French Bulldog Food Calculator, Feeding Guide, and Chart

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Introduction to Feeding the French Bulldog

Most dog owners do not know how to properly feed their dogs.

Also, most dog owners overfeed their dogs.

That explains why 59 percent of dogs and cats are overweight, according to research.

Overfeeding your French Bulldog will make your French Bulldog overweight and obese. Obesity leads to worse health problems for your French Bulldog.

Unfortunately, the French Bulldog is a dog breed that can become overweight very easily.

Therefore, you need to pay careful attention to what you feed your French Bulldog and how much food you feed your French Bulldog.

Furthermore, when you overfeed your French Bulldog, you waste dog food. Wasting dog food is the same as wasting money. Dog food is a recurring expenditure that adds up to a lot of money over the lifespan of your French Bulldog.

The average lifespan of the French Bulldog is 9.0 years.

When you feed your French Bulldog the right type of food and the right amount of food, your French Bulldog will be of the right body weight and the right body condition (not overweight or underweight).

Similarly, underfeeding your French Bulldog is as bad of a problem as overfeeding your French Bulldog.

When you underfeed your French Bulldog or feed your French Bulldog an incomplete or unbalanced diet, you reduce your French Bulldog`s quality of life.

The right amount of food that your French Bulldog needs depends on six important factors.

You need to take all these factors into account when developing a meal plan for your French Bulldog. These six factors are:

  • The life stage of your French Bulldog (puppy, adult, or senior)
  • The current weight of your French Bulldog
  • The body condition of your French Bulldog (normal weight, overweight, underweight)
  • How active your French Bulldog is (inactive/obese prone, or active/athletic)
  • If your French Bulldog has been spayed/neutered
  • The type of dog food that you feed your French Bulldog

This article will provide you with a detailed guide on how to properly feed your French Bulldog based on the above factors as recommended by veterinarians.

This article also includes the French Bulldog food calculator that you can use to estimate how much food to feed your French Bulldog based on the six factors we have just mentioned.

Our French Bulldog food calculator uses the dog food formula and feeding guidelines developed by the veterinarians from The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center and by veterinarians from the Mark Morris Institute.

Moreover, our calculator knows the calorie content per cup in over 800 popular dog foods (data from the Frankin Animal Clinic). Thus, the calculator can automatically calculate the right amount of each popular dog food that your French Bulldog needs daily.

Importantly, since the nutrient requirements of the French Bulldog puppy are different from the nutrient requirements of the adult French Bulldog, this article contains recommendations on the best food to feed the French Bulldog at different ages.

Feeding the French Bulldog

French Bulldog Food Calculator

French Bulldog Dog Food Calculator

Type in/select dog food from list OR enter food KCAL/CUP number
*Enter a value below ONLY IF you want to feed your dog to LOSE WEIGHT or GAIN WEIGHT. Your dog should be 10 months or older
Expert Mode
The calculator will use the custom RER multiplier that you have entered and the current weight of your French Bulldog to calculate how much food to feed your French Bulldog.

The French Bulldog Food Calculator above lets you estimate how much food to feed your French Bulldog.

Similarly, to calculate how much water your French Bulldog needs, check out our French Bulldog water calculator

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Our dog water calculator lets you estimate how much water your French Bulldog needs to drink in a day.

How to Use our French Bulldog Food Calculator

To use the dog food calculator:

✔ Select the name of the dog food that you feed your French Bulldog from the list.

✔ If the name of the dog food that your feed your French Bulldog is not on the list, then find the bag or can of your dog food, the bag should have written on it how many kcals per cup is in the dog food. Enter this value in the calculator in the place of the dog food name.

Check the label of your commercial dog food to know the calorie content per cup in that dog food

✔ Enter the current weight of your French Bulldog.

✔ Select your French Bulldog`s age range, activity level, and neuter status.

✔ If your French Bulldog is overweight or underweight, and you want your French Bulldog to lose or gain weight, enter the ideal weight of your French Bulldog for its current age in the `How much you wish your dog currently weighs` box. Leave this box blank if your French Bulldog is of normal weight.

To know how much French Bulldogs typically weigh at different ages, check out our article and calculators on French Bulldog weight and growth.

