Cockapoos are such an adorable breed of dogs. They are friendly, companionable, full of energy, and always happy. Everyone falls in love with them at first sight and no wonder. They evoke a warm fuzzy feeling of love and care in your heart.
As a pet parent, you want to give the absolute best for your companion. The best food is top of the list in this case. However, being a crossbreed between cocker spaniels and poodles, they can exhibit traits from either side of their pedigree that could make identifying the best food difficult.
What Is The Best Food For A Cockapoo Puppy
The best food for cockapoo puppies is food that is as natural as possible, free of plant and animal derivatives, and with high protein content. You could choose to purchase the food or make it at home.
When you first get your cockapoo, you will need to learn what he was getting fed previously. Keep feeding him the same and after 3 weeks, you can introduce a new type of food gradually. This helps to get him accustomed to the changes.
Cockapoo puppies should start eating a regular diet at 8 weeks of age. At this time, feed him with puppy food free from grain and artificial derivatives. Keep away from the over-processed dog food brands, but instead, opt for the raw type.
Another question that arises is whether you should feed your cockapoo puppy wet or dry kibble. Dry kibble is best for your puppy as it is packed with all the nutrients the cockapoo needs, and helps keep his stool firm. Wet kibble may be used sometimes as a treat or as a topper for dry kibble.
How Much Food Should You Give A Cockapoo Puppy
Cockapoos vary widely in size and level of activity, which makes it hard to give a universal rule on the amount of food they should be given. However, there are guidelines that you can follow to ensure that you feed your furry companion just right.
In general, cockapoo puppies should be started on puppy kibble. They should be fed a ¼ to ½ cup of puppy food four times a day. However, this is a very generalized rule. For example, some breeders may have already started the pups on an adult diet so that the puppy-to-adult transition is easier. It is better to continue with this diet for a while to let its digestive system adjust.
The amount of feed will also vary depending on the size of the pup as well as other factors like how active he/she is. Increase the amount of food for bigger and more active pups, less if they’re smaller and less active.
To determine the optimum amount of food for your cockapoo pup, you need to closely monitor their weight. You can also judge by feeling their ribcage. A cockapoo should not have visible ribs, but you should be able to feel them easily against the skin. You can then adjust the amount of feed accordingly. If in doubt, we strongly suggest talking to an experienced vet.
Why Is My Cockapoo Not Eating
If your cockapoo pup is not eating enough or at all, do not fret. This is a common issue with them, and it can be due to any number of reasons. We will take a brief look at some of the reasons why your cockapoo pup is not eating.
- Allergies – Cockapoos are susceptible to food allergies, particularly if the brand you’re using contains grains like wheat and corn. Change the diet to a BARF diet (biologically approved raw food) for 4 weeks. This should clear it up and you can then gradually switch to another diet if you wish.
- Behavioral causes – Dogs do learn to be picky quite fast. This happens when they’re offered a choice of food, and they naturally tend to opt for tastier, higher-calorie foods. This can also happen if feeding is not done at consistent times. Avoid sudden changes in the diet as well as feeding them scraps from your table.
- Health issues – Your cockapoo can also refuse to eat because he’s unwell. Illnesses in dogs like gastroenteritis will cause them to shun food. Signs of a sick cockapoo puppy include vomiting, depression, fever, tender abdomen among others. Contact your vet immediately if you suspect sickness in your pup.
- Food – The type of food you give to your cockapoo can also cause them to be reluctant to eat. This is especially true with brands that list plant and animal derivatives as an ingredient. Cockapoos prefer raw foods, or as close to it as possible. Again, you can consider making them the food yourself or purchasing BARF pet food.
How Much Does It Cost To Feed A Cockapoo Puppy
Getting the best food for your cockapoo can mean that you have to pay more for the higher quality brands. Puppy kibble for cockapoos should not contain plant or animal derivatives (fancy word for offals, horn, hooves and the like). It should be made of natural protein sources like fish, chicken, beef and the like.
If you feed your cockapoo puppy the recommended ¼ to ½ cup a day, this means that he will go through about a pound a day. A 1lb bag of premium puppy kibble will set you back about £2 on average. This can help you to estimate how much it will cost in, say, a month to feed your cockapoo pup.
It is also possible to prepare food for your cockapoo friend at home if you know what you’re doing. The first rule is – not all human edible food is good for dogs because our metabolic systems are different. Healthline has a generalized list of human food that dogs can eat too.
You can liaise with your vet to come up with homemade recipes for your cockapoo that is easy on your budget and great for your four-legged companion.
When you’re choosing the best food for your cockapoo puppy, you will need to be aware of the various brands in the market and the ingredients they’re made of. Cockapoos easily develop allergies to brands with derivatives and additives.
To determine the right amount of food for your cockapoo puppy, start by the recommended amount of ¼ to ½ cups, 4 times a day. Closely monitor their weight as well as any reaction to the food, and make adjustments accordingly. Cockapoos may be picky with food, but their happiness is yours too and it’s always worth the effort to keep them happy!