The French Bulldog is a small breed than stands about 11 to 12 inches high and weighs up to 28 pounds at maturity. True to the Bulldog name, the French Bulldog has a short stature and a stocky build – it also has a compressed face with a wrinkled snout. It is not just the breed’s small size that makes it so popular as a companion pet – the Frenchie (as fans of the breed are known to call it) has a fun-loving and friendly personality that has won the hearts of dog owners everywhere. As a small-breed dog, the French Bulldog has certain nutritional requirements. Before you can learn the specifics about a diet for Frenchies, however, you should first learn about the nutritional needs of dogs in general. Like all animals, dogs require a balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrate in their diets. Protein is the most important consideration and it should come from high-quality animal-based sources like fresh meats and meat meals. Fats are also important (especially for small-breed dogs) because they provide concentrated energy as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to support skin and coat health. Dogs do not have specific requirements for carbohydrates but this nutrient should come highly digestible sources like whole oats and brown rice. Carbohydrate provide your dog with vitamins and minerals as well as dietary fiber to promote healthy digestion. In addition to these top three nutrients, French Bulldogs also require water and various vitamins and minerals in their diet. When it comes to selecting a commercial diet for your French Bulldog, you should definitely go with a product that is specially formulated for small-breed dogs. You may be surprised to learn that small-breed dogs actually have higher energy needs that large-breed dogs – this is because they have very fast metabolisms. A small-breed dog may not need as many calories as a large-breed dog, but it requires more calories per pound of body weight. A small-breed dog formula should be nutrient-dense, providing the dog with the nutrients and calories it needs in a smaller quantity than large-breed formulas – this is important because small-breed dogs have small stomachs and cannot eat a lot at once. Small-breed formulas are also higher in fat than large-breed formulas because fats are a highly concentrated source of energy (and calories) for dogs.
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