HeatherBee Kennels is proud to announce that Gordon Setters have been added to our family. Another breed originating in Scotland (alongside the Scottish Terriers and Golden Retrievers we have the pleasure of sharing life with) and this breed has been a longtime interest. This is a dream come true as we introduce Gracie, Robyn and Weaver!
Developed in Scotland, the Gordon Setter was stabilized by Alexander, the fourth Duke of Gordon, between 1770 and 1820. His purpose was to create a larger, heavier setter to adapt to the rugged Scottish countryside. It’s rumoured that some Collie and Bloodhound genes went into the Gordon’s makeup. It was a Gordon that won at the world’s first dog show ,held in Britain in 1859. However, it should be noted that the competition was limited to Pointers and setters. In Britain, the Gordon Setter was among the first 46 breeds to be officially recognized and the breed was imported to this continent as early as 1840.