Gordon Setter

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The Full Gordon Setter Description

Gordons are muscular, big-boned, and sturdy. They are highly intelligent, quick to train, and have good memories. They thrive on plenty of vigorous exercise and mature at about four years of age.

Did you know?

The Gordon Setters ancient lineage dates back to 1620.
Gordon Setters first started to hunt game birds almost 200 years ago.

So you want to own a Gordon Setter ?

The dark coat of the Gordon Setter absorbs heat very quickly so owners should watch for signs of overheating.
Gordon Setters are protective of their family and children but are not aggressive unless they, or someone they love is being threatened.
Gordon Setters love a good long run, however, daily walks will suffice.

Indicative Breed Standard


General Appearance

Stylish dog, with galloping lines. Consistent with its build which can be compared to a weight-carrying hunter. Symmetrical in conformation throughout.


Intelligent, able and dignified.


Bold, outgoing, of kindly even disposition.

Head and Skull

Head deep rather than broad, but broader than muzzle, showing brain room. Skull slightly rounded, broadest between ears. Clearly defined stop, length from occiput to stop slightly longer than from stop to nose. Below and above eyes lean, cheeks as narrow as leanness of head allows. Muzzle fairly long with almost parallel lines, neither pointed, nor snipy. Flews not pendulous, clearly defined lips. Nose large, broad, nostrils open and black. Muzzle not quite as deep as its length.


Dark brown, bright. Neither deep nor prominent, set sufficiently under brows, showing keen, intelligent expression.


Medium size, thin. Set low, lying close to head.


Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.


Long, lean, arched, without throatiness.


Shoulder blades long, sloping well back, wide flat bone, close at withers, not loaded. Elbows well let down, and close to body. Forelegs flat-boned, straight, strong; upright pasterns.


Moderate length, deep brisket, ribs well sprung. Back ribs deep. Loins wide, slightly arched. Chest not too broad.


From hip to hock long, broad and muscular, hock to heel short, strong, stifles well bent, straight from hock joint to ground. Pelvis tending to horizontal.


Oval, close-knit, well arched toes, plenty of hair between. Well padded toes, deep heel cushions.


Straight or slightly scimitar, not reaching below hocks. Carried horizontally or below line of back. Thick at root, tapering to fine point. Feather or flag starting near root, long, straight, growing shorter to point.


Steady, free-moving and true, with plenty of drive behind.


On head, front of legs, tips of ears short and fine, moderate length; flat and free from curl or wave on all other parts of body. Feather on upper portion of
ears long and silky; on backs of legs long, fine, flat and straight, fringes on belly may extend to chest and throat. As free as possible from curl or wave.


Deep, shining coal black, without rustiness, with markings of chestnut red, i.e. lustrous tan. Black pencilling on toes and black streak under jaw permissible. ‘Tan markings’: two clear spots over eyes not over 2 cms (3/4 in) in diameter. On sides of muzzle, tan not reaching above base of nose, resembling a stripe around clearly defined end of muzzle from one side to other. Also on throat, two large, clear spots on chest. On inside hindlegs and inside thighs, showing down front of stifle and broadening out to outside of hindlegs from hock to toes. On forelegs, up to elbows behind, and to knees
or little above, in front. Around vent. Very small white spot on chest permissible. No other colour permissible.


Height: dogs: 66 cms (26 ins); bitches: 62 cms (241/2 ins). Weight: dogs: 29.5 kgs (65 lbs); bitches: 25.5 kgs (56 lbs).

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