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Breed:

Gordon Setter

Group (AKC):

Sporting

Country of Origin17th Century Scotland
Type of coatshedding, wavy, medium length
Groomingdaily brushing, regular bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning
Average height23-27 inches
Average weight45-70 pounds
Activity levelvery high outdoors, medium indoors
Watchdogno, although it can be very vocal
Protectionno
Intelligencereasonably high
Trainabilitydifficult, slow learners, don't press too hard
Compatibility with childrenwill bond closely with owners, no roughhousing
Characterbeauty and brains in one package, good bird sense (and can you have too much of that?), affectionate, strength and stamina  rather than speed
Ideal home environmenthouse with fenced yard
Ideal owneractive leader with time to train, socialize, and exercise
Suggestions:early socialization and obedience training
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Additional notes:

Unfortunately, this dog is not very popular in the United States due to the misconception and some early publicity about the breed's intelligence. "Some of the best dogs I have met and trained in my career were Gordon Setters" notes a trainer. Due to their breeding and genetic makeup, the dog needs to work as a hunting dog and does not always make a good family dog. If you are interested in this breed, I would look into some of the show lines. The temperament and endurance is different than the hunting lines.

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