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Gordon Setter Dog Breed Profile

by Amanda

AKC Group: Sporting Group


The Gordon Setter, "black and tans", are originally from the UK and were excellent bird dogs. The heaviest of the 3 setter breeds. These dogs have a lot of energy and are easy to train. May not be the best breed for small children.

History

The Gordon Setter originated from Scotland and dates back to early 17th century. A traditional favorite among the hunters of Scotland, the Setter that is black-and-tan arrived to popularity in the kennels of the 4th Duke of Gordon in early 1800s. As field trials grew to be very popular, the Gordon's recognition receded favoring Pointers along with other fast breeds, flashy, but the breed stayed unequalled as a one-man prey capturing dog.

Physical Features

The dog is an excellent-sized, sturdily developed, tan and black dog, well muscled, with lots of substance and bone, but active, stylish and upstanding, looking able to do a whole day's work in the field.

Weight for males is 55 to 85 pounds; females weigh 45 to 70 pounds. Dogs that seem to be under or over the given weight limits should be judged based on condition and conformation.

Tan and black markings, both of rich mahogany or chestnut shade. Black penciling is granted to the feet. The borderline among tan and black shades is obviously defined. There aren't any tan hairs combined in the black.

Personality

The Gordon Setter is recognized for its obedience and loyalty. A courteous, sweet-tempered, loyal dog, makes friends with people easily. Very devoted to the family, but could be distant with unknown people. Typically good with other domestic pets but may be hard to train if you do not exhibit control.

Common Health Problems

Typically healthy, however, some are susceptible to hip dysplasia, eye conditions like cataracts and PRA. These dogs are susceptible to bloat and must be fed 2 or 3 small meals each day instead of 1 big meal.

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