All About the Gordon Setter
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The Gordon Setter is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 24 to 27 inches.
Weight: 55 to 80 pounds.
Females – Height: 23 to 26 inches.
Weight: 45 to 70 pounds.
Gordon Setters are commonly black and tan.
A lively, energetic breed, Gordon Setters enjoy going on adventures with their owners. Obedience is not their strong suit. These smart dogs are also stubborn and can be willful toward their owners sometimes. But overall they are a loyal and loving breed.
Gordon Setters are a high-energy breed with high exercise requirements!
They require a strenuous daily workout, such as running or hunting. If they do not get enough activity, they can become frustrated.
- Gordon Setters have straight or very slightly wavy coats, and their hair is thicker than most Setters. It feathers at their ears, undersides and tails.
- They are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed and should be brushed every few days.
- They also need occasional clipping. They are squarely built and equally proportioned.
10 to 12 years
The most common health concerns for Gordon Setters include canine hip dysplasia and gastric torsion. Progressive retinal atrophy and elbow dysplasia are less common but still occur within the breed, while cerebellar abiotrophy is seen occasionally.
Gordon Setters have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.
Gordon Setters are extremely devoted family dogs. They can be shy or even aggressive toward other dogs, but they are very friendly toward other household pets.
- The breed, which dates back to the 1600s in Scotland, got its name from the fourth Duke of Gordon, who kept a number of these setters at Gordon Castle.
- They are the heaviest and slowest of the Setter breed, and they are also not as popular as pets compared to other Setters.
- Used mostly as bird dogs, Gordon Setters are adept at hunting grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, blackgame, snipe and woodcock.