Height: 23-27 inches
Weight: 45-80 lbs.
Life Span 10-12 yrs.
Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
Gordon setters are very affectionate with their families but reserved with
strangers. They need to be obedience trained and exposed early to diverse
social situations to avoid behavior problems.
Gordons need a firm, gentle hand and lots of praise. They can be aggressive
with other dogs (but generally get along with other types of animals) and
can be good barking watchdogs.
The coat is soft, shiny, straight or slightly waved, with feathering on
the ears, stomach, chest, tail, and legs.
Coat color is black with rich chestnut or mahogany markings over the eyes,
on the muzzle and throat, on the chest, inside the hindlegs, under the tail,
and on the feet. Narrow black stripes may appear on the toes and there may
be a little white on the chest.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Gordon setters need to be brushed and combed a few times a week. They need
daily exercise--a brisk walk, a jog, or a hike in the woods will make them
Gordon setters were used in 17th-century Scotland for tracking, pointing,
and retrieving. In the mid-18th century, the Duke of Gordon made the breed
popular for hunting.
Breed-related health concerns: hip dysplasia, progressive retinal
atrophy, hypothyroidism, cerebellar cortical abiotrophy (a congenital disease
causing degeneration of cells in the cerebellum, which controls coordination),
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club