Gordon Setter

Gordon Setter

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Of the group of dogs Setter, he is the most majestic and massive, but less diffuse. An exceptional swimmer, adapts to all terrains and has an incredible nose, however his search is not as wide as those of the other dogs in the group, yet being methodical. Very resistant, it follows all types of hunting, but prefers woodcocks and snipe.

Also known as a black and fire setter, due to the colors of its fur, it can adapt to various types of life, but it is not a dog that adapts well to the city as it needs space and plenty of exercise. In addition to the hunting function for which it was created, the Gordon Setter also plays the role of companion dog, participates in obedience competition and dog samples.


Its ancestral lineage dates from the beginning of the 17th century, around 1620, in Scotland. It is believed that the other two dogs of the Setter breed, the Collie and the Bloodhound participated in its creation. As a popular hunter in his country, he was featured in the kennel of the fourth Duke of Gordon in the 19th century, losing his space for faster dogs when field tests became popular. The Duke of Gordon was responsible for creating the breed with the characteristics that are accepted until today. The breed was imported into the United States in 1842 and the first American breed club appeared in 1891.

It has been used as a bird hunting dog for about two hundred years. Contrary to what many people think, Gordon Setter, English Setter and Irish Setter are three different breeds, not color variations of the same breed.


This dog is brave in nature, but at the same time gentle and sociable. Smart and dignified. His affectionate and devoted way to the owner makes him a good company. It is a breed that does not show excessive aggression or shyness. It requires a firm education, but it must be combined with patience and softness. As a dog with a good memory, he hardly forgets what he was taught.

He is a polite dog with everyone, being reserved with strangers, but not to the point of serving as a guard dog, since he will only bark to warn that someone has arrived. The Black and Fire Setter he is especially patient and loving with children. Active, to the point of being almost curious; it needs daily activities, because when sedentary it tends to become destructive, getting ready, biting things and barking excessively.


This dog is elegant, symmetrical and can have its constitution compared to that of a Hunter, a species of hunting horse. Its gait is quite propelled in the forelegs, free and firm. The hair is short and thin on the head, tip of the ears and front of the legs, the bangs are silky and long behind the ears, long and thin on the back of the legs and on the belly can extend up to the chest and neck. The color is intense black, without rust marks and shiny, with bright red brown markings, it can present a white mark on the chest. Other colors are not allowed. The red brown marks are located on the eyes - two marks that should not exceed 2 cm in diameter - one on each side of the snout, two on the chest and throat, on the front legs the mark goes up to the elbow and on the back and thighs it is internal. It has brown marks around the anus. You may also have black lines on your fingers and jaws. The legs are well closed, oval in shape and the toes have a lot of hair between them.

The skull of Gordon Setter breed it is dry, broad between the ears and slightly rounded. The truffle is black, wide, with open nostrils. The snout is long, neither tapered nor pointed. The jaws are strong and the bite is scissor, perfect, complete and regular. The eyes are bright, with an intelligent and lively expression, dark brown in color. The ears are set low, fine and medium in size, with fringes at the top. The neck is dewlapped, long and arched. Its tail is straight, thick at the base and tapers to the tip, carried horizontally or below the back, with long, straight fringes that start from close to the root.

Specific care

Requires regular brushing. As some dogs of this breed have a tendency to swell, the ideal is to feed them several small portions of feed during the day instead of a large portion. When walking with Gordon it is important to keep him on a leash, as small animals on the move and interesting smells attract your attention due to his strong hunting instinct. Whenever possible, allow the dog to exercise in a safe space.


With an average life span of 12 years, it is a healthy breed. Some Gordon Setter dogs may develop hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism and cataracts. The only special attention required by them is ear care.

Video: Gordon setter- field trial training