What’s the Best Food for my Bulldog?

Best Dog Food For English Bulldogs

Last updated on 2/11/17

“What kind of food should I give to my Bulldog?” It’s definitely one of the most prevalent questions being asked in the world of Bulldogs. Most never would have thought it was even a big deal until their Bulldogs’ began developing rashes, dry/itchy skin, chronic ear infections and excessive hair-loss and flatulence etc. There’s a good chance you’re reading this page because you too have suddenly found your bully’s food just isn’t working anymore.

Well, these are all excellent reasons to examine the food your feeding your bully, but there are even bigger issues at hand.

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Recently, I was floored to learn that 50% of k-9s are dying of cancer and 1 in every 4 dogs will develop a tumor in their lifetime.

Facts like these can leave us worried sick about our Bulldogs! 1 in every 4 dogs will have a tumor!! My anxiety is having anxiety! Oh to think, the kind of health problems we could be inflicting on our beloved pet with every new bowl of kibble!

Whatever the reason, you’re looking for the best available dog food for your bulldog and so am I.

In this article we’ll outline the benefits of supplying our bulldogs with a healthy and nutritious dog food. You’ll learn a few ingredients that should never enter your bully’s mouth.

Finally, you’ll get an inside look at a few of our favorite brands and the ones recommended by pet food specialists. In all my research I’m going to critically analyze the food we give to our own Bulldogs and I hope you will too. We currently give our Bullies Diamond Naturals.

Comment below the brand of dog food you give to your Bulldog and Why!

Does Having a Good Dog Food Really Matter?

Surely, there’s a whole slew of reasons why a pet owner would want to lavish upon their Bulldog the best food possible with the most considerable reason being the health of their pet. A good dog food plays an extremely important role in many facets of every dog’s health. Your bulldog’s diet will affect his muscle tone and energy, joint strength, coat and skin health, digestive wellness and even the ability to fight off and prevent sickness.

Does your Bully shed a lot? Does he often have loose stool? It could be the food.

Coconut Oil For Bulldogs? YES!!

Serving a quality food to your Bulldog can ensure your family enjoys the privilege of hearing him pleasantly snoring and passing gas while you all gather in front of the boob tube years from now. I’ve no doubt anyone who wasn’t already convinced of the gravity of this topic, suddenly has been made well aware. Oh wait a minute….we’re trying to get rid of the flatulence, not keep it. Actually, there have been certain weirdos out there in the Bulldog community that have told me they(clears throat) enjoy hearing and smelling their Bulldog’s farts. That’s another story…lol

So how do you know which dog food is the real deal?

We all know the most popular dog food brands. These include Purina, Iams, Pedigree, and Kibbles and Bits. Seriously though, most popular doesn’t necessarily mean best. These brands are all the most well-known brands on the scene, but only because they are also the brands that spend the most on fancy shmancy advertising and cute commercials.

Best Food For English BulldogsThere are hundreds of dog food brands out there, and nearly every single one has a gimmick to try and help them sell their product to pet owners. One television commercial even narrates the adaptation of dogs from their ancestors and how they used to hunt for real meat. (Though I don’t think ol’ Tank could catch a caribou by himself) All of these strategies try to draw attention away from what you’re buying: dog food.

So how do you narrow down the field to only the healthiest and most beneficial dog foods? Read On.

You may say, “What about the brand with the picture of a beautiful Bulldog on it?” It’s totally understandable a person with an English Bulldog would consider that food to be most fitting for their Bully. Let me just say, if the test of a good dog food was to pick the one with your favorite dog breed on the bag we’d have a sure winner, but this is merely another dead end. Whether or not your dog’s picture is on the bag should never be a determining factor in finding the best dog food; you know this.

Royal Canin comes to mind. Sorry to be “that guy”, but did you know Royal Canin Bulldog first few ingredients are:

  1. Brewers Rice  -Rice is a quality grain, but the most prevalent ingredient in dog food should be meat.
  2. Chicken By -Product Meal -These are inedible pieces left over from animal processing like, feet, spleen, stomach, brain,  and intestines.
  3. Brown Rice  -More grain. Remember the Wendy’s commercial? “Where’s The Beef?”
  4. Wheat Gluten  -Gluten is sort of a grain by-product. It’s what you get when the good stuff has been stripped. See what DogFoodAdvisor.Com has to say about this “protein imposter.”

I’m glad you laid Royal Canin to rest. Thank you for that. Just because it has a happy bulldog on the front, and it is expensive, does NOT mean it is good food!!!
The same with Science Diet. Unfortunately our vet carries it exclusively, and recommends It. When I looked at the ingredients, I knew then that they were paid to carry it. Unfortunate.

- Bulldog Enthusiast, Mitch Haynes

Lot’s of people think, “I’ll just play it safe and buy the super expensive brand, that way I know I’m getting the best food.” This reminds me of a time my younger brother, a huge Cleveland Browns fan, showed me his prized Jim Brown trading card.

This card was autographed by the Hall of Fame Running Back and flawless! Clearly, the autograph was a fake, the signature was only a copy, but my little brother steadfastly proclaimed, ” No, it’s definitely real, I paid a lot of money for this card!”

So you see, just because something costs a lot of money…. does not mean it’s the best. This is true with dog food!

Decipher the Ingredients.

Ever Consider the BARF Diet?

When choosing a dog food provider you’ve absolutely got to get a good look “under the hood”. Every used car salesman’s desire is that their perspective customers become mesmerized by the shiny clear coat finish or the well kept interior while totally neglecting their duty to check out the most important thing. The: engine compartment! Like the used car salesman, disingenuous dog food manufacturers aim to win your business based on outside appearances and empty phrases like, “made with real, meaty bits.” What in the world is a “meaty bit” anyway?

IMG_22111It’s not science. No college degree needed here.  Just take a quick gander at the small square on the back of every bag of dog food before you make your purchase. This is the “engine compartment” I referred to. It’s here we get to see what’s really been put into the bag.  It tells dog owners exactly what went into the pouch before the picture of the smiling Bulldog was stamped on the front. Just because he’s smiling doesn’t mean the food was good. He got paid to be the happy face on that bag.

I chose to use the word “decipher” above because lots of times the big dog food companies like to be a bit deceptive. Ever heard of “ingredient splitting”? Splitting is basically the manufacturer’s practice of playing musical chairs with the bag’s list of ingredients in order to make you believe a desirable additive like whole chicken breast is more prevalent in the food than a far less desirable one like corn or wheat.

Here’s an Example on Ingredient Splitting:

Let’s say a certain dog food contains 20% Corn as the first ingredient and 15% Lamb as the second. Any dishonest dog food producer may lawfully divide or “split” the corn additive into two parts on the list; corn meal and corn flour. Voila, the Lamb(15%) can now move up to the top element on the list of ingredients followed by corn meal, now 10% and corn flour, 10%. There is still more corn in this bag of dog food than Lamb and many times the consumer is none the wiser! This is a common practice among dog food manufacturers.

Ever wonder just how prevalent a named ingredient such as chicken actually is in the food you’re buying? Here’s another way in which the manufacturers can cheat their way to a sale using clever wording and still abiding by the rules. If on the front of a bag of dog food it says, “chicken and rice,” it lawfully must contain at least 26% chicken. “Rich in chicken”- it must contain a minimum of 14% chicken. If it says, “made with chicken,”  it needs only 4% chicken and if it says, “chicken flavor,” it can contain 0% chicken. These facts are astounding!

