AKC PuppyFinder: Gordon Setter Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Bold, confident, and resolute afield; sweetly affectionate by the fireside
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Athletic and outdoorsy, Gordons need activity to stave off boredom
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 24-27 inches (male), 23-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 55-80 pounds (male), 45-70 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
  • Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal
Breed Description
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This Scottish breed, the largest of the setters, has been hunting game birds for 200 years. With their shining coats and expressive eyes, Gordon Setters are show ring regulars as well as determined, rugged hunters. They're also sweet and affectionate dogs, devoted to their family and eager to please. Your Gordon Setter puppy is adaptable enough to live anywhere, as long as he gets lots of exercise. LIke most sporting breeds, he's confident and can have a mind of his own, but his loving nature, brains and attachment to his family have won him devoted fans.

History & Job
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Origin: Scotland

Year Recognized: 1884

Breed History & Job Description: Generations of Scots huntsmen bred hounds and “collys” into setter lines, thus producing a large, rugged bird-dog suited to working in difficult conditions. Alexander, Fourth Duke of Gordon (d. 1827), the master of Castle Gordon on the craggy Scottish Highlands, maintained a keen interest in these dogs. By the early 1800s the duke’s kennel was producing setters recognizable as the breed that today bears his name. Between litters, the duke found time to play a key role in the development of the Scotch whisky industry.

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Gordon Setters are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Gordon Setters are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • PRA Optigen DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Gordon Setter Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.gsca.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 104
  • Breed Referral Contact:  - 505-838-0796
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