A good-sized, sturdily built, black and tan dog, Gordon Setters are well muscled, with plenty of bone and substance. Gordon Setter dogs are tireless workers and enjoy abundant exercise and attention. They are a better watch dog than the other setters, making them a loyal and protective pet. Gordon Setter dogs are lovable, friendly, intelligent dogs who are sensitive and gentle. They are, however, slower and heavier boned than the rest of the setter family. But what Gordon Setters lack in speed, they certainly make up for in protection and stamina. Gordon Setter dogs are more suspicious of strangers, and better at guarding than other setters. They also have great endurance, able to go longer without water and work harder in intense heat, more so than their other setter relatives. They are excellent in finding birds, as was once recorded by an unknown writer in the 1700s: "Their noses are first class and they seldom make a false point or what is called at field trials a sensational stand...When they stand you may be sure there are birds." Their excellent noses, heavy bodies and slow moving ways may have been contributed by the Bloodhound. Gordon Setters are medium to large dogs with wavy black and tan coats, of which a red coat may pop up in a litter occasionally. Gordon Setter dogs are excellent in their field skills, have great stamina and have remained a favorite among hunters who wish to fill their game bags. Gordon Setters are an ideal pet for the owner who desires quality and loyalty.
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