Frequently Asked Questions
For about 10 years Becky has attended GameFair as the North Country Gordon Setter Club representative. GameFair is a sporting dog expo held in the fall over two long weekends in a northern suburb of Minneapolis. During that time, common questions about the breed are asked. We also field calls from people eager to learn about their new puppy and prospective Gordon owners that have questions.
Here are few common questions.
- We hear field bred dogs don't make good house pets because
they are too hyper?
- Well sure, certain individuals of any breeding can be hyper in the house, show bred dogs included. Usually people that make statements such as that have never lived with "field bred" dogs. It's simply not true to state that ALL field bred dogs are hyper.
- Why do you like the size of your dogs?
- Well, we feel that dogs bigger than 65lbs have a hard time, endurance wise, in a multiple day hunt....at least at the level that we require. We also like the animation that a smaller framed dog has. Again you'll find the exception on both sides of the equation.
- What about coat? I see some Gordons have loads of hair and
some that have less.
- The dogs with more profuse coat usually have more a "show bred" background. The dogs with lesser coat are usually more of a "field" bred background. We prefer not to have the profuse coat for bird dogs, as we feel it's miserable life for a bird dog. The common refrain from the "show group" is, "Well, you can always shave them." Or, "They self strip as you hunt them, and that long hair guards the dog from the briars." It's our opinion that only enough coat for the dog to look "setterlike" is needed. It's a fad and hopefully the pendulum will swing back to a more useful length of coat, but we aren't betting that it will happen anytime soon.
- I notice some of the smaller dogs have white on their
chest, where does that come from?
- Some of the "field bred" dogs do exhibit a degree of white, as do some of the "show bred" puppies. Depending on the amount of white at birth, some of it grows out and is replaced with black. The devout "field breeders" don't worry about the white, they place more importance on how the dogs perform on game and a lesser extent how much white they carry. Some people that have an ax to grind against the "field bred" dogs claim that the white is there because somebody crossed an English Setter into their line. A quick glance through Gordon Setter history and one will surely see that the Duke of Gordon had dogs that exhibited white, and in fact the Duke had Gordons that were Black - White & Tan, Black & White and Black & Tan.