Run From These Dog Food Ingredients…..RUN!

With so many ingredients in each bag of dog food, which ones should we steer clear of? Harmful ingredients most commonly found in dog food include corn, wheat, soybean meal/soy flour, grain fractions and flours, nut/grain/bean hulls, and synthetic preservatives. Corn often times makes up as much as 70% of a low quality dog food and holds very little nutritional sustenance.

Don’t allow your Bulldog to eat food with generic meat sources, digests, by-products, meat and bone meals. Generic meat sources are any meat ingredients that don’t specifically name which animal has been put into the food. You don’t want your dog eating squirrels right? (Other than the ones they catch for fun anyway) Can you believe it! Our Bulldog, Lily, actually caught a squirrel once. Try to imagine a Non-Sporting Bulldog…running quick enough to catch a lighting fast squirrel!! We’re pretty sure the squirrel saw the Bulldog up close and just flat out died of a heart attack -Little side story for ya.

Some other ingredients to look out for are lard, tallow, and other low-quality fat sources. While these ingredients are extremely tasty to dogs, they offer nearly nothing beneficial in regards to a healthy diet . Gluten is another ingredient you don’t want in your dog food if it can be avoided. Gluten is basically leftover material from human food production. It’s difficult to digest for dogs, which is why it is something to look out for.  Heavy sugars, sweeteners, colors, and dyes are all ingredients that aren’t necessary in dog foods and are usually only added to enhance taste or appearance; some dyes can even cause allergic reactions. This is just not necessary in our Bulldogs’ food!

Tip: Remember to Always Wash Your Hands After Handling Dry or Raw Dog Food to Avoid salmonella Contamination to yourself or family members.

3 Best Foods for Bulldogs

The search for the best food for English Bulldogs has not been an easy one! Over the coarse of a 3 months we’ve purchased and introduced different foods to our bullies including, Wellness Core, Taste of The Wild, Castor and Pollux Organix and Merrick. Obviously, we could never test each and every brand, but we did carefully scrutinize many of the 4-5 star foods and their manufacturer.

I also made a point to try and pick three foods of varying price ranges. This because I understand there are those of us who don’t care about the money as long as the food is tops and still others who want the best food at the lowest possible price. You’ll notice each of these recommendations are easily accessible on popular websites and in box stores too.

Merrick Back Country Raw Infused

This has got to be the most fun food we tried with our bullies! I should have recorded our Bulldog, D.C. while eating this because it was hilarious watching him pick out the soft, larger pieces of freeze dried raw bits he found on the top of the kibble. I can only imagine how he enjoyed the different texture, feel and taste of those cubed bits of meat! This stuff is like the doggie version of Lucky Charms cereal!

Back Country is probably as close as you can get to a raw diet while still enjoying the convenience of pouring it straight out of the bag. How many brands can you think of that offer whole pieces of freeze dried meat in them!

This food is heavy laden with omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. As stated before, these omegas are so helpful when it comes to keeping a Bulldog’s coat and skin healthy.

Just listen to these ingredients! Deboned beef, Lamb Meal, Salmon Meal, Sweet Potatoes! What do you know about lamb and fish meal? When I first began researching dog foods I thought less of proteins with the word “meal” after them. Eventually, I found that a protein like whole chicken breast contained far less protein than chicken that had been processed into a “meal.” Most foods we’ve reviewed include just one named protein in their long list of ingredients. Back Country has listed three awesome meats right off the bat making this a top-notch dog food!

So much good stuff in this bag! Back Country is loaded with glucosamine and chondroitin which we all know is just awesome for our heavy Bulldogs and their need for healthy joints.The addition of salmon oil can’t be overlooked.

One other great addition to this food that I think really sets it apart are the ingredients at the bottom of the list. You know, the ones that are impossible to pronounce. Here’s one of them: Enterococcus faecium. This is a living bacteria added to the food for the purpose of bolstering your Bulldog’s digestive health and over-all health in general, actually. This bacteria is naturally found in a healthy dog so it’s inclusion is nothing to worry over. Basically, this is a probiotic and there are plenty of them listed in the ingredients. The Enterococcus serves in this food as an aid to digestion as well.

Merrick is produced in Texas and the company is a stalwart in quality products and customer satisfaction. I like that there are more than a few different recipes of this Back Country Raw available so that a person can switch between them allowing their Bulldog a change in taste from time to time.

Wellness Core Grain Free

For our review of Wellness, we chose to use the Turkey and Chicken formula. Right away, I appreciated the tough plastic bag with the resealable zip top. All brands should do this with their bags! This one detail allows the user to keep the food in the bag after opening instead of being forced to transfer the kibble to a plastic container. The resealable bag holds in the freshness all on it’s own.

Why Wellness

Of course, this food, like all the others in our trial is grain, corn and soy free. The first five ingredients are deboned turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, peas and potatoes. This is a nutrient rich food including antioxidants, omega fatty acids, glucosomine and probiotics.

Some ingredients or details that really make this food stand out are ground flax seedchicory root and that it’s mineral ingredients are chelated. Let me explain.

“Chelated” means the minerals have been chemically attached to protein in production thus rendering them far easier to absorb by the dog. Many of the lower end dog foods include minerals that are eliminated without much benefit to the dog because they have not been chelated.

Chicory root has been added to this food in order to aid in the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal system. Chicory helps create a robust G.I. system primarily through the use of it’s own inulin. Inulin, is a excellent at producing prebiotics which then promote the growth of helpful bacteria.

Flax seed is an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids and is a heck of a lot easier to absorb after it’s first been ground.  These fatty acids help give a Bulldog a shiny coat.

Taste of The Wild

Let me explain why TOTW, an American Made product, is an excellent food for your bully!

I love the direction TOTW has taken with it’s food! The first 5 ingredients included are bison, lamb meal, chicken meal, egg product(supports a healthy coat) and sweet potatoes. It’s quality ingredients like these that make a clear statement about this dog food manufacturer’s main objective.

What is TOFTW’s goal? It’s right there in their slogan, Your Dog Craves a Taste of The Wild…Go Ahead and Give Him One!  It’s perfect! They’ve cut out all the non-essential additives, chemicals and controversial fillers leaving only the finest components for an above average dog food.


Taste of The Wild is grain, corn, wheat and soy free.  I was pleased to see the inclusion of Salmon oil, a naturally rich omega-3 fatty acid which encourages a healthy coat and skin.

Again, like with Wellness Core, we see the inclusion of “Chelated Minerals.” Previously discussed above, it was noted chelated minerals are a particular type ingredient typically found only in higher quality foods. You’ll see it listed as an ingredient in each bag of TOTW.

Chelated minerals are minerals like calcium, copper, zinc and iron that have been made up to 15% easier to absorb thanks to their being chemically combined with amino acid. This means the necessary minerals every dog needs to thrive can now be absorbed and used by the body rather than being thrown out as waste.

We picked TOTW not only because of it’s superior food quality and it’s a great choice no matter what stage of life your Bulldog is in. It’s filled with amino acids, fruits and vegetables and antioxidants.

To put it simply, I always say Taste of The Wild is a 5 star dog food at a 4 star price. There is no other dog food in it’s price range that compares.

I buy this for my two Bulldogs, Dozer + Dotty. I mix in a can of wet totw food twice a week as a treat. My English Bulldogs have always had severe allergies and skin problems that seemed to get out of control with other foods. It’s been 1 year now and I’ve noticed an improvement with both my bullies since switching. Through Amazon it’s cheaper than anywhere else, I get free shipping and I don’t have to go to the store carrying 30lb bags all over the place!!

