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Best Dog Food For Cockapoos : 12 Healthiest Recipes w/ Reviews, Pics & Vids From Our 2023 Testing + Feeding FAQs

Vet-Checked • Pet-Tested • Owner-Approved

Tim Seidler

Tim Seidler – Head of Testing

with support from the EasyPet Research Team

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Every now and then it’s necessary to revisit what you’re feeding your dog and why.

Whether you’ve just added a Cockapoo to your home, your budget has changed, your Cockapoo’s health is in question, or your dog is moving into their senior years – our guide will point you toward the perfect diet.

We’ve enlisted the help of our very own Cockapoo, Mack, to taste test most of the foods on the list and give us some insight into common questions Cockapoo owners encounter when considering a new food.

Depending on your price range and your dog’s health we’ve determined the top brands and recipes that should match your search for the best dog food for Cockapoos.

Before we start here’s a look at our criteria when considering the best Cockapoo food:

  • Quality Ingredients : Great dog food starts with real meats and balanced nutrition. If the first 5 ingredients of a recipe don’t reflect that then the food doesn’t make the list.
  • Breed : Your dog may require more calories, different sized kibble, or special nutrients to combat common breed specific health issues – we factor that in.
  • Budget : Not everyone can afford super premium dog food and we know that. When competing recipes are nutritionally similar we list the cheapest option.
  • Preference : Unlike other lists we actually have real dogs (Mack in this case) taste test recipes. We then tailor our recommendations toward Cockapoo preferred foods.

What is the Best Dog Food for a Cockapoo?

Ollie Fresh Turkey Dish w/ Blueberries

The Healthiest | Mack’s Favorite

Ollie Fresh Turkey Dish w/ Blueberries

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Ziwi Peak Venison Grain-Free Air-Dried

Best Premium | Dry

Ziwi Peak Venison Grain-Free Air-Dried

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Taste of the Wild High Prairie w/ Roasted Bison & Venison

Most Popular | Dry

Taste of the Wild Grain-Free High Prairie w/ Roasted Bison & Venison

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Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken & Brown Rice

Most Affordable | Dry

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken & Brown Rice

Darwin's Natural Selections Lamb w/ Organic Vegetables

Best Human-Grade | Raw

Darwin’s Natural Selections Lamb w/ Organic Vegetables

natural balance sweet potato w venison

Best For Sensitive Stomach | Dry

Natural Balance Sweet Potato w/ Venison Limited Ingredient Reserve

zignature kangaroo

Best For Allergies | Dry

Zignature Kangaroo Formula w/ Probiotics

wellness core canned turkey chicken liver

Best Canned | Wet

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Turkey, Chicken Liver & Turkey Liver

farmers dog chicken

Best Cockapoo Puppy Food – Fresh

The Farmer’s Dog Chicken Recipe

orijen senior

Best Senior Food for Cockapoos – Dry

Orijen Senior Free Run Turkey, Chicken, & Wild Caught Fish

Maev Raw Beef Recipe for Hip & Joint

Best For Joint Health | Fresh

Maev Raw Beef Recipe for Hip & Joint

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Senior Chicken Dinner w/ Garden Vegetables

Best For Teeth Problems | Canned

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Senior Chicken Dinner w/ Garden Vegetables

Cockapoo Feeding & Growth FAQ

What’s a healthy weight for my Cockapoo?

Fully grown Cockapoos normally weigh in at 15-30 pounds, but depending on the size of the Poodle they originated from you could see a margin of error slightly bigger or smaller.

Poodles come in teacup (2-4 lbs), toy (5-9 lbs), miniature (14-17 lbs), and standard (45-70 lbs) sizes. Cocker Spaniels, the other half of the mix, have a much more narrow range; frequently weighing between 27-32 lbs.

The important thing when assessing a healthy mass is that you can feel your Cocker Spaniel’s ribs and spine underneath their coat without too much difficulty.

If you have to dig through a layer of fat you’re likely facing an overweight Cockapoo in need of a diet. If you can visibly see your dog’s ribs without having to set a finger on them then the opposite problem is probably true… a feeding regimen focused on weight gain is needed.

If you’re still unsure whether your Cockapoo is where they should be in the weight department try asking your local vet. They’ve got A LOT of hands-on experience assessing dogs of all shapes and sizes.

How much should I feed my Cockapoo to maintain a healthy weight?

This is where things can get a little technical. If you’re willing to shortcut the science behind kcals, interval feeding, and activity level then we recommend simply paying close attention to your dog’s eating habits.

Once you have them at a healthy weight adjust their food intake to the point of homeostasis. The important thing is to maintain consistency and avoid unscheduled meals or table snacks that may interfere with your goal of a healthy Cockapoo.

How often should I feed my Cockapoo?

We recommend twice daily. Although humans have a habit of eating 3 times a day it’s not entirely necessary for Cockapoos. It can also be prohibitive for owners working away from the house during the day.

Our trusty test dog, Mack, is 32 lbs and gets a fresh meal at 8am and 6pm every day.

How much dog food should I feed my Cockapoo?

Our Cockapoos diet consists of 2/3 lbs (300 grams) of thawed Ollie human-grade dog food at each meal. He’s allowed to free feed during the day from what’s left in his breakfast bowl, but it’s a rare occasion that he doesn’t finish every last scrap before walking away.

How many calories does a Cockapoo need in a day?

Generally speaking, an adult Cockapoo of average size and age should have approximately 500-700 calories per day.

As they creep into their senior years and lower metabolism sets in you’ll want to look to decrease the calories and look for a food with higher protein levels. Additionally, senior dogs (including those of the Cockapoo variety) will require more glucosamine and chondroitin in their diet to aid with joint health.

Mack the Cockapoo with Dog Food

Why isn’t my Cockapoo eating?

The reasons vary, but a great place to start is identifying whether or not they’re sick. If that doesn’t end up being the case Cockapoos also stop eating because of separation anxiety, life changes such as moving homes, or because they’re a picky eater.

Sometimes manufacturers change the ingredients in the recipe you’ve been feeding your Cockapoo without notice. Unbeknownst to you your pup could find the new food displeasing.

There’s also the chance that your Cockapoo is bored with their usual meals and could use a change.

One option is to add meal toppers to their current food for added flavor and variety. The obvious other choice would be to try a new recipe or brand.

If you decide to explore new foods this is a great time to assess whether your budget has changed and adjust accordingly. Most of the best dog foods tend to be higher in price, but could save you in vet bills long term due to better overall health.

How should I transition my Cockapoo to a new dog food?

If you decide it’s time for your Cockapoo to try a different dog food it’s a really good idea to do it slowly. If you make a quick switch your Cockapoo is likely to encounter digestive issues that could produce vomiting and diarrhea.

Try mixing a larger and larger portion of the new food with their old recipe gradually over the course of a week. This gives your Cockapoo’s stomach time to adjust to the new formula; minimizing potential messes around your house ;).

Cockapoo Dog Food – A Final Word

Our choices take into account the healthiest version of each category and in most instances point to a premium product. Like human food, when it comes to dog food it’s usually the case that the more expensive it is the better the quality.

If you’re in the market for a cheap (but good) dog food for your Cockapoo our “Most Popular” and “Most Affordable” picks usually hit the sweet spot for most households.

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