The Gordon setter combines beauty, brains and “bird-sense” in a good-sized, sturdily built, black-and-tan dog. Developed as a hunting breed – a pursuit today’s Gordons still excel at – they can adapt to nearly every living situation. However, as a high energy, intelligent breed, they need plenty of physical and mental exercise and human contact to maintain peak condition. Gordons are alert, lively and loyal dogs, devoted to family. They are gentle with children and tend to show strong protective instincts toward “their” kids. They tolerate attention from people they do not know rather than seeking such attention.