The Gordon Setter has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
The Gordon Setter emerged in Scotland and England during the 16h century and became quite popular with hunters thanks to their strong bird sense. Alexander, the Fourth Duke of Gordon, was particularly fond of the breed. In the early 19th century, he set out to refine the breed by focusing on a more powerful, but somewhat smaller version. The Gordon Setter of today is a reflection of the Duke’s work – and name.
The Gordon Setter weighs 45 to 80 pounds and measures 23 to 27 inches.
The Gordon Setter has a black and tan feathered coat that is either straight or slightly wavy. The medium-to-long coat should be brushed weekly and bathed when necessary. The Gordon Setter’s coat does not need a regular trim, but the hair between their toes does need to be cut or their feet can start to break down.
Like all dogs, the Gordon Setter also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Gordon Setter is athletic, determined and bold.
The Gordon Setter is a devoted family and hunting companion that is more serious than silly. The Gordon Setter does have a playful side, but is better described as steady and sensible. They thrive on time with their family and like lots of personal attention. If left alone for too long, Gordon Setters are prone to developing separation anxiety.
Gordon Setters can make good watchdogs thanks to their alert and confident nature. They are quite loyal to their families and tend to be wary of new people. Likewise, Gordon Setters may be suspicious and territorial with other dogs. They are highly protective of their family and property.
The Gordon Setter is intelligent, but strong willed and likes to be in charge. If allowed to, the Gordon Setter will dominate the home. The Gordon Setter responds best to a firm, consistent leader and should always be treated with kindness
As part of their training, Gordon Setters also need lots of early and continuous socialization. They can be aloof with strangers and aggressive toward dogs of the same sex if not well socialized.
The Gordon Setter is best suited for an active family. The Gordon Setter requires lots of daily exercise and is an especially good hunting companion. If not being used for hunting, the Gordon Setter needs a long daily walk, but a hike, jog or swim is even better. They also need regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play.