Gordon Sheltie

55-70 lbs
Gordon Setter
Shetland Sheepdog

The Gordon Sheltie is a medium to large dog that has little about it written in the history books as it only has just recently emerged as a new designer hybrid. These hybrids are a cross between the Gordon Setter, a large hunting dog and a Shetland Sheepdog, which was bred for herding livestock. This interesting combo is considered an intelligent, eager to please, energetic dog that will thrive in an environment that constantly stimulates him mentally. This dog has incredible stamina and energy. Best suited to active households, they are fairly average to high maintenance as they will need to be brushed a few times a week in order to remove loose fur, trapped dirt and to prevent matting of the coat.

purpose Purpose
Companion, Sporting
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Gordon Setter, Shetland Sheepdog

Gordon Sheltie Health

Average Size
Male Gordon Sheltie size stats
Height: 16-26 inches Weight: 55-80 lbs
Female Gordon Sheltie size stats
Height: 16-25 inches Weight: 55-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Urinalysis
  • Serum Chemistry
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Free Thyroxine (T4) Levels
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Levels

Gordon Sheltie Breed History

Both parent breeds of the Gordon Sheltie have origins that trace back to 15th century Scotland. The Gordon Setter is a breed noted for his stamina and agility and his iconic black and tan coat. In fact, they were first called the Black and Tan Setter. Later called the Castle Gordon Setter, this breed was revered for its hunting and retrieving skills. Alexander IV, the Duke of Gordon favored this breed and had extensive kennels in Scotland. After his passing, the heir of the kennels shortened the name to the Gordon Setter. The breed was first seen in North America in the early 1800s and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1884 as a sporting dog. The Shetland Sheepdog is another unique, agile breed that was initially bred for the the purpose of assisting farmers with herding livestock. His charges included pigs, chickens, cattle and sheep. The Shetland Sheepdog was small yet sturdy and performed his job well. Also known as the Sheltie, he made his way to North America in the early 1900s. The Shetland Sheepdog was officially recognized as a herding breed in 1911 by the American Kennel Club. The Dog Registry of America includes the Gordon Sheltie on its list of hybrid dogs.

Gordon Sheltie Breed Appearance

The Gordon Sheltie is well-built, medium to large in size and has a long, shiny coat. His coat is straight, dense and double coated. The Gordon Sheltie can come in various bi- and tri-colors with the most prominent color being black, tan & white. He can have a slightly broad head and face that may not be as wide as the Gordon Setter. His muzzle is long and slightly pointed, the ears are either fully flopped down or partially flopped over. His eyes always appear cheerful and alert and can be dark brown, light brown, light blue, or in unique cases, a hybrid can have one eye of each color. The legs are medium to long in length, whereas the tail tends to be muscular and long with a slight curve but highly feathered with long fur.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Gordon Sheltie eyes
brown Gordon Sheltie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Gordon Sheltie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Gordon Sheltie coat
brown Gordon Sheltie coat
white Gordon Sheltie coat
pied Gordon Sheltie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Gordon Sheltie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Gordon Sheltie Breed Maintenance

The Gordon Setter is a seasonal shedder and  his long coat can easily trap a lot of foreign matter. It is highly recommended that owners brush their hybrid weekly, or even daily, with a pin brush in order to remove dirt, leaves, twigs and loose fur. An active dog such as this will collect all kinds of debris as they run, hunt and play. Not only will the fur tangle, but the ears may accumulate dirt and moisture, so be certain to check and clean them often using a veterinarian approved product. Do not neglect the teeth; in order to keep them white and decay free, brush them at least three times a week. Trim the nails as needed and take a look at them often to make sure there are no tears or breaks.

Brushes for Gordon Sheltie
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Gordon Sheltie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Gordon Sheltie Temperament

Strong willed, loyal and loving all describe the temperament of your average Gordon Sheltie. These hybrids are active, family oriented dogs that make excellent companions for homes with other pets and young children. They need to be socialized at a young age in order to set them up for success. Socialization and training comes easy with these guys though, as they are eager learners. When meeting strangers, these dogs will bark a lot and for the most part, simply be cautious around new people. They are not known to be aggressive. The Gordon Sheltie can suffer from separation anxiety and boredom if left along too long; due to this trait they are best suited to owners who will provide a mentally stimulating environment for them and not be away from home for long hours throughout the day.

Gordon Sheltie Activity Requirements

Easy to train and highly energetic, the Gordon Sheltie is a hybrid that will thrive in household that enables them to meet their daily energy requirements. These dogs are intelligent and will love activities that allow them to feel that they are working. Obedience classes and competitions, field trials, agility training, and learning new tricks and commands are all considered fun to the Gordon Sheltie. A bored Gordon Sheltie can lead to destructive behavior, anxiety and excessive barking. These dogs are best suited to outdoorsy, rural lifestyles or suburban homes with a large backyard and plenty of space to run.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Gordon Sheltie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

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