Cute faces with a serious expression – French Bulldogs are popular all over the world. However, not all owners are ready for the fact that each dog has an individuality, which is also manifested in food preferences. These dogs are quite moody, can suffer from allergies, and need a balanced, high-quality diet. How to provide your pet with a suitable diet?
Dry or Natural Food
The French Bulldog can be fed with both production rations and natural foods. Here the owner must decide what is more convenient for him, naturally, not to the detriment of the health of his four-legged friend. It is also important not to mix the two types of feed.
Dry food, of course, when it comes to high-quality brands, will provide the animal with everything it needs, and the owner will be helped to save time on cooking. In addition, they are distinguished by high digestibility, low allergenicity, and they can be selected based on the individual characteristics of the Frenchie.
As for natural nutrition, it can be considered a more varied and healthy option. It’s hard to imagine, but these cuties were once intended for harsh fun, only their need for high-calorie food remained in the memory of this. And so that the dog does not “swell with fat”, it is important to provide him with the additional load. Correction of nutrition is a very important aspect here – both nutritional value and portion size, and other nuances are taken into account.
Whatever food the owner prefers, it will be useful to arrange fasting days for the dog – that is, once a week, give him about half or slightly less of the daily ration. Despite the sad look, it will benefit the pet.
What and How Many Times to Feed a French Bulldog Puppy
Breeders begin to give the first complementary food to puppies of this breed already on the 8-9th day after birth, at 1 month the puppy can already eat on its own. In most cases, the first meal is cooked food or raw ground beef. And when purchasing a baby, new owners should find out what the puppy ate. While the dog is getting used to the new conditions, you should not change the usual food for new products for several days.
Up to 3 months, the puppy grows intensively, which means that he will need a large amount of nutritious food. Dry food is given according to the proposed scheme, you should definitely take care of the puppy’s access to clean drinking water around the clock. With natural feeding, the following foods are included in the diet:
- raw beef (a quarter of the daily diet);
- boiled meat (1/4);
- porridge (buckwheat, rice, oatmeal), seasoned with vegetable oil (1/4 of the diet);
- the diet must necessarily contain dairy, fermented milk products, raw chicken eggs (2 per week are enough), boiled vegetables – zucchini, pumpkin, carrots, fresh apples.
What Can You Feed Your French Bulldog?
When feeding with natural products, an adult dog needs more meat – its part should not be less than 50%. The diet should contain beef, poultry, you can rarely give your pet boiled offal. Porridge is boiled with meat in broth – from barley, buckwheat, pearl barley, rice groats. You can add boiled vegetables to your meals or serve them raw. Season the porridge with sunflower or olive oil.
Almost all dairy and sour milk natural products can be given to adult French Bulldogs, of course, if there is no lactose intolerance. Lean sea fish is a storehouse of useful elements. It is boiled, deboned, and given to your favorites. It can also be given raw but deep-frozen.
You can pamper your pet with pieces of fruit – apples, pears, bananas, etc. If the owner feeds the pet with ready-made rations, then it is necessary to purchase top-class food (super-premium or holistic).
When choosing the right food, it is not necessary to buy one that is intended for French Bulldogs. A diet intended for representatives of small breeds is suitable. Food should be purchased only in specialized pet stores.
What You Can’t Feed a French Bulldog?
French Bulldogs can be very persuasive when begging for treats from the master’s table, but owners need to be tough. Dogs are advised not to consume confectionery, marinades, spices, fried and smoked foods. All foods made from flour and yeast should also be eliminated from the diet. Among fruits, all varieties of grapes and raisins are harmful, vegetables – potatoes, especially boiled ones.
Sausages and tubular bones can be harmful. A pet can get intoxication by eating a lot of onions and garlic. If it turns out that your pet has a food allergy, then you should find out what causes it. And if many products become a threat to health, then it is better to transfer your pet to a hypoallergenic ready-made diet.
The modern French Bulldog is an excellent companion who will gladly go out with its owner for a run and lie on the couch with the same joy. Such a balance should be present in the diet – you cannot overfeed your pet, but at the same time he should receive everything that is extremely useful.