How to Select the Right Dog Bowl for Your Dog

Every dog is an individual and what works for one may not work for another. Some may be happy to eat from a cheap plastic bowl, but others may need something different. Today, we’re going to help you select the right dog bowl for your dog.

Food dishes are an important part of your dog’s day and they’re one of the first things people buy when they’re preparing for a new dog.

All of their meals will be served in those dishes, so they need to accommodate your dog at every meal.

You’ll want to consider material, size, and a couple of other things when picking out a food dish for your dog.

Selecting a Dog Bowl Material


There are several options when it comes to dog bowl materials. Just remember that, you need to choose what is right for your dog. There is no right or wrong answer as long as it works for you.

Plastic dog food bowls are the most common option. They’re also normally the cheapest to manufacture and sell.

Stainless steel is another pretty common option. It’s not as flimsy as plastic, not prone to cracking, and is easy to clean. It’s even dishwasher safe.

Ceramic dishes tend to be the heaviest and are the hardest to knock over. These can be a great choice for those with large breeds or a dog that likes to flip their dish.

Silicon is a newer option. These bowls are often collapsable and ideal for travel.

Selecting a Dog Bowl Size


This will depend entirely on the breed and size of your dog. However, the bowl used should never be larger than can comfortably fit your dog’s snout. Even the most gigantic of dog’s probably need a smaller food bowl than you’re thinking.

This helps to make sure your dog can comfortably eat their meal and it will help with portion control.

So, as long as your dog’s portion can fit comfortably in it and they can easily eat, the bowl is the proper size. Even if it looks “too small”!

Puzzle Dog Bowls to Slow Fast Eaters


Some dogs will benefit from a puzzle bowl.

If your dog often eats too fast and makes themselves ill, this is a great option. It will slow them down during meal times and reduce things like vomiting and stomach upset.

They come in all shapes and sizes making them appropriate for any dog size and breed.

Raised Dog Bowls to Make Meals Easier


If you have a large breed or a dog with joint problems, a raised bowl can make it easier to eat. They won’t have to stoop down to eat.

Raised bows come in many different heights, so you can find a suitable one for your dog’s needs.