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Gordon Setter

Gordon Setter Dog Breed

Aliases: Gordon

Life Span: 10-12 years
Litter Size: 7-9 puppies
Group: AKC Sporting, Gun Dog
Color: black and tan, specific markings only accepted.
Hair Length: Long
Size: Large
Shedding: Moderate Shed
Male Height: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm)
Male Weight: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg)
Female Height: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Female Weight: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
 General info courtesy of Additional information about this breed can be found on their website.

Thyroid Disease - High Risk

The Gordon Setter ranks #27 among all breeds for autoimmune thyroiditis prevalence. There is a high risk of obtaining a dog that will develop thyroid disease. For this reason you should make sure you, or your breeder, are testing all dogs before breeding.  It may even be a good idea to test dogs that you don't plan on breeding so that any instance of disease can be traced back to breeding pairs and eliminated.

 Rank Among Breeds  Number of Dogs Tested  Percent of Dogs With Disease
 #27  644  11.6%

You can download the full report (on all breeds) by the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. Here

Other Health Problems

The Gordon Setter is considered a very healthy and hardy breeds and has no specific genetic or hereditary problems that are not seen in other large breeds of dogs. Within the breed bloat, also known as gastric torsion may be a problem, as can canine hip dysplasia. Both of these conditions can be treated and are not life threatening. Elbow dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy are occasionally seen and a vet can provide information on these conditions. Cerebellar abiotrophy is very occasionally seen in the breed and is a neurological disorder with no known treatment or cure. Reputable breeders will not breed lines with a history of this condition.