So you just brought home a new Goldendoodle puppy — or you’re making plans to buy or adopt one — and you’re excited to have a new addition to the family, but also feeling a little intimidated with everything you need to do to care for the pup. One of the first things you’re likely wondering is how much to feed a Goldendoodle puppy (or mini Goldendoodle).
Depending on age and size, most Goldendoodle puppies should be fed between 2-4 times a day, a total of anywhere from 2/3 cup to as much as 4 cups of feed per day.
Since puppies grow quickly, the volume and frequency of feeds change as they grow. Since there’s not just one blanket answer for every puppy, keep reading to learn exactly how much food your puppy needs.
Goldendoodle Puppy Feeding Chart By Age
Your puppy’s food needs will change rapidly during its first couple of months. The following chart should help you gauge approximately how much and how often to feed your puppy.
|Puppy’s Age||Feeding Frequency||Volume of Feed (regular Goldendoodle)||Volume of Feed (Mini Goldendoodle)|
|8-12 weeks||3-4 times a day||up to 2/3 cups total per day||up to 1/3 cups total per day|
|4-5 months||3 times a day||1-1/2 to 3 cups total per day||2/3 to 1 cups total per day|
|6-12 months||2 times a day||3-4 cups total per day||1 to 1-1/2 cups total per day|
|12mo+ (adult)||2 times a day||4-5 cups total per day||1-1/2 to 2-1/2 cups total per day|
How Do I Know If I’m Feeding My Goldendoodle Puppy Enough?
If your puppy seems hungry and aggressive all the time, this may be an indication that it’s not getting enough food, but don’t go off of that one indicator alone. Feel around its ribs – you should be able to feel the ribs but not see them individually when simply looking at them. If you can see the puppy’s ribs, that’s a strong indication that it is not eating enough food or getting sufficient nutrition.
Additionally, do your best to follow the recommendations in the chart above. You can also ask the seller who sold you the puppy to see if they have any recommendations.
Will Goldendoodle Puppies Stop Eating When Full?
Typically yes, most puppies stop eating when they’re full. However, this does not mean that you should have large amounts of food freely available to your dog all of the time. It’s important to pace them by feeding them small meals several times a day instead of 1 big meal.
Can You Overfeed a Goldendoodle Puppy?
Yes, it’s possible to overfeed your puppy! Generally speaking, puppies will stop eating soon after they start feeling full. However, if given more food than is appropriate, sometimes puppies will eat more than they should and then throw some of it up. If this continues to happen over time, puppies can adjust to eating too much food and gain too much weight as a result. This could lead to obesity and related health issues.