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Standard Poodle Feeding Guide. Best Food for Spoos

poodle with food bag

It is important for you to know the best food to feed your standard poodle and how much food to feed your standard poodle.

Feeding them the right food will ensure that they grow up strong and healthy.

Also, knowing the right amount of food to feed your standard poodle will, first, allow you from not feeding your standard poodle too much food than is necessary. Feeding your standard poodle too much means that you will be wasting money on dog food. Dog food is a recurring expenditure that adds up to a lot of money over the lifespan of your standard poodle, which is around 12 to 15 years.

Also, knowing how much to feed your standard poodle ensures that you do not overfeed your standard poodle. Overfeeding leads to pet obesity. Pet obesity is a big health problem for pets these days. Research has shown that obesity significantly shortens the lifespan of pets.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the top 10 recommended dog food for standard poodles.

Furthermore, to help you in finding the exact amount of food to feed your standard poodle, we compiled and analyzed over 800 popular dog foods, and we built a calculator that allows you to know how much of each of these popular dog food to feed your standard poodle daily. Just enter your standard poodle`s current age, weight, and your standard poodle`s activity level into the calculator to calculate how much food your standard poodle needs daily. Our calculator uses the dog food formula developed by the vets at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center and the dog food caloric content list from the Franklin Aminal Clinic.

Also, if your standard poodle is overweight or underweight, you can use our standard poodle food calculator to determine how much to increase or decrease the amount of food you give your standard poodle. This will help to get your standard poodle back to its normal weight range. To know how much a standard poodle should weigh, use this tool to find out how much a standard poodle should weigh. However, always consult with your vet before putting your poodle on a weight gain or weight loss program.

We will also discuss how many times a day to feed your standard poodle, the best dog food for the standard poodle, and the best way to switch your dog food from one brand to another brand.

To learn how to feed a toy poodle, check out our best food for toy poodle article.

A well-fed standard poodle

How Much Food to Feed A Standard Poodle

Below is a chart that shows you how much dry dog food (kibble) you should feed a standard poodle for different ages of the standard poodle.

The standard poodle feeding chart below provides you a general guideline. It assumes that your poodle is of ideal weight for its age. It also assumes that your poodle is not spayed/neutered. The feeding chart also assumes that the amount of kilocalories in each cup of dog food that you feed your poodle is 389 kilocalories per cup. 389 kilocalories per cup is the average amount of calories in dog food based on an analysis of over 3000 dry dog foods.

For a more precise value of how many cups of food to feed your standard poodle, use our standard poodle food calculator to find a more accurate amount of food that your poodle requires, based on the specific food that you feed your poodle, your poodle`s specific weight, age, and sterilization status. See how to properly measure standard poodle weight here.

Activity Level
AgeLow ActivityNormal ActivityHigh Activity
3 months1 cup2 and a half cups2 and a half to 3 cups
6 months2 cups3 cups5 cups
9 months2 to 2 and a half cups3 and a half cups6 cups
12 months 2 and a half to 3 cups3 and a half cups6 and a half cups
Standard Poodle Feeding Chart

activity levels of poodles: low, medium, high

How To Calculate How Much To Feed a Standard Poodle: Standard Poodle Food Calculator

Select the food that you give your standard poodle in the calculator. The calculator comes prepopulated with a list of popular dog food and their respective calorie contents.

However, if the food that you feed your standard poodle is not on the list, just enter the kcal per cup of the food you feed your poodle in the food name box, and the calculator will help you calculate how much of the food to feed your poodle. You can find the kcal per cup on the bag or can of the dog food that you feed your poodle. The typical value for kcal per pup is between 300 and 400.

