The Best Food For French Bulldogs (UK Edition)


French Bulldogs are an amazing dog breed; friendly, sweet, gentle, and the most loving family dog!

They give so much to us, and we want to be sure that we’re doing the best for them in return and that means giving them the best food.

Sometimes (in fact, very often) the best food definitely isn’t the standard supermarket offerings.

With so many different types it can be hard to know where to start, especially as each dog has its own personal likes and dislikes, and French bulldogs can have sensitive skin and stomachs.

I’ve put together some food suggestions for your Frenchie – whether you want raw, dry or subscription-based food. I’ve also answered some commonly asked questions about what they can and can’t eat and how much.

This article was written with help from my cousin, who has two French bulldogs, Mavis and Peggy 🙂 Here they are, waiting for dinner…

French Bulldog sisters

Best UK Food For French Bulldogs With Allergies

James Wellbeloved Dry Dog Food
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Any bulldog owner will know that their beloved pet has a sensitive stomach and they need to watch what they eat.

This dried food by James Wellbeloved gets rave reviews – it’s a great dried food option as it’s hypoallergenic and made especially for those with digestive and skin issues, which are common in French bulldogs.

There are multiple flavour options and size options too if you just want to trial the food first.

The meat mixed with rice ensures that the food is gentle on your dog’s sensitive stomach and contains enough soluble and insoluble fibres to support the digestive system. 

The addition of yucca reduces the odour of stools, whilst Omega-3 ensures a glossy and healthy coat and natural prebiotics encourage the growth of healthy bacteria within the gut.

One person said that after switching to this dried food, she noticed a change in her dog after the first meal and after a few days her dog’s stools were firmer, with a reduced smell and a much happier dog!

Another person said that their pups can’t get enough of it! They get excited every time they know that they’re going to be fed and their coats are beautifully shiny, with no skin irritation.

Pros:

  • Suitable for Bulldog’s sensitive stomachs
  • Hypoallergenic and no artificial ingredients
  • Multiple flavour combinations
  • Supports the digestive system with prebiotics
  • Lots of fibre
  • Omega-3
  • Added yucca to reduce stool odour
  • Small kibble (around 12mm in diameter)

Cons:

  • The food itself has quite a strong smell
Sleeping French bulldog pups

Best Tailored Food For French Bulldogs

Tails – Specifically Tailored Dog Food (Including for French Bulldog Puppies)
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I love this subscription service by Tails.com for puppies, as the food is specifically tailored to your dog.

You answer a few questions about your dog’s breed, weight, age, etc, and are given a unique recipe of food – so you can be assured that your pup is getting all the nutrients that it needs to grow healthily.

One of my favourite things about this puppy food is that it contains DHA omega-3, which many other foods don’t.

This omega-3 supports bulldogs’ mental development and helps with learning and socialising, decreasing the risk of behavioural issues later in life.

You also never have to worry about food running out and will avoid having to do a mad dash to the shops to pick up whatever you can find – possibly upsetting your dog’s stomach.

Tails deliver your dog’s food straight to your door every 2 weeks until your dog is 14 weeks old, then you get a monthly delivery.

If you find that the food isn’t lasting long enough, or you have surplus at the end of the month then you can always change the delivery date to suit your needs.

One reviewer mentioned that their bulldog pup who suffered from stomach issues never really enjoyed his food, until they tried him on Tails. Now, his digestion is back to normal and he actually gets excited around mealtime because he enjoys his food so much!

Pros:

  • Food is specifically tailored to your dog, and the recipe changes as they age to support their needs
  • Supports mental development, immune and digestive system and provides energy for growth
  • Delivered straight to your door
  • Comes with a portion scoop
  • Pause, resume or cancel at any time

Cons:

  • Kibble is all a standard size

Best Dry Food for French Bulldogs in the UK

Royal Canin Dry Bulldog Food
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This Royal Canin dog food is made especially for bulldogs over the age of 12 months.

One of my favourite things about this particular food is that the kibble itself is ergonomically designed to ensure that your dog chews the food to encourage movement in the jaw, which is great as we all know that bulldogs have a brachycephalic jaw that can cause issues later in life.

This also means that your dog won’t be able to eat as fast and swallow food whole (as bulldogs love to do) and give themselves indigestion.

The food is formulated to help reduce odour from stools and flatulence as it contains both fermentable and non-fermentable fibre and the only source of starch is that which naturally occurs in the rice.

It also helps your dog to maintain a healthy weight throughout its life and supports healthy joints and skin as they’re getting ample amounts of nutrients.

Many people have said that this is the only food that doesn’t give their bulldogs awful flatulence, and that they always switch back if they ever try anything else.

