Labradoodle Feeding Chart and Guide – Schedule, Routine, and More

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A balanced diet is essential for your Labradoodle’s health and wellbeing. 

As a new dog owner, you’ll want to know the best diet for your Doodle. How often should you feed your pet? Is wet or dry food the best choice for your dog? And is a raw meat diet a good choice for your pet?

Read this Labradoodle feeding guide to learn everything you need to know about feeding your furry friend, including a handy Labradoodle feeding chart!

What Dog Food Is Best For Your Labradoodle?

A cute labradoodle sitting on its cage

There are so many different dog foods available on the market these days that the choice can be bewildering. Every manufacturer would have you believe that their product is the best. But no one size fits all when it comes to dog food.

So, what’s the best option for your Labradoodle?

There are three primary options when it comes to dog food:

  • complete dry diet (kibble)
  • semi-moist food
  • wet food

You can also opt to feed your dog a raw diet consisting of only meat and fresh vegetables. Some owners feed their dogs a vegetarian or even a vegan diet.

Manufactured foods have different qualities, and the quality usually reflects the product’s price. The most expensive foods are more likely to give your dog the nutrition he needs and generally contain whole meat and essential vitamins and minerals. In contrast, cheaper commercial foods are often stuffed with padding that has minimal nutritional value.

To add to the mix, you can choose different foods for your Labradoodle’s life stage. For example, puppy food is formulated differently from adult food, and senior dog food is different again.

Kibble or dried food is often less pricey than other dog foods and can be an excellent choice for a healthy diet. Kibble is also the best choice for healthy teeth and gums, as the crunchy biscuits scrape away bacteria and plaque as the dog eats them. Dried foods contain less fat and more preservatives than other kinds of foods.

Wet food usually contains between 60 and 70% water, whereas semi-moist foods have a lot of artificial additives and sugar, which is why many dogs prefer them. 

Whatever dog food you choose for your Labradoodle, look for one endorsed by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials).

Different Types Of Dog Food

Dog Food in two different size of Bowls

Just as with the human diet, your Labradoodle’s diet can directly influence his overall health, including his skin, coat, muscular development, energy levels, and temperament

As mentioned above, there are several different types of food that you can choose for your pet, including dry, wet food, freeze-dried, frozen, and semi-moist. You could also opt for a homemade or raw diet, which is becoming popular for owners whose dogs have skin allergies.

Kibble (Dry Food)

Dry food is a very popular choice for Labradoodles and can provide a complete nutrition source for your dog.

Kibble is a good choice for a large dog that gets through a large amount of food, as it’s more economical than other food types. However, check the nutritional content of the kibble to ensure it’s not packed with cereals rather than meat. Dogs don’t tolerate cereals and grains well, and some can suffer digestive upsets if fed kibble with a high grain content.

It’s worth paying more for a good quality kibble containing plenty of whole meat, added vitamins and minerals, veggies, and minimal or no grains.

Wet Food

serving dog food on an elevated bowl

Canned dog food is also very popular with Labradoodles. Dogs love the taste and smell of wet food, and there are plenty of flavors to choose from. Many owners like to give their Labradoodles a mixture of kibble and wet food, which can be a good option for fussy feeders.

On the downside, canned food tends to be pricier than dried food, and it can be messy and smelly if you store an open can in your fridge. Also, uneaten wet food attracts flies, whereas kibble tends not to.

Semi-Moist Dog Food

Semi-moist dog foods are best kept as occasional treats for your dog. These novelty foods are often shaped like burgers, chops, sausages, and other meaty foods and contain little nutritional value. These foods are usually stuffed with sugar, artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.

Homemade Food

If you want complete control over your dog’s diet, you might want to make his food yourself at home. This approach is time-consuming and challenging to stick to, even if you start with the best intentions!

Freeze-Dried Foods

Although freeze-dried foods can work out rather costly, they are easy to store and can be kept for up to a year, making this a good choice for owners who like the convenience.

