Basset Hound, Beagles, Border Collies, Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, Standard Schnauzers Whippet are examples of medium-sized dog breeds. Medium dogs will be most comfortable with a food bowl at a height between 7 to 10 inches.
Large sized dog breeds include Boxers, Chow Chows, Collies, Dalmatians, German Shepherd, Golden Retrievers, Husky, Vizsla may want a dog food bowl that is around 10 to 16 inches high.
Extra Large Breeds
Great Danes, Mastiffs and Saint Bernard's are examples of breeds that are classified as extra large. An extra large dog may be ideal suited to a feeding bowl at a height ranging from 18 to 24 inches.
Determining the Correct Height
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 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.
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Benefits of a Raised Dog Food Bowl
Placing a dog bowl at an elevated height allows a more upright posture, beneficial for some dogs. When dog bowls are placed at a raised height this can provide less strain on your dog's joints, especially helpful for older or arthritic dogs.
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.