Gordon Sheltie

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Gordon Sheltie History

The Gordon Setter is a Scottish breed of gundog. The origins of the Setter are uncertain. The name ‘Gordon’ is believed to derive from the village of Gordon in Aberdeenshire. The Gordon Setter was recognized by the Kennel Club in 1873. The Setter was bred as a sporting dog and is highly energetic. It is capable of running for hours with little rest. The Handler must be extremely firm and the dog obedient. The Setter is reserved with strangers and is happiest when working. The setters coat is black and tan. The tail and ears are each marked with distinctive white spots. The male weighs 35-45 kg (77-99 lb), stands 64-68 cm (25-27 in) tall and the female weighs 25-35 kg (55-77 lb), stands 56-61 cm (22-24 in) tall.

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Gordon Sheltie Physical Characteristics

The Gordon Setter is a small, medium-to-large sized breed of dogs, characterized by its long, silky, wavy, white coat with black or rust colored markings. They are described as “athletic” and “lively.” Their heads are large, long and wedge-shaped, with triangular ears, a nose that is wide at the base and tapering, and small, dark eyes. They have a large, sturdy body and an average height at the withers of 17-19 inches. They weigh between 35-45 lbs.

Eye Colors

Blue, Brown

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Brown, White, Pied

Height Range

Male Height Range: 16 – 26 inches

Female Height Range: 16 – 25 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 55 – 80 lbs

Female Weight Range: 55 – 70 lbs

Gordon Sheltie Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Gordon Sheltie Health Concerns

Gastric Torsion, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Gordon Sheltie Temperament and Behaviour

The Gordon Sliver Haired Sheepdog is a very active and intelligent breed of dog. They are eager to learn, playful, and outgoing. They are often described as “merry” or “happy”. They are extremely loyal to their owners and are great companions. They are wary of strange dogs and are known to be aggressive towards unfamiliar people. They are generally good with small children and household pets.

Gordon Sheltie Activity Requirements

The Gordon Setter is a hunting dog that is capable of working in all weather. They are an extremely intelligent and loyal breed. The Gordon Setter is a very high-energy dog that will need lots of exercise and room to run. They need at least one hour of rigorous play or activity each day. They’ll also need access to a fenced area where they can burn off their energy. The Gordon Setter is not well-suited for people who live in apartments or people who have smaller yards. They require a lot of space and they need a fenced yard or long leash for their walks. If you work long hours, you may want to consider a different breed of dog.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Gordon Sheltie is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Gordon Sheltie is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Gordon Sheltie is part of the Unclassified group.

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