- Taste of the Wild User

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Taste of The Wild is one of the more favorable products we’ve found in our research that’s received commendations by veterinarians and their faithful customers alike. So how can Taste of The Wild’s manufacturer produce such high quality dog food in comparison to their snidely competitors? Maybe they see the value in spending less money on cheesy advertisements and more on wholesome products?

Best Food For Bulldog Puppies

We recommend you use a puppy formula dog food like Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula with Bison and Roasted Venison until your Bulldog has become fully grown. This is usually about 12-14 months for females and 14-16 months for males. Why? So many reasons. Simply put, puppy foods contain a higher amount of calories and protein to assist growing puppies in achieving maximum size and health as he approaches adulthood. The kibble is smaller as well so it’s not as tough to chew and swallow.

Taste of the Wild is also wildly beneficial to a Bulldog puppy’s GI tract because of the inclusion of pro-biotics in the food. They say that 70% of a dog’s immune system is in the GI tract so having a healthy intestine is so important for our young bullies. Especially with young puppies ages 6-16wks receiving anti-biotic treatments from the vet, loose and runny stools can be a problem until healthy bacteria can again propagate the digestive system. Young puppies also have the added stress of transitioning to a new home.

It’s just as important you make the switch from puppy formula to adult when necessary as these higher concentrations of calories can lead to an adult dog becoming over-weight.

Tip: For puppies 8 weeks – 16 weeks of age you might prepare the kibble by first adding just a bit of water over the top. This will allow the kibble to soften up and be easier to chew and digest.

Food For Bulldogs With Allergies

About 10-20% of Bulldogs will suffer from food allergies, while seasonal allergies to grass, weed or tree pollen and bug bites are the source of most other allergic reactions. Excessive licking, biting, gnawing and scratching of the paws, legs, belly and face are common side-effects to seasonal allergies. Symptoms brought on by food allergies can appear similar, but are almost always coupled with more frequent, softer bowel movements and chronic yeast infections in the ears and on the skin.

Food or Contact Allergy

Ask yourself whether your Bulldog’s symptoms are always present, or if they come and go. Is your bully truly experiencing food allergies or allergies caused by coming in contact with something environmental? Plastics, carpet fibers, household chemicals like carpet cleaner or softener sheets, bug bites and pollen are all seasonal or temporary. For instance, a Bulldog with a seasonal allergy to ragweed pollen might be feeling itchy every Fall season. This could be called a “contact allergy” because it’s been caused by something the dog has come into physical contact with, not from eating his food.

This sort of allergy cannot necessarily be remedied with any special food, but there are methods of control that can help. A cool bath with a medicated shampoo, a steroid injection from your vet, the use of hydrocortisone, or a simple dose of Benadryl (1mg/lb/8hrs) may help to sooth your Bulldog’s seasonal allergies. 

True Food Allergies

If you think your bully is allergic to something in his food you’ll need to identify which ingredients are causing all the trouble. Soy, grains, wheat, corn and dairy are the most common offenders. Some Bulldogs can even be allergic to proteins like chicken and beef. There are blood and skin tests your veterinarian can do. These tests aren’t extremely accurate, but still can be helpful at pointing a person in the right direction. Possibly a more proven method is the process of elimination or trial diet.

Try a limited ingredient food containing none of the above listed ingredients. It should be something simple. This can be done with store bought kibble or by implementing the Bulldog Specific BARF diet, or raw food diet. The BARF diet demands more effort due to the fact you must prepare the food yourself, but it is easier in that you can precisely control the ingredients going into your bully’s bowl allowing you to accurately pin-point those foods his body disagrees with.  

Best Food For Allergies

This Zignature Grain Free Trout formula is what I would recommend. I love the simplicity of this food. I’ve scarcely heard of a Bulldog that’s allergic to salmon or trout which are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Sunflower oil and flaxseed are also named among the ingredients and they are fatty acid powerhouses!

Flaxseed is thought to be the #1 source for omega-3s! What’s the big deal about fatty acids? Well, scientists believe that fatty acids play a big role in slowing down the growth of yeast infections like the ones our bullies so often get in their ears and on the skin. Fatty acids are also thought to prevent allergic reactions to airborne pollens.

See how your bully does on the new food you’ve chosen. Symptoms from food allergies can take up to 8 weeks to subside so be patient. Once you’ve found a food that’s successful in curbing the symptoms of his food allergies you may add a new ingredient to your Bulldog’s kibble. If say, after adding rice back into the food, your Bulldog breaks out with a rash on his legs, paws and face, you would then be sure he is allergic to rice.

Best Reduced Fat/Low Calorie Formula Bulldogs

Do you suspect your English Bulldog is a bit “chunky” these days? The average weight for a male Bulldog is 50-65lbs. and 45-55lbs. for females. If you’ve got a 7o pound male Bulldog it doesn’t necessarily mean your boy’s over-weight; he may just have a larger frame.

Obesity is very rarely a problem for Bulldogs 2 years and younger, but very common for those over 4 years of age. This probably because of their natural Bulldog ability to lay around for days totally content. Also, just like us humans, a Bulldog becomes less active as he ages. Compare the non-stop energy your Bulldog had as he was a puppy to the increasing amount of time he spends lying on the couch today. He’s consuming the same or more amount of calories he always has, but in his older age he’s become half as active.

Remember to exercise your bully at least 15 min. a day whether he wants to or not. Table scraps should be kept to a minimum. Dog treats can be high in fat too and their ingredients should be just as carefully scrutinized as your Bulldog’s main food choice.

Sometimes even when you’ve been doing everything else right, environmental or genetic circumstances can make a Bulldog heavy. In this case, you can gain a lot of ground by cutting down on the calorie/fat intake your Bulldog is getting every day from his kibble.

The most commonly prescribed dog food for over-weight dogs is Purina Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management, but many of the ingredients included in this food (wheat, corn, soy, animal by-products) are sub-par to say the least. I would encourage you not to take your vet’s word for it on this one.

Instead, go for a specialized weight management food like Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free, Reduced Fat Recipe. It’s a 5 star food that’s got everything we recommend in this article for giving your bully a healthy diet and 25- 50% less fat than regular food. Unlike popular veterinarian prescribed weight management kibble, Wellness doesn’t include any harmful ingredients like wheat, corn, soy and by-products.

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The Final Word

Keep in mind that all dogs are different and may need special ingredients. Some dog food brands carry special diet dog foods that cater to the needs of every animal. There are different recipes that consider weight-loss, allergies, and individual diet options to allow the best selection for any pet. If your Bulldog is having digestive or health issues, his diet could be a factor. Make sure to let your veterinarian know your Bully’s diet and the ingredients in their food. They’ll be able to help you select the correct meal plan for your pet to make sure they get the necessary nutritional value.

Tip: When changing a Bulldog’s diet it’s not recommended you switch his food all at once. This can cause diarrhea, gas, unsettled stomach etc. Instead, gradually change his food over a span of 7-10 days to ensure your bully’s digestive system can keep up with the change. Just mix in small amounts to begin and larger amounts as you near the 5 day mark.

So, like I said, I decided I had better analyze the food (Diamond Naturals , Chicken and Rice ) we give to our Bulldogs. Clearly it’s not the best dog food available, but I want to make sure I’m at least giving a food with quality ingredients like some of the a fore mentioned. Here’s what I found.

