BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION
Amethyst Madison Gordonstar
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Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.
* The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.
24 to 27 inches (61-69 cm)
45 to 75 lbs (20.5 to 34 kg)
The Gordon Setter was developed in Scotland as a larger, heavier Setter able to adapt to the rugged Scottish countryside. The Gordon won the world's first dog show, limited to Pointers and Setters, held in Britain in 1859.
He is a devoted family companion but not overly friendly to strangers. He generally gets along very well with children and can show a strong protective instinct for the children in his family. He has a keen intellect and excellent memory. The Gordon is known for his endurance and keen scenting ability but is not as fast as the other Setter breeds.
The Gordon can adapt to varied living conditions; however, as a sporting dog, he needs regular outdoor exercise. As a hunting companion, the Gordon is often described as "a personal hunting dog", meaning that the dog works well in the field with the master that he shares his home with.
His coat is soft, shiny and silky. It can be straight or slightly wavy with long hair on the ears, stomach, chest and back of the legs. His colouring is always a deep, coal black with tan or mahogany markings.
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The Gordon Setter is generally a healthy breed; however, like all breeds of dogs, they can be prone to some health problems including:
- Bloat As with any deep-chested dog, the occurrence of Bloat or Gastric Torsion is a real possibility in the Gordon Setter. If you are not familiar with this condition, it is absolutely necessary to learn about it and know the symptoms This is a real emergency and a life threatening condition that requires immediate Veterinary attention. See Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) Bloat in the Health and Nutrition section of Canada's Guide to Dogs for more information and First Aid for Bloat for an article describing some of the things you can do if you are faced with this situation.
- Hip Dysplasia
- Hypothyroidism This thyroid disease is fairly common in the Gordon Setter breed.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
If you are considering the adoption of a Gordon Setter puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- Canine Inherited Disorders Database Gordon Setter
- Health and Nutrition Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- CKC Breed Standard
- AKC Breed Standard
- UKC Breed Standard
- The Kennel Club (U.K.) Breed Standard
- FCI Breed Standard No. 6
The Gordon's long coat requires weekly brushing and combing to avoid mats. In addition the nails as well as the hair on the bottom of their feet and between the toes should be kept trimmed.
- Grooming This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
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- Clubs, Sports & Activities For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
- Working Dogs The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.