Some guidance and information on being part of the club.


Code of Ethics

Here you can find our code of Ethics

Social Media Use

You can find out Social media guidance here

Gordon Setter Council

Information about the Gordon Setter Council

Code of Ethics

The Gordon Setter Club of Scotland General Code of Ethics

Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.

Club Members:

1. Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.

2. Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing such an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural confirmation of the animal, may report such an operation to the Kennel Club.

3. Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standards should be placed in suitable homes.

4. Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.

5. Will not create demand, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.

6. Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.

7. Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

8. Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.

9. Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.

10. Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.

11. Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in their new home.

12. Will ensure that all Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree in writing to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity if not immediately available.

13. Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale of auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).

14. Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of the dog.

15. Members should only breed from Gordon Setters of sound temperament and structure, and should strive to produce Gordon Setters conforming to the standard as published by the Kennel Club.

16. Members should register all stock which they breed at the Kennel Club.

17. Members should take advantage of the official KC/BVA Hip Displasia Scheme and have all potential stud dogs and brood bitches hip scored. Should these scores be high, breeding should be discouraged.

18. Members should conduct themselves in such a way as not to to bring discredit to the Breed or the Club.


Using Social Media

Use of social media (as advised/supplied by Scottish Kennel Club)


The rapid growth of social media technologies combined with their ease of use and pervasiveness make them attractive channels of communication. However, these tools also hold the possibility of a host of unintended consequences. To help you identify and avoid potential issues we have provided some examples of best practices which are intended to help you understand, from a wide range of perspectives, the implications of participation in social media.


General Guidelines:

Maintain Privacy

Do not post confidential or proprietary information. Do not discuss a situation involving named or pictured individuals on a social media site without their permission. As a guideline, do not post anything that you would not present in any public forum. Ask yourself, would I want to see this published in the newspaper or posted on a billboard tomorrow or ten years from now?


Does it Pass the Publicity Test

If the content of your message would not be acceptable for face-to-face conversation, over the telephone, or in another medium, it will not be acceptable for a social networking site.


Think Before You Post

There's no such thing as a"private" social media site. Search engines can turn up posts and pictures years after the publication date. Comments can be forwarded or copied. Archival systems save information even if you delete a post. If you feel angry or passionate about a subject, it's wise to delay posting until you are calm and clear-headed.


Understand Your Personal Responsibility

You are personally responsible for the content you publish on blogs or any other form of user-generated content. Be mindful that what you publish will be public for a long time-protect your privacy.


Be Aware of Liability

You are responsible for what you post on your own site and on the sites of others. Individual bloggers have been held liable for commentary deemed to be copyright infringement, defamatory, proprietary, libellous, or obscene (as defined by the courts).Be sure that what you post today will not come back to haunt you.


Be Accurate

Make sure that you have all the facts before you post. It's better to verify information with a source first than to have to post a correction or retraction later.


Correct Mistakes

If you make a mistake, admit it. Be up front and be quick with your correction. If you're posting to a blog, you may choose to modify an earlier post - just make it clear that you have done so.


Respect Others

You are more likely to achieve your goals or sway others to your beliefs if you are constructive and respectful while discussing a bad experience or disagreeing with a concept or person.


Respect Your Audience

Don't use personal insults or obscenity. Also show proper consideration for others' privacy and for topics that may be considered sensitive. Users are free to discuss topics and disagree with one another, but be respectful of others' opinions. You are more likely to achieve your goals if you are constructive and respectful while discussing a bad experience or disagreeing with a concept or person.


Take the High Ground

Remember that you're most likely to build a high-quality following if you discuss ideas and situations civilly. Don't pick fights online.


UK Gordon Setter Council

The Gordon Setter Breed Council is made up of 3 representatives from each of the 4 UK based Breed Clubs. The delegated members are there to represent the views of their breed clubs, thus bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge together, and reaching a consensus on matters concerning the breed. This enables the breed to speak with one voice to the Kennel Club and to all members on significant issues. Health matters are a particular area of interest and the Breed Council also draws up the judging lists for the breed.

Matters for the Breed Council must come through one of the member clubs. It does not have a separate membership from the Breed Clubs and it does not raise/ hold funds other than enough to cover expenses for meetings and administration.