According to DogFoodAdvisor.Com, there are some “controversial” fillers like beat pulp. I also read that although the grains in the food are high quality grains, two of them are forms of rice. I’m a victim of “splitting!” There apparently is concern that when the two forms of rice are combined, they would outweigh the first meat ingredient. This makes it likely that the meat content is low on our brand of dog food.

The good news is that we knew most dog foods are low in total protein content. To make up for this we’ve been supplementing our Bulldogs’ diets with cooked chicken breast. We’re also considering switching to the grain free version of this food.

What food do you trust and how does it stack up to other brands on the market?

Comment Below!

344 Responses to Best Bulldog Food

  • Deborah Mack

    Hi Dan,

    I had to change my pup’s dog food and as a result his stool is soft. So I am about to change it once again to the food you recommend (Taste of the Wild). Should I anticipate for his stool to be soft and a little runny again? I plan to stay with the wild brand food.

    • Dan Weese

      Hello, Deborah. No food is a guaranteed winner, but TOTW is tops. There’s nothing in it that should be a problem for your Bulldog. The most important thing to remember when switching is to make the change slowly. What I mean is, don’t just go cold turkey on the current food. Over the course of about 5-7 days add more and more of the TOTW to his food. If after the change has been completed and his stools are still unsatisfactory, you may consider seeing a veterinarian.

      • Mariisela Gonzalez

        When I bought my English bulldog they recommended royal brand which it cost an arm n a leg. He is now 5 months and for the past months he is losing his hair like crazy!!! And also he is getting hot spots!! So I’ve been researching What maybe the cause of that. And this is like the third page I see that don’t recommend royal food. this is frustrating bcz he just wants to be scratching himself and sometimes he does it till he bleeds. I’ve seen this dog food at Walmart that is organic that contains salmon omega 3 would you recommend that?  If you can please email me or message me back .

        • Dan Weese

          Royal Cabin is definitely not anything special, in my opinion. Pure balance is ok. I wouldn’t deter you from trying it. However, I noticed the price per pound is about $1.10. I was thinking you could get something with the same quality, maybe slightly better, for less money. For instance, Diamond Naturals is very comparable and it cost’s about .80 per pound. I think if I were you I would go this direction.

      • David

        I am having very good success with Merrick puppy beef recipe. We tried chicken recipe( big mistake, gas became unbearable). Mind you I’ve never did quick switch over. I always done a 14 day switch over. 1/4 of food was new food for 3 days 1/2 for 4 days 3/4 for 4 days then last day I’d split the last 1/4 in half. If I noticed pup isn’t adapting to new food then I just pull new dog food an try something else. I don’t recommend rapid change in foods. It could be very harmful to pups health.

    • Shauna

      I have 6 bulldogs, 2 that are special needs bullies, 2 that are non breeders, and 2 that I can breed, but have only bred one so far. As you see, I love them so much I’m afraid if I breed the other one I will want to keep one. Lol!! I started using Taste of the Wild about two years ago and I will never use anything else. I have made fresh dog food daily and spent a whole lot more a bag than what this costs but nothing is better. My English bulldogs look healthier and are healthier since I started feeding them this food. I could not be more pleased.

      • Craig Dilley

        Two kinds of taste of wild I see. Which did you use?

      • Tammara

        I have two English Bullies, ages 2 and 1.  The older bully was 8 months old when we got him, and his previous owners fed him Beneful, so we continued with it.  He seemed to love it, but we wondered if maybe we should try a better quality food.  When we got the younger boy, he was around 4 months old.  We got him from what I can only describe as a puppy farm.  These folks had a small house with dog pens along all the walls and in every corner, several english or frenchies in each, and they had buildings in the back yard with more.  If we could have taken them all we would have.  Anyway, they were feeding him Puppy Chow, and told us to transition him to a better food as soon as we could.  So we started looking for a better food for both.  We started with Fromm, but they didn’t eat it very well, so we then moved to TOTW High Prairie.  They ate it fine at first, but then it was hit or miss; sometimes they would eat, sometimes not, and lately they seem to be turning their noses up more than not.  So we are looking once again for another food.  I think we will try the Merrick Raw Infused kibble next.  It’s the most expensive food we’ve tried but if these picky eaters like it, it’s worth it.

      • Angelica prather

        Hello could you please tell me what you use to make your food we recently got a bulldog he has really bad gas I wanna try to see if making food will help him thank you

    • Pam

      I have an English Bulldog that is 1 1/2 years old and I’ve been feeding him Natural Balance 3/4 cup twice per day. He’s now 65 pounds and his Vet suggested feeding him Hills Prescription Diet Metabolic to get the weight off. I just started & he seems to love it but I’m scared it’s bad for him! Thoughts?

      • Dan Weese

        Hi. Not my first choice in food, but it won’t hurt him. Maybe give this a go and see if the pounds start coming off. May I ask what factors the vet considered when deciding whether your bulldog was overweight or not?

        • Pam

          He really didn’t tell me…….. I do know he has a hard time getting around, and breathing…. has become much lazier this summer bc it’s hard to walk him in the heat. My vet suggested I take him down to our dock and get him moving in the water ( with his life jacket) when it’s not as hot. I have don’t this the past 3 nights and he lives to float & swim a bit 🙂 Maybe get some weight off and then switch back over to another food?

          • Dan Weese

            I think that’s a great idea. We burn so many calories in the water and don’t even know it. I would even consider just playing in the surf if he can first.

  • kathy carlton

    Hi i have a 4 1/2 month old English bulldog puppy…she started breaking out on her back what feel likes scabs and now just over the weekend a spread.. what could it be? she is on Pure Balance grain free food it’s the salmon & pea. i use a oatmeal shampoo on her…. just do’t know what it could be????

    • Dan Weese

      These could be originating from an allergic reaction. Hard to tell without seeing a vet. Have you gotten a skin scrape? This time of year, with the warmer weather coming back, a lot of Bulldogs will be struggling with similar problems. Lots of times the skin becomes itchy, the dog scratches the skin and you’re left with scabs. The hair may even fall out in these areas. I would give this Duoxo Shampoo a try. It’s known to be extremely effective at clearing up skin allergies.

  • marshall adams

    Thank you the vet said that she is heath she was just not fed well they had her on some cheep food from Walmart that was like 25 for a 50 pound bag but the vet said she is in good heath just was treated bad and not fed enough and not given a good amount of water the the only other thing the vet said was she was always kept in a small cage and her muscles are weak and I should walk her everyday just not for long walks just short ones a couple times a day I am knew to having a bully but I did get the wipes for her face and the good shampoo for her she was black and brindle when I got her now she is white and brindle but thanks for you help
    I wish I could send you a pic of her I think she is beautiful but thanks again

    • Dan Weese

      Sounds like you’re doing a great job already with her. It’s always good to hear of a bully being taken out of an abusive environment and placed in a loving home. Please do post a picture of her on our facebook page. We would love to say hi!

  • Debbie K

    We have had English Bulldogs for many years and a couple with many food sensitivities. Through research and trial and error we have found Orijen to be the best for our pups. Yes it is expensive but I’d rather pay more for food than paying for our vets kids to go to college. 😉 Their coats are just gorgeous, eyes clear, folds dry and best of all….. Little gas. Gas is healthy and a needed bodily function but on a good food the gas has much less of a smell. We have our Orijen delivered to our door from Chewy.com with free delivery. Orijen has a freeze dried selection the girls love as a “treat” a few times per week. Acana food is made from Orijen but just a bit less expensive. Taste of the Wild is made by Diamond Pet Food which has had several recalls over the years so keep an eye out.

