6 Best Foods To Feed an Adult and Puppy French Bulldog in 2019

There seems to be no end in sight to the massive surge in popularity of French bulldogs. In the last decade or so they have gone from being a reasonably uncommon and niche breed to one of the most popular and desirable kinds of pooch in the world.

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Despite their small size, our little frenchies are able to gobble up a whole heap of food (it’s a mystery where they manage to put it all). Their dietary requirements are not all that different to other breeds of a similar size, but there are a few special things to watch out for.

With that in mind, today we are going to create the ultimate guide to feeding your French bulldog. We’re going to look at nutrition, feeding schedules, and we’re going to conclude with 7 food recommendations that are suitable for both adult and puppy frenchies.

Let’s get started.

What To Look For In A Good French Bulldog Dog Food


Our little frenchies are perhaps one of the most lively breeds of dog on the planet. Their small size never stops them from seeking out adventure, play, and sometimes a little bit of mischief. Due to this, they’ve got a reasonably large daily calorific intake requirement of around 750kcal to 800kcal.

This is a general guideline, and there are exceptions to this rule. For example, if your frenchie is a little older and wiser (and less active) then you can drop the daily calories a little. The same is true if your pooch has been spayed or neutered.

On the other hand, puppies and adolescent frenchies need more calories per day (proportional to their size).

This isn’t something that’s particularly unique to frenchies, most smaller dogs need a higher calorific intake (pound for pound) compared to larger dogs. Due to this, the vast majority of food designed for smaller dogs on the market will be suitable for a French bulldog. It’s usually much more calorically dense than food made for larger dogs and will provide them with the nutrients they need.


Like all dogs, French bulldogs require a large amount of protein in their diet – much more than us humans do. Almost all dog foods on the market take this into account and protein makes up the bulk of the food (dry or wet). As such it’s not something you really need to worry yourself over, but it’s certainly worth knowing about.


As a rule of thumb, French bulldogs and wheat do not get along well with one another. Your little frenchie will happily gobble down kibble that has wheat inside it, but it’s you that will end up paying the price.

Wheat is well known to produce excessive flatulence in French bulldogs (and a few other breeds), and as such it’s a very good idea to avoid food that contains it. A little wheat won’t produce that much flatulence, so don’t rule out any food with wheat in it completely – but at a minimum do your best to keep wheat as a very small part of their diet.


French bulldogs are particularly prone to allergies. The French bulldog association of America notes that many commercial dog foods on the market can cause allergic reactions in frenchies and advises that all owners remain vigilant for symptoms. If you do notice any symptoms of an allergic reaction you should take your pooch to the vet to see what the allergy is (so it can easily be avoided in the future).

Artificial Preservatives

As a rule of thumb, we generally recommend that all dog owners do their best to avoid foods with artificial preservatives in them. If we wouldn’t eat it, why should our dogs?

This is perhaps more important when it comes to French bulldogs than it is in other breeds. Frenchies are known to have negative reactions to several kinds of artificial preservative that are present in dog foods of all qualities.

How Often Should You Feed A French Bulldog?

Most people recommend that you feed an adult French bulldog twice a day. Puppies, on the other hand, can be fed 4 times a day when they are very young, moving up to 3 times a day when they are adolescents. As they reach adulthood be sure to drop down to twice a day to avoid overfeeding.

Ensure you use measuring cups and provide the recommended amount of food instead of eyeballing the quantity. A consistent portion size is one of the best ways to regulate the weight of your pooch.

Because most food that is designed for small dogs like frenchies is very high in calories it’s often a little too easy to overfeed them. I’m sure most of you reading this will have seen a French bulldog at some point that’s been a little on the “porky” side. A fully grown adult French bulldog should ideally not weigh more than around 28 pounds (it’s the same for males and females).

It’s super important that you only feed your little frenchie the correct amount to ensure they don’t get overweight. By overfeeding, you can dramatically shorten the life of your pooch and you can also cause permanent damage to their physical structure (which is painful).

Best Value Food for a French Bulldog

So now we know what you should be looking at in a food to feed your frenchie (and how often you should be doing it). With that in mind, we have come to the conclusion that the best value dog food on the market that’s perfect for a frenchie is the salmon and sweet potato dry mix from American Journey.

American Journey is a brand that prides themselves on creating some of the most wholesome, natural, and tasty food on the planet. The main source of protein comes from real deboned salmon instead of artificial sources like soy. This means all the essential amino acids and minerals are present to keep your frenchie happy and healthy.

There are no grains (and no wheat) anywhere to be found in the food, in fact, there is no “filler” whatsoever. The carbohydrates and nutrients come from wholesome sweet potato, chickpeas, carrots, and even blueberries.

It’s high in protein, high in calories, and at around $30 it’s great value too. If you don’t know where to start with your dog’s next kind of food – we highly recommend you give this shot.

3 Best Foods to Feed an Adult French Bulldog

While we think the American Journey food above is the overall winner (and best value) for French bulldog owners, there are several other great foods on the market that we also recommend. Here are 3 specifically designed for adult dogs of a similar size to a frenchie.

