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American Brittany

How They Look

The Brittany (American) is a medium sized pointing breed with a dense, wavy coat that’s generally orange and white or liver and white patterns; often with some ticking. You can also find tri-colors as liver and white dogs with orange markings on the eyebrows, muzzle and cheeks and under the tail. Their tails are either docked completely or to a length of less than approximately four inches.

How They Grow American Brittany Pointing Dog

Brittanys start smaller and have a more moderate growth rate versus some of the larger pointing breeds. The adult dog’s height usually ranges from 17 to 21 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders and weight usually ranges between 30 and 40 pounds.

How They Hunt

The Brittany is a close working pointer that will naturally hunt and retrieve. Although not the largest bird dogs, they’re tough and durable with a coat built to handle the rigors of thick and heavy cover. They’ll cover a lot of ground with their speed and agility and are happy to tackle birds that look about as big as they are.

How They Behave

You’ll usually find Brittanys to be active and alert dogs with social dispositions. They’re known to be excellent household and hunting companions and very outgoing by nature. They can be very good house dogs but you’ll want to make sure they get the opportunity for activity or they can become restless.

What to Feed

As Brittanys often hold their weight better than some breeds, we generally recommend starting on the Active 26K formula. You can then switch to the Power 30K formula if they struggle to maintain weight during heavy training, hunting or competition.

Kinetic Active 26K performance dog food

English Setter

How They Look

The English Setter is a large breed with a silky coat that’s generally long with feathering at the ears and tail and also on their underside. The base hair coat color is usually white with secondary colors including orange belton (speckling), blue (black) belton, liver belton and yellow belton. Tri-color belton are also found as blue belton dogs with tan markings on muzzle, eyes and legs. Tails are left at the full length and are very distinctive when hunting. Field bred lines generally vary quite a bit in appearance from show bred lines so are usually pretty easily differentiated.

How They Grow English Setter Performance Dogs

Being a large breed they are usually fairly fast growing. As adults, their height ranges from 23 to 27 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders and weight usually ranges between 45 and 75 pounds. Field lines show a definite tendency toward running lean so plenty of calories are generally required to maintain body condition.

How They Hunt

The English Setter is known for speed and athleticism and generally hunt quickly and efficiently. The breed was developed specifically for hunting upland birds and they’re considered a great combination of agility and stamina. English Setters typically have excellent noses and plenty of energy with the drive to cover a lot of ground.

How They Behave

English Setters are well known as a breed that produces lions in the field but lambs in the home. As a rule, they do very well in a home environment. They’re gentle and affectionate and usually easy to train with positive reinforcement. If you give them a fair amount of outdoor activity they’re generally pretty mellow and relaxed when indoors.

What to Feed

English Setters are another breed that’s well known to struggle to maintain weight rather than become overweight. We generally recommend starting on the Power 30K formula and possibly switching to the Ultra 32K formula if your dog really struggles to maintain weight during heavy training, hunting or competition.

Kinetic Power 30K performance dog food

English Pointer

How They Look

The English Pointer (aka Pointer) is a large breed with a smooth, short coat. Hair coat color is primarily white with liver, orange, black or lemon patches or speckles. They tend to run pretty lean but with a well muscled frame. Their tails are left full (not docked) and make them easy to spot when running the field or on point.

How They GrowEnglish Pointer Performance Dog

Being a large breed, Pointers will grow pretty quickly to a full height that usually ranges from 21 to 24 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders. As adults, weight usually ranges between 45 and 75 pounds although some field lines tend to run somewhat larger. As they will struggle to maintain weight you’ll want to make sure to keep pups well fed.

How They Hunt

In short, they’re a big running breed that are known for hunting hard. The Pointer is pretty tireless in the field and love to hunt with great range over large areas. They exhibit natural hunting instincts and tend to work well in the field with other dogs. Pointers are versatile hunting dogs but are considered better suited to upland hunting in warmer weather as their coats aren’t particularly thick or heavy to help them deal with the cold.

How They Behave

They’re loyal and will make very good companions provided you keep them active. While Pointers are affectionate and generally social, field bred lines are likely to become restless when kept as indoor pets unless exercised well and often.

What to Feed

Pointers are another breed that’s more likely to struggle to maintain weight than become overweight. We generally recommend starting on the Power 30K formula and possibly switching to the Ultra 32K formula if your dog really struggles to maintain weight during heavy training, hunting or competition.

Kinetic Power 30K performance dog food

German Shorthaired Pointer

How They Look

The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) is a large hunting breed with a coat that’s short, sleek and dense. Color of the hair coat should be liver, liver and white or black and white, solid, patched and ticked or roan. They have a naturally lean build but are generally well muscled. Their tails should be docked to roughly forty percent of the normal full length.

How They Grow German Shorthaired Pointer Performance

German Shorthairs are large dogs and grow at a fairly rapid pace. For adult dogs, height usually ranges from 21 to 25 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders and weight usually ranges between 45 and 70 pounds. While you don’t want them to grow too fast it’s important to keep them well fed as they tend to run lean.

How They Hunt

A good hunting German Shorthair exhibits excellent speed and natural hunting instincts and will range and hunt within a comfortable shooting distance from the hunter. They work well with other dogs in the field and should point and honor instinctively. They’re very versatile and probably the most popular choice for the serious upland hunting enthusiast. In warm to moderate temperatures they’ll hunt enthusiastically on both land and water although they’re not particularly fond of very cold water in the coldest weather.

How They Behave

The German Shorthair is normally energetic, smart and eager to please. With a natural prey drive and a strong desire to hunt they still tend to be very social. They’re very loyal and make excellent family and hunting companions provided they’re kept active.

What To Feed

Hunting GSPs are more likely to struggle to maintain weight than become overweight. We generally recommend starting on the Power 30K formula and possibly switching to the Ultra 32K formula if your dog really struggles to maintain weight during heavy training, hunting or competition.

Kinetic Power 30K performance dog food

Labrador Retrievers

How They Look

The Labrador Retriever is a large breed with a double layered coat that’s smooth and short. American Labs generally have a coat that’s solid black, yellow or chocolate in color although grey or silver ones are becoming more common. British Labs also include a fox red color. Tails of Labs should be pretty straight and are left full.

How They GrowLabrador Retriever Performance

Labs are a large breed that tend to grow pretty quickly. For adult dogs, the height usually ranges from 21 to 25 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders and weight usually ranges between 55 and 85 pounds. They’re well known for their appetites, though, so it’s best to avoid overfeeding and keeping your Lab working year round to maintain proper condition.

How They Hunt

Labs are versatile hunting retrievers that handle cold air and water conditions well. They’re a tough and durable combination of rugged build with speed and agility. Labs will quarter in front of the hunter to flush upland birds and should stay within comfortable gun range. They’ll also range out at the hunter’s direction for long marks and retrieves in a waterfowl setting.

How They Behave

Labrador Retrievers are the most popular registered dog breed in the world for a reason. They’re generally a very versatile breed that’s also intelligent and very social. They’re known as good workers that are easily trained and they get along well with other dogs as a rule. Because they’re so social, they tend to make great companions but not the best watch dogs.

What To Feed

As Labs generally maintain weight well, Active 26K is the best starting point. For a dog that has a harder time keeping weight, we recommend switching to the Power 30K formula during heavy training, hunting or competition.

Kinetic Active 26K performance dog food