9 Best Automatic Dog Feeders and Waterers for Large Breeds

Are you on the hunt for a good quality automatic dog feeder and/or waterer for your large breed dog? Well, you’re in luck! Check out our top picks below for the best automatic dog feeders and waterers for large breeds.

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When Automatic Dog Feeders/Waterers for Large Breeds are useful...

Automatic Feeders

  • 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 great for dogs that prefer to graze. 

*** 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 leave your pooch with a trusted friend, family member or boarding kennel instead.

Automatic Waterers

  • Perfect for ensuring a constant supply of fresh drinking water is always available to your dog/s (especially during Summer!).
  • Great for multi-pet households.

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 (suitable for large breeds)
  • The ability to accommodate medium-large sized kibble
  • 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 pooch!

Best Smart Feeders for Large Dog Breeds (WiFi Required)

The following 3 feeders are “smart” feeders and are controllable via mobile app. Before you can establish a feeding schedule for your pet using these devices, you must first download an app and connect your feeder to a WiFi network.

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Image via PetSafe.

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.

Image via Dogness/Amazon.

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. 4 colors to choose from. Features pet-proof locking system and battery backup.

Image via PetKit/Amazon.

Hopper capacity:

Approx. 11.5 cups of dry food (6 lbs)

Meal size capability and kibble size:

Meals can be dispensed from 1/5 cup to 4 cups per meal + additional “Feed Now” option also available.

Scheduling capabilities:

Up to 10 meals can be scheduled per day via the PetKit Smart Feed app.

Other features:

Once feeding schedule is setup via the app, the feeder will continue to dispense at the scheduled times even if WiFi connection is lost, it’s also Alexa compatible. Includes battery backup option, food shortage alerts and a double-locking food storage system.

Best Automatic Feeders for Large Dog Breeds (no WiFi required)

The following feeders do not require WiFi access and are  controlled via the feeder itself.

Image via Dogness.

Hopper capacity:

25 cups of dry food

Meal size capability and kibble size:

Customizable meal sizes between 1-39 portions (1 portion = 2-3 tablespoons), capable of dispensing kibble between 0.2-0.6 inches in size.

Scheduling capabilities:

Up to 4 meals can be scheduled per day.

Other features:

Built-in self-activating backup battery included, also includes an option to play a voice recording at meal time. 4 colors available.

Image via PetSafe

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.

Image via Pet Lodge/Amazon.

Hopper capacity:

– Approx. 23 cups (12 lb feeder)
– Approx. 48 cups (25 lb feeder)
– Approx. 96 cups (50 lb feeder)

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

Image via PetSafe/Amazon.

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.

Image via Nelson/Amazon.

Water capacity:

Large 7- 3/8″W x 6″L x 4″D drinking area with constant supply of fresh water when connected to tap (float-controlled).

Features:

Fully protected, stainless steel, high-quality, wall-mountable water dispensing system for dogs. Bowl is detachable for easy cleaning and draining. Ensures a constant supply of fresh water is always available.

Image via Little Giant/Amazon.

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).

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