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The Gordon setter is one of four setters: Irish setter, English setter, and the Irish red and white setter. It was originally used for hunting birds. The breed is still a popular hunting dog in many countries, but it is also suitable as a family dog. The Gordon setter comes from Scotland and was originally tricoloured. It appears slightly heavier than the other three setters.

Character and behaviour
The Gordon setter is a happy and self-confident hunting dog. It has a good temper, which also makes it good with children. It is very loyal towards the family, but can be reserved towards strangers. When it is outside it likes to roam, thus making it a good idea to fence in the garden. The Gordon setter requires firm, but gentle training. Early socialisation is important, especially if the dog has to socialise with other pets and dogs. Generally speaking it is a kind dog, which is friendly towards most people.

History of the breed
The Gordon setter comes from Scotland. It is thanks to Alexander, 4th Duke of Gordon that the setter got its name. This duke wanted strong and robust setters, thus creating the Gordon setter. At that time the setter existed in many different colours, but black-and-tan quickly became the most popular. Today, that is the only colour combination available.

Appearance, grooming and health
The Gordon setter is a large dog with a friendly expression characterised by its long hanging ears with long hair. It is black with light brown/tan markings on the chest, legs, tail, and head. The tail is relatively short. The body is slender, but robust. The nose is black.

The Gordon setter is 24-27 inches and weighs 55-80 pounds.

The coat is short on the head, front of the legs, and the tip of the ears. The coat on the body is of medium length. On the back of the legs and the top of the ears the hair is long and slightly wavy. The coat requires regular brushing in order to avoid tangling. Hairs underneath the paws needs cutting.

The Gordon setter is a healthy breed, but may be prone to suffer from hip dysplasia and eye disease. In addition, it is prone to suffer from bloat and should be fed small meals several times a day. Life expectancy is 10-12 years.

What you should know about the breed:

  • A friendly and happy family dog.
  • Excellent hunting dog.
  • Requires a lot of exercise.
  • Has a tendency to roam.
  • Calm indoor as long as it gets plenty of exercise.

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