A Scottish dog whose origins date back to the 17th century, the Gordon Setter was initially prized for his hunting abilities, rising to fame in the kennels of the fourth Duke of Gordon in the early 19th century (hence his name). Before long, he became well-known for his beauty as much as his talents as a bird dog.
The Gordon Setter is beautiful, indeed, with his long silky black and tan coat. He does need more exercise than the average breed, and has a slightly higher grooming commitment, but the payoff is well worth it. Provided that consistent training is instituted, the Gordon Setter makes a loving and loyal addition to most families. He is smart, but his independence and tendency to ignore owner requests can sometimes make him come off as a bit stubborn. Nipping this in the bud with proper early training will go a long way towards producing a responsive pet.
Independent streak aside, Gordon Setters are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family’s vacation fund. Some of the conditions and illnesses Gordon Setters are prone to include eye issues such as retinal dysplasia, cataracts, entropion and progressive retinal atrophy; neurological problems such as cerebellar abiotrophy; and digestion problems such as gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV or bloat).
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your silky-haired beauty inherits his dad’s bad eyes or his mom’s unsettled stomach, you’re covered.