CONSULT A LICENSED VETERINARIAN FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE BEFORE YOU PUT YOUR DOG ON A WEIGHT LOSS OR WEIGHT GAIN DIET.

How the French Bulldog Food Calculator Works

First, the calculator estimates what is known as the Resting Energy Requirement (RER) of your French Bulldog.

The RER is the amount of energy that your French Bulldog needs when it is `resting`, that is when doing nothing. The calculator uses the current weight of your French Bulldog to calculate your French Bulldog`s resting energy.

Next, the calculator scales up the resting energy by a factor that corresponds to your French Bulldog`s life stage (puppy or adult) and lifestyle (activity level, spayed/neutered, etc). This scaled up energy value (called the maintenance energy) is the energy that your French Bulldog needs to maintain its life when not resting.

Finally, the French Bulldog food calculator divides the maintenance energy by the amount of energy in one cup of dog food to calculate how many cups of dog food your French Bulldog needs.

Monitoring Your French Bulldog`s Growth

Tracking your French Bulldog`s weight will let you catch abnormal growth.

The answer from the French Bulldog food calculator is a starting point number on how much food you need to feed your French Bulldog.

Start by feeding your French Bulldog the amount of food recommended by the French Bulldog food calculator every day.

While feeding your French Bulldog this daily amount of food, weigh your French Bulldog at least once a week to ensure that your French Bulldog is not on its way to becoming overweight or underweight.

If your French Bulldog is becoming overweight, reduce the amount of food your feed it by 10 to 15 percent, if underweight increase its food by 10 to 15 percent.

You can use our dog weight tracking tool to keep records of your French Bulldog`s weight. This tool will let you know if the feeding plan is making your French Bulldog grow normally or abnormally.

You can also check your French Bulldog body condition score to find out if it is overweight or underweight. Learn how to check your French Bulldog body condition score here.

French Bulldog Feeding Chart

Below is the typical feed chart for the French Bulldog. This chart provides you a rough guide on how much dry dog food (kibble) to feed your French Bulldog.

If you want a more accurate estimate of how much food to feed your French Bulldog, use this French Bulldog food calculator.

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Age Typical Weight How Much Food
12 weeks 10.1 lbs (4.6 kg) 1.7 cups per day
17 weeks 14.4 lbs (6.5 kg) 1.5 cups per day
18 weeks 15.2 lbs (6.9 kg) 1.5 cups per day
20 weeks 16.5 lbs (7.5 kg) 1.6 cups per day
5 months 16.5 lbs (7.5 kg) 1.6 cups per day
6 months 18.7 lbs (8.5 kg) 1.8 cups per day
7 months 20.4 lbs (9.3 kg) 1.9 cups per day
8 months 21.7 lbs (9.8 kg) 2.0 cups per day
9 months 22.6 lbs (10.3 kg) 2.1 cups per day
10 months 23.2 lbs (10.5 kg) 2.1 cups per day
11 months 23.7 lbs (10.7 kg) 2.1 cups per day
12 months 23.9 lbs (10.9 kg) 2.2 cups per day
1 years 24.1 lbs (10.9 kg) 2.2 cups per day
3 years 24.2 lbs (11.0 kg) 1.7 cups per day
4 years 24.2 lbs (11.0 kg) 1.7 cups per day

How to Measure the Right Amount of Dog Food for Your French Bulldog

Research has shown that most owners over-measure a cup of dog food. As a result, most dogs owners overfeed their dogs. This is because dog owners do not level off the cup when measuring out the food they give to their dogs.

See how and how not to measure ONE cup of dry dog food in the picture below:

How to properly measure ONE cup of dry dog food

Note that one cup of dog food equals 8 oz of dog food or ~237 milliliters of dog food.

You can buy standard dog food measuring cups here on Amazon.

Guide on how to feed the French Bulldog

How Much Food to Feed the French Bulldog

How Much Food to Feed a 12-Week-Old French Bulldog Puppy

You should feed your 12-week-old French Bulldog puppy 1.7 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

You may divide this food into two or three separate meals and give it to your French Bulldog puppy over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food should feed your 12-week-old French Bulldog puppy assumes that the weight of your French Bulldog is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 12-week-old French Bulldog puppy is 10.1 lbs (4.6 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food you should feed your French Bulldog also assumes that you feed your French Bulldog a dog food with a calorie content of 389 kcal per cup.