Best Dog Food for Standard Poodles

I got my standard poodle, Sansa, as a puppy from an established and reputable breeder up in Arkansas. My puppy`s breeder has been breeding and raising standard poodles for more than 20 years. Based on my puppy breeder`s experience and research, and my own research, the following top 10 dog foods for standard poodles:

  1. Taste of the Wild (All Life Stages): This is the one that I highly recommend
  2. Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison
  3. Merrick Puppy Food (best for puppies)
  4. Merrick Wilderness Blend
  5. Solid Gold Bison
  6. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium
  7. Innova Large Breed Puppy
  8. Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct
  9. Timberwolf Organics Wild and Natural Dry
  10. Eagle Pack Holistic

These standard poodle dog foods contain ingredients that are not of questionable origin. These dog foods are not likely to cause allergies in your standard poodle. They also contain all the nutrients that your standard poodle needs to properly grow.

Particularly, I feed my Standard poodle the Taste of the Wild. I have been feeding her “Taste of the Wild” since she was a puppy. This is the best food for Standard Poodle based on my experience and my research.

Taste of the Wild does not trigger allergies in my standard poodle. Also, I have had no problems feeding my poodle the Taste of the Wild. Also, her coat has always been smooth and shiny, and her poop does not get watery. She has always been in good health. I wholeheartedly recommend ‘taste of the wild’ for standard poodles.

Check out the price of Taste of the Wild here on Amazon.

poodle with food bag
I feed my Standard Poodle the “Taste of the Wild”

My puppy`s breeder also recommended that every poodle owner should keep an extra dog food bag ( or a 30-day dog food supply) in stock all the time. But you should feed your standard poodle the oldest food bag in your stock. This is because sometimes accidents happen, and dog food gets recalled if the food is found to be harmful. Recalls usually affect the latest batch of a manufacturer`s dog food. By having an extra bag of old dog food in stock, you will always be a step ahead of a dog food recall.

If you are already feeding your standard poodle a particular type of food, and you want to switch from old dog food to new dog food, see how to in the figure below:

Transitioning food
Switching Your Standard Poodle’s food.

How Many Times to Feed a Standard Poodle in a Day

Standard poodles should be fed two times a day at scheduled times rather than having food available to them all the time. This is because standard poodles can sometimes be picky eaters. If a picky eater knows that food is always available, the picky eater will even be pickier. However, if your standard poodle knows that his or her food is available at particular times of the day, then your standard poodle will be motivated to eat his or her food on a schedule.

Another reason to feed a standard poodle twice a day is that most breeders are of the opinion that feeding a standard poodle twice a day on a schedule helps reduce the chances of your standard poodle developing a fatal illness called bloat (Gastro Dilation Volvulus). Bloat occurs when the stomach of a standard poodle accidentally twists. Bloat, when it occurs, escalates really fast and it can kill a standard poodle in less than one hour.

Another way to prevent your standard poodle from developing bloat is not to feed them immediately after they exercise rigorously. Wait for an hour after your poodle exercises before giving your poodle food. Also, do not let your standard poodle drink too much water before or after food.

To learn how much water a standard poodle needs, check out our article on how much water poodles need.

Is it Okay to Feed Table Food to my Standard Poodle?

do not feed your poodle table food
DO NOT feed your poodle table food

The answer is a definite no. This goes for everyone’s beloved canines, cats, and other furry friends as well.  When we humans eat a balanced diet, we get the nutrition our bodies require from a variety of nutritionally packed foods. Our pets also have those needs; however, those needs are much simpler and do not include our human foods.  Pets require a specific amount of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals as well as vitamins to keep them healthy and happy – just like we do – but their diets must be very different from ours.

Our pets’ bodies were designed by nature over the course of thousands and thousands of years to eat specific foods that would provide all the nutrients they needed for survival. When it comes to our furry friends, we have no need to prepare special recipes or worrying about bioavailability. If we give them what they’re supposed to eat – in other words their natural diet – then we don’t need any special supplements, because all the nutrients they need for life are already in their food.


I hope you have learned enough to help you decide on what to feed a standard poodle, how much and many times to feed a standard poodle in a day.

I hope our standard poodle feeding chart and feeding calculator will help you properly feed your standard poodle.