Gordon setter

Other names: Gordon Setter, Scottish Setter, Black and Tan Setter

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The Gordon Setter is to a lesser degree inferior to the English Setter in the field of hunting. However, he is just as much, if not more, an excellent companion dog. He is helpful, gentle and caring, asks for and gives back affection. He is attentive and protective of his master and his adoptive family. His health is excellent and he presents no difficulty in maintaining or educating. The Gordon Setter is easily recognized by his beautiful black and tan coat and beautiful fringed ears.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Britain
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 30 kg From 56 cm to 62 cm
Male From 25 kg to 30 kg From 58 cm to 64 cm
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History of the breed

Its name refers to Duke Alexander of Gordon , an 18th century Scottish lord who particularly valued this breed. The contemporary Gordon Setter is also the result of selections and improvements made by breeders such as Lord Penmure and Major Douglas of Broughty. It would be the result of a cross between a Setter and a Collie .

Several qualities were sought after by those who refined its selection: its ability to find game, its hunting qualities, its endurance, its firmness when standing still and its ability to adapt to the difficult terrain of Scotland. In France, the first representative of the breed was registered with the LOF in March 1885, only 2 weeks after the creation of the latter. The other setters have long been preferred to him because of his slower speed. The Gordon Setter is therefore rarer.

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Physical features

His hair: medium length, flat, not curly or wavy on most of the body. Short and thin on the head and anterior part of the limbs, as well as at the tips of the ears. Supplied and fringed at the belly.
Its color: intense and shiny black, with tan markings (bright chestnut red) especially above the eyes (2 cm max), on either side of the muzzle, on the throat and chest.
His head: higher than wide, the top of the skull is slightly rounded. The stop is clearly marked.
His ears: hanging, medium, thin, set low, triangular in shape, generously and silently fringed.
His eyes: dark brown and shiny, placed sufficiently under the supraorbital arches. Neither too sunken nor prominent. They display an expression of liveliness and intelligence.
His body: of medium length, with a broad and moderately arched kidney, a chest not too broad and well let down.
Its tail: carried horizontally or below the line of the back, straight or slightly like a scimitar, not exceeding the hock. Thick at its base, becomes thinner as you approach the end. With long and straight bangs.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Gordon Setter is a dog that stands out for its calm , its intelligence and the expression of dignity it exudes. At the same time courageous , sociable , affectionate and kind , he is an excellent companion dog for the whole family. In hunting action, the Gordon Setter is a very good pointing dog, although not the fastest of the setters. His highly developed flair makes him a decent goalkeeper, but it is not his favorite field.

He likes to receive attention and affection just as he likes to give back. His character makes him a canine in perpetual demand for presence. He cannot stand loneliness and will be unhappy left alone for too long. He is quite suspicious of foreigners, due to his origins as a hunter and will not hesitate to protect his territory and his family from the slightest danger.

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The education of the Gordon Setter requires a lot of affection and gentleness . These qualities will go with the intelligence and sensitivity of this canine. You also need to be firm enough to counteract your stubborn side which can manifest itself all the more if education is not done properly. It must be started as soon as possible. In general, educating a Gordon Setter is not very complicated. The most neophytes do very well.

He has his little character, but his intelligence and kindness facilitate his education, as long as it gives pride of place to games and rewards , rather than reprimands. Naturally close to his congeners and other animals , the socialization of the Gordon Setter is done without much effort. This does not mean that it should be neglected.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Like the English Setter, the Gordon Setter needs regular physical activity. Each time he must have the opportunity to run in order to channel his overflowing energy. Indoors, it is often gentle , calm and lies down next to its owner.

The Gordon Setter is a basic pointer. It is therefore made to evolve in the open air, on large expanses and on varied terrains which allow it to move freely. It is mainly in rural areas and with an active master that he is in his element . In the city, the ideal would be for them to have a fenced outdoor space to flourish. Apartment life suits him much less .


Ease of gaining weight

The Gordon Setter has iron health . Indeed, he rarely falls ill. Due to his size, he is prone to hip dysplasia , and will therefore have to moderate his physical exercise in his first years of life. In addition, he may also have stomach twists or seizures as he ages. It is therefore essential not to run him before and after having taken his meals. The possible risks of hypothyroidism and progressive retinal atrophy cannot be ruled out either.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 5 puppies

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Gordon Setter dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Gordon Setter is, on average, between 11 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Gordon Setter remains subject to seasonal moulting, causing moderate hair loss. Its maintenance is not binding as long as it is done on a regular basis. His coat must be kept clean and shiny, because it is his beautiful shiny dress that makes all the charm of the Gordon Setter .

It is recommended to brush the dog on a weekly basis . The ears should be cleaned regularly, as should the eyes and the hair under the occasionally groomed cushions.

Price and budget

Purchase price

700 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Gordon Setter is between € 700 and € 1,200.

Annual maintenance cost

1350 €
€ 1,450

The annual maintenance cost of a Gordon Setter is between € 1,350 and € 1,450.

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The diet of the Gordon Setter must be adapted to his daily energy expenditure. It is also advisable to pay attention to its predisposition to torsions of the stomach. A diet based on high quality kibble is usually fine for him.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Gordon Setter needs at least a good hour of walking per day . It is a fairly active hunting dog who must be able to exercise and exercise.


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