If you want a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your French Bulldog puppy based on its exact weight, the exact type of dog food that you feed your French Bulldog, and other factors, use our French Bulldog food calculator.

How Much Food to Feed a 16-Week-Old French Bulldog Puppy

You should feed your 16-week-old French Bulldog puppy 2.1 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

You may divide this food into two or three separate meals and give it to your French Bulldog puppy over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food should feed your 16-week-old French Bulldog puppy assumes that the weight of your French Bulldog is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 16-week-old French Bulldog puppy is 13.7 lbs (6.2 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food you should feed your French Bulldog also assumes that you feed your French Bulldog a dog food with a calorie content of 389 kcal per cup.

If you want a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your French Bulldog puppy based on its exact weight, the exact type of dog food that you feed your French Bulldog, and other factors, use our French Bulldog food calculator.

How Much Food to Feed a 5-Month-Old French Bulldog Puppy

You should feed your 5-month-old French Bulldog puppy 1.6 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate portions and give it to your French Bulldog puppy over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food you should feed your 5-month-old French Bulldog puppy assumes that the weight of your French Bulldog is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 5-month-old French Bulldog puppy is 16.5 lbs (7.5 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your French Bulldog also assumes that you feed your French Bulldog dog food that has an average calorie density (389 kcal per cup).

Use our French Bulldog food calculator to calculate a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your French Bulldog.

How Much Food to Feed a 10-Month-Old French Bulldog Puppy

You should feed your 10-month-old French Bulldog puppy 2.1 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate portions and give it to your French Bulldog puppy over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food you should feed your 10-month-old French Bulldog puppy assumes that the weight of your French Bulldog is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 10-month-old French Bulldog puppy is 23.2 lbs (10.5 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your French Bulldog also assumes that you feed your French Bulldog dog food that has an average calorie density (389 kcal per cup).

Use our French Bulldog food calculator to calculate a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your French Bulldog.

How Much Food to Feed a 7-Year-Old French Bulldog

You should feed your 7-year-old French Bulldog 1.7 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate portions and give it to your French Bulldog over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food you need to feed your 7-year-old French Bulldog assumes that the weight of your French Bulldog is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 7-year-old French Bulldog puppy is 24.2 lbs (11.0 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your French Bulldog also assumes that you feed your French Bulldog dog food of that contains 389 kilocalories of energy per cup.

Use our French Bulldog food calculator for a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your French Bulldog.

How Much Food to Feed a 11-Year-Old French Bulldog

You should feed your 11-year-old French Bulldog 1.7 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate portions and give it to your French Bulldog over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food you need to feed your 11-year-old French Bulldog assumes that the weight of your French Bulldog is typical for its age.

The typical weight for a 11-year-old French Bulldog puppy is 24.2 lbs (11.0 kg).

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your French Bulldog also assumes that you feed your French Bulldog dog food of that contains 389 kilocalories of energy per cup.

Use our French Bulldog food calculator for a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your French Bulldog.

How Much Food to Feed a 18-Pound French Bulldog

You should feed your 18-Pound French Bulldog 1.5 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate potions and give it to your French Bulldog over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your French Bulldog also assumes that you feed your French Bulldog a dog food that has an energy content of 389 kilocalories per cup, and that your French Bulldog is reproductively intact.

Also, we assume that your French Bulldog is not overweight or underweight.

Use our French Bulldog food calculator for a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your French Bulldog.

How Much Food to Feed a 22-Pound French Bulldog

You should feed your 22-Pound French Bulldog 1.8 cups of dry dog food (kibble) every day.

Ration this food into two or three separate potions and give it to your French Bulldog over the day.

Our recommendation on how much food to feed your French Bulldog also assumes that you feed your French Bulldog a dog food that has an energy content of 389 kilocalories per cup, and that your French Bulldog is reproductively intact.

Also, we assume that your French Bulldog is not overweight or underweight.

Use our French Bulldog food calculator for a more accurate estimation of how much food to feed your French Bulldog.

Best Food for French Bulldog. French Bulldog Feeding Guide

The French Bulldog has different nutrient needs at different life stages. Therefore, the dog food that you feed your French Bulldog at different ages should be the type that is appropriate for its age.

