Thinking about purchasing an Gordon Setter? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Gordon Setter breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Gordon Setter owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Gordon Setter and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Gordon Setter Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Gordon Setter and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Gordon Setter Profile
A good-sized, sturdily built, black and tan dog, Gordon Setters are well muscled, with plenty of bone and substance. The Gordon Setter is a tireless worker and enjoys abundant exercise and attention. They are a better watch dog than the other setters, making them a loyal and protective pet. They are lovable, friendly, intelligent dogs who are sensitive and gentle. They are, however, slower and heavier boned than the rest of the setter family. But what Gordon Setters lack in speed, they certainly make up for in protection and stamina. Gordon Setters are more suspicious of strangers, and better at guarding than other setters. They also have great endurance, able to go longer without water and work harder in intense heat, more so than their other setter relatives. They are excellent in finding birds, as was once recorded by an unknown writer in the 1700s: "Their noses are first class and they seldom make a false point or what is called at field trials a sensational stand...When they stand you may be sure there are birds." Their excellent noses, heavy bodies and slow moving ways may have been contributed by the Bloodhound. Gordon Setters are medium to large dogs with wavy black and tan coats, of which a red coat may pop up in a litter occasionally. They are excellent in their field skills, have great stamina and have remained a favorite among hunters who wish to fill their game bags. Gordon Setters are an ideal pet for the owner who desires quality and loyalty.
Other Names: Gordon Castle Setters
Type: Gun Dog
Females: 23 - 26 inches; Males: 24 - 27 inches.
shiny coal black, without rustiness, and with lustrous tan (chestnut red) markings;
black penciling on toes and black streak under jaw is permissible. Muzzle,
feet and points on the chest hold the tan markings.
Setters are obedient, loyal and protective. They are friendly and loving,
relaxed and relatively obedient. Gordon Setters good companions, but more suspicious
of strangers than other setters. They make good guard and watch dogs, as they
are loyal to their owners. They are a tireless worker, enthusiastic about a
hunt. They are intelligent, fun loving and affectionate.
Having an excellent sense of smell as well as a protective personality, Gordon
Setters are on alert for any kind of threat.
Gordon Setter Care and Exercise:
Moderate coat care is necessary. Check the Gordon Setter's
ear passages on a regular basis. Trim the excess hair beneath the ears to avoid
infection. Plenty of regular exercise is necessary to maintain a well-balanced,
manageable dog. Long walks and runs are suggested, as this breed can withstand
a lot of exercise.
Activity: Indoors - Medium.
Outdoors - Very High. They are slower than other setters, but excitable.
Gordon Setter Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), epilepsy. Other health concerns include bloat (twisted stomach or gastric torsion). Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Gordon Setters can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Life Span: 10 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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