Possessing a superior sense of smell and good stamina, the Gordon Setter is an ideal one-man shooting dog. Made popular by Duke Alexander the 4th of Scotland in 19th century, this dog was a good all purpose bird dog that was able to point and retrieve with great skill. While this breed contributed to the creation of the Irish and English Setter, it lost popularity to faster hunting dogs.
The Gordon Setter is an obedient, loyal and intelligent dog that makes a very skilled hunter. Its sturdy body structure and beautiful wavy black and tan coat distinguishes it from other Setters. Like most hunting dogs, the Gordon Setter field lines will be smaller than the bench lines bred for show.
Males will be between 22 and 24 inches in height at the withers and weigh between 45 and 50 pounds. Females will be between 20 and 21 inches tall and weigh between 40 and 45 pounds.
Photo Courtesy of Melrose Gordon Setters.