What Is the Best Dog Food for English Bulldogs?

best dog food for English Bulldogs

What Is the Best Dog Food for English Bulldogs

Who we are and why we are the authority on bulldog health issues

We have devoted the last 15 years to improving the health of the English Bulldog breed in the United States. Instead of following the current unhealthy breed standards, we set out to change the breed for the better, focusing on lighter wrinkles, slightly longer snouts and extensive health testing. Through years of dedication we have been able to significantly improve the health characteristics within our bloodlines and give hope to the breed that health improvements are possible. Along the way, we have also become thought leaders in proper bulldog training, care and behavioral studies.

Bringing a new English Bulldog puppy home for the first time can be one of the most exhilarating but also terrifying experiences. One of the most important decisions is choosing the best dog food for English Bulldogs. Because this is such an important topic we wanted to break down the discussion in both video and written format. Feel free to continue reading as well as watch our video on the best Bulldog Dog Food.

Best Dog Food Video – Erica Explains What Dog Food We Recommend

Best Dog Food for English Bulldogs

The Correct Dog Food is Essential to a Bulldog’s Diet

best dog food for English Bulldogs

Bulldogs are uniquely individual in their dietary needs. Some struggle with sensitive tummies and will need a specific diet catered to that but most will respond well to the foods that we recommend and not require a special diet. I will share with you over a decade of experience with dog food and what we have found works best.

Finding a Balance in Ingredients:

Ingredients are extremely important and unfortunately research led “public” recommendations as well as marketing over the past 20 years have created a mismatch of information and caused much confusion on the subject.


Whole grains such as corn provide dogs with important digestible nutrients including energy, protein, vitamin E and linoleic acid. It is those nutrients that are crucial to a dog’s overall health. The most important thing to remember is to choose a food that provides your dog with complete and balanced nutrition. This is true whether or not the food contains grains. In some cases, dogs can become allergic to grains which is one of the reasons why grain-free dog food exists.

The American Kennel Club points out that corn is not bad per se. But, it’s best to avoid too much corn in dog food.  Everything in moderation…


Protein is the number one ingredient you should look for in your bulldog food. When you research a dog’s diet you will find sources that many categorize dogs as carnivores. And while that’s not exactly true, as they are omnivores that will eat both meat and plant matter, their diet does heavily rely on needing protein. Our puppy food has 31% protien and our adult food 26%


In your research for the right dog food, you will find an overwhelming amount of information regarding “grain-free dog food” as the best diet plan. While this has grown in popularity (mostly due to marketing) there are studies that show links to an entirely grain-free diets and heart issues.

The Florida Department of Agriculture (FDA) did a study on grain-free diets in canines. They found that it could link to dilated cardiomyopathy. “Problems with the heart that can make it harder to pump blood.” And while this hasn’t been fully proven, there is evidence in the studies that we don’t recommend a 100% grain-free diet unless absolutely necessary, i.e. extreme intolerance/allergy to grains.

Gut Health

Probiotics: Every bulldog (as well as humans) can benefit from probiotics. Gut health is the root of overall health and a stronger immune system. According to the AKC, “Sometimes beneficial microbes are damaged or destroyed, and that can cause stomach upset and a general decline in health. If your dog is suffering from diarrhea or related issues or seems to get sick more than other dogs for no apparent reason” a probiotic is recommended.

Our Puppy food Combination!

Now that you’ve been educated on ingredients… let’s dive into the specific foods and brands that we recommend to you here at Bruisers Bulldogs! We have found a combination that works great for our puppies and is the best of both worlds, Proteins, Corn/Wheat but also the benefit of a little grain free and the gut support of daily probiotics! Below is the blend we recommend.

best dog food for English Bulldogs
the best dog food for english bulldogs

We want to add a really quick side note here. Many bulldog breeders may recommend the most expensive kibble and claim it is the best dog food for English Bulldogs. This is a front to make it seem like they know what they are talking about. But, we will never do that. Many breeders will also recommend or require the use of a dog food solely because they earn a commission from the food sales.

