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Gordon Setter Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Gordon Setter is a stylish, friendly looking dog with a firm build. The coat is soft and smooth, often times with a wavy texture, and is one of the identifying characteristics of the breed. The hair is longer on the ears, the chest, under the stomach and on the rear of the legs and tail than elsewhere on the body. Coloring is black and tan. The dogs bright, dark eyes carry a wise expression and are set into a relatively narrow and deep head. The Gordon Setter has a broad nose with black nostrils, and low-set ears that are positioned on approximately the same plane as the eyes. The short (but not docked) tail is positioned horizontally and tapers from a thick base to a fine tip. The Gordon is the heaviest setter, and its appearance should emphasize strength; its coat is also thicker than that of other setters.

Gordon Setter Fast Facts

10 - 12 years
17th century
55 - 80 lb
45 - 70 lb
24 -27"
23 - 26"
Gordon Seter, Gordin Setter, Gorden Setter, or Gordan Setter.


The Gordon Setter is an affectionate, intelligent and alert dog....

The breed is highly obedient in nature, and is considered easy to train. The Gordon Setter was bred as a bird dog, and its energetic and lively demeanor proves it. The Gordon Setters friendly, loving disposition makes it an excellent family dog that is very good with children. A deep rooted desire to please is inherent to the breed and can occasionally result in jealousy of other pets in the household. The Gordon Setters wariness of strangers makes it a capable watch dog, and its muscular physique provides a level of protection as well, though not on the level of a Rottweiler or Doberman.

Caring For a Gordon Setter

To stay in good physical condition the Gordon Setter needs exhausting exercise on a daily basis....

Allowing the dog to roam (while maintaining owner supervision) on an expansive field or yard is best. The coat needs to be combed and brushed approximately twice a week, and trimming may be necessary to maintain the dogs prime appearance. The Gordon Setter is physically capable of living outdoors in moderate climates, but its mental health demands that it be given the chance to spend time inside with its family; allowing the dog to sleep in the house is always preferable. Health concerns of note for the Gordon Setter include canine hip and elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism and cerebellar abiotrophy.

Gordon Setter History

Breed History

The Gordon Setter descends from the Black and Tan Setter, which existed in Scotland and other areas in Britain in the 17th century, and possibly earlier....

These setters were heavily favored by the Fourth Duke of Gordon, who set out to establish a distinguished line of the breed during the late 18th century. For his efforts, the breed became known as the Gordon Castle Setter, though the name was switched back to the Black and Tan Setter in 1900. Though not as fast as other setters, the Black and Tan was nevertheless a capable hunter possessing impressive fortitude and stamina. By 1842 the Gordon Setter had arrived in the United States, and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1892. As recognition came, the name Black and Tan Setter was dropped in favor of the breeds original benefactor, though Castle did not make the cut. The Gordon Setters great intelligence and its ability to absorb and retain knowledge from field training sessions has made it a top choice as an all around shooting dog. The breeds success as a companion has been less remarkable, and it remains a fairly uncommon pet.