SETTER GORDON DOG

The “tan and black show dog”, currently known as the Setter Gordon is native to Scotland, and stands out for its appearance and character. 
A Setter well marked in black and tan, with a substantial bone structure and muscles, the Setter Gordon is an active hunter, with style and a good size. The male stands between 60 and 68 cm, the female between 58 and 66 cm to the withers. According to the FCI a maximum of 66 cm in males and 62 cm in females. Its typical head is quite deep and somewhat heavy, well chiseled, highlighting the Gordon’s elegance and dignity. The ears, low inserted and medium sized, well folded and flat on the head. The muzzle is quite long and not pointy. The neck is long and clean, without dewlap; the upper outline is moderately descending; the body is short, and the chest is deep. The tail is straight or slightly in scimitar shape, should not go over the hock, with stripes forming a triangle, correctly inserted, so the carriage is not too happy, but dignified. The limbs provide movement amplitude and impulse. The coat is soft and shiny, smooth or slightly wavy, but not curly; at the ears, abdomen, chest and limbs the hair is longer. The color should be intense coal black with rich chestnut or tan colors.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
An intelligent and set idea, the Setter Gordon is a thinking dog. 
The majestic carriage of a dog implies natural intelligence, and this described the Setter Gordon well. Stronger in character than other hunting breeds, the Gordon requires early training. Its hunting instinct is intact and it easily gets distracted with pigeons or squirrels at the park. A good sized dog, athletic, is not the best choice for people living in an apartment, and the boredom of being confined in a limited zone is a torture for the Gordon. In general it is a kind and soft dog, which loves children’s company.
 
DEVELOPMENT             
The average per litter is 8 to 12 puppies. Its weight is between 280 to 390 g. Tan colored markings are apparent at birth, and darken after eight weeks. Completely red puppies can be born; in the US they can be enrolled in some origin websites, but not in show, and they should never be bred. It is best to talk to the breeder and follow guidelines for diet and supplements, especially during the whole first year. The Gordon is surprisingly slow to mature, and it may not reach complete physical beauty until after six years, since its fur needs up to four years to completely develop.
 
Since the Setter Gordon grows slower than other breeds, the new owner should ensure an appropriate diet. The breeder can indicate the line needs.
 
HEALTH             
The Setter Gordon has a good amount of hair for a sport dog. The puppy should get used to regular brushing sessions.
The Gordon basically enjoys good health; this breed prefers plenty of exercise and entertainment outdoors with its owner. With its abundant hair, regular care is essential; the long dropping ears can cause ear infections. The feet pads should be checked every week, and clip the extra hair. You should be careful of heat stroke. Common problems affecting other breeds also affect the Gordon, i.e. hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and thyroid problems. A less frequent disease, known as cerebral cortical atrophy, is manifested by coordination failures and difficult movement – symptoms usually begin around the sixth month. Since it is recessive, both parents should be carriers, for which they should never be bred with. In most cases the dog suffering this degenerative disease should be put down. Longevity is over ten years.