For example, during its puppy stage, your French Bulldog needs the type of dog food that has been designed to help boost a puppy`s weak immune system.

On the other hand, the adult French Bulldog should have already developed a good immune system. So, during the adult stage, you should feed your French Bulldog the type of dog food that has been designed to prolong the life of a dog.

Nevertheless, some dogs still do well eating the same food at every stage of their lives.

However, feeding your French Bulldog dog food that has been optimized for its age will ensure that your French Bulldog grows well, lives well, and lives long.

Feeding Guide for the French Bulldog Puppy: 12 weeks to one year

The dog food that you feed your puppy should have the nutrients that will boost a puppy`s immune system since puppies easily get infected with the disease at this age.

Also, a good puppy food should have the nutrients that support brain development and good vision.

Finally, a good dog food for the French Bulldog puppy should be the type that will not make your French Bulldog fat. The puppy food should also help increase the health of your puppy`s bones.

See our list of the best dry dog food and the best wet dog food for the French Bulldog puppy below.

These dog foods have all the right amount of nutrients that the French Bulldog puppy needs to grow well during its puppy years.

Best Dry Food For French Bulldog Puppy: Hill`s Science Diet Dry Dog Food, Puppy, Chicken Meal & Barley Recipe

Best Wet Food For French Bulldog Puppy: Purina Pro Plan High Protein Wet Puppy Food

Feeding Guide for the Young Adult French Bulldog: Ages 1 year to 6 years

The dog food that you feed a young adult French Bulldog should have the nutrients that will make a dog live longer.

A good dog food for the young adult French Bulldog should also have the nutrients that will minimize the chances of your French Bulldog getting infected with common dog diseases.

Also, a good dry dog food for the young adult French Bulldog should help clean your dog`s teeth as your dog chews on the food.

Below is our best dog food recommendations for the young adult French Bulldog

Best Dry Food For Young Adult French Bulldog: Hill`s Science Diet Dry Dog Food, Adult Oral Care for Dental Health Dog Food, Chicken Rice & Barley Recipe

Best Wet Food For Young Adult French Bulldog: Hill`s Science Diet Wet Dog Food, Chicken & Barley

Feeding Guide for Mature Adult French Bulldogs: 6 years and older

You should feed the mature adult French Bulldog food that has been formulated to improve their quality of life, increase their life expectancy, and increase their overall health.

Older dogs are prone to age-related health problems. A good diet is essential to minimize the possibility of becoming frail with age.

See our recommendation on the best food for the mature adult French Bulldog below:

Best Dry Food For Mature Adult French Bulldog: Hill`s Science Diet Dry Dog Food, Adult 7+ for Senior Dogs, Chicken Meal, Barley & Brown Rice Recipe

Best Wet Food For Mature Adult French Bulldog: Hill`s Science Diet Wet Dog Food, Adult 7+ for Senior Dogs, Beef & Barley Recipe

Feeding Guide for Senior Dogs

One way to slow down the effects of aging in dogs is to reduce the amount of food you feed old dogs by 20 to 30% of normal while meeting essential nutrient needs.

Reducing a senior French Bulldog`s food slows the aging process and reduces the risk for cancer, kidney diseases, arthritis, and immune-related diseases.

AAFCO-Certified Dog Food for the French Bulldog

No matter which commercial food that you feed your French Bulldog, make sure that the food is approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

AAFCO is an expert body that rigorously tests dog food to make sure that the dog food is safe.

Also, AAFCO ensures that a dog food has all the nutrients (not just calories) that a dog needs to grow well before AAFCO approves the dog food.

Unlike homemade dog food, most commercial dog foods are AAFCO-approved. Double-check the label of your dog food to make sure it has been certified by AAFCO before feeding it to your French Bulldog.

How much food French Bulldog should eat

How Many Times to Feed the French Bulldog a Day

When it comes to how many times to feed a dog, there are three different ways to feed the French Bulldog

One way is to make food available to the French Bulldog at all times (free-choice feeding).

Another way is to feed the French Bulldog two or three times a day (food-restricted feeding). This is the feeding method that works the best for most French Bulldogs.

