The Maltipoo is one of the most popular hybrid dogs, they are easy to love and care for and when it comes to the best dog food for Maltipoos, the choices are many.
These happy dogs enjoy most types of food, however, owners should feed them a high quality kibble ideally designed and formulated for smaller breeds.
Is there anything special about the Maltipoo diet?
Maltipoos require a nutrient-rich but easily digestible diet. The ideal Maltipoo diet is usually high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Make sure that the ratio of carbohydrates to protein is lower.
At most, the kibble should contain only 40% carbohydrate in the form of legumes, chickpeas and wheat.
You can feed them premium kibble or a frozen diet. Because small dog breeds are fun, Maltipoos burn more calories than large dog breeds.
From 2 months to 3 months of age – It is recommended to free-feed a puppy with fresh food available at all times.
After the first 3 months: regardless of whether you have a developing puppy, a maintained adult or a senior, they should receive 3 small meals a day plus 2 or 3 snacks between meals.
How much and how often should you feed Maltipoos?
When feeding your Maltipoo, always limit yourself to smaller but frequent meals. Maltipoos are small and do not do too well when given larger meals.
Overeating can lead to indigestion and stomach upset. Three meals a day is an ideal amount.
A basic guideline on how much dry kibble to give per day (not per meal) is as follows:
- 2-4 pounds – Feed between 1/3 and 1/2 cup a day.
- 4-8 pounds – Feed about ¾ cup every day.
- 8-10 pounds – Feed about ½ – ¾ cups every day.
- 10-12 pounds – Feed up to 1 cup per day.
- 13-16 pounds – Feed from one cup to 1 ¼ cup every day.
Wet or dry dog food
Since Maltipoos have smaller jaws, wet food is a reasonable choice to increase their appetite and facilitate digestion as this food has an older water content and is easy to chew.
However, it can generate soft or liquid stools and is harmful to the dog’s teeth.
Dental hygiene is much better with dry kibble as it helps to keep the jaw strong and the teeth and gums clean by removing some of the plaque. It also promotes the formation of healthy, solid stools.
Dry food seems a good choice for Maltipoos at any time of the year. Dry dog food offers small, tasty, easily chewed kibble that Maltipoos are likely to enjoy.
Grain vs Grain-free Dog Food
The diet with or without cereals for dogs has been a topic of discussion because, although it helps dogs with allergies, at one time it was linked to health problems.
However, according to the AKC warning on grain-free diets, there have been no recalls of grain-free foods and no definitive studies have been conducted at this time.
If your Maltipoo does not have a grain allergy, try kibble that does not include gluten (such as wheat) but has low gluten components (such as barley) or gluten-free meals (such as quinoa or rice).
If your Maltipoo has a known wheat allergy, you can try a grain-free meal with typical meats such as chicken, turkey, duck or fish. The best foods for Maltipoo Puppies and Dogs with healthy cereals are:
And the best grain-free options are:
Lastly, remember to leave water available for your Maltipoo, a dog of any age and size will drink 1/2 to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day depending also on the weather and physical activity.
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