Breeds of dogs: Setter Gordon

Breeds of dogs: Setter Gordon

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Great Britain.
F.C.I classification: Group 7 - standing dogs.

The Gordon Setter is a breed created in the mid-19th century. It seems it was born from the cross between an "English Setter" and a "Collie". According to various authors, the "Irish Setter" and the "Bloodhound" or "Chien of Saint-Ubert" also participated in the formation of the breed. Forms there is also of the blood of "Pointer". Its name derives from that of the Dukes of Richmond-Gordon, who created the breed.

General aspect

Medium-sized British set dog. This setter is much more massive and heavier than the "English Setter". This absolutely must not remember the "English Setter" in the general construction. It is built for the gallop and its structure must remember the hunting horse (Hunter).


Compared to its English namesake, it is slightly quieter. It is a generic set dog. At work he is less fast and his pace is less extended than the other setters. He can also be an excellent companion dog. He has a superb sense of smell and a certain attitude to the role of guard dog. Rather wary of strangers. Breed that has no particular problems. In this breed there is sometimes a hip dysplasia, so it is advisable to have the breeding checked. It can live both at home and in the garden.

Zara, female of Setter Gordon (photo by Ermanno Salvaterra

Lara, Setter female Gordon - propr. Giannerini Sauro (photo Giannerini Sauro)


- males 66 cm
- females 62 cm.
- males 29.5 kg
- females 25.5 kg

Trunk: massive, it is in the square.
Head and muzzle: rather voluminous, never light, with parallel skull-facial axes, square muzzle, very marked stop.
Truffle: black in color.
Teeth: correct and complete teeth. Scissor joint.
Neck: well erect and well inserted between the shoulders.
Ears: hanging, triangular in shape.
Eyes: they are large, sweet, dark.
Limbs: they are long, muscular, well in perpendicular.
Shoulder: of right inclination.
Gait: his ideal gait is the gallop.
Tail: inserted high, it is carried horizontally.
Hair: 5-6 cm long, silky, slightly wavy, with rich, not too thick fringes.
Allowed colors: anthracite black, with bright brown tan markings on the eyebrows, on the sides of the muzzle, on the throat, on the chest, on the limbs, on the feet and around the anus.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, non-standard measures, black eye, ears carried apple, insufficient musculature, incorrect gait, depigmented truffle, defective teeth, defective rear, too long hair, wavy hair, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, non-straight limbs, aggressive or shy character, coat colors not allowed by the standard.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: Dogs 101- Gordon Setter (September 2021).