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Gordon Setter

Gordon Setter

Gordon Setter


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
04.04.2016.
KC
May 2015

UTILISATION

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FCI
Pointing dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 7Pointing Dogs
Section 2.2British and Irish Pointers and Setters, Setter
With working trial

KC
Gundog
UKC
Gun Dog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
The Gordon is the only gun dog developed in Scotland. The breed was stabilized by Alexander, the fourth Duke of Gordon, between the years of 1770 to 1820. It was originally called the Gordon Castle Setter. The Duke wanted a heavier type of setter of pleasing conformation, with keen scenting power, and well adapted to his Scottish environment. Some of the breeds mentioned in the dog’s ancestry are the “colley” and bloodhound. This may account for the dogs coloring. He may be a slower hunter than the English Setter, but there is less variation within the Gordon bench and field type than there is between the bench and field type of the English and Irish Setters. This is to the breeders’ credit. The Gordon Setter was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1949.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Stylish dog, with galloping lines. Consistent with its build which can be compared to a weight-carrying hunter. Symmetrical in conformation throughout.
KC
Stylish dog, with galloping lines. Consistent with its build which can be compared to a weight-carrying hunter. Symmetrical in conformation throughout.
UKC
A black and tan pointing dog weighing from 45 to 80 pounds, and being 23 to 27 inches at the withers, depending on sex. He has a natural ear and tail, with a medium-length coat.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Intelligent, able and dignified.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Intelligent, able and dignified. Bold, outgoing, of a kindly even disposition.
KC
Bold, outgoing, of kindly even disposition.
UKC
A sturdy hunting dog. Generally good natured. Not as wide working or as speedy as some of the other pointing breeds.

HEAD

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FCI
Deep rather than broad. Length from occiput to stop longer than from stop to nose. Below and above eyes lean.
KC
Head deep rather than broad, but broader than muzzle, showing brain room. Skull slightly rounded, broadest between ears. Clearly defined stop, length from occiput to stop slightly longer than from stop to nose. Below and above eyes lean, cheeks as narrow as leanness of head allows. Muzzle fairly long with almost parallel lines, neither pointed, nor snipy. Flews not pendulous, clearly defined lips. Nose large, broad, nostrils open and black. Muzzle not quite as deep as its length.
UKC
The head is deep rather than broad, lean above and below the eyes, with a clearly defined stop.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Slightly rounded, broadest between ears. Broader than muzzle, showing brain room.
UKC
Slightly rounded, and broadest between the ears. The length from the stop to the occiput should be slightly longer than from the stop to the nose.

Stop

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FCI
Clearly defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Large, broad, nostrils open and black.
UKC
Open nostrils, big, broad and black in color.

Muzzle

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FCI
Long with almost parallel lines, neither pointed nor snipey. Muzzle note quite as deep as its length.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
The muzzle is long, and should have nearly parallel lines, not be pointed when viewed from the side or from above. The flews are not pendulous, but there are clearly indicated lips.

Lips

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FCI
Not pendulous, clearly defined lips.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in an even bite. Not overshot or undershot.

Cheeks

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FCI
As narrow as leanness of head allows.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark brown, bright. Neither deep nor prominent, set sufficiently under brows, showing keen, intelligent expression.
KC
Dark brown, bright. Neither deep nor prominent, set sufficiently under brows, showing keen, intelligent expression.
UKC
Of fair size, oval in shape, not too deep nor too prominent, but set sufficiently under the brows to show a keen and intelligent expression. Dark brown in color.

Ears

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FCI
Medium size, thin. Set low, lying close to head.
KC
Medium size, thin. Set low, lying close to head.
UKC
Set low on the head and lying close to it, of medium size, and thin.

NECK

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FCI
Long, lean, arched, without throatiness.
KC
Long, lean, arched, without throatiness.
UKC
Long, lean and arched to the head and without any throatiness.

BODY

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FCI
Moderate length.
KC
Moderate length. Level topline, deep brisket, ribs well sprung. Back ribs deep. Loins wide, slightly arched. Chest not too broad.
UKC
Chest is deep, but not too broad. Body is of moderate length, with a deep brisket and well-sprung ribs. Back ribs are deep. Loins wide and slightly arched. Topline slopes slightly. In proportion, the Gordon Setter is approximately square measured from breastbone to buttocks and withers to ground.

Loin

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FCI
Wide, slightly arched.

Chest

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FCI
Not too broad. Brisket deep, ribs well sprung. Back ribs deep.

TAIL

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FCI
Straight or slightly scimitar, not reaching below hocks. Carried horizontally or below line of back. Thick at root, tapering to fine point. Feather or flag starting near root, long, straight, growing shorter to point.
KC
Straight or slightly scimitar, not reaching below hocks. Carried horizontally or below line of back. Thick at root, tapering to fine point. Feather or flag starting near root, long, straight, growing shorter to point.
UKC
Fairly short in length, thick at the root and tapering to a fine point, it should not reach below the hock. Straight or slightly scimitar in shape, and carried horizontal or below the level of the back. (When pointing game, the higher and straighter the better. This is referred to as "good style.") The feathers, which start near the root, are long and straight, and growing shorter uniformly to the point.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs flat boned, straight, strong.
KC
Shoulder blades long, sloping well back, wide flat bone, close at withers, not loaded. Elbows well let down, and close to body. Forelegs flat-boned, straight, strong; upright pasterns.
UKC
The shoulder blades should slope well back. They are wide and flat, and fairly close together at the withers.

Shoulder

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FCI
Shoulder blades long, sloping well back, wide flat bone, close at withers, not loaded.