Pros:

  • Ergonomically designed kibble
  • Reduces odours
  • Naturally occuring starch and fibres
  • Helps to maintain a healthy weight
  • Supports healthy joints and skin
  • Encourages a soft, shiny coat and strong teeth

Cons:

  • Only comes in 12kg bag so can’t trial the food before making a big purchase

Best Raw Food For French Bulldogs in the UK

Prodog Complete Raw Dog Food Bundle
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If given the choice themselves, dogs would eat raw food as they would do in the wild. That’s why this raw dog food by Prodog is a great choice for your beloved Frenchies.

It’s Vet approved, made in the UK and only made from natural ingredients – not meat derivatives and excess sugars, which most processed dog foods can contain.

Prodog’s food is made from human-grade meat with added vegetables, oils and ground bone to provide them with all the vitamins and nutrients that they need.

If you’ve ever thought about feeding your French bulldog raw food then you’ll know that sometimes, there are food recalls from time to time, which can be scary.

Each batch of Prodog’s food is thoroughly tested for Salmonella and E.Coli, so there’s no worry that raw food increases the chance of your dog coming into contact with harmful bacteria, as long as the food is defrosted properly, stored in the fridge, and used within 72 hours.

It’s said that feeding your bulldog raw food will encourage fresher breath, whiter teeth and a glossier coat, as well as improved digestion, a reduction in allergies and intolerances and improved weight management!

Some people are worried about feeding their bulldog dog raw food because they think it’ll make the dog aggressive due to the nature of the food.

This isn’t true – this kind of raw diet actually encourages a more stable temperament in your dog as they’re not lacking in any nutrients!

Pros:

  • DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Vet approved
  • 100% natural ingredients – no additives or fillers
  • Thoroughly tested for bacteria
  • Many benefits, including reduced, solid stools, less flatulence and an improved immune system!
  • Human grade meat
  • Different flavours

Cons:

  • Can cause digestion issues if the switch is made suddenly, it’s best to transition gradually

How Much Should I Feed My French Bulldog?

Naturally, each size and breed of dog needs a different amount of food. The amount of food you should feed your bulldog depends on his or her age, too.

Puppies are still growing and will burn calories faster so need to be fed more regularly than adults.

It’s always best to feed your French bulldog 2 to 3 times a day and not all at once – they scoff their food down quickly and tend to overeat if you let them!

It’s always best to check with your vet the type of food you’re feeding your dog and how much is best for your individual Frenchie.

As a general guide, an average French bulldog adult should eat 128 g to 165g every 24 hours. However, this depends on:

  • How active they are
  • How old they are
  • How many treats they tend to have per day
  • Whether they are overweight or underweight to begin with
  • The calories in the food (wet, dry, mixed are all different)

Most pet food packaging has recommended serving sizes to help you.

You should always ensure that your bulldog has fresh water down to prevent them from becoming dehydrated and if you’re switching between food types this should be done gradually to avoid stomach upset.

Ensure that your bulldog’s food bowl isn’t too high up, – since bulldogs have a shorter muzzle, they may struggle to eat if they have to raise their head up high.

Setting it lower down makes it easier for them to swallow their food.

What Human Foods Can French Bulldogs Eat?

It’s always nice to treat your pet and give them some of the food we’re eating, but if we’re not educated giving them human food can prove to make them very ill, or even be fatal.

Certain human foods that bulldogs CAN eat are:

  1. Meats
  2. White and Brown Rice (cooked)
  3. Dairy Products (in small quantities, and as long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant)
  4. Fish
  5. Some Vegetables – carrots, peas, broccoli and sweetcorn
  6. Some Fruits – bananas, blueberries and deseeded watermelons
  7. Natural and unsweetened Peanut Butter

Bulldog’s have a sensitive digestive system and just as there are foods that they can eat, there are also foods that they can’t:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Bacon
  3. Raw Bread Dough
  4. Some Fruits – Grapes, Avocados, Cherries, Tomatoes and Apple Cores
  5. Some Vegetables – Mushrooms, Onions and Asparagus
  6. Macadamia Nuts

If you’re unsure about feeding a certain food to your dog, it’s best to do plenty of research beforehand, or ask your vet.

We all want what’s best for our dogs, so I hope this advice has helped you on your way to finding a food that they love and is good for them too.

Remember, if you’re ever unsure of anything it’s always best to check with a Vet beforehand – they’ll be more than happy to help.

Gina

I'm an ex-BBC food co-ord and committed cuisine nerd. My specialties are travel (I've been to over 50 countries), food, drink, the outdoors, and any geeky tech!

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