Function: bird setting and retrieving
Bold, outgoing, of a kindly even disposition
Intelligent, able and dignified.
for: Active people & families.
averages between 10 and 13 years.
Dogs 66 cms (26 ins) Bitches 62 cms (24 & 1/2;
Dogs 29 & 1/2; kg (65 lbs) Bitches 25 & 1/2; kg (56 lbs)
Deep shining coal black, without rustiness, with markings of
chestnut red, i.e. lustrous tan. Black pencilling on toes and black
streak under jaw permissible. 'Tan markings': two clear spots over
eyes not over three-quarters of an inch in diameter. On sides of
muzzle, tan not reaching above base of nose, resembling a stripe
around clearly defined end of muzzle from one side to other. Also
on throat, two large, clear spots on chest. On inside hindlegs and
inside thighs, showing down front of stifle and broadening out to
outside of hindlegs from hock to toes. On forelegs, up to elbows
behind, and to knees or little above, in front. Around vent. Very
small white spot on chest permissible. No other colour permissible.
On head, front of legs, tips of ears short and fine,
moderate length, flat and free from curl or wave on all other parts
of body. Feather on upper portion of ears long and silky, on backs
of legs long, fine, flat and straight, fringes on belly may extend
to chest and throat. As free as possible from curl or wave.
Appearance: Large sized body. Dark eyes. Long ears that
hang to the side of the head. Medium length tail. They have an overall
look of elegance & dignity, coupled with strength and the obvious
ability to hunt for long hours.
The Gorden Setter is from Scotland
and it is due to the Duke of Gordon's efforts that they are here
today. Originally they were used to herd sheep, the Gorden Setter
was then developed as a gundog, capable of working over a variety
of terrain in any type of weather. Possessing great stamina, with
eagerness to work all day long, hunting, flushing & retrieving
game. A conscientious & intelligent worker, they have a keen
nose & a gentle mouth.
This a gentle and sensitive dog which makes a lovely family pet
if it gets its daily dose of exercise, otherwise it can become rather
hyperactive and may inadvertantly knock over small children. Sociable
and friendly, the Gordon will be devoted to its owner but may take
a few minutes to acknowledge strangers. Nevertheless, you cannot
rely on the Gordon to guard your property as it is as likely as
not to decide that a burglar is a great playmate!. The Gordon will
get along well with other dogs and may even tolerate cats if trained
to do so at an early age. As with all breeds, early socialisation
is essential for a well balanced dog. It should be remembered that
a Gordon is more strong willed than other hunting breeds and will
need firm and consistent training.
As a semi-long coated dog, the Gordon needs to be brushed and combed
regularly, at least twice a week. The ears should also be cleaned
on a regular basis since they are long and pendulous, - the type
that traps in air and can lead to infections. Excess hair under
the ear can be trimmed away to allow more air circulation into the
ear canal. The outside of the ear should never be trimmed though,
although it is trimmed with other setter breeds. Hair between the
pads on the feet needs regular trimming and the feet should be inspected
after walks for trapped grass seeds and burrs.
This dog was bred for strength and endurance and has the reputation
of being the hardest and longest working gundog. As a result, the
pet version needs a great deal of exercise to keep it healthy and
happy. This breed needs a large, well-fenced garden and extremely
long walks and runs twice a day. It is probably a lot easier to
keep this breed in the country where it can find more wide open
space to stretch its legs.
This breed, some can be prone to bloat, hip dysplasia and eye problems.
For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition