The Gordon Setter originated in Scotland in the 1600s. They have been called Black and Tan Setters and Gordon Castle Setters, but in the early 1900s it was formally changed to Gordon Setter by the English Kennel Club. These dogs came to the United States quite early (in the 1800s) and were one of the first breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. Back when this breed originated, they were used as a bird setter and retriever for hunters. Today, they often serve the same purpose, as a companion and retriever for hunters.
While these dogs are great retrievers and highly regarded by hunters, they are not fast or light. They are slower than other hunting dogs in the Sporting Group, but they still do their job well. When they are not used as hunting dogs, they serve as great family companions. They are lively and enthusiastic members of the family. They make good protectors of the home because they are protective in nature and wary of strangers. They will alert their family members of any strange circumstances around the home.
The Gordon Setter is a fairly high maintenance dog breed. First, they need a lot of hard exercise every single day. They are active dogs and a short walk is not sufficient. Long walks, a long run, hikes, or strenuous playtime in a yard or open space would suffice. Second, their long, straight, hair must be brushed every two or three days to remained untangled. They also must visit the groomer often for professional upkeep.
The most common health conditions that plague this dog breed are hip dysplasia and gastric torsion. Hip dysplasia is a condition caused by the malformation of the hip joint. It is usually treated with surgery.
Gastric torsion is a life-threatening condition where the stomach twists over itself. If not treated immediately with surgery, the pet will most likely die. Both of these conditions are expensive to treat. Many pet owners opt to invest in pet insurance to help them pay for any surgeries or other treatments that may otherwise be out of their budget.
If these dogs are well taken care of and treated for all health conditions, they can live between ten and twelve years old.
Heather Rey is a pet lover and internet journalist that strives to provide the best care possible for her pets. For pet-related information, visit this pet insurance site.
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