Gordon Setter

Sporting Group

Gordon Setter lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 23-26 in, Males 24-27 in

Weight

Females 45-70 lbs, Males 55-80 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-13 yrs

History

The Gordon Setter originated in Scotland in the early 1800's. During this time, huntsmen were breeding hounds and collies with setters to produce efficient bird dogs that could work in harsh conditions. Alexander, the fourth Duke of Gordon (1743–1827), become fond of these dogs and started breeding them in his own kennels. The Duke was responsible for refining a particular lineage of these bird dogs into the Gordon Setter as it is today.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Gordon Setters will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★★

★☆

★★

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★★


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★★

Common Traits

Affectionate, gentle, and loyal

Tend to be aloof towards strangers

Mature slowly, taking a few years to grow out of "puppyhood"

May try to claim the alpha position in the household and become stubborn if not trained firmly and consistently

Very people-oriented and are prone to separation anxiety and becoming destructive if left alone for long