A woman examines a pink, ceramic dog bowl. A shelf in the background contains several more of various sizes and colors.

Tips on Choosing the Correct Water Bowl Size for Dogs

What size water bowl should you buy? Ideally, you should change your pet’s water every day and wash out the bowl. You should run the bowl through a thorough was once weekly. After washing, make sure you rinse it well removing all traces of soap and cleaners.

As a rule of thumb, you pets bowl should hold enough water for him to drink for at least 24 hours, preferably 36 or 48 hours.

How much does a dog drink? As a general rule, dogs drink 20 to 40 ml of water per pound of body weight per day. This comes out to about 3 to 4 cups of water for a 20 pound dog.

So the idea bowl for a 20 pound dog would be 4 to 8 cups. Four cups is almost a liter so that is a big bowl! You may even want to consider a large bowel in the summer when environmental conditions are hot and humid.

As an alterative to one big bowl, you can also consider placing a couple bowls around your home.

For more information on water, please read Why Water is Important