1. Friendly
2. Loyal, sweet, highly intelligent, affectionate, "serious clowns".
3. Happy, alert, playful, sweet, but also manipulative
4. Playful, intelligent, determined
5. Loyal - devoted
6. Regal
7. Ready for action!
8. Fun and happy
9. Warm
10. Happy go lucky, stubborn, loyal, protective
11. As an on and off button!
12. Loves life; loves being a companion
13. About like a 3 year old. Wants to be part of everything but sometimes doesn't remember the rules, but sweet and kind  and funny and loving.  Loves to snuggle!
14. Loyal....yet goofy
15. Loyal, affectionate, clownish.
16. Loving, wants to please, smart - I have been outsmarted many times, wants to be with their people - inside dog  Love my girls and boys but find that the girls are more head   strong(they have their own agenda) and the boys aim to please and be loved
17. Loving, independent, stubborn, and love the family
18. Determined...never surrender.
19. The Gordon Setter is an intelligent dog with a warm and friendly personality.  Ever willing to please their owners.
20. Mischievous
21. Exuberant!
22. Steady. Gentle. A bit reserved. Thoughtful(esp. where food is out of reach) Excellent counter surfers. Watchful. Fun-loviing. Sense of humor.
23. My Gordon is a clown
24. Noble and Goofy depending on the moment.
25. A 65+ lb. dog who thinks it's a Toy Poodle.
26. They are happy and inquisitive.
27. Lovable, goofy, brilliant, loyal
28. Pushy
29. Loving, loyal, goofy, can be demanding of attention, Willing to please.
30. Loving acceptance.
31. Opinionated
32. Devoted to his people, in your face type of dog, fairly soft when it comes to training but stubburn, highly intelligent, clownish...always makes you laugh. Protective & good watchdogs.
33. Total Scottsman  Can be a bit Stoic, independent, stubborn, intellegent  There has to be something in it for them.  Totally beautiful, lovable and loyal
34. Protective of their own.  Stubborn, young at heart.
35. Serious, worried, intense
36. Friendly, can be silly when appropriate, smart, intuitive.
37. Happy go-lucky with a stubborn streak
38. Fun loving, loyal
1. Devoted
2. They are definitely "old souls".
3. This is a hard comparison for me since for the last 21 years all I have owned are Gordon Setters.
4. I find them almost eerie in their intelligence and ability to communicate, they are easily "read" if you pay attention
5. Active as a youngster   Very friendly  Happy
6. Fun loving
8. Their focus on their owner/family.
9. Loyalty
10. Their sense of entitlement, they believe they are the bestr and deserve to be treated accordingly. plus they are down right goofy.
12. Can be a couch potato or a hive of activity; laid back enough to endure most everything
13. Smarter, funnier and more beautiful, and more a part of the family.
14. That extreme loyalty
15. They are sensitive
16. Dedicated to their families,energetic, hunting instinct e.g. anything that moves but also couch potatoes
17. They are so family oriented
18. They are aloof with strangers and completely goofy with their own people.
19. A bit more reserved than many of the other sporting breeds.
21. their self assurance!
22. Stoic. Not wimpy. Elegant.
23. My Gordon will not let me stay mad at her.  If she gets disciplined she is right in my face like to say "you can't stay mad at me"
24. They have a way of looking at you like they are confused.
25. Gordons are a bit reserved when first meeting strangers, until they know you aren't endangering their master or their home.  Then they slime all over you.
26. They think and make conscious decisions to do or not to do what is requested of them
27. True friend and follows you around like they are 8 lbs. even though they are closer to 70 kbs.
28. Even the show dogs hunt
29. They are independent thinkers, and will figure out how to get their way, you just have to be sure to train them so their way is your way!
30. Independant view with you included in that veiw.
31. They act like they're royalty
32. You always know they are around... they like to be in the middle of what's happening. They are talkers with their Woo wooing.
33. Intellegent versital breed   Make poor kennel dogs,  they do best as part of the family
34. They want to be with you no matter what.  they don't need to be entertained.
35. Takes everything very seriously.
36. Utterly devoted to their "pack".
37. They never grow up
38. Devoted,
1. A clean coat
2. Regular bathing, comb/brushing, clean ears, trim feet and nails. Standard procedure for a coated breed.
3. For the more coated Gordon's, brushing twice daily not only keeps their coats beautiful, but also allows you the
chance to see any problems arising. I groom once weekly for the same reason.
