A typical serving for an adult American cocker spaniel is 1.5–2.5 cups of excellent-quality dry dog food per day. You have to remember that the amount of food you give to your pet depends on its age, size, build, metabolism, and activity level. Owners need to have a clear idea of the basic nutritional needs of their cocker spaniel as a breed in general and consider its individual characteristics.
Typical calorie needs of an adult American cocker spaniel per day:
- Senior and less active: up to 680 calories daily
- Typical adult: up to 925 calories daily
- Physically active/working dog: up to 1,110 calories daily
Make sure to provide your American spaniel with a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fibre. Protein sources can come from beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, eggs, and salmon. Good carbohydrates from rice, barley, and oatmeal can help it slowly release energy throughout the day. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important to maintain its lovely coat.
Since the cocker is prone to bone issues, include food that contains glucosamine. Fat found in meat and fish or cod liver oil supplements is also essential to maintain its beautiful coat. Nonetheless, be careful not to overfeed it as it easily gains weight. Also include good carbohydrates found in oatmeal, rice, and barley to provide it with energy all day.