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Gordon Setters are large, sturdy and robust
with a glossy black coat noted for distinctive
tan markings and plentiful feathering. Gordon
Setters are friendly, intelligent and fiercely
loyal dogs that exude confidence and appear
noble and dignified.
Gordon Setters, initially bred as bird dogs,
have ancestral roots dating possibly as
far back as the 1600s in Scotland. The Duke
of Gordon is responsible for establishing
the breed in the 1820s. When two gentlemen
by the names of Daniel Webster and George
Blunt imported Gordon Setters to America
in 1842, they brought with them two dogs
which were purchased by kennels owned by
the Duke of Gordon. These dogs, Rake and
Rachael founded the Gordon Setter breed
in the United States.
The Gordon Setter Club of America was organized
in 1924 and is dedicated to promoting and
preserving the “Beauty, Brains &
Bird Sense” of the breed. The American
Kennel Club officially recognized the Gordon
Setter breed in 1892.
The height for Gordon Setter dogs: 24-27
inches (61-69 cm) and for females 23-26
inches (58-66 cm.)
The weight for Gordon Setter dogs is 55-80
pounds (25-36 kg) and for females: 45-70
pounds (20-32 kg).
Type: The Gordon Setter's
coat can be straight or slightly wavy (but
not curly). The hair is long and silky on
the chest, stomach, back of fore and hind
legs. Soft, shiny, flat. Regular combing
or brushing is necessary - bathing when
needed. The Gordon Setter is an average
Color: The Gordon Setter's
coat is black with tan markings - which
is either mahogany or rich chestnut.
Gordon Setters are friendly, energetic and
intelligent. They make a great family dog
as they're known to be excellent with younger
children - very protective of them as well.
Gordon Setters are highly spirited, loyal
and obedient. This breed is slow to mature
(not until around age 3), but learn easily
with a gentle, yet firm and calm approach.
Owners must also always maintain 'leadership'
with their Gordon Setter, otherwise these
dogs may become stubborn. The breed is needs
plenty of vigorous daily exercise. Gordon
Setters should never be allowed to roam
freely because of their strong hunting instinct
which may lead them into traffic. These
dogs are reserved with strangers. Gordon
Setters are known to be great talkers.
Health Problems: Gordon
Setters are generally a healthy breed, although
there are some health concerns such as gastric
torsion (bloat), hypothyroidism and hip
dysplasia - although not as prone as many
of the larger breeds. Other health issues
that can affect this breed include eye diseases
such as progressive retinal atrophy, and
cataracts. Life expectancy for the Gordon
Setter is generally about 10 to 12 years.
• Gordon Setters are also known as
"black and tans".
• Gordon Setters are the heaviest
of the setter breeds.
• Gordon Setters are known to be great
AKC: Sporting Group
ANKC:Group 3 - Gundogs
CKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
FCI: Group 7 Section 2 British and Irish
Pointers and Setters
UKC: Gun Dog