If your cockapoo is anything like ours then they will absolutely LOVE to eat, anything and everything, their own food and your food too!
All Cockapoos however are not the same, they each are their own little unique individuals and we can only explain what worked best for us after a period of trial and error.
How many times a day to feed a Cockapoo puppy
We have always found that little and often works best for us when feeding our Cockapoo, right from puppy stage through to now that she is 3 years old.
When Lottie was a very small puppy, we started off feeding her the recommended amount of her dried food for her weight split into 3 meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Then, when she got a little older, we decided to cut out the lunchtime meal, and split her daily amount of food into just 2 meals, breakfast and dinner, as we thought that this might be better for her.
After trying this for a while, we realised that the portions were maybe too big for her, and went back to 3 smaller meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We have never overfed her, we have always read what the recommended daily intake for her weight is which is usually on the food packaging, and just split that equally between 2 daily meals or 3 smaller daily meals. This is really really important, as over feeding your Cockapoo can cause all sorts of health issues further down the line which you really don’t want, you want your Cockapoo to be as fit and healthy as possible!
Then, we started to go through a period of Lottie being sick first thing in the morning.
We couldn’t work out what the problem was for a really long time. We wondered if she’d ate something that she shouldn’t have, whether she was ill, whether she had gastrointestinal problems. We took her to the vets several times, she had anti sickness tablets which would work for a while and then the problem would return. She even had blood tests taken which all came back absolutely fine.
We were stumped as to what the problem could be.
Finally, we went to a vet who told us that the problem was most likely just hunger sickness! He told us that it was a common problem in small dogs that if there is too much of a time gap between their last meal in the evening and their first meal the next morning, they can become too hungry and their stomach acid can basically make them sick.
He told us to give our Cockapoo a small meal right before bedtime and to see if this helped. So, we decided to cut out her lunchtime meal as this was a meal that some days she would eat and some she wouldn’t, and instead fed her breakfast in the morning, dinner at around 5/6pm and then a small meal at around 9/10pm. We are so so glad that this vet gave us this advice after trying so many different things, because this really did work for us!
We have written another blog post all about Why does my Cockapoo keep being sick if you would like any further information on this subject.
We have also written a blog post about what foods are Cockapoo dogs allergic to as Cockapoos are known to have allergies and it can be a difficult process to find the right food for your Cockapoo.
In summary, it took us a really long time to figure out how often we should feed our Cockapoo and also the right food for her, we have tried several different foods due to allergies.
It is a process of trial and error and unfortunately something you may have to be patient with and not something straight forward that you can figure out right away.
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We hope that you have found this post useful, if you have any questions at all then please do leave them in the comments below, we would be happy to respond and help!
We wish you the best of luck and lots of happiness with your Cockapoo puppy!