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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

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

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