Desirable shoulder assembly will be stronger in the Gordon in order to be compatible with the heavier bone and more weight. The blades will be wider and laid back more than is customary with the Irish and English. Our standard requires a forechest created by the sternum. This is all part of the deep, well sprung ribcage which is called for. This gives a heavier appearance to the front and with this build the Gordon must move wider than do the other two Setters.
The Neck: Long, lean, arched to the head, and without throatiness.
The Shoulders: Should be fine at the points, and laying well back, giving a moderately sloping topline. The tops of the shoulder blades should be close together. When viewed from behind the neck appears to fit into the shoulders in smooth, flat, lines that gradually widen from the neck to shoulder.
The Chest: Deep and not too broad in front; the ribs well-sprung, leaving plenty of lung room. The chest should reach to the elbows. A pronounced forechest should be in evidence.