We always provide the absolute best food for our English Bulldogs, and “most expensive” does not mean it’s better. You can purchase the same food at a lower price, and there is nothing wrong with that. 

After much research and many phone calls to manufacturers, we decided to go with Diamond Puppy/Adult food. This decision came after several years of using Royal Canin which we were mostly happy with although our bulldogs struggled with soft stools. We also began searching for a food with higher calcium and phosphorus – both are needed for our mommas. We decided to move on to Diamond because we wanted to find food that was formulated for bulldog moms as well as our puppies.  

Diamond puppy food is specifically designed for pregnant, nursing moms, and puppies.  It exceeds the minimum amount of calcium and phosphorus that a pregnant and nursing mom needs. While weaning, our moms and puppies are sharing food so naturally, the puppies are also eating Diamond. 

Although we do love Diamond food we are not dogmatic (see what we did there) that our adopters continue with it if they choose not to. There are various reasons that an adopter may choose a different brand of food. And one of the main reasons is the availability of Diamond in their area.  

We also recommend Royal Canin and Taste of The Wild (also made by Diamond). Which you can usually find all across the United States in big supply chains. And through local pet supply stores as well. And while you can easily purchase online, it isn’t ideal to always have to order your dog food online. This is why we encourage our adopters to do their research before bringing their puppy home.

If you choose to adopt one of our English Bulldog puppies, the package you take home will include a small pack of Diamond puppy food combination.

If you need to transition your bulldog to another brand of food be sure to make it a gradual process. Mixing the foods together will help ease the transition and be gentler on your puppy’s stomach. Of course, we are more than happy to discuss this with you further should you have any questions on the right nutrition for the new bulldog puppy in your life.

Bulldog Puppy Feeding Schedule 

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Don’t leave food out all day. Keep bulldog puppies on a strict schedule. We like to compare this to humans eating on a schedule. Have you ever skipped your normal lunch time because maybe work was too busy, and you developed a headache until you were able to eat? Well, puppies can go through similar “withdrawals” which can cause overeating or eating too fast due to their empty stomach tricking their brain into signally a need to too much food.

The Veterinary Centers for America shares that “A regular feeding schedule helps with house training puppies.” It is much easier to know when your bulldog puppy needs to use the bathroom if you have a schedule and know the last time that they ate.

Once you are home with your new puppy we recommend doing feedings three times a day.  Below is the feeding times we use but you can adjust it to fit your work/sleep schedule but keep it to three times daily!

  • First feeding –  7 am
  • Second feeding – 11 am
  • Third feeding – 4 pm

We recommend your puppy’s last meal should be by 4:30 pm at the latest. This will give them lots of opportunities to “clear out their system” before bedtime. It’s important to remember that puppies will relieve themselves after mealtimes. The majority of the time when a puppy is struggling with accidents during the night it is because of eating too close to bedtime. So, we want to avoid eating late as much as possible. 

The amount of food you will be feeding will depend on the age and size of your puppy when you take him/her home. This is something we will go over with you at pickup and are always available for a chat as your puppy grows.


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Bruiser Bulldog’s Reviews

  • I've grown up with english bulldogs my whole life. I am familiar with common and uncommon health problems they may face so when my boyfriend and I decided we were ready to adopt our own english puppy finding a reputable breeder that prioritizes health was most important to us. Erica and Mitch of Bruiser Bulldogs are just that. They are experienced, ethical and quality breeders. I was referred to them by my friend that I trust after I saw their gorgeous healthy puppy. Our Puppy Primrose is the light of our lives! Bruisers was there to assist us every step of the way. We would highly recommend Bruisers Bulldogs to anyone looking for their own happy, healthy pup!

