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Feedings & Food Types for Cocker Spaniels

Updated November 21, 2016

Cocker spaniels are small and spunky dogs that make good pets. If you're considering owning one make sure that you dedicate time to play with your dog. You also want to make sure that your cocker spaniel has plenty of room to run around. It's also important to feed your cocker spaniel properly so you don't put the dog's health in jeopardy by overfeeding or underfeeding your pet.

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Feeding Time

It's best to feed your cocker spaniel two medium-sized meals twice a day. This is true for most dog breeds. If you only feed your cocker spaniel once a day, your dog may get too hungry and scarf down his food at meal time. It can be dangerous for a dog's digestive system to eat too fast. Spreading out meals promotes slower eating. It's a good idea to feed your dog on schedule around the same times each day.

Store-Bought Food

You can feed your cocker spaniel either canned wet dog food or dry bagged dog food. When using prepackaged food, feed your dog the proper serving size listed on the label. If you're using a brand that gives the daily serving size, make sure to divide the portion in half if you feed your dog twice a day. Buy the same brand of dog food as often as possible. Your cocker spaniel may become confused by constant food swapping and not eat the food as a result.

Making Your Own Food

If you prefer, you can make your own homemade dog food. You can use chicken and meat and some fruits and vegetables. Make sure to use only fresh produce. When determining a serving size for your homemade food, use a measuring cup. You can get portion size suggestions by reading the labels of prepared dog foods. Make sure not to serve your cocker spaniel fish, cheese or desserts.


Cocker spaniels love dog treats, but it is imperative not to feed in moderation. If you're giving your cocker spaniel a treat every time he does a trick or follows a command, he can put on an unhealthy amount of weight. Limit treat usage to once or twice a day. Look for dog treats that contain extra vitamins that can benefit your cocker spaniel.

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About the Author

Valerie Tandoi began writing professionally in 2004. She has been published in various print and online media outlets including: "New Jersey Business Magazine," "South Jersey Mom Magazine," "ASA-Dix Newspaper," "Happy Woman Magazine" and others. She also creates print and Web content for businesses. Tandoi holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Caldwell College and currently lives in New Jersey.

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