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Gordon Setters are a medium sized breed of dog, a member of the setter family that also includes the more common Irish Setters and English Setters and the less-common Irish Red and White Setter. While the purposes of the three breeds are similar, there are many distinctions that make each of the four setters physically and behaviourally unique.

Gordon setters are coal-black with tan features, in comparison to Irish Setters, which are red, and English Setters, which are white with speckles. Gordons have tan on their feet and lower legs, vents, and muzzles, two spots above the eyes and two distinctive tan spots on their chests. Some white is allowed on the chest but the smaller the better. Red Gordons, while uncommon, occasionally show up in litters due to the expression of a recessive red gene. Their coat is long and silky on chest, ears, stomach, and leg feathering, and slightly wavy. They are the heaviest of the setter breeds, with males reaching 27 in at the withers. Rather than being built for speed, they move with determination and stamina.

Historically, Gordon Setters did not have the long, flowing coat as seen today. In the early 1800s, a Gordon Setter was not necessarily black and tan. Dogs from the Duke of Gordon kennel were found in black and tan, black and white, and black, white, and tan.

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