The question "How to feed a French bulldog?" occurs in the owners immediately, as soon as the dog appears in their house.
First of all, the owners need to know that feeding the French Bulldog can be of two types: ready-made food or home-cooked food. Both options have their pros and cons, and the choice here is up to each owner individually.
Ready-made food for the French Bulldog has several advantages: it is already initially selected by experts for a specific breed and size of the dog, its age, degree of activity and taste preferences. Such feeds already contain all the vitamins and minerals necessary for the animal, which are required for the growth and formation of a strong and healthy dog.
In addition, dry food for the French Bulldog is convenient because it can always be easily taken with you on the road, it has a long shelf life and does not require owners to prepare it.
The disadvantages of this type of food include the fact that such a diet is quite limited and not particularly diverse, since dry food usually has only a few flavors. However, veterinarians and dog handlers are unanimous in their opinion that dogs do not need a special diet variety. The main thing is that it consists of healthy products and contains all the substances, minerals and vitamins necessary for the dog.
The second option for what you can feed the French Bulldog is food made from ordinary natural products. Many hosts choose this option as it is more natural, natural and usually more budget-friendly.
The disadvantages of this option is that such food must be prepared constantly so that the food is fresh, you cannot cook it for future use. In addition, cooking also takes a certain time, which is not always convenient for busy dog owners. And the constant purchase of quality products is not cheap at all.
However, such food for the dog is the most useful and natural. You will always know exactly what you feed your animal and you will be sure that the pet's food is fresh and prepared from natural and healthy products, without any unfavorable impurities or additives.
Regardless of whether the French or English Bulldog, the food for these breeds will be basically the same. This applies to both dry food and a menu of natural products.
Further, nutrition, of course, depends on the age of your pet. A puppy up to 2 months of age should be fed 6 times a day, at regular intervals (about 3 hours). You don't need to feed your baby at night.
From 2 to 3 months, the puppy begins to be fed already 5 times a day, still observing the uniformity of the intervals between feedings. For such a small puppy, which is still developing bones and teeth, it is highly recommended to feed dairy products. Up to two times a day, the baby needs to be given porridge cooked in milk.
In the period from 4 to 7 months, the French Bulldog should be fed four meals a day, and after 8 months and up to one year, the dog should be fed only three times. From a year and older, dogs should eat twice a day.
There is one important rule in how to feed an English or French Bulldog - the dog should always be fed at the same time and never feed him extra in between meals.
The amount of food the dog should have is sufficient, but not in excess. The dog should eat with appetite everything that is in his plate and lick it clean. It can be difficult to immediately understand the sufficient portion size, as the puppy's appetite is not always the same. Accordingly, the degree of saturation will depend on the calorie content of the food, the puppy's appetite and the strength of the dog's hunger. There are always dogs with excellent appetite, so you should carefully monitor the portion size and do not overfeed the dog, even if he wants to eat more and more.
If the puppy, on the contrary, does not particularly attack food, indulges or plays with it, you need to wait about 10 minutes, and then just remove the plate from him until the next meal. You should also not follow the puppy's whims and give him "something tastier" if he suddenly refuses the usual and familiar food. Otherwise, the puppy will quickly realize that by being a little naughty, he can always get more interesting food, and will always do this in the future.
It should be understood and calmly accepted that small puppies sleep most of their time. They wake up in order to eat, to cope with their needs and to move a little and frolic.
Dry food selection
If in the end you decide that the dog will eat dry food, you must definitely choose it for the French or English bulldog breed. The food must be of good quality. Cheap pet food will not bring absolutely no benefit, but will only spoil the health of your dog and, as a result, your nerves. Dog food is not something you should try to save money on. Dry food for the French Bulldog should also be selected according to the age and health of your dog. The compositions of such feeds usually include components that strengthen and favorably affect certain organs or parts of the dog's body (for example: wool food, food for operated dogs, food for young and active dogs, food for adult dogs, food for growing puppies etc.).
Menu from natural products
Many owners decide for themselves that instead of feeding the French Bulldog with ready-made food with a not always clear composition, it is better to cook food for their pet on their own. Such food will undoubtedly be fresher and more natural. However, before that, of course, you should carefully study what French bulldogs eat.
So, an English or French Bulldog's diet should always contain the following foods: meat, eggs, cottage cheese, cereals, vegetables, herbs, berries and fruits.
Meat should be given at the rate of 50 grams per 1 kg of puppy weight and 200-250 grams per day for an adult dog. It is best if it is raw beef. If the dog does not really like raw meat, it should be doused with boiling water - this way it will retain all the substances useful to the animal and at the same time the smell of blood will disappear.
You can also give the dog a heart, kidneys, liver and udder. However, before feeding them to the English Bulldog, it is recommended to boil them thoroughly.
Dogs should not be allowed to chew bones. It is better to replace them with soft cartilage. However, they need to be given to the dog infrequently.
For an adult dog, porridge can no longer be boiled in milk, but in water - wheat, buckwheat and others. You can also cook rice for your dog.
It is very important to accustom a dog to fermented milk products, because they are excellent biostimulants for the gastrointestinal tract. Cottage cheese is especially important for small puppies, which is recommended to be made on their own. With it, the puppy will receive enough calcium for the growth and formation of a strong skeleton, bones and teeth.
Eggs are a rich source of nutrients for dogs. If the dog regularly eats meat, even one or two per week will be enough. It is better to give them raw (but then you only need to give the yolk, since the protein will not be absorbed in this form), but you can also boiled or in the form of an omelette.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are essential for your dog. Vegetables can be grated raw or boiled and served by mixing them with sour cream or butter. It is important to teach the dog to eat greens - dill, parsley. Dogs usually love fruit and eat it simply as a treat.
As you can see, the choice of what is best to feed the French Bulldog is quite diverse, but at the same time very simple and affordable. Therefore, I would like to remind once again that we are always responsible for those we tame, and the health and longevity of our pets is often in our hands.
From 4 to 6 - 7 months, the puppy should receive four meals a day, and from 8 months to one year, a young dog should be fed three times a day. After a year, the dog should eat twice a day for the rest of his life.