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  • We, like many of the other people who found Bruisers, did a lot of research to find a responsible breeder, especially since English Bulldogs can have health issues and because there is a trend now for "trendy" bulldogs (blue, etc.) which have even more health issues. We were lucky to have come across Bruiser Bulldogs and even more so the fact that they were near our family and hometown made it even better. We have had Clementine (Callie) for four months now, and she is a wonderful dog. Her personality is amazing, and I think part of it is breeding and the other part is Erika and her family lovingly raising the puppies in their home with plenty of attention and snuggles. I also was impressed that, rather than send the puppies out right at 8 weeks, Erika kept ours for a few extra weeks because she was tiny and not read to leave her mom yet. It's that care that differentiates Bruisers from other breeders.

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  • We found Bruiser Bulldogs after researching healthy breeding line for bulldog puppies. Erica was easy to work with thru the entire process from application to adopting and now beyond as we host our new family member, Chief. Her on-call support and willingness to provide open, honest advice to all of our questions and concerns continues to be appreciated. We would highly recommend Bruiser Bulldogs to anyone looking for an English Bulldog to join their family.

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  • Bruiser Bulldogs are 5-star breeders! They are experienced, responsive and knowledgeable about all things bulldog related. They went above and beyond for us and are truly dedicated to all of their pups! We love our little girl so much and would recommend Bruiser to anyone looking for a healthy beautiful bully.

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  • Bruiser Bulldogs is a 5-star breeder in every way. Erica and Mitch are trustworthy, excellent communicators, fair, passionate, and produce the best bulldogs.We were at the top of the waiting list for months and Erica reached out every litter to see if we were finally ready for a bulldog. When we were, she was very easy to work with. Her knowledge on bulldogs is outstanding. We had many questions on the process and she always knew what was best for the puppy.We've had Penny (formerly Blair) for two months and she is very healthy, energetic, playful, and sweet. She is great with other people and dogs. We are so happy with our pup.When we are ready for bulldog #2, we will only consider Bruiser Bulldogs.

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  • We waited a while to write this review so that we had a better sense for the overall health of our Bruiser Bulldog “Bowser”. Bowser was born April 2020 and is an integral part of our family. When we were first exploring English Bulldog breeders our biggest concern was the overall health of the dogs. We decided to work with Erica at Bruiser Bulldogs because we liked their focus on improving the breeds breathing abilities and the fact that the puppies are raised within her family environment before coming home with their new owners.As for Bowsers health, he’s a health energetic English Bulldog that has no problem keeping up with the kids, going on 2 mi walks and camping with us on a regular basis. Bowser also breaths clearly and our vet was impressed with his overall health from the moment we brought him home. All that said we know English Bulldogs have a predisposition to many health issues and that his current health can not predict the future. With that In mind its important to start with a breeder that open to answer any of your questions as Erica has ours, and that strongly believes in improving the breeds overall health profile.

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  • After the loss of our first English Bulldog due to health issues it was very important for us to find a breeder who did not breed only for aesthetic but more importantly for health. My sister ended up finding Bruiser Bulldogs and we knew right away that they were the breeder for us.In September we ended up driving 9 hours to pick up two Bruiser bulldog puppies- one for my husband and I and one for my mom. Jackson and Penelope have been nothing but a joy. They are very social and very friendly to everyone they meet including kids and other dogs/animals. They are both very athletic and healthy. They are also HUGE snugglers and always want to be with you. It is an absolute pleasure having these two bullies in our lives! My sister and her fiancé also fell in love with them and now are on the waitlist themselves for a Bruiser bulldog!Erica is very knowledgeable about the breed. She is very hands on throughout the process and is just overall a kind and honest person to work with.With all that being said I cannot recommend Bruiser Bulldogs enough!

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  • We fell in love with our puppy the moment we saw him. One of the reasons we chose Bruiser Bulldogs was due to the claims about breeding for health. During our first visit at our vet's office, he told us that our pup was one of the healthiest English bulldogs he had ever seen. He is healthy, happy and social. Would recommend to anyone.

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  • What an awesome experience! We seen our dog on their website and sent them an Email. Mitch called us and personally walked us through the process and made sure we had the right dog for our family. We couldn't be happier when we picked up our dog Ramsey, Erica made sure we had everything we needed and then some. They are truly amazing people who breed truly amazing dogs!

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