    Thanks Dan for opening up a wonderful thread. Excellent Q & A!

    • Dan Weese

      I appreciate the compliments, Debbie! Careful with the comments about the veterinarians and their dog food recommendations. If a vet tech notices they’ll give you an ear full lol. Glad to hear of your success with orijen. Obviously that’s a wonderful 5 star food. You’re right, Diamond did have a flurry of recalls back in 2012. I trust they’ve gotten their act together as there are a ton of people relying on TOTW. The truth is, dog food recalls will happen so we should all be vigilant. I found a website (dogfoodadvisor) I know lots of people are familiar with that offers recall alerts straight to your email should one ever occur. Sign up for those email alerts here http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall-alerts/

    • Nina Carry

      Hi Debbie, I love hearing comments from someone who is knowledgeable about food and ingredients. Though Taste of the Wild is a decent mid-grade product, Diamond outsources its manufacturing which can cause so many inconsistencies in formulas and ingredients. I’m interested to see how my puppy will do on Orijen. I feed my adult Acana Ranchlands. So far my baby’s stool is soft, however, we have just switched him from the breeders Iam’s Smart Puppy (ugh). Fingers crossed that the Orijen Puppy works with his little system.

      • Tracy Villarreal

        Hi, just got my baby who’ll be 10 weeks tomorrow. Breeder used Diamond, so that’s what I’ve been using, very loose stools and having accidents in crate at nite. Included some Kefir in dinner tonite, hope that works. If not, may try one of the above.

    • Camila

      hi ! Debb just wondering is this food is grain free ?

  • marshall adams

    I just saved a 2 year old bully from a bad home they were breeding her and they got rid of the puppy’s at 4 weeks. So I bough the mother from them she is great she is great with the kids and everybody. I could not ask for a better dog but she is real skinny so I am trying to put weight on her do you think taste of the wild puppy would be the best food for her. Thank you

    • Dan Weese

      Sad story. I’m wondering if she’s skinny because she recently had a litter of pups or if she wasn’t fed well by the prev. owners. If she wasn’t being fed enough I would assume she eats any food you put in front of her and quickly then sometimes vomits it back up? If this is true, try not to limit her food, but instead, leave it out for her during the day so that she can again feel safe and know that her food source is secure. The weight gain will take time. If she doesn’t have any health problems due to mal-nourishment or abuse there’s nothing wrong with feeding her the puppy formula until she catches up. If it were me, I would stick to the adult formula and try supplementing her food with coconut oil for a healthy calorie/fat boost. Best of luck to you and your girl!

  • Barb

    I switched to Royal Canin and my bully loves it and has no problems with it. He’ll be 10 in July. I was using Iams and all three of my bulldogs were getting very sick. Runs all the time. Went to Fromms but they didn’t really care for that. Ended up with Royal Canin. Vet said a very good dog food. Not sure I want to switch again. I was also concerned with the meat by-products!

    • Dan Weese

      Hi Barb. Although we don’t recommend Royal Canin, we’re far from condemning it to the point that everyone should switch from it especially when it’s been working for 10 years with your bully. I believe you should stick to what works. Royal Canin is a huge step up in quality compared to Iams so you’re applauded for taking that step. Thanks for reading!

  • Lisa

    We have a 4 1/2 month old English Bulldog, she is completely white.  She has a very leaky right eye. It leaks into a crease down her face which smells really bad.  I wash that area daily with either a wipe or a wet paper towel and dry it with a dry cloth, but it still smells bad.  Any suggestions? 

    Thanks, Lisa

  • Edwin Cortes

    Thank you so much for your input! I will try the puppy food for him…he is only 12 weeks. Or which puppy food do you suggest?

    • Dan Weese

      I think those two brands you mentioned should do fine for you.

  • Marsha A

    OMGosh!!! Thank you so much! I searched for puppy food on Amazon on those brands and nothing showed up. How odd! Also, is the adult version of this brand ok? I was having a really hard time choosing from your list, then other people posted their pups were having allergies. I guess it’s all trial and error. And, if I give her fresh organic raw fruits and vegetables, do you have a “safe list” posted anywhere on your site? Appreciate your feedback, thanks so much!!

    • Dan Weese

      I would stick to the puppy formula until she’s older. She’s still quite young too so I would even add a bit of water to the kibble (just enough to moisten) so that it’s easier to eat and digest. If you want to add something to her diet you might try cooked chicken breast, green beans, scrambled eggs or apple pieces(small). Peanut butter and coconut oil make good treats. You’re very welcome! Please do visit our facebook page when you bring her home and post a picture for us!

  • Marsha A

    I am bringing my puppy home in a couple of weeks (from out-of-state) and she will be 9 wks old. If I don’t have the breeder’s dog food, will it be really bad if I start feeding her something organic or different brand that you talk about above? Also, how old does she have to be before I can stop feeding her puppy food? I can’t seem to find the brands you mentioned above on Amazon or PetCo in a puppy formula. I also read another website that said you shouldn’t feed bulldog puppies too much protein as the protein makes them grow too fast and could result in bone/hip/knee issues (???). She will be my first bulldog. Thank you.

    • Dan Weese

      Congratulations on getting a new puppy, Marsha! Go ahead and make the switch if you so desire. I recommend you ask for a week’s worth of food from the breeder so that you can gradually mix the new food in with it. This way your puppy’s digestive system can keep up with the changes. She should be on puppy food until she’s reached her adult height and girth. Probably around 12-14 months of age. Honestly it’s not so much the amount of protein as much as it is the quality of the protein. Also, it’s the kidneys that will suffer before the bone growth as they work harder. Make sure your Bully’s food is of high quality like whole chicken, beef, salmon etc.  Avoid poor quality proteins like corn and soy. Actually, with most dog foods, even high quality foods, the protein levels are often lower than what should be desired in your dog’s diet. I typically recommend Taste of The Wild High Prairie Formula with Bison and Roasted Venison.

  • Lisa

    I have a 4 month old bully and just came back from the Vet this morning.  He has been on Iams (large breed) puppy food since we got him 2 months ago.  He has always had loose stool and gas, but this morning it was worse and he didn’t want to eat.  The Vet has put him on a special food until his tummy straightens out then I am suppose to switch his food.  Just not sure what to try.

    I has seen on this page Taste of Wild, Blue Buffalo Wilderness and Blue Wilderness.  Would any of these be good to try?  I just don’t have a clue what to try next.  I thought Iams was one of the best, but it isn’t agreeing with him.


    • Dan Weese

      This food has got a few ingredients like corn meal, corn grits, and grain that are known to cause loose stool, hair loss, and skin allergies etc. It’s a shame too for that price you can get a much higher quality food. I would consider Diamond Naturals Chicken Grain Free. This food should work fine once your boy’s all cleared up. It’s in the same price range as the Iams.

  • Gina

    We have a 2-year-old rescue bully that is severely overweight (first owners did not exercise him AT ALL – just fed him a lot. We have tried some diet foods without any good results. He also has skin issues, especially in the winter months. I would like to put him on an easy-to-find (i.e. at Petco) grain-free food. What do you consider the best food options for helping him lost weight and help his skin issues?

