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Why Kinetic Works Best for My German Shorthairs

Pro Staffer Steve Ries from Top Gun Kennel discusses how Kinetic supports the elevated nutritional needs of his German Shorthaired Pointers.

 

Feeding Before and After a Hunt

Pro Staffer Steve Ries from Top Gun Kennel discusses feeding and hydration for your bird dogs before and after hunting.

 

German Wirehaired Pointer

How They Look

The German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP) is a large hunting breed with a coarse, wiry coat that’s the most obvious feature of the breed. Color of the hair coat should be liver and white or black and white, ticked or roan although an occasional solid liver color is possible. Their tails are generally docked to roughly forty percent of full length.

How They Grow German Wirehaired Pointer Hunting Dog

German Wirehairs are large dogs and grow at a fairly rapid pace. For adult dogs, height usually ranges from 22 to 26 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders and weight usually ranges between 55 and 75 pounds. While you don’t want them to grow too fast it’s important to keep them well fed as they can become too lean.

How They Hunt

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a good all-around gun dog that’s proficient in hunting many types of game on a broad range of terrain. It’s a versatile hunting breed that will track, point, and retrieve on land and water. They’re generally sturdy, well muscled and fairly athletic despite a sometimes stocky appearance. Their wiry, durable coat makes them a natural and determined hunter even in rough and rugged cover.

How They Behave

The German Wirehair is an affectionate hunting companion to the immediate family but can seem aloof or standoffish to strangers. They’re very loyal and make excellent family and hunting companions provided they’re kept active. They’re a common choice for people looking for a solid hunting companion that have allergies to hair from dogs.

What To Feed

Hunting GWPs are about equally likely to struggle to maintain weight as to easily maintain it. We generally recommend starting on the Power 30K formula and possibly switching to the Active 26K formula if your dog seems to be putting on more weight than desired.

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