How to Feed a Miniature Poodle

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Miniature poodles require a balanced and nutritious diet.
Miniature poodles require a balanced and nutritious diet. (Image: Pet dog Poodle image by カールクン from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Keeping your miniature poodle healthy and active is very important. Feeding your poodle the right type of food can add years to your pet's life and can keep him from becoming lethargic or overweight. Although there are many types of dog food on the market that contain grains, a dog's natural diet contains limited sources of carbohydrates and plenty of meat. Coming up with a regular feeding schedule for your miniature poodle will also keep him happy and healthy.

Things You'll Need

  • Premium dog food
  • Measuring cup (1 cup)
  • Dog food bowl
  • Water bowl

Find a dry dog food that contains little or no grains. Foods with high levels of low-quality grains, such as soy or wheat, provide little nutritional value and may cause allergies for some dogs. In contrast, foods with high levels of meat-based protein and quality sources of carbohydrates (for example, potatoes, sweet potatoes, or rice) will guarantee that your dog is eating a suitable and natural diet. Dog food brands such as Orijen and Innova Evo are high-quality foods with a balanced list of natural ingredients.

Determine how much dog food you should feed your miniature poodle on a daily basis. This will depend on how much your dog weighs and how active he is. Since miniature poodles generally weigh anywhere between 15 to 17 pounds, you should feed your dog about 1 cup of food a day (a little less if he is less active). Feeding your miniature poodle the right amount of food everyday will ensure that he does not become lethargic or overweight.

Determine how often to feed your miniature poodle on a daily basis and come up with a regular schedule. For most people, feeding their miniature poodle twice a day, about a half a cup in the morning and half a cup in the evening, works with their schedules. This also allows your miniature poodle to eat an easily digestible amount of food before being fed again. Also remember to provide enough water for your dog to drink while eating. Do not leave dog food out all day as this will make your dog expect food whenever he wants it.

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