The modern Gordon Setter is a predominantly black dog with rich tan marking on the muzzle, legs and chest. A little bigger and heavier than either the Irish or English, he is nevertheless descended from the same genetic mixing pot, which undoubtedly has its origins among those setting spaniels we met earlier. The Kennel Club applied the name ‘Gordon Setter’ to the breed in 1924. Before that they were known as black and tan setters, and were found in many kennels beside those of the Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon (1743–1827). Indeed, as we shall see, there is plenty of evidence that the majority of the setters at Gordon Castle during the Duke’s time were tri-coloured rather than pure black and tan.
The breed was brought to the United States by George Blunt and Daniel Webster in 1842, with the purchase of two dogs named Rake and Rachel from the Duke’s kennels. The American Kennel Club officially recognised the breed in 1892
The Gordon Setter Clubs
Be aware that club officers do change but those listed here can usually help you find the current secretary or appropriate.
Gordon Setter Club of Victoria – http://www.gordonclubvictoria.org
Gordon Setter Club of NSW – http://www.gordonsetterclub.com.au/
Belgium Gordon Setter Club – http://www.gordonsetter.be/
Gordon Setter Club of Canada – http://www.gordonsetterclubcanada.com/
Estonia Setter Club – http://www.setter.ee/
Finnish Setter Club – http://www.kkk-hhs.fi/
French Gordon Setter Club – http://www.asti.legawce.com/
Gordon Setter Club of Germany – http://www.gordon-setter.de/
Norsk Gordon Setter Club – http://www.gordonsetterklubben.no/
Swedish Gordon Setter Club – http://www.sgsk.se/
Setter and Pointer Club – http://www.setter.ch/
British Gordon Setter Club – http://www.britishgordonsetterclub.org.uk
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Gordon Setter Club of America – http://www.gsca.org/
Gordon Setter Club of Greater Atlanta – http://www.gscga.org/
Missouri Valley Gordon Setter Club – http://www.mvgsc.net/
The Gordon Setter Club of Michigan – http://www.nodrog.org/
Golden Gate Gordon Setter Club – http://www.goldengategordonsetterclub.org/
Northern County Gordon Setter Club – http://www.ncgsc.org/
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