The best dog food for French Bulldogs | Scratch Dog Food

Dog Food for French Bulldogs

Frenchies are sensitive souls with special dietary requirement. They need a diet that supports their temperamental tummies and liability to food allergies & intolerances.

We designed Scratch to keep French Bulldogs in tip-top shape with stacks of human grade meat, low-inflammation ingredients and a special 4-oil blend for healthy skin.

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Scratch has helped hundreds of Frenchies with chronic skin issues, allergies and food intolerances thanks to

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Avoiding the ingredients causing most sensitivities

French Bulldogs require delicate diet handling.  It’s common in the breed to experience a host of intolerances and food allergies, and to be – in general – more sensitive than the average pup.

Scratch kicks allergies to the curb with none of the common food triggers…  the most frequent being dairy (17%), chicken (15%) and wheat (13%).

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Using low-inflammation food without all the processing

Why do so many modern dogs suffer from skin & stomach issues? Cheap, powdered and over-processed ingredients are a common culprit. ‘Pet food meat’ is used in nearly every dog food out there, and is typically the lowest quality option (often with more bone and carcass than meat and organs).

Scratch uses human grade meat and tops off each recipe with healthy oils and extra vitamins for a resilient gut, shiny coat and tough immune system.

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Well-balanced recipes that rebuild healthy gut flora

We chuck in tons of skin-boosting superfoods to help with short-term relief from skin & allergy issues: like flaxseed, sunflower and salmon oils. Glucosamine and DHA help too. Then we focus on a high-fibre balanced recipe that builds up healthy gut bacteria, and helps their guts to be more tolerant in time.

Scratch removes the most common causes of skin issues, includes premium ingredients that ease the symptoms, and over time gets to correcting the cause. 

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Frenchies should eat premium grub that caters to their sensitive skin, tummies and special dietary needs

Your dog’s food should be doing more than keeping them alive. It should be sustaining them with top-quality ingredients, cutting out filler and enriching their health with wholefoods.

Dry food, wet food, freshly prepared or home-cooked, most of the dog food brands out there miss the mark.


Scratch is formulated by master qualified nutritionists to meet all the nutritional requirements French Bulldogs need, as set out in the AAFCO guidelines

✅ Each recipe is chockfull of premium, human-grade meat and real veggies (not powdered crap)

✅ Sustain your Frenchie all day with low-GI energy sources… rather than burning and crashing

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Freshly made, low-processed kibble that’s actually good for your dog

The majority of Aussie dogs eat dry dog food (or kibble) as part or all of their diet, but it turns out that a lot of it isn’t doing old mate any good.

Not because dry dog food is bad – that’s just the way it’s prepared – but because big dog food companies do things on the cheap, using high GI ingredients, straight in/straight out fillers, and very little actual meat (plus additives so it lasts longer on supermarket shelves). Eaten regularly, this gets your woofer’s body out of whack and can cause short-term upset and long-term illness.

Scratch puts better ingredients in, and you get a healthier dog out. Pretty simple but business gets in the way. So, is dry dog food bad? No – much of it is but Scratch is the dry dog food should be.


Read more about our kibble philosophy

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Why kibble vs. raw food, chilled food or freeze-dried food?

Dry dog food is the most convenient, preserved by dehydration and receives a quick temperature kill-step to ensure all microorganisms are eliminated.

Compare Scratch to:

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Raw food

Raw food diets are great as they have no processing, but it can be hard to get a complete and balanced diet from raw food alone. It also has other drawbacks like being fresh only for a few days, potential microorganisms such as e-coli, salmonella etc. Cooked protein is also easier to digest than raw.

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Wet food

Wet dog food is processed at a high temperature for a long period while sealed to ensure that all micro-organisms are killed. It generally tastes great but contains mostly water and a lot of gelling agents to make the gravy. The term ‘what goes in comes out’ applies well to wet food, and can be the culprit for less-than-ideal number 2s.

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Freeze-dried food

Freeze-dried grub is generally higher quality than a lot of the dog food out there, but comes with its own drawbacks. Freeze-drying alone isn’t an effective way to kill all pathogens, so carries similar risks to raw. It’s also crazy expensive.

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Or chilled food?

Like dry dog food, chilled dog food has the kill step to eradicate pathogens. It has a short shelf life and is often treated with a lot of preservatives to last the time from factory to home.

3 damn good recipes, all 100% suitable for puppy & adult Frenchies

Turkey, Beef & Lamb

From $83 PER 8kg

Our most popular option for dogs of all ages - even large breed pups.

Sensitive Kangaroo

From $94 PER 8kg

For any woofer that can't seem to shake tummy, skin or joint issues.

Pasture-raised Lamb

From $92 PER 8kg

Clean, mean recipe full of hypoallergenic lamb and some nutritious ancient whole-grains. Great for very active dogs.

Scratch has what your French Bulldog puppy needs to thrive

All three of our recipes are 100% nutritionally complete for Frenchies, all the way from puppyhood through to adulthood. Their food also needs:

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Sustainable energy

Small-breed puppies grow really quickly during the first six months, so Scratch is packed full of healthy energy sources to support them.

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Smart pups

Tons of DHA for brain development.

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Stacks of human-grade, premium animal protein (at least 24%).

…And keeps senior Frenchies going long into the golden years

Golden oldies have special diet requirements, too. Scratch is packed full of features your senior Frenchie will benefit from, including:

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A tailored feeding guide

Being overweight isn’t ideal at any age, but for seniors – prone to joint and ligament issues – it’s even more harmful. Take out the guesswork with a diet plan, personalised to your Frenchie.

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Special additives for longterm health

Our grain-free kangaroo recipe even includes Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Collagen for extra joint support.

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Gut and immune boosting ingredients

Fight infection, deal with stress and protect from cancers later in life.

Dog Food Donations
Plus, we donate 2% of every order

to Australian environmental & dog welfare initiatives

Scratch has helped 981 Frenchies and counting

Sleeping Frenchie

A huge paws up from Zoe 🐾

Picky Frenchie – LOVES Scratch and her digestive system definitely agrees with it, her skin is clear again, and boy oh mighty, she is growing and looks (and I bet feels) perfectly healthy.

Scratch has us for life

I cannot believe the difference in Scout our Frenchie since changing to Scratch…

Thank you Mike and Doug for creating Scratch for our fur babies. You certainly have us for life.

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Thank you Scratch!

We mix Scratch with some raw food daily. The incessant scratching has noticeably decreased and OMG! The nightly gassing sessions on the couch have all but ceased.

We particularly noticed with Norman our Frenchie who could clear a football stadium with his farts has improved out of sight on Scratch.

4.9/5 Average Rating from
over 40,000 Aussie dogs