It was in 1842 that two Gordon Setters were imported by George W. Blunt. These dogs came directly from the Dukes Gordon Castle kennels. Their names were "Rake" and "Rachael". Rachael was presented to Daniel Webster as a gift.
During this period, the other Setter breeds were also being imported, and, most Americans considered all three breeds as one and the same. Just different color variations of the same Setter breed..
Evidence shows that the practice of interbreeding the Setter breeds continued into the 1920's. Some time later, more emphasis was placed upon keeping the lines pure for the three Setter breeds.
Are today's practices good for the breeds??? Or, a recipe for disaster??