How to Measure for an Elevated Dog Bowl

Bending over to reach a bowl can be hard on a dog's joints and muscles.
Bending over to reach a bowl can be hard on a dog's joints and muscles. (Image: Dog feeding image by patrimonio designs from

Providing your dog with an elevated dog bowl has several benefits. When your dog has to bend down to eat, he is putting stress on its hips, shoulders and back. An elevated bowl can reduce these stresses in addition to improving digestion and posture. If you are considering an elevated dog bowl for your pup, you will need to measure the dog to ensure the bowl is the right height.

Stand your dog next to you in a normal standing posture.

Hold the end of the tape measure on the ground just behind your dog’s front paw.

Extend the tape to the top of your dog’s shoulder. The correct measurement for an elevated dog bowl begins with shoulder height.

Take your dog’s shoulder height and subtract 6 inches for the correct bowl height. For instance, if your dog’s shoulders are 20 inches tall, look for an elevated bowl that stands 14 inches high.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have a tape measure, you can always use one of the recommended heights for certain breeds. While measuring your dog is the most accurate method, a breed-specific estimation can do in a pinch.

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