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Gordon Setter

Group: Gundogs (Group 3)
Club: Gordon Setter Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Mrs Sue Natoli
Phone: 0448 396 548

About the Gordon Setter


Background The name Gordon Setter was given to the breed due to its close links with the fourth Duke of Gordon and his ancestral home in Scotland at Gordon Castle. The Duke had a strong kennel of working dogs in the early 1800s and he was known to favour the beautifully marked Black and Tan Setters. Black and fallow dogs were mentioned in early writings from the 17th century and although others were bred along different lines from the Duke of Gordon, the breed has been named in his honour as one if its main founders.

Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Gordon Setters live from between 12 to 14 years of age.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Gordon Setter has a character all of its own. It is quick and alert but must be neither aggressive nor shy. This is not a dog that adapts well to life in a kennel, but one that needs and demands attention for its proper development. The Gordon Setter returns love and attention with unwavering loyalty. It has a strong protective sense towards members of its family and home, but usually will readily adopt its owner’s attitude to strangers or visitors. This extreme loyalty and intelligence makes the Gordon Setter an excellent pet, as well as one which has a record of success in both obedience and field work. Gordon Setters grow to 66cms at the shoulder for males and 63cms for females. They weigh between 25 and 33kgs. They require regular exercise which they will happily accept in the form of swimming, running or playing. Once they have had a good workout, they will happily laze around the house with you for the rest of the day or evening. A Gordon will announce the arrival of visitors, but they are not incessant barkers. Many Gordon are very vocal and ‘talk’ to their owners – usually around dinner time or play time – which many people find a very endearing trait.

Compatibility with other pets Good.

Care Requirements As the owner of a Gordon Setter you will need to ensure that your dog has proper housing, feeding, exercise and training. A safe, fenced yard and a bed in a draught free area is a must. Above all else, a Gordon setter needs lots of your time and company. Take your Gordon Setter out on a lead for regular walks. A dog that barks excessively is likely to be bored and needs more of your attention and a change of scenery. The coat sheds year-round and therefore will need to be brushed and combed at least once a week to keep it free of tangles. The throat, ears and feet will need to scissored regularly to keep the dog tidy and free from mud and grass seeds. The inside of the ear also needs to be kept free of hair to avoid dirt in the ear canal.

Activities This breed requires training from an early age to ensure they become an obedience family member. The club recommends enrolling your puppy in puppy preschool to ensure it receives plenty of socialisation. If this is done with an obedience club then it will be easy to continue training the dog as it grows. The intelligent Gordon Setters are also versatile and compete in events such as Obedience, Field, Agility, Tracking, Flyball and Conformation (dog shows).

Please Take Note Heat stress can kill your dog - make sure it is not left in a car or trailer for even a few minutes. To cool your dog down, do not put wet towels on its back but rather, place it on a cool wet surface in a shady spot, using fans if necessary to increase air circulation.

Ideal Owner/s Anyone with the time and dedication required to groom and exercise an active animal.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Gordon Setter and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

Finding a responsible Gordon Setter Breeder Be sure your puppy comes with an ANKC registration paper and pedigree. The breed is generally free of any major health problems but, like most large breeds, they can be prone to hip dysplasia. The club recommends that all breeders x-ray their dogs prior to breeding. When looking for a puppy, be sure to discuss hip dysplasia and view the parents’ hip scores before making any purchasing decisions. Contact the club for more information on acceptable hip scores.

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