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Choosing the Right Dog Food Bowl (Yes, It Matters!)

There was a time, not too long ago, that pet owners would just use any old bowl to feed their dogs, regardless of the dog’s size, shape, eating style, and breed. But, in recent years, it’s been discovered that different dogs have different needs when it comes to mealtimes. And, using the wrong bowl can actually have some serious consequences!

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Luckily, there are a wide variety of dog food bowls available, each designed for a specific purpose. So, how do you know you’re using the right one?

When dog bowl shopping, you’ll need to take a few factors into consideration: How tall is your dog? Does he have long ears? A short nose? Does he eat too quickly? Does he have a deep chest in relation to his waist? These things all matter!

Shallow Bowls

Although these are the most commonly used type of bowl, they’re most appropriate for small to medium breed dogs, like Chihuahuas and Pomeranians, or Beagles and Corgis, and puppies. Because these dishes are shallow, they allow for smaller dogs to comfortably reach all the way into the bowl without putting pressure on their sensitive throats.


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Deep Bowls

Deep bowls are most appropriate for dogs with long, thin snouts, like Dachshunds, Greyhounds, and Collies as they allow the dog to more comfortably access their food without chasing it around a shallow bowl.

Steep-Sided Bowls

These bowls are typically fairly deep, with a narrower opening at the top and sides that are angled inward. Steep-sided dog bowls are the best choice for long-eared dogs, like Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Cocker Spaniels who would otherwise end…

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