Raw Foods

food

Some Labradoodles don’t thrive on commercial foods but do better on a raw feeding program. A raw diet mimics the way dogs ate before dried and canned commercial dog foods became available. 

However, raw diets are not popular with everyone. Supporters claim that a raw feeding program provides the dog with many health benefits, including cleaner teeth, a healthier coat, more energy, healthy muscle growth, lower flatulence levels, and even removes terrible breath and a doggy odor. However, skeptics say that a raw diet puts the dog at risk of digestive problems, diseases, and nutritional imbalance.

The scientific community has yet to give a definitive view on raw feeding for dogs.

How To Interpret Commercial Dog Food Labels

Commercial dog food manufacturer’s labels can be somewhat confusing to interpret, so here’s a quick overview of what to look for:

  • Look for a food that matches your Labradoodle’s age, size, and activity levels to promote healthy growth and development.
  • The ingredients contained in every dog food product are listed on the packaging by weight. So, the top ingredient should always be the main one, e.g., beef, chicken, etc. Avoid foods where grain is at the top of the list. That indicates the food is of poor quality and could cause digestive problems or even allergies for your Labradoodle. 
  • Close to the top of the list should be poultry or meat by-products. Those are the animals’ organs, bones, and blood but not the horns, hooves, teeth, or hair.
  • Look for the “guaranteed analysis” list of the food. That shows you how much crude protein, fiber, fat, and moisture is in the food. Remember that dry and wet dog foods use different standards, so that analysis is only the start of understanding the quality of the food.
  • Chicken meal is a popular ingredient with a higher protein level than fresh chicken, typically 80% water. The same applies to fish, beef, and lamb. So, if a meat meal is at the top of the list, the food should be plenty protein-rich enough for your Labradoodle’s healthy growth. 
  • When choosing a flavored food, go for a specific flavor, such as beef, chicken, or lamb, rather than a general “meaty flavor,” where the origins are uncertain. 
  • If your Doodle has a food intolerance or allergies, avoid foods that contain wheat, as that contains gluten.
  • If a dog food is labeled as a “supplement,” it’s not a complete, balanced diet and shouldn’t be given to your Labradoodle unless your vet has recommended that you use it. Those foods are typically fed to dogs recovering from a health condition and are designed to be used temporarily.

 How Much Should I Feed My Doodle?

There are a number of important factors to be borne in mind when calculating how much to feed your Labradoodle, including:

  • Age
  • Generation
  • Gender
  • Daily exercise amounts
  • Energy levels
  • Health
  • Food quality
  • Environment

Labradoodles generally have a moderate to high activity level but vary widely between individuals. One energetic dog will burn off more calories than a calmer animal. The same principle applies to dogs as it does for people: you need to balance your calorific intake versus what you burn off through exercise.

Therefore, a Labradoodle that has a visit to the dog park, games in the backyard with his owner, and a long walk before settling down for the night will need more calories than a pup with one leashed walk a day.

Smaller types tend to have faster metabolisms, requiring more food per pound of body weight. Female dogs typically gain weight more easily than males, and growing puppies need more food to satisfy their insatiable appetite than senior dogs, whose lifestyle is more sedate.

A dog that lives in a cold environment will need more calories to keep warm than a dog living in a hot climate.

So, you can see that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to feeding your Labradoodle!

We’ve included a handy feeding chart for your reference to help you work out how much food your Labradoodle needs to thrive.

Labradoodle Feeding Chart

Labradoodle Feeding Chart
Labradoodle Feeding Chart Page 2

Top Tips For Labradoodle Feeding

Here are a few observations, recommendations, and helpful tips on feeding your Labradoodle.

Cheap Thrills

Although you can buy cheap dog food, it’s often packed with grains that can cause allergies, skin reactions, or digestive upsets in some dogs. High-quality food is quite expensive but you’ll most likely make economies in the long run on vet bills, and your dog will undoubtedly be much happier.

