Nothing gets more exciting than getting a new puppy at home. But with a puppy, there come great responsibilities. If you have a cockapoo puppy or one that is growing, you would need to know how much to feed your furry friend.
How much should a Cockapoo eat?
A cockapoo should be fed anywhere from half cups of puppy food to 2 cups, depending on the type of breed, size, weight, and age ratio. Puppy cockapoos that are a few weeks old should be fed from 3 to 4 times a day. Cockapoos that are over 10 months should be given adult portions twice a day.
You may already know that a Cockapoo is known to be a designer dog. This means that Cockapoos are a mixed breed and are a result of Poodle and Cocker Spaniel dogs. Because of this reason, a Cockapoo, even of the same age, can be of various sizes.
Since their weight varies so much, a pet parent needs to know how to feed its Cockapoo puppy over the weeks, and the forthcoming months. You might be thinking what does different sizes and weight of the same breed of dog have to do with how much food it gives to the puppy?
Well, the amount of food a Cockapoo should be eating for healthy growth primarily depends on the weight and size of the dog at a particular age. Of course, the age of the dog plays a bigger role, but so does the overall activity level of your pet.
2 to 3 week old Cockapoo:
A two to three week old Cockapoo puppy should be fed 4 times a day. This usually means that a Cockapoo of this age has to be fed every 2 to 3 hours.
If you are one of the pet parents who is mixing formula, you can check on the packaging of the formula. For a Cockapoo that young, they would need 1 cc for every ounce of their body weight at 4 different times of the day.
4 to 5 week old Cockapoo:
During the first 7 to 8 weeks, it is recommended that puppies are breastfed by their mothers.
But if you are giving formula, you may want to feed them 4 to 5 times a day, following the instructions on the package. 50 to 100 calories would be enough if your Cockapoo weighs under 1 lb.
6 to 7 week old Cockapoo:
At this stage, the Cockapoo puppy starts to gain a little more weight and would require about 200 to 250 calories of food each day. What’s important at this stage is feeding the cockapoo every few hours.
8 to 9-week-old Cockapoo:
As the Cockapoo enters its 8th week on the planet, you would be able to tell that their growth requires them to eat more.
You would be feeding them 3 to 4 times throughout the day, meddling in 3/4th cup for 24 hours. A good way to feed an 8 to 9 week old Cockapoo is by giving them half cup each time, making it 3 meals a day.
10 to 11 week old Cockapoo:
As you already know, when a Cockapoo is younger, it is required that you feed them as many times a day in smaller portions.
As they enter 10 to 11 weeks, this is when you can decrease their feeding times and increase the amount slightly. If they were having half cups of food 4 times a day, you could slowly transition that to 3 times a day, quarter cups each time.
3 month old Cockapoo:
At 3 months, a cockapoo is a puppy looking to adjust to food routines. Keeping their feeding routine to 3 to 4 times is important at this stage. You may feed a cockapoo anywhere from half a cup to 1 cup of food in one day.
If you have a standard cockapoo weighing about 8 to 9 lbs, you may want to give them a cup of food each day.
4 month old Cockapoo:
At 4 months of age, a cockapoo will weigh slightly more with more activities than the previous month.
This means that their diet does not see much of a change from the 3rd to 4th month. You can give them about ¾ cups to 1.5 cups of food, the latter if your standard cockapoo weighs 12 to 15 lbs.
5 month old Cockapoo:
As the cockapoo transitions from 4 to 5 months, its activity levels start to increase. As they grow older, their body and bone growth require more nutrients each day.
Generally, at 5 months old, a standard cockapoo would grow up to 13 lbs. if healthy. A teacup or miniature cockapoo would also grow a pound or two more. At this stage, you should feed them anywhere from 1 1/8 cups to 2 cups of food each day.
Always remember you would need to make sure that you are not overfeeding your puppy just to follow the usual feeding chart.
6 month old Cockapoo:
A lot of cockapoo parents would attempt to reduce the number of times they are feeding their pup from 4 times a day to 3 times a day or less at this stage.
However, you need to make sure that the cockapoo of 6 months is getting about ¾ to 1.5 cups a day even if you are splitting the meals.
7 month old Cockapoo:
A 7 month old cockapoo can weigh anywhere from 5 lbs. to 16 lbs depending on what breed you have.
The size of the cockapoo is important because it lets you decide the caloric intake of the cockapoo puppy. For a 7-month-old cockapoo, you should feed them from about half cups to about 1.5 cups every day.
