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Gordon Setter

Size: Medium / Large

Weight: 45 - 80 lbs.

Height: 23" - 27"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Health Problems: Hip dysplasia; progressive retinal atrophy; hypothyroidism; cerebellar cortical abiotrophy; epilepsy.

Origin: Great Britain (1600s)

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

Gordon Setters require daily exercise, such as a walk, jog or hike so that they do not develop behavioral problems.

Grooming Needs

Brushing several times per week is required for your Gordon Setter.


The Gordon Setter is an affectionate family dog that will need early socialization and obedience training. This breed responds best to praise and enjoys human companionship. Gordon Setters are generally barkers and make good watchdogs.

Compatibility with Kids

The Gordon Setter has the reputation as a devoted family dog.


The Gordon Setter originated in Scotland during the 1600s, where it was developed to hunt and retrieve. The Duke of Gordon made the breed popular and it was recognized by the AKC in 1892.

Pet Facts

This breed comes in black, with chestnut or mahogany markings.

Dog Food for Your Gordon Setter

Puppy select formula dog food

Puppy Select Formula

Features our exclusive balance of nutrients for growing puppies.

Bag of Adult Select Formula

Adult Select Formula

Formulated for dogs of all ages, an excellent choice for multi-dog families.

Senior select formula food for older dogs

Senior Select Formula

Formulated for dogs 7 years and older.

Food for dogs with sensitive stomachs

Sensitive Solutions

Features the SmartDefense™ System, with vitamins C & E.

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