Gordon Setter

The Gordon Setter has a special appearance giving him a magnificent look. He is an excellent hunting dog with an exceptional sense of smell, but a little slower than other Setters. He is an incredible companion dog and loves the entire family. He is harmless with children, whom he loves very much.

Height 56 to 64 cm
Weight 25 to 30 kg
Life expectancy 10 to 13 years
Hair Loss High
Excercise Need High
Home country United Kingdom (UK)

Quick Overview of the Gordon Setter


  • Affectionate and friendly
  • Well-balanced
  • Loves children
  • Slightly stubborn


  • Most harmonious look
  • Head with slightly rounded skull
  • Beautiful hanging ears


  • Very robust
  • No particular pathology
  • Generally enjoys excellent health

Temperament of the Gordon Setter

Slower than other Setters, the Gordon Setter is a loyal, sporty, affectionate, balanced and very friendly dog. He loves children and is an avid player. Sometimes slightly stubborn, his education must nevertheless be firm and unambiguous.

Excellent swimmer, he can easily adapt to all terrain even if he is a little slower than the others when hunting and working. He is slower but much calmer than other Setters. His calm temperament allows him to live well in an apartment as a city dog.

He is a dog with a strong character with no half measures. His education must be clear and clean.

Breed Appearance

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Possessing class, the Gordon Setter is built for galloping. His silhouette is reminiscent of a hunting horse (the hunter). He is much more massive than his ancestor, the English Setter, and his gait is very harmonious.


Between 58 and 64 cm (22.83 to 25.20 inches) for the male
Between 56 and 62 cm (22.05 to 24.41 inches) for the female


Between 25 and 30 kg (55.12 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 25 and 30 kg (55.12 to 66.14 pounds) for the female


His coat is black with red and tan markings and his eyebrows, chest, throat, legs, feet and sides of the muzzle are chestnut red.


His silky, slightly wavy coat is 5 to 6 cm (2 to 3 inches) long with very pretty fringes.


His head has a slightly rounded skull. His large eyes are dark and his gaze is very soft. His beautiful hanging ears are triangular. His nose is black. His tail is carried horizontally.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 2 and is #6

Characteristics of the Gordon Setter

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Gordon Setter puppy: between 700 € / $ 1 / £1 and 1200 € / $ 1 / £1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Gordon Setter: 110 € / $ 1 / £1
The monthly budget includes the average expenses for food and hygiene products (grooming, anti-parasite...)

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Tips About this breed

The education of Gordon Setter is very important. Calmer than most Setters, he is still slightly stubborn. The main thing is to not allow any half-measures and ambiguities in his education or instructions.

Everything has to be very clear and sharp. Orders must always be pronounced with the same words. Patience and psychology are required with this superb dog.

With a good education, the Gordon Setter will have no difficulty in following his master.

He is docile and affectionate, but patience is required because his slight stubbornness sometimes makes him react in the wrong way.

He will be very happy indoors and can easily make do with the space of an apartment if he can get plenty of exercise outside. He is a great sportsman and an athlete at heart.

Health of the Gordon Setter

Very robust, the breed is not affected by any particular pathology and the specimens generally enjoy excellent health.


The maintenance of the Gordon Setter is not difficult but it is necessary to make sure to provide him with a good regular brushing. As his ears are hanging, they should be inspected regularly.

This dog must be able to run and have enough space to exercise daily.

History of this breed

The Gordon Setter is the latest addition to the Setters family. Of Scottish origin, this pointing, hunting dog has been around since the end of the 18th century. There were already black and tan Setters in the middle of the 16th century, but the Duke of Gordon developed the breed to get the Gordon Setter we know today.

The origins of the Gordon Setter apparently come from the genes of the Collie, English Setter, Irish Setter and Bloodhound. He was nicknamed the "Black and Tan Scottish Spaniel" in the 20th century and the English Kennel Club registered him as the Gordon Setter. He appeared in the United States in the 19th century.

He was also nicknamed "Sleeping Dog" due to the fact that he led the birds directly into the nets of the hunters of the time. He is an excellent hunting dog for most game, but excels especially with woodcock.

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