Elbow

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FCI
Well let down and close to body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Straight, with elbows held close to the body and set well back, which gives freedom of action. Bone is big and flattened. Pasterns are strong and upright. Dewclaws may be removed.

Pastern

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FCI
Upright.

FEET

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KC
Oval, close-knit, well arched toes, plenty of hair between. Well padded toes, deep heel cushions.
UKC
Oval and close knit, with well-arched toes, with plenty of hair between them. Full toes pads and deep heel cushions.

Forefeet

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FCI
Oval, close-knit, well arched toes, plenty of hair betweeen. Well paded toes, deep heel cushions.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
From hip to hock, the hindlegs are long, broad and muscular. From hock to heel short and strong. Straight from hock joint to ground. Pelvis tending to horizontal.
KC
From hip to hock long, broad and muscular, hock to heel short, strong, stifles well bent, straight from hock joint to ground. Pelvis tending to horizontal.
UKC
Pelvis should tend to the horizontal, with only a slight slope to the set-on of the tail.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Hind legs from hip to hock should be long, broad and muscular; hock to heel short and strong, stifles well bent. Hocks straight and parallel.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Steady, free-moving and true, with plenty of drive behind.
KC
Steady, free-moving and true, with plenty of drive behind.
UKC
The action of the Gordon Setter is a bold, strong, driving, free-swinging gait. The head is carried up, and the tail flags constantly while the dog is in motion. When viewed from the front, the forefeet move up and down in straight lines so that the shoulder, elbow and pastern joints are approximately in line with each other. When viewed from the rear, the hock, stifle and hip joints are approximately in line. The feet are not thrown in or out. The overall appearance of the moving dog is one of smooth-flowing, well-balanced rhythm, in which the action is pleasing to the eye, effortless, economical and harmonious.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
On head, front of legs, tips of ears short and fine; moderate length, flat and free from curl or wave on all other parts of body. Feather on upper portion of ears long and silky; on backs of legs long, fine, flat and straight, fringes on belly may extend to chest and throat. As free as possible from curl or wave.
KC
On head, front of legs, tips of ears short and fine, moderate length; flat and free from curl or wave on all other parts of body. Feather on upper portion of ears long and silky; on backs of legs long, fine, flat and straight, fringes on belly may extend to chest and throat. As free as possible from curl or wave.
UKC
On the head, front legs, and tips of ears should be short and fine, but on all other parts of the body and legs it is of moderate length, fairly flat and as free as possible from curl or wave. The feather on the upper portion of the ears should be long and silky, on the back of the hind legs long and fine; a fair amount of hair on the belly forming a nice fringe which may extend on chest and throat. All feathering to be as flat and straight as possible.

COLOUR

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FCI

Deep, shining coal black, without rustiness, with markings of chestnut red, i.e. lustrous tan. Black pencilling on toes and black streak under jaw permissible.
Tan markings Two clear spots over eyes not over 2 cms (3/4 ins.) in diameter. On sides of muzzle, tan not reaching above base of nose, resembling a stripe around clearly defined end of muzzle from one side to other. Also on throat, two large, clear spots on chest. On inside hindlegs and inside thighs, showing down front of stifle and broadening out to outside of hindlegs from hock to toes. On forelegs, up to elbows behind, and to pastern joints or little above, in front. Around vent. Very small white spot on chest permissible. No other colour permissible.
KC
Deep, shining coal black, without rustiness, with markings of chestnut red, i.e. lustrous tan. Black pencilling on toes and black streak under jaw permissible. ‘Tan markings’: two clear spots over eyes not over 2 cms (3/4 in) in diameter. On sides of muzzle, tan not reaching above base of nose, resembling a stripe around clearly defined end of muzzle from one side to other. Also on throat, two large, clear spots on chest. On inside hindlegs and inside thighs, showing down front of stifle and broadening out to outside of hindlegs from hock to toes. On forelegs, up to elbows behind, and to knees or little above, in front. Around vent. Very small white spot on chest permissible. No other colour permissible.
UKC
Deep, shining coal black, with no signs of rustiness, with tan markings of rich chestnut red. Tan should be lustrous. Black penciling on the toes, and also black streaking under jaw are permissible. The borderline between the black and tan colors should be clearly defined. Tan markings should be located as follows: 1) Two clear spots over the eyes not over three-quarters of an inch in diameter; 2) On the sides of the muzzle, the tan should not reach above the base of the nose, but should resemble a stripe around the end of the muzzle from one side to the other; 3) On the throat; 4) Two large clear spots on the chest; 5) On the inside of the hind legs, down the stifle, and then broadening out to the outside of the hind legs from the hock to the toes; 6) On the forelegs from the carpus, or a little above, downward to the toes; 7) Around the vent. A white spot on the chest is allowed, but the smaller the better.

SIZE

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KC
Height: dogs: 66 cms (26 ins); bitches: 62 cms (241/2 ins). Weight: dogs: 29.5 kgs (65 lbs); bitches: 25.5 kgs (56 lbs).
UKC
Males: 24 to 27 inches, weight 55 to 80 pounds. Females: 23 to 26 inches, weight 45 to 70 pounds.

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs 66 cm (26 ins.).
Bitches 62 cm (24 ½ ins.).

Weight

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FCI

Dogs 29.5 kg (65 lbs).
Bitches 25.5 kg (56 lbs).

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Predominantly tan, red or buff dogs which do not have the typical pattern of markings of a Gordon Setter are ineligible for showing and are undesirable for breeding. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.