The Gordon Setter is a large stylish sporting breed that requires plenty of exercise. This sturdy black and tan dog has an alert and willing temperament.
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- Sturdy, muscular build
- Chiseled head with large black nose, dark brown eyes and long, low-set ears
- Well-plumed tail is carried straight
- Coat: Smooth or slightly wavy hair is black with tan markings
- Longer hair on ears, stomach, chest legs and tail
- Height: 23-27"
- Weight: 45-80 lbs.
- Average lifespan: 10-12 years
- Obedient, confident, loyal, affectionate, smart, willful
- Interaction with people: Good family dog; needs early socialization with children. Wary of strangers
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Ophthalmic disorders (including progressive retinal atrophy)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Happiest in a rural area with active family
- Needs large yard
- Needs long, brisk walks or jogs
- Average shedder
- Comb and brush coat regularly
- Check coat for burrs, tangles or parasites
- Trim hair between pads of feet
- One of three separate breeds of setters: English, Gordon and Irish
- Strongest, heaviest and slowest of the setter family
- Reputed as an excellent one-person gun dog
- Excellent hunter
- Originated in Scotland around the 17th century
- Gained popularity as a breed of choice by the fourth Duke of Gordon in the early 1800s
- Used for bird hunting
- Brought to the U.S. by George Blunt in 1842