4. Constantly stay on top of matts before they become out of control - exercise both their minds and body
5. A good brushing out every couple of weeks
6. Regular excercise, grooming and proper feeding
7. Regular bathing, frequent brushing
8. Regular brushing (varies with how much coat your dog has), bathing and some trimming will keep the Gordon coat clean, tidy and appealing. Be sure to keep the toe nails trim too.
9. Brushing daily, full grooming every 3 months
10. Daily brushing.
11. Good food, excersize them by walks, by bicycle and let them loose in the woods. Run free.
12. A good once a week brush and comb with ear, feet and body check.
13. Get them used to toenail cutting and hair trimming early and gently.  Make one painful mistake and they will hold it against you forever!
14. Snood...keep those ears looking gorgeous.
15. Regular weekly brushing, and a trip to the groomer every 8 weeks for a trim.
16. Keep nails trimmed and mat free or have your Gordon shaved down  Don't let the coat scare you
17. Brush and comb every day!
18. Keep the dog pest and parasite free, keep it clean and combed out or shave it down if that is not possible.
19. The Gordon requires moderate grooming.  A bath and a trim about every 4 weeks or so.  In between a comb out every other day or so to prevent matting from developing, especially in the arm pits.
20. Brush daily. invest in a coat king
21. Groom once a week to make sure no nasty mats are forming
22. Frequent brushing, a good shampoo and conditioner.  Handle feet from puppyhood to make nail and foot trimming easier.
23. Daily brushing to keep the feathers nice.  If they hunt you will need to trim the feathers down or else you will have a mess when they get home.
24. Keep them brushed so they do not become matted.  Feed a good food so their cost will be healthier and easier to work with.
25. Try to keep them relatively clean and brushed out, at least for 6-8 hours per month.
26. Daily brushing is recommended, as is daily rinsing of feathers that have urine on them
27. Brush then
28. Brush every day
29. A minimum of brushing every other day, depending on coat type, the harder flat coat types are desired and easier to care for.  The fluffier cotton types will require more frequent grooming.  Keep hair trimmed neat around feet, they will track in less dirt and debris from outside.  Some breeders will teach you to care for the coat, about finer show grooming if you so desire.
30. don't over bbath and flea control
31. Make sure to groom out any mats and burrs and watch for ear infections
32. A good weekly brushing to keep matts at bay. The ears need attention weekly also.
33. Keep your Gordon clean and brushed to prevent matting,  Keep the toe nails trimmed short to keep a nice tight foot.  Proper trimming makes keeping the coat easier and your Gordon will look elegant
34. A brush out a week, fresh water and plenty of excercise.
35. Brush regularly to control mats.
36. Brush or comb at least weekly, keep nails trimmed.
37. Gordon require quite a bit of grooming to maintain their beautiful coats.
38. Daily grooming, a fine tooth comb to comb out his feathers
1. It's been in the last years that Gordon's have been subject o Cancer.
2. My Gordons have always been healthy. Check GSCA website for this.
3. I believe Gordon Setters are a high cancer breed. Bloat is also an issue.
4. Bloat is a major concern
6. Some say the are susceptible to cancer, mine sucumbed to it at only 8 years.
7. Skin issues often allergy related, cancer seems to be on the increase
8. Few health issues with Gordons.
9. Ears, skin
10.Cancer, bloat, allergies
11. Hips, elbows needs to be xray. Sometimes teeth lost,
12. Not really any more than in other breeds
13. Haven't seen any yet.
14. Sebatious (sp?) nasty when they burst!
15. Bloat and hip dysplasia are big...
16. Large dog concerns - hips, bloat
17. I have six, and we have had one pass to the Bridge due to cancer (hemangiosarcoma)
18. All dogs do.
19. Bloat is probably the most common as it is with all deep chested breeds
20. PRA, HD
21. Not that I've noticed
22. Wish someone would find the answer to rock eating!!!!  All of my Gordons over the years have done this regardless of quality food they are fed.
