Description

Illustration of Gordon Setter

The heavy weight of the Setter breeds, the Gordon takes its name from the Duke of Gordon who introduced the breed in 1820 at Gordon Castle in Scotland. Although the present day Gordon Setters are black and tan, in the mid 19th century many of the dogs in the Duke of Gordon's large kennel were black and white or black/white and tan, as it was felt that these colours were easier to pick out when working. Selective breeding has now, however, established the Gordon as the black and tan setter.

Breed Group
Gundog
Vulnerable Native Breed
Yes
Size
Large
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
Medium
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Large
Lifespan
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.


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