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Puppy Power: Dog Foods To Best Fuel Your Young Gun Dog

These specially formulated puppy blends are designed to promote proper development, offer daily support, and improve performance in the field.

Puppy Power: Dog Foods To Best Fuel Your Young Gun Dog

Your growing puppy will benefit from a food blend optimized to match their requirments now and prepare them for longevity in the field. (Mark Atwater photo)

Which dog food will best fuel your young gun dog daily and in the field?

Purina Pro Plan Puppy: Chicken & Rice Formula

Purina Puppy Food


Purina Pro Plan is one of the most popular formulas on the market for sporting dogs—and for good reason. Their puppy formula brings the same standard and thoughtful design for your quickly growing gun dog. Rich protein helps feed your pup’s muscles, DHA from omega-rich fish oil helps nourish brain and vision development, and live probiotics help aid digestive and immune health—all critical components for your young dog. In addition, it is rich with calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals to help grow strong bones for a long future in the field. 

$48/34 lbs.; purina.com

Eukanuba Puppy: Large Breed Formula

Eukanuba Puppy Food


With powerful gun dogs in mind, Eukanuba’s Puppy Large Breed dry dog food is a complete and balanced nutrition for large breed puppies. High-quality, protein-dense chicken is always the first ingredient, complemented by rich animal fat for all that puppy energy. Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids help promote healthy skin and coat, and DHA feeds brain and eye development. Prebiotics and natural fiber also help aid your pup’s digestion and vitamin E provides additional immune system support so you can go to new fields and places with confidence.


$50/33 lbs.; eukanubasportingdog.com


Happy Jack: Milkade

Happy Jack Milkade


Designed for brooding females, Milkade Contains five proven ingredients to aid the dam in providing a clean, healthy quantity of milk. Sodium acetate, potassium, calcium gluconate, lactose milk sugar, and thiamine hydrochloride all serve their functions including reducing acidity, aiding energy, and increasing milk production. This supplement is a welcomed aid in pregnancy to ensure all puppies get the right start in life. 

 $13/2 oz.; happyjackinc.com




Kinetic: 28k Puppy Formula

Kinetic Dog Food


Designed for controlled growth of medium or large breed puppies, this formula from Kinetic is also suitable for pregnant or lactating females. The 28k formula is full of rich protein, fat and vitamins. It also contains a surplus of DHA for heart health and brain function, as well as many other overlooked but important ingredients such as dried beet pulp, ginger root, and yeast culture that promote a healthy immune system and proper digestion.

$50/35 lbs.; kineticdogfood.com

Exclusive Signature: Large Breed Puppy

Exclusive Dog Food


Studies show that over 70 percent of a dog’s immune system is contained in the digestive system. Exclusive’s Comfort Care Digestive Health System contains a proprietary blend of fiber, prebiotics, and probiotics to support your young gun dog’s immune system and support digestive health, making housebreaking easier and helping all curious pups who may chew and eat the occasional sole of your shoe. This large breed puppy formula from Exclusive has a balanced amount of protein and fat, antioxidants and vitamins, plus guaranteed real chicken and no wheat, soy, or artificial preservatives.

$41/30 lbs.; exclusivepetfood.com

The Scoop: Wholesome Ocean Pollock Recipe

The Scoop Dog Food


This all-natural, high-quality food from The Scoop is designed with natural vitamins, minerals, fats, and animal protein. This specific Ocean formula contains wild-caught fish, in accordance with The Scoop’s views on Copper Storage Disease. Farm-raised fish can contain high levels of copper and studies show Copper Storage Disease can affect some dogs when large amounts of copper are stored in the liver, resulting in cirrhosis, or worse. This thoughtful formula is for pups who are starting to reach maturity and is also beneficial for adult gun dogs.

$55/25 lbs.; safedogfood.com


Victor: Purpose Nutra Pro

Victor Dog Food


This 38 percent protein (18 percent fat) formula from Victor is ideal for your quickly growing puppy. It is Victor’s lowest-carb formula, maximized with energy-dense ingredients specifically for sporting dogs. Over 92 percent of the protein in this formula is derived from premium beef, chicken and fish. Nutra Pro is created with Victor’s proven VPRO Blend of ingredients—an exclusive mix to promote digestion, immune system health, and a shiny skin and coat. It is also full of essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that will support the overall health and growth of your young dog.

$58/40 lbs.; victorpetfood.com

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