You’d think choosing food and water bowls for your dog would be a no-brainer, right? Just pick a style and material that you like in roughly the right size for your particular dog. It’s actually more complicated than that. Experts note that there are certain types of bowls that work best for different kinds of dogs. Here’s a quick guide to picking the best bowl for your pup, courtesy of That Pet Place:


Long-nosed dogs: Breeds with long noses like Greyhounds, Collies, and Dachshunds can benefit from the extra room of a deep bowl with high sides.


Short-nosed dogs: Brachycephalic breeds like Bulldogs, Pugs, and Pekingese should be fed using shallow bowls. Short-sided bowls make it easier for them to reach the food and are also easier on the throat.


Long-eared dogs: Do you have a Basset Hound, Cocker Spaniel, or Irish Setter? Choose food and water bowls with steep sides and a narrow opening to keep those long ears clean and dry.


Tall dogs: Great Danes, Mastiffs, and other large, long-legged breeds will appreciate bowls set on raised feeder stands. They will be more comfortable and easier on the joints than bowls set on the floor. Elevated bowls are also good for three-legged dogs and dogs recovering from surgery.


Puppies: Shallow bowls work best for puppies. A bowl with high sides could press against your little guy’s throat while he’s eating.


Fast eaters: If your dog is a little too enthusiastic at dinnertime, consider buying a slow-feed bowl with a raised insert in the center. These bowls are designed to prevent the gulping of food and improve your dog’s digestion.



14 thoughts on “Bowled Over: What’s the Perfect Food Bowl for Your Dog?

  1. Greyhounds, deerhounds, lurchers, whippets and other dogs with long necks also benefit from having their feed and water bowls raised off the ground and preferably in a solid stand with adjustable height levels for the bowl holders.

  2. Great advice, Erin has her bowl raised…with my girly cats I have to make sure they can fit their faces in comfortably and allow for whisker width 🙂

      1. Lol…yes, I have one who likes to play in her water bowl! Not sure I like the idea of the timer feeding bowls though..

  3. Xena used to inhale her meal and burp after done. I raised the bowl and got a bigger bowl than she needs. That slowed her eating because she now has more space to cover. Her kibbles are spread out. Haha. No more burping. 🙂

  4. Gosh, I never thought about depth of bowls but that totally makes sense. Having standard poodles (or in Sam’s case, a sub-standard poodle) we have to be on guard for bloat and have used those puzzle shaped bowls in the past for dogs that were snarfers. Luckily the current fur-kids aren’t particularly too fast at eating. 🙂

  5. Great post. I just bought a stand with a square porcelain bowl that is is shaped somewhat deep, making it somewhat shallow ennough, but held sturdy, as my guy is small and short. It is perfect and he no longer gets scared due to bowls slipping. I have heard it is better to not have them bend over too far and try to keep the bowl at a level where they are straining. Bowls are really important and this is a great post.

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