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Gordon Setter Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Gordon Setter so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginScotland
Other Names
What other names does the Gordon Setter have? The dog breed also known as...
Gordon Castle Setters
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Gordon Setter recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Gordon Setter recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the British and Irish Pointers and Setters section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Gordon Setter breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Gordon Setter puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Gordon Setter price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Gordon Setter, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Gordon Setter for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Gordon Setter gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Gordon Setter size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Gordon Setter weigh? Gordon Setter weight:
Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Gordon Setter? Gordon Setter average weight:
Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height
How tall is the Gordon Setter? Gordon Setter height:
Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Gordon Setter average height:
Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Gordon Setter have? What does this canine coat look like?
SoftWavyShinyStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Gordon Setter's coat?
TanRedBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Gordon Setter and how often?
Advanced: The Gordon Setter requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Gordon Setter a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Gordon Setter, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Gordon Setter dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Gordon Castle Setters? Gordon Setter shedding level:
Gordon Setters shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Gordon Setter have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AlertEagerIntelligentConfidentFearlessLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Gordon Setter? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Gordon Setter's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Gordon Setter dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Gordon Setters are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Gordon Setter is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Gordon Setter sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Gordon Setters don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Gordon Setters are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Gordon Castle Setters need? Gordon Setter social needs:
Gordon Setters need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Gordon Setter dogs bark a lot? Why does my Gordon Castle Setters bark?
Average: The Gordon Setter barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Gordon Setter good as a watchdog?
Gordon Setters are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Gordon Setters will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Gordon Setter dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Gordon Setters are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Gordon Setter bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Gordon Castle Setters? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Gordon Setter? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Gordon Setter has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Gordon Setter do?
Gordon Setters have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Gordon Setters need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Gordon Setter to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Gordon Setter roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Gordon Setter is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Gordon Setter have high prey drive?
Gordon Setters have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Gordon Setters are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Gordon Setter good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Gordon Setters are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Gordon Setters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Gordon Setter dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Gordon Setters are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Gordon Setter dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Gordon Setter and children:
Gordon Setters are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Gordon Setter dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Gordon Setters are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Gordon Setter good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Gordon Setter dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Gordon Setters are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Gordon Setter is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Gordon Setters good office dogs? Do Gordon Setters make good office friendly dogs? Can Gordon Setters be ofiice dogs?
No
Gordon Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Gordon Setter dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Gordon Castle Setters temperament with senior people? Are Gordon Setter dogs good for elderly owners?
Gordon Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Gordon Setter dogs get along with other pets? Are Gordon Setter dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Gordon Setters are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Gordon Setter breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Gordon Setters are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Gordon Setter be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Gordon Setter is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Gordon Setter be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Gordon Setter is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Gordon Setter be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Gordon Setter is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Gordon Setter be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Gordon Setter is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Gordon Setter be a boat dog?
Yes
Gordon Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Gordon Setter be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Gordon Setter is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Gordon Setter dogs have health problems?
The Gordon Setter is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Gordon Setter dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Gordon Setter be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Gordon Setter breed hypoallergenic?
No
Gordon Setters don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Gordon Setter have?
Gordon Setters are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Gordon Setter dogs require per day?
Gordon Setters need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Gordon Setters don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Gordon Setter need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Gordon Setter risk for obesity:
Average. The Gordon Setter has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Gordon Setter's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Gordon Setter can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Gordon Setter has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Gordon Setter drool?
The Gordon Setter is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Gordon Setter puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Gordon Setter: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Gordon Setter have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Gordon Setter have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Gordon Setter

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Gordon Setter's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Gordon Setters are easy to train.
  • Watchdog Ability: Gordon Setters are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Gordon Setters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Gordon Setters are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Gordon Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Boat Dog: Gordon Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Gordon Setters don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Gordon Setters are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Gordon Setter requires a lot of grooming.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Gordon Setter is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Dog Friendly: Gordon Setters are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Gordon Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Gordon Setters are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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