American Canine Association


Gordon Setter


Originating in Scotland hundreds of years ago, the Gordon Setter was a breed used as a retrieving dog, generally for waterfowl. This breed has an incredible sense of smell and is known for their keen ability to hunt on both land and water. This breed is very popular in the USA today as both hunting and family companions.


The Gordon Setter is a large breed dog with males and females measuring 23-27 inches in height and weighing 50-80 pounds in weight. This breed has a oblong shaped head forming into a broad, rectangular muzzle. Their two large ears are folded gently alongside of their face. Their two eyes are oval in shape and generally a light hazel to dark brown in color. This breed is built long, lean and tall. Their tail is long in length, thicker at the base and tapering to a point, covered in flowing hair and positioned downwards and out. Their long coat is wavy in appearance, soft in texture and is only available in a black and chestnut color combination.


The Gordon Setter is an extremely well mannered, obedient breed. This breed is wonderful with children of all ages and does well with other dogs. Due to their intense sense of smell, this breed should not be in a home with other pets. This breed is easy to train and very eager to learn. Early socialization and obedience classes are recommended. This breed requires a confident owner who uses positive reinforcement training methods. Be sure to include your Gordon Setter in as many family activities and outings as you can, as they want to be involved and with you as much as possible. This breed is loyal, loving and devoted to their family members. This breed is a wonderful hunting partner and family companion.


This breed requires daily brushing and regular professional grooming. This breed does shed.

Special Notes

This breed requires a properly fenced in yard or harness and leash while outdoors at all times due to their intense sense of smell and natural instinct to hunt. This breed is prone to bloat and eye issues. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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