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Gordon Setter

Text from the Canadian Kennel Club website


Developed in Scotland, the type of the Gordon setter was stabilized by Alexander, fourth Duke of Gordon, between 1770 and 1820. His aim was to create a larger, more built setter that would be better suited to the rugged terrain of the Scottish countryside. Rumor has it that the Gordon setter's genetics include collie and St-Hubert genes. It was a Gordon who won at the very first dog show which took place in England in 1859. It should be noted, however, that this competition was limited to pointers and setters. In Britain, the Gordon was among the first 46 officially recognized breeds and the breed was brought to our continent around 1840.


The Gordon is a loyal companion dog that prefers to be near its master. Intelligent, noble and proud, having an excellent memory and a great desire to please, he can be suspicious of strangers.

Activity level

This hardy setter can work all day in the field. The Gordon Setter is known for its endurance and excellent sense of smell. This is a breed that loves living in the countryside and needs lots of regular outdoor exercise.

Size weight

Males stand 24–27 in (61–69 cm) at the withers; females are slightly smaller. The weight ranges from 45 to 75 lb (20.5 to 34 kg).


The Gordon's coat is soft and shiny like silk. The coat is straight or slightly wavy and is longest on the ears, under the belly, on the chest and on the back of the limbs.


It is always deep, shiny black with tan flecks of a rich chestnut or mahogany red.


You have to brush regularly. A slight size with scissors may be necessary to refine its silhouette.

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