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Standard of the Gordon Setter
as adopted by the
Gordon Setter Club of America
Publicerad i: The Gordon Setter Club of America Year Book 1939
A stylish, rather racy built, medium size, muscular dog of clean setter type, usual length legs and of symmetrical conformation throughout. Strong fairly short back and short tail, a fine head, clearly lined, intelligent expression, clear colors and straight or slightly waved coat.
Shoulder height for males 22 inches to 25 inches; for females 21 inches to 24 inches.
Deep rather than broad with plenty of brain room, nicely rounded good-sized skull, broadest between the ears. The head should have a clearly indicated stop. Below and above the eyes should be lean and the cheek as narrow as the leanness of the head allows. The muzzle fairly long with almost parallel lines and not pointed either as seen from above or from the side. The flews not pendulous but with clearly indicated lips. The nose big, broad with open nostrils and of black color.
Of fair size, neither too deep set nor too bulging, dark brown, bright and wise.
Set low on the head, fairly large and thin.
Long, lean arched to the head without throatiness.
Long shoulder blades, lying close to the chest and not going above the back of the neck line.
Deep and not too broad in front; the ribs well sprung leaving plenty of lung room.
Big boned, straight not bowed either in or out with elbows free, well let down and not inclined either in or out.
The Hind Legs
The hind legs from hip to hock should be long, flat, and muscular, from hock to heel short and strong. The stifle and hock joints well bent, and not inclined to either in or out.
Both fore and hind feet should have close knit, well-arched toes with plenty of hair between with full toe pads and deep heel cushions.
Short and should not reach below the hocks, carried horizontal or nearly so, thick at the root and finishing in a fine point. The feather, which stands near the root of the tail should be straight, have a three square appearance, growing shorter uniformly toward the end.
Should be soft and shining, resembling silk, straight or slightly waved but not curly, with long hair on ears, under stomach and on chest, on back of the fore and hind legs down to the feet.
The Color and Markings
Deep, shining, coal black with tan markings, either of rich chestnut or mahogany red color. The tan should be shining and not dull, yellowish nor straw color and not mixed with the black hairs. Black penciling allowed on the toes. The border lines between black and tan colors should be clearly defined. There should not be any tan hairs mixed in with the black.
1. Two clear spots over the eyes not over three quarters of an inch in diameter.
2. On the sides of the muzzle, the tan should not reach above the base of the nose resembling a stripe around the end of the muzzle from one side to the other.
3. On the throat.
4. Two large, clear spots on the chest.
5. On the inside of the hind legs and inside of thighs showing down the front of the stifle and broadening out to the outside of the hind legs from the hock to the toes. It must, however, not completely eliminate the black on the back of the hind legs.
6. On the forelegs, from the knees or a little above downward to the toes.
7. Around the vent.
A white spot on the chest is allowed, but the smaller the better
Gordon Setter Faults
General Impression – Unintelligent appearance. The bloodhound type with heavy and big head and ears and clumsy body; as well as the Collie type with its pointed muzzle and curled tail.
The Head – Pointed, snippy, dropping or upturned muzzle, too small or large mouth
The eyes – Too light in color, too deep set, or too prominent.
The ears – Set too high or unusually broad or heavy.
The neck – Thick and short.
Shoulders and back – Irregularly formed.
The chest – Too broad.
The legs and feet – Crooked legs. Outturned elbows. The toes scattered, flat footed.
The tail – Too long, badly carried or hooked at the end.
The coat – Curly like wool, not shining
The color – Yellow or straw colored tan or without clearly defined lines between the different colors. White feet. Too much white on the chest. In the black there must be no tan hairs. It appears often around the eyes.