The English Bulldog, it’s a breed that is hard to miss! They have a very particular look, that we all love, but they also have very particular food needs, which we don’t!
More than almost any breed, what you feed your English Bulldog can have a dramatic effect on their health. While every pup is slightly different, here is a good general guide to ensure the food you give your English Bulldog keeps them healthy and happy.
Why is what you feed an English Bulldog so important?
Unfortunately, a poor diet and a lack of exercise can result in many health issues, including heart troubles, joint struggles, and respiratory problems too.
It’s also important because they have short muzzles. So your English Bulldog may have trouble taking in enough air while they eat, especially if the food is heavy. And food can move at a slower speed through the intestines, so you really do need to make the right decision.
This problem is linked to a common health condition in brachycephalic dogs called “Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BAOS).” And choking and vomiting can occur because of this.
Plus, brachycephalic dogs often have teeth that are too crowded together in their small mouths, leading to difficulty chewing food that is too hard.
So more than just about any other breed, the size, shape and even texture of the food is important to prevent breathing and digestive problems. So big bones or hard, heavy food is going to be a no-no for your English Bulldog.
English Bulldog Food Basics
Like a lot of large breeds, and us humans, English Bulldogs are omnivorous, which means their food must be a mixture of fats, carbohydrates, protein, minerals, and vitamins.
However exactly what and how much you feed your English Bulldog will depend on its age, its current health, and it’s a lifestyle.
As a rule of thumb, an active English Bulldog of around 22kg needs at least 1300 calories a day.
And what must be said is that while they’re a strong and powerfully built breed, they can also gain weight fairly easily as they are a ‘relaxed’ or to be harsh, ‘ lazy’ breed. That is why food with high fat content should be avoided, and a total of less than 20% should be sought out.
A Balanced Diet for good English Bulldog health
Because of their susceptibility to weight gain, English Bulldogs need a balanced and nutritional diet. Sticking with high-quality ingredients will ensure that their bodies are in good condition.
All Dogs must eat meat, which is packing in proteins, and key amino acids.
These amino acids help their body function right. A lack of protein in a diet will lead to organ problems and weakness. So a high percentage of protein is key.
Raw meat is actually the best source of protein for dogs and is one of the key benefits of a raw meat diet. But any source of natural meat can be a great addition to their diet.
The best being:
Carbohydrates help provide fuel for energy. But unfortunately, high amounts of carbohydrates are bad for English Bulldogs as it will cause weight gain.
Things that contain the best kind of carbs for English Bulldogs are:
- Brown rice
- Sweet Potato
Fat is a crucial part of the English Bulldogs diet. They contain fatty acids that help their coat stay healthy.
Fats are also essential for absorbing vitamins and keeping the digestive system healthy.
However, their food should have a small percentage of fat. The best source of fat is in the protein source. So meat. High-quality fat sources include:
- Fish oil
- Animal fat
- Vitamins and Minerals
- FRUIT and VEG. As simple as that!
Vits and mins are crucial to a dog’s overall health and regulate the body’s functions. A balanced diet with meat, fruit and veg will get the proteins, and the vitamins and minerals, a dog needs.
These will both be found in dog food, but mixing in some veg into your dog’s food, as well as giving them some tasty fruit is great. Just make sure it is good for your English Bulldog, as some fruit and veg is bad for dogs.
Top Tip – Whenever adding any new food to your dog’s diet, do it gradually, not all at once. They have sensitive tummies which can be hurt by a sudden change to their diet.
7 tips to get your English Bulldog food Just Right
- Dry food is considered the best main source of food by most experts. But crucially for digestion and breathing, the food should be in small pieces. Round or triangular is best too, seriously!
- There are specific English Bulldog varieties of food to look out for, which are tailored perfectly to their needs.
- If you chose your English Bulldog from a good breeder, always check with them first what they are feeding them. Then you can stick with this, or gradually bring in a change.
- Something else to consider if your English Bulldog puppy is having a particularly tough time with meals is to mix dry kibble with some nutritionally balanced wet food. Some experts say this combination makes for the best food for English Bulldog puppies!
- There is specialist hypoallergenic dog food for English Bulldogs with allergies. And try to avoid foods high in grains and gluten – both are common causes of allergies.
- Portion size – While it may sound odd at first, breeders often recommend checking your puppy’s poo to see whether you are feeding them the right size portion! Soft poo or diarrhea can suggest the portion sizes are too high.
So choosing an English Bulldog also means making sure you are well prepared to feed them just right. The right ingredients, amounts, and types of food can help avoid allergies, weight issues, and health problems, and keep your funny faced friend happy.