I have two dogs, and prefer to feed them from ceramic bowls rather than ones made from plastic. This is because the implements I use to chop and mix their meals, have in the past, eventually damaged the plastic variety of dishes I had purchased, causing scratches, albeit shallow ones, in the floor of the dish. This then made the bowls less easy to keep in pristine condition when food inevitably became trapped in these tiny crevices.
I bought the Trixie Ceramic bowl from Zooplus, http://www.zooplus.co.uk/, costing £3.29. The dimensions of this bowl are as follows; Weight 450g, Depth 6cm, Diameter 15.5cm with a capacity of 0.8litres, which is large enough to feed most size dogs, except perhaps the very large breeds and very small breeds.
For the larger breeds such as Bullmastiffs, Dalmatians and Newfoundlands the 1.4 litre Trixie bowls costing £4.99 would be more suitable and for the very small breeds such as Yorkshire Terriers and small puppies, the 0.3litre bowls, costing £1.79 would be better.
Both the interior and exterior of the Trixie Ceramic dog bowl is glazed, giving it a clean, smooth surface; the interior is a light, beige in colour, while the exterior is chocolate brown with doggy paw-prints, matching the beige interior, around the perimeter.
I only needed to buy one of these bowls, despite having two dogs, one medium size, Collie Cross, and one small, Yorkshire terrier since I still use the small ceramic bowl bought when she was a puppy.
I usually place their bowls on a piece of carpet, so that the whole thing isn’t pushed around the room as they try to get the last of their meal from the bottom of the dish, a common occurrence if placed on a stone or tiled floor.
I find this bowl, very easy to clean and feel confident; there are no residues of food or washing up liquid, left behind once it has been washed after their meals. The glazing withstands any mild punishment from tools used to mix the food and my dog enjoys his food, he does not care what it is served in, be it plastic ceramic or stainless steel; but I do care, because I know his food has no undesirable additives.
This is a really nice looking dog bowl and one that we use to store Eddie's treats in. When we first got our lovely black cocker spaniel Eddie we were a bit clueless about the ways of a dog as we had both never owned one before. We soon found out that they are very clever as well and this is what led us to get a bowl for his treats. The first time we bought him a bag of treats we put it on top of his cage which we thought was well away from his reach and nowhere he could ever get to. Well, upon coming back into the kitchen a bit later where his cage is we see a half eaten bag of treats and a very satisfied, very cheeky looking dog smiling at us!! That's what prompted us to get this bowl which we now keep on a window ledge, very high out of his reach.
We basically bought this bowl because I liked the look of it and it has a dog paw print pattern on it, perfect for Doggie treats. They say it can be used as a cat bowl as its fairly small but I don't see how that would work, a dog bowl for a cat, Whizz the cat would be very put out.
You can get this bowl in various sizes but I decided on the medium, 0.8 litre bowl. This size would not be big enough for Eddie's regular food and I also think it would be too small for him to get his nose and mouth in to chomp away at his food but to hold his dog biscuits it's perfect. We get the big bag of dog treats from Pets at Home which include red and green coloured biscuits shaped liked bones and other items. Then we keep restocking this bowl much like you would with a sweet bowl. My little girl loves to feed Eddie his treats out of this bowl.
The bowl is fairly heavy as its made of ceramic. It is brown on the outside and has white paw prints on it. I really like this colour combination and it actually matches some dishes I have for the house!! The inside of the bowl is glazed and in my opinion it's a well made, well finished bowl. It's easy to clean and as it only has dog biscuits in it I just rinse it out now and again and it's clean. The bowl cost £5 and is a nice dog accessory.
I've got four dogs and up until quite recently we just used some cheap metal feeding bowls from Wilkinsons to put their food in. We have a wooden floor in our living room and laminated floor in our kitchen which are the areas in which we space the dog bowls out for each dog to eat their food, and obviously due to these smooth surfaces the bowls do slip around a lot resulting in a lot of noise and the bowls often get shoved under the sofa by accident by the dogs.
The metal bowls also make a horrendous clanging noise when transferring the dog biscuits into the bowls meaning that even if we just got some mats to place the bowls on, it wouldn't solve the problem. When I was sixteen I was diagnosed with labrynthitis, which was absolutely awful and although I don't get the severe dizziness etc that I used to, certain noises make me feel slightly dizzy and set off a kind of buzzing in my ears which became more apparent in my last month of pregnancy and it has carried on since the birth of my daughter, although as it's not as bad as it used to be I can't complain too much!
It's usually just certian noises that set off the buzzing and dizziness, for example the sound of a door shutting, someone coughing, and of course my dog's metal bowls being dragged along the wooden floor. We decided to buy some ceramatic bowls around 5 months ago now for this reason - they're much heavier than metal bowls and so are more sturdy and don't slip around. They also don't clang when I transfer the dog biscuits into them which is a huge help in preventing any dizzy spells.
Ceramic bowls are very widely available from supermarkets, pet retail stores and online retailers. I buy most of my pet items from online pet retail sites as the prices are much lower. I browsed online for a while and was suprised at how expensive the large ceramic bowls are and I eventually came across this bowl, which is from the brand 'Trixie', who sell a large range of pet products. These bowls are described as being premium ceramic bowls with a cute paw-print design. They are marketed food and water bowls that are suitable for dog and cats, although they would also be suitable for a rabbit or large rodent.
I ordered five of these bowls; four for my dogs food bowls and one to be their water bowl. I purchased them from 'zooplus', an online pet retailer and paid £5.99 per medium bowl. There are also a small and large version, the small retails at £3.99 while the large retails at £7.99. Ideally I wanted to buy large bowls, but the price timesed by five was a little too expensive for just some dog bowls so I opted for the medium and they are more than big enough to fit a large scoop of dog biscuits into and 1/4 a can of dog meat.
There are two colour schemes to choose from; white with orange paws or brown with white paws. I felt that the brown version would fit in with my decor (lol, vein I know) so bought five of the brown and white. The brown is a lovely rich chocolatey shade with white paw prints going right around it. The inside of the bowl is beige which is handy as it makes it easier to see if any of the dogs have left any of their biscuits - the biscuits that I feed them are brown so if the inside of the bowl was brown it'd be a bit more awkward.
The bowls are durable and slip proof due to the weight of them, and are very sturdy. They don't slip around at all when my dogs are eating and don't clang when I put food into them. The weight also ensures that if you feed your dog in the garden, the bowl won't blow away. The bowl is smooth in texture as it is glazed with a high gloss so it is easy to clean, I usually just wipe them with some kitchen roll then put them back in the cupboard and they are also dishwasher safe which is handy for when the dogs don't eat all of their dinner and it all goes dry and sticks to the bowl - yuck!
The bowls overall are really good quality, we've had them for about five months now and although there are a few minor chips round the edges and the inside is quite scratched they still look good quality and are a much better alternative to cheapo metal dog bowls.
Premium ceramic bowl from Trixie with cute paw-print design. A food and water dish for dogs but also intended for cats.