European Bird Dogs

Gordon Setters

Alexander, the 4th Duke of Gordon

Gordon Setters originate from Scotland and received its start of the lineage from Alexander, the 4th Duke of Gordon. He lived from 1743 to 1827 and took extreme pride in his setters. He created kennels to house all the Gordon Setters he owned at Gordon Castle.
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George the 5th Duke of Gordon

After the passing of Alexander, George the 5th Duke of Gordon inherited the setters. He lived from 1827 to 1836, but after he passed away the kennel reduced. The dogs would be given away to various friends and possibly a few were given to the Duke's keepers.
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Tattersalls Sale

In July of 1936 a sale occurred at Tattersalls where 11 setters were sold. Out of the 11 setters sold, only one was a Gordon Setter.

5th Duke of Richmond

The 5th Duke of Richmond was given the estate from the passing of the 5th Duke of Gordon in 1836.
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The Duke of Richmond and Gordon

The 6th Duke was turned into the Duke of Richmond and Gordon in 1875. The Duke of Richmond purchased the dog "Juno" from the sale at Tattersalls and created a strong kennel for the Gordon Setters.

George Blunt and Daniel Webster

In 1842 the breed was brought to the United States by George Blunt and Daniel Webster. Two dogs were bought, Rake and Rachel, from the Duke's kennel.

English Setters

Edward Laverack

Edward Laverack obtained "Ponto" and "Old Moll" from Reverand A. Harrison that had the ability to keep the breed pure for over 35 years.

R. Purcell Llewellin

He took a strain of Laverack's best dog to breed with Duke, Rhoebe, and Kate, which were all out crossed. One can only call a Llewellin Setter if it was breed by Duke, Rhoebe, Kate, and Laverack's dogs.


Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1859, was the first dog show for the Enlish Setter breed. The shows flourished in England as a result and the breed grew in popularity.
The English Setter was brought to America shortly after 1859. "Count Noble" was a foundation of field-trial setters in America after the breed was brought over. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1878.
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Irish Setters

Freyne Family of French Park (1793)

Lord Clancarty

Lord Dillon

Marquis of Waterford

In 1845 the setters in Ireland resembled to red colored coat found today.
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Earl of Enniskillen

He declared in 1812 that he would have nothing but Irish setters in his kennel.
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The breed came to America in the 1800s for hunting purposes. They would serve as gun dogs on game such as ruffed grouse, quail, woodcock, pheasants, and more.

Gordon Retrievers

Near Glen Affric in Scotland, United Kingdom, the Golden Retriever's history can date back to for beginning the breed. "Guisachan" was the highest estate of Dudley Marjoribanks, the 1st Baron Tweedmouth in 1868. A yellow retriever, Nous, was breed with a Tweed Water Spaniel female named Belle. There were four pups created, but they weren't the ideal hunting dog Majoribanks wanted. He breed many dogs to hope for the perfect dog, but many believe the breed has originated from the Russian tracker.


The dogs were first exhibited in 1908, but recognized as a breed in 1911.

United States

It took 14 years for the breed to be recognized within the United States. The dog continues to grow in popularity in the US for family pets, service dogs, as well as hunting dogs.
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Labrador Retriever

Early in the 1800s the first Labrador Retriever dogs were imported to England to a few aristocratic British sportsmen.


The supporters for waterfowl hunting with dogs was 2nd Earl of Malmesbury. The 10th Earl of Home with the assistance from his nephews the 5th Duke of Buccleuch and Lord John Scott advocated the dogs for the use of gun dogs.


The collaboration from the 3rd Earl of Malmesbury, 6th Duke of Buccleuch, and 12th Earl of Home lead to the creation of the modern Labrador breed. The dogs given by Malmesbury to Buccleuch were then mated with dogs carrying blood linked directly from the 5th Duke and 10th Earl of Home. The offspring are the ancestors of the modern Labrador.
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The breed was official register in the American Kennel Club.
The breed became extremely popular during the 'roaring twenties', but increase even more after the end of World War II.
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