Gordon Setters were initially bred as bird dogs. Although the hunting instinct remains strong in the breed, Gordons are equally at home as companion dogs, obedience competitors, and show dogs. Gordon Setters are alert and lively, pleasant and exceedingly loyal. They tend to be devoted members of their household.
Many Gordons are great talkers. They can develop quite a vocabulary with various tones to express themselves. Constant wagging of the tail seems to be part of their style as well. As hunting companions, Gordons are frequently described as "personal gun dogs", with emphasis on the word personal. Gordons possess top quality bird sense. They quarter the ground thoroughly and tend to stay close to the gun. Yet they won't hunt for just anyone; a Gordon works best for his or her master. In other words, the same qualities that make Gordons an ideal family member make these dogs ideal personal hunting dogs. Source: AKC