Gordon Setter

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


Homeland of the Gordon Setter is Scotland. The breed was discovered in 1700 by the fourth Duke of Gordon. These dogs were crossed with several breeds - spaniel, pointer, Scottish Collie and English Beagle. Much later in 1842 Scotland setters were imported into the United States. For the first time this breed was registered in the AKC in 1878.

Physical characteristics

Gordon Setter is a large dog with well proportioned, muscular body structure. Its ears are medium sized, thin, set low, lying close to the head. The hair on the head, front of legs, and tips of the ears is fine and short, flat and without curls or waves like on the rest of the body. The fringes on the belly may extend to the throat and all the chest. The color can be deep black, without reddish spots, or any other tan markings. Black dots on toes and black streak under jaw are permissible. The weight of female representatives of this breed is about 25.5 kg, and its height - about 62 cm. The male's weight is currently stationed around 29.5 kg and its height is about 66 cm.

Character and behavior

The Gordon Setter is friendly and affectionate, faithful, loyal and sociable. It is also smart, capable and dignified pet. These animals are brave, very social with good and balanced character. They are disciplined and strongly attached to their master. The obedience and devotion to the family make them a very good choice for a pet.

Training and education

The Gordon Setter is sensitive, but very energetic, sometimes quite independent and headstrong, so you should be more patient and use positive methods. This breed is recommended for people who have experience in breeding dogs. The Gordon Setter has an excellent memory, which helps him memorize commands and makes training and exercises easier, but there are many bad habits as well.

Health problems

The life expectancy of the Gordon Setter is about 10-12 years, and there are several health problems, you should know about before choosing from different puppies for sale. The most common issues are thyroid problems, PRA, and HD. Both parents of your puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.

Grooming and care

The coat doesn't require any special care. It is sufficient to comb it two or three times a week. The ears of your Gordon Setter should always be clean and dry to avoid the risk of infections. Due to the abundant fall of hair, this breed is not recommended for people suffering from allergies.

Do not leave your Gordon Setter in the yard for too long and especially in the night. These dogs feel best when they are in the house, close to the family and their love ones.

Children and other pets

The Gordon Setter gets along perfectly with children, but its big size could be a problem when it comes to small kids. These dogs are nice and calm with other animals, but when it comes to strangers, they react differently. Some are very welcoming and friendly, others can be reserved and aggressive.

Interesting facts

The first imported Gordon Setters to the USA originated from the famous Kennel in the Gordon Castle. The puppies, named Rachel and Rake, were bought by George Blunt and Daniel Webster in the summer of 1842. They are the “parents” of the breed in North America.

In 1892 the AKC recognized the breed. 30 years later was founded the the Gordon Setter Club of America. This club still exists today with more than 1000 members. Today the breed is ranked on 88th place among the 155 varieties and breeds, enlisted in the American Kennel Club.