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 can weigh anywhere from 16lbs to 28-30lbs, but they don’t need much exercise and they’re pretty lazy. Use this calculator from Merrick to get an exact number for your french bulldog’s weight, age, and activity level.

In short, most french bulldogs should be fed approximately 25-30 calories per pound of body weight per day, split into two to three meals. 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 anywhere from 550 to 750 calories per day. Weigh and observe your french bulldog every few weeks and make sure they’re not over or underweight. You shouldn’t be able to see a french bulldog’s ribs. Always consult your veterinarian about these numbers. I do not claim to be a canine nutritionist.

How much should I feed my french bulldog

Use this calculator to get an exact number, and then use that calorie number to calculate the amount from the manufacturer’s nutritional information found either online or on the bag/box.

Roughly, here are some calorie estimate calculated using a mean weight of 25 pounds (right in the middle for french bulldogs):

-Older French Bulldogs

470-400 calories per day

-Typical Adult French Bulldog

~550-600 Calories per day

-Highly active, adult french bulldogs

750-825 calories per day

Note: Always talk to your vet about your dog, their weight, and their food intake. We do not claim to be veterinarians.

French Bulldogs can easily become overweight (or underweight), especially the lazy ones. Some french bulldogs are hyperactive while others are couch potatoes. The breed really doesn’t require as much exercise as their more active counterparts and too much exercise can even be bad for french bulldogs.

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 to Feed A French Bulldog

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. Feeding only twice daily can sometimes lead to gastric dilatation volvulus.

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 high quality adult doggy food. It is important to maintain a strict routine for your French Bulldog. They will ultimately be more comfortable and happy if they’re fed regularly at the same time, every single day, every week, every year for the rest of their lives. You can always supplement a few treats in between. Wink wink. Stick to the body weight ratios above and consult your vet if you think you’re doing it wrong. If you think your french bulldog is underweight, add half a cup per week up to ~2.5 cups per day until their weight stabilizes. A half a cup at a time will make sure your Frenchie is pleasantly tubby and happy.

French Bulldogs Will Overeat

In this video, you can see our first French Bulldog chowing down.

Some days, it seems like a French Bulldog can never get enough food. This seemingly natural hunger is relative to the breed and you should be weary of overfeeding your French Bulldog. Our beloved Auggie will eat as much food as you give him, and has helped himself to our other dog’s food many times. They’re such good dogs that they let him dive right in. Monitor your Frenchie as she eats and make sure she only eats her own food, especially if you feed your French Bulldog near other pets. You French Bulldog should eat enough calories based on the weight ratios above if they’re somewhere in the normal weight range. Note that non-neutered males may grow into the low 30lb range. This is normal but you should make sure you’re not overfeeding. Always consult a vet.

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 three meals until they’re well-within the weight range mentioned above. Ask your veterinarian to consult you on your French Bulldog’s weight and ensure that they don’t have any other concerns. This sort of consult is always quick and cheap (sometimes free) and you owe it to your companion to get the opinion of an expert veterinarian. If you’re unable to put a few extra pounds on your underweight French Bulldog, then you must see a veterinarian.

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 French Bulldog is overweight, then you should monitor how much you are feeding your french bulldog and make sure that they’re not eating your other pet’s food. 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 roughly 20-25 calories per pound (if they’re within the nominal weight range or below) 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.

A reader pointed out in the comments below that these calculations would put french bulldogs in the 40lbs range somewhere around 800-1000 calories per day. This is obviously an outlier situation and no french bulldog needs that many calories. They’re chunky and lazy, so they’re not burning calories like mice on a wheel. In your dog’s old age, they’re less active and their metabolism gradually slows with their decrease in activity. This means feeding your french bulldog less food as they age. We suggest you feed 7+ year old french bulldogs around 15-20 calories per pound and monitor their weight. If they look thinner than usual, you can move up by 5 calories per pound of weight until you find a magic number. No french bulldog is identical and our suggestions are based on average weights computed to a mean average calorie intake suggestion. (Read: I use this calculator and a pad of paper.)

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. See this guide in order to determine the appropriate weight for your Frenchie.

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