The Gordon Setter is a sweet-tempered pet. Here is your informative A-list of Gordon Setter. The Setter family includes English Setter, Gordon Setter and Irish Setter. The Gordon Setter is the heaviest breed in the family. This Gordon Setter dog breed was originated from Scotland in the early 17th century. They were called as Black and Tan Setter. Gordon Setters were used as bird dog. The fourth Duke of Gordon made this dog breed became popular in the early 19th century. The dog name was renamed as Gordon Setter. The Gordon Setter was recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1884. Today, Gordon Setter is one of the loving family pet for everyone.

Facts about Gordon Setter

  • Temperament – The Gordon Setter is active, affectionate, cheerful, gentle, intelligent, loyal, outgoing, obedient and sociable. They are devoted to family, do not leave them alone for long period else they will become destructive. They require plenty of daily exercise. Gordon Setters have natural strong protective instincts; they are a good watchdog and they wary of strangers. They can get along with children and other dogs. It is better socialize them early if you intend to raise them together with other non-canine pets. Early socialization and obedience training is recommended for Gordon Setter puppies and they are easy to train. They enjoy outdoor activities as tracking or fly ball competitions. Gordon Setter dogs are also used as bird hunter or show dog.
  • Appearance – The Gordon Setter has a muscular and robust body. They have a deep head and they come with a pair of dark brown eyes. The long floppy ears are hanging close to the head. The long muzzle is about the same length as the skull. They have a black broad nose with open nostrils. The long neck is arched to the head. The chest is deep and the ribs are well-sprung. They have muscular legs and the feet are in catlike-shaped with well arched toes. The front legs are straight whereas the hind legs from hip to hock are long. They have a medium-length tail which carried horizontally. The Gordon Setter dog has a beautiful coat. The coat is either straight or wavy. The longer silky hair can be found on the undercarriage, ears, legs and tail.

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Gordon Setter Breed Information

Size Medium to large
Height 61-69 cm (male) and 58-66cm (female)
Weight 25-36 kg (male) and 20-32kg (female)
Colour Black with tan markings
Group Gun Breed Dog
Life Span 10 – 12 years
Litter Size Average 6 – 8 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily and long walks are needed. Let them dig and roam around at fenced yard
Grooming Requirements Brush and comb regularly with bristle brush to prevent tangles. Use dry shampoo when bathing. This breed is an average shedder
Environment Medium or large fenced yard
Barking Average
Recognition CKC, APRI, DRA, UKC, NKC, AKC, ACR, FCI, KCGB, ANKC, NZKC

The common health issue for English Setter is prone to hip dysplasia, bloating, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) or eye diseases.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may adopt Gordon Setter rescue dogs or look for Gordon Setter Puppies for sale from Gordon Setter breeders.

Gordon Setter