Remember your cockapoo is still a puppy and changes to its diet would affect its health and growth.
8 month old Cockapoos:
8 month old cockapoos are active, hungry, and at the peaks of their way to adulthood. At this stage, some cockapoo parents start to feed them like adult dogs but it’s best to wait it out.
However, a standard cockapoo can weigh about 17 or 18 lbs if they are healthy and would require about 1 1/8 to 2 1/8 cups of food.
9 month old Cockapoo:
At this stage, many cockapoos start eating adult portions of food and their feeding times are reduced to two. If you are feeding them twice a day, then 1 cup to 1.5 cups a day would suffice for one day.
10 month old Cockapoo:
A cockapoo is considered to be a puppy up until it reaches 10 months. For cockapoos are not the ideal weight at 10 months, they would be considered adult dogs at 12 months.
At this stage, you may want to feed your cockapoo only twice a day.
Cockapoo feeding chart:
|Age||Expected dog Weight (pounds)||The recommended amount of food per day (cups)||Daily calorie intake||Feeding frequency|
|2 week||0.8-2||0.5||50-100||4-5 times|
|3 week||0.8-3||0.5||50-100||4-5 times|
|4 week||1-4.5||0.5||100-150||4-5 times|
|5 week||1-4.5||0.5||200-300||4-5 times|
|6 week||1-4.5||0.5||200-300||4-5 times|
|7 week||1-4.5||0.75||200-300||4-5 times|
|8 week or 2 month||1.8-7||0.75||200-500||4-5 times|
|9 week||1.8-7||0.75||200-500||3-4 times|
|10 week||1.8-7||0.75-1||200-500||3-4 times|
|11 week||1.8-7||0.75-1||200-600||3-4 times|
|12 week or 3 month||2.5-9||1||200-400||3-4 times|
|4 month||3-11||1-1.5||200-400||3-4 times|
|5 month||4-13||1-1.5||200-400||3-4 times|
|6 month||4.5-14.5||1-1.5||300-500||3-4 times|
|7 month||5.4-18||1-1.75||300-500||3 times|
|8 month||5.6-18||1-2||300-600||3 times|
|9 month||5.6-18||1-2||300-600||2-3 times|
|10 month||5.6-18.5||1-2||300-700||2 times|
Are you overfeeding your Cockapoo or not feeding enough?
One of the most important purposes of having a feeding chart to guide you through your Cockapoo’s diet is there are lower chances of you overfeeding or underfeeding your pup. However, with the varying types, sizes, and activity levels of cockapoos, it’s a thin line to cross.
You may want to remember that the weight and age chart above may help you acquire an idea of what a Cockapoo should weigh like.
Whether it’s a teacup or a standard one, there is a general age-to-weight and height ratio. If your cockapoo is way above or below that range, you would know that your food amounts for your dog are off the charts.
An obese Cockapoo should have a waist that is not visible as compared to one that rights the right amount, with a somewhat hourglass figure.
If you can touch your puppy’s ribs, you would know you are not feeding them enough. Other than that, their hip bones and spine would also show structure if they are not being fed enough.
Moreover, you can tell if you are overfeeding if your dog has a normal bowel movement in the morning but is loose or soft at night. Flatulence and gastric issues in dogs are also a sign of overfeeding.
How frequently to feed your Cockapoo?
How often you need to feed your cockapoo would mainly depend on its age but its health, activity levels, and breed type would have a say.
When your cockapoo is 3-11 weeks old, you would want to feed them 4 to 5 times a day in smaller amounts. If you are feeding them package food, then divide the said amount of food by 4 to 5 times.
As your cockapoo transitions into a few months old, you can reduce the feeding time to 3 to 4. An adult cockapoo, when it is around 10 to 12 months, should be fed the said amount two times a day.
Recommended feeding time:
If your cockapoo is a puppy and weeks old, it is best to keep the time fixed each day. Since puppies eat more times a day, feeding time starts in the morning, every two hours.
For an adult cockapoo, a good feeding time is after they have had a walk or activity session. If you feed your dog once a day, make sure you are feeding them in the morning.
Cockapoo should be fed according to its age, weight, and size. For teacup breeds, half to 1 cup of food will suffice while an adult, standard cockapoo may require up to 2.5 cups of food throughout the way. A healthy cockapoo is expected to have an hourglass body, with enough flesh around its rib.