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 flagScotland
Other Names
What other names does the Gordon Setter have?
Gordon Castle Setters
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Gordon Setter Price and Availability

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? How much money is a Gordon Setter?
$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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Gordon Setter? How many Gordon Setter are there in the world?
Frequent: The Gordon Setter is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Gordon Setter Size

Size
Is a Gordon Setter small, medium or large dog?

How big do Gordon Setter get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Gordon Setter weigh? How much should the Gordon Setter breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Gordon Setter?
Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Gordon Setter?
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)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Gordon Setter?
Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Gordon Setter Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Gordon Setter have? What does this canine coat/fur 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 baths are 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 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Gordon Setter need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Gordon Setter every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Gordon Setter Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Gordon Setter have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertEagerIntelligentConfidentFearlessLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Gordon Setter? Is the Gordon Setter breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Gordon Setter's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Gordon Setter is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

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? Is a Gordon Setter a good family dog?
High: 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 are considered 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? Are they barkers/noisy? 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 the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Gordon Setter good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Gordon Setters are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a 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.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Gordon Setter dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
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 its 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Gordon Setter has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Gordon Setter? How much bite force does a Gordon Setter have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Gordon Setter bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Gordon Setter, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

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 explore or wander a lot? Does Gordon Setter roam?
The 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?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Gordon Setter breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Gordon Setter indoors can cause a lot of problems.
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
How long can a Gordon Setter be left 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.

Gordon Setter Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Gordon Setter temperament with other people:
Gordon Setters are average friendly towards strangers.
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.
Child Friendly
Are Gordon Setter dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Gordon Setter temperament with 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the Gordon Setter breed live with a cat?
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?
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Gordon Setter breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Gordon Setter breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Gordon Setters are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Gordon Setters good office dogs? Do Gordon Setters make good office friendly dogs? Can Gordon Setters be office 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.

Gordon Setter Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Gordon Setter dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Gordon Setter is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Gordon Setter breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Gordon Setter see the vet?
Average
The Gordon Setter should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Gordon Setter dogs live? How old can a Gordon Setter be? What is the age limit of the Gordon Setter? How many years can the oldest Gordon Setter live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Gordon Setter?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Gordon Setter: 11 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? What is the activity level of the Gordon Setter?
Gordon Setters are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Gordon Setter 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 the Gordon Setter breed 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.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Gordon Setter need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Gordon Setter breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Gordon Setter? How much food should I feed my Gordon Setter?
3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and 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.

Gordon Setter As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Gordon Setter be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Gordon Setter be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Gordon Setter is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Gordon Setter be a boat dog?

Yes

Gordon Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Gordon Setter dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Gordon Setter Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Gordon Setter pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Gordon Setter breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Gordon Setter breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Gordon Setter have? How many puppies can a Gordon Setter give birth to?
6-8 puppies

Gordon Setter Recognition

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 RegistryAustralian National Kennel CouncilCanadian Kennel ClubContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Gordon Setter Pros and Cons

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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Gordon Setters are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Gordon Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Gordon Setters don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Gordon Setter breed.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Gordon Setter requires a lot of grooming.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The 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.

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Gordon Setter Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • David Mendez

    Jul 21, 2020, 9:52:13 PM:

    This is the best Dog breed We had. Loyal, lovely, energetic, really familiar, happy and goofy