9 Practical Automatic Dog Feeders and Waterers for Large Breeds

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Are you on the hunt for a good quality automatic dog feeder and/or waterer that can accommodate your large breed dog? We got you! Check out our top picks for the best practical automatic dog feeders and waterers for large breeds below.

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Our selection criteria

When selecting feeders and waterers for this post, we were on the look out for the following “big dog” friendly features;

  • Large hopper capacity
  • The ability to schedule large meal and portion sizes
  • The ability to accommodate medium-large sized kibble
  • A robust, “pet-proof” design

As everybody’s needs are different, we’ve included our top picks for a variety of feeder types below to help you choose a feeder that is right for you and your pup.

Best Smart Feeders for Large Dog Breeds

For an app-operated, WiFi enabled dog feeder, check out the following highly-rated options;

Hopper capacity:

24 cups of dry food

Meal size capability and kibble size:

Meals can be dispensed in portions of 1/8 cup to 4 cups. Slow feed option allows food to dispense slowly over a 15-minute period to prevent digestive upset.

Scheduling capabilities:

Can schedule up to 12 meals a day + additional  “feed now” option.

Other features:

Feeder uses a personalized “Smart Feed” app (via WiFi) for meal scheduling and monitoring. Optional battery backup feature included. Dishwasher safe lid, hopper, bowl and bowl holder. Paw-proof design.

Hopper capacity:

Approx. 13 cups of dry food (6.5 lbs)

Meal size capability and kibble size:

Using the large size food rotator for medium to large dogs, the Dogness Smart Feeder is capable of dispensing 1-39 portions per meal (up to approx. 1.6 cups per meal).

Scheduling capabilities:

Programmable via the free Dogness app (up to approx. 6 meals per day). Manual feed option also available.

Other features:

2-way microphone and camera included enabling you to communicate with your pet via voice (or play a voice recording at meal time) and watch them through the app via the 720p HD camera. Multiple colors to choose from. Features pet-proof locking system and battery backup.

Hopper capacity:

29 cups of dry food

Meal size capability and kibble size:

Each meal dispensed can be between 1 and 20 portions, and each portion is equal to 22ml. For a large breed, 20 portions roughly equates to 1.8 cups of dry food, however, this may vary depending on the size of kibble being used.

Allowable kibble size = 0.2-0.6 inches in diameter.

Scheduling capabilities:

1-6 meals can be scheduled per day via the free WOpet app.

Other features:

Also features a voice broadcast at meal times, HD camera with a 120° wide-angle lens, a built-in voice recorder and speaker, as well as dual power supply (batteries not included).

Best Automatic Feeders for Large Dog Breeds

For a programmable feeder that does not require WiFi access (and is controlled via the unit itself), check out the following top-rated options suitable for large breeds;

Hopper capacity:

24 cups of dry/semi-moist kibble

Meal size capability and kibble size:

Can schedule 1/8 to 4 cups per meal depending on pet’s needs and works with most kibble up to 3/4 inch in diameter.

Scheduling capabilities:

Up to 12 meals can be scheduled per day. Slow feed option also available (large meals can be scheduled to dispense over 15 minutes to prevent digestive upset).

Other features:

Dual power functionality (4x D-cell alkaline batteries or power adapter sold separately). Pet-proof and easy to clean.

Hopper capacity:

25 cups of dry food

Meal size capability and kibble size:

Customizable meal sizes between 1-40 portions, capable of dispensing kibble between 0.2-0.6 inches in size.

Scheduling capabilities:

Up to 6 meals can be scheduled per day.

Other features:

Built-in self-activating backup battery included. 3 colors are available.

Hopper capacity:

29 cups of dry food

Meal size capability and kibble size:

Capable of dispensing 1-40 portions per meal (1 portion = 10g). Allowable kibble size = 0.2-0.6 inches in diameter.

Scheduling capabilities:

Up to 5 meals can be scheduled per day.

Other features:

Allows pet parents to record a message to be played at meal times. Also features backup battery power supply (batteries not included).

Hopper capacity:

Meal size capability and kibble size:

The Chow Hound is a traditional gravity-style feeder for dogs. As portion control is not an option with gravity-style feeders, this unit is best suited for dogs that prefer to “graze” throughout the day, rather than “gorge”.

Scheduling capabilities:

Meal scheduling is not available (there is no timer).

Other features:

Made of heavy duty, galvanized steel suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Not suitable for dogs that like to “gorge”. Can be mounted to wall/fence. 3 sizes available.

Best Automatic Waterers for Large Dog Breeds

For automatic waterer options for large breeds, check out the following;

Water capacity:

Large size waterer can hold up to 2.5 gallons.

Features:

Stainless steel bowl and easy to clean. This gravity-style waterer is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Compatible with Healthy Pet Carbon Water Filters (not included). Perfect for large breeds and multi-dog households.

Water Capacity:

3.25 gallon float-controlled bowl stays full via tap connection (connection hose and hose adapter included).

Features:

Ideal for outdoor use, bowl is made of durable galvanized steel and compatible with most hoses, including standard 3/4 inch garden hoses. Bowl automatically refills based on the water level (float-controlled).

Automatic Feeders and Waterer Benefits

Automatic feeders can be beneficial for the following reasons;

  • They allow you to establish and stick to a set feeding schedule/routine
  • They are handy on days when you would miss your dog’s normal feeding time (i.e. when you are working late or sleeping in!)
  • Programmable feeders are a great ‘slow feed’ option for dogs that like to gorge, as food can be portioned throughout the day (related post: 8 Best Dog Food Bowls for Fast Eaters).
  • Programmable feeders provide stimulation for dogs when left home alone (i.e. break up the day with small feeds)
  • Gravity-style automatic feeders are a great option for dogs that prefer to graze throughout the day

*** Note:  Automatic dog feeders are NOT a suitable substitute for a pet sitter when you go away! Dogs are social creatures and should not be left alone for long periods of time. If you are planning a trip away (and you’re not able to bring your dog with you), please consider leaving your pooch with a trusted friend, family member or boarding kennel instead.

Automatic waterers can be beneficial for the following reasons;

  • They’re perfect for ensuring a constant supply of fresh drinking water is always available to your dog/s (especially during Summer!)
  • They’re a great option for multi-pet households where water consuption would typically be higher

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