How Much to Feed a Poodle (Feeding Chart & Guide)

Poodle waiting for feeding

When determining the proper amount to feed a Poodle, it’s important to consider their high energy needs and predisposition to weight gain.

Regardless of what size of Poodle you have, age is a key consideration when feeding them. Poodle puppies need anywhere between ½ and 4 cups of puppy food daily. Meanwhile, adult Poodles need between ½ and 3 ¾ cups per day. Lastly, senior Poodles do best when served ½ to 3 cups of dog food daily.

In addition to the food quantity, this guide will include the feeding frequency as well as tips on feeding your overweight Poodle pup.

What Factors Impact How Much to Feed a Poodle?

Poodle checking his food bowl for food

Before delving into the specifics of their feeding requirements, it’s important to understand the factors that affect how much food a Poodle should eat:

  • Age: Your dog’s nutrition will vary greatly depending on its age. Puppies have higher caloric needs than adult dogs due to their rapid physical development. Their energy requirements drop as they age, and they may eat less frequently.
  • Weight: Weight is a major factor when deciding how much to feed your Poodle. Toy and Miniature Poodles consume less food than Standard Poodles, as one might expect. Poodles of varying sizes have different recommended daily food requirements in order to keep them at a healthy weight. Therefore, dog owners must be able to adjust the amount of food given depending on their dog’s size and weight.
  • Activity level: Another factor to consider is how much exercise your Poodle is getting. Canines that spend most of their time outdoors, such as those who run or hike, may require more calories than Poodles that are mostly kept indoors.
  • Health status: A Poodle’s nutritional requirements may change if they are dealing with any medical conditions, healing from an accident, or having surgery. It’s possible that they’ll need to eat more or less than normal or follow a specific diet. Because of this, it’s advisable to discuss this with your vet.

By keeping these things in mind and consulting with your vet, you can tailor-fit how much food to give your Poodle. As a result, this gives your Poodle the best chance of a long, healthy, and happy life.

How Much to Feed Your Poodle?

Black Poodle waiting for food

Your Poodle’s age is a major factor when determining how much to feed it. For instance, a Poodle puppy needs to be fed more frequently than adults and has specific dietary needs.

In addition, a Toy or Miniature Poodle may not require as much puppy food as a Standard Poodle puppy does due to their smaller size.

Poodle Puppy Feeding Chart (2 to 12 months)

A Poodle puppy needs the natural antibodies in its mother’s milk to help it through the first few days of its life. 

After about three weeks of age, Poodle puppies begin the weaning process. Once the Poodle puppy is weaned from its mother’s milk, it can begin eating dog foods.

When it comes to selecting dog food for your puppies, they will mostly prefer eating wet food because it is usually more palatable than dry dog food.

Whether you have a Toy, Mini, or Standard Poodle puppy, check out the feeding charts below to see how much puppy food you need to feed it:

Toy Poodle Puppies

AgeDaily Feeding Amount (Cups)Caloric Intake (Per day)
2 – 3 months½ – ¾ 188 – 358
4 – 7 months¼ – ¾ 149 – 365
8 – 12 months½ – 1194 – 458
*Use a standard 8-oz measuring cup

Miniature Poodle Puppies

AgeDaily Feeding Amount (Cups)Caloric Intake (Per day)
2 – 3 months½ – ½ 194 – 264
4 – 7 months½ – 1218 – 403
8 – 12 months¾ – 1 ¼333 – 530
*Use a standard 8-oz measuring cup

Standard Poodle Puppies

AgeDaily Feeding Amount (Cups)Caloric Intake (Per day)
2 – 3 months1 ¼ – 2 ½ 594 – 1,181
4 – 7 months1 ¾ – 3787 – 1,324
8 – 12 months2 ¼ – 41,067 – 1,795
*Use a standard 8-oz measuring cup

Because of its smaller stomach, a Toy Poodle requires less dog food than a Standard and Miniature Poodle puppy.

Nevertheless, Poodles of all sizes have a lot of energy at this age, so a balanced diet is essential to support your puppy’s developing immune system.

Adult Poodle Feeding Chart (1 to 7 years)

Around 12 to 18 months of age is when most Poodle puppies achieve their full size. To maintain their normal body functioning, they must switch from puppy food to adult food at this stage.

Here’s a breakdown of how much adult food your Toy, Mini, or Standard Poodle needs to eat daily:

Adult Toy Poodles

AgeDaily Feeding Amount (Cups)Caloric Intake (Per day)
1 – 7 years½ – 1201 – 390
*Use a standard 8-oz measuring cup

Adult Miniature Poodles

AgeDaily Feeding Amount (Cups)Caloric Intake (Per day)
1 – 7 years¾ – 1 ½348 – 586
*Use a standard 8-oz measuring cup

Adult Standard Poodles

AgeDaily Feeding Amount (Cups)Caloric Intake (Per day)
1 – 7 years2 ¼ – 3 ¾938 – 1,471
*Use a standard 8-oz measuring cup

Aside from food, supplementing your adult Poodle’s diet with the minerals, essential vitamins, and essential fatty acids it needs to build a strong immune system is a great idea.

Senior Poodle Feeding Chart (8 years and above)

Because of the changes in their bodies that occur with age, senior Poodles benefit from a lower-calorie diet. As they get older, dogs tend to slow down and become frailer, so it’s important to keep them on a healthy diet.

