Many new owners are surprised at first on how much their French Bulldogs eat. It is not uncommon for someone to say ‘my dog eats more than my kids’ or vice versa, especially with a large fount of energy like the Frenchie. A general rule of thumb is 1 cup per 20 lbs of weight, give or take depending on activity level, age, and size. Make sure that your pet gets enough food but also make sure not to overfeed them as well! Underfeeding will case health problems just as overfeeding can so it all comes down to striking a balance between being active and being lazy!
1 cup equals approximately 10% of their total diet.
The calorie requirement for an average male French Bulldog is anywhere between 1000-1500 calories daily, depending on activity level and size. For smaller female dogs the amount could be even lower due to lack of muscle mass. During pregnancy or nursing, caloric needs can increase by up to 30%. If feeding treats, cut back on dog food accordingly so your Frenchie will not become overweight.
If you are looking to purchase a new Frenchie or have recently adopted one, don’t forget that it is best to consult with your breeder or rescue regarding the right food regiment for your pet! Your vet may also have his/her own suggestions as well!
Failing to do so can result in many health complications down the road such as obesity, heart issues, and other dog diseases.
The main goal of a dog’s diet is to keep them at the proper weight. If you have an obese or underweight dog, your veterinarian can help you with a feeding schedule and diet regimen. Dogs should have access to water throughout the day as well as some form of exercise for 30 minutes per day on average. Also remember that free choice feeding (keeping food available all the time) may not be best for your pet; instead offering measured meals at specific times during the day can make it easier for owners to monitor intake and make any necessary changes.
French Bulldogs are no different than any other breed in regards to their dietary needs, however figuring out what those needs are can be difficult due to their unique physique! Don’t forget that each French Bulldog is different, so their dietary needs may change depending on their activity level, age, and health. A good suggestion for all dog owners is to check with your vet or breeder for specific recommendations based on your pet’s individual needs.
How many times a day do you feed a French bulldog?
In general, it is best to feed your French Bulldog once or twice a day. In each of those meals, you should aim to give them 1 cup of food for every 20 lbs of weight. If you want to split that into 3 meals a day, then try and divide the amount by 6. This way they will get around 1 cup per meal.
If you have a new French Bulldog, you should try and get them on a schedule without free-feeding to make it easier on yourself. In the long run, this will be far less work for you. And yes, your Frenchie can eat more than 1 cup of food at a time! Their stomachs are very small, but they can eat that much food in one sitting.
Are French Bulldogs always hungry?
Some dogs, like other people, will always be hungry. This is especially true if they never get full and will eat until their stomach hurts. Other dogs (including French Bulldogs) may sometimes skip a meal or two and then gorge themselves when their food does come around. Chances are that your Frenchie falls into the latter category; they do not need to eat as frequently as other breeds, and may only eat once per day.
It is for this reason that it is recommended to free-feed French Bulldogs (keeping food available at all times) instead of leaving their meals down for a certain number of hours before picking them up again. This way owners have a better idea of how much their dog is actually eating.
Remember that if your Frenchie seems like they are hungry all the time, it may be due to an underlying health issue (such as Cushing’s disease in older dogs). Always keep in mind that changes in appetite can be a sign of illness, and should be checked out by your vet.