Taste of the Wild Pine Forest Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Taste of the Wild Pine Forest Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

This highly popular food from Taste Of The Wild is a product more than worthy of your consideration. Again it’s a grain free food (which means no wheat) and it’s high in protein too. Most of the ingredients are plant-based, which includes peas, lentils, and beans which creates a nutritious and balanced diet.

One of the things that we really like about this food is that the protein comes from venison. It’s an unusual protein source compared to the usual salmon or chicken you’ll find in other foods – but dogs seem to love it. Things like tomatoes, blueberries, and raspberries are added to the mix as powerful antioxidants and probiotic ingredients like dried chicory root will ensure your pooch has a happy and healthy stomach.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Venison protein
  • Pro – Wheat free
  • Pro – Contains antioxidants
  • Pro – Contains probiotics
  • Con – None

Merrick Lil’ Plates Grain-Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe Small Breed Dry Dog Food

Merrick Lil' Plates Grain-Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe Small Breed Dry Dog Food

We’re sure that most of you reading this will be familiar with Merrick. They’re a brand that’s hard earned a reputation for creating tasty food from natural ingredients, without grain or padding. The protein in this product comes from real deboned chicken which again means all the essential fats and amino acids are still present. It’s a gluten-free product too which is great for frenchies and their susceptibility to common allergies.

There are no artificial colors, preservatives, or flavorings and it’s packed full of probiotics to ensure proper digestion and a happy stomach. All of the ingredients in Merrick’s foods are sourced locally to where the food is made which allows them to ensure consistent quality time and time again. If you’ve never fed your pooch food from Merrick, we highly recommend you add this to the top of your shortlist – they’ll love it.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – No artificial colors, preservatives, flavorings
  • Pro – Locally sourced ingredients
  • Pro – Chicken protein
  • Pro – Gluten free
  • Pro – Wheat free
  • Con – Slightly more expensive than other options

Wellness Small Breed Complete

Wellness Small Breed Complete

As the name suggests this is a complete all in one dog food that will provide your little frenchie with all the essential vitamins and minerals they need for a long, happy, and healthy life. Its been specifically made for smaller dogs from the ground up, even the kibble size is super small to make eating it with a tiny mouth as easy as possible.

There are 3 main protein sources in this food, real chicken, real salmon, and real turkey. The vitamins and minerals are found from vegetable sources like carrots, tomatoes, apples, and sweet potatoes. There’s a little bit of filler on the carbohydrate side in the form of oats, which isn’t ideal – but it isn’t the end of the world either.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – 3 Protein sources
  • Pro – Small kibble size
  • Pro – Antioxidants
  • Con – Oats are used as filler for carbohydrates

3 Best Foods To feed a Puppy French Bulldog

Puppy French bulldogs have different dietary requirements to their older brothers and sisters. All 3 of the foods in this section have been designed for small puppies (and all are suitable for a young frenchie).

Nutro Wholesome Essentials

Nutro Wholesome Essentials

Many brands claim their food to be wholesome, but this is one of the few that live up to the name. The main ingredient is pure cooked chicken which makes this one of the tastiest foods on the market right now. The usual suspects are present in the vegetable department with tomatoes, carrots, and sweet potato providing vitamins and brown rice providing the carbohydrates required for an active and adventurous puppy

The amino acids in the pure chicken alongside the perfect balance of vitamins and minerals (and the lack of artificial preservatives) make this perfect for any puppy – promoting a healthy coat, strong joints, and a happy tummy.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Huge amounts of real chicken
  • Pro – No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
  • Pro – Made in the USA
  • Pro – Well balanced formula
  • Con – Only available in a 5lb bag

Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe Dry Dog Food

Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe Dry Dog Food

This product from Whole Earth Farms is one of the most affordable foods on this list, and it’s also one of the best. The protein is derived from real chicken and real salmon and there’s a healthy amount of additional amino acids and fatty oils added to promote a healthy coat and joints. It’s made in the USA, contains no wheat or artificial bad stuff, and is infused with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals to allow your little French bulldog to grow up “big” and strong.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Very good value for money
  • Pro – Real salmon and real chicken protein
  • Pro – No wheat
  • Con – None

Precise Naturals Small & Medium Breed Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food

Precise Naturals Small & Medium Breed Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food

The final product we’re recommending today is another food specifically made for small breed puppies and contains everything they need to develop into a healthy adult. The protein comes from chicken and lamb meal, and it’s accompanied by a balanced dose of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and omega oils. There are a few grains used in the recipe for padding and carbohydrates, but there’s no wheat so it’s not a huge issue.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Chicken and lamb meal protein
  • Pro – Loads of vitamins and minerals
  • Pro – Made in the USA
  • Con – Contains grains (but no wheat)


So there you have it, everything you ever needed to know about feeding your little French bulldog.

There are a few other foods on the market that are worth looking at, but to be honest we’ve rounded up the very best of them above. Any of the foods we have mentioned here today are more than worthy of being your little frenchie’s next meal.

Carlotta Cooper

Carlotta is a long-time contributing editor for the weekly dog show magazine Dog News. She's also the author of The Dog Adoption Bible, the Dog Writers Association of America Adoptashelter.com Award winner for 2013. In addition, she's written Canine Cuisine: 101 Natural Dog Food & Treat Recipes to Make Your Dog Healthy and Happy.

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