The Gordon Setter is the largest of the setter breeds. He is the only setter breed with black and tan markings. There is long feathering along the legs, chest, and tail and ears. The soft, shiny coat is either straight or slightly wavy. He is slender yet sturdy.
The Gordon Setter was the favored hunting breed of Duke Alexander IV of Gordon in the early 19th century, though the breed had been developed in the early 17th century in Scotland. They were used as bird dogs with an excellent nose.The dogs would point toward the fallen bird, retrieve it and bring it back to the hunter. The Gordon had great stamina and could hunt in bad weather on both land and water, but was not as fast in comparison to the pointers and, as a result, started to lose popularity as hunters chose other breeds.
The Gordon Setter is stable, loyal, and affectionate. He is easily trained and will stick to it. Without a lot of exercise, he may become high strung. An excellent family dog that is friendly to everyone, including cats if raised with them. Mellow indoors with adequate exercise.
Breed Club Links: Gordon Setter Club of America
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