23. I know the Gordon breed is known for hip problems. My two Gordons have not shown any issues.
24. Hip Dysplasia, Low Thyroid, kidney failure and certain cancers.
25. There are a couple common ones that affect large dogs like hip dysplasia and bloat.  And our research has turned up some new info on Dung'd and PRA (affects the eyes of older dogs).
26. Regular exercise is important - regular walks or runs daily.
27. None of mine have
28. DK
29. PRA, Hip Dysplaysia, are common concerns, some not so common concerns are Epilepsy, Renial Failure, Bloat.
30. I have not noticed any.
31. Not in my experience
32. Bloat would be the most common health concern
33. Relatively healthy breed.  We do have late onset PRA and JRD  And as with most large breed Hip Dysplasia  and bloat
34. Allergies, auto-immune issues.
35. Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
36. Hip/elbow dysplasia, thyroid issues, bloat. Mostly a healthy breed.
37. Gordons are a reletively healthy breed, but they are subject to hip dyspalsia, bloat and eye problems
38. Mine is 17 years old and has never been sick a day in his life
1. Annual phyiscal and a good diet
2. Use common sense! Safe environment, diet appropriate to individual dog; feed twice daily (avoid bloat), regular grooming, plenty of love and companionship.
3. This is a good question. I wish I knew the answer to this one.....
4. a good healthy diet and having the dog take an active part in family life
5. Daily glucosamine supplement  Keeping in healthy body weight and musculature
6. Just the normal every dog stuff really
7. High quality dog food, health screenings
8. Good quality food, healthy weight.
9. Clean the ears once a week. Keep the coat as clean as you can with brushing.
10. Lots of exercise
11. Just take care of the dog with food, water, vet controls, excerzise healthy not to much when they are young. Live as happy as possible, be loved, and cuddled with.
12. Good quality food and exercise along with loving care at all times.
13. Don't over feed the puppies, use a food recommended by the breeder that will not grow them too big too fast.
14. Follow Dr. Jean Dodds shot protocal  Great diet
15. Not over-vaccinating
16. Quality food, exercise
17. Lots of exercise, do not over feed, and love
18. Good nourishment, fresh air and exercise, a clean environment, keep the dog pest and parasite free and regularly groomed and lots of attention.
19. Feed twice a day with a good quality dry food and limit exercise immediately after feeding to help prevent the occurrence of bloat
20. Hip score, DNA test
21. Leave at least an hour between exercise and feeding to avoid bloat (gastric torsion) and dont over-exercise when they are young.
22. Regular Vet visits.  Annual blood work as they get older. Vitamin supplements as needed for health and wellbeing.
23. Healthy brand of food.
24. Do not let the dog get over weight.  Keep them active as they age.  Regular check ups and blood work after age 7.
25. Good quality food, regular check-ups and immunizations etc., and lots of love and play.
26. Feed good quality dog foods, limiting those containing lamb and corn.  Do not over vaccinate.
27. Proper food, exercise and a lot of love
28. DK
29. Regular Veterinarian check ups, asking questions of the breeder about the health concerns in the breed, if the breeder doesn't divulge information or states it's not a problem in their line WALK AWAY.
30. Health clearances before you breed and health history before you breed.
31. Brush the teeth regularly
32. Feed good quality food, make sure they get plenty of exercise. Feed two meals a day, instead of one large one (because of bloat issures) They are happiest with there people & not kenneled.
33. Feed a Good diet, plenty of exercise and lots of Love and attention
34. Ask the right questions to your breeder before buying a puppy.
35. Feed a good food and give plenty of exercise.
36. Feed a high quality dog food, annual vet appts., teeth cleaning, limit exercise before and after eating, grooming.
37. Feed a high quality food, and get routine veterinary check-ups
1. Whether anyone believes it they are very smart
2. Gordons are a "thinking breed": have to understand and decide to do what is asked if it is something outside their realm of interest (e.g. obedience training vs. birdwork)
3. Lots of praise when they do it right! Sometimes it is exhausting!
4. I believe Gordons operate on the "why should I?" or "what's in it for me" theory.   They have to know that it's to their advantage to cooperate.
5. Positive reinforcement a MUST - very sensitive to punishment
6. They can have a mind of there own.
7. Find a good motivator (treat, toy, etc) then remember that repetition does not usually improve performance in the short term. They have long memories, though.