    • Dan Weese

      Hi Gina. Petco has a Reduced Fat formula for the Wellness Brand. It looks to have a super low calorie content and it is grain free as well. Switching to a low fat/calorie food will no doubt help, but even more important is to make sure he’s burning more calories than he’s taking in from his food.

  • Lisa

    How is Acana on your bull dogs? My dog always had infections in his ears,sheds a lot and dander. I’m at my wits end because I can’t seem to find the right food. I feel so bad because my Rocky is always suffering from allergies. No vet has ever recommended food. I keep paying for vet bills.

  • Francessca L

    What is recommended for mature to seniors? In addition, does anyone know how any of these brands,specifically “Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula” affects mature adult to senior British Bulldogs? There’s not really much help on specification regarding age on that particular brand.If you have any personal advice from experience those are appreciated!
    Thanks everyone in advance!

  • Heather S

    I have used Taste of the Wild/ Venison for our two year old English Bulldog, Lola, for most of her life.  The issue we are having is not food, it’s her tail.  She has a really deep tail & it keeps getting infected.  We try to keep it dry, use lots of ointment & powders, currently she is on Antibiotics.  Do you have any suggestions?  She is so important to our family & I hurt when she is suffering.  Thank you for all your great information.

    • Dan Weese

      Well you can keep battling it or you can look into amputation. Some Bulldog owners have found that when their Bulldog loses weight the infections/smell clears up a little. It’s a little far fetched, but if your bully has any room for weight loss you could try that. We’ve been through this before and there doesn’t seem to be any real easy fixes.

    • Kelly B

      Our 7 year old English bulldog Newman had the same issue. His tail was cut too short and started to “corkscrew” the wrong way…into his body. This caused there to be a little pocket where his tail should have been. Because of the hair, body heat, and moisture, the poor baby kept getting infections. Antibiotics helped but it did not solve the problem. He ended up getting surgery to remove about 3 vertebrae and to close up the pocket. Since that day he has been golden. According to our vet this is a common condition for bulldogs.

    • Pam D

      Our bulldog had a deep pocket too.  Our bully vet did some ‘cosmetic’ surgery and also removed the very tip of his tail that was pointing in.  No more pocket and no more infections.  He said he only does amputations as an absolutely last resort as it is major surgery that can cause problems in itself.  It is almost like the skin was pulled over the pocket although I don’t think that is really what happened.  He still has his tail so looks like a normal bully but it is all so much easier as all he needs now is a quick wipe occasionally.  I would try every alternative to amputation.

  • Danny D

    I have a 9 month old bully and we started him out blue buffalo but it was really pricey so our vet recommended science diet. He has been on that for about 4 months and the last bag we got was the puppies healthy development. This made him really gasy, has had “soft-serve” and seems to have put on some added weight. After reading this review I’m going to try TOTW and see how he does. Also his “lil” brother(4month dogue de bordeaux)doesn’t seem to like his Science Diet either. Hopefully this will work for both of them.


  • Debbie Radziewicz

    I switched my girl EB to The Honest Kitchen turkey….she loves it and I have had less allergy problems.  Her fur looks great.  I also add virgin organic coconut oil to her food.  A couple of times she has gotten dry spots on her stomach and I rub a little coconut oil on them and they totally disappear!  This is a great article.  Thank you

    • Dan Weese

      Thanks for your feedback, Debbie!

  • Jillian

    I just have to say I am a Vet Tech at a clinic we will only sell our clients Prescription Iams or Science Diet. By no means does Hill’s pay us to carry their products, nor does Iams. We have pets come through eating terrible foods, and once switching to the Prescription Iams or Hill’s Science Diet, they did a complete 360. Hill’s does not spend their money on paying vet clinics to sell their products. On top of that, I have English Bulldogs, I started with Royal Canine and he had diarrhea, switched my Bullies to Science Diet, and has never had an issue since. They are not over weight and full of energy! Completely ridiculous that whoever that person is, believes Vet Clinics get paid by these HUGE companies.

  • Jared

    The food my breeder had my pup on did not work for me, my english bulldog had runny stools.I switched to grain free TOTW venison first.  My bully is now (8 mo later) having issues with red yeast in his folds and mild itching at times.  I have tired all formulas of TOTW at this point and even Earth born venison formula. I can’to really tell a difference, but I also mix in the wet formulas of TOTW. Maybe the wet lamb is the big issue? It is all so confusing…..suggestions on a high protein affordable food or formula of TOTW? His stools have been best on TOTW.  He is on Earthborn has loosened his stools.

  • Tom

    Thoughts on Fromm 4 star?  I have been feeding my 4 year old English Bulldog Royal Canin almost her entire life.  She has recently began scratching her ear and side, to the point she is starting to bleed.  After researching foods I realized Royal isn’t one of the better foods.  Looking to try something new, and it seems most Bulldog owners feed their dogs Fromm.

    • Dan Weese

      Haven’t heard anything negative with Fromm and it is indeed a very popular choice for Bulldog lovers. I like the addition of pre-biotics and minerals that aid in digestion. This is a huge plus for Bulldogs. The Royal Canin can definitely cause itching for some Bulldogs. Be sure there isn’t some other circumstance causing the itching like poor hygiene or living area before you switch.

      • Moondance

        I have a 5.5 year old English Bull Dog.  I have been feeding FROMM grain free, different stages, since she was a baby.  I feed grain free Heartland and switch around the different FROMM grain free varieties.  She is doing exceptionally well on FROMM rabbit/duck formula.  I buy from chewycom.  Her coat is beautiful, she is a White with brindle markings, dense and soft, minimal shedding, no runny eyes, beautiful clean face and she is athletic…I do add vitamin supplementation from SpringtimeInccom.  She gets a fresh factors chewable and advanced joint formula chewable in the a.m.  Additionally, I do not vaccinate but titer test.  She had separate puppy vaccinations but, now titer.  She also only gets filtered water, free of fluoride and other contaminants.  Before switching to a grain free food, she had eye staining issues and her coat felt rough.  Now it is pure white, soft and no skin problems.  I also feed raw 3x per week and cook chicken thighs in pure water.  I cannot say enough about FROMM.

  • Michell

    I love my lil BIG man and want to make sure he’s getting the best possible.  I currently have him on Blue Wilderness puppy chicken recipe.  Is this a good food or should I try something else?  Also should I limit him to a dry food diet or incorporate some wet food as well?

    • Dan Weese

      You’re on the right track with that food for sure. Never hurts to try supplementing with the wet food a bit. Just be weary of excessive gas or loose stool as you add it.

  • Tami

    We just got a bulldog pup, the reason for my visit, but have 3 frenchies, 1 of them has had horrible allergies since the age of 5 months, and is now 7.  You have no idea how many different foods we have tried.  Even raw and he still scratched. From reading the comments, seems like sweet potato may be part of the problem, and I know that most of the foods we have tried all had sweet potato (he’s allergic to chicken wheat and corn).  My vet who has treated him many times for yeast, never mentioned nixing sweet potato. So i’m getting my bulldog off of Royal Canin puppy(again breeder recommendation) and the frogs onto something they all can have. Thank you everyone for your comments! They DO help.

