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Gordon Setter

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Gordon Setter Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • AKC, CKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 23" - 27"
  • Weight
  • 45-80 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black / Tan
     
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors
 

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Alternate Names

none known

Origin

The Gordon setter originated in Banffshire, Scotland.

Date Of Origin

This breed was developed in 1820, however some believe that it has existed on its own since the 1600's.

History

Similar dogs are believed to have been in the British Isles as long as the seventeenth century. The modern Gordon setter, however, was not created until the 1820's when the Duke of Gordon bred it as a bird dog. This was the only gun dog developed in Scotland. First imported to the U.S. in 1842, it continues to be used for hunting, although most are now companions.

Description

This is a medium to large size, sturdy, muscular dog with a heave, deep, chiseled head and long muzzle. It has dark brown eyes; a broad, black nose; and drop ears that are set low on the head. The long tail is held horizontally. The straight or slightly wavy coat is black with tan markings. There is feathering on the tail, ears, undercarriage, and back of legs.

Temperament

The Gordon setter is enthusiastic, intelligent, fun loving, loyal and affectionate. It does well with children if it is well socialized.

Uses

Less agile and fast than its English and Irish cousins, it is nonetheless one of the most conscientious and intelligent of the standing breeds. It has an outstanding sense of smell and is a perfect retriever, working as well in marshes as it does over plains and in woods. It is a general hunting dog that excels in hunting woodcock. Among the Gordon's good qualities are excellent health and its adaptability to guarding and to family life.

Health Concerns

Bloat, eye problems, hip dysplasia

Additional Information

This dog requires ample exercise and consistent grooming.

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Sources

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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