8. Not hurting yourself when you fall over from laughter.   They are very smart and will let you know if they are bored or really enjoying the activity.
9. Give them an inch they will try and take a mile.
10. Extremely intelligent. They learn very quickly how to "get around" doing what you ask. They are also stubborn thinking they know better than you what they should be doing. They get bored with repititous training.
11. You need to be firm and make you the leader from the beginning.
12. Must be positive for them to retain their enthusiasm - find a great reward and they will do whatever you want
13. Mine is so distracted by birds that it is hard to get their attention if one flies over...that includes airplanes!
14. They can be stubborn...just be patient...they do get it!
15. They are highly intelligent, but bore easily from repetition - keep it interesting
16. Smart so they can get bored  They get big fast so train them before they realize they have legs  I have not found the cure for counter surfing when it comes to my girls!
17. Yes, they are stubborn and independent, and once they learn how to do something, they don't want to repeat it.
18. Gordons are a unique challenge to train.
19. Not especially.  They are a very intelligent dog and catch on quite quickly to what is being requested of them.
20. Be prepared for them to go deaf at 15- 24 months.
21. They can be very stubborn- they have minds of their own.
22. Stubborn...They have their own agenda and will come around in their time, not yours.
23. Gordon's think they are smarter than you,very hard headed.
24. You must be consistent with commands and how you handle training situations.  Don't try to drill a gordon over and over.  Make whatever you are training into a game they can engage in.
25. It is always easier to get Gordons to follow your command if you can convince them it's their idea in the first place.
26. They can be percieved as stubborn, because they think through the need or lack or need to do a specific behavior.  Rewards (praise and treats) go a long way in training.
27. They're stubborn
28. They are very bright and will cut corners on long downs etc.
29. Since they are independent in their thinking, you have to find what makes them tick.  Once you have found the "one" thing that they will do anything for, training is pretty easy!
30. Patiences. You need a positive spin on thier every actions because when a Gordon loves you, they would never deliberately disobbey you.
31. Do it right the first time.  They never forget.
32. I've done obedience work with all my Gordons.... they learn very quickly, but I wouldn't overdue drilling them
33. You can't really force train them.  They need to want to work for you because they enjoy being with you.
34. They are sensitive and soft.  No harsh corrections.
35. They do not like to be told what to do.  One has to convince them that what we want them to do is what they want to do.
36. Yes, they get bored very quickly. Most are very smart and will always find a better way to do something.
37. They are very smart and can be quite stubborn
38. No
1. Obedience or field training.
2. PATIENCE AND LOVE. Gordons have a sense of humor, so appreciate this too.
3. Each Gordon is different and needs different methods. For the most part, positive training is the best.
4. Positive training rather than correction; with a handler who is  firm and consistent.
5. Clicker training
6. Firm but kind handling.
8. Firm, gentle and loving handling brings out the best in my two Gordons. They do respond very well to clicker training, I think because it gives them very clear signals and rewards.
9. Use a professional as soon as the pup is ready. Then have the trainer teach you.
10. Cookies and "gentle" persuasion and keeping it mixed up do not train on the smae things day faster day after day..
11. You can probably train the Gordon whatever. It depends on what you are looking for in the dog. Hunting fpr birds is the most common way.
12. Positive gets the best out of them and they will want to work for you and learn new things for their whole lives
13. Gentle and kind.  About like I would teach a 3 yr old to behave.
14. Patience
15. Soft-handed training works best
16. Variety. love and patience  They do think for themselves
17. Patience, I used clicker training.
18. Patience, persistence, perseverance.
19. Any decent obedience class should be good for basic obedience training.  Look to your local Gordon Setter Club or All Breed Club for recommendations.
20. Reward based training is best, Try clicker training.
21. Be firm, be the boss!
22. Consistency in their pay.
24. My gordons seem to like clicker training because they engage in the game.
25. You don't so much train a Gordon Setter as you negotiate with them.  Positive reinforcement and not too much repetition works best.
26. They are social, but do well in both one on one and group settings.  Gordons demand soft and not harsh handling.
27. No just keep trying til you find the right one
28. Not too harsh
29. The Koeler Method of training DO NOT WORK on Gordon Setters.  They will shut down, and not be a willing participant or happy worker.
