Picking out a dog bowl for your Frenchie might not be a hard task, but you still want to find the best option that complements your home and your pup’s eating style. For example, a slow-feeding bowl might be ideal for a fast eater, or an elevated platform bowl set might be the solution to curtail the mealtime mess. Ceramic bowls are generally the safest non-toxic material, but they aren’t always made to go into the dishwasher. Likewise, stainless steel bowls might be able to go into the dishwasher but may also contain trace (although safe) amounts of lead and might not fit with your kitchen’s aesthetic. Fortunately, there are a lot of options out there for dog bowls for Frenchies. We’ve rounded up nine products and reviews of each to help you find the best one for your French Bulldog.
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The 9 Best Dog Bowls for French Bulldogs
1. Frisco Slanted Stainless Steel Bowl – Best Overall
|Dishwasher Safe:||Top-rack safe|
|Materials:||Stainless steel bowl with melamine stand|
Our choice for the best overall dog bowl for French Bulldogs, the Frisco Slanted Stainless Steel Bowl, helps your Frenchie out by tilting the bowl at a friendly angle for their snub noses. The angle assures that your dog won’t have to scramble at the bottom of the bowl to lick up the last delicious morsels of their food. The melamine stand has a rubberized bottom, which is great news if your Frenchie likes to flip their bowl. Ideal for messy eaters, the stainless-steel bowl and melamine stand is top-rack dishwasher safe. The bowl itself holds 1.25 cups of food or water. Unfortunately, they aren’t sold separately, which means you’ll need to buy another stand along with the bowl if you want an extra.
2. Loving Pets Bella Bowls Pet Bowl – Best Value
|Dishwasher Safe:||Yes, without removable rubber base|
|Materials:||Stainless steel interior with poly-resin exterior and rubber base|
Our best dog bowl for French Bulldogs for the money gives you a vast array of options when it comes to colors and sizes. The Loving Pets Bella Bowls are available in capacities ranging from 1.75-7.75 cups in muted beautiful colors such as espresso, merlot, and blueberry. Despite the inexpensive price, this bowl seems to be a high-quality item. Crafted out of stainless steel with a poly-resin exterior coating, you can pop this durable bowl into the dishwasher as long as you first remove the rubberized bottom. Of course, since these bowls are sold individually, the price isn’t as good if you need a matching set. However, we think that they are well worth the price for the quality.
3. Neater Pets Neater Feeder Deluxe Elevated & Mess-Proof Dog Bowls – Premium Choice
|Dishwasher Safe:||Bowls only|
|Materials:||Plastic pedestal, stainless steel bowls|
|Size:||1.5 cup food bowl; 2.2 cup water bowl|
We know your Frenchie doesn’t say pardon every time they make a mess. Thus, we think you’ll love our premium choice, the Neater Pets Neater Feeder Deluxe Elevated & Mess-Proof Dog Bowls. These bowls come in small, medium, and large, but we think the small size is perfect for your Frenchie. The food bowl holds 1.5 cups, and the water bowl retains 2.2 cups, which helps your pup stay hydrated. These dishwasher-safe, stainless steel bowls perch on top of a plastic platform that catches all of your dog’s spilled water and food as they eat, making cleaning up a breeze. The stand can’t go in the dishwasher, but you can spot clean it with soap and water when needed.
4. Frisco Preppy Stripes Ceramic Personalized Dog & Cat Bowl – Best for Puppies
Frenchies of all ages can appreciate eating out of the Frisco Preppy Stripes Ceramic Personalized Dog & Cat Bowl, but we think it’s the perfect first gift to a new puppy to welcome them into the family. You can add their name or other text on the bowl for no extra fee. Although the bowl is advertised with a stripe pattern, you can choose from a variety of patterns and colors on Chewy. Additionally, you can choose between a 4.8 cup and a 1.1 cup capacity. Both sizes suit the Frenchie’s petite size and snub nose.
Ceramic is a safe, non-toxic material that cleans up nicely, although this particular bowl isn’t dishwasher safe. While you can expect to pay nearly $50 for a set, the ability to personalize the name and pattern sets this bowl apart from the rest of the pack. We only wish there was a rubberized grip on the bottom to prevent it from sliding.
5. Frisco Silicone Stainless Steel Double Diner Dog & Cat Bowl
|Materials:||Stainless steel bowls; silicone mat|
The Frisco Silicone Stainless Steel Double Diner Dog & Cat Bowl gives you two 3 cup capacity stainless steel bowls and a silicone mat on a budget. At under $20, we think this meal set is a great score for your Frenchie. The silicone diner mat catches your dog’s crumbs and keeps the bowls from moving while your dog eats. The stainless-steel bowls are dishwasher safe for easy clean up. Unfortunately, the silicone mat can’t go in the dishwasher, but it can be spot cleaned with soap and water.
6. Outward Hound Non-Skid Plastic Slow Feeder Interactive Dog Bowl
|Dishwasher Safe:||Top rack only|
If your Frenchie lives life in the fast lane, you can keep them on track with a slow-feeder bowl. The Outward Hound Non-Skid Plastic Slow Feeder Interactive Dog Bowl helps prevent problems such as bloat and indigestion that can come from eating too quickly by engaging your pet in food puzzles as they eat. The BPA-free plastic bowl has a 2-cup capacity that’s perfect for your Frenchie. While it’s dishwasher safe, you can only put it on the top-rack. Although we generally don’t prefer plastic, this particular bowl seems to be made from high-quality materials and has received mostly positive reviews. Additionally, we like how this bowl has a non-slip grip to keep it in place.
