Gordon Setter FCI Standard
At the beginning of the XIX century Setters were widely spread across the British Isles. However they came in so many varieties that it can be hardly categorised in any number of unique breeds. It’s known for sure that Alexander Gordon used in his breeding experiments the whole set of Setters of different size and colours. There is also a theory that the Gordon Setter acquired its distinct colour from the Bloodhound with whom it was interbred at some point.
The Gordon Setter was specifically developed to become a perfect personal gundog with ability to work over immense open spaces of Scotland of that time. This dog was capable of detecting of every species of game bird in its homeland. Moreover, it functioned effectively both on land and water. For some time it enjoyed great deal of popularity among hunters in the British Isles but it was soon replaced by some other trendier breeds. The Gordon Setter still has small but stable following in Scotland and Northern England.
Originally the Gordon Setter was imported to America in 1842. This breed failed to acquire lots of fanciers in this country and presently its role most exclusively boils down to the one of a docile companion for a hunter. American Kennel Club (AKC) recognised the dog in 1884 and the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1949.
The Gordon Setter certainly prefers a company of people it knows and expresses distrust by acting with cool dignity when it meets an unfamiliar person. Properly socialised members in most cases will be quite polite and friendly with strangers but some specimens will never get over its natural suspiciousness. This breed is observant and alert enough to make a fabulous watchdog. Nevertheless it can be barely accommodated to the role of a guard dog because of its low overall aggressiveness.
The Gordon Setter is generally alright with other unfamiliar dogs. However majority of the dogs would want to live in a family as the only dog to receive all its love and attention. It’s apt to seek for dominance in a group of other canines and this inclination may entail some conflicts between the Gordon Setter and an unfamiliar dog. On the whole this breed isn’t dog aggressive but some issues can happen between intact males. As a hunting dog it’s commonly trained to identify the location of the game and not to attack it. So well-socialised specimens will be able to co-exist relatively problem-free with a home cat though a young Gordon Setter may bother it by inviting to play.
• eye problems;
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• gastric torsion;
• neonatal neurological disorder.
This breed sheds averagely but its long hair can be rather visible on your furniture and closing. The ears of the Gordon Setter get easily dirty so its owner should pay special attention to its systematic cleaning.
It’s obligatory to apply in training of the Gordon Setter only mild encouragement and abundance of tasty incentives. The dog doesn’t respond well to screaming and other types of rough-housing and reacts to it with wilful behaviour or a repressed grudge.
Specimens, which receive insufficient amount of exercise, are tend to develop various behavioural issues including destructiveness, unreasonable excitability, nervousness and so on. Before adopting this dog you should consider that it would be virtually impossible to meet its exercise needs without a spacious yard.