Although black-n-tan setters existed all over Europe and Great Britain for centuries, the modern Gordon Setter was developed in the 18th century by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon in Banffshire, Scotland. Using a variety of working dogs, such as old English Spaniels, Bloodhounds, Collies and common setters and mastiffs, the breed's creator succesfully established a reliable scenthound and gundog, bred for endurance and steady temperament, instead of speed and prey-drive. The British Gordon Setter Club was formed in 1927 and today the breed can be found worldwide. Very intelligent and friendly, the Gordon Setter makes a loving companion, but this breed is nowhere near as popular as other setters, which is a shame, because it is by far the calmest and gentlest dog of the group. Quite heavy and slow, the Gordon Setter needs a moderate ammount of excercise.
The coat is fairly long, wavy and feathered, always black-n-tan in colour. Average height is around 26 inches.