Gordon Setter

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 11in - 2ft 3in
Weight: 45-80lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount4/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need5/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly1/5

Gordon Setter Information

Gordon SetterThe largest of the Setters, the Gordon weighs in at up to 80 pounds and stands 27 inches in the shoulder. The breed hails from Scotland and has a tough coat to withstand the tough climate. They’ve been used as hunting dogs for more than 200 years.

Bold and confident, the breed can be somewhat stubborn at times, but strong training and frequent exercise helps. At home they are sweet and affectionate with family members. Regular grooming is required to keep the dog’s long, black and tan coat from matting.

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Breed FAQs

Can Gordon Setters be apartment dogs?

Gordon Setters don't do very well in apartments. It's recommended to look at another breed better suited to apartment-living.

Can Gordon Setters be left alone?

While Gordon Setters prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Gordon Setters good with kids?

Gordon Setters can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Gordon Setters friendly with strangers?

Gordon Setters tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do Gordon Setters get along with other dogs?

Gordon Setters aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Gordon Setters bark a lot?

Most Gordon Setters bark fairly often, which can be a nuisance. Some steps can be taken to limit this, but is part of their nature.

Do Gordon Setters shed a lot?

Gordon Setters shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Gordon Setters need a lot of grooming?

Gordon Setters don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Gordon Setters need a lot of exercise?

Expect Gordon Setters to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Gordon Setters easy to train?

Most Gordon Setters are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Gordon Setters handle cold weather?

Gordon Setters do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Gordon Setters handle hot weather?

Although Gordon Setters can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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