Gordon Setter



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Breed Description


The Gordon Setter is an ideal hunter’s companion. They also make excellent family pet as long as they get enough exercises. They are highly regarded by field sports people who will find it very reliable as a working dog. They are affectionate and loyal to their family.


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Size type:

Large dog breeds


Breed group:

Sporting dogs (AKC)

Gundogs (UKC)



These are lovable, friendly, sociable, and intelligent dogs that are gentle-natured and sensitive, but they also have a mind of their own.



The shoulder-height is about 66cm (26in) for dogs and about 62cm (24 ½ in) for bitches.



25-36kg for dogs 20-32kg for bitches



It is necessary to introduce the young dog to all manner of situations and experience, with people, animals, and things. Only by doing so will you ensure the well-balanced development of this dog. In generally they get on well with other dogs and with children – because they are a friend to everyone. Good early social training will also ensure they can get alone with cats and other household animals. If strangers visit they adopt a wait-and-see attitude.



The coat, which must never be curly, consist of medium-length hair with feathering. The colour is always black with warm chestnut markings. A small white patch on the chest is permissible.



Groom this regularly and check the ears passage to ensure they are clean. The excess hair beneath the ear in should be trimmed to let air reach the inner ear in order to avoid infections. The hair on the outside of ear should never be clipped – something that is permitted with other Setters. If you wish to show your dog, grooming will require considerably more attention.



The training of this is certainly not difficult, provided you take account of the fact that it can have a mind of its own. They call for a handler who is both consistent and loving in approach. Is a good idea to attend a puppy training course.


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