1. Do Gordon Setters need a lot of exercise?
Gordons are bred to run and
find birds. Even if your dog will never be used as a hunting
companion, it will still need a lot of exercise. Sitting in the
backyard does not count as exercise.
2. How much grooming does a Gordon Setter need?
With the long coats that are common with Gordons, weekly brushing and combing is a must to
avoid matting and knotting of their coats. It is also very important to keep their nails,
the hair on the bottom of their feet and between the toes trimmed, otherwise it may cause
their feet to breakdown.
3. I dont think I have ever seen a Gordon Setter,
are they hard to find?
Gordon Setters are a little difficult to find. Periodically they can be found in the
newspaper, but be careful to find out if the parents of the pups have OFA certified hips.
When talking to a quality breeder, expect to be asked a lot of questions regarding your
ability to deal with the demands of owning a Gordon Setter. As a general rule of thumb, if
you find a good breeder, they should ask you more questions than you ask them. When
talking with a quality breeder, it is not uncommon to wait a year or more for a puppy to
become available. Periodically, rescue dogs become available around the country. There may
be a great opportunity to adopt one of these dogs. Typically these dogs range in age
anywhere from 8 months to 10 years old. If you are interested in the rescue program,
read more in the
rescue information section,
or contact one of the people listed under rescue contacts. When adopting, you can also
expect to be asked a lot of questions regarding your ability to deal with the demands of
owning a Gordon Setter.
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