Routine Care: Gordon Setters are a high energy hunting dog so a fenced yard and exercise are a must. Keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.
Grooming: They need to be brushed regularly to keep their coat mat-free.
Dental: Gordon Setters generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
They are alert, enthusiastic, tireless, and fearless hunting dogs. With proper exercise and socialization,n they make a cheerful and affectionate family companion.
• Excellent family dog, watchdog, and hunting dog
• Brave and ready for adventure
• Sweet, playful, and friendly
• Good with kids and other pets
• Devoted, loyal, and protective
• Intelligent and easy to train
• Needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation
• Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog
• Prone to separation anxiety and associated barking and chewing behaviors
• Sensitive by nature, a bit slow to mature
• Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam
• Standoffish toward strangers
Whether you are considering adding a new Gordon Setter to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Gordon Setter will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Gordon Setter you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Gordon Setter could encounter:
- Eye Problems
- Dry Eye
- Eyelid Abnormality
- Retinal Dysplasia
The Gordon Setter originated in Scotland during the early part of the 17th century. Bred as a one-man gun dog, they are used today as game birds. Gordons have an outstanding sense of smell and excel at hunting, tracking, pointing, and retrieving. The Gordon Setter can be independent and strong-willed. While they are loyal and loving, they require a strong leader and adequate exercise. Gordons are protective of their family and home and may be aggressive with strange dogs.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Gordon Setter shows signs of the following:
• Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge
• Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
• Drooping or outward rolling eyelid, red eye(s)
• Bumping into objects, startles easily
• Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
• General reluctance to run or play
• Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath
• Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss
• Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse
• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
• Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
• Brittle, easily breakable nails