What Do French Bulldogs Eat? Quick Reference Guide

By Coty Perry

Many people who own a French Bulldog are unsure what to feed them. French bulldogs should eat a meat-based diet to stay healthy although some have special dietary needs.

If you don’t feed them the proper food, they can suffer from snorting, wheezing, and coughing. While these characteristics are cute, they are a sign that your French Bulldog could be eating the wrong types of foods. 

What Do French Bulldogs Eat?

You have a few options when it comes to feeding your French Bulldog. You can provide your pup with canned food, commercial dry food, homemade meals, or raw food. There are many quality types of commercial dog food. When you give your high-quality dog food, he will not need to eat as much. 

High-quality foods contain extra proteins and nutrients and fewer fillers than lower-quality foods. A typical French Bulldog is about one foot tall. Females weigh between 16 and 24 pounds, and males weigh between 20 to 28 pounds. This is considered the ideal weight for French Bulldogs. Overfeeding your French bulldog can cause a lot of damage. 

Obesity can shorten their lifespan and cause many health issues like diabetes and heart disease, so it is essential to follow the label on the food to ensure he is not overfed. There are many different types of food you can feed your French Bulldog.

Dry Food

A high-quality dry food, containing lean protein like turkey and sweet potato is a great option for your Frenchie. Avoid food containing artificial preservatives, fillers, excessive protein, wheat, and corn. 

French Bulldogs are typically allergic to corn, so steer clear of it. Dry food typically contains a combination of meat, grains, minerals, vitamins, byproducts, and fats.

Canned Food

The ingredients in canned food are similar to the ingredients in dry food. Canned food is usually more expensive than dry food, but both are nutritionally comparable.

Canned foods tend to be more costly because they contain 75 percent water, meaning you will have to feed your French Bulldog more often to receive the correct amount of calories daily.

Raw Food

Many French Bulldog owners like to feed their French Bull dog a raw diet. Raw food diets usually include chicken breast, steak, beef, liver, heart, bone, and kidney. They sometimes include vegetables and fruits as well. Before feeding a French bulldog a raw diet, you should discuss it with your vet first. 

It is crucial to practice hand washing and proper cleaning of utensils and surfaces after preparing a raw meal for your pup to avoid bacteria contamination.


Besides high-quality treats, you can feed your French bulldog human foods as a treat. Some foods your French Bulldog can safely eat are:

  • Apples
  • Cucumbers
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Spinach
  • Cranberries
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrots
  • Mangos
  • Pumpkins
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cheese

When feeding him human food, only feed it in moderation to your French Bulldog to avoid weight gain.

Final Thoughts on French Bulldogs should eat

When choosing what to feed your French Bulldog, there are various choices. Your French Bulldog can eat dry food, canned food, a raw diet, homemade grain-free meals, and treats containing high-quality ingredients. 

Be sure to keep your French Bulldog’s specific dietary needs in mind when feeding him, and always follow the directions on the label to ensure he stays healthy.

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Coty Perry
Coty is a self-proclaimed cat whisperer and animal lover. Growing up his mom ran a dog training business out of his childhood home so you can say it was complete chaos 24/7. Today, when he comes home after a long day of writing about animals, he’s greeted by his two loving cats Marley and Cozmo.