How Much Should I Feed My Cocker Spaniel?

by Josh
(Manchester, UK)

How Much Should I Feed My Cocker Spaniel?

How Much Should I Feed My Cocker Spaniel?

How much should I feed my cocker spaniel? He's not a pure breed and weighs 15 kilos.

Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)

Hi Josh,

You don't say how old your cocker spaniel is, nor do you mention his height - just that he's 15 kilos. Unfortunately, I need a little more information than this - however, I'll do my best!

The easiest thing you can do is to check with your dog's food manufacturers - the packaging usually gives graded recommendations for daily food allowances depending upon the age of the dog and the expected adult weight.

This will obviously differ depending upon what type of food you give to your dog, whether it's kibble or wet food.

For example, I feed my Cocker Spaniel a dry kibble and the manufacturer recommends as follows:

Expected weight of adult dog - let's say 10-15 kgs.

A 3-5 month puppy, with an expected adult weight of 10-15 kgs, would have an allowance of 160/190 grams per day whereas an adult dog of say 12 months and over, should be given between 150 and 210 grams per day.

There's quite a variation there and if fed at the top end, ie 210 grams per day, the dog may gain weight if it's not exercised very much. You could begin at 200 grams per day and if your cocker spaniel begins putting on weight, either reduce the food allowance or increase his exercise. It really is as easy as that!

My 4 year old cocker, who weighs 14 kilos, gets an allowance of 190 grams day - split into two meals. He also receives a handful of treats each day for good behaviour but he has a daily walk of at least 60 - 90 minutes to compensate ensure he works off the calories.

(His walks keep me thin too!)

If you're still unsure, you could always have a chat with your veterinary surgery or nutritionist and ask for their advice - I'm sure they'll be happy to help.

Recommended reading: The Cocker Spaniel Diet and Healthy Dog Food

Good Luck to you both!

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Feeding a Cocker Spaniel - What's Ideal?
by: susie

I have a black and tan English cocker spaniel. She weighs 36 lbs, which is 5 lbs overweight. I feed her 1 and 1/2 cups of dry food once a day and she gets a small biscuit each evening. I'm not sure if it's the right amount, but she is 20% over her body weight.

She is spayed and is 5yrs old.

She's epileptic and is on phenobarb x 2 a day. She also has skin allergies and we've tried everything. We take her to vet every 6 months for blood work and the vet has given her allergy shots and perscription meds. We changed her diet to game meat. We have her on Clariton allergy pills. You name it we tried it - nothing helps.

She scratches and bites and licks mainly both back inner thighs. I think at her next checkup I will have the vet do a skin biopsy.

I'm not going to give up. Will read all suggestions.

Thanks Susie

by: Anonymous

We have a cocker spaniel puppy who is 2 months old and weighs 2.3 kilograms. Is he underweight.

Help me out please. What food should be given?

How Much Food Does A Cocker Spaniel Need?
by: Anonymous

My cocker spaniel is 5 and weighs 15 kilos - I feed him about 195 grams of dry kibble each day, split into two feeds.

He gets fed at the same time each day - 7:00am and 5:30pm.

He also gets a couple of biscuit treats each day and perhaps a chew bone once or twice each week.

Hope this helps!

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