Non-sporting Breeds

Gordon Setter

Gordon Setter
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 24-27 in (60-70cm) Bitch: 23-26 in (57-65cm)
Weight: Dog: 55-80 lb (25-36.5kg) Bitch: 45-70 lb (20-31.5kg)
Coat: Short and fine on head, fronts of legs, and tips of ears; moderately long over rest of body; flat and curl-free
Color: Deep, shining coal black, without rustiness, and with lustrous tan (chestnut red) markings; black penciling on toes and black streak under jaw permissible

The Gordon, formerly the Gordon Castle Setter,owes its existence to Alexander,Fourth Duke of Richmond and Gordon,who bred Scotland's only gundog in the late 1770s.He aimed to produce a larger,heavier setter by introducing Bloodhound and,it is widely thought,collie blood.Gordons are not so fast or stylish as other setters. The Gordon is a tireless worker,able to withstand the heat of grouse shooting in the height of summer better than other setters,and able to work without water for longer.It will combine the role of gundog admirably with that of a family pet and it is a better watchdog than other setters.The Gordon needs plenty of space and lots of exercise,and is not best suited to town life.
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