7. OurPets Durapet Premium Rubber-Bonded Stainless-Steel Bowl
|Materials:||Stainless steel with rubber bottom ring|
Although there are multiple sizes available, the small 2 cup capacity OurPets Durapet Premium Rubber-Bonded Stainless-Steel Bowl is our best pick for Frenchies. We like how you can toss this heavy-duty stainless-steel bowl into the dishwasher for easy prep for the next mealtime. The permanently bonded rubberized ring around the perimeter of the bowl keeps it from sliding as your Frenchie chows down. While the price is good, it’s important to note that bowls are sold individually so you’ll need to buy two if you want a matching set. Many customers note that the bowls they’ve recently purchased to replace their old Durapet bowl of 5+ years seems to be of lesser quality, but we still think it’s probably a decent buy for the price.
8. Frisco Marble Design Non-skid Ceramic Dog & Cat Bowl
|Dishwasher Safe:||Top rack only|
The Calacatta-esque marble print swirls glamorously around this ceramic bowl, which has discreet non-skid feet to prevent your Frenchie from sliding their bowl around your kitchen. The Frisco Marble Design Non-skid Ceramic Dog & Cat Bowl is sold individually or as a set, which gives you the choice of buying a matching set for your dog or as a gift for another animal lover or replacing a bowl individually if it breaks.
Although it’s only top-rack safe, it’s also microwave friendly, which we don’t see very often. This additional feature makes this bowl the perfect choice for a dog on a wet food diet or a picky eater who likes their food at a certain temperature. If the marble swirl seems too elegant for your Frenchie’s taste, this bowl is also available in other patterns and a bigger size.
9. Frisco Silicone Collapsible Travel Bowl with Carabiner
While you may not prefer its rustic design for everyday use, every Frenchie should have at least one collapsible bowl to take with them while traveling. French Bulldogs are brachycephalic dogs that come with special health precautions. Thus, it’s important to make sure your Frenchie never becomes dehydrated. Take the Frisco Silicone Collapsible Travel Bowl with you to make sure your pup stays hydrated and fed, especially in extreme temperatures. Once you’re home from your adventure, you can toss this travel bowl into the dishwasher.
Since silicone is a BPA-free, non-slip material, you might even decide to switch to this one for every meal. Even though they’re sold individually, this bowl is super inexpensive compared to some other models. It comes in a 1.5 cup capacity in your choice of several colors.
Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Dog Bowl for French Bulldogs
When shopping for a bowl for your Frenchie, you’ll want to consider their individual needs and health concerns, as well as breed characteristics as a whole. French Bulldogs have adorable snub noses which look cute on Instagram, but can make digging out of a deep bowl a difficult task. You also don’t want to buy an automatic feeder since Frenchies are prone to obesity. Additionally, since they’re a brachycephalic breed, Frenchies are more likely to experience respiratory distress in extreme temperatures. It’s especially important to keep your Frenchie hydrated in the summer months to reduce their risk of heat stroke, which is why investing in a collapsible bowl might be a good idea for times when you’ll be traveling with your furry friend. All of these health factors are good reasons for considering the following when looking for a dog bowl:
Depth of the Bowl
All of the bowls we reviewed have relatively small capacities to support your Frenchie’s short nose and to discourage over-feeding. A few options, such as the Neater Pets Neater Feeder, feature a platform to lift the bowl a little closer to your Frenchie’s mouth so they don’t have to strain their necks. While you should measure out your Frenchie’s kibble for precision, we all have lazy mornings where we guess how much we’re pouring. Knowing this, we also tried to veer away from large capacity bowls to prevent overfeeding.
Not every dog needs a puzzle bowl, but your Frenchie might benefit from a slow-feeding bowl if they eat too fast or need to lose some weight. The Outward Hound Non-Skid Plastic Slow Feeder Interactive Dog Bowl was a good option that’s safe on the top rack of your dishwasher. Talk to your veterinarian about how much you should be feeding your Frenchie each day to make sure they maintain a healthy weight and balanced diet.
We prefer ceramic or stainless steel over plastic for durability and health reasons. However, no material is perfect. For example, stainless steel is easy to clean and generally lasts longer than plastic but may contain trace amounts of lead. While those amounts are well under the maximum amount allowed to be safe, it’s still not ideal. Ceramic is probably a safer choice, but it’s not always dishwasher safe. Always look at the product description or packaging before popping any bowl into the dishwasher or microwave just to be safe.
Ease of Cleaning
Dogs like to dig in, and they don’t care how the floors look when they’re finished. If you don’t like washing dishes by hand, you might want to prioritize finding a bowl that’s dishwasher safe. Just beware that some are top-rack only and might melt on the lower shelf. If you want an extra hand in keeping your kitchen clean, you might try the Neater Feeder since it has an elevated platform that retains crumbs. Unfortunately, this platform isn’t dishwasher safe, which means you’ll need to wash it out by hand after your dog finishes their meal.
As our overall best choice, the Frisco Slanted Stainless Steel Bowl gives your Frenchie the best support by tilting the food at an angle more suitable for their adorable snub noses. The Loving Pets Bella Non-Skid Stainless-Steel bowls are crafted out of high-quality steel that can go into the dishwasher, which makes it our best value choice for both time and money. If you have a little more room in your budget, the Neater Pets Neater Feeder Deluxe Elevated & Mess-Proof Dog Bowls helps keep your kitchen clean by containing the mess within the elevated platform, which can then be spot-cleaned while the stainless-steel bowl duo is being cleaned in the dishwasher. In general, a low-capacity bowl works best for Frenchies. All of the other design options are there to help you serve up food for your Frenchie in the best way that suits you both.
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