The AKC ranks the American Bulldog as the 4th most popular dog breed. American Bulldogs are a medium-sized breed with medium energy. They are a happy, loving, low-maintenance breed that needs minimal grooming. If you want to make sure your pooch has a long, healthy life read on to learn what’s the best dog food for American Bulldogs.
Families appreciate the American Bulldog’s personality which is calm, and can also be dignified and amusing. Bulldogs are courageous and protective when the situations demand it. They are gentle, friendly, and form strong bonds with children. The combination of these qualities makes them the perfect family pet.
The American bulldog has a thick, low-slung body with wide shoulders and a head that seems too large for his body. Some owners mistake their cuddly nature for laziness. Bulldogs need moderate exercise and they enjoy romping around. They need a healthy diet, free from fillers, to avoid packing on pounds that can be difficult to shed later on.
|Dog Food||Quality||Our Rating|
|Innova Evo Red Meat||A|
|Solid Gold Fit and Fabulous||A|
|Taste of the Wild||A+|
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Most dogs require 20-70 calories per pound of body weight. Bulldogs are less active than other breeds, so Bulldogs will be on the lower end of the calorie scale. The following figures are calculated at 30 calories per pound of body weight.
According to the AAFCO dog food nutrient profile list, most dogs need about 56% of protein in their diet.
Bulldogs are prone to obesity. According to Champ Bulldogs, champion bulldog breeders, bulldogs only need 22-25% protein because too much protein is bad for the dog’s kidneys and can cause excess weight on their joints. Bulldog diets should follow the AAFCO dog food nutrient profile list for the remainder of dog food nutrients.
Bulldogs have low energy and can use all the nutrition they can get. Bulldogs’ digestive systems function best with dog foods that have purer forms of protein, fats, fruits, and vegetables. Many dog foods use fillers, such as the casings from wheat, corn, and soy, or hulls from beans, nuts, and grains, which provide little or no nutritional value. Good sources of starch are brown rice, barley, and sweet potatoes.
Take caution when reading dog food labels. Dog food manufacturers have gotten wise to consumers looking for meat as the first ingredient. They have resorted to “ingredient splitting”. They separate corn into corn meal and corn flour to decrease the percentages. This puts corn further down in the ingredient list than protein.
Bulldogs are susceptible to having poor eyesight, hip dysplasia, and digestive issues.
A bulldog’s short legs and heavy body places stress on the hips and joints. A natural form of glucosamine is helpful for dogs that are overweight or have aching joints, so look for it on the list of dog food ingredients.
According to veterinarian, Dr. Jim Young, eyesight problems are common in Bulldogs. Cherry Eye, dry eyes, and corneal ulcers can require surgery or cause blindness. Dog food that contain carrots or beta-carotene boost eye health.
Bulldog breeds are notable for passing gas. Excessive gassiness can be fatal in Bulldogs if it causes gastric torsion or bloating. Soy and bread products expand in a dog’s stomach and cause gastric torsion. Filler foods, milk products, and fatty foods cause flatulence, so a dog food that contains pure sources of protein, fats, fruits, and vegetables helps reduce gas.
The Bulldog’s shortened face makes it difficult for them to lap food up from the bowl, causing them to ingest extra air. Space meals out throughout the day to reduce gas-related problems and avoid table scraps.
Don’t leave a Bulldog’s food out because it leads to overeating. They just don’t know when to stop! Be sure to keep the Bulldog’s water dish full. Monitor the dog’s weight and activity level and adjust food portions to help him keep a healthy weight.
Acclaimed dog behaviorist, Cesar Milan, recommends feeding according to this schedule:
Switch to adult dog food at 10-12 months of age.
Here’s our pick of some of the best brands available on the market.
This is a simple dog food made with four ingredients, including natural lamb meal, brown rice, white rice, and sunflower oil. It meets the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles.
This dog food contains high quality beef, lamb and lamb meal, potatoes, eggs, sunflower oil, and buffalo meat, venison, beef cartilage, herring oil, apples, carrots, tomatoes, and alfalfa sprouts. It’s high in protein, low in carbs, and is easily digestible. Innova Evo also has a weight management brand.
Solid Gold makes this dog food with Alaskan Pollock, oatmeal, pearled barley, brown rice, and peas. It’s a nutritious formula that is low-fat and low calorie to help keep excess pounds from creeping on.
The primary ingredients in Taste of the Wild dog food are buffalo, lamb meal, sweet potato, and egg product. It’s made with real roasted meats and is supplemented with vegetables. The formula does not contain grain casings or fillers.
Taste of the Wild dog food offers seven dry dog foods. Four of the brands claim to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and three brands meet the same standards for adult dogs. The recipe has an adequate balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. It’s grain-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. This formula supports the digestive system and includes an adequate omega fatty acid blend. Dogs like the taste!
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