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Introducing the Breed

The Gordon Setter that we know today dates back several centuries and was developed in Scotland and the North of England primarily as a 'bird' dog whose keen nose and steadiness to set or point birds was highly sought after by hunters. These days, they are generally enjoyed as a superb companion dog and in UK, Europe and USA they are still used as working gundogs.

In temperament Gordons are extremely loyal and become very attached to their family but can be a little aloof towards strangers, which is perhaps why they tend to make better watch dogs than the other setter breeds. Overall Gordons are very intelligent and versatile and at present there are several who compete successfully in obedience, agility, tracking, jumping and flyball as well as in the show ring.

Gordons are excellent family dogs and are generally very reliable with children, but as with all dogs, interactions with young children should be supervised.. A young child doesn't know how to train a puppy to behave, and your puppy may learn unwanted lessons such as how to jump up, lick faces, and thieve food, to name a few! They thrive when involved in family life but will often be unhappy and bored if left by themselves for long periods.

They are very active dogs and require a commitment to daily exercise, preferably with access to an off-lead area where they can run freely.

Generally, their care involves a sensible feeding regime, regular brushing, plenty of exercise and the usual vaccinations. If you are a newcomer to the breed and are giving a home to an older dog, it is recommended that you seek advice from an experienced Gordon Setter owner.

Gordon setters are generally free of any major health problems, but they can be prone to hip dysplasia and we recommend that all breeders x-ray their breeding stock.

Gordons can be expected to live to around fourteen years so it is important to take this into consideration when buying a puppy. It is a long-term commitment.

For further information please contact the club sccretary at secretary@gordonsetterclub.com.au