinking water around the clock. The amount of liquid also depends on how much dry food the dog needs per day, age, physical activity, ambient temperature, etc.