Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Gordon Setter demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Gun Dog and is known by its nick name the "Scottish Gun Dog". The origin of the Gordon Setter dog breed was in Scotland where it was developed in the 1700's.
Gordon Setter Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1884): The Gordon Setter is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1884).
Other names for the Gordon Setter: The Gordon Setter is known by the nickname of the "Scottish Gun Dog". Other names for this breed of dog include the Scottish Setter and Scotch Setter.
Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Gordon Setter" derives from the name of Alexander Gordon, the chief of the Gordon clan, who is credited with founding the breed. The word 'setter' reflected the original hunting style by which the dog crouched, or set itself down, near game birds to show their location to the hunter.
Gordon Setter History and Origin: The country of origin of the Gordon Setter breed was in Scotland during the 1700's as a hunting dog. Its place of origin was in Highland region of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The ancestors of the Gordon Setter are the Scottish Terrier that resulted in its black and tan coloring and the English Setter. The early Scottish setters were shorter the leg, which suited their setting posture when working with hunters by crouching down in front of game birds, such as the quail, pheasant, partridge, grouse and duck, preventing the escape of the bird, until the hunter was alerted and could throw a net over it.
This style of hunting radically changed in the 1770's with the development of firearms. Hunters needed a 'gun dog' to locate game for the new style 'wing shooting' hunters.
A Scottish nobleman Alexander Gordon (18 June 1743 – 17 June 1827), the 4th Duke of Gordon, the Marquess of Huntly and the chief of the Gordon clan was instrumental in the development of the Gordon Setter. The appearance of the original Scottish Setters changed to longer legged dogs that to cover wider grounds to find the scattered birds. Alexander Gordon formalised its breed standard in 1820. The Gordon Setter was exported to the United States where it gained popularity as an active Bird Dog and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1884.
Gordon Setter Modern History: The modern history of the Gordon Setter moved on and as the hunting lifestyle of the breed changed it became a loyal, active family pet that requires a large amount of space. For additional information about Setters also refer to the Irish Setter and the English Setter.
Gordon Setter Height: The Gordon Setter breed is classified as a large sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 24 - 27 inches (61 - 69 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 23 - 26 inches (58 - 66 cm).
Gordon Setter Weight: Not surprisingly for a large sized dog, the weight of a Gordon Setter male dog is 55 - 80 pounds (25 - 36 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 45 - 70 pounds (20 - 32 kg).
Gordon Setter Coat Type: The coat type is described as soft, shiny, straight or curly coat.
Gordon Setter Coat Colors: The colors of the Gordon Setter dog breed include black & tan, red, tan colors. N.B. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors.
Gordon Setter Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Gordon Setter is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate in order to maintain a healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections. The modest grooming needs of the Gordon Setter is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.
Gordon Setter Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 6-8 puppies. Gordon Setter puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Gordon Setter puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Gordon Setter Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of the popular Gordon Setter dog breed is described as Dashing, Eager, Loyal, Fearless and Faithful.
Gordon Setter Exercise Requirements - HIGH Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is high. The Gordon Setter requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately one to two hours each day. This large, powerful dog has a bold, free-swinging, athletic gait with strides of a moderate length and requires a brisk walking speed or jogging by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements.
Gordon Setter Diet: A fully grown Gordon Setter should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Gordon Setter Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Gordon Setter breed include Gastric torsion, Hip & Elbow Dysplasia, Epilepsy. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Gordon Setter dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Gordon Setter Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Gordon Setter breed is 10-12 years.
Gordon Setter Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Gordon Setter breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Gordon Setter names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names for a Gordon Setter are: Maximus *** Buster *** Cody *** Bailey *** Winston *** Toby *** Josh *** Zeus *** Gideon *** Jesse *** Mickey.
Gordon Setter Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Gordon Setter names are Zara *** Lola *** Honey *** Sophie *** Bella *** Princess *** Kishi *** Rosie *** Misty *** Duchess.