The third way is to make food available to your French Bulldog for a short time (about 10 minutes) once or twice a day (time-restricted feeding).

Each of these feeding methods has its advantages and disadvantages, which will be discussed next.

Free-Choice Feeding

This is a feeding method when you make food available to your French Bulldog all the time.

Food-Restricted Meal Feeding

Food-limited feeding requires feeding a measured amount of food based on the French Bulldog’s daily energy requirements divided into two or three meals per day.

This is the method of choice for feeding puppies that are at risk of developing bone diseases due to rapid growth. Restricting the food of a rapidly growing dog will ensure that the dog grows normally.

Time-Limited Feeding

This is a dog feeding method in which dogs are allowed access to food for a short period, usually 10 to 15 minutes, once or twice daily (three times per day for the first month after weaning, then twice per day).

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Method Advantages Disadvantages
Free-choice feeding
  • Requires less work on your part
  • Requires less knowledge
  • If you own many French Bulldogs, the less dominant French Bulldogs will have a better chance of getting their share of food
  • You have less control over how much food your French Bulldog eats
  • Makes it hard for you to monitor how much food your French Bulldog is eating
  • This feeding method can easily make your French Bulldog overweight
Food-restricted feeding
  • You have control over how much food your French Bulldog eats
  • You can quickly tell if your French Bulldog`s appetite suddenly changes
  • You have better control of your French Bulldog`s weight
Time-restricted feeding
  • You have a little bit of control over how much food your French Bulldog eats
  • You will be able to tell if your French Bulldog`s appetite suddenly changes
  • You cannot really control how much food your French Bulldog eats
  • This feeding method can easily make your French Bulldog overweight
  • This feeding method requires a lot of work on your part
French Bulldog diet

Effect of Neutering/Spaying on How Much Food your French Bulldog eats

Neutered/spayed dogs tend to get fat twice as easily as intact dogs.

Studies have shown that neutering/spaying may increase your French Bulldog`s appetite for more food. Also, your French Bulldog`s physical activity decreases after neutering/spaying. These factors lead to weight gain.

Neutering may lead to more weight gain in male French Bulldogs because neutered dogs roam less (which means less exercise).

Therefore, the amount of food that you give to a neutered French Bulldog should be reduced after you neuter your French Bulldog to prevent weight gain.

Use our French Bulldog food calculator to calculate how much food to feed a neutered/spayed French Bulldog.

Effect of Weather on How Much Food Your French Bulldog Needs

French Bulldogs that live in cold environments need more food (especially, food high in fat) than French Bulldogs that live in hot environments.

Hot weather, on the other hand, does not increase the amount of food your French Bulldog needs. Hot weather only makes your French Bulldog need more water.

Since most French Bulldogs live in a temperature-controlled environment as their owners. Therefore, owners do not need to increase or decrease the amount of food they give to their French Bulldogs based on the outside weather.

Important Note on Treats and Table Food

Because meeting a dog`s nutrient requirements is not the primary goal of dog treats, most commercial dog treats do not contain the essential nutrients that your French Bulldog needs.

However, a few treats are complete and balanced and are approved by AAFCO, or some other credible dog food regulatory agency. Check the label on your dog treat to know if the dog treat has a complete and balanced nutrient profile.

Nevertheless, dog treats, either balanced or unbalanced in nutrients, are valid sources of calories for your dog. Therefore, if you give your dog lots of treats, you should reduce the amount of the regular dog food that you give your dog accordingly to account for the treats. That way, you will not overfeed your dog.

Also, human table foods do not contain the important nutrients that your French Bulldog needs for healthy growth.

Also, human table foods may contain very high levels of fat or sodium and other minerals that are harmful to your French Bulldog.

Moreover, know that when you feed your French Bulldog table food, you fill your French Bulldog`s stomach with dog `junk food`. This will suppress your French Bulldog`s appetite and thereby make your French Bulldog unable to eat its normal dog food that contains the essential nutrients for your French Bulldog`s growth.

We do not recommend giving your French Bulldog table food.

Conclusion

Most commercial dog food labels contain recommendations on how much of the food to feed a dog. However, their recommendations are very general.

Therefore, in this article, we have provided your specific advice on how to properly feed your French Bulldog.