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Description of Gordon Setter

The Breed History

Written records originate in the early 1600s when setting dogs of exceptional endurance were described. This type of dog was of Scottish origin, and was bred as a one-man gundog. The word "Setters" was used because these dogs were known to "set" when they had the prey in site. The set was a semi-seated position. The black and tans were a favorite of the Duke of Gordon in the early 1800s and they are thought to take their name from this man. Gordon setters first came to North America in the mid 1800s. They were first registered with the AKC in 1892.

Breeding for Function

They are popular both as a show dog and a reliable hunting dog. Field lines are slightly smaller in stature. Gordons excel at pointing and retrieving birds. They are excellent scent trackers, and are noted to be slow but steady.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 23-26" (58.5-66 cm), male 24-27" (61-68.5 cm)

Weight: females 50-70 lb (22.5-32 kg), males 55-80lb (25-36.5 kg). Weights vary widely within the breed.

Coat: All dogs are a glossy black with rich mahogany to chestnut markings. Their hair is slightly wavy or straight, fine-textured with long hairs, and on the tail they have moderate feathers. Junctions of markings with the coat are clearly delineated, not smudgy. Acceptable markings have very specific size and distribution in this breed. Regular grooming is important and they are considered an average shedder. Red coat color: Caused by an autosomal recessive gene (ee). Normally tan markings can be differentiated, especially when viewed in sunlight. Recessive e allele occurs in low frequency in the breed, and can be tested for by VetGen.

Longevity: 10-12 years.

Points of Conformation: The head is chiseled with a strong, square long muzzle and low set, heavy ears. His sturdy bone and robust, athletic build suits his reputation for stamina. The back is strong and short, with a moderately sloping topline. The thorax is deep with moderate girth, and the tail tapers not quite at the level of the tarsus, and is carried close to horizontal. Dewclaws may be removed. They have compact feet with arched toes and straight strong limbs. Their gait is characterized by long easy strides, and it is normal to see the tail flag while going. Legs arc in a straight flowing motion.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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