The Gordon Setter is an alert, confident, and loyal breed. These calm dogs seem to always have a serious air about them, but make very playful and curious puppies. These dogs do well when they are living indoor dog lives, but also get a lot of exercise time outside. They love being part of the family, and are polite with guests in your home.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. Interestingly, these dogs have come to be known as a bit of a status symbol. One poll said that most owners of Gordon Setters are wealthy.
2. The Gordon Setter is black and tan in color, and has little brown “eyebrow” markings over their eyes.
3. Gordon Setters are very intelligent, and have the reasoning capacity equivalent to that of a 5 to 7 year old child.
4. This breed’s history goes way back, all the way back to 1620 in fact. They were popularized by Duke Alexander Gordon, who the breed was soon renamed after.
5. Because these dogs have lots of energy and require extensive training, they are not recommended for first time dog owners.
6. Two Gordon Setter pups first made their way to the United States in 1842, one of them was given to the esteemed Statesman Daniel Webster.
7. These dogs are happiest when they have a job to do, and do not do well in an apartment environment.
8. The Gordon Setter needs to be groomed fairly often, requiring regular brushing to avoid matting.
9. In America, the standard color for the breed is black and tan, but in Canada any color of Gordon is allowed by breed standards.
10. One of the most powerful traits of the Gordon is his memory, he can remember and relocate where he hunted for birds in a field for a full year after he’s hunted there.