Oct. 26, 2015

How much should I feed my French Bulldog?

One of the first and most important questions new French Bulldog owners ask is “How much should I feed my French Bulldog?” usually follow by “How often should I feed my French Bulldog?” The question is both how much in volume and how frequently. It’s difficult to calculate precisely how much you should feed your french bulldog.

Frenchies should weigh between 17 and 30lbs, depending on if they’re a male or female.

A typical healthy french bulldog should be fed about 25-30 calories worth of food per pound of body weight.

So, a 16lb french bulldog who doesn’t exercise a lot would receive 400-480 calories per day.

A bigger, lazier french bulldog in the 28lbs range would get around 700-800 calories per day.

So, the average adult french bulldog should get about 550 calories per day.

It is also critical that you maintain a consistent feeding schedule and never slack off on feeding your French Bulldog. Even more important than that is feeding your Frenchie the proper amount of food daily. We feed our French Bulldogs first thing in the morning (~8:00a.m.) and around 10-12 hours later at ~6:00p.m..

How much should I feed my french bulldog if they’re 10-12 Weeks Old?

I’m going to assume your Frenchie has been weaned from his/her mother and they’ve been gradually (2-3 weeks process) weaned off their mother’s milk and switched to puppy food. Young Frenchies have high caloric and nutrient needs. French Bulldogs aged anywhere from 8-12 weeks of age need a total of 1.5 cups of puppy food per day. This must be spread out into 3 meals equaling 1/2 cup each. Spreading out the meals minimizes the peaks of energy your French Bulldog will experience due to dramatic rises and decreases in blood sugar levels between meals. Spreading the meals out will maintain a healthy amount of energy and nutrients in your puppy’s belly.

After roughly 6 months of 3 meals per day, you may switch to twice daily feeding for convenience, but I will always encourage you to sustain feeding 3 times per day even into your French Bulldog’s old age. Feeding smaller meals 3 to 4 times daily is significantly better for your companion’s well-being.


How much should I feed my french bulldog if they’re 6-9 months old?

By this stage, your French Bulldog is ready to get into an eating routine that they will continue on for the rest of their happy, little chubby lives, barring no serious medical ailments later on in life. From around 6 months to 1 year of age, you can start feeding your French Bulldog a very hight quality adult  doggy food:


How Much Should I Feed My French Bulldog if she’s underweight?

Rescue Frenchies or puppies that are naturally a little smaller will often need a little extra food to make sure they’re at their optimal weight. A full grown spayed/neutered French Bulldog female should weight 17lbs on the very low end and around 28lbs-30lbs on the high end. You should never be able to see a French Bulldog’s bone structure. They’re naturally pleasantly plump companions and need to maintain an optimal weight to be healthy and happy. How much should you feed your French Bulldog if he/she’s underweight? Ideally, 2.5-3 cups per day or 30-40 calories per pound, split into two meals until they’re well-within the waght range mentioned above.

How Much Should I Feed My French Bulldog if He’s Overweight?

Overweight Frenchies can suffer from some very severe health problems, including heart disease (just like humans), labored breathing, and lack of physical exercise.

If your Frenchie is overweight and you want to get them back to a healthy weight, reduce their daily food intake by about half a cup, increase their water intake, and be sure to take them on evening walks when it’s cool outside. (Never take a French Bulldog out to play in sweltering heat, they can die.)

How Much should I Feed My French Bulldog Who is Older?

Generally, older French Bulldogs will require slightly less food than their young counterparts. However, do not restrict food from your French Bulldog if they appear to be underweight or hungry. Feed your older french bulldog 25-30 calories per pound and if they leave food in the bowl, let them snack on it midday or so. 1-1.5 cups in the morning and 1-1.5 cups at night and you can’t go wrong. If you notice your French Bulldog is gaining lots of weight, reduce their daily food by 5-10 calories per pound until they’re back down to a healthy weight.

You can supplement an extra quarter of a cup of food per meal over the course of a few days or weeks until you’re confident your French Bulldog is being fed the proper amount of calories to sustain a healthy weight.