To keep your pup healthy it’s important for him or her to be on a healthy diet – just like any other animal or human baby:) The TomKings Puppies team’s philosophy is to breed happy and healthy Frenchies, and nutrition is a core element in that. Read below some precious pieces of advice on how to feed your Frenchie.
When you adopt a baby always ask the breeder what they feed him or her with. In order to avoid diarrhea keep the same diet. (On our farms, we currently feed them with Royal Canin Medium, and later with Orijen and Acana.)
No need to say that always aim for high-quality food and check that it’s not stuffed with wheat, corn, and soy. Grain free food is a good option as it has more protein, meat and animal fats with a lower level of carbohydrates. You can give them bones with raw meat, and alternate rabbit, chicken, and beef in their nutrition.
How much should you feed your Frenchie
As a rule of the thumb Frenchies should be fed twice or three times a day 400-800 calories worth of food a day The quantity depends on their size, personality, habits, and activities. However, it’s easy to overestimate the activity level of a Frenchie and then eventually overfeed them.
Depending on the size of their parents, a Frenchie boy weighs 20-28 pounds and a girl 16-24 pounds. It’s tempting to treat your cutie to a delicious bite each time you or the family eat, but it actually hurts them. While a chubby Frenchie looks sweet, this is threatening their health, and – in serious cases – even their lives, so be cautious to avoid overfeeding. It can cause them severe health problems like heart disease. (Check if they don’t eat your other pet’s food, or charm an other family member to share a meal with them.)
How to make your pup lose weight
If you notice your Frenchie is overweight, reduce their food and organize more activities where he or she can be active. If he or she is still hungry, give them chew bones. Being underweight is an other threat if they are too active or dislike the food you give them. You shouldn’t be able to see their rib. If this happens, try to change the food, alternate other meat types and increase each portion of their food.
Don’t forget hydration
Apart from feeding, hydration is also essential: make sure you always keep a bowl of water within his or her reach. It’s especially true in hot weather, or after activities. Water or milk is the perfect drink for a dog, don’t give them sparkling water or alcohol.
According to the latest Tomkings Food Policy, until the age of 14 weeks, our puppies get the age-appropriate Royal Canin Medium. This has an optimal mix of premium ingredients to make sure our babies get the highest quality nutrition and vitamins after breastfeeding and are not likely to develop food allergies.
When our puppies find their forever-loving families, we always tell the parents what we have fed them with and what we recommend. Currently, our recommendations are Orijen and Acana, both are biologically appropriate premium-quality dog food with high meat inclusions from superior quality meat, poultry, and produce.
The article was written based on the experience of the TomKings Puppies Team. We are not nutrition experts, and the above pieces of advice don’t replace a consultation with your vet. TomKings Puppies have been breeding French Bulldogs for 10 years on their farm. All the pictures in the post belong to them and show a puppy from their breed. Check their available puppies here, or if you have any questions or comments let us know below the article.