These delightful dogs usually live to 12 years, but Gordon Setters can easily live up to 14 years of age given the right food and lots of care and attention.
Average size and weight
Males in top condition for this breed weigh about 32kg and stand 67cm tall while the females are 26kg and reach 62cm in height.
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
The Gordon Setter has a character all of its own. It is quick and alert, but must be neither aggressive nor shy. This is not a dog that adapts well to life in a kennel, but one that needs and demands attention for its proper development. The Gordon Setter returns love and attention with unwavering loyalty.
It has a strong protective sense towards members of its family and home, but usually will readily adapt its owner's attitude to strangers or visitors. This extreme loyalty and intelligence makes the Gordon Setter an excellent pet, as well as one which has a record of success in both obedience and field work.
Compatibility with other pets
As the owner of a Gordon Setter you will need to ensure that your dog has proper housing, feeding, exercise and training. A safe, fenced yard and a bed in a draught-free area is a must. Above all else, a Gordon Setter needs lots of your time and company. Take your Gordon Setter out on a lead for regular walks. A dog that barks excessively is likely to be bored and needs more of your attention and a change of scenery.
Heat stress can kill your dog - make sure it is not left in a car or trailer for even a few minutes. To cool your dog down, do not put wet towels on its back but rather, place it on a cool wet surface in a shady spot, using fans if necessary to increase air circulation.