You can use the following charts as a reference for how much food your senior Toy, Mini, or Standard Poodle needs:

Senior Toy Poodles

AgeDaily Feeding Amount (Cups)Caloric Intake (Per day)
8 years and above½ – ¾161 – 312
*Use a standard 8-oz measuring cup

Senior Miniature Poodles

AgeDaily Feeding Amount (Cups)Caloric Intake (Per day)
8 years and above¾ – 1 ¼279 – 469
*Use a standard 8-oz measuring cup

Senior Standard Poodles

AgeDaily Feeding Amount (Cups)Caloric Intake (Per day)
8 years and above2 – 3750 – 1,117
*Use a standard 8-oz measuring cup

On top of ensuring that your senior dog gets the appropriate amount of food, you should also consider adding a protein-rich diet to its meals. This combats muscle breakdown in senior Poodles.

How Often Should You Feed Your Poodle?

Two Poodles eating homemade food

Generally, Poodle puppies, regardless of size, should be fed three to four times daily. Meanwhile, two meals a day are recommended for adult Poodles. As for senior Poodles aged eight years and above, just one meal a day should be enough.

Below is a Poodle feeding chart that details how often you should feed a Toy, Mini, or Standard Poodle pup according to its age:

AgeFeeding Frequency
0 – 12 weeksFour times a day
4 – 12 monthsThree times a day
1 – 7 yearsTwice a day
8 years and aboveOnce a day

While you may follow the directions provided on the food label of puppy foods regarding how often to feed dogs, you must still consider adjusting your dog’s feeding frequency to suit its needs.

How to Transition Your Poodle to a New Food

Happy Poodles with their food on table

To help your puppy or adult Poodle adjust to its new dog food, you can gradually decrease the amount of the old food and increase the amount of the new food it is fed for a set amount of time.

You can use the feeding plan below, as recommended by the American Kennel Club (AKC), in transitioning your Poodle from old food to new food:

DayOld FoodNew Food
1 – 275%25% 
3 – 450%50%
5 – 625%75%

In the event that your Poodle exhibits any adverse reactions or signs of illness during this transition, you should either slow down or stop the process altogether and consult your vet for assistance on how to proceed safely.

Additionally, one of the usual advice I always give to new furparents who just obtained their puppy from a breeder or a rescue is to ensure that they ask for the current diet of their puppy.

Using the current brand of dog food for your puppy will ensure that it avoids any stomach upsets as you transition it to its new dog food.

Tips on Feeding an Overweight Poodle

A healthy Poodle should have a defined waist and no visible ribs. Yet, you must still be able to feel its ribs. It’s likely that you have an overweight Poodle if you can barely feel the ribs under your dog’s skin.

If that happens, the following advice will help you deal with an overweight Poodle:

  • Monitor your dog’s food intake closely. Closely track your Poodle’s calorie intake to prevent it from becoming overweight. Feed a Poodle puppy the right amount of dog food based on its size and age using a measuring cup. Free feeding should be avoided because it can result in your puppy eating too much food, leading to obesity.
  • Choose high-quality food. Choose high-quality dog foods that are specially designed for weight loss. Compared to feeding cheap dog food with plenty of unhealthy filler ingredients, this will also be a better long-term investment for your pet’s health.
  • Introduce raw feeding to your pet. You may find success in helping your dog shed pounds by feeding it raw food. A raw diet consists primarily of uncooked meats, bones, and organs that are high in protein and low in carbs. Raw feeding can lower your dog’s caloric intake all around and encourage healthy weight loss.
  • Avoid high-calorie dog treats and table scraps. The calories from leftovers and treats can add up quickly, leading to weight gain. Thus, it’s recommended to refrain from giving your Poodle any table scraps and instead give it low-calorie treats.

In my younger years, my family adopted a fat Toy Poodle from an uncle who had to migrate to another country. One of the things my father did was to go to the groomer for a haircut so that we could monitor his weight reduction more efficiently.

My father chose a summer cut so we could easily see and palpate the dog’s body. After a month or so of diet management and exercise, we were able to help Hunter the Poodle achieve his ideal weight for the breed.

It takes time, dedication, and perseverance to help an overweight Poodle lose those extra pounds. The suggestions above can help your Poodle reach and maintain a healthy body weight, guaranteeing a long and healthy life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Feeding Poodle dog with dog food

How Do I Know If I’m Feeding My Poodle Enough?

Checking your Poodle’s body condition score is a great way to see if it’s getting enough to eat. Moreover, a healthy dog will have a defined waist and prominent ribs that you can feel. 

You might also use a dog calorie calculator, but bear in mind that although these tools usually give accurate results, your dog’s actual calorie requirements could be at least 25% higher or lower.

Why Is My Poodle Not Eating?

Loss of appetite in dogs can be caused by a number of different medical issues. Environmental changes, stress, negative medicine reactions, and nausea are all possible causes of a dog losing its appetite.

It’s also possible that your Poodle may just be a picky eater. In any case, it’s important to consult your vet to rule out medical issues before drawing conclusions about the situation.

Can I Feed My Poodle With Human Food?

You can feed your Poodle a variety of human foods without any problems. Some dog owners actually favor this type of feeding, particularly if their pets don’t enjoy eating dry food, wet food, or canned food.

However, it’s important to remember that some human food can be potentially dangerous to dogs. You must, therefore, carefully examine all the ingredients you feed them.

Finally, if you decide to introduce your Poodle to a raw food diet, it’s important to discuss this with your vet.

Do Poodles Eat a Lot?

Poodles can vary greatly in their desire for food, with some having a voracious appetite and others being picky eaters. Nevertheless, Poodles are regarded as modest eaters in comparison to other dog breeds.

Can Poodles Eat Bones?

Giving your Poodle bones is a great way to fulfill its cravings and promote dental health. Just make sure they’re raw bones and not cooked ones. You can let it chew on the bone but not swallow it.

Do you have any tips to share about feeding Poodles? Feel free to post your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below!

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