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Understanding and Training a Gordon Setter

Gordon Setter

The most serious & sensible of the 3 setters, this is still an energetic breed that requires plenty of active exercise. For best results, exercise with calm, consistent and interactive handling, including games that reinforce their skills, yet do not to wind them up too much. Setters, most especially Gordons, are affectionate companions, which should be nurtured in the lifestyle & activities with them.

This is a relatively stubborn breed that requires early and firm obedience training. With many stubborn breeds, obedience train with strong leadership that includes patient and persuasive reinforcements. Never use harsh treatment, as stubborn breeds are many

times the most sensitive. Moreover, it is of great importance that you do not risk damaging the bond you have with this devoted & loyal dog.

The Gordon Setter will pick up bad habits easily, with the equally bad habit of clinging to the ones that offer high reward. The strong-willed owner must resist the temptation to be lax with this breed - for example, feeding from the table just once may result in a long-term, strong-willed beggar.

Usually sweet-tempered and easy-going, Gordons can also be demanding of attention and show jealously towards other pets. A perfect owner is equally easy-going, patient, yet strong-willed, who will thrive as much in the company of the loyal, affectionate friend as the dog will in return.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Gordon Setter

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 56 - 65 lbs (25 - 30 kg); 48 - 51 cm
  • General Temperament: Friendly, Lively & Loyal
  • General Description: A well matched dog for an equally active, strong-willed and loyal owner!

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience       x  
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required   x      
Activity Indoors     x    
Ease of Training     x    
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements     x    


Brief History

The Gordon Setter was developed in Scotland, earning the name from the Duke of Gordon. Bred for hunting (scenting), flushing, pointing and retrieving, the Gordon Setter includes bloodlines from various breeds including bloodhounds and collies.


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