Feeding Your English Bulldog
Feeding Your English Bulldog
An English Bulldog should eat out of a pan which has a flat bottom and straight sides. Most English Bulldog owners use stainless steel because it lasts longer and English Bulldogs love to chew, so don’t use plastic bowls.
Most English Bulldog breeders feed a two to four month old English Bulldog puppy four times a day. At this age the dry food is usually softened with warm water. Some add cottage cheese and/or yogurt. There are several good brands of puppy food on the market, if you are not satisfied with the food your English Bulldog puppy is eating, try another brand. You want a puppy food your English Bulldog puppy likes and which produces a nice coat, keeps your English Bulldog puppy round but not obese, and produces solid stools.
You may feed your English Bulldog puppy on a set schedule, or have food available to him at all times. Your English Bulldog puppy will flourish under either regimen. The choice depends on which is more convenient for you.
How much you feed him depends on the English Bulldog puppy. In most cases, a growing English Bulldog puppy which gets sufficient exercise should eat as much as it wants. If your English Bulldog puppy does become obese, you may need to regulate the amount he eats, but DO NOT put a growing English Bulldog puppy on a severely restricted diet unless it is supervised by a veterinarian who is knowledgeable about English Bulldog puppies.
From four to six months an English Bulldog puppy’s feeding regimen should remain the same but the number of feedings may be reduced to three. At about six months this number can be reduced to two. In most cases continue feeding the puppy as much as he wants.
How often you feed an English Bulldog one year or more old depends on your preference and your English Bulldog. Most English Bulldogs do well on one meal a day. Some do better on two meals a day. You may prefer to feed in the morning or the evening. This is up to you. If you like it and your English Bulldog likes it, it’s the right way.
An English Bulldog usually eats puppy food until it is at least one year old. If your English Bulldog is thriving on puppy food and not getting to overweight, leave him on it until he is at least two years old. You can feed your English Bulldog puppy food all his life, if it agrees with him. Most English Bulldogs are changed from puppy to adult food at around twelve to eighteen months. It is best to change to the adult version of the puppy food you have been feeding your English Bulldog. It does not hurt your English Bulldog to change from one brand of dog food to another and then to another and so on as long as each change is done by gradually, substituting more and more of the new brand for the old. Never make a drastic change in his eating habits or in his food.
If your English Bulldog is spayed or neutered or as it ages and becomes less active, you may need to start feeding a reduced calorie dog food to keep your English Bulldog from becoming too fat. Most good brands of dog food have a “lo-fat” reduced calorie version. Again, it’s best if you stay with the same brand you’ve been feeding your English Bulldog and change to the “lo-fat” version.
Whatever its age, your English Bulldog should have cool fresh water available at all times.
It is not really necessary to add to a good dog food, but you may find your English Bulldog prefers “goodies” on his food, or does a little better with some “icing on the cake” so to speak. The most common supplements are cottage cheese, yogurt and oil. Cottage cheese is especially good for growing English Bulldog puppies since the English Bulldog must grow a lot of heavy bone in a short time. Give your English Bulldog about a tablespoon per feeding. Yogurt helps to keep the digestive system of your English Bulldog working well, about a teaspoon per feeding. Oil helps to keep the coat and skin of your English Bulldog in good condition, about a teaspoon twice a day. All vegetable or canola oil is best – do not give your English Bulldog any oil which contains soybean oil.
You may also give your English Bulldog a vitamin C tablet 100 – 500 units per day. Supplements to be very careful with are Vitamins E, D and A. Overdoses of these can cause trouble for your English Bulldog. Also be very cautious about adding more calcium to your English Bulldog’s diet than what about a quarter cup of cottage cheese per day adds to what is in the dog food. If you plan to breed a female English Bulldog, vitamin B complex, including folic acid, is recommended, but again be careful not to overdose your English Bulldog. Iron supplements should be given with care and caution to an English Bulldog, ask your veterinarian what he/she recommends with any vitamin supplement, never take it for granted.
Treats for your English Bulldog should usually be dog treats without any soy. It won’t hurt your English Bulldog to give him an occasional bite of meat, vegetables, fruit, soda crackers, ice cream, etc. etc. But DO NOT give your English Bulldog chocolate, grapes, raisins, mushrooms or onions.
English Bulldogs really love “people food” and with the dog food scare a few years ago we decided that our English Bulldogs were too precious to us to take a chance on their lives with the manufactured dog food brands and started doing more research. We were shocked to say the least at where some manufactures get the ingredients used and we as consumers were poisoning our beloved animals. So to make sure we knew exactly what we were feeding our English Bulldogs we decided that we would cook for our English Bulldogs as well as our other pets!