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Hello from Switzerland !

Started by Eva (mom to Bevan and Pinja) Jan 24, 2013. 0 Replies

why a Gordon Setter

Started by yvonne. Last reply by Karen Dee Turner Dec 6, 2011. 10 Replies

What "goes" with Gordons?

Started by Ossian. Last reply by Claire Pettit Mar 11, 2011. 4 Replies

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Comment by Mary Burnham on July 1, 2013 at 1:35pm

Hi everyone, as you can see I have 2 beautiful boys. 1 Irish and 1 Gordon/Irish cross. I would love to hear from anyone who has a similar cross.



Comment by Mary Burnham on August 8, 2013 at 3:33pm

Hi, I have 1 Irish setter who is 6 years old now and a 2 year old who's mother was an Irish and his father a Gordon. Obviously they are both just pets who we love to bits. I have owned Reds for many years but my youngster Logan it a total joy and unlike any other dog I have ever known.

Has anyone any experience of this cross?


Comment by Ossian on August 9, 2013 at 3:16am

To be honest I am not sure that it is a cross one ould encourage. I am not sure if your dogs are from accidental matings or a more deliberate plan but it seems to me that nether breed is currently in the best state of health to "dabble" across each other.

Comment by Mary Burnham on August 9, 2013 at 6:39am

What!!! how rude. I did not cross them, Logan has a full bill of health and is a wonderful dog . Both parents were show dogs but yes the mating was accidental. Both my dogs are pets and will never be bred from.

Please explain saying ' neither breed is currently in the best state of health'. Are you accussing me of 'dabbling'?

Comment by Ossian on August 10, 2013 at 4:23am

I have re read my comment and dont find anything "rude" about it.

In the past decade we have had so many breeds crossed in the name of "designer" dogs and there seems to have been no thought to the health and welfare of either breed.

I appreciate that your dogs have come from accidental encounters and you have no intention of breeding form them but sadly this is not always the case.


an accidental cross these days is often encoraged to become a "desgner" cross - especially if the puppies are especially attractive - they begin to be promoted and sold for large sums of money and as I already said........


The Gordon Setter is currently under great strain with large numbers of the breed showing sogns of bing carriers or affected by RCD (potentially two strais)

The Iris Setter is equally afflicted, meaning that there must be a great deal of consideration before matings take place.

Because of the nature of pedigree cross matings these days I cnt help thinking that accidental crosses should be terminated in order to discourage experimental crosses or the creation of an "Iri tan" or a "black Irish"

Comment by Nicole Wilson on August 10, 2013 at 4:24am

Hi Mary, welcome here! Both your boys look lovely! Hope you'll have a good time on here.  The Gordon group is normally a bit quiet  - think most of us are on Facebook now, but hopefully you'll be able to enjoy making friends and looking at nice photos!

Comment by Mary Burnham on August 10, 2013 at 4:45am

sorry if I mis-read your text but it came across that you were referring to my boys as 'not in the best state'. I was not asking for recomendation to breed this mix mearly to ask if anyone had also experienced this.

Even as a pet owner I understand your comments and fully agree. I am not without understanding of the Reds as have owned them for 30 years.

If it wasn't for the health issues by cross breading I would highly recommend a 'Logan'. lol Not only is he the most loving boy I have ever owned but also his temperament is 2nd to none. As you can see from my picture he is beautiful (even after his paddle...lol) Logan has the slim build of the Irish and the sleek coat but with the Gordon colouring and the willingness to please. He is a very loved dog who I am proud to own.

I have never owned or wanted to encourage cross breeding for the reasons you say aswell but when looking for a companion for Bailey and undecided if to have another red or to have my 1st Gordon I saw this cross you can understand my willingness to travel 100's of miles to welcome him to my family. I have never regreated a second.

Sorry again for the mis-understanding

Comment by Ossian on August 11, 2013 at 5:04am

Logan is gorgeous and I admit that "crossing" is my big bugbear!


When you describe Logans temperament that is what first attracted me to the gordon away back in 1984. They were "aloof" but incredible when you knew them but I dont know if it has been breeding for show but they have become more edgy as they have become "flashier" and it makes me sad now when I see so many of them being nervous or grouchy.

Good luck with your boys. They look superb x

Comment by Lara on October 15, 2013 at 3:14am

Hi Everyone seems very quiet on the gordon page! Im in Perth WA and have my first gordon after a life of Irish :) 

Comment by Mary Burnham on October 15, 2013 at 7:41am

OMG what a cutie, I have an irish who is 6 now and an irish/Gordon who is 2.

Bailey is my 4th Irish. My little mis-fit....Logan is a total handful but love him to bits. I'm sure you will enjoy your Gordon........Logan has a rule ....if its not his he will claim it but he will return it with a special logan kiss......lol


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