Feeding your French Bulldog
What’s the best dog food for French Bulldogs to help them live life to the full?
Intelligent, affectionate, sweet-tempered and full of fun, it’s no surprise that Frenchies are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the UK today. According to The Kennel Club, the breed has seen a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years, with breed registrations increasing 10-fold from 2009 to 2015.
Described as ‘full of courage, yet with clown-like qualities’, these compact, characterful canines have secured their place in many of the country’s homes and hearts.
Adaptable to most environments and happy to live in small homes or flats, with a short coat which needs just a weekly groom and needing less exercise than many breeds – two half-hour strolls a day will suffice, but avoid walking them during the hottest parts of the day in summer – a French Bulldog will fit into family life with ease.
However, one very important thing to bear in mind is that Frenchies can be susceptible to having sensitive stomachs. This means that when they eat something that doesn’t agree with them, it can trigger a gurgling gut, nasty smells (ever wondered why French Bulldogs fart so much?) and watery diarrhoea. That’s why it pays to look for the best French Bulldog food that's easier on their digestion.
What’s the best food for a French Bulldog puppy? Sensitive stomach puppy food is suitable for puppies from 6 weeks to 12 months old.
Are you feeding your Frenchie the wrong type of food?
Pet Helpful – a website created by animal lovers, enthusiasts, and pet professionals – advises: “Unfortunately, many people don't know about the French Bulldog's specialised dietary needs. They think that wheezing, snorting, coughing, and sneezing are just cute little breed characteristics, when they may be warning signs that you're feeding your Bulldog the wrong type of food.”
The French Bulldog Club of America recommends that Frenchies need to steer clear of any foods with artificial preservatives, fillers, excessive protein and wheat and corn as these ingredients can result in painful indigestion and smelly wind.
Can French Bulldogs eat bananas? Can French Bulldogs eat strawberries? can French Bulldogs eat apples? Can French Bulldogs eat cheese? There are all sorts of human food that it’s best to avoid giving to dogs. Some will give them indigestion, and others will make them very ill indeed >>
Burgess in-house vet, Dr Suzanne Moyes MVB MRCVS, who oversees recipe development and product production, says: “Dogs with delicate digestion can benefit from sensitive stomach dog food that’s made without many of the typical ingredients known to cause upset tummies. These ingredients can include beef, eggs, dairy, wheat, maize, and soya.”
Why choose a sensitive dog food?
Dr Moyes stresses that feeding food specially designed for dogs with sensitive stomachs can make a real difference to their health and wellbeing.
She advises: “Your dog’s digestive system is crucial in ensuring that the nutrients that they consume are absorbed and utilised efficiently. In the case that your dog does have a delicate tummy, they will benefit from a sensitive dog food to ensure that they still receive the nutrients that they need, and to help prevent any discomfort. Sensitive digestion dog food is simply food made up of the right ingredients, in the right balance, to ensure that this happens. However, always keep a close eye on your dog’s behaviour, eating habits and poo, and, if you notice anything irregular, speak to your vet immediately.”
What should I look for in a sensitive dog food?
When searching for the best food for French Bulldogs with sensitive stomachs, you should look for a recipe that’s highly digestible and has the full list of ingredients, so you know exactly what you’re feeding your dog.
Burgess Sensitive dog food range caters for your dog at every stage of their life – all the way through from puppy to senior. Sensitive stomach puppy food is suitable for both puppies from 6 weeks to 12 months old and nursing mothers. Sensitive adult dog food is designed for dogs over the age of 12 months – choose from lamb, turkey and salmon. For dogs over the age of 7, sensitive senior dog food is a perfect option.
Created using premium ingredients to ensure excellent quality and superior taste – and with no added artificial flavours, colours or preservatives – the nutritious, tasty recipes contain:
- Taurine – To support a healthy heart
- Antioxidants – To support your dog’s immune system
- Prebiotics – To help maintain a healthy gut
- Fatty acids and zinc – To help maintain a healthy skin and coat
- Calcium to support strong bones and teeth
- Yucca extract and beet pulp to help avoid smelly, runny poos, which can be an issue for Frenchies with sensitive tums
Good to know:
- All the foods in the Burgess Sensitive Dog Food range for puppies, adults and senior dogs are complete. This means that you can be sure you are providing your pet with all the nutrients they require in exactly the right proportions, so you don’t have to worry about balancing their diet.
- The recipes feature the nutrients that your dog needs to lead a happy and healthy life without an upset tummy or runny poos.
- Dry, kibble dog food is widely acknowledged to be a great way to deliver a nutritious, balanced, complete diet in an easy-to-feed form that stays fresh inside the pack until you’re ready to serve it to your dog. Plus, by following the on-pack instructions, it’s easy to measure out exactly the right sized portion, which is really important for Frenchies to keep them at an ideal weight of between 9-13 kg.
What do our customers say?
With a whole host of five-star reviews, here’s a snapshot of what happy customers have told us about our Burgess Sensitive Dog Food range:
“Great food, my dog is thriving, sorted his tummy problem.”
“My dogs love this food, and it is great for their skin.”
“Dogs with sensitive stomachs love it. Really suits them and helps their digestive system.”
“My puppy loves this food, and I will buy it into adulthood.”
“My dog enjoys it, and it has settled his sensitive stomach. We tried various diets, and this was the only one that settled him.”
“It suits my 11-year-old Labrador, and she enjoys her dinners. She produces smaller poos!”
SOME FUN FRENCHIE FACTS
- The French Bulldog can claim part of its ancestry in Great Britain, going back to the 1850s when a dwarf Bulldog breed known as the Toy Bulldog was popular in some parts of the country.
- Nottingham lace makers, threatened by redundancy in the Industrial Revolution, emigrated to Northern France, taking their dogs with them. It’s thought that some crosses were made to other short-faced breeds and, after three decades, a new breed known as the French Bulldog had evolved. Frenchies became popular in artistic society in Paris and were depicted by painters Degas and Toulouse Lautrec in portraits of Parisian life.
- In 1902 the French Bulldog Club of England was formed and, in 1906, The Kennel Club gave official recognition to the breed.
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Need more advice?
If you’re at all unsure about the best way of feeding your dog or have any concerns about specific nutritional requirements, ask your local veterinary practice for advice. You can also call our expert team, available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, on +44 (0)1405 862241 who’ll be happy to help. Alternatively, use our online contact form to get in touch.
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