Gordon Setter Resource

Gordon Setter

The Duke of Gordon developed the Gordon, the only Scottish setter, as a working setter early in the 19th century. The Gordon Setter’s rugged build was well suited to working in dense cover in all weather. First imported to this continent in 1842, the Gordon has remained a favorite of the sportsman. The past decade has seen Gordons develop into serious competitors in field trials and dog shows. This is a loyal family dog that thrives on country living and is an excellent watchdog. Males measure 24 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh up to 80 pounds. Females are 23 to 26 inches at the shoulder and are proportionately smaller. The black coat with rich tan markings should be brushed three times a week. Some tidying with trimming scissors may be necessary to neaten the overall appearance. The Gordon is an excellent companion for older children, especially if accustomed to them from puppyhood. This dog has a high activity level and demands plenty of daily exercise.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Medium Dog Breed
Black with tan markings.

Soft, glossy, straight to slightly wavy with longer hair on ears, belly and chest and feathering on back of legs and tail.


Brush weekly, trim head, neck, feathers and paws as needed.

Life Expectancy:
10 to 12 years
AKC Group:
Sporting Group
UKC Group:
Gun Dog
23 to 27 inches at the shoulder
45 to 80 pounds
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Field trials, bird dog