When they're not enjoying family life, the Gordon Setter is the perfect one-to-one hunting companion with excellent scenting skills.
They are slim but quite substantial with a long muzzle and a long, silky coat. They are the only Setter to come in black and tan.
Originating from Scotland, this Setter would accompany hunters when shooting birds: pointing out the location of a fallen bird and retrieving it. The breed fell out of favour because, although they have an excellent sense of smell, they are not as fast as Pointers.
Gordon Setters are steady, loyal, affectionate, intelligent and eager to please. They generally get on well with all people and animals, although some can be a little wary of strangers at first but it is not in their nature to be aggressive. The breed is quite inactive indoors so needs a good daily walk and has the stamina to take as much exercise as you can give.
Their silky coat needs regular grooming. They are generally healthy but some are prone to hip dysplasia, eye diseases and bloat.