  • Riki

    Our 3yr old Olde English Bulldog Lola suffers with frequent allergic reactions to what we do not know. Currently we are in one of our worst episodes. Lola eats Blue Wilderness and has for a long time. She currently has swollen eyes, red raised bumps on her belly, and hives that just went away. Every time she flares up she gets a steroid shot and goes on benedryl or Zyrtec. This last time they’ve changed her for to hills prescription diet z/d. Four days later the bumps on her belly were better, hives gone but eyes are worse and her throat swelled up…I’m beyond frustrated and confused. I don’t believe the food was the problem and I feel it’s all just a bandaid because we’ve been going through this for over a year. Contemplating just cooking her chicken and rice and adding in green beans and blueberries which she loves. Also since being on the z/d she has gained 2 lbs that they say could be swelling, any thoughts?

    • Jillian

      Have you talked to your vet, or has your vet talked to you about entropion surgery? It’s an extremely common in Bulldogs. In my clinic alone we get at least 3 Bulldogs a month coming in needing that surgery. It wouldn’t have anything to do with the throat. But the eyes sound like it very much so! It also could be a sign of dry eye, which is also very common in Bulldogs. Most Bulldogs are either under the 16 mark for the amount of tears they produce (which is very irritating and makes their eyes gross and red). The food could cause the rash, or just needs to be on prescription shampoo and ketohex wipes. Your bully may also need to stay on a antihistamine, I give some of my bullies Diphenhydramine 50mg some of them twice a day and some of them once a day. But, in general, Switching food is a good thing, Science Diet z/d is an awesome food, but you just may need more then just a switch in the dog food.

    • Kathie

      I have similar problems with my 2 old english bulldogs , one is worse than the other but both have problems. I have tried several different foods and by process of elimination have found them to be allergic to chicken and chicken byproducts which are in the majority of foods. They are on earthborn holistic meadow feast right now and doing much better but still have some issues. It is very frustrating.

    • Michael

      You may know but there are veterinary dermatologists that can help determine what is causing all these problems. We had Zoey tested and discovered she has a long list of environmental allergies. She now gets allergy shots and has been much better, though not totally symptom free. She was on a food trial at the same time. Diet was not her problem. This testing is expensive ($400-$600) but we know what affects her ow and have a plan to help her.

  • joel

    I feed my bulldog puppy Blue Buffalo Wilderness for pups. I heard nothing but good things. Any thoughts on it?

    • Dan Weese

      Joel, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that food. Actually, it’s a five star food. I love reading such a short ingredient list. Most foods lack in sufficient protein and are filled with a whole lot of controversial fillers, but Blue Wilderness is jammed full of quality proteins and left out the unnecessary fillers.

  • vanessa vasquez

    Would like to know which one of the taste of the wild foods would be good for my 5 month old english bulldog.

    • Dan Weese

      Most go with the Bison and Venison. I’m hearing a small number of Bulldogs seem to be allergic to some foods with lamb in it so you may want to stay away from that.

  • Janelle Brideau

    With our first bulldog we switched her from Royal Cainine (talk about bad gas!) to Taste of the Wild, all of our bully’s since have eaten it and no problems. However when it was recommended to us we where strongly advised not to feed bully’s any food with lamb. Only when we have fed them the lamb formula have we ever had problems. I would strongly give the venison formula another try. Our one bulldog is 14 and I believe eating this food is a large contributing factor. Good luck

  • Amy Alaniz

    Thank you for your help.We had her tested for allergies and she’s allergic to wheat, turkey, duck, potatoes, and yeast. Any suggestions of what food to give her? Thank you again.

  • Jill Gildart

    Sadly it was a whole other problem than we thought, he is sick. Diarrhea and worms! 🙁
    Gave him de-wormer meds from Petco and only water for 24 hours(per the vets recommendation). Then a diet of ground turkey, rice and pumpkin for 24 hours following that. Sound about right to you?

    • Dan Weese

      I’m sorry, Jill. I should have considered other possible causes for his low appetite. Sounds like your vet knows what to do. I hope your boy recovers quickly.

  • Jill Gildart

    We just brought our 8 month old bulldog male home 6 days ago. I think he’s adjusting well, all things considered. His previous owners were feeding him the Kirkland brand from Costco, they said the name brand is Diamond Naturals. They gave us a sample of the Kirkland to bring home to use as adjustment food while we picked up a bag of the Diamond Naturals on the way home. We started to wean him off the Kirkland and onto the Diamond Naturals little by little. Sadly now that we are all on the Diamond he’s not interested in his food. What to do? All advice and help welcome.

    • Dan Weese

      I wouldn’t worry.  Bulldogs are finicky.  He’ll eat when he’s hungry.  🙂

  • Silviu Partin


    I have 2 sister bullies 6 months old which arrive to me at 2 months interval (i have one from November 2014 and the sister arrived in Jan 2015). I have been feeding the first one with Royal Canin for almost 2 months then switched to Acana Puppy. The second one has no problem whatsoever as the previous owner was feeding her Dog Chow. The first one has fairly loose stool (at the beginning is normal but towards the end is loose). Is this normal? Can it be the transition period when the dog adapts to the new food? They’ve been on Acana for only 5 days. What i’m trying to workout is if i have to rollback or continue with Acana.
    The reason i switched to Acana is because I want better food for them. They haven’t had any issues with Royal Canin Junior but what i’m reading on Internet about this brand is quite worrying.
    Thank you.

  • Jack

    Hi, having issues with our bully. He is two years old and we’ve been told he has a starch allergy because of yeast issues. We’ve tried taste of the wild, 4 health, earthborn holistic and dogswell live free salmon dog food and lamb dog food. He’s doing really well on the live free dog food but his gas is unbearable!!! He does eat fast but the gas doesn’t come for about ten hours later. I think it’s the peas they use in the dog food. Would love to here an educated response on the matter. Thanks, Jack.

  • Jeanine

    Thank you so much for the quick reply to my question!!! Think we are going to try changing to Taste of the Wild.  Thanks again.

  • Jeanine

    I have a 4 1/2 month old female English Bulldog.  The breeder we got her from had her on Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development and we are still feeding her this right now, but I am thinking we need to change her food.  I have noticed that she has a couple of spots on her back where the hair is thinning and she seems to poop quite a bit.  At least twice every time she goes out and that is 3 to 4 times a day.  At times she seems to look as though she may have trouble pooping and then at other times her stool is fairly loose.  Her eyes also are staying red – like bloodshot.  I am wondering if this is due to the food, as I just noticed the main ingredient in her dog food is corn.  I was wondering if I should just try changing her food or do I need to take her to the vet? Also, which food would you recommend as the best to switch her to? I do live close to a Tractor Supply store so any of the brands they carry would work for us.  Thanks for any advice.  This is our first Bulldog and we love her so much already!!!!

    • Dan Weese

      I am amazed at how many vets are recommending low quality foods to their patrons. Actually, some of the foods are down right harmful, especially for Bulldogs. There are more than a few brands at tractor supply that would be a huge improvement to your Bulldog’s diet including, 4Health, Taste of the Wild, Diamond Naturals and Blue Buffalo “blue.” These foods are considered high grade(4 out of 5 stars), but may be a bit lacking in total protein and include a few controversial fillers such as beet pulp. “Beet pulp is a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.
      Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.
      We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.”  – Dog Food Advisor

  • sylvia

    Any one familiar with bulldog’s red paws? I know its yeast but cannot seem the get rid of it. I give her “Merrick” Duck and sweet potato dry food. Please help

    • Justin

      We fed r EBD The same food and his paws had the same issue. We had tests done and he was allergic to sweet potato we switch to natural balance wild pursuit he is doing great now

  • Nicole

    I’ve been feeding my 9 month old English Bulldog Royal Canin. She’s already 55 lbs & I’m concerned I’ve been over feeding. My husband swears the dog food manufacturers want you to feed more so you will have to repurchase more frequently. My previous bully lived one month shy of 11 yrs & she was always fed Science Diet light. What is the best food & how much should I be feeding?

