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Gordon Setter
Beloved family companion with minimal interest in strangers, the Gordon Setter, most substantial of the Setters recognized by the AKC combines beauty, brains and birdiness with the further blessings of a uniquely pleasant personality.

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General Information
Group(s): SportingPointer-Setter Height: 23-27 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 45-80 pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: black and tan Coat type: shining and soft, long with heavy feathering
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: The presence of a Gordon Setter in full glory is difficult to overestimate. Burnished thick, luxuriant coat of black and tan draped over an elegant, substantial and athletic body with impressive head of soft expression and long ears.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: medium to moderate
General Nature: fabulous with those they know well
  with Children: very good if raised with them
  with other pets: very good
  with dogs: very good
Socialization requirements: consistent with a dog that is highly devoted to family but indifferent to strangers; socialize heavily when young to be sure confidence is in line with demands
Ideal home characteristics: dedicated to providing a large dog with adequate exercise and mental stimulation; providing a pleasant and fun environment with adequate time to commit to activities including grooming
Temperament Notes: indifferent to strangers, requires suitable socializing, happy, pleasant with an ever wagging tail, of somewhat soft and gentle nature
Training requirement: can be limited to basic manners but certainly capable of much much more
Trainer notes: The Gordon Setter for all its rugged charm (at least relative to the finer English and Irish Setter) is a gentle, loving dog to the core.  Harsh handling will destroy his joie de vivre and so must be protected through all aspects of socializing and training.  The happy, well socialized Gordon Setter will be of an eternally happy nature with softly wagging tail.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: some indication as far back as the 16th century, but noted around 1820s
Country of Origin: Scotland/England
Original Function: Setter/Pointer
History: Developed as a bird-dog in the early 1800s, its popularity rose with its hunting skill and remains solid because of its exceptional characteristics as a companion today.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: Gastric Torsion (initiated by bloat); Canine Hip Dysplasia; Hypothyroidism
Health Testing: CERF, OFA or Penn Hip; Thyroid Panel
Questions to ask Breeder:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Gordon Setters?
  • Why did you breed this litter?
  • How often do you breed?
  • What titles do you seek to place on your breeding stock?
  • How did you choose the sire of this litter?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What health problems do you find in the breed?
  • What health clearances do your breeding stock have?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
Web Sites:

http://www.gsca.org/Rescue/rescue.html - National Parent Club Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard:

http://www.gsca.org/Gordons/standard.html - Standard of the Gordon Setter as per the Gordon Setter Club of America

Breeder Ethics:

http://www.gsca.org/Rescue/rescue.html - Code of Ethics from the Gordon Setter Club of America

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