The Best Food Bowls for Frenchies
If you’re a French bulldog owner, you know that finding the right dog bowl can be a challenge. These pups have a unique body shape and size that can make it difficult for them to comfortably eat and drink from traditional dog bowls. They’re either too short, too deep, not elevated, not cute, etc. etc.
Not only does my Frenchie Fira have a non-existent snout, she is also the MESSIEST eater. Half of her food ends up on the floor. So, I wanted to look for something with a tray or something that could catch or prevent the food fall-out. After eating, her bowl would sometimes be tipped over on its side, too. She is wild.
That’s where specially-designed French bulldog dog bowls come in! My criteria for the bowls this time was mainly for Fira. Weston is the quietest, most gentle, delicate eater — he doesn’t spill a drop! Fira is the complicated one. Weston also has a bit of a longer snout than Fira, making it easier for him to reach his food.
Who knew it was this much work to find the best food bowl for a dog?!
So, Fira needed a bowl that would cater to her non-existent snout, be easy to clean, and stay securely in place on the floor. Finding a solution that not only prevents regurgitation but also adds a touch of style to the kitchen would be an added bonus!
In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best dog bowl options for French bulldogs and discuss what features to look for when choosing the perfect bowl for your furry friend.
Here are the 9 bowls I picked up for my French Bulldogs:
(Hint: Scroll down to the end of this post to find my #1 choice for dog food bowl.)
Ono The Good Bowl: When I opened the box for this, I was ooo-ing and aah-ing over the way it was sleekly packaged and just super clean/modern. The bowls are really shallow and wide, so it helps small-snout and squishy-faced dogs get into the bowl better.
The removable silver bowls stay snug in the mat and the best feature of these bowls is that the entire silicone mat stays gripped to the floor so it doesn’t go anywhere.
These are perfect for a neat eater (aka: Weston!), but the bowls were too shallow for little Fira. The tray around the bowl was littered with fallen food right away.
I originally got this Duo Collapsible Dog Bowl for traveling, but ended up using it as Fira’s dog bowl for awhile! I love its size (pretty roomy), grip (silicone stays on the floor and doesn’t move around), it’s easy to clean and has that tray for fall-out. Not sure how but it ended up ripping, so we had to throw it out, but I included it on this list as a good bowl for French bulldogs.
Ceramics Raised Bowl: The design of this bowl is really nice, very modern and a cool shape. I could see this really as a nice accent piece in a contemporary kitchen. It has a solid weight because of the ceramic and doesn’t move around. It’s meant to be a cat food bowl, so it is a bit small and food kept spilling over the edge but I did appreciate that it is elevated.
BTW, this is the silicone mat we use and we don’t let Fira eat without one! It’s a must for clean floors and easy clean-up — not to mention, keeps the dog bowl from moving around.
Wide Ceramic Dog Bowl: Super pretty dog bowl made of solid ceramic. This bowl is super wide and is taller at the back, which I thought would work for Fira. I think it was too large and the food got stuck at the back and top edges. She couldn’t ever finish her meal without me scraping the food back toward the front. So maybe not the best French bulldog food bowl for Fira.
But I think if your dog eats dry food or is bigger, this dog bowl is a decent choice!
Slow Feeder Bowl: if your dog eats super fast, like Fira does, a dog bowl for fast-eaters is a smart option. A slow bowl is great as it forces your French bulldog to work around the bowl and gives them time to chew and digest — and not inhale their food. Sometimes it feels like some dogs don’t even chew their food!
This one did not work for Weston or Fira at ALL. Fira couldn’t get her little face in and just stared at it, confused and frustrated- poor girl. Fira needs something sturdy that doesn’t move around and high around the edges, so the food doesn’t spill over the sides, but not too high where she can’t reach. It still wasn’t the winner.
Do slow feeder bowls even work for French bulldogs?
Depending on your dog’s snout, I did find this slow-feeder bowl that has very shallow, short edges, so it could make a good choice if your French bulldog eats too fast!
Slow feeder bowls help reduce the risks that come from eating too fast: bloating, indigestion and vomiting. They also encourage mental stimulation and fun, contributing to better health and daily mental exercise.
If the slow feeders don’t work for your dog, have you tried a snuffle mat? A snuffle dog mat is like a cozy playground for your pup’s nose. Picture a soft, durable fabric mat with little hiding spots for kibble (or treats) – it’s a fun and interactive way to engage your pup’s sense of smell. Your dog gets to be a little detective, using their nose to find the hidden treasures. It’s a great way to keep them mentally sharp, beat boredom and slow down those speedy eaters!
This option only works with kibble, of course, but forager mats have become more and more popular for pups to slow down their meal times.
Fluff Trough. Obviously, you can tell by its unique shape, it’s designed for short-snout dogs (and regular too!) — just like a pig trough- lol. I really like how it’s elevated and the wide size of it. It makes eating meals a bit slower for Fira. It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing but it has rave reviews from French bulldog owners.
The best part is the height. Fira is basically horizontal with the bowl, which makes for much better digestion.
Fira still pushes food up the sides and can’t really reach the top edge of it (ie: if we put the bowl against the wall), so my solution was putting a wide bowl behind it to catch all fall-out. It’s like she gets two bowls of food! 🙂
And of course with a silicone mat, it doesn’t slide around.
Even though I found a decent solution for this bowl, I found it too cumbersome and a few too many added steps for her meal times.
Tilted Ceramic Dog Bowl with Wooden Stand: This dog bowl is great! Love the slanted feature and Fira had a much better time eating without a huge mess. Elevated bowls are really beneficial for French bulldogs, as it helps them swallow their food down better without regurgitating it up. This tilted dog bowl also came with silicone grips to stick onto the bottom of the wooden legs — nice! I’d give this a positive 8/10 score.
The Best Food Bowl For My French Bulldog
When I was posting about dog bowls on Instagram, I got so many messages raving about this Enhanced Pet Bowl. It’s made just for French bulldog problems like this. Sturdy grip on the bottom, large area for their face to move around and at an elevated angle.
You can even buy a stand, so your pup’s bowl is lifted, making it easier to swallow their food without the regurgitation problems. Elevated dog food bowls have many benefits including improved digestion, reduced strain on joints, better posture during feeding, and less mess during meal times, making them an effective way to improve your dog’s health.
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I had to return the stand, as it was a bit too tall for Fira (she’s definitely on the shorter side for a Frenchie), but I really like the bowl and it’s been working out so far! This is my #1 choice.
Stainless steel dog bowls are not only durable and easy to clean, but they also have the added benefit of being bacteria-resistant. Unlike other materials such as plastic, which can develop scratches and grooves over time that can harbor bacteria, stainless steel is non-porous and smooth. This means that it is less likely to harbor bacteria and other germs that could potentially harm your dog’s health. On a Frenchie Facebook group, I read about someone switching dog bowls to all stainless steel and their French bulldog’s tear stains completely disappeared!
There you have it – the best bowls for French bulldogs (so far). Hope you enjoyed it! If you have any recommendations, please add them in the comments!
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