    • Dan Weese

      55lbs definitely sounds heavy, but some bullies are just larger than others too. The standard weight for an adult female Bulldog is closer to 50lbs. We recommend a food that is free of soy, wheat and meat by-products. I did a short review of Royal Canin on this page.

      To answer your question, “how much should I be feeding him?” Each bag of food has a suggested amount for feeding you can follow. We have never limited our Bulldogs’ food in any way. There’s always a full bowl and there’s never been a problem of over-eating, vomiting or obesity.

  • danielle

    Try Zignature. No yeast. Salmon and trout. That’s what I use for my bully. I’ve had no issues at all!


    Canidae Grain Free! Great food for any dog, especially English Bulldogs.

  • Jeff Lau

    The only food ive found after 6 yrs is the royal canine hp that will prevent my guy from itchy shedding. If you haave something else that might work im happy to listen as RC is very expensive.

  • Amy Alaniz

    My bulldog keeps breaking out in hives and gets a really bad upset stomach. We’ve tried her on Royal Canine, Natural Balance, Nutro Ultra and she’s now on Fromm game bird. She was on Nutro for almost 3 years but ended up getting deadly sick so we switched her to Fromm and she’s been on it for almost a year and has recently became deadly sick again. Any suggestions what it might be that’s getting her so sick? And any suggestions of what dog food that might work best for her? Thank you.

    • Dan Weese

      If you haven’t already, I would examine the foods that have made her sick. Take note of any ingredients that exist in each of the different bags and try to knock them out of her diet one by one. Hopefully after removing one of them, her symptoms will improve revealing which one was hurting her. For instance, if sweet potatoes are found in each of the brands that made her sick, you would then remove it from her diet to see if that helps. Honestly though, the only foods I see you’ve used that I could understand giving her problems would be royal and nutro. Fromm is a wonderful 5 star food. If I had to pick one thing to complain about in Fromm would be the high starch content. Starch can feed the natural yeast present on the skin sometimes leading to itching.

  • Nikki

    I was feeding my dogs Royal Canin. I have 2 bullys – one is 7 and the other is almost a year. The older one had no issues with Royal Canin, but the little guy has been getting bald spots. I switched to Call of the Wild, but both are having hard hard stools and have awful gas! Yuck! I am now trying Natural Balance. Any thoughts?!

    • Dan Weese

      Hello Nikki. You must mean you switched to “taste” of the wild? That should be a good food. I would be curious to ask how long your bullies were on Taste of the Wild before you decided to move on to Natural Balance. Sometimes there are a few kinks after switching that get worked out with time. In any case, both of those foods are highly recommended and you should come out on top. If the gas keeps up you might try giving them some whole fat yogurt or a Beano Good luck.

  • Theresa

    Thanks for much for your response. I will check out the foods you’ve listed and see what we can do to get my little guy healed up!

  • Theresa

    I have had 8 bullies – currently I have 4. I have never really had any skin issues to speak of until I got my now 3 year old red & white male. This guy is so ate up with yeast all the time. We have tried several different foods, we use the medicated shampoo recommended on the Top 9 Hygiene section and restrict his outdoor time to just long enough for potty breaks. We are currently feeding him a grain free salmon and sweet potato food, but I recently read that too much sweet potatoes can cause yeast issues… any thoughts on this? I’d never hear this before now.

    Thanks so much for your site! Love it!!

    • Dan Weese

      Glad you like our site, Theresa! You’re right to be concerned about the sweet potatoes. Although it doesn’t affect many Bulldogs, potatoes add to the already prevalent starch content in most dog foods. Starch actually, feeds the natural yeast already found inhabiting the skin and hair follicles on your dog and can sometimes cause itching. I believe there are a few foods out there not containing potatoes. Maybe look into these: Nature’s Variety Instinct, Canine Caviar, Horizon Pulsar and Back to Basics. I hope you get this all cleared up for your bully 🙂

      • Donna

        My daughter switched to Acana food as her white bully was getting stained eyes as soon as she switched, her eyes stopped very quickly I was amazed.

        • Mina

          which one? thanks!

      • kendall

        hey dan what do you think about blue buffalo brand?

        • Dan Weese

          Kendall, usually I would say that company is great. However, they’ve recently admitted to including by-product meal in their dog food. This is an ingredient Blue Buffalo before denied using in their food. Purina has filed a lawsuit against Blue for false advertising.

          • katie

            I tried blue buffalo and it gave my 4 month bulldog diarrhea. Come to find out blue buffalo screws with their intestines his vet said. The secretary At the vet said she has heard horrible things about them. We had to put him on the royal canin gastrointestinal because of it to clear up the diarrhea.

      • E.

        Zignature is potato free too:)

    • Donna

      Oh Theresa, I would LOVE to come to your house. 8 bullies???  I can go out in town or anywhere and when I spot a bully I have to I mean have to go touch it or hug it or anything to get near them. Bullies are like teddy bears they live for you and are so lovable. I am Canadian so too far to visit, that makes you lucky. lol

    • caroline

      Veggies like carrots lentals, sweet potatoes and any fish mine can’t have it causes him to have the yeast infections even salmon oil. We have tried every food and they all have some sort of veggies. Right now we have him on canned meat food. I’m about to try Vicks the one with out the fish.

    • Vinny

      Switch to earth born holistic. No potatoes which have a lot of starch… Instead they fill with tasty beneficial peas!!

  • Sheryl

    Our boy Catfish loves Smart Pak’s Live Smart Lamb & Brown Rice.  It has been 2 years now and he loves it.  Also they deliver to the door in properly measured portions.

  • Penny

    i have tried all kinds of really good dog foods but my one bully has tons of allergies. The one that works best for him has been Fromm Lamb and Lentil

    • caroline

      Tuckers worked for mine but to expensive. Look for a mostly meat dog food

  • Barbara

    fromm’s 4star been feeding for two years,have no problems.

  • Christina Foley

    I have 3 bulldogs. And I feed Acana Pacifica 🙂

  • Lisa pignatelli

    I’m trying to find a food for my new 10 wk old bulldog. He was just released from the animal hospital. We picked him up , took him home and 3 days later rushed to the emergency vet. He was anemic and had pneumonia throughout his left lung due to a bacterial infection. Thousands of dollars later we’re bringing the seller to court but Sammy is here to stay. I know he shouldn’t have food with too much protein because of shallow joints and growth spurt issues and never any soy products at all. I’m between California naturals or blue wilderness, maybe innova. The blue may be too high in the protein area. He’s getting a little red meats it’s his food now for the anemia and some oranges here and there for the vitamin C.

    • Dan Weese

      Between those three it varies depending on which formula you choose, but I believe california naturals has the lowest protein. Sorry to hear you’ve been having such a hard time with that poor guy. Hope he continues to feel much better.

  • Pete duffy

    i’ve read lots of articles like this. I don’t know if it’s true but I feed mine Acana Pacifica it’s grain free and you don’t need a dictionary to read the ingredients.my vet also recommended a food that wasn’t ranked very well at all.

  • Jennifer

    We use limited ingredient “Wellness” Simple brand. (Lamb and oatmeal). Any thoughts? The ingredient list seems legit.

  • Cheryl Hatcher Dutro

    Taste of the Wild (puppy food for now)

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