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Feeding Retrievers During the Hunting Season

Kinetic Staff Member and Upland Gundog Association President, Ryan Eder, discusses the feeding program he uses to keep his Retrievers in the game during the season.

 

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

How They Look

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a large breed with a coat that’s generally thick, short and somewhat harsh with a fine, wooly undercoat that’s well suited to wet, cold conditions. Color usually ranges from dark sedge to lighter brown shades with some flexibility. Solid colors are preferred but a white spot on the breast, belly, toes, or back of the feet is allowed. The hair coat should be slightly wavy and no more than 1 1/2″ long. Tails are left full and should be straight or slightly curved.

How They Grow Chesapeake Bay Retriever Performance

Chessies are a large breed that tend to grow pretty quickly. For adult dogs, the height usually ranges from 21 to 26 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders and weight usually ranges between 55 and 80 pounds. They can be pretty big eaters so it’s generally best to keep a close eye on food intake and monitor puppy growth carefully.

How They Hunt

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a tough breed that’s well suited to hunting in very low temperatures and snow or icy water. They’re a powerful and versatile hunting breed that should stay within gun range and retrieve naturally. They have large jaws to easily retrieve large game birds and are ideally suited for waterfowl but can hunt upland birds as well.

How They Behave

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are usually bright and happy dogs and known to be affectionate. Not surprisingly, they love water and other outdoor activities. The breed is known to be loyal and they can be protective of home and family but don’t generally exhibit aggressive traits.

What To Feed

Chessies usually hold their weight pretty well, so we recommend Active 26K as the best starting point. If your dog does struggle to maintain weight when very active, we see great results from switching to the Power 30K formula.

Kinetic Active 26K 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