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Gordon Setter

Breed origin: Scotland
Original purpose: Bird dog.

AKC recognized: 1878
AKC group: Sporting

Size: Weight: males 55 to 80 lbs; females 45 to 70 lbs
Size: Height: males 24 to 27 inches; females 23 to 26 inches
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Color: Black with tan markings, either of rich chestnut or mahogany color.

Life span: 10 to 12 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Gordon Setter is intelligent, alert, gay, interested, fearless, affectionate, loyal, and confident. They make good family dogs and are generally patient with children, although puppies and even adult dogs might be too boisterous for very young children. They have great stamina and require a lot of exercise, both physical and mental. They must not be allowed to roam because their strong hunting instinct will lead them into trouble. They are said to be slow to mature, taking about three years to do so, and even after that they will retain many puppy-like characteristics well into adulthood.

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Good with children? Yes

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, hunting

Exercise requirement: An hour to an hour-and-a-half of vigorous exercise daily, plus frequent leash walks.

Grooming requirement: Brush or comb weekly to prevent mats, and trim the hair between the toes periodically.

Known health problems: Gastric dilatation volvulus, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Gordon Setter (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Nona Kilgore Bauer and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2006
158 pages

Gordon Setters Today
By Jose Baddeley
Published in 2002
171 pages

The Field Gordon Setter: The Black and Tan Bombshell
By Suzanne Sorby and Norman B. Sorby
Published in 1987
366 pages

Gordon Setters
By Frederick Schweppe and Bart King
Published in 1990
192 pages

The Complete Gordon Setter
By Jean Sanger Look and Anita Lustenberger
Published in 1984
418 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Gordon Setter Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Gordon Setter Club of America Rescure Program

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