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Dog Feeder Selection Guide

                                

Benefits of a Raised Dog Food Bowl

Typically your dog's food and water dishes are placed on the floor. There may be benefits to your pet when their bowls are raised off the ground. Placing a dog bowl at the proper height for a dog allows the pet's proper standing posture. When the head is kept above the stomach, food travels more efficiently down the digestive tract. Also, bowls that are placed at the proper height provide less strain on your dog's joints.

Determining the Correct Height for a Dog Food Bowl

Determine the correct position for your dog's food bowl by measuring your standing dog from the floor under the front paws to the top of the shoulders and then subtract about 5-6 inches. Your dog should be able to eat without lowering her neck or stretching upwards. The top of a dog food bowl at the correct height should be about level with the lower part of your dog's chest.

Small Size Breeds

Small sized dog breeds such as Dachshunds, Havanese, Pugs, Shih Ttzus, Toy Poodles and Westies. The ideal dog bowl height for these small dogs is usually from 2 to 6 inches depending on the specific size of the dog.

Medium Size Breeds

Beagles, Border Collies, Brittany Spaniels and Standard Schnauzers are examples of medium-sized dog breeds. Medium dogs will be most comfortable with a food bowl at a height between 7 to 12 inches.

Large Size Breeds

Large sized dog breeds include Boxers, Chow Chows, Collies, Dalmatians, Golden Retrievers should have a dog food bowl that is around 12 to 18 inches high.

Extra Large Breeds

Bloodhounds, Great Danes, Mastiffs and Saint Bernards are examples of breeds that are classified as extra large. An extra large dog will be ideal suited to a feeding  bowl at a height ranging from 18 to 24 inches.

Note: Some dog health experts feel that deadly bloat may occur in dogs who eat too fast, Raised dog food bowls may or may not promote rapid eating. Bloat is more common in large, barrel-chested dogs. It also occurs more frequently in male dogs and in dogs with relatives who have had bloat. Talk to your veterinarian if you're concerned about your dog's risks with regards to her eating habits.