Gordon Setter



Bred in the 17th century in Scotland, Gordon Setters quickly gained widespread popularity thanks to their amazing hunting talents. They were the darlings of the Duke of Gordon. This is the only Scottish sporting dog, which has been specially bred to hunt wildfowl. Due to his great endurance and strength, the Gordon Setter can hunt equally successful in the field and in the water, regardless of weather conditions.

Height: 23-27 inches  Weight: 45-80 pounds  Lifespan: 10-12 years


The Gordon Setter is more powerful and hardy than any other member of the setter family. Despite their elegant and even aristocratic appearance, Gordon Setters have the power to hunt for quite a long time. These dogs are considered one of the most reliable, loyal and beautiful breeds. Therefore, they have been recognized not only as hunters, but also as wonderful family companion, as well as show dogs. Comparable Breeds: The Irish Setter and Golden Retriever.


It’s a polite, affectionate and very cheerful breed that reflects friendliness, sociability and increased sensitivity. The Gordon Setter is very loyal and devoted companion. The fact that these dogs are quite large and somewhat violent when express their feelings, Gordons are not recommended for families who have small children. In general, this dog breed coexists peacefully with other dog breeds, but it can sometimes show aggression towards representatives of the same sex. In addition, the Gordon Setter is very reserved with strangers. If you want your dog to get along with cats, it is desirable to introduce them when the setter is still a puppy. Dogs of this breed are very attached to entire family, and they love to be in the spotlight. Lack of attention will cause the Gordon Setter to feel jealous and frustrated. Moreover, if left neglected, this dog breed may even suffer from separation anxiety disorder (SAD), which will lead to destructive behavior and constant barking. This is a very brave dog, always ready to defend his family.

Coat / Care:

Gordon Setters have a very beautiful, silky, shiny and soft coat of medium length. The lower trunk, legs, tail and ears are decorated with especially luxurious curls. The Gordon Setter’s coat color is always black with distinct tan markings. Shedding is of medium intensity. In order to prevent the hair from tangling, dogs of this breed need daily combing and brushing. In some cases, especially if you have a show dog, professional care is a must for Gordons. This will keep the coat healthy and neat. Bathe your pet only in case of urgent need, using a mild shampoo. Also, make sure to regularly trim the dog’s nails and excess hair on the paw pads.

Health Problems:

Most common health issues for this breed: Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (bloat), renal failure, hip dysplasia, lameness, thyroid dysfunction, cysts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).


With a high level of intelligence and a desire to earn the praise of his master, the Gordon Setter is an extremely apt pupil. But because dogs of this breed often have an independent mind, it is necessary to hold early socialization and general course of obedience. Gordon Setters are quite stubborn and it is sometimes difficult to teach them to observe cleanliness at home. Therefore, it is recommended to initially keep the dog in a special box. Be sure to avoid harsh or heavy-handed training methods. On the contrary, Gordons respond to love, firmness and justice. The Gordon Setter is a great assistant in hunting and indicating the location of the game.


The Gordon Setter loves all kinds of exercise in the fresh air. This dog is not suitable for keeping in a city apartment because it requires free walks. Hence, Gordon Setters thrive in a farm or spacious, fenced yard. Dogs of this breed like to be on the move, they love sailing, hunting, hiking and a variety of family activities.

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