30. Positive training.
31. Positive training does best although they sometimes need to know when something is wrong.
32. Reward training
33. Reward based training is the only way to train  There has to be something in it for them
34. Clicker training works best with my dogs.
35. NOT heavy handed...that will just get their backs up and make them stubborn.
36. Motivational/positive reinforcement.
37. Gentle but firm
38. Consistency
1. Must be able to groom and have and take the time to socialize.
2. This is a Sporting Breed, so needs regular exercise--long walks, run in field if owner does not have property that allows for running. An affectionate breed that wants to be with its human, so regular companionship. This is not a breed that can be stashed in a kennel.
3. Any owner that is willing to spend lots of time with their dog. Most Gordons need lots of exercise or they will not be easy to live with.
4. A person who respects that a dog is a dog and can fulfil their needs for mental and physical stimulation.  Owners should have a strong but flexible personality.
5. Ability to provide attention, routines and exercise
6. As with all dogs the owner makes the dog, bad owner, bad dog, good owner good dog.
7. Owners that like to exercise, or have a lot of room for running. People who aren't freaked out by finding a string of drool flung onto the lamp shade.
8. A Gordon owner should have space for the dogs to run free in safety. They need to devote time to training throughout the dogs life, beginning with socializing a puppy. You should be ready for a dog that is an active and integral member of the family, and not just a second thought in the background.
9. You need some spare time. Walks, field runs etc.  You also need some money they can be expensive to maintain in top shape. Food Vet etc.
10. Someone who is patient enough to work through their stubborness, does not mind cleaning up sloober and getting slobbered on, an active person who will send "quality" time with their dog
11. Friendly, kind, leader, likes to be outdoors, have the woods close by,
12. Someone who is fairly laid back about rules and regulations - Gordons don't "fit in the box" of "dog must do or be this"; can live in a city as long as quality time and exercise are provided.  Needs to be a relaxed type of person who can see the funny side to life.
13. A great sense of humor and patience, being ready and willing to snuggle on the couch with them through the winter time, and put up with muddy paws and outdoor time during the winter.  YOu have to love your dog more then a neat house, because they will think of the darndest things to do!
14. Easy nice strolls in the neighborhood or parks
15. Active, patient, and a sense of humor
16. Inside dog/bed dog  I have lived with Gordons in MD, CA and TX (so hot) and they are still happy.  Big yard small yard seems they would rather be sitting in my lap
17. Patience, and be consistent in your training
18. Laid back, don't mind being goobered, don't mind hair bunnies, active lifestyle and enjoy spending lots of time with your dog.
19. The Gordon Setter is a sporting dog of the first order.  They were bred to hunt upland game in the highlands of Scotland and have adapted marvelously to upland game in this country.  20. As a sporting dog they do require a more than average amount of exercise.  A tired Gordon is a happy Gordon.
21. A fenced yard is an absolute necessity. You need to be able to spend time with your Gordon. IT has a brain, train it to do things you want, rather than let it decide for itself. (cos it will if you let it)
22. An outdoor life with plenty of free running is as far as I'm concerned he ONLY life for a Gordon Setter.
23. Moderately active. Somewhere for them to run.  Lotsa love and attention.
24. Gordons are very protective, smart and loyal Great with kids.
25. An active household with a fenced yard.  Gordons with heavy bird instinct will not do well with an invisible fence.
26. Must tolerate slime, hair and lots of contact with your dog.  Willing to throw balls and toys incessantly, or to provide another dog or person to do so.  Gordons need exercise each day or they begin to use your home as a gym.
27. Owners need to be willing to give regular exercise to their Gordons, regardless of size of their human's living quarters.  Gordons do not do well turned out in the back yard by themselves.
28. You have to want to want to be loved unconditionally bt a 70 pound lap dog
28. Willingness to give exercise and spend time with the dog
29. The future Gordon owner should be active, this breed requires a sense of humor. Not an apartment breed,
30. Must enjoy the outdoors and active lifestyle.
31. Lifestyle:  need time to groom and snuggle  Location: someplace where they can be taken to run around practicing "hunting" with their people.  Personality: a sense of humor
32. People who love the outdoors, access at least to somewhere they can get exercise. Someone who likes an in your face type of dog.... in other words, they don't go lay in a corner & not know they are there.