Read The Label

Always read the ingredient list on the product label before purchasing the food. You should look for dog foods that have poultry or meat listed as the first item on the packet. That indicates a product with a high-quality protein content that’s essential for healthy development and correct growth rate in young dogs.

Foods with high quantities of sugar or cereals are not a good choice for Labradoodles, as that kind of food can cause a skin condition and an upset digestive tract, including loose stool, which is not pleasant for you or your dog.

Feeding Frequency

Dog Food in Plastic Bowls on Wooden Background

When you’re devising a suitable feeding schedule for your dog, take into account how much energy your dog uses throughout the day. Small dogs, such as mini Labradoodles, will burn off energy quicker than a larger giant or standard Labradoodle.

Feed adult dogs twice a day, once in the morning and again in the late afternoon. Some owners prefer to feed large adult dogs only once a day, although we recommend feeding your pet twice a day to reduce the risk of bloat.

Puppies of all Doodle types should be fed more often, as they need extra calories for growth as well as to satisfy their energy requirements.

Feeding Schedule

Set a feeding schedule for your dog and stick to it. Dogs appreciate a regular routine in their daily life, and feeding time is an important element of that.

Try to keep to the same feeding times each day. Avoid feeding your dog too late in the day, as the food will not be processed by your pet’s digestive system before he goes to sleep, potentially leading to tummy upsets. You’ll also need to walk your dog or allow him to go out in the backyard to relieve himself before settling down for the night.

Prevent Bad Habits

Some dogs become fussy about eating if food is left down for them all day. Once your pet has finished eating, always remove the food and prepare a fresh meal at your dog’s next scheduled feeding time.

Don’t feed too many treats or tidbits between your dog’s breakfast and dinner time. That can make your dog fat and spoil an otherwise healthy diet. Also, don’t be tempted to feed your dog from your plate no matter how pleading those big eyes are! Encouraging your dog to scrounge food from you can result in bad behavior, including barking, begging, and drooling all over your floor coverings.

Poisonous Foods

Poisonous Foods For Dogs

Never give your dog any of the following:

  • raisins
  • grapes
  • onions
  • chocolate
  • macadamia nuts
  • rhubarb
  • avocado
  • tomatoes
  • fruit containing seeds
  • alcohol
  • tea or coffee

These items are all toxic to dogs in varying degrees. If your dog gets hold of any of the above foods and ingests them, call your vet for advice.

Introduce New Foods Gradually

Don’t change your dog’s food suddenly. Your Labradoodle’s digestive system can’t cope with changes in diet as well as yours can. Start by gradually mixing a little of the new food with your pet’s existing diet over a week. Increase the proportion slowly so that your dog is only eating the new food after ten days or so.

Beware Obesity!

Mid adult female vet examines standard labradoodle

Like their Labrador retriever parent, Labradoodles can be prone to obesity if you overfeed them. Know your dog’s current body weight and always follow the manufacturer’s correct feeding guidelines on the food packaging.

If you restrict your dog’s daily calories so that he only receives what he needs for healthy development and the amount of daily exercise he is getting. Obese Labradoodles can be prone to serious health conditions, including diabetes.

Water Should Be Available 24/7

To keep your dog hydrated and healthy, he must have access to clean, fresh water 24/7/365. That’s crucial in warm weather so that your dog can rehydrate the following exercise.

Final Thoughts

I hope you found our Labradoodle feeding chart and guide helpful and informative. If you enjoyed the article, please share it!

Labradoodles should be fed a balanced, nutritious diet that’s sufficient to provide them with the amounts of calories they need for growth, muscle and bone development, energy, and general maintenance. Choose high-quality meat-rich food, and avoid products that contain high levels of grain, artificial colors, preservatives, and other additives.

Do you feed your Labradoodle a dry, wet, or raw diet? Tell us about your dog’s feeding regimen in the comments box below.

Meet our writer

Alison Page was brought up with dogs and various other pets! For a few years, Alison worked as a Practice Manager in a small animal veterinary clinic. Alison is now a full-time writer, specializing in creating articles on the care and training of dogs, cats, and fish.

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