Big, beautiful Gordon Setters are reliable, protective, loving and playful. They ask a lot from their people–in the form of regular grooming and plenty of exercise–but they certainly give as much as they get…and then some.
Male: 55-80 lbs.
Female: 45-70 lbs.
Gordon Setters are very energetic and need a lot of exercise each day in order to stay in shape. The largest of the setters, they have a bit of a reputation for being ponderous, but that is only in relation to their extremely bouncy cousins. You can expect to spend about 90 minutes every day walking or running with your dog. They enjoy off-leash time, but if they find a trail it will be very difficult to distract them, so be sure they are only allowed to roam in safe areas.
Usually, when a dog is this big and this hairy there is some slobbering involved, but not with the Gordon Setter. Something to keep in mind when you’re vacuuming — it could be worse!
Barking and Volume:
Gordon Setters tend to be quite vocal when they are out in the field, but are generally much quieter when they are inside.
Despite their record as excellent hunting dogs, Setters in general are not known for their keen intellect, due in part to their natural exuberance which can make them seem a bit dopey. Recalls are often a problem, because once a Gordon finds an interesting trail it is very difficult to distract them. Once you come to an understanding through a beginner’s obedience class, you should get along just fine.
Health Factors: Puppies should be screened for hip, elbow and eye problems. *A responsible breeder will minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: You Gordon’s coat should be professionally clipped and shaped every few months, in order to keep it looking its best.
Training: A basic obedience class will be helpful.
Plenty of time spent romping through the great outdoors + long hair = a dog that will require careful grooming. Adults usually need to be brushed every two or three days between sessions with a professional groomer every few months.
Gordon Setters are devoted to their families and get along splendidly with children. They tend to maintain that sunny-puppy outlook throughout their lives and love to play. Their good-natured exuberance may cause them to jump up on people and children if they are not consistently corrected.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
Gordons tend to be more protective than other Setters and they may show aggression toward other dogs if they perceive a (real or imagined) threat to their families. They do enjoy the company of other dogs, however, and get along fine with other house pets.
Friendliness Towards People:
In keeping with their urge to protect, Gordon Setters can be rather reserved with strangers at first, but should warm up quickly.
BE PREPARED FOR:
An athletic, loyal addition to the family that requires a big time commitment in order to keep them fit and tidy.