33. Someone or a family that is active.  Gordons need lots of attention and exercise
34. Be the boss, if you let them get away with something they will always try it again.
35. A good sense of humor.
36. A good sense of humor, patience are essential. Have plenty of room for them to exercise or ensure they get exercise.
37. Active an easy going
38. Lots of exercise, lots of walks, outgoing
1. Remember they grow and their coat needs grooming. Socialization is very important. They are very smart and sometimes smarter than the owner.
2. They like a nice cushy couch.
3. If you have lots of love to give, time and patience, a Gordon Setter is the dog for you!
4. Best for adults with an active lifestyle (which the dog can be a part of) and probably not the best choice as a first dog.
5. Don't tell anyone else - keep them a secret!
6. If you don't want a challenge don't get one
7. Be prepared to educate others - most people have never seen a GS and think it's a Rottweiler cross or something.
8. Be prepared for a vibrant, happy dog with ooodles of personality! And enjoy!
9. They are very loyal to their families and form a strong bond to their master. Try not to leave them alone for extended periods.
10. Gordons warm your heart with their quirky personalities and their total devotion.
11. Keep them as family members and not as just something to breed of or as hunters.
12. Be prepared to fall in love with the breed - they are wonderfully contagious!
13. Be careful giving your heart to a Gordon because you will never get it back
14. You can't help but fall head over heals in love with them.
15. You can't have just one :-)
16. Talk to people that live with Gordons and reputable breeders.  Know what you are getting so that you get the right dog for you (personalities vary in each litter) A dog is a long term commitment of unconditional love
17. Love them! They will love you back
18. They are strong willed and strong minded but extremely devoted to hearth and home, they make better house dogs than kennel dogs and once they become yours and decide they like you (up to the Gordon) they own you.
19. Anyone interested in this breed should be prepared to loose their hearts to these aristocratic Setters.  You will realize quickly that it is the Gordon who owns you and not visa versa.
20. Ensure the dog is Crate Trained to giive it some down time. Ensure it has some basic obedience before letting it run free. Gordons are wide ranging and unless you run faster that Asafa Powell you are wasting yoru time in chasing them.
21. Dont even think about having one unless you are totally committed to devoting your life to a stubborn, sensitive, over-demanding dog - but also be prepared to fall in love like you have never fallen in love before!
22. Feed quality food.  Be aware of the need for regular grooming.  Make sure there is plenty of room on the bed for them;)
23. They will have a great great breed from a pet. Gordon's are fun to own and beautiful.
24. Gordons are a wonderful breed.  They are very loyal to their people.
25. Beware-love of Gordons is addictive.  Just one taste usually leads you to want more!
27.They're sweet and a great family dog
28.Wonderful dog to be owned by
29.When looking for a puppy, ASK QUESTIONS, about health, temperment, feeding, routines, all of these are important and can tell you a great deal about the breeder.  Breeders should tell you more than the last show wins!  If the Breeder doesn't ask you any questions about your home enviorment, your vet, or if you have a fenced yard, or what you plan to do with your puppy WALK AWAY.  When you find the perfect puppy you will have a loyal friend for life.
30.Gordons will give people a mirror image of what they have been given over the years. Earn thier trust and they will never leave your side.
32. These dogs have a huge attachment to their people.... so think long & hard about whether this breed is for you!
33. The Gordon is a loving, loyal, beautiful companion but they are not for everyone.   One must remember they are an Upland GunDog.  Birds are their passion.  They were bred to work independantly and with good range in front of the gun.    A dog to hunt with in the morning, play with the children in the afternoon and guard the hearth at night and beautiful enough to show off on the weekend
34.They are loving, loyal dogs, they just want to please you.
35.There is no dog better than a Gordon Setter!!
36.Be prepared to fall hard! They are a wonderful personality.
37.Gordons are large dogs that remain puppies for a very, very long time. They LOVE being outdoors chasing birds.
38. They aren't for everyone.  They do require alot of exercise.  However, mine would have lived in a box if that's where I lived.