Choosing the right dog bowl

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!

Here are five bowl types to check out for your pooch

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.

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 up dragging their ears through their food and water. The unique shape of these bowls allows the dog to eat comfortably while their ears are kept clean and dry.

Elevated Bowls

Elevated dog bowls are an excellent choice for large breeds, like Labrador Retrievers and Huskies, and giant dog breeds, like Great Danes and Mastiffs. They’re also often recommended for senior dogs, dogs with certain physical limitations, following surgery, or with arthritis or joint pain. Available in a wide range of heights and sizes, these bowls are designed to allow larger dogs to eat comfortably, without putting unnecessary strain on joints as the dog bends to eat and drink. However, some controversy exists as to whether these are a good choice for dogs that are prone to a life-threatening condition known as Bloat. Dogs with a large chest-to-waist ratio, like Boxers and German Shepherds, should consult their veterinarian before using an elevated dish.

Slow-Feed Bowls

While slow-feed dog food bowls are not designed for a specific size or breed of dog, they’re an excellent option for any dog that has a tendency to eat too fast. Dogs that eat too fast typically eat more than those that take their time, making weight more difficult to manage. Eating too fast can also cause a dog to take in air which may lead to gas at best, and Bloat at worst.