How high should my dog bowl be? Here’s the Answer

Determine the correct position for your dogs 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 dogs chest.

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 youre concerned about your dogs risks with regards to her eating habits.

Very tall elevated bowls aren’t good for every dog.

Typically, a bowl that forces your dog to reach upward or allows them to gulp their food is too tall, so these stands are easy to eliminate from your decision.

If your dog has a specific medical condition that requires eating from a certain height, your veterinarian should prescribe that. If not, a bowl that maintains a more natural eating position is usually a good fit. This is why we believe the above calculation is often too tall.

There is some controversy around elevated dog bowls that suggests overly large breeds can be at risk for bloat or GDV if eating out of elevated dog bowls that are too high. Read more about this study when determining why to choose an elevated dog bowl.

Large dogs breeds

The elevated dog bowls for large breeds dogs should stand anywhere between 15 and 20 inches off the ground.

You should try to get the best height especially if you have a large dog. The wrong height might expose your dog to serious bloating.

How high should my dog bowl be?

Such large breed dogs include Golden retrievers, German Shepherds, Labradors, and Border Collie, among others.

RAISED DOG FOOD BOWLS ✅ (Dos and Don’ts)

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and although a typical dog feeding station might be at floor height, there is a lot to be said for considering the ideal position of your dog bowls!

Its also essential to think about smaller dogs; as a bowl which is too high will put stress on their neck and spine, and a high lip will make it challenging for a teacup breed to reach the tasty bits right at the bottom!