The Gordon Setter was developed in the early 17th century in Scotland. This Setter was made popular by Duke Alexander IV of Gordon in the early 19th century. They were used as bird dogs because of their outstanding sense of smell. The Gordon had great stamina and could hunt in bad weather on both land and water. It was one of the breeds that were used in the development of the Irish Setter. It was recognized by the AKC in 1884.
The Gordon Setter male stands 24 to 27 inches and weighs 55 to 80 pounds; females are 23 to 26 inches and 45 to 70 pounds. It is slender and it has a head that is deep and with a long muzzle. It has a black nose that is broad. It has oval eyes that are dark brown. It has long ears that are set low, leveled with the eyes, hanging close to the head. It has a soft, shiny coat and is either slightly wavy or straight. The Gordon Setter is the only setter that comes in black with tan markings. There may be a small white spot on the chest.
The Gordon Setter is known for both its loyalty and obedience. It is polite, sweet-tempered, and devoted. It makes an enjoyable companion that is excellent with children. It is also brave, cheerful and affectionate. A Gordon Setter that has been introduced as a puppy to cats will get along well with them. If strangers visit, they adopt a wait-and-see attitude. Generally, they get along well with other dogs and with children because they are friendly dogs.
They are generally healthy but are prone to some health conditions like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (Bloat).